Centre Athletics is pleased to announce five new members to our Hall of Fame. Below are the five inductees of the Hall of Fame Class of 2018 and their career accomplishments:
Clay Curry (1998): Four year letterwinner in football; Named All-SCAC (1995, 1996, 1997); Received Most Improved Player Award (1995); Named Centre’s Most Valuable Defensive Back (1996); SCAC league-high tackles (1996, 126); Named SCAC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct 7, 1997); Named Football Gazette’s All-South Region team (1997); Named SCAC Defensive Player of the Year (1997); 316 Career tackles; Led SCAC in Interceptions (1995, 5; 1997, 4); Holds the school record for
most individual tackles in a single season (1997)Named SCAC 15thAnniversary Team (2006); Clay has been nominated for several years running by alumni—one of whom states, “I have gone on to coach for 20 years in football, at a lot of levels, and he remains one of the best I have been around. The way he played the game, any program’s Hall of Fame would be proud to have him as a member.”
David Epling (1953) (Posthumous induction): Tennis and Basketball Standout; three-year letterman in basketball and captain his Senior year; four-year tennis standout; team won KIAC all four years; team was undefeated in 1952, including wins over UK, EKU, WKU and UL; won many adult/senior tennis tournaments after Centre.
Erin Grumley (2005): Lettered four years in softball for Centre; First four-year letter winning pitcher in Centre school history; Holds Centre career record for Complete games (64), Wins (44), Saves (6), Shut outs (12), Innings Pitched (561), Strike
outs (350), ERA 2.45; Led the 2005 team to the SCAC tournament Championship game; remains 21stin SCAC for single season ERA with an ERA of 1.51 (25 earned runs in 148.1 innings) in 2002; remains ranked in the top 10 in the SCAC career record book in the following categories: wins (10th) and ERA (16th); At the end of her career (following the 2005 season), Erin was fourth in wins, eighth in ERA, eighth in strikeouts per 7 innings, third in strikeouts and eighth in winning percentage in the SCAC; Led the conference in ERA and strike-outs in 2002; SCAC All-Tournament team (2005); named all-SCAC First Team (2002); Named All-SCAC Second Team (2005); All SCAC Honorable Mention (2003); Named SCAC Pitcher of the Week on three occasions.
John Lewis English (1960): Lettered four years in men’s tennis doubles; won the Men’s Doubles Conference Championship his senior year; captain of tennis team his senior year; won Louisville Country Club men’s doubles 20 times between 1955 and 1992; Louisville Falls City Champion (1958, 1971) Louisville Falls City Runner Up (1962); Kentucky State Father & Son Champion (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987); Kentucky State Closed Doubles Runner Up (1963); Southern Senior Doubles 45 and 50 champion four times; Southern Senior Rankings, Ranked #2 five times in 45 and 50 divisions; Semifinalist in National 50 Clay Court Champion (1990); Kentucky seniors doubles 45 and 50 divisions ranked #1 four times between 1982 and 1991, won 7 championships; Board member of Kentucky Tennis Patrons Foundation (1967-1984) President (1972-1975); Managing partner Mockingbird Valley Racquet Club (1978-1985); Co-chairman of the National Junior Clay Court Championship for boys 18’s (1971-1983); Co-chairman of Womens Virginia Slims Tournament (1971); Co-chairman Louisville International Tennis Classic (1973-1980); Inducted into the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008; Kentucky Hall of Fame Committee Member (2005 to present), chairman (2007 to present).
Matt Nestheide (2008): Four-year starter and letterwinner in men’s basketball; 1486 career points (6thall-time); 361 career assists (8thall-time); 216 career 3-point baskets (5thall-time); First team All-South Region in 2007; Academic All-South District in 2007; Academic All-South Region in 2007; Southern College Athletic Conference (SCAC) Player of the Year in 2007; SCAC All-Conference in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. Team Achievements during Matt’s Career: 89-23 cumulative record during four years; Won SCAC Championships and made NCAA tournament appearances in 2006-07 and 2007-08. According to Men’s Basketball Coach Greg Mason,”he’s the best player I’ve coached or seen since 1990 here at Centre. His JR and SR year, he was the best Point Guard in the entire nation in D-III.”
by Centre College Athletics
September 25, 2018