Four Centre College alumni were inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the College’s Homecoming festivities on Oct. 21. The 2017 Hall of Fame class includes the late William Botts, Jr. ‘84, Jeff O. Floyd ‘98, Sarah Green-Robinson ’02 and Steve Lubbe ’94. The inductees were honored at a ceremony that also honored this year’s Distinguished Alumni.
The four 2017 inductees have been excellent ambassadors of the College, both in and out of Centre athletic competition, and they have exemplified the Colonels spirit beyond their time at the College. Three of the four inductees in this year’s Hall of Fame class excelled for the Colonels in multiple sports.
The Centre Athletics Hall of Fame 2017 inductees and their accomplishments are listed below.
William Botts, Jr. ’84 was a four-year letter winner for the Colonels in football and track & field. In football, he was a two-time team captain for Centre in 1982 and 1983, earning All-Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) honors each season, including First-Team as a first-year. In track & field, he specialized in the shot put, and to this day, holds the school record of 54-feet, 2-inches (1981). He finished first in the CAC in the shot put in all four seasons, qualifying for the NCAA Championships in 1981 and 1982. In addition to being a Centre Colonel, he was also awarded the honor of Kentucky Colonel by both Governors John Y. Brown, Jr. and Martha Layne Collins. Botts worked as a supervisor at the Ford Truck plant in Louisville, Kentucky, until his death in September 2016.
Jeff O. Floyd ’98 earned four varsity letters in football and baseball. In football, Floyd started at five different positions—quarterback, kicker, punter, cornerback and safety. During his sophomore year, he earned Second-Team All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) honors, and his junior and senior year, registered a spot on the First-Team. When he graduated, he held school records for highest punting average (42.8 yards) and longest punt (77 yards). As a senior, he earned All-South Region honors as a punter and was named NCAA Division III All-American. In 2006, when the SCAC revealed its 15th Anniversary Team, Floyd was selected as the punter on that prestigious squad. As the quarterback on that 1997 team, Floyd threw for 1,541 yards and 11 touchdowns. On the baseball diamond, he captained the Colonels his final three seasons, and he was a key component in some of Centre’s most potent offensive teams. To this day, Floyd holds the single season record for doubles with 17, set 20 years ago in 1997. At the time of his graduation, Floyd held Centre career records in both doubles and triples and he still ranks second all-time in runs in a single season and third all-time in stolen bases. As a pitcher, Floyd is third in Centre history with 199 strikeouts and is 9th all-time in the SCAC in strikeouts per nine innings. The middle of three siblings, all of whom attended Centre, Floyd married the former Brittany McNatt ’98 and the couple have four children; Carter, Cheney, Campbell and Corbin. Floyd is the Vice President for Global Data Operations at Schneider Electric in Louisville.
Sarah Green-Robinson ’02 was a three-time All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference performer for the women’s basketball team, as well as earning a varsity letter her senior year in track & field. As a first-year student, she was named to the All-SCAC Second-Team and was First-Team her junior and senior year. She was named the team’s most outstanding player her sophomore and again her senior year. She was also a member of the All-South Region Third Team in both 1998-99 and 2001-02. At the time of her graduation, she ranked fourth in program history with 1,252 career points and second all-time in rebounds with 740. To this day, Green-Robinson is still the sixth all-time leading scorer and fourth all-time leading rebounder for women’s basketball. Green-Robinson was the leading scorer and rebounder on the 2000-01 Centre team that won the SCAC and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16, snapping a 10-year postseason drought for the Colonels. A career 48 percent shooter, Green-Robinson helped the 2001 Colonels rank eighth in the nation in field goal percentage. During her one season with the track & field program, Green-Robinson was a member of two school record-setting relay squads: the distance medley relay (13:18.26) and the sprint medley relay (1:34.13). She was a member of the 4×100 relay team that earned a third-place finish at the 2002 SCAC Championships, clocking a time of 52.8 seconds. She currently works at the Charles T. Mitchell Company in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Steve Lubbe ’94 lettered all four years in men’s soccer. He was a team co-captain in 1992 and 1993 and a First-Team All-Conference performer in 1991, 1992 and 1993. Lubbe anchored a defense that helped give Centre its first conference championship in 1990 and helped the Colonels repeat in 1991 with the inaugural SCAC Men’s Soccer Tournament. In 2006, Lubbe was selected to the SCAC Men’s Soccer 15th Anniversary team as a defender. As a sophomore, junior and senior, Lubbe received All-Mideast Region acclaim. He currently works as a pediatric dentist in Virginia.
by Centre College News
October 30, 2017