– The Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame enshrined its fourth induction class, featuring six individuals and the first team of distinction, during a Friday evening ceremony in EKU’s Keen Johnson Building.
The 2009 induction class includes: Josh Anderson (baseball); Danny Copeland (football); Kim Mays (women’s basketball); Ralph Richardson (men’s basketball); Kim Sarrazin (softball); Everett “Poo Lu” Talbert (football); and the 1979 national championship football team (Team of Distinction).
The group was also recognized just prior to the Colonels’ football game against Southeast Missouri at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.
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Below are the bios for the 2009 induction class.
Josh Anderson (Baseball, 2001-03)
Josh Anderson, the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2003, has played for four major league teams since he was drafted after his junior season at EKU by the Houston Astros in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. He has played in 179 games for the Astros, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers and most recently, the Kansas City Royals, compiling a .272 career batting average. He played in 118 games this past season, splitting time between the Royals and the Tigers and hit .240 and had a team-high 25 stolen bases which ranked him 15th in the American League in steals. In 2008 before his call up to the majors by the Braves, he had a 27-game hitting streak at AAA Richmond, the longest streak in Richmond Braves’ history. Anderson was Eastern’s first ever, first-team Louisville Slugger All-American after leading the nation with 57 stolen bases and batting .447, third best in the country as a junior. A first team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection as a sophomore and a junior, Anderson was a second-team all-conference choice as a freshman. He holds five EKU records, including single-season marks for runs (80), hits (106), singles (74) and stolen bases (57), and a career record for stolen bases (119). He and his wife, Heather, have one son, Easton, and reside in Eubank, KY in the offseason.
Danny Copeland (Football, 1984-87)
Danny Copeland , who started at strong safety for the 1992 Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins, played football four seasons for Eastern where he started at defensive back and returned punts and kickoffs his final three seasons. He was a two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference choice and was selected as a GTE Academic All-American in 1987. Copeland was recently selected as a member of EKU’s All Century Football Team. Drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1988, he played five seasons in the National Football League where he started his last three seasons for the Redskins. Copeland also played the 1989 and 1990 seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Meigs, Ga., native still holds Eastern’s single- season records for most kickoff returns (34) and most kickoff return yards (967). Upon leaving the game of football following the 1993 season, Copeland formed the Christ in Sports Foundation after working with kids’ groups and sponsors in rural Georgia to improve recreation possibilities. Over a period of the past nine years, his organization has helped youngsters qualify and obtain more than 1.1 million dollars in scholarships. In 2005, Copeland’s foundation joined forces with the Community Betterment Society. He and his wife Joann have six children and reside in Pelham, Ga.
Kim Mays (Women’s Basketball, 1992-95)
Kim Mays was a two-time Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year for OVC Hall of Fame Coach Larry Joe Inman, winning this prestigious award in both the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. She closed her three-year Eastern career as the fifth all-time leading scorer in program history with 1,587 points. Her best scoring season at EKU was her senior season when she averaged 25.7 points per game. She still holds program single-season records for most points (719), best scoring average (25.7) and most free throws (226), all accomplished in the 1994-95 season. Her 44 points versus Western Michigan in 1994 still stand as the top single-game scoring effort in program history. As a junior, she averaged 21.2 points per game, ranking among the top 20 scorers in the nation. Mays was a first-team all-conference selection as a junior and senior, while making honorable mention All-OVC as a sophomore. She was also a second-team choice on the GTE CoSIDA Academic All-American team as a senior and a third-team selection on this team as a junior. In her hometown of Barbourville, KY, Kim is a basketball legend as Miss Kentucky Basketball 1990 and holds all scoring records at Knox Central High School. Kim currently lives in Laurel County with husband Michael Mills and daughters Ellie Rose and Shelbie Kate. She is employed as an occupational therapist with the Knox County school system.
Ralph Richardson (Basketball, 1959-62)
Ralph Richardson played two seasons (1960-62) of varsity basketball for coach Paul McBrayer after playing one year of freshman basketball at Eastern. In his two varsity years at Eastern, Richardson led the team in rebounding as a sophomore with 9.3 boards per game while averaging 11.0 points per contest. His junior year, he scored 7.0 points per outing and pulled down 7.4 rebounds per contest. He was drafted after his junior season by the New York Knickerbockers of the NBA. In his fourth pre-season contest for the Knicks before the 1962-63 NBA season, Richardson broke his hip, ending his professional basketball career. Richardson came to Eastern after a stellar high school career at Russell County High School where he played for EKU Athletics Hall of Fame member and former Eastern Maroon Chuck Mrazovich. He played five seasons of basketball for Russell County, finishing his career with more than 2,000 points, including averages of 27 and 35 points per game his junior and senior year, respectively. He was co-Mr. Basketball in the state in 1958 after being selected the Kentucky State Tournament MVP as a junior. He was inducted into the KHSAA Hall of Fame and the Kentucky All-Star Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also a member of the 12th Region High School Hall of Fame. A 1965 graduate of EKU, Richardson taught industrial arts in high school for 39 years.
Kim Sarrazin (Softball, 1997-2000)
Kim Sarrazin played four years for coach Jane Worthington and was a three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference choice, while making honorable mention all-conference recognition her freshman season. While compiling a .353 career batting average during her four seasons at EKU, Sarrazin finished among the league leaders in the OVC in six different categories her senior season, including batting average (.298) and runs batted in (29). She was also honored in 2000 as the OVC Player of the Year. Sarrazin’s name is all over the EKU record book, holding Eastern career marks for hits (235), doubles (46) and consecutive games with a hit (21), and EKU single-season records for most base stealers caught (24), batting average (.420) and triples (six). She was also a two-time OVC All-Tournament team selection and won the OVC Academic Medal of Honor in 1996-97 as a freshman. She continued her softball career after college by starting for both the Canadian National Team that placed ninth at the 2002 World Championships and for the 2004 Canadian Olympic Team that finished fifth at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. She is married to Patrick Blouin and they have one son, William (2).
Everett Talbert (Football, 1973-76)
Everett (Poo-Loo) Talbert played four seasons at tailback for coach Roy Kidd where he was selected as the OVC Player of the Year in 1974 and then shared that same honor in 1976 with EKU quarterback Ernie House. Talbert turned in one of the most outstanding seasons for any tailback in Colonel history in 1974 when he rushed for 1,478 yards and scored 11 touchdowns on his way to being named first team All-American by the Associated Press, UPI and Eastman Kodak, becoming the OVC’s first sophomore to gain first-team All-American recognition. That season he also led the nation in rushing for 10 consecutive weeks, finishing second to fellow All-American and future NFL Hall of Fame running back Walter Peyton of Jackson State. Talbert closed his Eastern career as the seventh all-time leading rusher in school history with 3,138 yards and scored 20 touchdowns. He was a two-time first-team All-OVC choice and won Eastern team awards as a three-time Outstanding Running back choice and a three-time pick as Offensive Most Valuable Player. Talbert received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern in 1977.
Team of Distinction – The 1979 National Champion Football Colonels (click here for 1979 team roster)
The 1979 EKU Football Colonels were a team of destiny as this squad finished the season as the University’s first national football championship team with an 11-2 record and a final ranking of No. 3 in the nation and. Paced by an opportunistic defense and an efficient offense, the Colonels finished the year strong, winning their last five games, including a 30-7 defeat of Lehigh University in the national championship game at the Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
--The Colonels defeated two NCAA Division I-A teams this season, Kent State (17-14) and Cal-State Fullerton (33-17)
--Eastern limited seven of its 13 opponents to 10 points or less, including shutouts of Troy State (15-0) and Tennessee Tech (35-0)
--EKU had two blocked kicks (one extra point and one field goal) that played prominently in two huge victories – an 8-6 win over Western Kentucky and a 33-30 double overtime victory over Nevada-Reno
--EKU tailback Alvin Miller was named the national championship game’s Most Valuable Player when he accumulated 144 total yards in the Colonels’ win over Lehigh
--Linebacker Bob McIntyre was named first team Associated Press All-American
--Cornerback Danny Martin, nose guard Joe Richard, fullback Dale Patton, linebacker Bob McIntyre, offensive guard Kevin Greve, center David Neal and placekicker David Flores were each named first team All-OVC
--Strong safety George Floyd, defensive end Tim Frommeyer, wide receiver Jerry Parrish, tailback Alvin Miller and quarterback Bill Hughes were each selected on the second-team All-OVC unit
--EKU was inspired throughout the year remembering teammate Don MacKinnon, an offensive guard, who died the preceding spring after a bout with meningitis.
--Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown, Jr., proclaimed the week of Jan. 20-26, 1980, as EKU NATIONAL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS WEEK in Kentucky.
--Coach Roy Kidd receives John F. Kennedy Cup in New Orleans given by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, and the Timmie Award presented to Kidd by the Touchdown Club of Washington, D.C.