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On precipice of becoming OVC’s wins leader, Gary McClure to be inducted into APSU Athletics Hall

 

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Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – When Billy Merkel stepped down as Austin Peay State University baseball coach in Fall 1987, then-athletics director Bob Brooks had a decision to make: begin a search for a replacement, possibly interrupting fall practice and workouts, or name Gary McClure, the program’s graduate assistant, as interim coach.

It would be unfair to call Governors baseball an afterthought back then-APSU only had one Ohio Valley Conference title (1972) prior to that, but it certainly was not at the forefront of any APSU athletics discussions.

Austin Peay Baseball head coach Gary McClure to be inducted into APSU Athletics Hall. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball head coach Gary McClure to be inducted into APSU Athletics Hall. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

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Cheryl Holt, Jay Bailey, Ashley Haynes were inducted into Austin Peay Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday morning

 

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Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Two athletics greats and longtime athletics coach and administrator were inducted into the Austin Peay State University Athletics Hall of Fame, Saturday morning.

Jay Bailey, an All-American running back who owns the school single-season rushing record; Ashley Haynes, the versatile forward who scored 1,000 points and grabbed 1,000 rebounds in her illustrious career, and Cheryl Holt, who led Austin Peay volleyball to 19 straight Ohio Valley Conference tournament appearances, including the 1991 tourney title, were enshrined as the 98th, 99th and 100th University Athletics Hall of Fame members.

Austin Peay State University Athletics Hall of Fame Induction. (L to R)  Cheryl Holt. Jay Bailey, and Ashley Haynes. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Austin Peay State University Athletics Hall of Fame Induction. (L to R) Cheryl Holt. Jay Bailey, and Ashley Haynes. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

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Austin Peay State University Hall of Fame to reach 100 members as Bailey, Haynes, Holt to be inducted Saturday

 

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Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Jay Bailey, an All-American running back who owns the school single-season rushing record; Ashley Haynes, the versatile forward who scored 1,000 points and grabbed 1,000 rebounds in her illustrious career, and Cheryl Holt, who led Austin Peay volleyball to 19 straight Ohio Valley Conference tournament appearances, including the 1991 tourney title, will be inducted into the University’s Athletics Hall of Fame, Saturday.

The 9:00am, induction ceremonies in the Dunn Center’s front lobby will see the APSU Athletic Hall of Fame grow to 107. The newest inductees and their families also will be honored during halftime ceremonies of APSU men’s basketball home contest against UT Martin.

Jay Bailey, Cheryl Holt and Ashley Haynes to be inducted into the APSU Athletics Hall of Fame. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Jay Bailey, Cheryl Holt and Ashley Haynes to be inducted into the APSU Athletics Hall of Fame. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

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Lady Govs softball field becomes Cheryl Holt Field

 

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Lady Govs softball field officially became Cheryl Holt Field, Saturday afternoon, in dedication ceremonies prior to Austin Peay State University’s softball doubleheader with Murray State.

Holt, who was Austin Peay’s head volleyball coach for 23 years and has served in the University’s athletics administration since 1997, was Austin Peay’s first softball coach when the program was initiated in 1986. The dedication was part of APSU’s Celebration of Women’s Athletics weekend.

Cheryl Holt takes the microphone from former Lady Govs softball player Susan Cole after the tarp was pulled to dedicate the field to Holt. APSU President Tim Hall, left, also took part in the dedication ceremonies. (Austin Peay Sports Information)

Cheryl Holt takes the microphone from former Lady Govs softball player Susan Cole after the tarp was pulled to dedicate the field to Holt. APSU President Tim Hall, left, also took part in the dedication ceremonies. (Austin Peay Sports Information)

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Lady Govs softball field to be dedicated in Cheryl Holt’s honor, Saturday

 

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Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Lady Govs Softball Field officially will be named Cheryl Holt Field, Saturday, to culminate a weekend of activities surrounding the inaugural Celebration of Women’s Athletics at Austin Peay State University.  

The field dedication will take place 12:30pm, Saturday, prior to the Lady Govs’ 1:00pm softball doubleheader with Murray State.

On Friday, the University will hold the Celebration of Women’s Athletics Dinner, 6:30pm, in the Dunn Center, with former Lady Govs coach Linn Dunn serving as guest speaker. Dunn, who coached multiple sports at APSU, currently serves as head coach for the WNBA Indiana Fever.

APSU Women's Softball, Clarksville TN.

APSU Women's Softball, Clarksville TN.

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Bob Brooks, former APSU Athletics Director, dies at age 79

 

Austin Peay State University GovernorsTulsa, OK – Bob Brooks, who served as Austin Peay State University’s athletic director from 1984-88, died in his sleep Tuesday in his Tulsa home. He was 79.

Brooks worked more than 30 years in intercollegiate athletics. He came to Austin Peay from Oral Roberts, where he served as Athletics Director from 1976-83. He hired Lake Kelly as that university’s basketball coach in 1977.

Bob Brooks. (Austin Peay Sports Information)

Bob Brooks. (Austin Peay Sports Information)

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