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APSU Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Swope: A Legend Revisited

 

Written by Brad Kirtley
APSU Sports Information Director Emeritus

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TNBrad Kirtley, who was Austin Peay’s Sports Information Director from 1984-2016 and is himself a Hall of Fame inductee, takes a look back at this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, concluding today with Bob Swope…

The stories abound…even some 70 years later. Call it the Legend of Bob Swope.

Swope, a Nashville native who starred at East High School (the late Edgar Allen, a longtime Nashville Banner sports writer called him the “best athlete to ever come out” of the school), joined the Navy out of high school and then attended Austin Peay via the GI Bill during the late 1940s.

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APSU Hall of Fame Inductee Erik Barnes: Delivering on Promises

 

Written by Brad Kirtley
APSU Sports Information Director Emeritus

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TNBrad Kirtley, who was Austin Peay’s Sports Information Director from 1984-2016 and is himself a Hall of Fame inductee, takes a look back at this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, continuing today with Erik Barnes…

Former Austin Peay golf coach Kirk Kayden, along with current Govs coach Robbie Wilson, were in Chandler, AZ, this past weekend, watching a trio of former Govs attempt to earn their playing cards in the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Kayden, now the Mercer men’s golf coach, couldn’t help but gush about watching the three former Govs: “It was so much fun watching these guys getting a chance to realize their dreams. It was a pretty special thing, a once-in-a-lifetime deal…Three of your former players are playing in Web.com final. That just doesn’t happen. I had to make it work; I had to be there.”

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APSU Hall of Fame Inductee Terrence Holt: The Greatest Game Changer

 

Written by Brad Kirtley
APSU Sports Information Director Emeritus

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN Brad Kirtley, who was Austin Peay’s Sports Information Director from 1984-2016 and is himself a Hall of Fame inductee, takes a look back at this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, beginning with Terrence Holt…

It was the final game of the 2007 season. The Governors seemingly had the road contest in hand, leading 17-10 at Murray State late into the fourth quarter after forcing eight turnovers.

But the Racers avoided mistakes for one of the few times all day and drove 80 yards to tie the game with a little more than two minutes left. The home team certainly would have the momentum if overtime occurred, especially with some of the Govs’ offensive personnel hampered by injury.

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Bill Herndon, APSU’s longtime ‘Voice of the Govs’, awarded OVC Lifetime Achievement honor

 

APSU Sports Information

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsBrentwood, TN – Longtime ‘Voice of the Govs’ Bill Herndon has been awarded the Ohio Valley Conference’s Media Lifetime Achievement honor, accorded to a media member who formerly covered the league.

The awards were established in 2010 as a way to recognize these media members who provide publicity for the conference, its member institutions and intercollegiate athletics; perform their jobs in a fair, consistent and accurate manner; provide all-around coverage for a variety of sports; and demonstrate the ability to go above and beyond their normal beat or job description.

Longtime 'Voice of the Govs' Bill Herndon interviewing Bubba Wells. (APSU Sports Information)

Longtime ‘Voice of the Govs’ Bill Herndon interviewing Bubba Wells. (APSU Sports Information)

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Instant Peay Play: APSU’s Brad Kirtley about to put -30- mark on Hall of Fame career

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – With July quickly approaching on the calendar, Austin Peay State University’s all-time sports information director, and Athletics Department Hall of Famer member, Brad Kirtley is nearing the end of a 30+ year career at the university as he heads into retirement.

Kirtley became APSU’s sports information director in February 1984 — replacing another Athletics Department Hall of Famer member Sherwin Clift — after working in the Southeast Missouri State University’s sports information office.

APSU Sports Information Director Brad Kirtley.

APSU Sports Information Director Brad Kirtley.

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Instant Peay Play: Summer time no break for APSU Governors Athletic Department

 

Legends Bank, Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – The 2014-15 athletic season officially came to an end for the Austin Peay State University’s Athletic Department this week when the Lady Govs outdoor track and field participants failed to advance from the NCAA East Preliminary Round Meet.

But with the summer break for the Governors and Lady Govs athletes just beginning, there is still a lot of work left before the fall semester begins in late August and it all begins again.

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APSU Governors Basketball travels to Eastern Kentucky Colonels, Monday

 

Austin Peay (7-20/2-11) vs. Eastern Kentucky (16-10/8-5)

Monday, February 23rd, 2015 | 6:00pm CT
Richmond, KY | Paul S. McBrayer Arena

Austin Peay State University Governors - APSURichmond, KY – Officially eliminated from Ohio Valley Conference post-season competition, Austin Peay State University now will attempt to play conference spoiler during the season’s final week. First up will be Eastern Kentucky, 6:00pm, Monday, in Paul McBrayer Arena.

Austin Peay Men's Basketball takes on Eastern Kentucky at 6:00pm, Monday. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Men’s Basketball takes on Eastern Kentucky at 6:00pm, Monday. (APSU Sports Information)

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Austin Peay State University Red Coat Society to induct Hal Mathews, Terry Griffin, Saturday

 

Written by Brad Kirtley
Austin Peay Sports Information

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Ron Shumate, the former Chattanooga and Southeast Missouri basketball coach, had a favorite saying about fans: “They are with you win or win.”

That certainly is not the case with this year’s newest Red Coat Society inductees, Hal Mathews and Terry Griffin. Through thick and thin, great and not-so-good seasons in APSU athletics, both became Austin Peay fans early in their respective lives and remain so as adults.

The Red Coat Society, now in its 12th year, serves as a Hall of Fame of service for the Governors Club, APSU’s Athletics booster club.

Mathews and Griffin will be honored at halftime of the Governors-Murray State men’s game, Saturday. A reception for them will be held at 3:30pm, Saturday prior to the Lady Govs-Racers contest.

Mathews, Griffin to be inducted into Austin Peay Red Coat Society. (APSU Sports Information)

Mathews, Griffin to be inducted into Austin Peay Red Coat Society. (APSU Sports Information)

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Grant Leaver, Ed Bunio, Bob Bradley inducted into APSU’s Athletics Hall of Fame

 

Written by Brad Kirtley
Austin Peay Sports Information

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – One of the greatest Golf Governors in Austin Peay State University history plus a former football standout who returned to his alma mater to help guide the program to its only Ohio Valley Conference title were inducted into the APSU Athletics Hall of Fame, Saturday morning in a breakfast ceremony in the Dunn Center’s Hall of Fame lobby.

In addition, a former superb basketball player from Austin Peay’s small college era was enshrined as part of the Hall of Fame’s Honors category.

(L to R) Grant Leaver, Ed Bunio, Bob Bradley were inducted into Austin Peay State University's Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday morning. (APSU Sports Information)

(L to R) Grant Leaver, Ed Bunio, Bob Bradley were inducted into Austin Peay State University’s Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday morning. (APSU Sports Information)

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Ed Bunio forged Hall of Fame playing, coaching career at Austin Peay State University

 

Written by Brad Kirtley
APSU Sports Information

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – It’s a long way from Carnegie, PA, to Tucson, AZ, in more ways than one. Raised by his grandparents, Ed Bunio needed an athletic scholarship if he wanted to attend college. After his outstanding prep career, Michigan came offering so did Miami…but Bunio chose Arizona.

Some 2,100 miles from home, Bunio literally went from a small town of barely 5,000 people to a campus of 15,000. Bunio loved the campus, the city and all the extracurricular activities that were available. In fact this new world was eye opening, except during the daytime…during class time.

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