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Holt named to TTU Sports Hall of Fame

Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Janet Holt

Cookeville, Tenn. – Lynchburg’s own Janet Holt will be inducted into the Tennessee Tech University Sports Hall of Fame in November.

The 2012 Hall of Fame Class will be honored during Homecoming weekend, Nov. 2-3. The induction will take place at the Hall of Fame Dinner Friday evening, and the group will also be recognized at the Homecoming football game Saturday, Nov. 3, against Eastern Illinois.

MCHS alumni and former TSSAA Miss Basketball, Holt is a 2002 graduate who led the TTU women’s basketball team to four OVC championships and two NCAA appearances. She was a three-time OVC Player of the Year, four-time all-OVC, Kodak all-Region pick and CoSIDA Academic All-American.

She is joined by Ken Fults, a four-year member of the Tennessee Tech football team who was part of the historic Golden Eagle squad that took home four consecutive Ohio Valley Conference titles, from 1958-61. A two-time all-OVC selection, Fults was a third-team all-America pick as a senior and Grant Swallows, who not only established numerous records while serving as quarterback of the Golden Eagle football team from 1999-2002, but was also an all-OVC honoree, won the league’s Steve Hamilton Sportsmanship Award, the Robert Hill Johnson Award and the Sonny Allen Leadership Award, and was selected CoSIDA Academic all-district. He was the first person ever chosen as both Tech’s Male Athlete of the Year and Man of the Year.

They are joined by former coach Randy Smith who served successfully at Tennessee Tech, first as a student-athlete and later as both an administrator and coach, retiring from those roles in 2006. His coaching career includes four Ohio Valley Conference Tennis Coach of the Year honors, two with the men’s team and two with the women’s team. His list of responsibilities as an administrator continued to grow during his 11 years. At his retirement, he was Associate Athletics Director for Operations, Facilities and Capital Projects.

Tickets to the Hall of Fame Dinner and Homecoming game are available by calling (931) 372-3940. Reservations are required and the cost is $25.•