Script for Hall of Fame Ceremony
Audio is courtesy of WHIN.
Good evening, and welcome to Jerry Vradenburg Gymnasium at Gallatin Senior High School. Welcome to our visitors from Hendersonville, welcome to Green Wave Nation, welcome to our special guests, and a special welcome to our honorees, their families and friends.
Tonight, Gallatin High School has the privilege of inducting the first ten members into the Gallatin Athletic Hall of Fame. This Hall of Fame has been created with the purpose of honoring athletes, coaches, administrators, teams, and contributors for their outstanding achievements and contributions to Gallatin and Union High Schools.
As a request to family and friends, there will be a short period of time for pictures to be taken at the completion of the ceremony.
At this time, Gallatin High School Principal Dr. Ron Becker will come forward and assist with the presentation of plaques to the members of the Hall of Fame.
Our first Hall of Fame member, who is being inducted posthumously, is Mr. Dan P. Herron. His wife, Mrs. Sue Herron is representing Mr. Herron this evening. Mr. Herron served as the principal of Gallatin High School from 1963-1991. He is a member of the TSSAA Hall of Fame. Mr. Herron was principal at GHS during a time of great change, both educationally and socially. The athletics program at GHS were highly successful during his tenure, with 6 team state championships, 3 individual state champions, 3 team state runner ups, and one individual state runner up. As principal, he was pivotal in the hiring of several members of this induction class and served as the principal for several others. The road on which Gallatin High School is located was named in his honor upon his retirement. Gallatin Hall of Fame member, Mr. Dan P. Herron, Gallatin High School Principal.
Our next Hall of Fame member is Pruett Kelly. Mr. Kelly is being inducted posthumously and is represented by wife, Mrs. Ann Kelly, this evening. Mr. Kelly’s career as quarterback at Gallatin spanned from 1939-42. He currently holds the all-time touchdown record for Green Wave football. He totaled 75 career touchdowns: 54 TDs were rushing, 18 passing, 2 on punt returns and 1 interception for a TD. With Kelly at quarterback, Gallatin claimed the Mid-State championship in 1940, finishing the season 11-1 with a 26-0 win over Crossville and a 20-12 win over Isaac Litton in a game played at Vanderbilt. During the 1941 season, the Green Wave finished 9-0-1 to repeat as Mid-State champions defeating Nashville West, 26-20, in front a crowd of 6,000. Pruett finished his career with an overall record of 31-5-5. Gallatin Hall of Fame member, Pruett Kelly, Gallatin High School student-athlete.
Our next Hall of Fame member is Kim (Grizzle) Kendrick. Coach Kendrick is being inducted as both a coach and a student-athlete. As a member of the Lady Wave basketball program, Kim owns the record for points scored per game in a season, with an average of 30.81 per game in 1972-73. Following graduation, Kim continued playing basketball at Tennessee Tech University, earning All-American honors her senior year. Before returning to coach and teach at Gallatin in 1989, Coach Kendrick was a successful coach at two other local high schools. As the head girls’ basketball coach at Gallatin High School, Coach Kendrick won 286 games in 18 season. Included in that win total is a state tournament appearance in 1996 and the 1999 Class AAA State Championship team that finished 33-3. She also spent many years as volleyball and softball coach for the Lady Wave. Gallatin Hall of Fame member, Kim (Grizzle) Kendrick, Gallatin High School Coach and Student-Athlete.
Our next Hall of Fame member is Bill Ligon. Mr. Ligon is being inducted as a student-athlete representing Union High School. During his time at Union, Mr. Ligon was a three-sport letterman each of his four years, starring at quarterback and on the basketball team. He served as Class President and was a National Merit Scholar. Bill was accepted into Princeton on an academic scholarship, but chose to attend Vanderbilt on a basketball scholarship. He received several different accolades while at Vanderbilt including Co-MVP of the Freshmen team, pre-season all-conference as a Junior, and he was a member of the SEC Championship team his Senior season. After college, he played for the Detroit Pistons after being drafted in the 10th round. He was also drafted into the ABA and received contract offers from the Dallas Cowboys and Harlem Globetrotters. After his NBA career was over, Bill completed Law School at Vanderbilt. He spent almost 30 years in the law business. He is most proud of his role as the caregiver to his mother in her declining years. Gallatin Hall of Fame member, Bill Ligon, Union High School Student-Athlete.
Our next Hall of Fame member is Edd Martin. Coach Martin is being inducted as a coach representing Union High School and Gallatin Middle School. Coach Martin is a 1950 graduate of Union High School. While a student at Union, he was letterman in football and basketball. After graduating from Fisk University, Coach Martin returned to teach and coach at Union. While he was at Union, he helped coached multiple sports, notably as assistant coach on the 1965 boys’ basketball team that finished as state runner up and as head boys’ coach of the 1970 district runner up basketball team. Coach Martin served many years as the head football coach at Gallatin Middle School, helping to prepare the middle school Green Wave for their turn as Gallatin High School Green Wave. Gallatin Hall of Fame member, Edd Martin, Union High School and Gallatin Middle School coach.
Our next Hall of Fame member is Debbie (Scott) Harris. Mrs. Harris is being inducted as a student-athlete for Gallatin High School. Debbie played multiple sports for the Lady Wave, but she made her mark as a star basketball player from 1985-88. She was a member of the 1987 undefeated State Champion Girls’ Basketball team helping lead them to a 34-0 record. Debbie is one of the most highly decorated Green Wave athletes in history, being named 1988 Class AAA Miss Basketball and the player of the year for Tennessee in 1988. Debbie also holds three individual records for the Lady Wave including career rebounds, rebounds in a season, and field goal percentage in a season. In college, she began her career at Tennessee, playing on a national championship team in her freshman year. She completed her college career at Western Kentucky, helping to lead the Hilltoppers to a national runner up finish in 1992. Gallatin Hall of Fame member, Debbie (Scott) Harris, Gallatin High School student-athlete.
Our next Hall of Fame member is Eddie Sherlin. Mr. Sherlin is being inducted as a student-athlete representing Gallatin High School. Eddie was a star athlete in football, basketball, and track for the Green Wave, garnering team MVP and DAL awards multiple times for each team. He was selected all mid-state in football and basketball during his Junior and Senior seasons. He was named 2nd team all-state in football his senior season and 1st team all-state in basketball. In basketball, he owns four all-time records including career scoring, single season scoring, single season points per game, and single game points. After high school, Eddie was recruited by over 50 colleges, eventually signing with Tennessee for football, basketball, and baseball. He was also drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 4th round. He chose to play baseball professionally and spent time in the farm systems of the Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds. His career after athletics led him to coaching basketball, baseball, and golf at various colleges, and then venturing into the world of business. Gallatin Hall of Fame member, Eddie Sherlin, Gallatin High School student-athlete.
Our next Hall of Fame member is Calvin Short. Coach Short is being inducted as a coach for Gallatin High School. Calvin is a member of the TSSAA Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He came back to Gallatin in 1976 as the head football coach for the Green Wave, after a brief stint at GHS in the 1960s when he was an assistant football coach and head girls’ basketball coach. From 1976-1993, he amassed an overall record of 205-30, for a winning percentage of over 87%. His teams won Class AAA State Championships in 1978, 1989, and 1992. He also coached teams to state runner up finishes in 1982, 1987, and 1991. Coach Short’s teams were also district champions in 16 of his 18 seasons at the helm of the Green Wave. At the beginning of the 2012 football season, the Green Wave’s football field was named in his honor. Gallatin Hall of Fame member, Calvin Short, Gallatin High School coach.
Our next Hall of Fame member is Jerry Vradenburg. Coach Vradenburg is being inducted as a coach and athletic director for Gallatin High School. Coach Vradenburg is a member of the TSSAA Hall of Fame. He was a teacher and coach for the Green Wave from 1966-1993. During that time, he served as athletic director and head coach for girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, and boys’ and girls’ golf. He coached those teams to a total of 978 victories and a win percentage of 77%. His golf teams won 12 district championships and his 1991 boys’ team qualified for the state tournament. His boys’ basketball teams participated in 4 state tournaments, with the 1973 team going 30-1 and being crowned State Champion. As athletic director, he oversaw Green Wave athletic programs that won 7 team state championships, 6 individual state championships, 4 team state runner ups, and 2 individual state runner ups. Last year, this gymnasium was named in his honor. Gallatin Hall of Fame member, Jerry Vradenburg, Gallatin High School coach and athletic director.
Our next Hall of Fame member is Pat Webb. Coach Webb is being inducted as a coach for Gallatin High School. Pat was a long-time girls’ basketball coach, beginning his career at GHS in 1969-70. He amassed a record of 244-98 during his 12-year coaching career with the Lady Wave. His teams reached the state tournament in 1971, 1972, and 1976. While at GHS, he was an assistant football coach under Coaches Barron and Short. Pat also served as assistant baseball, later serving as head coach for several years. He was a long-time principal in Sumner County, serving at both Guild and Union elementary schools. Pat was also active in Sumner County politics serving as a County Commissioner, serving several years as the Commission Chairman. Pat was also a basketball official and baseball umpire for many years for the TSSAA. Gallatin Hall of Fame member, Pat Webb, Gallatin High School coach.
Please join us in congratulating the 2017 class of the Gallatin Athletics Hall of Fame. These ten individuals represent the greatness of high school athletics, and are great ambassadors for the histories of Gallatin and Union High Schools. To each of you, we wish to say thank you for your contributions to Gallatin High School, to Union High School, and to the Gallatin community. At this time, we will have about 2 minutes for family and friends to take pictures of the group of Hall of Fame members.
Thank you for your attention.