Eight former student-athletes and coaches were inducted
into the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame on April 20 at the
second annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet
in Trojan Arena.
Inducted were: John “Doc” Anderson (track and field/cross
country; administration), John Archer (men’s basketball), Bobby
Enslen (football), Chan Gailey (football), Danny Grant (football),
Joyce Sorrell (women’s basketball; administration), Willie Tullis
(football) and Lawrence Tynes (football).
Trojan Arena’s two 767-square foot video boards played video
tributes for the eight inductees that included comments from the
Class of TROY Sports
inductees or their representatives. Video tributes from the 2013
Sports Hall of Fame class may be viewed at www.youtube/user/
The eight-member class combined for 596 wins at TROY
while serving the University for nearly 90 years. Members also
combined for 24 conference championships, 137 all-conference
selections, 50 all-America selections, 10 school records, 32 years
of professional experience and 13 coach of the year awards.
Nominees for the 2014 induction class are being accepted
until October 15 and can be made online at TroyTrojans.com.
Ronald Reagan was in the White House m=ovie-goers were
falling in love with a funny looking extra-terrestrial named “E.T.”
and novels like Thomas Keneally’s “Schindler’s List” and Alice
Walker’s “The Color Purple” were the year’s must-reads.
And, in Troy, basketball fans were welcoming a new coach –
Don Maestri -- for the 1982 season. Thirty-one years and 500
wins later, Maestri is ready for a new chapter. He announced his
retirement in March following the Trojans’ quarterfinal loss at the
Sun Belt Conference tournament.
Maestri was inducted into the inaugural class of the Troy
University Sports Hall of Fame last August and was honored by
the University in January with the naming of the court at the new
Trojan Arena in his honor.
“I always knew there was going to be a time when I would
need to make a change in my life and now is that time,” Maestri
said. “I want to thank all of my former players, coaches and
everyone associated with Troy University that helped us
accomplish some very special moments during my time at Troy.
I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a career and I am
thankful for that blessing.”
Under Maestri, TROY reached the 20-win plateau eight times
and won seven conference titles. The Trojans led the nation in
scoring three times (1991, 1992 and 1996) and led the country in
3-point shooting seven different times during Maestri’s tenure. In
addition, TROY became the first team in NCAA history to score
200 points in a game when it beat DeVry 258-141 in 1992. The
Trojans drained 51 3- pointers in the game, which still stands as
an NCAA record.
Maestri was named conference coach of the year seven times
and earned the honor in five different leagues.
“Don Maestri has built a hall of fame coaching career at Troy
University,” said Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. “He not only took
us to the top of Division II by reaching the championship game
in 1993, Coach Maestri also led our program through a successful
transition to Division I, the highest level of NCAA competition.
But what I will always appreciate most about Don Maestri is he
is a gentleman who always represents Troy University with class
and dignity. Trojan fans everywhere owe Don Maestri a huge
debt for his outstanding leadership of our basketball program for
the past 31 years.”
TROY Athletics Director John Hartwell said Maestri’s
accomplishments extend well beyond the basketball court.
“It’s hard to express what Don Maestri has meant not only to
the men’s basketball program, but also to the entire University,”
Hartwell said. “Don has been a great ambassador for Troy
University for 31 years and his legacy will be much more than
what his teams accomplished on the basketball floor. Don’s
work off the court with the development of his players as
men is admirable, and I want to thank Don for his service and
dedication to Troy University.”
Legendary Coach Maestri Retires