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The all-time leading scorer in TROY women’s basketball history with 2,024 points, Monroe took over basketball
games across the country from 1977 to 1981. Monroe led the Trojans to a 21-9 record during the 1978-79
season as she averaged 18.1 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. The Quitman, Ga., native also ranks second in
TROY history with 1,312 career rebounds and holds the TROY career records for field goal attempts (1,515),
field goals made (823), free throws attempted (609) and free throws made (378). She scored a season-high 31
points in a 76-70 victory over Auburn and set a school record with 26 rebounds in a 65-49 victory over South
Alabama during the 1978-79 season. A 1981 All-American, Monroe’s No. 30 uniform was retired on Nov. 14,
1998 and is still the only retired jersey in TROY women’s basketball history.
Charles Oliver, or Coach O, was a national champion as an athlete, a coach and an administrator. Oliver, who
is TROY’s 400-meter record holder at 45.71 seconds, was a national champion athlete at Troy State University,
winning the NAIA 400-meter championship in 1976. He was an alternate on two United States Olympic teams
in the 400 meter and the 4x400 meter relay. He sponsors two meets at TROY, the Coach O Cross Country
Invitational and the Coach O Track & Field Invitational. Oliver was a coach for the 1991 University of Tennessee
national champion track and field team and an administrator with the 1998 Tennessee national champion
football team. He is also a successful businessman and is heavily involved in supporting grassroots track and field
programs for kids. Oliver is a member of Theta Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, where he was one
of 20 brothers of the charter line that brought the first black fraternity to the Troy State campus. He was also
recognized as one of the charter members of the TROY Letterwinners Club.
Chase Riddle is the all-time winningest coach in TROY baseball history with 434 victories as the head coach
of the Trojan baseball program from 1979 to 1990. Riddle led the Trojans to the NCAA Division II national
championship in 1986 and 1987 and guided Troy State to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances in the 12 years he
was at the helm of the program. His teams won six regional titles, five Gulf South Conference championships
and played in six NCAA Division II World Series. Riddle’s teams posted a 253-59-1 record at the field that now
bears his name and produced 30 All-Americans and 36 first team All-Gulf South Conference players. He was
a member of the inaugural TROY Baseball Hall of Fame class in 1992 and is a member of both the Wiregrass
Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Riddle came to TROY following 25 years as a
player, manager and scout with the St. Louis Cardinals. Riddle passed away on June 12, 2011.