Five Inducted into GSC Athletic Hall of Fame
Glenville State College inducted five new members into the Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony and banquet were held on Saturday, May 21, 2011 in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom. The Class of 2011 includes: Keith Smith ’64, Harold Erwin ’65, Donna J. Newberry ’73, Charles ‘Chup’ Robinson ’01, and Tracy Wyatt Raban ’05.
Keith Smith receives his induction plaque.
(L-R) - GSC Athletic Director Janet Bailey, Keith Smith,
Dr. Carl Nichols, GSC Executive Vice President Robert Hardman II.
Keith Smith, a native of New Martinsville, West Virginia, graduated from Glenville State College in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. While at GSC he was a four year letterman in football as a defensive end, punter, and place kicker. He led his team in scoring with 29 points in 1961. In 1962, Smith was the Sixteenth Ranked Small College Punter in the Nation. He was named Second Team WVIAC All-Conference in 1961 and First Team WVIAC All Conference in 1962. He was also selected to the Second Team Little All American Academic Football Team in 1961. After completing his eligibility, Smith served as a Student Assistant Football Coach for the Pioneers in 1963. In addition to football, he also played tennis for GSC. Smith also served as Vice President of the GSC Student Council.
“I was so lucky to have such great people around me when I was at Glenville State College. I truly believe that when it comes to growing as an individual and preparing you for life, that Glenville offers students so much more than schools like Harvard and Yale. At Glenville you are taken care of like family. I am grateful to be honored with so many outstanding members of the Hall of Fame,” said Smith.
After graduating from GSC, Smith taught at Wheeling Central High School where he coached football, wrestling, and tennis. He led the tennis team to the State Catholic School Championship. He also played two years of Semi-Professional Football for the Wheeling Ironmen.
Smith then went back to school and earned his master’s degree in counseling at the University of Toledo. He received his Doctorate Degree from Ohio State University.
He worked at the West Virginia State Department of Education in various capacities, including being Director of the Division of Special Education and Student Support Services and later becoming the Assistant State Superintendent for Instruction. After his work in the West Virginia Department of Education, Smith was involved in writing two National Science Foundation Grants for improving math and science in rural places in the Appalachia Education Region. He has worked with the Appalachia Rural Systemic Initiative which covers six states, including West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, southeast Ohio, and western North Carolina. Since 2001, he has worked with the Appalachian Coal Field Rural Systemic Initiative in southern West Virginia and southwest Virginia.
Smith coached competitive club soccer for ten years in Kanawha County and in 1988 was named the West Virginia Boys’ Soccer Coach of the Year.
The West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has named Smith to the WVIAC 50th Anniversary All Conference Team.
Smith is married to Mary Jo Nocida Smith (GSC ’64), who was homecoming queen and also a cheerleader. They are parents of two adult children, Julie Potter of Reisterstown, Maryland and Michael Smith of Knoxville, Tennessee. They also have one grandson, Brett Potter.
Harold Erwin accepts his induction plaque.
(L-R) - GSC Athletic Director Janet Bailey, Harold Erwin,
WVSSAC Director Gary Ray, and
GSC Executive Vice President Robert Hardman II.
Harold Erwin of Eleanor, West Virginia, graduated from Glenville State College in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education.
Gary Ray, Director of the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission, a teammate and life-long friend presented Erwin for induction. “Harold was a very successful athlete, but it is the contribution that he has made to the students of our great state of West Virginia that makes him special. He wanted to make a difference and he has,” said Ray.
While at GSC, Erwin lettered in football during all four years of his playing career. He was named All WVIAC First Team as an offensive guard in both 1963 and 1964. He was also named All WVIAC Second Team linebacker in 1964 and received Honorable Mention NAIA All American. Erwin was Co-Captain of the 1964 Pioneer Football team. Additionally, he was named to the WVIAC 50th Anniversary All Conference Team.
Upon graduating from Glenville State College in 1965, he served on GSC’s staff as an instructor and as an assistant football and baseball coach during the 1965-1966 academic year.
“Being a student athlete at Glenville State helped me learn to adapt and be persistent which are traits that have served me well in my career. GSC was a special place because of the way the college and the community helped and supported me,” said Erwin.
Erwin received his master’s degree in physical education from Marshall University in 1968. In 1975, Erwin received a Masters plus 45 hours from Marshall University in guidance, counseling, and physical education.
Early in his teaching and coaching career, Erwin taught and served as the assistant football and track coach at Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Virginia. He then taught at Buffalo High School for 31 years where he served as Head Football Coach from 1972-76, Head Track Coach from 1972-79 and again from 1984-2001, and also was the school’s Head Golf Coach for seven years. He was Buffalo High School’s Athletic Director from 1972-2001 (29 years).
Erwin is very active with the West Virginia Athletic Directors Association, the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and the National Federation of High Schools.
He and his wife Linda have two daughters, LouAnn Godbey who lives with her husband Bill of Hurricane, West Virginia and Meredith Calhoun and her husband Doug of Olive Hill, Kentucky. They are also the proud grandparents of two grandchildren, ages two and seven.
Donna J. Newberry was inducted posthumously.
(L-R) - GSC Athletic Director Janet Bailey, Newberry’s mother Juanita Newberry,
her brother Rev. David Newberry, former GSC coach Kay Chico,
and GSC Executive Vice President Robert Hardman II.
Donna J. Newberry, a Parkersburg, West Virginia native, has been posthumously inducted into the Glenville State College Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame.
She graduated from GSC in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She was a member of the GSC Pioneer Women’s Basketball and Volleyball teams when ladies competitive sports were just getting started.
She was presented for induction by her former coach and GSC Faculty Emerita Kay Chico. “Donna played with great focus and gusto. She put her whole self into whatever she was doing. She was as good a human being as she was a student athlete,” said Chico.
Newberry received a master’s degree from Ohio University and went on to become a legendary softball and basketball coach at Muskingum University where she coached softball for 36 years.
During her tenure at Muskingum, she served as an instructor and coached multiple sports including volleyball, women’s basketball, softball, and field hockey but softball was her passion. She was also women’s athletic director for a while and more recently, served as assistant athletic director. In 2001, she led the Muskies to their first ever Division III National Championship in softball. Her teams went 906-419-1 and she won 18 Ohio Conference championships. She also had a record of 403-216 as Muskingum’s women’s basketball coach, becoming the only Division III coach to win more than 400 games in more than one sport.
In basketball during her tenure as coach, the Muskies won three Ohio Athletic Conference championships and were national runners-up in 1991.
Newberry held numerous state and national athletic affiliations and offices and was the All-Time Career Wins Leader in NCAA Division III. In 2008 she was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
“Glenville State College helped Donna set her sails to determine the direction her life would take. Her true focus was leading a Christian life and making a difference in the lives of the athletes she coached,” said her brother Rev. David Newberry.
She spent the summer of 2010 writing the story of her illustrious coaching career.
Her book, You Must Play to Win: A Coach’s Journey from the Pit to the Pinnacle, was released in December 2010.
Newberry passed away on November 10, 2010 after an extended battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Newberry. Survivors include her mother, Juanita Newberry of Parkersburg, West Virginia; brother Rev. David Newberry of Washington, West Virginia; and three sisters, Diane Wooten of Cambridge, Maryland, Debbie Jarvis of Oak Hill, West Virginia, and Dale Ann Dye of Coolville, Ohio.
The Donna J. Newberry Scholarship for women athletes has been established at GSC to honor her.
Charles “Chup” Robinson was inducted posthumously.
His mother and sister accepted the award on his behalf.
(L-R) - GSC Athletic Director Janet Bailey, Chup’s mother Karen McGinnis Robinson,
his sister Andrea Fuchs, former GSC Track Coach Steve Harold,
and GSC Executive Vice President Robert Hardman II.
Charles ‘Chup’ Robinson, a native of New Martinsville, West Virginia has been posthumously inducted into the Glenville State College Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame.
“Chup loved Glenville, and especially Coach Steve Harold and his wife Renee. He would want to be remembered for his work to help young athletes succeed,” said his mother Karen McGinnis Robinson.
After a standout career at Magnolia High School, Robinson enrolled at GSC in 1990 where he competed in track and field, and also in cross country. During his stellar career he was a two-time WVIAC and NAIA District 28 Champion in the 100 Meter Dash (1993 and 1994), three-time WVIAC and NAIA District 28 Champion in the 200 Meter Dash (1992, 1993, and 1994), four-time WVIAC and NAIA District 28 Champion in the 4 x 400 Meter Relay (1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994), and three-time WVIAC and NAIA District 28 Meet High Point Individual in 1992, 1993, and 1994.
Robinson helped lead Glenville State College to consecutive WVIAC Track and Field titles in 1992 and 1993. As a sophomore in 1992, he scored in seven different events in the conference championship meet to earn WVIAC Track Athlete of the Year honors, an award he repeated both in 1993 and 1994.
Robinson’s 200 meter GSC record is now tied; however he still holds the school’s 100 meter record.
Following his competitive career at Glenville, Robinson served for five years as an assistant volleyball coach and as an assistant track coach for the Pioneers.
Steve Harold, Robinson’s former GSC track coach presented him for induction in the Hall of Fame. “Chup loved life, loved Glenville State College, and was one of the most popular student-athletes to ever attend GSC. He was a very hard working and dedicated athlete and one of the greatest competitors that I have ever coached. He was a winner in everything he did,” said Harold.
Tragically, his young life was cut short on December 22, 2000 when he died in an automobile accident.
He is survived by his parents, Charles G. and Karen McGinnis Robinson, his maternal grandmother, Martha McGinnis of Sistersville, West Virginia; two sisters, Kelli Stackpole and her husband Kenny of New Martinsville, West Virginia and Andrea Fuchs and her husband Scott of Westerville, Ohio; also two nephews, Austin and Andrew Stackpole of New Martinsville, West Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Joseph and Geraldine Robinson, and his maternal grandfather, John McGinnis.
The Chup Robinson Shelter at New Martinsville’s Magnolia High School Track is named in his honor.
Additionally GSC’s Pioneer High School Track and Field Classic was renamed in his honor in April 2008.
Tracy Wyatt Raban receives her Hall of Fame induction plaque.
(L-R) - GSC Athletic Director Janet Bailey, Tracy Wyatt Raban,
former GSC Women’s Basketball Coach Steve Harold, and
GSC Executive Vice President Robert Hardman II.
Tracy Wyatt Raban of Kegley, West Virginia, graduated Magna Cum Laude from GSC in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. While at GSC, Tracy excelled in women’s basketball and took the program to a whole new level.
“Glenville State College was blessed and very lucky to have Tracy choose to play for the Lady Pioneers. She made all of her teammate’s better players and she made me look awfully smart. She was an extension of me on the floor. She was like having a coach playing. Tracy was a great leader, had tremendous self-discipline, and was a true role model. I don’t know how anyone could deserve this honor more,” said Steve Harold, former GSC Lady Pioneer Basketball Coach who presented Raban for induction to the Hall of Fame.
Raban was a three-time First Team All WVIAC Performer in 2002, 2003, and 2004; two-time WVIAC Player of the Year in 2002 and 2004; three-time WVIAC All-Tournament Team in 2002, 2003, and 2004; two-time WVIAC Most Valuable Player in 2002 and 2003; three-time East Region All-Tournament Team in 2002, 2003, and 2004; East Region Most Outstanding Player in 2002; three-time Daktronics All East Region in 2002, 2003, and 2004; Kodak First Team All East Region in 2002, 2003, and 2004; and a three-time NCAA All-American.
Additionally, she was a member of the Elite Eight All-Tournament Team in 2002 when she set the National Elite Eight Tournament Record in Free Throws making sixteen for sixteen. She was a two-time Honorable Mention NCAA All American and an NCAA All American in 2002. She contributed to 21 of the 64 consecutive home victories in women’s basketball at GSC (the 3rd longest streak in NCAA II history). She is currently 4th on GSC’s All Time Scoring List, is GSC’s All Time Assists leader, GSC’s All Time Steals leader, and 7th on GSC’s All Time Field Goal’s List.
She received the 2002 and 2003 Neal Baisi Award given to the Top Native West Virginia female basketball player.
Before transferring to GSC, she was the 2000-2001 WVIAC Freshman of the Year and Second Team All-WVIAC at Bluefield State College.
Raban was named the Clarissa Williams Award Winner in 2005 which is given to the top female athlete who graduated the previous year from GSC.
In 2007 she was named to the WVIAC “25 at 25” Anniversary Team for Women’s Basketball. She was the only unanimous selection to the team.
“Dreams do come true! My time at Glenville State College was the best years of my life. They made me who I am today. Words cannot express the support I received from everyone here. GSC is exactly where I belonged,” said an emotional Raban.
She is employed by the Tazewell County Public Schools where she currently teaches Physical Education at Graham Middle School in Bluefield, Virginia.
Additionally she is Graham Middle School’s Volleyball Coach and Graham High School Girls’ Basketball Head Coach. Her record at the high school is 84-43 with two state tournament appearances.
Tracy and her husband, Dana Raban ’07, live in Kegley, West Virginia with their daughter Peyton Alexis Raban, who was born in November 2009. She is the daughter of Robert and Pam Wyatt of Kegley, West Virginia.
Plaques of each member of the Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame are displayed in the lobby of the GSC Physical Education Building. The Curtis Elam Hall of Fame was established in May of 2001 through the generosity of Curtis Elam, a 1949 graduate of Glenville State College.
~~ By Bob Edwards – GSC ~~
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