COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- On a joyful night in the Roaden University Center on campus, the Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony featured the Class of 2013, highlighting five former Golden Eagle student-athletes who were standouts in five different sports.
Four of the five were recognized in person, while the fifth inductee, Damien Kinloch, sent a recorded message for the packed Multipurpose room. He is currently playing professional basketball in Europe and was unable to attend. Current men's basketball head coach Steve Payne accepted the honor and spoke to the corwd of more than 400 on Kinloch's behalf.
The inductees will be recognized at halftime Saturday of Tech's Homecoming game against Jacksonville State.
This year’s inductees were:
- Kylie Crouch – A four-year letterwinner on the women’s golf team, Kylie set the program standard by earning a total of 12 all-tournament honors over the course of her career, more than any other player in team history. A two-time team MVP, she helped coach Bobby Nichols’ team win back-to-back OVC Championships in 2000 and 2001, earned all-OVC honors twice and was named to the OVC all-tournament team. The Sparta, Tenn., native, returned in 2008 to serve as a volunteer assistant coach with the TTU golf teams for four years.
- Stephanie Dallmann – One of only two players in program history to earn first-team all-OVC honors all four seasons, Stephanie piled up a lengthy list of honors including OVC Player of the Year, two-time all-region, three-time OVC all-tournament, two-time team MVP and Tennessee Tech’s 2003 Female Athlete of the Year. With the speedy Dallmann hitting in the leadoff spot, the Golden Eagles rolled to Ohio Valley Conference tournament championships in 2001 and 2003 and an astounding 65-17 record against OVC foes. Overall, Dallmann led Tech to a 161-94 record, and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
- Wes Gallagher – Wes is the only player in program history to earn All-America AND Academic All-America honors. He stamped his place among the Tennessee Tech football greats, leaving his Golden Eagle tenure (1996-99) as one of the most decorated offensive lineman in program history. A four-year letterman, he earned three straight all-Ohio Valley Conference honors. He was also a three-time Academic-All-District pick.
- Lupita Hernandez York – Lupita ranks as the most successful player in Tennessee Tech women’s tennis history. She was a four-time all-OVC selection, a two-time OVC Player of the Year selection, and shared the 2002 honor as Tennessee Tech’s Outstanding Female Athlete. She led the Golden Eagles to the school’s only OVC championship in women’s tennis. With her leadership, the Golden Eagles posted an overall 25-3 OVC record from 1998-2002, including undefeated marks in two of those seasons, and a 58-29 overall record in dual matches over that four-year span.
- Damien Kinloch – Damien racked up numerous awards and accolades in his two shorts seasons as a Golden Eagle. He helped lead Tech to the 2001-02 Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship as well as an appearance in the 2002 National Invitational Tournament Quarterfinals. In just two years, he piled up over 1,000 points and 500 rebounds, and blocked 77 shots. In addition to being named OVC Newcomer of the Year, he also was a two-time recipient of first-team all-OVC honors, and was twice named all-region and OVC all-tournament.