By Jocelyn VerVelde, Sports Information Coordinator
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A large group from Tennessee Tech and Cookeville was in the audience Friday when former Tennessee Tech President Dr. Robert “Bob” Bell was inducted into the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame at the 2014 Honors Luncheon at DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Nashville.
The league handed out its annual awards, including the induction of Bell and Margaret Simmons into the Hall of Fame.
“I’m honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” said Bell. “This is such an outstanding conference and it’s just a honor to be apart of this group of individuals who have done so much for intercollegiate athletics and for our student-athletes.”
Bell became the 18th Tennessee Tech affiliate into the Hall of Fame.
Rudy Kalis, sports director for WSMV TV in Nashville, served as the emcee for the event. Awards for Male and Female Athlete of the Year, the Steve Hamilton Sportsmanship Award, sportsmanship awards and the Commissioner’s Cup were presented.
The following awards were given out at the luncheon:
Male Athlete of the Year: Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
Female Athlete of the Year: Heather Butler, UT Martin
Steve Hamilton Sportsmanship Award: J.J. Mann, Belmont
Commissioner's Cup: Eastern Kentucky
Institutional Sportsmanship: Belmont University
Hall of Fame: Dr. Robert "Bob" Bell, Tennessee Tech; Margaret Simmons, Murray State