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Bobby Nichols inducted into OVC Hall of Fame

On hand for Bobby Nichols' Hall of Fame induction were his brothers, John, Earl and Glen.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A large group from Tennessee Tech and Cookeville was in the audience Friday when former Golden Eagle golf coach and player Bobby Nichols was inducted into the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame at the 2011 Honors Luncheon at DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Nashville.

The league handed out its annual awards, includng the induction of Nichols and Ron English into the Hall of Fame. Bobby's brother, Earl, gave the acceptance speech and was joined by a host of family members, including brothers John and Glen.

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, scholarship awards and All-Sports Trophies were presented. THe induction of Nichols and English into the OVC Hall of Fame brought the Hall's total membership to 69.

The following awards were given out at the luncheon:

Male Athlete of the Year: Kenneth Faried, Morehead State (basketball)
Female Athlete of the Year: Kat Pagano, Eastern Kentucky (cross country/track and field)
Steve Hamilton Sportsmanship Award: Abby O'Connor, Eastern Kentucky (volleyball)
Commissioner's Cup: Eastern Illinois
Institutional Sportsmanship Award: Southeast Missouri
2010 Hall of Fame Inductees: Bobby Nichols, Ron English