TROY, Ala. – Eight former Troy University student-athletes and coaches will be enshrined into the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 29, Athletic Director John Hartwell announced Tuesday afternoon.
The third class into the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame consists of Danny Cox (baseball), Mike Griffin (men’s golf), Perry Griggs (football), Ted Horstead (football), Anthony Reed (men’s basketball), Rick Rhoades (football), Osi Umenyiora (football) and Paul Word (men’s basketball).
The induction ceremony will be the highlight of a busy T-Club Weekend on campus. The Troy softball team will host Georgia State on Saturday and Sunday and the Trojan football team will play its annual T-Day Spring Game on Saturday prior to the ceremony.
Seats for the ceremony in Trojan Arena can be purchased for $100 each and tables can be purchased for $800. Sponsorships are also available for the evening. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact the Troy Athletic Department at 334-670-3482.
Danny Cox (Baseball) – Danny Cox put together one of the most magical seasons ever by a Troy pitcher during the 1981 campaign. His dominance on the mound led to first team All-America honors and statistics that still hold true in Troy’s record book today. Cox won a school record 13 games during the 1981 season behind the strength of six shutouts, a number that is both the single-season and career record for the Trojans. A product of Warner Robbins (Ga.) High School, Cox was a member of the inaugural class into the Troy Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. He set an NCAA record with 43 consecutive scoreless innings as he posted a 1.30 ERA and led the country in wins. His ERA still ranks as the third best in a season in Troy history while his 110.2 innings pitched rank as the 10th best total. Cox finished his Trojan career with a 17-7 overall record and a 2.31 ERA, which still ranks as the third best mark by a Troy player. Cox was a member of two Gulf South Conference championship teams that advanced to the NCAA Division II World Series and combined to win 67 games to just 22 losses.
Mike Griffin (Men’s Golf) – One of the most successful golf coaches in NCAA history, Mike Griffin led Troy to a pair of NCAA Division II National Championships, one NCAA Division II National Runner-Up, nine straight appearances in the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament and seven Gulf South Conference Championships. He had 32 golfers earn All-America honors while the Trojans finished lower than fourth just once during their nine NCAA appearances. Griffin was Troy’s No. 1 golfer during three of his four seasons as a student-athlete and won a pair of Alabama Collegiate Conference individual championships. Following two seasons on the mini-tour, Griffin collected 1,581 wins during his 11 seasons as Troy’s head coach. Griffin won nine coach of the year honors before taking over at Auburn University in 1984. He led the Tigers to 18 NCAA Regional appearances over his final 20 years and took Auburn to the NCAA Championships 16 times during his 25-year career on the Plains. Griffin was named the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year four times, the Region II South Coach of the Year five times and was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame in 2000. Griffin compiled a record of 1581-642-22 (.714) during his 11 seasons at Troy and concluded his 36-year with 4,571 victories between his time at Troy and Auburn.
Perry Griggs (Football) – One of the most versatile players in Troy history, Perry Griggs held the school’s all-purpose yards record for over 30 years after finishing his storied career with 4,079 yards. A Kodak first team All-American and NAIA second team All-American in 1976, Griggs earned All-Gulf South first team honors in 1974 and 1976 and was named the league’s Player of the Year in 1974. Griggs’ sophomore season (1974) was his best statistically as he totaled 1,585 all-purpose yards with 163 coming on the ground, 611 through the air, 280 via punt returns and 531 on kickoff returns. He was named the top player in Alabama by the Birmingham Post Herald, and was an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press and the NAIA that season. Griggs is currently second in Troy history in all-purpose yards, seventh in receiving yards (1,975) and fourth in touchdown receptions (19). Griggs averaged 13.8 yards per punt during his career a mark that ranks second all-time in Troy history. Griggs was the fifth Troy player to be selected in the NFL Draft when the New York Jets selected him with their fifth round pick in 1977. He played for the Jets, Atlanta Falcons and the Baltimore Colts in the NFL and for two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League.
Ted Horstead (Football) – One of the all-time great running backs in Troy history, Ted Horstead currently ranks second on the all-time career rushing list for the Trojans with 2,926 yards over his four year career. The Elba, Ala., native turned in his best season during Troy’s 1984 National Championship season. Horstead rushed for 1,123 yards on 238 carries as the Trojans went 12-1 and won the NCAA Division II title. His rushing yards and carries were both single-season Troy records at the time and currently rank as the fifth and third best marks, respectively. Horstead became the first Troy player to rush for over 1,000 yards in a career and his career total stood as the school record for 17 seasons. A fullback, Horstead earned All-Gulf South Conference honors in 1984 and 1985 and is tied for second all-time in Troy history with eight 100-yard rushing games for his career. He ranks sixth, seventh and ninth on the Troy single-season rushing yards per game list and third all-time with a 75.0 yards per game average for his career. Following his playing career, which was cut short due to an injury his senior year, he has worked professionally in Mississippi and Alabama and has been actively involved in coaching youth football. He also served on the board for the Holcut Foundation, which created after-school programs for disadvantaged youth.
Anthony Reed (Men’s Basketball) – Troy’s all-time leading scorer by over 100 points, Anthony Reed dominated the Gulf South Conference during his four-year career with the Trojans. He finished his career with 1,875 points (124 points more than the next closest player), 913 rebounds and 149 steals. The Hayneville, Ala., native took the GSC by storm out of the gates as he earned the league’s Freshman of the Year award after averaging 13.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in his rookie campaign. His scoring increased by over 10 points a game over his career and his senior season Reed averaged a Troy single-season record 24.4 points per game. Reed earned All-Gulf South Conference honors three times in his career and All-America honors following his dominant senior campaign. Reed holds the Troy career records for free throws made (363) and free throws attempted (671) in addition to the single-game record of 21 free throws attempted. He scored over 30 points six times during his career, including a career-best 37 against Valdosta State. Reed was just as solid on the glass as he was in the scoring department as he averaged 8.1 rebounds per game over his career, including a career-best 8.7 rebounding mark his junior season.
Rick Rhoades (Football) – Rick Rhoades has a distinct place in Troy’s football history as one of three coaches in school history to win a national championship. Rhoades three seasons as the Trojans’ head coach led to a pair of Gulf South Conference titles and the 1987 NCAA Division II National Championship; he also won a national title as Troy’s defensive coordinator in 1984. The Trojans rolled off 12 straight wins to close out the 1987 season including a 31-17 victory over Portland State in the title game. The run to the title featured several thrilling games as the Trojans forced eight turnovers in a 31-10 semifinal victory over Central Florida and then rallied from a 10-3 halftime deficit in the win over Portland State. Rhoades complied a 28-7-1 record in his three seasons at Troy and won all three of his games against in-state rivals Jacksonville State and West Alabama. The Trojans posted a 19-2 Gulf South Conference record during his tenure and won 19 of their final 20 league games. A graduate of Central Missouri State, Rhoades went on to serve as the head coach at Southern Illinois for one season before taking over as the quarterback coach at Alabama for one season and the offensive coordinator at Kentucky for two seasons. He later went on to serve as the head coach at Nicholls State, Delta State and the Birmingham Thunderbolts (XFL). Rhoades has spent the last seven seasons coaching in Austria, Sweden and France.
Osi Umenyiora (Football) – One of the most feared defensive lineman in the National Football League, Osi Umenyiora has won a pair of Super Bowl titles and has twice been selected to the NFL Pro Bowl. An All-American following the 2002 season at Troy, Umenyiora was selected by the New York Giants in the second round (56th overall pick) in the 2003 NFL Draft. The London, England, native’s senior year at Troy was one of the best in school history as he finished second in the country with 15 sacks, a total which ranks tied for fifth best in a season in Troy history. Umenyiora recorded 20.5 tackles for loss during that 2002 season to establish a new single-season school record. The record held true for eight seasons until now Atlanta Falcons teammate Jonathan Massaquoi, finished the 2010 campaign with 21.5 tackles for loss. Umenyiora ranks second all-time in Troy history with 38.5 tackles for loss behind only DeMarcus Ware; he also ranks eighth in sacks and 16th in tackles. He holds the Troy single-game record after picking up four sacks against Florida A&M in 2002. Umenyiora’s professional career has been just as successful as he led the NFC in sacks in 2005, was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in Oct. 2010, set the New York Giants record with six sacks in a game and holds the NFL record after forcing 10 fumbles in 2010.
Paul Word (Men’s Basketball) – One of the early pioneers in the history of Troy men’s basketball, Paul Word was named a Small College All-American following the 1961-62 season in addition to earning a pair of All-Alabama Collegiate Conference honors. Word ranks 15th all time in Troy history with 1,113 points over his three year career and is one of just 22 players in Troy history to top the 1,000-point mark. The Eufaula, Ala., native helped lead the Trojans to a pair of Alabama Collegiate Conference regular season championships and the 1962 Alabama Collegiate Conference Tournament Championship. Troy appeared in the NAIA National Tournament all three seasons with Word on the roster. He led the Trojans in scoring and rebounding in his final two seasons; Word averaged 17.3 points and 10.9 rebounds in 1960-61 and 17.6 points and 9.9 rebounds in 1961-62. After graduating Troy with honors, Word went on to dominate the high school coaching ranks in Alabama as he won 614 games in 38 years, including state championships at New Brockton (1968) and Abbeville Christian Academy (2002), for which he earned Alabama Coach of the Year honors.