The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame will hold a pair of ceremonies this weekend to honor a group of people, including Chattanooga's Zan Guerry, who have made outstanding contributions in athletics to the state.
The festivities will begin Saturday at 11:30 a.m. with a luncheon honoring the Hall of Fame’s Tennessean of the Year, Tennessee Lady Vols Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt.
The induction banquet will begin 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Individuals and teams selected for the 2012 Honoree Class and the 2012 Inductee Class will be honored.
The following individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the event:
· Coach Rick Insell, a 1977 graduate of Middle Tennessee, who built a dynasty at Shelbyville High School by guiding the Golden Eaglettes girls basketball team to a record 10 TSSAA Class AAA state titles before becoming the women’s head basketball coach for the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders.
· James "Jim" Marsalis was a college football standout at Tennessee State University before becoming a first-round draft pick for the Kansas City Chiefs.
· Coach Gene Bartow (posthumous) was best known for building a successful basketball program from scratch as the athletic director and head basketball coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Prior to Coach Bartow’s death this year, he was an executive with the Memphis Grizzlies.
· Tim Jackson is currently the president-elect of the Tennessee Golf Association. He is also a member of the Memphis Sports Hall of Fame and the Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame.
· Golf great Gibby Gilbert has won tournaments on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.
· Zan Guerry’s tennis career includes more than 25 national championships in singles and doubles.
· Coach David Walker’s tenure as head track coach at East Tennessee State University produced 30 All-Americans along with countless other track and cross country stars in the Atlantic Sun, Southern and Ohio Valley conferences.
· Brig. Gen. Austin Conner Shofner (posthumous) is the Marine who got word to the outside world of the infamous Bataan Death March of 1942 after he engineered the first and only successful American team escape from a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.
· Jeff Byrd (posthumous) was a former president of Bristol Motor Speedway who helped transform NASCAR racing.
This year’s award recipients are:
Male Professional Athlete of the Year: Dan Uggla from the Atlanta Braves
Female Professional Athlete of the Year: Tamika Catchings from the Indianapolis Fever, selected Most Valuable Player for the Women’s National Basketball Association
Professional Teams of the Year: The Nashville Predators and the Memphis Grizzlies
Female Amateur Athletes of the Year: Jamie Achten of Lee University and Jenny Connolly from University of Tennessee
Male Amateur Athlete of the Year: Vanderbilt University’s John Jenkins
Amateur Teams of the Year: The Lee University Lady Flames soccer team and the Vanderbilt University baseball team
Outstanding Achievement Awards: The Belmont Bruins basketball team and Tusculum College standout Bo Cordell.