PIPPA PASSES – Alice Lloyd College inducted three former athletes into its athletic hall of fame on Saturday. The induction ceremony took place on the college campus at the Grady Nutt Athletic Center as part of the annual Appalachia Day Homecoming activities.
This year’s inductees were Geoff Cody (Lexington, formerly of Knott County), Jason Smith (Clay County) and Will Dillard (Beckley, West Virginia).
Cody attended Alice Lloyd from 1993-1998 where he majored in Education. He received a duel degree in History and Social Studies. He was a four-year member of the Eagles basketball team and was known for his competitiveness and rugged play. Cody had a solid career, but saved his best work for last. As a senior in 1997-1998, he was the second-leading scorer in the TVAC conference, averaging 22.3 points per game. This mark is still the sixt- highest single-season average in the ALC men’s basketball program’s history. Cody was also named First Team All- Conference that year as well as being chosen Honorable Mention All-American. Additionally, he was selected as Alice Lloyd’s team MVP.
He was accompanied by his wife Aimee Cody, his son Peyton, his daughter Noel, and his son Major. Also on hand were his parents, Tom Cody and Patty Wood, as well as his in-laws, Ron and Pat Chaffins.
Currently, Cody resides in Lexington and is employed by the Franklin County Board of Education. He has served his community for 16 years as an educator and boys’ basketball coach, and for the past three years he has been a teacher of American History, AP Government and Politics at Western Hills High School in Frankfort.
Smith hails from Manchester and attended Alice Lloyd College from 2002-2006, majoring in Mathematics Education. He was a four-year member of the Eagles baseball team and was known for his power pitching.
As a freshman, Smith received the ALC Rookie of the Year Award. His sophomore year saw him receive the ALC Coaches Award. His game began to blossom as a junior as he was named second team all-conference and was honored as ALC’S Pitcher of the Year. His senior year saw his dominance grow as he was named first team-All Conference as well as ALC Pitcher of the Year. Additionally, Smith was selected as the 2006 Most Valuable Player for the Eagles. Over his final two seasons, Smith compiled an 11-5 win loss record while recording an earned run average of just 2.6. Incredibly, during that same span, Smith stuck out 75 opponents while only allowing 16 walks. Not only was he a top athlete, Smith also was chosen academic all-conference as well as making the dean’s list his final two seasons.
He was accompanied by his parents, Kenneth and Billie Smith, and his brother, and current member of the Eagles baseball squad, Justin Smith.
Currently, Smith resides in Manchester and is employed by the Clay County Board of Education. He has served his community for eight years as a math teacher and baseball and golf coach at Clay County High School.
Dillard hails from Beckley, W.Va. and attended Alice Lloyd College from 2005-2009, majoring in Business. He was a four-year member of the Eagles basketball team and was known for his incredible athleticism and hard-nosed play.
As a freshman, Dillard led the Alice Lloyd College men’s basketball team in assists, while finishing second in the conference. His sophomore year saw him finish fifth in the league in assists, lead the team in assists for a second year, and finish third on the team in scoring. His junior year saw him finish third in the conference in assists, lead the squad in assists for the third straight year, and finish third on the team in scoring. For his play, Dillard was chosen First Team All-Conference. It was his senior year, however, when he exploded on the league with an incredible display. He led the team in scoring at 19.1 points per game which also placed him second in the conference, and he had a season high 36 points against Union College. His field goal percentage of 52.7 percent was tops in the league. Additionally, he led the league in assists at 5 per game, was third in free throw percentage at 75.7 percent and finished sixth in steals per game at 1.5 per outing. When the season was over, he was recognized by the league for his complete performance by being voted the 2008 KIAC Player of the Year, and he is just the third male in school history to be so honored. He completed his career with 1490 points, 529 assists, and 161 steals. He is also the only player in school history to lead the team in assists for four seasons and was named ALC’S Most Valuable Player twice.
Dillard was also well respected on campus. He was named to the Dean’s list several times and was chosen as the school winner of the Outstanding Citizenship Award. The men’s basketball standout was further honored by the school when he was named the winner of the prestigious Algernon Sydney Award, which goes to the senior who demonstrates both the highest spiritual character and humanitarian qualities.
Dillard was accompanied by his parents, Rick and Dollie Dillard, his brother Ricky and sister-in-law Kim, his niece Hayden and nephew Kyrie, and his girlfriend Hanna Metrick.
Currently, Dillard resides in Beckley and is presently employed by P.P.P.F.D. Incorporated. He has served his community for the past five years in the field of business, and for the past two and a half years, has been a bookkeeper and human resources director. He also is a member of the Drug Free All Stars, a group of former athletes who travel across several states delivering positive anti-drug messages to schools. Furthermore, he played for two years for the West Virginia Blazers of the American Basketball Association (ABA).