PIPPA PASSES – Alice Lloyd College welcomed three individuals 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 and included a Wheelwright High School graduate.
This year’s inductees were Julian L. Deaton Jr. (Hueysville), Douglas B. Clark (Pippa Passes, formerly of Mt. Orab, Ohio) and Kerry L. Hill (Independence, formerly of Hazard).
Deaton hails from Floyd County and is a 1968 graduate of Wheelwright High School, where he was an all-state performer in both baseball and football. He attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga. and participated in baseball for two seasons where he was voted all-conference as a catcher. He transferred to Morehead State University where he served as their catcher his final two years. He turned down an opportunity for a professional contract to pursue his degree in Environmental Engineering.
Deaton joined the Alice Lloyd College family in 2001 when he became the assistant baseball coach under Scott Cornett and worked aas the supervisor of the campus swimming pool. While at ALC, Deaton had the opportunity to coach numerous all-conference performers. He ably served in that capacity for 15 years before retiring in 2015.
Deaton’s coaching career, which hasn’t ended, spans approximately 42 years on various levels. His playing career encompasses every level through semipro.
Deaton was accompanied by his wife, Alberta Deaton; his daughter Krystal Deaton; his daughter Heather Deaton-Allen; his son in law Casey Allen; and his grandsons Gavin and Grant.
Currently, Deaton resides in Hueysville, where he is semi-retired and serves his community as an Environmental Engineer Consultant. He also is the assistant baseball coach at Allen Central High School.
Clark hails from Mt. Orab, Ohio and attended Alice Lloyd from 1999-2003 where he majored in Business. He was a four-year member of the Eagle baseball team and was known for his power hitting.
Clark was a dual position player, as he was both a solid pitcher and first basemen. As a freshman, Clark showed signs of things to come as he batted an impressive .387 to lead the club. For his efforts, Clark was voted Honorable Mention All-Conference. His sophomore and junior seasons saw him continue his steady play as he easily batted over .300 in each campaign. Clark’s senior year saw his game explode to a completely rare level as he batted an eye-opening .438 to finish among the conference’s elite batsmen. In addition to playing a solid first base, he showed his versatility by appearing in 13 games on the mound and garnered five important saves for his team. For his incredible season, Clark was selected second team-All Conference, and is easily considered as one of the top 10 hitters to ever wear the Eagle pinstripes.
Currently, Clark resides in Pippa Passes and serves his community as the owner of Sports World in Hazard.
Clark was accompanied by his wife, and fellow Alice Lloyd alumnus, Amanda, as well as their two children, Austin and Addison. Also in attendance were his in-laws, Gary and Beulah Compton, his sister Nichole and brother-in-law Greg, his sister–in-law Tina, and niece Samra.
Kerry L. Hill hails from Hazard and attended Alice Lloyd from 1985-1988 where he majored in Education. He was a three-year member of the Eagles basketball team and was known for his shooting prowess, in addition to his solid, all-around game.
During his three seasons, Hill was a double-figure scorer each year and was one of the team’s most consistent performers. He garnered over 500 career rebounds, which makes him one of just a handful of players to grab that many in only three years of play, and he statistically was ranked among the league’s better rebounders. During his senior season, Hill was named the captain and helped lead the Eagles to a school record at the time for victories in a season. For his play, Hill was honored with both the Leadership and Coaches Awards. In addition to his athletic achievements, he was also a solid student who remained on the Dean’s list. His career-highs were 35 points and 17 rebounds, and he is considered as one of the finest all-around big men to wear the Eagle uniform.
Currently, Hill resides in Independence and is employed by the Campbell County Board of Education where he has served his community in the field of education for the past 28 years. He was the Assistant Superintendent of Campbell County Schools before retiring. He recently came out of retirement to serve as the Transportation Director for Campbell County Schools.
He was accompanied by his daughter Jacqueline; his father Fred Hill; and his former high school coach, Harold Combs. His wife Michelle was unable to attend due to illness but was with him in spirit.