LOUISVILLE - The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its class of 2013 on Thursday, June 13 at the Grand Ballroom in the Crowne Plaza Louisville Hotel.
This year’s class was made up of Calvin Borel, Jerry Carroll, Julie Ditty, Pervis Ellison, Bo McMillin, Donna Bender Moir and Dwayne Woodruff. More on the inductees follows.
Alvin “Bo” McMillin: McMillin was quarterback for Centre College in 1917. In 1918, he served in the Navy before returning to lead Centre from 1919 to 1921. During his career, the “Praying Colonels” achieved an overall record of 38-4, and McMillin was named to Walter Camp’s All-American team in his last three seasons. On Oct. 29, 1921, in a game that has been hailed as the biggest upset in college football history, McMillin raced 32 yards for the only touchdown allowing tiny Centre to beat mighty Harvard, a team that hadn’t been defeated in five seasons. After college, McMillin played professionally for two seasons. He was a successful college coach, compiling a record of 146-77-13. In 1945, McMillin received the AFCA Coach of the Year award for accomplishments at Indiana University. In 1951, McMillin was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award from the AFCA.
Calvin Borel: Borel was born November 7, 1966, in St. Martinville, La. The youngest of five boys, he learned to ride before he could walk and honed his skills in the legendary bush tracks of Southern Louisiana as a youth. His first win came in 1982 at Delta Downs in Vinton, La. Borel would go on to become the only jockey in history to win three Kentucky Derbies in a four year span, taking the 133rd, 135th and 136th running of the Run for the Roses. Borel was the regular rider of 2009 Oaks and Preakness winner and eventual Eclipse Award Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra as she became the first filly in history to capture the storied Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. On March 7, 2013, Borel became the 26th rider in history to win 5,000 career races. He is to be elected into the National Thoroughbred Hall of Fame in 2013.
Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff: A Bowling Green native and 1979 University of Louisville graduate, Woodruff played defensive back for 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers: Super Bowl XIV as a rookie; team MVP in 1982; team captain for final three seasons; ranks 5th on the Steelers all-time list with 37 interceptions and fourth in interceptions returned for touchdowns. He earned a law degree (1988) from Duquesne University and practiced law while playing football till 1990. Woodruff was elected Judge of Pittsburgh’s Court of Common Pleas in 2005. The University of Louisville’s Woodruff Academic Center was dedicated in 2006.
Julie Ditty: Ditty grew up in Ashland, with five siblings and parents, Juanita and Jack Ditty. She began playing on the Russell High School tennis team in the second grade, earned 11 varsity letters and won three Kentucky high school singles titles. She was ranked No. 1 in USTA 14’s and won 12 national USTA junior titles. Ditty earned her education degree at Vanderbilt. She was a three-time All-American, All-SEC, Academic All-SEC, Vanderbilt Female Athlete of the Year, Tennessee Amateur Athlete of the Year and led Vanderbilt to the NCAA finals in 2001. As a WTA pro for 10 years, she won a record 38 USTA Pro Circuit titles and played four seasons of World Team Tennis. She played in Wimbledon, the US Open, Australian Open and French Open. Ditty was a member of the US Fed Cup Team that defeated Argentina in 2009. Her highest WTA World Ranking was 89 in singles and 65 in doubles.
Jerry Carroll: Carroll has had a very diverse career. After college he worked as a golf pro and dabbled in comedy and acting before realizing his dream of being a real estate developer. In the 1980s, he purchased Latonia Race Course in Northern Kentucky and rebuilt the facility to become Turfway Park. After the state declined to expand gambling, Carroll shifted his focus from horse racing to auto racing. Carroll purchased Gallatin County Farm in Sparta, and he and investors built the $152 million Kentucky Speedway, which opened in 2000. Despite great success and large crowds, NASCAR wouldn’t assign a Sprint Car Race to Kentucky, so Carroll sold the Speedway in 2008. In 2011, Carroll got to see his dreams realized when NASCAR held a Sprint Car Race in Sparta.
Donna Bender Moir: Moir was a dedicated student-athlete, coach and athletic director at Sacred Heart Academy. She was the first person in the state to win a KHSAA basketball state championship as both a player and a coach. She won a state record, three straight KHSAA basketball championships from 2002 to 2004, and she has been recognized as The Courier-Journal Statewide Coach of the Year on three occasions. Under her leadership, Sacred Heart has won more state championships in women’s athletics than any other program in the state. Bender-Moir is a proud mother of four, and has also been recognized as one of the top female golfers in the state of Kentucky.
Pervis Ellison: Ellison played center for the University of Louisville basketball team from 1986 to 1989. While at U of L, he received the nickname “Never Nervous Pervis” for his style of play. As a freshman, he helped his team win the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, and he was the second freshman ever to be named Most Outstanding Player. In 1989, Ellison was the first overall NBA draft pick and went to play for the Sacramento Kings. Unfortunately, his 11-year NBA career was plagued by injuries, but he still managed to score 4,494 points, have 3,170 rebounds, and blocked 752 shots. Today, Ellison’s jersey hangs at the KFC Yum! Center for all the success he brought to the University of Louisville.