Pioneer Hall of Fame 2007
Eight new members were inducted into the Pioneer Hall of Fame during Alumni Weekend 2007, including Lawrence R. Kopczyk ’80, an All-American basketball player, and Kelly Galloway Willoughby ’85, a national level tennis player. Other inductees were basketball standouts W. Thomas Browning ’66 and David L. Yewell ’64, state championship field hockey players Connie D. Oliver ’82 and Mary J. Rogers ’84, Division I football coach Edward F. Camp Jr. ’30 (posthumously), and football star M. Vernon Tucker ’37.
The Pioneer Hall of Fame recognizes former athletes and coaches who are alumni of the University and others who have made outstanding contributions to the field of athletics, thereby bringing honor to Transylvania.
W. Thomas Browning ’66 lettered four years in baseball and three in basketball at Transylvania, receiving the Lynn Stewart Award in basketball in 1964, the Homerun Record Award in baseball in 1965, and the T-Club Award in 1966. He was a member of the 1964-65 basketball team that played in the NAIA national tournament in Kansas City.
The late Edward F. Camp Jr. ’30 was a standout basketball, baseball, and football player at Transylvania. In 1946 he was hired to restart the University of Louisville’s football program, dormant during World War II. He coached the Cardinals for 23 seasons, finishing with a won-lost-tied record of 118-95-2 to become U of L’s winningest football coach. He coached future NFL greats Johnny Unitas, Lenny Lyles, Doug Buffone, and Ernie Green.
Lawrence R. Kopczyk ’80 scored 1,204 points during his Transylvania basketball career and earned both player and academic All-American recognition. As a senior, he led the NAIA in free throw shooting, ranked 20th in scoring with a 20.1 points per game average, and was twice named NAIA Player of the Week. Also in his senior year, he was Transy’s Most Valuable Player and male Pioneer Athlete of the Year. He played one season of professional basketball in Greece.
Connie D. Oliver ’82 participated in four varsity sports at Transylvania, lettering all four years in field hockey and basketball. She also lettered in tennis and volleyball. She led the Pioneer field hockey team in goals in 1978 and 1980, won Transy’s Outstanding Offensive Player Award in 1980 and 110 Percent Award in 1981, and was a three-year member of the All-State team.
Mary Jean Rogers ’84 excelled in field hockey, basketball, softball, and tennis at Transylvania, earning 12 letters and winning the female Pioneer Athlete of the Year Award in 1984. She played on state championship teams in field hockey and softball. In basketball, she scored 1,320 points, made the KWIC All-Tournament team for three years, and the Kodak All-District team.
M. Vernon Tucker ’37 played football for the Pioneers from 1933-36 and was a member of the T-Club for three years. As a senior fullback, he was credited by the 1937 Crimson as playing a “bang-up game throughout the season. His greatest game was against Georgetown, in which he knifed his way through the Tiger line for long gains.”
Kelly Galloway Willoughby ’85 was a three-sport standout at Transylvania. In tennis, she captured the KWIAC and NAIA District 32 singles and doubles championships and qualified for the NAIA national tournament three times. She scored 781 points in basketball and received the Captain’s Award in 1985, and was a four-year starter in softball.
David L. Yewell ’64 was a starter on the 1962-63 Pioneer basketball team that was the first to qualify for post-season play and compete in the NAIA national championship in Kansas City. He played center/forward on that team, which posted a 20-9 record and won the Kentucky/Indiana Athletic Conference championship. He was named Transy’s Most Valuable Player as a senior.