Sept. 20, 2017
THE FLATS – Golfer Roberto Castro, baseball catcher Matt Wieters and basketball guard B.J. Elder, each All-Americans who led their Georgia Tech teams to the brink of an NCAA championship, headline a class of six former Georgia Tech sports icons who will be inducted into the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame Friday evening at the College Football Hall of Fame.
The 2017 class, one of the most accomplished collectively in the history of the Hall of Fame, also includes the nation’s top punter of his time in Durant Brooks, 11-time track and field All-American Ashlee Kidd and tennis All-American Roger Anderson. These outstanding individuals also will be recognized Saturday at halftime of the Yellow Jackets’ football game against Pittsburgh.
Only Matt Wieters, whose Washington Nationals baseball team is in the thick of a pennant race and will be in New York to play the Mets, will not be physically in attendance Friday, but will address the audience via video. Castro is taking a break from the Web.com Tour Finals to be at the induction.
“As an alumnus and former student-athlete, it is an incredible privilege and honor for me to congratulate six outstanding Yellow Jackets on being selected for induction to the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame,” said director of athletics Todd Stansbury. “In addition to the great success that they achieved at Tech, they have also achieved great success in their lives beyond Georgia Tech and serve as shining examples of the young people that we strive to develop athletically, academically and in life. I’m looking forward to celebrating their success with the Tech family on Sept. 22 at the College Football Hall of Fame.”
Following are brief bios on the 2017 Hall of Fame class:
Roger Anderson, Tennis (2000-03)
The top player on Georgia Tech tennis teams that reached the NCAA Championship field in 2001, 2002 and 2003, earned ITA All-American honors in 2003 and was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team in 2001, 2002 and 2003. The native of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, played in the NCAA singles championship in 2002 and remains No. 5 on Tech’s all-time list for singles victories with 90. He was named the ITA Senior Region Player of the Year and won the ITA’s Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award in 2003. Anderson currently lives in Orlando, Fla., and is an on-court coach with the United States Tennis Association.