Sept. 19, 2001
ATLANTA – Point guard Kenny Anderson and defensive end Marco Coleman, all-Americas who led Georgia Tech’s basketball team to the Final Four and its football team to the National Championship, respectively, in 1990, headline the list of 2001 inductees into the Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame.
Also elected to the Hall of Fame are former Atlantic Coast Conference players of the year in third baseman Andy Bruce and tennis star Jens Skjoedt, all-America pitcher Mike Hostetler, all-America golfer Jay Nichols, and football letterman and team captain Tom Coleman.
The Class of 2001 will be officially inducted Friday Sept. 28 at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet at the Atlanta Hilton and Towers. Tickets to the banquet, which begins with a reception at 7 p.m., are available at $65 each. They may be purchased by contacting Barb Dockweiler in the Alexander-Tharpe Fund Office (404-894-6124).
They also will be honored in an on-field ceremony prior to Tech’s football game against Clemson on Sept. 29, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m.
Anderson, currently a member of the Boston Celtics, is one of two consensus first-team all-Americas in Georgia Tech basketball history, earning the honors in 1991. The 6-2 guard from Rego Park, N.Y., earned all-ACC honors both of his seasons at Tech in 1990 and 1991, and averaged 23.0 points and 7.0 assists per game in his career.
Coleman, currently a member of the Washington Redskins, finished his career with first-team all-America honors in 1990 and 1991, keying a defense that helped Tech to the national championship in 1990 and a berth in the Aloha Bowl in 1991. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Coleman still ranks second on the Tech career list in with 27.5 quarterback sacks and is second with 50 career tackles for loss.
Named ACC Player of the Year in 1991, Andy Bruce earned first-team all-ACC honors three times in his career, and was a first-team all-America in 1991. He hit home runs in eight consecutive games in 1991, an NCAA record which still stands, and played in the St. Louis Cardinals organization from 1991-95. The Marietta, Ga., native completed his degree in management in 1995, and now is a district sales manager for Coca-Cola Enterprises.
Skjoedt also was named ACC Player of the Year in tennis in 1990, and earned all-conference honors in 1988, 1989 and 1990. A native of Sonderborg, Denmark, Skjoedt still holds Tech records for singles wins (64) and doubles wins (60) in dual matches. He is tied with current Tech men’s and women’s tennis coaches Kenny Thorne and Bryan Shelton for the school season record in singles wins (22).
Hostetler’s baseball career coincided with that of Bruce, and he earned first-team all-ACC honors in 1990 and a second-team in 1989. The Marietta, Ga., native was named a third-team all-America in 1990. A starter and a reliever in his three-year career, he ranked sixth in Tech history in saves and eighth in complete games with 12 each. He finished his career with a 22-17 record, and played minor league ball in the Atlanta Braves organization.
Nichols was an all-ACC and honorable mention all-America performer in 1987 and was an integral part of Tech’s first ACC championship golf team in 1985. A four-year letterman from Savannah, Ga., Nichols won the ImperiaLakes Championship in 1987 and won the Robert Tyre Jones Trophy as the Yellow Jackets’ player of the year. He earned his management degree in 1987.
Coleman, a tackle on both offense and defense, lettered in football from 1946-49 and served as team captain as a senior. He earned membership in the Georgia Tech “T” Club and the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Since graduation, Coleman has distinguished himself in business and in the community as director of the Georgia department of transportation and vice chairman of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
The seven inductees into Tech’s Sports Hall of Fame increase the number of former Tech athletes, coaches, administrators and announcers who have been so honored to 404.