Cumberland Sports Hall of Fame Banquet set for Oct. 25th
Friday, September 27, 2019
Cumberland Sports Hall of Fame Banquet set for Oct. 25th
The Cumberland Sports Hall of Fame class of 2019 inductees are Mark Purvis, Ricky Collins and the 1982-82 Women's Basketball team.

LEBANON, Tenn., - Cumberland University's 30th Annual Sports Hall of Fame banquet is set for Friday, October 25 at 6 p.m. in Baird Chapel with former student-athletes Ricky Collins (basketball), Mark Purvis (baseball) and the 1982-82 Women's Basketball team will be set for induction.

Tickets for the dinner are $15 per person and may be reserved by emailing [email protected]. The inductees will be honored Homecoming weekend on October 25-26 with a dinner and recognitioning during Saturday's football game against Bethel. 

Collins is a Nashville, Tenn., native who played his second season at CU where he led the team in scoring and was the team MVP for the club that won the TJCAA East Division and state championship. The team was just two wins shy of the NJCAA national tournament. Collins transferred to UT-Martin to finish out his college career. 

Collins then went on to have a very successful coaching career, first at Trenton Peabody High School (1978-83) as well as Memphis Technical (1984-86) and Memphis Central High School (1987-92). He spent the last 20 years of his coaching career in Metro Nashville at Pearl-Cohn (1993-05), Antioch (2006-07) and Whites Creek (2008-13). Collins was inducted into the Metro Nashville Coaches Hall of Fame in 2014.

Purvis was a four-year letterwinner for coach Woody Hunt, helping CU accumulate 173 victories and four TCAC championships during his career. He hit .325 with 37 doubles, 17 home runs, 127 RBIs and 162 runs from 1990-1993. The Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native ranks fifth in career hits (202) at CU as well as third in at-bats (625), fourth in runs scored and 10th in doubles.

Purvis took over as head coach of Mount Juliet High School in 2000. He compiled a 516-194 record during two stints and 18 seasons as head coach for the Golden Bears. He led MJHS to the Class AAA state finals in 2009 along with five other state tournament appearances.

The 1982-83 Cumberland women’s basketball team, coached by Bud Childers, lost in the NJCAA national championship game in Senatobia, Miss., and featured 14 players. The squad finished the year 33-4 overall.

CU won four games en route to the semifinals, knocking off top-seeded Gadsden State in the quarterfinals. Sherrie Chaffin and Nicky Neal were both named to the All-Tournament Team and Karen Scott received Honorable Mention honors.

The team included Chaffin, Neal, Scott, Sharen Douglas, Tammy Jones, Stephanie Falk, Shelly Reed, Robin Hare, Rita Baldwin, Beth Boswell, Joanna Oliphant, Dana Haire, Judy Perkins, Rita Pierce, Lynn Brown, Donzala Greer and Shelia Aaron.