MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College Department of Athletics is pleased to announce its 2015 class for the Georgia College Athletics Hall of Fame. The second of the three-member class is coaching legend and women’s athletics pioneer Betty Jaynes.
The first executive director of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), Jaynes, who also coached at Madison College (now James Madison) from 1970-82 was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 and was honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with its John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, she was also inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
Jaynes led the WBCA in its goal to unify coaches at all levels and helped develop the sport of women's basketball. She became CEO of the organization in 1996. The WBCA grew from 212 members to more than 3,000 when she retired in November 2001.
Jaynes graduated from Georgia College 1967, two years prior to the inception of intercollegiate athletics. She passed away in February of 2014 at the age of 68.
She will join previous inductees Jennifer Joiner from softball, Phil Arp, John Kurtz, Rusty Kea, Greg Winters, Chris Carr, Keith Slocumb and Tom Gorman from baseball, Duward Whelchel, Julia Roudkovskaya, Anna (Haggkvist) Sundstrom, Jay Torrence, Nancy Groesch, Lars Lindblom and Lilia and Luiza Biktyakova from tennis, Robert Williams, Leonard Scott and Julius Joseph from men's basketball, Sherita Ballard from women's basketball, David Robinson and Alex McMichael from golf, Missy (Thomas) Swicord and Yeini (Gutierrez) Thompson from gymnastics, broadcaster Scott MacLeod, former athletic director and golf coach Michael Peeler and former athletic director and basketball coach Stan Aldridge.
Jaynes, Michelle Palethorpe and one other member will be honored as part of Homecoming/Alumni Weekend Saturday, Feb. 21. They will be recognized at halftime of the men's game of a basketball doubleheader against the Georgia Southwestern State University and again at a formal ceremony in the Magnolia Ballroom, tentatively set for an 8 p.m. start.
For ticketing information on how to be a part of the Georgia College Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Feb. 21, contact the athletic department at (478) 445-6341.
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