Georgia College Athletics Names Winters to 2009 Hall of Fame Class

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College Department of Athletics is pleased to announce its 2009 class for the Georgia College Athletic Hall of Fame. Over the next four days, the members of the next induction class will be revealed. First up is former Colonial baseball player Greg Winters.

Winters hit for a .396 clip during his career, ranking second all-time at Georgia College. A four-year member of the Colonials from 1993-1996, his 290 hits ranks fourth all-time and is the highest total since the school joined the NCAA Division II in 1992.

Winters was named All-American in 1996, adding three All-Region honors from 1994-96. The last two seasons of his career brought All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) honors, and he was also selected to the 1995 World Series All-Tournament Team. Always patient at the plate, Winters hit over .400 in three of his seasons, also drawing a school-best 199 career walks.

"I was very surprised when I got the call from (GCSU head baseball coach Tom Carty)," said Winters. "This award is very special and I'm honored to be a part of the ceremony."

Winters joins previous inductees Jennifer Joiner from softball, Phil Arp, John Kurtz, Rusty Kea and Tom Gorman from baseball, Duward Whelchel, Julia Roudkovskaya and Lilia Biktyakova from tennis, Robert Williams and Julius Joseph from men's basketball, Sherita Ballard from women's basketball, David Robinson and Alex McMichael from golf, Missy (Thomas) Swicord from gymnastics and former athletic director and golf coach Michael Peeler.

The four new inductees 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 Francis Marion 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 secretary Patti Weimer at 478-445-6341.

To nominate former Bobcats and Colonials for the Georgia College Athletic Hall of Fame, visit the GCSU Athletic web site at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats and click on the button for nominations.

The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.