The twenty-second class of inductees for the University of North Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame has been selected and is one of the most illustrious groups in school history.
The UNA Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2011 includes former Lion volleyball All-American and Academic All-America selections Rachel and Ronda Price, legendary former UNA football coach Bobby Wallace, former Lion quarterback and film and television star George Lindsey, Michael Edwards who ranks as UNA's all-time leading receiver, and basketball standout Allen Williams who led the Lions to the 1991 NCAA Division II National Championship.
The group will be formally inducted into the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 24 as part of UNA's 2011 Homecoming celebration.
Following its creation in 1990, the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame inducted four members each year through 2005. Beginning in 2006, that number was expanded to six, and this year will mark the sixth year with six honorees.
This year's induction brings the total number of inductees into the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame to 100.
Rachel Price Bell was a four-year starter on Lion volleyball teams from 1996-99 that had a combined 156-22 record. The Lions won four straight Gulf South Conference championships, made four straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and won two NCAA regional championships. She played in a school record 593 games and 178 matches and had 1,539 kills. She and her sister Ronda are two of only five UNA student-athletes all-time to have earned both All-American and Academic All-America honors. She was a second-team AVCA All-American pick in 1998 and 1999 and was a CoSIDA Academic All-America selection in 1998 (third-team) and 1999 (first-team). She was also a CoSIDA Academic All-District IV pick in 1997, 1998 and 1999, an Academic All-GSC honoree in 1997, 1998 and 1999 and received the Gulf South Conference Commissioner's Trophy as the premier female student-athlete in the league in 1999 and 2000.
An All-Gulf South Conference and All-Gulf South Conference Tournament pick in 1998 and 1999, she also received two GSC Player of the Week honors. She was an All-South Central Region selection 1997, 1998 and 1999 and also received All-South Central Region Tournament honors in 1998 and 1999. She was named South Central Region MVP in 1999. An AVCA National Player of the Week on Oct. 10, 1999, she was UNA's Female Athlete of the Year in 2000 and was awarded an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 2000.
Following her graduation from UNA, Price earned a Phd. in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University and is currently employed as a clinical project manager in West Lafayette, Ind.
Ronda Price Brinley was also a four-year starter on Lion volleyball teams from 1996-99 that had a combined 156-22 record and won four straight Gulf South Conference championships, made four straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and won two NCAA regional championships. Her 2,550 career kills ranked second in Division II history when she ended her career and she set 15 individual school records.
She is one of just five UNA student-athletes all-time to have earned both All-American and Academic All-America honors. An AVCA All-American pick in 1997 (second-team), she earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 1997 (second-team) and 1999 (third-team).
She was the recipient of the Gulf South Conference Commissioner's Trophy as the premier female student-athlete in the league in 1998 and was also the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner's Association National Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2000. and was the Alabama Sports Writers Association State Small College Athlete of the Year in 1997.
Price was an All-Gulf South Conference and All-Gulf South Conference Tournament pick in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 and was an Academic All-GSC honoree in 1997, 1998 and 1999. She was selected CoSIDA Academic All-District IV in 1997 and 1999 and received eight GSC Player of the Week honors during her career. The GSC East Division Freshman of the Year in 1996, Price was the GSC Tournament MVP in 1997 and GSC Co-Player of the Year in 1997.
She received first-team All-South Central Region and All-South Central Region Tournament honors in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999. She was AVCA National Player of the Week on Oct. 5, 1997 and set an NCAA Division II record for career kill attempts (6,091) and attempts in a four-game match (81). She also set six school records and five GSC records. UNA's Female Athlete of the Year in 1998 and 2000, she was awarded an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 2000.
Following her graduation from UNA she graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine and also did her residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She is employed as an anesthesiologist in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Michael Edwards is by far the leading pass receiver in UNA football history, with almost 1,000 yards more than any other pass catcher in school history. A four-year starter for the Lions from 1993-96, he has 151 career catches for 2,844 yards and 20 touchdowns. Those accomplishments are even more remarkable because they were set playing on teams that rarely threw the football and ranked among the national leaders in rushing. His 955 yards receiving in 1994 is also a school single-season record. He was UNA's top receiver in 1994, 1995 and 1996. His eight career 100-yard receiving games is the most in school history and his four 100-yard receiving games in 1994 ties a school record. Against North Dakota in the semifinals of the 1994 playoffs, he returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and finished the day with five catches for 119 yards and another score. The West Point, Miss., native was selected as a permanent team captain in 1996. A first-team All-Gulf South Conference pick in 1994 and a first-team Daktronics All-South Region pick in 1996, Edwards was selected for the UNA Team of the Decade for 1989-98, named to the UNA 50th Anniversary Football Team for 1949-98 and was chosen for the GSC Team of the Decade for the 1990s.
Edwards is currently employed as a Sergeant with the Starkville, Miss., Police Department. He graduated from UNA in 1997 with a degree in Criminal Justice and has worked in law enforcement for the last 13 years.
George Lindsey was two-year letterman on Lion football teams in 1950 and 1951 and played quarterback. Born in Fairfield, Ala., he majored in biological science and physical education and graduated in 1952. He then went on to an illustrious career in television and film. His most famous role was that of Goober in the popular TV series The Andy Griffith Show, where he spent five years on one of the most popular running series ever on television. He later reprised his role on Mayberry R.F.D.
George expanded his talents following Mayberry R.F.D. by recording a comedy album in Nashville called "Goober Sings". It was in Nashville that he was approached to continue the character of Goober in the popular television variety show Hee Haw. It would prove to be a successful venture for George and he would work with Hee Haw for the next 20 years. In addition to Hee Haw , he also appeared in numerous guest roles on television shows such as The Rifleman, Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. He also got a part in the feature film Ensign Pulver and played numerous Disney movie roles.
Lindsey's humanitarian achievements over the years have been notable. He has raised more than 1 million dollars for the Special Olympics. For 17 years, he conducted the George Lindsay Celebrity Golf Tournament in Montgomery, Alabama which raised money for mentally retarded children. He also helped raise funds for an aquatic center for the Alabama State Hospital for the Mentally Retarded. These efforts helped earn Lindsey induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1992, UNA presented Lindsey with a honorary doctor of humane letters degree. In 1998, he helped establish the George Lindsey/ University of North Alabama Television and Film Festival. It is an annual event that provides young filmmakers the opportunity to show their work and learn more about the filmmaking industry. Through his contacts in the entertainment industry, he has been able to bring in as featured artists such luminaries as Ernest Borgnine and Tom Cherones. He resides in Nashville, Tenn.
During his ten years at UNA from 1988-97, Bobby Wallace posted an 82-36-1 record that included six NCAA Division II playoff appearances, three Gulf South Conference championships and three consecutive NCAA Division II National Championships (1993-95). Wallace's 1993-95 teams had a combined 41-1 record, making Wallace the first coach in collegiate football history to win as many as 40 games in just three seasons. The three straight national titles also made UNA the first school in the history of NCAA scholarship football to win three straight national titles. Wallace was a three-time GSC Coach of the Year and three-time Division II National Coach of the Year. He was also selected as the Division II Coach of the Quarter Century (1972-97). Following his time at UNA, Wallace coached at Temple University from 1998-2005, and at the University of West Alabama from 2006-10. He was inducted into the Division II Football Hall of Fame in 2010 and was also previously inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. He is retired and resides in Gulf Shores, Ala.