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(WBIR - Knoxville) Jeff Gordon was in Knoxville to help welcome 10 new members to the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame. The event benefits the Boys and Girls Club.

The list of inductees:

 William Neil Clabo Football

Starting from his days at Farragut High School, through his career at the University of Tennessee, to his days with the Minnesota Vikings that included the Super Bowl in 1977, Neil Clabo was not just a punter. He did put the "kick" in the kicking game.

Clabo was a heralded prep athlete who was a Parade and Sunkist All-America selection and was captain of the 1970 Farragut football squad. He was an All-State selection his senior season, and his No. 12 jersey was retired. He was the No. 1 prospect in the state of Tennessee in his senior season as reported by the
Knoxville News Sentinel.

In basketball, he was a two-year All East Tennessee selection and team captain and All-State
selection in his senior season. He is the career scoring leader at Farragut and likewise had his No. 50 jersey retired.

He was a four-time All Knox County selection in baseball.

At Tennessee, Clabo was All-SEC as a punter in 1974. He averaged 41.7 yards per punt for his career and had a 78-yard boot at Kentucky in 1973. He punted 11 times in the 1973 and 1974 Auburn games, and he punted in the College All-Star Game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He punted professionally for the Vikings and was their Rookie of the Year in 1975.

He was part of the Vikings team that went to the 1977 Super Bowl against the Oakland Raiders.

Doyle Human Official

Doyle Human's journey to tonight's induction into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame started at age 13 when he began playing for the Moses Midgets and head coach Andy Anderson some 65 years ago.
The Knoxville News Sentinel wrote, "For Doyle Human, sports were a way of life." Human, 78, was an athlete, a coach, and a highly heralded official, who is a member of the Knoxville Football Officials Hall of Fame.

His football career provided plenty of highlights. A 1953 graduate of the old Rule High School, Human played halfback as a sophomore and junior and quarterback as a senior. In 1952, Rule won the Knoxville city and county title (before the Knoxville Interscholastic League was formed) for the first time in school history. Rule went 7-1-2 that season with its only loss, 7-6, to the old East High.

Human coached Rule's midget football team from 1956-61 to a 39-7 record.

In 1962, Human began officiating high school football and basketball games in Knoxville and
across the state. He was an official for 30 years and retired after having a hip replacement in 1992.

Doyle and Jeannette Human will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on July 18.

Ed Irvin Coach

For more than three decades, Ed Irvin has been part of the prep volleyball scene at Catholic, Doyle, South-Doyle, and Seymour High Schools, with a career that spanned 33 years.

Irvin spent his career dealing with digs, blocks, and aces - coaching tenaciously, building programs, and bringing notoriety to every school where he coached. By any measure, his was a distinguished career. He always left the programs at each school better than when he found them.

Of all the schools in the Knoxville area, only South-Doyle and Anderson County have won state championships. The 1991 South-Doyle team coached by Irvin went 36-9 in claiming the state A/AA title.

He finished his coaching career with a 723-327 record.

He coached with his wife, Christie, and also coached his three daughters, Megan, Marty, and Mandy, all of whom earned All-State honors.

Irvin had retired from teaching at South-Doyle in 2004 when the offer came to coach at Seymour. His Seymour team had a winning record in his first season and won the district for the next four years.

One thing is for certain, with no argument: Ed Irvin knows volleyball. Wherever he coached,
success always followed.

Bernadette Locke-Mattox Basketball

Bernadette Locke-Mattox spent eight seasons at the helm of the Wildcats women's basketball program. She began her coaching career at her alma mater, Georgia, but became a household name when she was hired by former Wildcats coach Rick Pitino as the first female Division I assistant "bench" coach for a men's team in 1990.

She was promoted to assistant athletics director at Kentucky for one year before taking over the UK women's program in 1995.

Her most notable season came in 1998-99, when she led the Cats to their first 20-plus-win season and first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in nearly a decade. The Cats won their first NCAA Tournament game in 17 years, finished with a 21-11 overall record and captured seven wins in the SEC, the most conference wins
in school history at the time. In her eight seasons, she compiled a 91-135 overall record.

After Kentucky, Locke-Mattox served as an assistant coach for the WNBA's Connecticut Sun for
nine seasons (2003-12).

A native of Philadelphia, Tennessee, Locke-Mattox graduated from Loudon High School in 1977.
She began her college basketball career at Roane State, graduated in 1979, and followed her coach, Andy Landers, to the University of Georgia.

Locke-Mattox graduated with a degree in education in 1981 and became a full-time assistant from
1985-90.

While at Georgia, she helped recruit Olympians and former professionals Teresa Edwards
and Katrina McClain.

Virginia McGrath-Weaver Swimming 

Virginia "Jenny" McGrath Weaver, a 1988 graduate of Farragut High School, where she was state champion in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, and 200-individual medley, successfully challenged herself at the highest levels as a swimmer and now as a surgeon.

During her student-athlete days at Tennessee, McGrath Weaver excelled both in and out of the pool. A 15-time All-American, she was the SEC champion in the 200-yard individual medley in 1990 and the 200-yard freestyle in
1990 and 1992.

She was a three-time Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association All-America selection.

Today, McGrath Weaver still holds four UT swimming records. She was inducted into the Tennessee
Swimming Hall of Fame in 2001.

In the classroom, McGrath Weaver was a three-time Academic All-SEC selection as a biomedical
engineering major.

In 1992, she was awarded the SEC's H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship, given annually
to the conference's top male and female scholar-athletes.

McGrath Weaver graduated from the UT-Memphis College of Medicine in 1997 and completed her
surgical residency in 2002.

In addition to her surgical duties, McGrath Weaver is an assistant clinical professor of surgery at
UT-Memphis and serves as a consultant to companies that produce surgical implements.

Holland Phillips Boxing 

When devotees of Knoxville boxing call the roll of the great names in the sport, Holland Phillips' name has to be near the top. Described as "old-school boxing to the core," Phillips compiled an enviable record over the years, winning six consecutive Knoxville Golden Gloves titles from 1958-63 - five as a welterweight and
one as a middleweight - in a career that started in 1950 in the novice division.

Always an aggressive fighter, he began boxing at age 12 at the Knoxville YMCA under Doc Gabe and John Fogarty.
After a stint in the Army, he won the Golden Gloves Welterweight title, the Southern Golden Gloves Welterweight title in Nashville and boxed in the National Golden Gloves Tournament in Chicago.

He also won the Knoxville Golden Gloves Middle Weight Championship.

Phillips stayed involved in boxing after his own fighting days were over. He became a Golden
Gloves referee and judge and was even a referee for professional fights in 1982.

A 1955 graduate of Carter High School, where he played baseball and football, he contributed
mightily to the Skaggston community as a coach, official, and mentor.

He coached Little League baseball and football and served as president of the Skaggston Community Club and Skaggston Athletic Association.

Mary Ellis Richardson Tennis 

Mary Ellis Richardson made an immediate impact on the Knoxville tennis community by winning the Knoxville Women's Singles Championship for the first of three times at age 14.

At Knoxville's West High School, she was TSSAA District and Regional Singles champion from 1971-73. She was TSSAA State Singles Champion in 1971 and 1972.

From that point on, there was no stopping her.

She was USTA Tennessee State Singles Champion in age 16 and 18 division. She was ranked No. 1 in the Tennessee USTA and the Southern USTA on each division.

In 1977, she was the AYAW Region II Singles Champion.

At Furman University, Richardson had a singles record at No. 1 of 68-6. She was the South Carolina
State AIAW Singles Champion at No. 1 from 1974 to 1977.

In 1977, she participated in "Seventeen" Magazine's Tournament of Champions in Mission Viejo, California.

She was the 1977 Furman Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was inducted into the Furman University
Hall of Fame.

Richardson was head coach of the women's tennis team at the University of Tennessee from
1978-81, posting a 53-17 record and leading the program to its first-ever national ranking.

Bill Schmidt Track 

The Bronze Medalist in the 1972 Munich Olympics in the javelin, Bill Schmidt hit the University of Tennessee scene earning a post-graduate scholarship and Master of Science (MS) degree in business education with a concentration in accounting in 1976.

He taught at Knoxville's Central High School coaching boys and girls cross-country and track. He won the USA National Championships in the javelin at UCLA in 1978 and was named "Javelin Thrower of the Decade" in the 1970s by Track and Field News. His career best mark was 283' 2".

In his chosen profession of sports marketing, he is considered a pioneer and a giant in the industry. The Sporting News named him one of "The 100 Most Powerful People in Sports" in 1996 and 1998.

His career positions have included Director of Sports at the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville; Director
of Development, Stokely Van Camp, Indianapolis, Ind., 1983; Vice-President of Sports at the Los
Angeles Olympics, Los Angeles, 1984; Vice President of Worldwide Sports Marketing at Gatorade,
Chicago, 1984-1999; Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Oakley Inc., Foothills Ranch, Calif., 1999; and President, Pegasus Sports Marketing, Knoxville.

He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Exercise, Sport and Leisure Studies at The
University of Tennessee.

Jay Searcy Media 

Jay Searcy began his journalism career as a high school junior in Oak Ridge, working for $1 per story, then moving on to the Kingsport Times News and the Chattanooga Times, serving in the latter capacity as a writer and editor.

From that point on, the sky was the limit. Searcy went onto the national stage, writing for the New York Times and as executive sports editor and writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

During Searcy's tenure, the Associated Press honored the Inquirer sports section three times as the best daily sports section and once as the best Sunday section. The Inquirer finished among the Top 10 in daily sections for nine consecutive years.

Then it was back to writing for the final 15 years at the Inquirer, where he covered horse racing
and boxing, winning several writing awards in the process.

Searcy won two national writing awards for a 1992 magazine piece on his years growing up in
Oak Ridge, which led to a 2011 book titled "The Last Reunion: The Class of '52 Comes Home to the
Secret City."

In 2000, he won the Boxing Writers Association's Fleisher Award as writer of the year.
He was inducted in the Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.

George Underwood Basketball 

A legendary athlete in the Knoxville community since his days at Vine Junior High School, George Underwood was a starter on the 1977 Austin-East basketball team that compiled a 35-3 record and
won the AAA state basketball title under coach Clifford H. Ross.

Underwood was named All-KIL, All-East Tennessee, and All-State, and was selected to the All-State Tournament team.

There was more to Underwood than that success on the court, however. He earned a 3.95 GPA and was president of the National Honor Society, senior class, and student body. He was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

A highly recruited player in his day, sought after by Ole Miss and Stetson, among others, he ended up playing for head coach Sonny Smith at East Tennessee State University. With Underwood playing in the sixth man role, the Bucs were Ohio Valley cochampions in his freshman season.

He was team captain his junior and senior seasons and graduated with a Bachelor of Science
degree in secondary education.

He earned a law degree from the University of Tennessee and now practices law in Knoxville,
where he is heavily involved in local civic, charitable and community-related projects.

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