WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State University Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has announced the 2019 inductees into the Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame. The class of 2019 will include four individuals and one team to take their place among the WSSU greats. The inductees will be entered into the hall of fame in a ceremony on Friday, October 11, 2019 at K.R. Williams Auditorium on the campus of Winston-Salem State University. The inductees will also be honored at halftime of the Winston-Salem State versus Johnson C. Smith, Saturday, October 12th at Bowman Gray Stadium.
The Winston-Salem State University Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame is the highest athletic honor that a former student-athlete, administrator, or private individual can receive at Winston-Salem State University. "To an athlete, being enshrined into your university's athletic hall of fame is the reaching the mountaintop. There is no higher honor," WSSU Interim Director of Athletics George Knox said. "On behalf of the entire WSSU Department of Athletics, congratulations to all inductees for reaching this milestone."
The Winston-Salem State University Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame is the highest individual honor that a former athlete, athletic administrator or private individual can receive at Winston-Salem State University. The WSSU C.E. "Big House" Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame honors an annual class of new inductees in the fall of every academic year after an exhaustive year-long nomination, review, and induction voting process by a 15-member panel.
"We enshrine these individuals amongst the elite past and present hall of famers as we move to enhance the vision and growth of our future student-athletes," said Winston-Salem State University Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame Co-Chair, Brian McMillan. "Let this greatness not be forgotten by our hall of famers, faculty, staff, students and friends of this great university. We must remember our financial commitment and physical support of the Winston-Salem State University Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame.
The 2019 Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at K.R. Williams Auditorium on the campus of Winston-Salem State University. For information on the Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, contact the WSSU Department of Athletics at (336) 750-2141. For more information on WSSU Athletics, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.
The 2019 C.E. "Big House" Gaines Hall of Fame Inductees:
John X. Miller, Sr. (posthumous)
John X. Miller had a great career coaching numerous teams for the Rams. He coached the Rams' tennis and men's track & field team as well as serving as an assistant coach on the Rams' men's basketball and football teams during his career. As a track & field coach, he coached some of the greatest in school history, including Olympic track star, Leon Coleman who placed fourth in the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games as well as Elijah Gilbert, another WSSU track & field star. In addition to his coaching duties, Miller also taught Physical Education at the Winston-Salem Teacher's College.
Henry Alvin "Buddy" Taylor (posthumous)
Henry Alvin "Buddy" Taylor spent 23 years in WSSU athletics as an athletic trainer at WSSU as a part of a tremendous professional career. He was at Winston-Salem State from 1974 until his retirement in 1997. During his time at Winston-Salem State, he trained over 20 championship teams and helped more than 11 Rams student-athletes to reach the NFL, or other professional ranks. He was also at Tennessee State from 1961 to 1968. In 1981, he was the youngest inductee and just the third African-American ever inducted into the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Hall of Fame. He was also a two-time recipient of the Cramer Products, Incorporated Trainer Award. He also co-authored Training and Conditioning of Athletes' Manuel for Trainers and Physicians in 1970. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Morgan State University and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training from Indiana University. He was the first African-American to earn a Master's degree in Athletic Training from Indiana University. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Calvert H. Smith, Ph.D.
Calvert H. Smith, Ph.D. has had a distinguished professional career and he has been a tremendous support of WSSU athletics. He has earned several honors for his support of WSSU, including earning the WSSU Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Education and Human Performance. He also earned the WSSU Unsung Hero Award.
He has been recognized several times for his prestigious career as an educator. He was recognized as a State of Illinois Outstanding Black Educator and he was listed among the Who's Who of Black Americans. He also earned the Golden Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education. He is a former member of the WSSU Board of Visitors and a former president of the Cincinnati branch of the NAACP.
As a player, Smith had an equally impressive playing career where he was a three-year letterman for the Rams baseball team. He was an all-conference catcher, a team captain, and he started every game during his collegiate career and played in all but two innings.
Fred Warren has had tremendous career and has shown terrific support for Winston-Salem State University and Rams athletics. He is a 1967 Cum Laude graduate of Winston-Salem State. He is a Life Member of the WSSU National Alumni and served two terms on the WSSU Board of Visitors along with two terms on the WSSU Foundation Board. He is also a HORN$ Member and a Life Member of the WSSU National Alumni Association. His tremendous achievements are limited to WSSU as he was the recipient of the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award.
1987 Rams Football Team
The Rams' 1987 football team was one of the greatest in school history. Led by legendary head coach William "Bill" Hayes, the Rams were the first CIAA Southern Division team to win the CIAA conference championship. The team led the conference in several statistical categories, including rushing, scoring offense, and total defense. The team had six players to earn first CIAA All-Conference honors on offense and five earned first team defensive honors. Two players were named Region Two All-Americans as well. The team featured the CIAA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year along with the CIAA Coach of the Year. Four players were selected for participation in the Freedom Bowl. One player went on the play in the Canadian Football League (CFL) while three players from that team went on to have productive careers in the National Football League (NFL).