Six Inducted Into Pioneer Hall of Fame
Six alumni were inducted into the Pioneer Hall of Fame during Alumni Weekend 2008. The Hall of Fame recognizes former athletes and coaches who are alumni of the University and others who have made outstanding contributions to the field of athletics, thereby bringing honor to themselves and to Transylvania.
Jeff Blandon ’88 is the third all-time leading scorer for men’s basketball with 1,906 points. A two-time Most Valuable Player for Transy, he set a single season scoring record with 797 points and was named Pioneer Athlete of the Year following his junior year. He was also a two-time NAIA All-District selection and was named to several All-American teams after his senior season. After completing graduate work in sports management at the University of Kentucky, he moved to Australia, where he was involved in professional basketball as a player and owner/director of the Hunter Pirates in the national basketball league.
Whitney O’Bannon Hankins ’74 was a member of the first women’s basketball team at Transylvania in the modern era, the 1970-71 squad that posted a 9-1 record, including wins over the “B” teams of the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, and the University of Louisville. She also played field hockey and tennis, including two seasons on the men’s team. Her career in education has included a position as athletics director and coach at St. Francis High School in Louisville, and she currently coaches a Special Olympics girls’ basketball team. She was the director of the Kentucky state high school field hockey tournament for five years.
Jerome Clark “Jerry” Jenkins ’62 played baseball for four years at Transylvania and was catcher on the 1962 team that finished 14-1 and won the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship. He also played basketball for two seasons. His long career as teacher, coach, and administrator in the Harrison County (Ky.) public schools included a stint as coach of the Harrison County High School boys basketball team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the Sweet Sixteen state tournament in 1967. He was named Coach of the Year in the Mid-State Conference that year. He was also a high school and college basketball official for 18 years, and was inducted into the 10th Region Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.
Dustin Elizabeth Meek ’88 played tennis for four years at Transy, winning her position in both singles and doubles from 1984-88 at the Kentucky Women’s Intercollegiate Conference and the NAIA District 32 tournament. She was also a key player all four years at the NAIA tourna ment. She compiled a career singles record of 90-18 playing from positions 5-1, and a 60-22 mark in doubles playing positions 3-1. She was named Pioneer Athlete of the Year as a senior.
Jill Brooks Pellerin ’75 lettered in field hockey and cheerleading for four years at Transy, and played three seasons of basketball and two in tennis. Since graduating, she has participated in more than 200 triathlons, including completing four Ironman triathlons, and has run in more than 500 races. As an equestrian, she was Coastal Reserve Champion for Georgia and South Carolina in show jumping in 1991 and two-winner in dressage in 1999. She recently won the master’s group in the Emory University Aquathon, a swim/run competition, and in 2007 hiked 1,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
Evans Day “Jack” Tracy ’56 was a basketball standout at Transy as one of the first players to receive a scholarship and a member of the first team to win a tournament. A forward/center, he started every game and lettered all four years from 1952-56. While in the U.S. Army, he played on teams at Fort Carson and Fort Myers. Soon after graduating from Transy, he was appointed assistant football and basketball coach at Frankfort (Ky.) High School, where he also taught.