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COACHING LEGENDS LANDERS, DAVIS AMONG INDUCTEES INTO ROANE STATE ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME

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Coaches Andy Landers and Jim Davis and the 1984 national champion women’s basketball team will be the inaugural members inducted into the new Roane State Community College Athletics Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony is set for Friday, May 3 at 3:15 in the Vann Student Center, located in the Dunbar Building on the main campus at 276 Patton Lane in Harriman. The event will take place in the Raider Room.

Landers coached the Roane State women’s basketball team from 1975 through 1979, racking up an 82-21 record and three Top 10 national finishes in four years before moving on to serve as the first full-time women’s basketball coach at the University of Georgia. In his 36 years in Georgia, Landers amassed 944 career wins, 11 SEC titles and five Final Four appearances.

Davis succeeded Lander as women’s basketball coach at Roane State, from 1979 through 1985, posting a 127-35 record; his 1984 team took the college’s only national title in a National Junior College Athletic Association sport. Davis later went on to coach at major colleges and the WNBA. He spent much of his career at Clemson University, where his teams won 355 games, earned two ACC championships and made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances.

The induction ceremony is free and open to the public. Those wishing to attend are asked to contact Kristi Beason at (865) 882-4524 or email beasonk@roanestate.edu.

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