Three UNCG Alums Inducted Into Guilford County Athletics Hall of Fame
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three UNCG alums were inducted into to Guilford County Athletics Hall of Fame for the class of 2013 last week, including Tom Martin, Gayle Currie and Jane Preyer. The Greensboro Sports Commission organizes the Guilford County Athletics Hall of Fame and held the ceremony at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Martin played on the first men’s basketball and men’s tennis teams at UNCG, where he was the team tri-captain on the first two men’s basketball teams. He still holds the school record for most rebounds in a single game when he grabbed 27 against St. Andrews Feb. 13, 1970.
Martin, an ardent supporter of UNCG athletics, was inducted to the UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame in the 2002 class. He was the tournament director for the 1997 and 1998 NCAA women’s soccer national championships hosted by UNCG, which saw the school draw record-setting crowds at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.
Martin was the Chairman of the Greater Greensboro Open (now Wyndham Championship) in 1981 and has been an active volunteer for the Greensboro Sports Council, which seeks to bring quality athletic events to Greensboro. Additionally, Martin led Curry High School to a third place finish in the 1A State Championship and hit the game-winning shot to defeat No. 1 Pinehurst in the state playoffs.
Currie earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from UNCG in 1974 and was a letterwinner in basketball, volleyball and tennis for the Spartans. She coached various sports at Guilford College, including volleyball from 1974-94, women’s tennis from 1976-83 and women’s basketball form 1976-81. Additionally, she served as the Guilford College athletics director from 1992-96 and is the first woman elected to the Guilford College Hall of Fame.
Preyer earned her Master of Science degree from UNCG in 1985. She was an All-America tennis student-athlete at UNC and played professionally from 1977-83, reaching a ranking of No. 43. She played in the round of 16 at Wimbledon in 1982 and is a member of the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.
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