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UWG Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Carrollton, GA – Four UWG sports legends have been selected as the newest members of the University of West Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame. UWG's Hall of Fame Class of 2014 includes golf standout Brandon Bennett, women's basketball great Dominic Cranford, former football coach Glenn Spencer, and baseball standout Jerry Whaley.
             
The new inductees were recommended for the honor by the UWG Hall of Fame Committee, and endorsed unanimously by the Board of Directors of the University of West Georgia Athletic Foundation. Each of UWG's new Hall of Fame inductees brings impressive credentials to the shrine.
           
Bennett is the first golfer ever selected for induction into the UWG Hall of Fame. The Douglasville native was GSC Freshman of the Year in 2005, and as a senior in 2008 he earned All-Southeast Region and honorable mention All-America accolades.The former star from nearby Alexander High School was also a standout in the classroom. He was a regular member of the GSC Academic Honor Roll, a three-time selection to the GSC All-Academic Team, and was UWG's nominee for GSC Top Ten Award following his senior year.
           
Cranford was a two-year standout on the hardwood at UWG. She was named the All-GSC Team First Team in both years in Carrollton, and is the only student-athlete in UWG history to twice be named GSC Player of the Year. Also, as a senior in 2009, Cranford was named All-South Region First Team and was voted All-America Second Team by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. A native of Jackson, Miss., Cranford was at the center of two outstanding seasons at UWG. She helped spark the Wolves to a record of 47-11, and to a berth in the semifinals of the 2008 NCAA Division II South Region Tournament.
           
Spencer, a native of nearby Lithia Springs, spent 11 seasons as a key member of the UWG football coaching staff. He worked eight seasons as an assistant coach, working with the defensive line and linebackers, before becoming the team's defensive coordinator in 1997. A year later Spencer was elevated to position of head coach. In three seasons as UWG's head coach, Spencer's teams posted a record of 28-7; good for a winning percentage of .800 that is the highest of any coach in the program's history. His record includes two seasons of winning 10 games, two GSC titles, and twice advancing to the NCAA Division II Playoffs. 
           
Spencer currently serves as defensive coordinator at Division I power Oklahoma State.
           
Whaley was an All-GSC selection at catcher following both the 1997 and 1998 seasons, the only two UWG teams to ever record more than 40 victories in a season. A leader on a roster loaded with leaders, Whaley briefly held the school career home run record, and his total of 34 still ranks third on UWG's all-time list. A native of Darien, Ga., Whaley is perhaps best remembered for his 10th inning, walk-off home run to win the 1998 GSC Tournament title game over Alabama-Huntsville. Three weeks later, he also had a long home run in West Georgia's win over defending national champion California State-Chico in the opening game of the Division II World Series.
           
The University of West Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1998. Following this year's induction a total of 106 former UWG greats will have been enshrined. Induction ceremonies for the UWG Hall of Fame Class of 2014 are tentatively set for Saturday, October 4, in conjunction with the Wolves' home football game vs. West Alabama.
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