2017 Honorees Released

April 12th, 2017

NASHVILLE, TN., April 11, 2017

The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame announced today the Honorees for their 51st Induction Banquet on Saturday, June 3rd at the Omni Nashville.

Honorees announced today include the 2017 Professional Athlete of the Year, former University of Tennessee Track and Field sprinter and Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin for winning the silver medal in the 100m dash at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.  Amateur Team of the Year, Rhodes College Women’s Golf Team for claiming their second National Championship in the last three years.  Amateur Female Athlete of the Year, King University Women’s Wrestling, Haley Augello for competing in women’s wrestling at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and winning her third WCWA national title in three years. Amateur Male Athlete of the Year two years in a row, from University of Tennessee Track & Field, Christian Coleman for winning two NCAA Indoor National Championships and being named USTFCCCA National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year along with earning a spot on the USA team at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  

2017 Honoree Selections

Professional Male Athlete of the Year – Justin Gatlin

Former Tennessee sprinter Justin Gatlin won the silver medal in the 100m dash at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics That was Gatlin’s fifth Olympic medal. He was the oldest U.S. sprinter to reach the Olympic Games since 1912.

 

Amateur Male Athlete of the Year – Christian Coleman, University of Tennessee

Christian Coleman won two NCAA Indoor National Championships and was named USTFCCCA National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. Coleman won both the 60m and 200m national titles in record-setting fashion as he joined Justin Gatlin (2002) and Kim Collins (2001) as the only athletes to win the double in the last 30 years

 

Amateur Female Athlete of the Year – Haley Augello, King University

Haley Augello a 2016 Olympian, women’s wrestling selection.  Competed for the United States at the  Olympic games in women’s wrestling at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Augello won her third WCWA national title in three tries.

Amateur Team of the Year- Rhodes College Women’s Golf Team

The top-ranked Rhodes College women’s golf team capped off a remarkable season in 2016 by claiming their second National Championship in program history and their second in the last three years.

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