Thursday, April 28, 2005

Northwest adding Randolph to Sports Hall of Fame

Marshall County Schools superintendent Don Randolph will be inducted into the Northwest Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony May 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the David M. Haraway Center on the Senatobia campus.

Randolph is a veteran educator and one of the most avid sports fans you will meet. He has been a teacher, coach and administrator for a period of 36 years. He has gained the respect of both parents and students as he has shared his leadership skills in the role as educational administrator.

Randolph graduated from Potts Camp High School where he served as president of his class and captain of the 1959 basketball team. He was introduced to the game of basketball in the sixth grade and lettered all four years in high school.

Potts Camp placed fourth in the state basketball tournament his senior year. He was named to the all-state team and was selected to play in the Mississippi All Star Game.

After graduation, he accepted a scholarship to attend college and play basketball at Northwest. He earned an associate’s degree in 1961.

He ranked fifth scholastically in his class and was voted one of the most preferred men on campus. While at Northwest, he was a member of the basketball team and was named to the all-state team both years. He also was chosen as one of 20 players in the United States to participate in the All American Basketball Game in 1961.

“Athletics gave me the opportunity to pursue my education at Northwest, and I will be forever grateful,” Randolph said.

Randolph accepted a basketball scholarship to The University of Memphis and lettered two years. He participated in the National Basketball Invitational Tournament in Madison Square Garden in 1961 and the NCAA Tournament in Dallas in 1962.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1962 and returned to Potts Camp to teach and coach. During this time he enrolled in graduate school at The University of Mississippi and graduated with a master’s degree in education.

“Basketball has always been and remains a part of my life today,” Randolph said. “My son and daughter played and my grandchildren play. I have played, coached and been a fan for 51 years.

“I believe that academics and athletics go hand in hand. You must be disciplined to maintain your academic average in order to participate in athletics. I think it’s important to inspire students to change, grow and respect themselves and others.”

Tickets for the banquet are $20, and the deadline for reservations is May 17. For more information or a reservation, call the Office of Alumni Affairs, (662) 550-1105.

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