Congrats Hall of Fame inductees

Published 9:45 am Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Congratulations are in order to four people who were inducted into the Jim Garrison Sports Hall of Fame at Chowan University Saturday evening.

Jennifer Murden Allen, Lawrence Edwards, Greg Hollingsworth and Dan Surface were enshrined into the Hall of Fame along with the late Madison “Revis” Conrad.

All five of these people made outstanding contributions to the athletic program at Chowan and were rightly honored for their achievements.

Surface served as the Defensive Coordinator under Jim Garrison helping to coach some very successful teams and individual players including George Knootz, Mike Grant, and Robert Brown to name a few. In 1995 he was offered the opportunity to take over head coaching duties for the football program, where he spent two seasons.

In 1998, Surface gave up coaching football and was hired as an assistant athletics director and oversaw operations and event management.

For four seasons, Murden dominated the shortstop position, letting few balls slip by her. It wasn’t long before she garnered the affection of her teammates and classmates and in fact, then head-coach Jack Goldberg nicknamed her “Hoover,” a name that stuck with her for four seasons at that position.

She lived up to that nickname, leaving Chowan with a .985 career fielding percentage at one of the most difficult positions to play on the field. She is the only player in four-year history to play in every inning of every game in all four seasons and left Chowan with 1,010 career innings under her belt.

Lawrence Lowell Edwards’ years at Chowan were marked with success both on the field and on Chowan’s main campus. The 1967 All-Conference defensive lineman and team MVP also served as the Vice President for the Chowan Sophomore class.

Hollingsworth experienced two very successful seasons as a player for the then-Braves, helping the team in his first year to a 30-9 record and a NJCAA Final Four appearance in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Loyal, committed, likable, honest, and humble….these are just some of the many adjectives that friends and family members of Madison “Revis” Conrad have used to describe him. Although Revis Conrad passed away in January of this year, his work still lives on after touching so many lives through his loved profession, teaching and coaching.