ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the 2019 class of the Kermit Blosser Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame. The class of 2019 includes the late Larry Hunter (Men's Basketball; 1971, '73), who is receiving the Glenn C. Randall Lifetime Achievement Award, Ryan Kyes (Baseball; 2001), Tyler Tettleton (Football; 2014) and Julia Winkfield (Volleyball; 2006).
The class will be officially inducted at the 2019 Alumni Awards Gala, which will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker University Center on Friday, Oct. 11. The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. ET and dinner and the program to follow at 6:30 p.m. ET. The event is held in conjunction with Ohio's homecoming celebration.
A native of Athens, Larry Hunter played for the Bobcats from 1967-71 under the legendary Jim Snyder. He graduated from Ohio in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, majoring in social studies comprehensive. He earned his Master of Science in Physical Education from Ohio in 1973. After a successful 13-year stint as the head coach at Wittenberg, Hunter returned to his alma mater in 1989, where he served as the head coach at Ohio for 12 years (1989-2001). The Bobcats went 204-148 (.580) -- including 123-87 (.586) in Mid-American Conference play -- during his tenure. In 1993-94, Ohio went 25-8, won the MAC regular season title with a 14-4 conference mark. The Bobcats went on to capture the MAC tournament crown that season and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 10th time in program history. The following year, the Bobcats won the preseason National Invitation Tournament, posted a 24-10 overall record and advanced to the second round of the postseason NIT. Hunter coached 16 All-MAC performers and four first-team Academic All-MAC selections. Under his watch, three Bobcats earned MAC Player of the Year distinction: Dave Jamerson (1990), Lewis Geter (1992) and Gary Trent (1993, '94 and '95). Two Ohio players garnered MAC Freshman of the Year distinction under his tutelage, with Rush Floyd (1991) and Trent ('93) earning honors. Thirty of the 38 players Hunter coached at Ohio who completed their eligibility graduated, including 12 who went on to earn their master's degrees, posting an overall graduation rate as a head coach of 85 percent. Hunter passed away on May 4, 2018, at the age of 68, and is being recognized for the university with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to Ohio.
Ryan Kyes played in 207 games for the baseball team from 1998-2001, the eighth-most in program history. Kyes still holds the program record with 67 career doubles. At the time of his graduation, he set program records with 268 career hits, which now ranks as the fourth-most in school history, and 198 runs scored, which now ranks as the second-most. Kyes still ranks third in career total bases (458), fifth in triples (9), eighth in at-bats (735), ninth in RBIs (158) and 10th in home runs (35). In his 2000 junior season, Kyes earned All-MAC Second Team recognition, piling up 82 hits and 140 bases, both of which still rank as the 10th -most in a single season in program history. Kyes saved his best for his 2001 senior season, setting the school record for doubles with 32, which still stands, and runs scored with 73, which is now tied for second-most in program history. His .726 slugging percentage that season still ranks as the fifth-most in program history while his 162 total bases rank fifth, his 86 hits rank seventh and his 57 RBIs rank seventh. He earned All-America Second Team, All-Mideast Region and All-MAC First Team honors for his efforts in his final season as a Bobcat. Kyes was also recognized for his work in the classroom, garnering Third Team Academic All-America and Academic All-MAC recognition.
Tyler Tettleton (2009-13) etched his place as the most prolific quarterback in the history of the football program, owning school records for passing yards (9,125), passing touchdowns (67) attempts (1,176), completions (734), completion percentage (62.4) and total yards gained (10,027). Tettleton is responsible for the top-three seasons in program history in terms of passing yards, throwing for 3,302 in 2011, 2,851 in '13 and 2,844 in '12. He also owns the school's single-season records for passing touchdowns (28), attempts (415), completions (267) and total yards gained (3,960), all of which were set in 2011. He earned All-MAC Third Team honors for his efforts that season as he helped lead the Bobcats to the MAC East Division title. During his three seasons as Ohio's starting quarterback, Ohio won 26 games, made three bowl appearances and captured the first two bowl victories in program history – a 24-23 triumph over Utah State in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and a 45-14 victory over Louisiana-Monroe in the 2012 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl.
Julia Winkfield (2002-06) made her mark on the volleyball program, helping the Bobcats boast a 115-20 record during her career – including a dominant 61-5 mark in MAC play. Ohio captured three MAC regular season and tournament championships and clinched three NCAA Championship berths during that time frame, with the Bobcats posting three wins on the national postseason stage. A team captain in her final two collegiate seasons, Winkfield helped lead Ohio to its best season in program history as a senior in 2005, as the Bobcats recorded their second-straight perfect 16-0 MAC season and advanced all the way to the NCAA Championship Regional Semifinal after recording wins over Alabama and Ohio State in the first two rounds of the tournament. An All-MAC Freshman Team selection in 2002, she was named Honorable Mention All-America and All-Mideast Region by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, garnered MAC Player of the Year honors and received All-MAC First Team recognition for the second year in a row in her final collegiate season. Winkfield still ranks third in program history in career hitting percentage (.314), fifth in total blocks (425), sixth in block assists (346) and eighth in kills (1,336).