From left, Elizabeth Boyd Fryar ’81, Emily Veeneman ’96, Orbrey Gritton ’89, Andrea Barton Lane ’90, Mark Turner ’77, Jay Ecleberry ’92, U. S. Representative Ben Chandler (standing in for his late grandfather, Albert B. “Happy” Chandler ’21)
Albert B. "Happy" Chandler honor highlights Pioneer Hall of Fame ceremony
A posthumous award to former Kentucky governor and national baseball commissioner A. B. “Happy” Chandler ’21 was a highlight of the Pioneer Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony held April 27 during Alumni Weekend 2012. The Hall of Fame recognizes former athletes, coaches, and others who have made outstanding contributions to Transylvania athletics.
Chandler was captain of both the baseball and football teams at Transylvania, leading the Pioneers with a .356 batting average and playing quarterback. He also played basketball and was a cheerleader. After earning a law degree at the University of Kentucky, he entered politics and served as lieutenant governor and governor (twice) of Kentucky, state senator, and U.S. senator. He was commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1945-51 and became famous for approving the signing of Jackie Robinson by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946 as the first African-American to play in the National League, effectively integrating the big leagues. He was elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. He died in 1991. (U.S. Representative Ben Chandler (D-Ky.) accepted the honor on behalf of his grandfather.)
Jay C. Ecleberry ’92 was an NAIA Swimming All-American, and 20 years after his graduation he still holds school records in the 200 freestyle and 400 free relay. Formerly director of sports medicine at the University of Kentucky’s Chandler Medical Center, he is now director of pharmacy networks and pricing, corporate pharmacy management, for Humana in Louisville.
Elizabeth Boyd Fryar ’81 was a member of the tennis team for four years, earning four varsity letters. She was the team’s most valuable player in 1979 and 1981, and competed in the regional tournament in Williamsburg, Va., in 1979. She was a member of the Women’s Athletic Association for four years. She is currently a physical therapist at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville.
Orbrey H. Gritton III ’89 was a four-year letterman in basketball and holds the career record for best field goal percentage at 59.6 percent. Ranking 13th on the all-time scoring list with 1,573 points, he was an NAIA All-American in 1988-89 and was named District 32 Player of the Year that season. He was Pioneer Male Athlete of the Year in 1989. He played professionally briefly in Holland and in the NBA’s summer league with Sacramento. He is now marketing president at the Town & Country Bank and Trust Company in Lawrenceburg, Ky.
Andrea Barton Lane ’90 earned four varsity letters and was a captain for two years on the tennis team, leading the Pioneers into the NAIA national tournament each of her four seasons. She led the team to an overall record of 93-25 during her career and played on Transylvania’s highest ranked women’s tennis team. She has been a tennis coach, teaching pro, and teacher in North Carolina and a teaching assistant in the Fayette County (Ky.) school system.
Mark W. Turner ’77 was on the basketball team for two years, then served as a student assistant coach on the team his last two years. He also played on the tennis team for three years. He was assistant women’s basketball coach for four seasons before becoming head coach in 1987. Upon his retirement after 18 years at the helm, he was the winningest coach in the program’s history with a record of 312-175. He took the team to its first NAIA national tournament appearance in 1997 and was the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2003. He now coaches the women’s golf team and was HCAC Coach of the Year in 2008 when he led the Pioneers into the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time. He also directs the Transylvania All-Sports Camp in the summer.
Emily T. Veeneman ’96 earned four varsity letters in both field hockey and softball, winning Most Valuable Player honors for both teams, along with being a Kentucky Women’s Intercollegiate Conference Scholar All-American. In field hockey, she set single-game, single-season, and career records for most goals scored. She is now a physician with Medichieve Associates, Endocrinology, in Louisville.