East Ridge High School officials announce the second class of the ERHS Athletic Hall of Fame, that will be inducted at halftime of the East Ridge/Hixson football game on September 25 at Shanks Field/Raymond James Stadium.
The Members are:
1. ED FOSTER – ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL – 1986-1988, PRINCIPAL – 1988-1998, TSSAA Legislative Council, Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame.
2. LYNN FOX – FOOTBALL, WRESTLING, TRACK – 1964-1968 – 1973 National Champion 440 relay – Memphis, Missouri Valley 7 time Sprint Champion, University of Memphis and Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame .
3, CHERYL GANNON – BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, CHEERLEADING – 1963-1967 – All District, Region – State Basketball, Volleyball .
4. LYNN GOSS – WRESTLING, FOOTBALL, BASEBALL – 1964-1969 – COACH WRESTLING, CROSS COUNTRY, TRACK – 1977-1986 – State Champion Wrestler – 1966-67, State Champion Coach Wrestling, Chattanooga Sports and National Wrestling Halls Of Fame – … he was the first wrestler to earn the triple crown … win an individual state title, be a member of a state championship team and coach a team to a state title … won state titles in 1966 and 1967 as individual and team and coached E.R to state titles in 1984-84.
5. BECKY HERD LIVELY- CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK – 1985-1987 – State runner-up in Cross Country in fall of 1986 and Track State Champion – Mile Run in spring 1987 – voted most athletic female as a senior …. School Record in 3 mile Cross Country Run.
6. MIKE ODOM – FOOTBALL, TRACK – 1962-1965 – All State Football 1965, School Record in Rushing – 1965, Track School Record in Pole Vault – 1965, Played Football in College, Has been on PGA, Canadian, and Asian Golf Tour, Coach of Golf at Decatur Christian School.
7. MIKE OLINGER – COACH BASKETBALL – 1979-1990 – Basketball coach at ER – 1979-1994, Coached Golf and Track at ER, Coached Basketball at Madisonville. Had record of 235-162. Deceased – Son Travis – has coached Basketball and Football at ER as well.
8. JIMMY STARLING – FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, BASEBALL – 1964-1967 – COACH BASKETBALL – 2002-2011, FOOTBALL – 1989-1994, Played Basketball, Football, and Baseball at ER. All City – 3 years Baseball, Honorable Mention All City Football, Jimmy coached Basketball, Baseball, and Football at ER and was named Coach of year in all. 1989-1994 and 2002-2011.
9. CHUCK STRICKLAND – FOOTBALL, WRESTLING, TRACK – 1967-1970 – Participated in Football, Wrestling, and Track at ER – All City and County in Football, Discus In Track, 3rd in Heavyweight in 1970 – Played Football at Alabama and was 3 year starter at Middle Line Backer – Named All SEC – was first in tackles on team JR and Sr. Named Pre Season All American – Jr and Sr – Team was SEC Champions 1971-1973, lost only one game in 3 seasons, and won National Championship in 1973 – Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame.
10. LESLIE WILLIAMSON – BASKEBALL, VOLLEYBALL – 1965-1968 – averaged 33 points a game in Sr year – all City and all District – All tournament and MVP for Basketball and Volleyball in Jr and Sr year. – top scorer in state – Sr year – all state Basketball – Sr.
Officials said they encourage everyone to come and help welcome these deserving former East Ridge athletes, coaches and administrators into the Hall of Fame.