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Whitney Ballinger Hooper and Ronnie O. Spry to be inducted into Campbellsville Athletics Hall of Fame
Ronnie Spry and Whitney Ballinger Hooper are the newest members of the athletics Hall of Fame.
Spry played one season at Campbellsville in 1975 and went on to become the first African American head coach in the state of Kentucky.
"We are pleased to announce the induction of Whitney Ballinger Hooper and Ronnie Spry into our athletic Hall of Fame," said director of athletics Rusty Hollingsworth.
Ronnie Spry, a native of Princeton, Ky., attended and graduated from Caldwell County High School in 1971 and currently resides in Augusta, Ga., upon his induction.Spry is a graduate of Campbellsville College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work and navigated a 35-plus year career making a name for himself as a coach, athletic director, professor, fund-raiser, counselor, tutor and associate minister.Spry started his administrative and coaching career at St. Catherine College in Springfield, Ky. where he was named Coach of the Year by the Kentucky Junior College Athletic Association (1977-1979).Spry has won more than 500 games in his career as a head basketball coach at Paine College in Augusta, Ga.
He was named Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Coach of the Year five times; three SAIC Conference Championships along with numerous other coaching accolades, including: Kodak District Coach of the Year (1994), the Atlanta Tip-Off Club Coach of the Year (1994), Paine College Hall of Fame (1998), and the Augusta City Classic Hall of Fame (2014).
The Paine College basketball court is named in his honor "Ronnie O. Spry Court" (2013).
Spry began his academic pursuit at Paducah Community College in 1971, then transferred to Campbellsville College.Later he earned a Master of Arts in College Teaching (Guidance/Counseling) from Murray State University, Murray, Ky.He did further studies in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.
Not only was Spry a basketball coach, he was also athletic director at St. Catherine College (1977-1979) and Paine College from (1980-2011) where he led and evaluated staff, organized and scheduled all athletic events including travel, hired coaches, and other athletic positions, conducted fundraising programs within the community and supervised the rules and regulations sanctioned by the institution, athletic department, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Kentucky Junior College Association, and the National Junior College Association.He is married to the former Audrey Frazier.
Ronnie O. Spry is the son of the late Mrs. Florine Maxie Gray of Princeton, Ky.
Augusta Mini Theatre will Roast and Toast Coach Ronnie Spry at itâ€™s 6th Sunshineâ€™s Roast and Toast on July 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center on Laney Walker Blvd, Augusta GA.
Augusta Mini Theatre, Inc. presents the Sixth Annual Sunshine's Roast & Toast Celebration honoring Ron Spry, former menâ€™s basketball coach and Athletic Director at Paine College, The event will take place on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Tabernacle Baptist Church's Family Life Center located at 1223 Laney Walker Blvd.
Augusta, GA 30901 at 7:00pm.
Posted by HBCUDigest.com on November 21, 2012 In Georgia, Paine College, Sports Paine College, Ron Spry
Ron Spry Steps Down as Paine Coach
After serving five weeks on indefinite administrative leave, longtime Paine College athletic director and head basketball coach Ron Spry announced this afternoon that he was stepping down.He retires after serving 31 years at the school.
"I made the resignation because I felt like it was in the best interest of my family and Paine College," said Spry, a six-time Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year who ends his run with the Lions with a 514-403 record.
Ron SpryPaine Athletic Director Ron Spry Placed on Indefinite LeaveHBCUDigest.com - December 23, 2010 - Leave a commentPaine College athletic director and men's basketball head coachRon Spry is still awaiting the decision of the college in regards to his indefinite administrative leave from the school.
aine College officials issued a statement Wednesday.
Spry, who is also Paine's men's basketball coach of 31 years, has 515 career victories at the school.He has publicly questioned the school's decision, but not details regarding the motivation for the leave have been released from either side.
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Ronnie Spry has resigned as head basketball coach and athletics director at Paine College.
The announcement came at a Monday press conference where Spry confirmed that he was stepping down after 31 years.
SpryHe had been on administrative leave since December 21, 2010 for reasons that neither he nor the school would reveal.
"It is the College's policy to refrain from commenting on personnel issues regarding its employees and, specifically, personnel matters pertaining to Athletic Director and Head Men's Basketball Coach, Ronnie O. Spry."
During his tenure, Spry's teams had won 514 games including seven 20-win seasons and 3 appearances in the NCAA Division II tournament.
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