Athletic Hall of Fame To Induct Six
February 4, 2000
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville inducted six new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame Friday, February 4, 2000 at the Brown & Williamson Club. Elmer Collina (football), Susan Elpers Inman (volleyball), Tom LaFramboise (football), Deward Compton (basketball), and Meg Peavy (tennis) will make up this year's class. Basketball player Robbie Valentine will also be inducted in a special classification recognizing individuals whose community service is exceptional.
As a member of the 1958 Sun Bowl Cardinal football team, Elmer Collina played both offense and defense. By way of Pennsylvania, from Fort Union Prep School, he arrived at UofL where he excelled on the playing field as a running back and defensive back. Collina lettered in both football and track from 1955-1960. In track, he competed in the 100- and 200-yard dashes as well as the broad jump.
Collina received his Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1960 from the university's College of Arts and Sciences. After graduation, he became a teacher at Butler High School in Louisville. While teaching, Collina's love of football did not subside as he became a coach in 1960. He continued to coach for thirteen years and won a state football championship in 1970. He also served as Butler's golf and track coach. Collina became athletic director at Butler High School in 1975, and he was elected as President of the Jefferson County Football Coaches Association. Collina retired from teaching in 1991. He is the father of Gregory and Nancy Collina, and Karen Coots.
Deward Compton, or "Dee" as he was called by his teammates, has been involved with basketball for nearly a half century. He played center at the University of Louisville from 1946-1948. While at UofL, Compton was voted captain of the team in 1948. During that same year, he helped lead his team to the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball Championship in Kansas City, Missouri and a qualifying spot at the Olympic Trials in Madison Square Garden. Following the tournament, Compton was named to the NAIB All-American Team and became UofL's first ever NBA draft pick as he was chosen by the Philadelphia Warriors.
Compton received his Bachelor of Science in 1948 from the College of Arts and Sciences. After his playing days with the Warriors, Compton returned to Nashville and attended George Peabody College where he received his Master of Arts in Teaching in 1949. He also received his Juris Doctor from the Nashville School of Law in 1960 while working in the trucking business for the Murfreesboro Freight Line Company. Compton later became president of his family-owned business. Compton also coached high school basketball for Middle Tom High School in Tennessee where his team was ranked number one in the state by the Associated Press. Compton currently lives in Texas where he has been a substitute teacher. He has two daughters Kathy Cypert and Susan Holland.
Susan Elpers Inman was an outside hitter for the University of Louisville volleyball team from 1981-1985. In 1982, she helped lead the team to its first Metro Conference Championship and its first NCAA Tournament appearance. During the 1983-1984 season, Inman was named to the all-conference and all-tournament teams. She was also a member of the East Team that received a medal in 1983 at the Olympic Sports Festival. Inman set numerous records during her days at UofL that still stand today. She was a member of the all-time winningest volleyball team with 39 wins, and she was the leader for matches played. She finished her career ranked first in total attacks, fourth in kills, fifth in solo blocks, third in block assists and total blocks, and fourth in service access.
Inman received her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a minor in sociology in 1985 and her Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in sports administration in 1987. During her playing days, she was a member of the Athletic Director's Honor Roll list. After graduation, Inman was employed by UofL's Athletic Department until 1991. She has also worked for WHAS Radio and was the staff assistant to Congressman Scotty Baesler. Susan is married to Keith Inman and they have two sons, Gary and James.
Starting out as a free safety in 1961 and intercepting a pass his first game at UofL, Tom LaFramboise became the team's quarterback the following year. During his playing days, LaFramboise was ranked seventh nationally in passing yardage in 1963 with 1,205 yards and threw a single game record with four touchdown passes against Marshall. The following year he was ranked fourth nationally with 1,320 yards. As captain of the team in 1964, LaFramboise set a single game record versus Western Michigan University with 28 completions on 45 passing attempts. He also set a NCAA record for the first two games in 1964 with 45 completions on 75 passing attempts. He was drafted and signed by the Chicago Bears. LaFramboise was drafted by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League as well.
LaFramboise also lettered in baseball where he had sophomore and junior year batting averages of .375. He led the team in homeruns in 1963, and he hit a homerun in the Missouri Valley Tournament at Busch Stadium that same year. In 1966, LaFramboise received his Bachelor of Arts from the College of Arts and Sciences. He later returned to Michigan where he has taught and coached for 31 years. He continues to win awards as a coach where he coached the Michigan All-Star football game in 1989 and was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1994. Married to wife Edda, LaFramboise is the father of Lisa Engler, Heide Darnell, and Tricia Roberts.
Meg Peavy graduated from Central Florida Community College in 1979 with an Associate of Arts degree in English. Following her two years as a student-athlete at Central Florida, she transferred to UofL where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1981. She earned a masters' degree in sports journalism in 1984 and a masters' degree in sport administration in 1994.
As the captain of the women's tennis team, Peavy compiled outstanding records as both a singles and as a doubles player. While being the number one seed for her team, Peavy earned a singles record of 90-27 and a 100-11 record in doubles competition which is a school record. She was also named team MVP and Region II Player of the Year while at UofL. Peavy was the only player in school history to advance to the NCAA Regional Tournament two years in a row. She remains active as a tennis player by representing the Southern Region in the USTA National Finals. Currently, she and her mixed doubles partner are ranked number one in the state in their division.
Peavy is in her 15th season as head coach for the UofL women's tennis team. Under Peavy's guidance, the program has compiled a 245-163 record with a 67 percent winning percentage. She has received numerous honors and awards, and in 1986, was named the Kentucky Tennis Professional of the Year.
As a guard and forward for the UofL basketball team that won the national championship in 1986, Robbie Valentine has achieved success on and off the basketball court. While at UofL, he was on the team that reached the NCAA Final Four in 1983 and 1986. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education in 1990, Valentine became a graduate assistant basketball coach under Denny Crum for two years. Presently, he is Executive Director of the Sports Club Education Program funded by the Jefferson County Public School System, the Gheens Foundation, and the Boy Scouts of America. He also serves as color analyst for WDRB telecasts of the men's University of Louisville's basketball games.
Valentine is a member of numerous boards in Kentuckiana including Hoops for Heart, MADD, DARE, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has organized charity events and raised over $250,000 for local charities. Valentine also averages 450 speaking engagements a year at schools, banquets, and churches. Valentine was honored by the Radcliff City Council by having the street he grew up on named "Robbie Valentine Drive." Currently, he resides in Jeffersonville, Indiana with his wife, Beth, and their three children Aaron, Eric, and Brooke Valentine.