1. Ed Bodkin: BasketballThe only Eastern men’s basketball athlete to compile more than 1,500 points and 800 rebounds, Eddie Bodkin finished his collegiate career as Eastern’s all-time leading scorer with 1,587 points. Currently sixth on the all-time list, Bodkin averaged 21.1 points per game during his career (1963-66). Bodkin helped lead the squad to 50 wins in a three-year span. That team went 13-1 in OVC action and advanced to the NCAA Tournament where it played DePaul. A two-time All-OVC honoree (1965-66), Bodkin also earned OVC All-Tournament honors in 1964 and 1965. The Chicago Bulls made Bodkin the 30th overall selection in the 1966 NBA Draft when they chose him in the third round.
2. Don Combs: Swimming
Donald G. Combs, Sr. served Eastern as its Director of Athletics and head swimming coach. While leading the Eastern swimming program for 19 years, 1956-1975, Combs posted a .836 winning percentage (143-28) and won 13 consecutive Kentucky Intercollegiate Swimming Championships. He mentored 28 All-Americans and was awarded “Master Coach” status by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, Inc. In 1968 the Donald G. Combs Natatorium was dedicated in his honor. Combs also served as Eastern’s Director of Athletics (1972-91). Don’s father, Earle Combs, is also a member of the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame.
3. Pamela Raglin Andrews: Track & Field
Pam Raglin was a 13-time OVC middle distance runner champion. The 1984-85 OVC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year still holds the conference mark for best 800 meters time with a 2:07.71 in 1986. Raglin claimed the OVC outdoor championship in the 800 meters (1985, 1986); 1,500 meters (1984, 1985, 1986); 3,000 meters (1985, 1985); and the 5,000 meters (1984, 1985). Raglin’s time of 4:16.84 in the 1,500 meters during the 1986 season is still the Eastern women’s outdoor record. Raglin was selected as the OVC Cross Country Runner of the Year. She won the three-mile championship with a time of 16:33. Raglin also won the OVC title in the 800 meters and the mile in 1985.
4. Aaron Jones: Football
First round draft choice by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1988, Aaron Jones also played nine years in the NFL for the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins. At the time of his selection, Jones was only the third OVC athlete to be picked in the NFL Draft’s first round. Jones, a 1987 I-AA First Team All-American defensive lineman, earned All-OVC honors in 1985 and 1987. Jones was chosen as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. Jones made 40 tackles, 26 assists, and 12 tackles for loss during his senior season. Jones played 113 pro contests. He made 20 sacks, including a career-high four with New England in 1994, recovered five fumbles and had one interception.
5. George Floyd: Footbal
A 1999 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, George Floyd was a two-time All-American during his Eastern career. A defensive back for the 1979 national championship team, Floyd started all four years (1978-81) and served as team co-captain in 1981. The 1980 and 1981 OVC Defensive Player of the Year still holds Eastern’s record for most career interceptions (22) and most career interception return yards (328). The two-time All-OVC honoree was chosen as the conference Male Athlete of the Year in 1981-82. Following college, Floyd played four years (1983-86) for the NFL’s New York Jets after being a fourth-round draft choice. Floyd is now the assistant principal at Boone County in Florence, Ky.
6. Myron Guyton: Football
A seven-year veteran of the NFL, Myron Guyton was a four-year starter in the defensive backfield from 1985-88. Guyton led the OVC in interceptions during his senior year and led the league in blocked kicks in his final two seasons. Guyton was chosen in the eighth round of the 1989 draft by the New York Giants. Guyton led the NFL’s second-ranked defense in tackles during his rookie campaign. After five years with the Giants, Guyton completed his career by playing two seasons with the New England Patriots. In 98 professional football games, Guyton made 10 interceptions.
7. Goebel Ritter: Basketball
A four-sport star at Eastern, Goebel Ritter earned Little All-America honors in baseball, basketball, golf and track. The 1948 graduate came to Eastern on a football scholarship but delayed his sports career while serving in World War II where he earned two Purple Hearts. Following his time at Eastern, Ritter played basketball for the New York Knicks from 1948-51. In 151 professional games, Ritter averaged 5.1 points per game. Ritter returned to Kentucky where he taught and coached basketball at Fleming-Neon, Hazard and Whitesburg. During his tenure at Hazard, Ritter led the Bulldogs to four state championships and a win. He was chosen for the Hazard High School Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1991. He later was employed by the Letcher County Board of Education and worked 18 years as a basketball referee.
8. Chrissy Roberts: Basketball
The nation’s top sharp-shooter in 1997, Chrissy Roberts starred in two seasons at Eastern. Roberts earned OVC All-Conference honors in 1997 and 1998. She earned 1998 OVC Player of the Year honors after leading the league in free throw shooting (89.2 percent) and three-point shooting (45.9 percent). During her junior season, Roberts led the country with a 48.8 three-point shooting percentage. Her uniform, practice gear and shoes were enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame because of her accomplishment. Roberts holds the Eastern record for most three-pointers in a single season (84 in 1996-97) and career three-point field goal percentage (.475). She is third on the all-time three-point field goals made chart with 151. Roberts is an assistant women’s basketball coach at East Carolina University.
9. John Nganga: Cross Country
A four-time OVC Cross Country Champion, John Nganga is one of the most decorated student athletes in Eastern history. Nganga swept the OVC cross country titles from 1991-94 while earning the conference’s Runner of the Year honor all four years. He led the Colonels to the OVC crown for four years. Nganga won the NCAA District III Cross Country Championship and advanced to the NCAA Championships. Nganga earned OVC Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 1995, the first of two years he led the Colonels to the league title. That year Nganga won the 3,000 meters (8:40.35) and 5,000 meters (14:49.81) at the OVC championship meet. His third indoor title was earned in 1994 when he ran a 14:47.99 in the 5,000 meters at the conference meet. Nganga won four OVC Outdoor Track & Field titles during his career. In 1993 he won the 3,000 meters (8:38.70) and the 5,000 meters (15:09.45). He successfully defended his title in the 5,000 meters in 1994 (14:55.63) and 1995 (14:52.60).