University of Montevallo
Athletic Hall of Fame
Class of 1992
DR. LONNIE EDWARDS
Although he holds not one single basketball record, Lonnie Edwards is without a doubt one of the most important figures in UM athletic history. In a time when segregation was still visible on college campuses, Edwards joined Hansell Gunn as one of the first two black athletes at the University of Montevallo. Not only an outstanding player who averaged over 12 points in the 1970-71 season, Edwards made it easier for future black students at athletes at Montevallo by his outstanding conduct and student involvement. A junior college transfer, Edwards was named one of UM's senior class favorites after just one year on campus. According to former UM athletic director Leon Davis, "That, more than anything else, should tell you what kind of student/athlete Lonnie Edwards was." Edwards is currently serving as the director of personnel in the DeKalb County school systems in Georgia.
A former outstanding member of the Falcon basketball program who is now a member of the Jacksonville State University coaching staff. Still holds the record for most rebounds in a season with 324, and is tenth on the career scoring list with 1,012 points, despite having played only two years. His point total is the most for any two-year player in UM history. Averaged 13 rebounds per game at UM, which is another school record. The other marks led by Hobbs include: free throws made (197) and attempted (256) in a season, highest career scoring average (19.5), and free throws made in a single game(17). He was a two-time team MVP and was selected for the All-Alabama Small College team for two years straight, as well as the All-Alabama Collegiate Conference team. In 1970-71, he was named team captain, and won the coveted Neal Shirley Award in the same season. Hobbs scored 30 or more points in a game on eight separate occasions. He is currently assistant basketball coach at Jacksonville State University, where his squad won a national championship in the 1984-1985 season.
Generally regarded as UM's first outstanding female basketball player. Her career scoring record stood for seven years before it was broken by UM All-American Kelly Green in 1987. Leo still holds records for single game rebounds with 25, and single-season rebounds with 315. She is co-holder of the record for best free throw percentage in a single game (10-10) and is second in career steals with 163. In addition, she is fourth in all-time career scoring average with 13.2 and is number one in career rebounds with 870. She is currently employed as a teacher and coach in the Huntsville area.
One of the most dedicated members of the Falcon Club since its inception, Ed Patridge has given much of his time and financial support to University of Montevallo athletics. Falcon Club Director Bob Riesener says, "Without Ed Patridge's hard work and financial support, our organization would have never made it to the level it has reached." Many of our athletes, especially in the golf and baseball programs, owe much of their financial resources to the work of Ed Patridge.