Athletic Hall of Fame
Class of 1994
Elder was head basketball coach at Montevallo from 1974 to 1985 and compiled an overall record of 198-127 (.610). While at UM he was able to claim the distinction of being the only head coach at an Alabama four-year college who held a doctorate degree. He received his doctorate after completing educational administration requirements at the University of Alabama.
Before coming to UM, he was head coach for seven years at Northeast Junior College in Rainsville, Alabama, where he compiled an overall record of 118-59. Elder's first UM team won the 1975 NAIA District 27 Championship and attended the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Mo.. He was named "Alabama Small College Coach of the Year" for his accomplishments that year.
He took four of his teams to the district playoffs won 10 invitational tournaments and two Southern States Conference tournaments. Three of his Montevallo cagers received All-American honors: Gerald Douglass ('75 2nd Team), Wylie Tucker ('78 Hon. Mention) and Joe Hall ('83 Hon. Mention).
After leaving UM, Elder accepted the positions of Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach at The University of Mobile, positions he still enjoys.
Elder was born December 17,1941 in Birmingham and later moved to Bucyrus, Ohio, where he earned varsity letters in baseball, basketball and football at Bucyrus High School.
At Cedarville (Ohio) College he won two varsity basketball letters and one each in baseball and tennis. He transferred to Howard College (Samford) where he earned a B.S. and two letters each in basketball and tennis. He received his M.S. from the University of Tennessee in 1965.
Elder and his wife, the former Vivian Jane Logan of Birmingham, have two daughters.
At the end of the 1971-72 basketball season, Gene Meadows became the first University of Montevallo basketball star to receive All-American honors when he earned an Honorable Mention in balloting for the prestigious NAIA Team.
Meadows gained the honor with an outstanding junior season that saw the Falcons participate in the NAIA District Playoffs for the first time. Meadows led the team in scoring, notching 504 points for an 18.0 per game average, and was second in rebound with 9.3 per outing. He hit .473 from the floor and .652 from the charity stripe.
Meadows came to Montevallo from a two-year stint at Cleveland (Tenn.) State Junior college. His career scoring average was 16.1 and his rebounding average was 8.1. He was a two-time All-Conference selection, made six All- Tournament teams, and was All-State Small College and All-District 27 his junior year.
After leaving Montevallo, Meadows worked for Southern Athletic-Bike Apparel in Knoxville, Tenn., and then for Integon, a marketing and financial services firm.
A true friend to the University of Montevallo, Neal has been a source of great support for student-athletes and athletics. As a student at UM, he served as the first male president of the SGA and as a member of UM's first baseball team. After more than twenty years in the public sector, Shirley returned to the university as an instructor fund-raiser and contributor.
Neal is a member of the "Starting Nine," which is responsible for the lighting of Montevallo's Baseball Field. He is also sponsor of the "Neal Shirley Award" given annually to the outstanding male student-athlete at UM. He received the "Distinguished UM Alumnus" award in 1972, has served on the UM Board of Trustees, was President of the UM Alumni Association and is currently as a member of the UM Foundation Board of Directors.
Neal's dedication to UM and its athletic programs has greatly contributed to their outstanding success.
Stano was the first truly great pitcher at Montevallo. He arrived at UM for the '76 season and led the team to an overall record of 31-21 with a pitching record of 11-1. For his efforts, he was named to the All-District 27 Team.
Stano's overall record of 31-13 over our years, in which he led UM to 133 victories has yet to be surpassed. His eleven wins in a season is still a UM single season record. In addition to holding the record for most pitching wins (31), he also holds the single game and season records for most innings pitched (10), most batters faced (39), most home runs allowed (4), most earned runs allowed (8) and most complete games (12).
THERESA "TEE" STRAUGHN
"Tee" came to UM in the fall of 1983 after having led Valencia (Florida) Junior College in Orlando to a 26-5 record and a second place finish in the state tournament. At Valencia Junior college, she was picked as All-conference, All-State and All-State Tournament Team.
At UM, Tee led her Falcon team in all-around play and matches participated in. For two years she was consistently among the team leaders in kills, assists, aces, digs and attack percentage. In her first season, she played in all 50 matches, notching 312 kills, 79 serving aces, 726 assists and led the team in single game attack percentage with .59 against NCAA Div.I opponent Mississippi State University.
Her accomplishments are all the more amazing due to the fact that Straughn stands only 5'4"! For her efforts and accomplishments, she was a two-time All-District 27 selection and NAIA 2nd Team All-American pick in 1983 and 1984. She is currently a physical education teacher at Brubaker Middle School in Montgomery and stays active in volleyball by serving as an official.