Jan. 16, 2014
ATLANTA -- Former Lady Vol and U.S. Olympic basketball standout Cindy Brogdon will join an elite group of athletes on Feb. 7, when she is inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame with the class of 2014.
The hall's 10th anniversary enshrinement ceremony will take place at the Buckhead Theatre, beginning with a reception, buffet, silent auction and raffle at 5:30 p.m. and followed by the induction at 7:15 p.m.
Brogdon, who played at Tennessee from 1977-79 after transferring from Mercer University, joins a stellar class that includes long-time Atlanta Braves and Hawks owner and media mogul Ted Turner, Major League Baseball All-Star and Cy Young winner John Smoltz, 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers, three-time Olympic medalist sprinter Antonio McKay and long-time Cobb County high school football coach and athletic director Corky Kell.
A sampling of previous inductees includes Major League Baseball icon Hank Aaron, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox, NASCAR's Bill Elliott, NBA legends Walt Frazier and Dominique Wilkins, former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, golfing great and Augusta National and Masters founder Bobby Jones, Olympic track & field medalists Edwin Moses and Wyomia Tyus, NFL superstar Deion Sanders and many other Georgia sports notables.
A native of Buford, Ga., Brogdon led Greater Atlanta Christian to three Georgia high school state championships (1972, 1974, 1975). She previously was a 2002 inductee into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and Georgia Hall of Fame, and a 2003 entrant into the Lady Vol Hall of Fame.
Brogdon, a 5-foot-10 forward at Tennessee, averaged 21.7 points and 7.6 rebounds as a junior in 1977-78 and 20.1 points and 4.7 rebounds as a senior in 1978-79, playing two seasons alongside current Lady Vol head coach Holly Warlick. She had averaged 30.1 points and nearly 11 rebounds per contest during her first two college seasons at Mercer before arriving at Rocky Top.
A player, along with (then) Pat Head, on the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team that won a silver medal in Montreal, Brogdon found great success at Tennessee after opting to join the program coached by her former USA teammate, who later became known by her married name, Pat Summitt. Brogdon ended her career as a three-time KODAK All-American, following up an award earned in 1976 at Mercer with two recognitions at UT in 1978 and 1979. She also was the runner-up for the Wade Trophy in 1979.
Brogdon led the Lady Vols in scoring during both of her seasons in orange and in free throw percentage as a junior. She still possesses the No. 2 career scoring average (20.8) and remains No. 3 (21.7) and No. 9 (20.1) in all-time single-season scoring averages. Her 1,458 points scored as a Lady Vol rank her No. 24 all-time.
Before embarking on a two-year professional career as an All-America player in the Women's Basketball League with New Orleans and St. Louis, Brogdon helped the Lady Vols find national success in their early days. The 1977-78 team went 27-4 and finished No. 1 in final AP Top-25, while the 1978-79 squad went 30-9 and finished third at the AIAW Championships.