Davis Tarwater | 2019 GKSHOF inductee

Athletes, coaches and an official are among the nine people inducted into the 2019 class of the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame.

The class includes NFL official Terry Brown, PGA Tour golfer Walt Chapman, NCAA champion Randy Jenkins (track & field), football coach Dr. Chris Jones, Kamisha Martin (track & field), Webb football coach and athletics director David Meske, contributor George Sampson and basketball coach Jody Wright and Olympic Gold Medalist Davis Tarwater who says the honor ranks high for him telling WVLT Sports Director Rick Russo, "This is such an extraordinary thing because it represents the investment that was made in my career not only by my family but this community and I had the opportunity to grow up and train and go to school here, I went to Webb and so this one ranks really high because it brings back a lot of really special memories of growing up here and competing the friendships that I had and most importantly my family."

Tarwater who swam for Webb School in Knoxville and then in the
Big-10 for Michigan says he never lost touch with his home town, "I did not, I had a wonderful privilege to compete in the Big-10 at Michigan and then later as a pro but this was always home, this was always where I derive my support this is where I felt like my identity was rooted."

As far as the success he's had during his lifetime Davis adds, "You just take the risk to dream and step out there, not everyone will ultimately end up at an Olympics, it took me 20 years to do so but man, the process was so unbelievable to get there."

David Cutcliffe, Duke University Head Football Coach and former University of Tennessee Offensive Coordinator, will be the guest speaker at the induction ceremony July 25, 2019.