PIKEVILLE – Sunday was a proud day for University of Pikeville Athletics as it welcomed four new members to its Hall of Fame. The class of 2014 includes Kayla Bandy, Justin Lamb, Randy McCoy and the 2008 women’s bowling team.
The inductees were honored during a ceremony following the UPIKE Athletics Banquet on Sunday evening at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
More on the inductees follows.
Kayla Bandy: Bandy earned her spot in the Hall of Fame after putting together one of the most decorated careers in collegiate bowling history.
Upon graduation, Bandy was a USBC Team National Champion, four-time USBC All-American, 2005 USBC Rookie of the Year and was named the Collegiate Player of the Year by both the Coaches Association and Bowling Writers’ Association in 2007 and 2008.
At the time, Bandy was just the fourth woman to ever win multiple national player of the year honors.
Bandy was part of the team at Pikeville from 2005-08 and as a senior she amassed her highest scoring average of 202.
After helping Pikeville capture the 2008 ITC National Championship with a 2-0 win against Wichita State in its hometown of Wichita, Kan., Bandy described it as “the best day of my life, no question about it.”
Bandy graduated from Pikeville in 2008 with a B.S. in Psychology. She went on to serve as an assistant coach with the women’s bowling team, while also working as the Director of Residence Life, Student Activities Coordinator and Upward Bound Coordinator. Bandy is a native of Danville, Va.
Justin Lamb: Lamb finished his four-year career with the Pikeville football team as one of the best wide receivers in program history. He joined the team in 2005 and immediately helped it reach the NAIA National Playoffs for the first time in school history.
At the time of his graduation in 2009, Lamb held UPIKE career records for receptions with 129 and receiving yards with 1,510. Lamb was part of 17 Pikeville wins, including a career-best 7-3 mark as a freshman.
At the end of his sophomore season in 2006, Lamb was named Second Team All Mid-South Conference after hauling in career-bests of 546 yards on 51 catches with six touchdowns. The wide out finished his career with nine total touchdown catches.
Lamb is a graduate of Breathitt County High School in Jackson. After earning his degree, Lamb joined the UPIKE coaching staff in 2009 with an emphasis on the wide receivers. Lamb was also a member of the 2011 Eastern Kentucky Drillers indoor football team that made the league championship game in its naugural season.
Randy McCoy: McCoy became the 12th head coach in Pikeville College history in 1999 and went on to put together a 140-79 record in six and a half seasons. McCoy shared the 2003-04 Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year honor while putting together a 26-8 overall record.
McCoy guided Pikeville to its first NAIA National Semifinals appearance in 2001, wrapping up a season that also included capturing both the MSC Regular Season and Tournament Championships in the school’s first season in the league.
During his time at the helm of the men’s basketball program at Pikeville, McCoy tallied four seasons with 20 or more wins, including a career-high 27 wins in 2000-01. McCoy led the Bears to the NAIA National Tournament three times in six seasons and was the only coach to lead PC to multiple appearances in the national tournament when he resigned in 2006.
McCoy, a 1977 graduate of Pikeville College, was the head coach at Elkhorn City High School for 11 seasons before being named head coach at PC in 1999. At Elkhorn City, McCoy compiled a record of 217-107. Under his guidance, the Cougars won four 60th District championships, one 15th Region crown and two regional All-A Classic titles.
Prior to Elkhorn City, McCoy was an assistant coach at Morehead State University for nine seasons under former Pikeville College head coach Wayne Martin. During that time, Morehead State made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. McCoy was also an assistant coach under Martin at Pikeville College during the 1976-77 and 1977-78 seasons.
2008 Women’s Bowling Team: Pikeville got its second national title in 2008 as the women’s bowling team captured the USBC ITC National Championship, topping Wichita State 2-0 in the Shockers hometown of Wichita, Kan.
Strikes by Bandy, Sarah Germano, Jennifer Wright and Ashly Galante in four of the first five frames got Pikeville off to a hot start in a 183-158 championship-clinching victory in Game two.
Pikeville, which also defeated Wichita State for its first national title in 2004, advanced to the championship match with a semifinal victory against Maryland-Eastern Shore, the 2008 NCAA women’s champion.
Against Wichita State in the best-of-three finals, the Bears won with scores of 184-171 and 183-158.
Galante, the 2007-08 NCBCA Rookie of the Year, was named the Most Valuable Player of the ITC National Championship. The team was coached by Ron Damron.