PIPPA PASSES - On Saturday, Oct. 13, Alice Lloyd College inducted five former athletes into its Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place in the College’s Grady Nutt Athletic Center as part of the annual Appalachia Day Homecoming activities.
This year’s inductees were Jason Collins of Auburn, Alabama (graduate of Man High (W.Va. High School); Amy Dixon of Johnson County (graduate of Cumberland High School); Jon Jett of Perry County (graduate of Dilce Combs High); Jeff Lovely of Magoffin County (graduate of Magoffin County High) and Elmer Slone of Auburn, Indiana (formerly of Knott County). More on the latest inductees into the Alice Lloyd College Hall of Fame follows.
JASON COLLINS: Collins was a four-year member of the ALC basketball squad. He was an exceptionally gifted athlete who played above the rim, could score from anywhere, and was a tenacious rebounder. During his career, he was a four-year starter. As a freshman, he gave a preview of great things to come as he led the team in rebounding, finished second in scoring, and was named to the conference’s All-Freshman team.
Building on his rookie successes, Collins carved out an incredible career. He is the only player in school history to lead the team in rebounding all four seasons he played, and he never averaged less than 9.2 rebounds per game. His season-high rebounding average was 10 rebounds per game. He also led the team in scoring for 3 seasons, and is only the second player in school history to accomplish this feat. His high water mark was averaging 20.1 points per game as a junior. He also was named best defensive player two times and led the club in steals on 3 separate occasions. He was voted to the all-conference team every year he played, and was also named Honorable Mention All–American as a senior. Collins was named team MVP for three seasons and finished his incredible career with 1,808 points and 1,011 rebounds. This makes him only the third person in school history to be in the elite 1,000-1,000 club.
He was accompanied by his wife Holli, his son Jason Matthew, his daughter Emma, and his parents, John and Judy Collins. Currently, he resides in Auburn, Alabama, where he serves his community by working as a sales representative for Builders First Source.
His plaque was presented by his former coach and current Executive Vice President Dr. Jim Stepp, ALC President Dr. Joe Alan Stepp, and Gary D. Stepp, ALC’s Director of Athletics.
AMY DIXON: Dixon was a vital member of Cumberland High School’s back-to-back “All- A” state championship teams. She attended Alice Lloyd from 1994-1998 and was a four-year member of the Lady Eagles basketball squad. She was known for her shooting ability and hard-nosed play.
She worked her way into a starting role during her freshman year and would reward her coach by hitting four three-pointers in her first official start. She would later earn the team’s Three Point Award for three consecutive seasons and would connect on a record 10 three-point baskets in a single game. She became one of the conferences most feared outside threats, and she scored 1,089 points during her career.
Also, while attending ALC, Dixon was selected as Alice Lloyd College’s Mountain Laurel Festival Representative.
She was joined by her parents John and Shelia Dixon, her brother John Jacob Dixon, and her son Dixon Kincheloe. Currently, she is employed by the Pike County Board of Education where she serves her community as a teacher at Valley, Robinson Creek, and Virgie elementary schools.
Her plaque was presented to her by her former coach, John Mills, ALC President Dr. Joe Alan Stepp, and the Director of Athletics, Gary D. Stepp.
JON JETT: Jett graduated from Dilce Combs High School and attended ALC from 1990-1994. He was a four-year starter on the Eagles baseball team and was known for his speed and fielding prowess.
As a freshman, he led the club in hits and was named Conference Freshman of the Week twice for his efforts. He garnered additional Conference Player of the Week honors as a sophomore. As a junior, he earned the prestigious Gold Glove award. He closed out his career with a batting average of over .300 and led the team in stolen bases each year he played. For his efforts, he was twice selected to the All-Conference Team.
On the day of his induction, he was joined by his wife Katrina, son Tucker, his parents Eddie and Betty Jett, his sister Allison Jett and her children, as well as his mother-in-law Joan Campbell and many friends. Currently, he is employed by the Perry County Board of Education where he serves his community as the Maintenance and Transportation Director for Perry County Schools.
His plaque was presented by his former coach and Dean of Students, Mr. Scott Cornett, ALC President Dr. Joe Alan Stepp, and the Director of Athletics, Mr. Gary D. Stepp.
JEFF LOVELY: Lovely is from Magoffin County and attended Alice Lloyd from 1989-1993 where he was a four-year starter on the Eagles baseball team. He was known for his hitting power and defensive work at first base.
He was team captain as a senior and also won the Scholar Athlete Award. In addition, he was named team MVP his junior and senior years. At the time of his graduation, he ranked in the top three in school history in five categories, which included on-base percentage, hits, extra base hits, RBIs, and batting average. Furthermore, he finished his career with a lifetime batting average of over .340 and was a two-time All-Conference selection.
He was joined by his wife Melissa, his children Jaren, Cassidy, and Mason, and his parents Johnnie and Phyllis Lovely. Currently, he serves his community by running the Law Offices of Jeffery Lovely in Salyersville and West Liberty.
His plaque was presented by his former coach and Dean of Students, Scott Cornett, ALC President Dr. Joe Alan Stepp, and by the Director of Athletics, Gary D. Stepp.
ELMER SLONE: Slone came to work for Alice Lloyd in 1973 when he became the supervisor of the print shop. He served in that capacity until 1999. He also served as dorm director from 1996-1999. His late wife Emma Jean also worked for ALC from 1980 until her passing from cancer in 1995.
His coaching career began in 1975 at Caney Creek Elementary School. While there, he also organized the first Pee Wee basketball league in Knott County. In 1977, he became the ALC men’s basketball assistant coach. In an attempt to enhance the athletic offering for students, he started the Men’s JV basketball program and coached them from 1977 – 1982. He remained Men’s assistant coach until 1988. He then coached the JBS Lady Crusaders during the 1988 and 1989 season before returning to the ALC Men’s basketball program as the statistician.
This gentleman always had a love for Alice Lloyd College, basketball, and the youth in this area. That is why he has always felt that he was truly blessed to have been able to do what he loved. One of his goals in life was to always leave a positive influence on those he met.
In 1999 he remarried, retired, and relocated with his wife Ilene to Auburn, Indiana. He is now retired from basketball but continues to be a positive influence to those around him.
Currently, Slone serves his community by preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ as an ordained minister of the Salem United Baptist Church in Rome City, Indiana.
He was joined by his three children, daughters Rhonda Gayheart and Deedra Mullins and son Daryl, along with his wife, Ilene.
His plaque was presented by ALC President Dr. Joe Alan Stepp and Director of Athletics Gary D. Stepp.