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Starks to be Inducted into National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame

Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information  
Release: 08/06/2014
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Former Tennessee State University head men's golf coach, Catana Starks has been selected to the 2014 Class of Honorees to be inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame on September 26.

The ceremony will be a part of the 29th annual NBCA Hall of Fame Alumni Weekend in Atlanta, Ga.

When Tennessee State University joined the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference in 1986, then-Athletic Director Bill Thomas traded the University's swimming program for a men's golf team and called on the leadership of Dr. Catana Starks to guide the program. Starks, who holds a bachelor's ('69), master's ('73) and doctorate ('80) degree from TSU, then made history, becoming the only African-American female to have coached a men's golf team in the country.

In 2005, Starks led the Tigers to a win in the National Minority Championship, a tournament for golf teams from historically black colleges and universities. It was the first time TSU had won the tournament and it also was Starks' last year coaching.

Under her guidance, the team also produced the first African American men's head coach for Michigan State University (Sam Puryear), a top swing coach of professional golfers in Canada, including Tiger Woods (Sean Foley) and an All-American who is a member of the European Tour (Robert Dinwiddie).

Recently, Academy Award Nominee Taraji P. Henson portrayed Starks in a movie based on the golf coach’s career at Tennessee State called “From the Rough.” The movie was released nationally on April 25, 2014.

The National Black College Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the development and growth of Historically Black Colleges and Universities through scholarships, internships, training and technical assistance, alumni recognition and programs to encourage humanitarian involvement.

2014 National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees
Athletics - Dr. Catana Starks, Tennessee State University
Community Service - Hardy K. Dorsey, Sr., Lincoln University (MO)
Education - Dr. Harold L.Martin, Sr., North Carolina A&T State University
Entertainment -Will Packer, Florida A&M University
Faith & Theology- Bishop Dale C. Bronner, Morehouse College
Government/Law -Mayor Edna Branch Jackson, Savannah State University
Life Time Achievement Dr. Ruth Simmons, Dillard University & Dr. Gladys Hope Franklin White, Hampton University
Medicine Dr. Haywood L.Brown, North Carolina A&T State University
Science Dr. Cora B. Marrett, Virginia Union University
Chairman's Award Dr. C. T. Vivian

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