Friday, December 13, 2019: During halftime of the Girl/Boys double header against Trimble Count, Colonel nation recognized 10 members of this years Hall of Fame class. In attendance at the game were Dr. Robert Arvin, Dr. Eugene Jacob, Mr. Eric Liedtke, Mr. Mike Montgomery and Mr. Dallas Robinson. Samantha Huecker was honored earlier this year at the Lady Colonels soccer game against Assumption and Nick Covault was honored at the Choir’s Winter concert on Dec. 12th.
This years Hall of Fame includes:
Dr. Robert Arvin: He began his teaching career in 1964 at Harrison County High School where he taught Social Studies and Guidance Counselor until 1970. Dr. Arvin became a Colonel in 1971 when he served as a Guidance Counselor for Oldham County Junior and Senior High Schools. In 1974 he was appointed Principal of Oldham County Middle School before becoming the Assistant Superintendent in 1975. In July of 1975, Dr. Arvin became Superintendent of Oldham County School, where he served until 1991. In that time he served on several local and state councils, including the Kentucky Institute for Women in School Administration, the Kentucky Department of Education School Finance Study, the Legislative School Finance Study Group, The Kentucky Teacher Certification Council, and the Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust Board of Directors. His recognitions include: 1979 Oldham County Man of the Year, in 1980 he was awarded the F.L Dupree Award for Creative Education Administration, in 1987 he was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for Outstanding leadership, in 1989 he was recognized as the Kentucky Superintendent of the Year, in 1992, he received the Distinguished Service Awards from the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. In this time he also served two terms on the board of directors for the Kentucky Association of School Administrators and one term as president. It is his vision and foresight that drove the great accolades and honors associated with our Oldham County Schools.
Norman Brown: Attended and played basketball for Oldham County High School from 1960 to 1963. As a Colonel he was a member of the 1963 Final Four team that went 31-3 on the regular season. Brown was a prolific scorer for the Colonels, but was known for his stellar defense and rebounding by his team mates. In a letter written by a former team mate it is stated that if Norman had not hurt his hand at the end of the ’63 season the Colonels would have beat eventual state Champs, Seneca High School, and gone on to beat Dunbar to capture the State Championship. In addition to his leadership on the court, Norman was also involved in the school community and following graduation went on to serve multiple terms as magistrate on the Oldham County fiscal court and as the Principal at Oldham County Middle School. Norman still lives in Oldham County wife Bonnie and three daughters, who all graduated from OCHS, and attends games whenever he can and has been a valuable advisor to the OCHS Hall of Fame.
Cindy Cheatham: Attended Oldham County from 1984 to 1987 and played varsity basketball all fours years at OCHS and was a leading scorer in 3 of the 4 years in addition to being well-rounded with assists and steals. In 1986 Cindy hit the “shot heard around the world” to lead the Lady Colonels to a 49-48 win over Franklin-Simpson for the 1986 KSHAA state championship. Just a few weeks later Cindy started at point guard as The Lady Colonels went on to beat the Indiana State champs in front of a full crowd at Rupp Arena. In her time at OCHS Cindy was also a talented Tennis player and was the #1 singles player for OCHS tennis leading the team to regional wins, and a long with her older sister Julie in placed second in the state in doubles in 1985. Cindy was also very involved as a students as she was a member of the math team, the Beta Club and the Honor Society. Cindy Graduated as the 1987 salutatorian and went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was an honors graduate. She then went on to receive her MBA from the Harvard Business School with distinction. She spent almost 20 years in banking and strategy including a decade working at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s nationally recognized technology incubator ATDC. Cindy and her family live in Atlanta where she continues to compete in ALTA and USTA tennis and has captained her son’s USTA 14 U Team tennis to place 4th place nationally.
Nick Covault: Attended Oldham County from 2000 to 2004 and was a leader in the classroom and an active member of the schools preforming arts program. Nick was a leader in both the Choral music and theater programs in his time at OCHS. He was a standout student as he was selected to both the Governor Scholar program and the Governor’s School for the Arts. He is one of only three students from Oldham County to be selected to both programs in the last 20 years. Following graduation Nick went on to attend University of Kentucky where he earned his degrees in both Vocal Music Performance and Arts Administration. In 2014, Nick became the first GSA alumnus to be appointed as Director of the program. Through his work as Director of the Governor’s School for the Arts, Nick empowers artistically-driven young Kentuckians to become the Commonwealth’s next generation of creative leaders; leaders who are innovative, adaptable, collaborative, and empathetic. Nick also serves on the Steering and Expansion Committees for the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange, a nationally-recognized creative leadership program aimed at bridging historical divides across the state. His professional journey has included participation in the SouthArts Dance Touring Initiative, the Emerging Leader Institute of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and the Global Fellowship Program of the International Society for the Performing Arts. He was listed as one of Business First of Louisville’s 2016 Forty under 40 Honorees, and has been named a Compassion Laureate by Compassionate Louisville. Nick traces much of his success back to the high caliber education he received at OCHS, including the many ways his teachers integrated the arts and creative practices into a variety of non-arts subjects to deepen learning. It’s an honor to receive this recognition from a community that has meant so much to his personal journey and success.
Billy Harris: Prior to 1964 African-American kids in my community went to La Grange Training School and then had to take a bus “trip” to the closest African-American school, Lincoln Institute in Shelby County. All toll it was a 100 mile round trip each day for Billy to attend school. In 1964 Billy Harris attended Oldham County High School, which was only a few miles away from his home, and became the first African-American to play basketball for the Colonels. Billy tried out for the team at Lincoln in 1961, but did not make the team, However, after enrolling at OCHS Coaches Ray Warmuth was the Glenn Collie brought him onto the team where he played JV and backed up Colonel great Bobby Jenkins on the varsity squad. There was a hitch, however during Billy’s playing years as he was unable to play his senior year due to the number of semesters he had attended between Lincoln Institute and OCHS. Billy went on to graduate in 1966 and after graduation enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for 4 years in Vietnam.
Dave Hicks: David Hicks, attended and played basketball for Oldham County from 1984-87. As a senior in ’87, David led Oldham Co to the state tournament with a 25-7 record while averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds a game. Lead by Hicks’ play Oldham advanced in the first round past Hazard and lost in the quarterfinals 74-68 to Madison Central before a state tournament record crowd of 24,041. After graduating from OCHS David attended Centre College and played basketball all four year for the Colonels from 87-91. David became the all-time leading scorer in Centre history with 1,921 points and played on the ’89 Final Four team and was a D-3 All-American. In 2018, following his passing Centre College held a ceremony for the dedication of its newly remodeled practice facility in honor of David. Centre College Athletic Director, Brad Fields said of the dedication
“Hicks was an amazing person, on the basketball court, his prowess was well documented, as he still remains our all-time leading scorer in men’s basketball history — more than 25 years later. By his legacy passed on in his daughters, in his other family and friends, in the people he was able to mentor, it leaves us all with the gratitude of having had the privilege—even if in some small way—to be connected to him.”
Sam Huecker: Played for the Lady Colonels from 2003 through 2006 and in her senior year she was team captain and leading scorer and was named to the Male Cup All-tournament team and the 8th Regional All-tournament Team. While at Oldham County she was also a member of the United States National Pool, attended a 2006 National Camp, a three-time ODP Regional team member and a five-time Kentucky ODP State team member…Earned NSCAA All-American honors as a junior and senior…Named All-State four-times…Twice named Euro sport Kentucky Player of the Year…Led her Javanon club team to five straight state championships. She was also a member of the All-8th Region Team and was Player of the Year. Following Graduation Sam went on to attend and play Soccer at the University of Charlotte where she played varsity all four years. In her senior season she was named A-10 First Team All-Conference…Named NSCAA Scholar All-American First Team…Named NSCAA Scholar All-Region South First Team and finished her career ranked in school history in assists, shots, games played, games started and minutes played. Following college she played professionally for the Charlotte Lady Eagles and in Sweden before going on to coach at Lenoir-Rhyne and Gardner-Webb.
Dr. Eugene Jacob: Many former Colonel’s cannot remember when Dr. Jacob “wasn’t” our team physician. His service as a member of the Athletic Department at OCHS was cutting edge and allowed many phenomenal athletes to be seen for injuries and begin treatment ASAP, and was critical part of getting our athletes healthy and back into their sports. In his time at OCHS, he was a fixture on the sidelines of all the Colonels home games. When Baptist Hospital began the practice of providing athletic trainers at the high schools, Dr. Jacob was very supportive and played a huge role in the training and development of many young athletic trainers who have come through OCHS. As the OCHS Hall of Fame welcomes the third hall of fame class, which consists of athletes, coaches, scholars, administrators and individuals who have exceeded expectations and made significant contributions to the success of OCHS and the community, Dr. Jacobs is unbelievably deserving, and in many cases helped the great athletes and coaches continue the tradition of success at Oldham County High School.
Eric Liedtke: Attended Oldham County and played for basketball for the Colonels from 1993 to 1997. In his time for the Colonels scored a total of 1684 career points. Eric was named to the all-district team three times, the all-region team twice and in his senior season was voted 2nd team all-state. In addition in his senior season Eric was a member of the Street and Smith a—metro team and nominated as a McDonald’s All-American. Following graduation, Liedtke attended and played Basketball at Transylvania University where he holds the school record for most 3 pointers made and finished his career with 1523 points. Eric was also selected to the All-great lakes region team in 2000 and was named third team NIAN All-American in 2001.
Mike Montgomery: Graduated from Oldham County High School in 1980 and has been covering Colonel Athletics since that time in all forms of media. His current company, Pegasus Sports, primarily covers Varsity Football and Basketball games through live video coverage. His passion for the history and success of the Oldham County athletic programs is second to none and is evident in his tireless preparation and attention to detail in his broadcasts. Mike has been involved in recording and reporting Colonel Athletics since he was a student at OCHS in the late 70’s and his knowledge of the past success and great athletes is second to none. He has been a valuable resource to the Athletic department as Oldham County has begun the process of recognizing and honoring the accomplishments of past great athletes to play for Oldham County.
Dallas Robinson: Graduated from Oldham County High School in 2001 where he played football and ran track. Dallas is a member of the 4x100m school record team and won regional championships in numerous relay events and in the 400 meter dash. After graduation Dallas attended Eastern Kentucky University and became the most decorated sprinter in school history winning 9 conference championship gold medals 22 total conference metals and in 2005 was named conference athlete of the year. He still holds the school record in the 200m and is top 5 in the 4×100, 4×400, 60,100,200,400 events. Dallas was inducted into the EKU athletic hall of fame in 2016. Following his graduation from EKU Dallas competed internationally and became ranked top 3 in the United States in indoor track and field and 1st in the 55m dash. He then went on to play Rugby for the United States where he quickly made the national team and played 7’s and 15’s for the US for two seasons. Follow his career Dallas joined the military and in 2011 answer a recruiting call in USA bobsled. That same year, Dallas broke the national combine records in the sprinting events, won the US push championships from the brake position, defeating the prior world push champion, competed in a dozen international world cup races and competed in 2 man and 4 man bobsled at the world championships three times. In 2014, after six years of being a Team USA athlete in three different sports and competing in 14 different countries, Robinson earned a coveted spot on the US Olympic team heading to Sochi, Russia as the sole representative of the state of Kentucky and the states only soldier Olympian. In 2015 Robinson was inducted into the EKU Hall of Fame and has since been featured on the Weather Channel as well as several commercial advertisements.
Celia Tyson: Attended Oldham County High School from 1984 to 1987 and competed all for years in track and field all four years. As a track athlete Celia specialized in the sprints and specifically the hurdles qualifying for the state meet in 8th grade and finishing second in the state in the 300 meter hurdles as a freshman. She was the state champion in the 300 hurdle in both 1985 and 1986. In 1987 she doubled her state title total by winning both the 100 meter high hurdles and repeating as a three time 300 meter state champion. As a junior Celia gained national attention as she recorded a time of 43.2 and followed that up in ‘87 with a state record time of 43.77 in the 300 meter hurdles. Following graduation Celia went on to earn her MBA from the Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, with a major in Decision and Information Systems and a minor in Finance. She received a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia. Celia has been married to her husband, Greg, for more than 25 years. She has two children, Griffin and Madison, who are currently enjoying their junior year of college.