Maynard’s, Morton to be inducted into Red Coat Society
APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – The Governors Club, the Austin Peay State University (APSU) athletics booster club, has announced that Joe and Cathi Maynard and Ron Morton will be inducted into the Governors Club Red Coat Society.
Joe and Cathi Maynard will be recognized at halftime of the men’s basketball game against UT Martin that evening. Ron Morton will be recognized at a later date.
Joe and Cathi Maynard are recent members of the Austin Peay family, but they have quickly become two of the Governors biggest supporters.
Co-owners of ECHO Power Engineering, the Maynard’s reached out to Austin Peay seeking ways to give back to their community.
That email has branched into several contributions to the university and the athletics department.
Within weeks, ECHO Power Engineering became the exclusive naming partner of the club level at Fortera Stadium. In addition, the Maynard family provided a generous gift to support the baseball and softball facilities at Austin Peay with groundbreaking for a new baseball clubhouse taking place last Friday and a future ribbon cutting to occur for a new softball stadium.
But their contributions also have reached into the Clarksville community, particularly its veteran members. The Maynard family has made donations to provide free tickets to Austin Peay’s Military Appreciation football game each of the past two seasons.
Morton, a 1970 Austin Peay graduate and cross country student-athlete, and his wife, Andrea, made a significant donation to Austin Peay in 2012 that provides scholarships for Governors Olympic-sport student-athletes. That scholarship alone has benefited 16 Governors student-athletes since its inception. In addition to his generous gift in 2012, Morton has annually been one of Austin Peay athletics top donors.
Morton, a native of the Dayton, Ohio area, arrived at Austin Peay in 1965 and was a member of the men’s cross country and track and field teams. He was recognized as the university’s “leading runner” by The All State – Austin Peay’s student newspaper in its November 1966 edition. Morton would later serve in the Peace Corps where he gained his appreciation for community service – a stipulation of his scholarship award.
Currently, Morton is owner of more than 60 H&R Block franchises located in South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana. Morton and his wife Andrea live in the Conway, South Carolina area.
The Governors Club’s Red Coat Society is a Hall of Fame for service to Austin Peay athletics.
The society was established in 2004 to honor those individuals who have provided longtime support to Governors athletics. The 2019 class is the 16th inducted into the Red Coat Society and Morton and the Maynard’s become the 40th, 41st and 42nd inductees.
To be eligible for the Red Coat Society, individuals must be a member in good standing of the Governors Club for at least five years; have supported the athletic programs at Austin Peay through financial contributions or participation in Governors Club fund-raisers and other events; have supported more than one sport both at home and away whenever possible and recognized within the APSU community for their association with Austin Peay athletics.
Red Coat Society Induction Classes
2019 – Joe and Cathi Maynard and Ron Morton
2018 – Jeff Bibb and Ricky Cooksey
2017 – Sherwin Clift and Dr. Don Luck
2016 – Ed Baggett and Dave Luther
2015 – Terry Griffin and Hal Mathews
2014 – Hendricks Fox, Dr. Tim Hall and Jack B. Turner
2013 – Charles Hand
2012 – James Corlew, Don Jenkins, and Gary Mathews
2011 – Dr. Bruce Myers
2010 – Jimmy Dunn
2009 – Jerry Nass, Mike O’Malley, and Mike Schrecker
2008 – Dwight Dickson, Paula Hallett, and Len Rye
2007 – Bill Atkins, Dr. Sherry Hoppe, Dr. Gaines Hunt, and Bill Roberts
2006 – Lawrence Baggett, Evans Harvill, Zoot Parker, and Carolyn Yarbrough
2005 – Don Corlew, Davis McCutchen, Bobby Mills, and Edmund Terrell
2004 – Brandon Buhler, Perkins Freeman, Richard Hardwick and H.R. Wortham