30th class of Athletic Hall of Fame

Princeton’s Jay Davis is one of five greats in the history of Western Kentucky University athletics who will be inducted as the 30th class into the WKU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Davis, a 4-year football letterman, is considered one of the outstanding pass receivers in Hilltopper football history — his impact on the Topper record books has stood the test of time. The 15 receptions he accounted for at Akron in 1969 stood as the school record for 50 years before being bettered by only Lucky Jackson in 2019. The 191 receiving yards in that contest stood for 26 years and is still seventh on that list.

He still holds WKU records for catches by a sophomore (46 in 1969), receiving yards by a freshman (612 in 1968) and by a sophomore (809 in 1969) and receiving TDs by a freshman (six in 1968). He completed his career with 131 catches (not bettered until 2004) for 2,236 yards (lasting until 2007) and 19 TD receptions (still sixth on that list).

The four teams he lettered on were a collective 29-8-3 (76.3%) overall with two OVC championships (1970 and 1971) and two runner-up finishes in league competition. He earned All-OVC honors as a junior in 1970.

After graduating from Western, Davis coached on the Caldwell County football staff under head coach Al Giordano from 1972-73, and then from 1976-81 under Christian County head coach Fred Clayton. He is also a long-time sports official, working high school football, basketball, baseball and softball games, and has officiated basketball, football, softball and men and women’s basketball at the collegiate level.

Others slated for induction are Sherrod Coates (football), Donna Doellman Miller (women’s basketball), Janet Jesang (women’s cross country, track and field) and Chris Marcus (men’s basketball).

The induction of the 2021 class will bring the number of former WKU athletes and coaches to earn berths in the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame to 161 since its founding in 1991.

The 2021 class will be inducted in a ceremony highlighting the annual W-Club Homecoming Brunch at 10 a.m. Oct. 30 on John Oldham Court at E.A. Diddle Arena.

The inductees will also be honored in ceremonies on Jimmy Feix Field at halftime of the annual Homecoming game, set to kickoff at 3 p.m. WKU head coach Tyson Helton will pit his Hilltoppers against Conference USA foe Charlotte at Houchens-Smith Stadium.

— By TIMES LEADER STAFF