Centre Athletics Giving Levels

Fred Vinson Society – $100-$249 annual athletic gift total

A four-year letterman in baseball at Centre, Fred Vinson continued his career as a semi-pro after college. He was also offered the job of baseball commissioner, which he turned down. He became a congressman from Kentucky, a judge on the federal circuit court of appeals and Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

E.A. Diddle Society – $250-$499 annual athletic gift total

A standout for four years in football and basketball, Edgar Allen Diddle was a member of the famous Praying Colonels as a blocking back in the 1917-1920 seasons and a star on Centre’s unbeaten Southern Championship basketball team in 1919. Diddle was inducted into both the Helms Foundation and Naismith Memorial Basketball Halls of Fame. When Diddle retired from Western Kentucky as a coach in 1964, he held NCAA records for seasons coached (42), most NCAA victories (759) and most games coached at one college (1061).

Mattie Bell Society – $500-$999 annual athletic gift total

A four-year letterman in football, William “Mattie” Bell earned All-KIAC honors while playing five positions. He also lettered in baseball, basketball, and track. He served as football coach Haskell Indian Institute, Carroll College, Texas Christian University, Texas A & M and Southern Methodist University. In 1935 his SMU team won the National Championship. In 1949 he was named athletic director at SMU where he served until retirement. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the National Football Hall of Fame.

Cawood Ledford Society – $1,000-$2,499 annual athletic gift total

Legendary sportscaster and voice of the Kentucky Wildcats, Cawood Ledford was manager of the tennis team and sports editor for the Cento during his time at Centre. Ledford called the Kentucky Derby 22 times and the Final Four 17 times, as well as calling the World Series and the Masters. Ledford was named the top college broadcaster on four occasions, was a three-time winner of racing’s Eclipse Award, a 1987 inductee into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, and had his jersey retired in the rafters of Rupp Arena.

Kitty Baird Society – $2,500-$4,999 annual athletic gift total

A member of the physical education and athletics staff at Centre from 1959-2000, Kitty Baird was instrumental in the development of women’s varsity athletics program. She coached basketball, field hockey, and tennis while serving as women’s athletics director of intramural sports. She was the founder of the Kentucky Women’s Intercollegiate Conference in the AIAW and the Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the NCAA. Baird served on the NCAA tennis selection committee, basketball rules committee and Division III restructuring committee. She also received the Kahperd Mustaine award, NAGWS Pathfinder award, NCAWAA Region III Administrator of the Year award and NACWAA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bo McMillin Society – $5,000+ annual athletic gift total

A five-year letterman in football, Alvin “Bo” McMillin was a four-time All-Southern Quarterback and three-time All-American,¬†earning first team honors in 1919.¬†He is also known for the scoring the winning touchdown in Centre’s victory over Harvard in 1921. McMillin later served as head coach at Centenary College, Geneva College, Kansas State University, Indiana University, the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. He was voted Football Man of the Year in 1945 and awarded the coveted Stagg Trophy by the American Football Association.