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GHS Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees 2015-2016





  • Melissa Coffey 
    Melissa played basketball and softball for the Lady Gators from 1993-1996. She helped guide her basketball teams to an overall record of 86-39 with 2 district titles and one region title. She earned all-district and all-region honors three times in 1994, ‘95, and ‘96.  Melissa is the season record holder in rebounds with 289 in 1995-1996. She scored 980 points, recorded 808 rebounds, 350 assists, and 232 steals. In softball, Melissa earned all-district honors in 1994 and 1996 along with all-region in 96. She recorded 13 triples, 96 RBIs, and held a batting average of 420. Melissa continued her basketball career at University of Alabama-Huntsville.

  • Erin Palladay
    Erin played soccer, basketball, and softball at Greenwood.  Erin started as goalie for the first two seasons of Lady Gator soccer in 1994 and 1995 earning all-district and all-region in both seasons. She recorded 218 saves and 11 shutouts as the Lady Gator goalkeeper.In basketball, Erin was selected to the all-district team four times from 1993 to 1996. She recorded 1067 points, shot 36% from behind the three-point line, and made 226 assists. As a softball player Erin made the all-state academic team in 1994 and all-district team in 1996. She holds the single season slow-pitch record for triples at 13. Erin continued her athletic career at Indiana University-South Bend and Bethel College.

  • Brittany York
    Brittany played softball five seasons for the Gators from 2002-2006 in which she earned all-region honors each of the five seasons. In 2004 and 2005, Brittany was named all-district most valuable player along with being named to the all-state team. In 2006, Brittany was named Miss Kentucky Softball.Brittany recorded 200 hits, 18 home runs, 154 RBIs, and held a batting average of 410.  As a pitcher she won 62 games, recorded 563 strikeouts, and 922 fielding putouts. Brittany continued her softball career at University of Louisville.


  • Amanda Howard
    Amanda played on the Gator volleyball team for 4 seasons from 2003 to 2006. Amanda was named to the all-district team in 2004 and 2006, the all-region team in 2006, and all-state team in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, Amanda was named all-district and all-region most valuable player. Amanda helped lead her teams to an overall record of 117 wins and 41 losses with 4 district titles, 3 regional titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and a 3rd place state finish in 2006. In four seasons Amanda recorded 1064 digs and 116 blocks.


  • Tom Frericks
    Tom played basketball for the Gators from 1997-2000. Tom was named to the all-state team in 1999 and 2000, the all-region team in 1998 and 1999, and all-district team in 1998, 1999, and 2000. Tom helped guide his teams to an overall record of 73-42.  He recorded 1054 points, 717 rebounds, 115 steals, and 127 blocks. Tom continued his basketball career at Universtiy of Alabama-Birmingham and University of St. Louis.


  • Ryan Eaton
    Ryan was a member of the Gator Cross Country and Track teams from  2003 to 2010.  Ryan was named Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year in 2008 and Mr. Kentucky Cross Country in back-to-back years of 2008 and 2009 in which years he was also the individual regional champion and state champion.  He holds the state course record at 15:54 from 2009.  In four seasons, Ryan won 27 cross country meets.  In track, Ryan was the individual 1600 meter state champion in 2007, 2008, and 2009 as well as the 3200 meter champion in 2009. Ryan holds other school, regional, and state records in both cross country and track. In 2007, 2008, and 2009 Ryan made academic all-state 1st team. Ryan continued his cross country and track career at University of Louisville.


  • Tim Freeman
    Tim played baseball for the Gators for 5 seasons from 1995 to 1999.  He was named to the all-district team four straight seasons from 1996 to 1999 and the all-region team in 1998 and 1999.  Tim held a batting average of 332 with 141 hits, 24 home runs, 152 runs, and 141 runs batted in. Tim helped lead his teams to an overall record of 91-32 with district championships in 1998 and 1999. Tim continued his baseball career at Volunteer State Junior College and Cumberland University where in 2004 he was on the NAIA National Championship team.


  • Coach Amy Helliwell 
    Coach Helliwell served as Lady Gator Soccer coach from 1998-2008. During this time she amassed a record of 182 wins, 51 losses, and 7 ties. She led her team to 6 district titles and 6 regional titles as well as appearances in the state final four in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2008, in which years she was also Region 4 coach of the year.Coach Helliwell’s teams produced 35 all-district selections, 44 all-region selections, and 31 all-state selections including 4 district MVPs and 5 region MVPs along with numerous collegiate student-athletes.


  • Peggy Cowles
    Mrs. Cowles served as the first principal of Greenwood High School from 1990-2002. As the first Principal at Greenwood, Mrs. Cowles was instrumental in the creation of the athletic heritage that we enjoy today.  Through the hiring of the first coaching staffs, working to establish athletic facilities, and promoting athletics at Greenwood; Principal Cowles left a lasting legacy that all of Gator Nation can appreciate for years to come.  



  • 2007 & 2008 Lady Gator Fast Pitch Softball
    These two teams combined for a record of 77-14, were district and regional champions both seasons, and went onto to win back-to-back state championships.  In 2007, the Gators defeated Scott County 4-0 to win the first state title and in 2008 defeated North Laurel 6-5 for the repeat. The teams were coached by head coach Ms. Penny Reece, assistant coaches Ms. Candace Calhoun Wray and Erin RichterTeam members were Elizabeth Ferrell, Amanda Hargett, Ali Hart, Taylor Proctor, Ashli Alford, Peyton Price, Chelsea Birchell, Whitnee Lee, Laura Smith, Taylor Oliver, Krista Cummings, Lindsey Green, Amanda Bailey, Jessie Dunning, Hannah Pearson, Amanda Walden, Jessica Cunningham, Amy Hockstedler, Kaysha Wheeler, Elizabeth Jordan, and the State Tournament MVP for both 2007 and 2008 Rachel Riley.  





The “Greenwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame” is organized to maintain a rich heritage of athletics at Greenwood High School. It will serve as a means of recognizing and honoring male and female athletes, coaches, and individuals who have made significant contributions to the athletic programs of Greenwood High School.