- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2020

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Four-time West Virginia Amateur golf champion Sam O’Dell is among nine people named for induction into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick announced the 2020 class on Wednesday.

O’Dell attended Marshall from 1997 to 2000 and led the golf team in stroke average for three straight seasons.

In 2001, O’Dell was nearly killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident on the eve of the final round of the state Amateur at The Greenbrier. O’Dell suffered a brain injury and awakened midway through a nine-day hospital stay in Charleston.

He returned to dental school at West Virginia University the following year. He won state Amateur titles in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018 and was named the state Golf Association’s Player of the Year three consecutive times.

Others named to the Hall of Fame class are football players Albert McClellan and Steve Sciullo, swimmer Bill Noe, tennis player Kellie Schmitt, volleyball player Jalicia Ross, women’s basketball star Karla May, baseball standout Dave Ramella, and the late Charles “Trusty” Tallman, who played football and coached the football and men’s basketball team in the 1920s.

The inductees will be honored at a dinner Sept. 11 at the Marshall University Memorial Student Center in Huntington.

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