HILTON HEAD, S.C. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) held its inaugural induction ceremony for the PBC Hall of Fame Tuesday, with three Georgia College athletic icons joining the initial class.
Three members of the Georgia College Athletics family will be among the 25 from this inaugural class, as administrator Dr. Stan Aldridge, tennis player Julia (Roudkovskaya) Dimitrov and golfer David Robinson all join those chosen by the committee.
On the Mount Rushmore of Georgia College Athletics, Aldridge would be firmly positioned next to Dr. Michael Peeler. Where Peeler set the foundation for future athletic and academic successes, Aldridge set the framework for the move to NCAA Division II and joining the PBC. Robinson’s golf coach and current assistant athletic director at Georgia College Jimmy Wilson accepted the honor on his behalf.
The inaugural class was divided into Founding Fathers, Student-Athletes and Coaches & Administrators. Dr. Robert Alexander of USC Aiken, Jennifer Cleek of Francis Marion and Dr. Aldridge of Georgia College each spoke on behalf of their respective groups. The PBC will release a video of the entire awards presentation in the very near future.
Aldridge came to Georgia College to coach the men’s basketball squad in 1975, and prior to joining the administrative ranks in 1986, brought in Georgia Intercollegiate Athletic Association (GIAC) Coach of the Year honors twice.
He served as Director of Athletics for the Colonials and then Bobcats for 17 years, taking over after the passing of Dr. Peeler. Just as comfortable mowing the outfield grass as he was in university board room meetings, Aldridge fostered the culture of community in the Georgia College Athletic Department, everyone coming together for a common goal; graduating student-athletes, developing them to be contributors to society while fielding competitive programs.
Under his watch, the program made continual and steady progress and became widely respected across the country for excellence. Aldridge added women’s soccer in 2004 and constructed an outstanding soccer facility. Facility upgrades were a constant during his tenure. Baseball and softball dugouts were constructed to include bathroom facilities. The Centennial Center received a message board and courtside tables with advertising capabilities.
Aldridge was the catalyst for the 20-year run of Georgia College hosting the GISA State Basketball Championships. This event brought thousands of fans from across the state into Milledgeville each winter. As the mission of the institution changed, Aldridge set aside scholarship funds for outstanding academic achievement and created a program to assist student-athletes that had exhausted their playing eligibility but needed additional time to finish their degree. The back-to-back PBC Commissioner’s Cup titles are a direct correlation to the foundation that Aldridge laid throughout his career.
Inducted into the Georgia College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006, Roudkovskaya is one of 12 PBC Women’s Tennis players in the history of the league to be named an All-Conference performer all four years that she played. From 1999-2002 she was one of the dominant players in the PBC and named a four-time All-American.
The 1999 PBC Freshman of the Year, she helped the Bobcats to the semifinals of the 1999 NCAA National Championships and a victory in the third-place match. That year the PBC Tournament was flighted and Roudkovskaya won the #4 singles flight that helped the school to a second-place finish.
She finished the 2000 season ranked No. 17 in the nation in singles and No. 3 in doubles with partner Lilia Biktyakova. She finished 2001 and 2002 ranked No. 6 in the nation in singles.
In 2002 she was named the ITA Region Senior Player of the Year. She also won the ITA regional singles championship in 2000, was a three-time ITA/Rolex doubles champion and advanced to the doubles ITA national finals.
Robinson is the only men’s golfer in PBC history to be named the conference’s Player of the Year three straight times. Also a three-time All-American, he won seven tournaments from 2000-03 at Georgia College. He is tied for third all-time on the PBC list of career tournaments won.
Robinson made an immediate impact as a freshman, finishing tied for third at the 2000 PBC Championships. He finished 11th at the NCAA Regionals that year, helping the Bobcats to a second-place finish and the NCAA National Championships, where he finished 46th in a field of 93.
As a sophomore he won his first individual title at the Mercer Fall Preview and was 16th at the NCAA regionals. He won two more titles his junior year at the Pfeiffer Invitational and the Bobcat Invitational, was fifth at the Peach Belt Championships and seventh at the NCAA regionals. His 72.14 stroke average for that year still stands as the 15th-lowest single-season average in PBC history.
His senior season provided wins at the West Florida Intercollegiate and his first Peach Belt Tournament title. At the PBC, he fired back-to-back rounds of 68, becoming one of four players to ever shoot two rounds in the 60s at the league tournament.
Robinson turned professional upon graduating from Georgia College and played on the Nationwide Tour and Web.com Tour. He has also worked as a caddy on the PGA Tour.
On the 25th Anniversary of the conference, 25 members of the Hall of Fame were formally inducted as Master of Ceremonies Freddie Coleman of ESPN led the ceremony at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. Of the 25 inductees, 19 were present at the ceremony.
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