Tuesday September 10, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Football player Pat Dye, gymnast Lori Strong and tennis player Marissa Catlin have been chosen for induction into Georgia's Circle of Honor.
Dye, Strong and Catlin will be recognized at the Georgia-North Texas football game on Saturday, Sept. 21. They will be inducted into the Circle of Honor on Friday, April 11, 2014.
Dye, a native of Blythe, Ga., lettered for the Bulldogs from 1958-60. After an All-America and All-State career at Augusta's Richmond Academy, Dye became a dominant guard for the Bulldogs. He earned All-America recognition in 1959 and 1960. As a junior, Dye helped the Bulldogs win the SEC championship and pick up an Orange Bowl shutout victory over Missouri.
The Atlanta Touchdown Club selected Dye as the SEC's Most Valuable Lineman following his senior season. Dye played two seasons in the Canadian Football League before becoming a college coach. He served six seasons as the head coach at East Carolina, one at Wyoming and 12 at Auburn. He compiled an overall record of 153-62-5, with one Southern Conference title and four SEC crowns. The playing surface at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium was named Pat Dye Field in his honor in 2005.
A native of Whitby, Ontario, Strong performed for the Gym Dogs from 1993-96. Prior to her arrival in Athens, Strong represented Canada in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics. Strong helped the Gym Dogs win the 1993 NCAA team title as well as three SEC crowns. She was the 1994 NCAA bars champion and she claimed SEC titles on bars in 1993 and in the all-around in 1996. Strong was chosen as College Sports Magazine's 1996 Athlete of the Year for gymnastics after finishing the year ranked No. 1 in the all-around and on bars. Strong finished her career as a seven-time First-Team All-American, including three citations her senior year. She twice was chosen as Georgia's MVP. Strong also was a four-year pick for the Academic All-SEC squad.
Catlin, a native of Clearwater, Fla., played for Georgia from 1997-2000, helping the Lady Bulldogs claim the NCAA title her senior year. Catlin was a seven-time All-American, a three-time pick for the Rolex All-Star Team and a two-time selection to the USA Tennis Collegiate Team. She claimed two grand slam doubles titles in 1999 and reached the finals in four others during her career. Catlin went 123-29 in singles and 93-16 in doubles as a Lady Bulldog. In 1998, Catlin claimed the Honda Award as the nation's top tennis player and was named the SEC Player of the Year. She finished the year with the country's top ranking (the first Lady Bulldog to do so), boasting a 37-4 singles record and a 25-4 doubles mark. Catlin also was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
The Circle of Honor is the UGA Athletic Association's all-sports recognition program which is designed to recognize and pay tribute to extraordinary student-athletes and coaches who, by their performance and conduct, have brought honor to the University and themselves, and who by their actions have contributed to the tradition of the Georgia Bulldogs. The criteria also stipulates that each recipient has earned his or her academic degree.