Powell, Steelman Inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

Legendary head coach Rose Magers Powell and decorated student-athlete Melissa Steelman were officially inducted into the Martin Methodist Sports Hall of Fame on Homecoming Weekend 2016 last weekend.

The two were officially enshrined during a ceremonial luncheon held at the Giles Heritage Theater at First National Bank in Pulaski. They were introduced to the public as the 56th and 57th inductees into the Hall of Fame at halftime of the RedHawks Women’s Basketball game that afternoon.

Powell arrived at Martin Methodist as its first-ever Volleyball coach in the four-year era in 1996. During her 14-year tenure at the helm of the program, she amassed 373 career victories and was a three-time TranSouth Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Powell, who won the silver medal with the USA National Women's Team at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, led the RedHawks to three consecutive conference titles (2005, 2006, 2007). In her final season on the RedHawk bench, Powell was ranked 11th among NAIA active head coaches in career victories. Upon her hire at Martin Methodist in 1996, Powell made her education a point of emphasis, a challenge that was realized in May of 2000 when she received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Services from Martin Methodist. Powell currently is the head coach at NCAA Division I Alabama A&M University in her hometown of Huntsville, Alabama.

Steelman made history during her tenure at Martin Methodist as she became the only four-sport letter winner in school history. Arriving as a three-sport star in 1994, Steelman excelled on the softball diamond, but also saw major time with the women's basketball and volleyball programs. After she returned for her final semester of coursework in the fall of Steelman added one more sport to her resume when she joined the newly-formed women's soccer team. During her standout career, Steelman was an All-Conference softball player, a member of the 1995 National Small College Basketball Association championship team, the 1996 and 1998 Gil B. Abernathy Award winner, 1998 Female

Athlete of the Year and the 1998 Homecoming Queen. Steelman continued her relationship with Martin Methodist, even after graduation, as she took over as head coach of the Martin Methodist softball program. During her two seasons at the helm, Steelman won 33 games and helped steer the program in the right direction for future successes. Steelman resides in Birmingham, Alabama and is a United States Postal Service worker.

“We are extremely delighted to welcome Coach Powell and Melissa Steelman into our Martin Methodist Sports Hall of Fame,” RedHawks Executive Director of Athletics Jeff Bain said. “These two ladies were absolutely vital in our transition from a junior college into our current status as a four-year institution. Without their commitment to excellence, who knows what the current shape of our athletic department might look like. We give a major salute to these two highly influential, highly successful women.”

Click here to see a list of prior recipients.


About the Hall of Fame

In 1996 the Martin Methodist College Sports Hall of Fame was created to honor student athletes that had a significant impact on or brought special recognition to athletics at Martin Methodist College. The current members of Martin Methodist College Sports Hall of Fame all have a plaque at the Robert E. Curry Christian Life Center (CLC) that bears their picture with facts about their accomplishments in athletics and related fields. Each year in September the Sports Hall of Fame Committee meets at Martin Methodist College to select which nominees will be inducted at our Annual Sports Hall of Fame Luncheon that is held at Homecoming in February.

View the complete list of recipients on our official athletics website.


Submit your nomination

To submit a nominee, please review the Sports Hall of Fame Guidelines and complete the nomination form by visiting the link below. Deadline to submit is September 15th of each year.

Nomination Form

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