MMC names Dana Davis and Tom Thurman as Sports Hall of Famers
February 15, 2019
Martin Methodist College inducted Dana Davis and Tom Thurman as the two newest members of its prestigious Sports Hall of Fame, adding them to an elite group featuring 60-plus inductees that include former Olympians, National Champions and school record holders.
Nominations for the Sports Hall of Fame are accepted annually, and the inductees are then selected by a committee based not only on athletic success but also integrity, sportsmanship and character as well.
Dana Davis is a 1995 alumna of Martin Methodist College. Davis was one of the most reliable and dependable student workers in the athletic department’s history. Davis served as both student assistant and student trainer for four seasons with Women’s Basketball and three with Softball. Additionally, she spent two seasons as trainer with the RedHawk soccer programs.
Davis received her Associate of Science degree in 1992 and picked up her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services in 1995. She was involved in the Martin Methodist Student Government Association and was a member of both the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the Gamma Beta Phi honor society.
Davis went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Jacksonville State University in 1997. She received her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama in 2010.
Davis began her professional career within the admissions department at Martin Methodist in 1995 and has spent the next 20-plus years involved in higher education advising and admissions work. Currently, she serves as the Director of Advising at the Advisement Resource Center at Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden, Ala.
Tom Thurman is a 1966 alumnus of Martin Methodist College. Thurman excelled in both baseball and tennis at Martin Methodist, playing for both Coach Kermit Smith and Jimmy Earle. In addition to his time on the field of play, Thurman was also a member of the Gamma Beta Phi honor society. After his time at Martin Methodist, Thurman went on to Tennessee Tech and received a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Biology. Thurman was also a member of the tennis team and a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
From there, Thurman went to Nashville School of Law, where he received his Doctorate of Juris Prudence in 1976. Thurman then spent the next 30-plus years as an attorney in Nashville, specializing in criminal prosecution for the State of Tennessee and Davidson County. Thurman served as Assistant District Attorney from 1977-1989 and Deputy District Attorney from 1990-2016 for the Office of the District Attorney General in the 20th Judicial District.
Davis and Thurman were formally recognized at Homecoming during halftime of the 2 p.m. women's basketball game versus Bethel (Tenn.) on Saturday, February 9 in the Curry Christian Life Center.
Martin Methodist College, founded in 1870, is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Martin Methodist offers baccalaureate degrees in 39 programs of study that include English, religious studies, music and dramatic arts, mathematics and natural sciences, business, social sciences, education, criminal justice, and nursing.