ATLANTA –The Georgia State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018 was announced on Tuesday, an elite group of five that dates back to the 1970s. The group will be honored at the homecoming football game on Oct. 27, as the Panthers take on Coastal Carolina.
The class includes three female student-athletes and two male student-athletes who competed across four different sports.
After being honored on Oct. 27, the Class of 2018 will be brought back to campus in April for the annual Student-Athlete Banquet to receive their awards as their names will be added to the new Wall of Fame currently being designed for Georgia State Stadium.
The Class of 2018 includes Ann Dielen, Joyce Harrell, Zanta Marble, Mark Steeds, and Thomas Terrell.
The Hall of Fame Election Committee was appointed in the spring of 2015 with the task of creating guidelines for nomination and selection. This same group decided the first three classes over the last three years.
Nearly 100 nominees are now on the ballot for inductions into the Georgia State Athletics Hall of Fame. Georgia State started competing at the NCAA Division I level for the 1963-64 season, however, limited teams existed prior to that season.
Among the criteria for inclusion in the Georgia State Athletics Hall of Fame is a five-year window once a student-athlete exhausts their eligibility and a college degree. Coaches and administrators must be removed from their position for a minimum of two years.
More Information on Each Honoree:
Ann Dielen (Women’s Tennis) – The first women’s tennis player to be inducted into the GSU Athletics Hall of Fame, Ann Dielen was a talented tennis star who played on the men’s team from 1972-74 as a women’s team had yet to exist. In just over two years she amassed records unmatched by any previous Panther. In 1972, she went 13-1 with all of her wins coming again men at other universities. In 1973, the tennis team went 19-5 which at the time was the best won/loss recorded record at Georgia State. In 1972 and 1973 she won the Georgia Women's Collegiate Championship Tournament. In 1972 she brought even more recognition to Georgia State by winning the State of Georgia’s Women’s Open Tournament and the City of Atlanta Women's Tournament. Dielen just retired from coaching after 41 seasons at Birmingham Southern and is now the Director of Tennis. She also serves as the school’s SWA.
Joyce Harrell (Women’s Basketball) – One of the most decorated women’s basketball players in program history, Joyce Harrell starred for the Panthers from 1976-80. Harrell still holds the school record with 1,051 rebounds and is among the top 15 in points scored with 1,210. She finished her career shooting 50.7 percent from the floor and has the third-best rebounding average (11.2) in program history. Among those in the top seven in single-season rebounding average, Harrell’s name appears three times. Her 519 career field goals made still ranks 11th all-time in program history. As a team captain, Harrell helped the team produce a 65-34 record with four winning seasons during her tenure, including wins over Georgia, Auburn, Florida, and Alabama.
Zanta Marble (Women’s Track & Field) – A 14-time all-conference performer over four track seasons from 2001-04, Zanta Marble finished in first place to be a conference champion six times either individually or on a relay team. She holds school records in two sprint events and on three different relay teams. Marble qualified for NCAA Regionals twice including in 2003 when she qualified in the 200m, 400m, 4x100m and 4x400m. She was also the winner of the prestigious Bruce LaBudde Sportsmanship Award and Pickett Riggs Scholarship Award while maintaining a 4.0 GPA all four years at Georgia State. As a freshman, she qualified for the Junior Nationals and finished fifth.
Mark Steeds (Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field) – One of the most accomplished runners in Georgia State history, Mark Steeds finished 12th at the NCAA Cross Country Championship in 2008 to become the first-ever First-Team All-American in GSU history. He also had an 11th and 12th place finish at the NCAA Championship in the 5,000m outdoor after top 10 finishes in the NCAA Regionals. He set school records in the 5,000m, 1,500m, and 3,000m and was an All-CAA honoree for four-straight years. In 2009 he was named the Georgia State Student-Athlete of the Year. As a redshirt junior, he earned the 2008 CAA Cross Country Athlete of the Year and CAA Scholar-Athlete Award. He earned All-Region honors after placing fourth at the NCAA South Regionals with a time of 31:10.33 and won the CAA Championship with a time of 23:56.
Thomas Terrell (Men’s Basketball) – Despite playing just two seasons at Georgia State, Thomas Terrell made his presence known both on the court and in the record books. One of just four AP All-America Honorable Mentions in program history, Terrell earned conference tournament MVP honors in 2002 and was a four-time conference player of the week selection. He guided the Panthers to both the NCAA and NIT postseason tournaments while helping win 29 and 20 wins in his two seasons. When he graduated he held the record for most 3-point baskets in a single season and second-most in a career at Georgia State. He also scored the second-most points in a single season and held the fourth-best single-season scoring average. His 1,193 points in just two years was is 12th-most in school history. He was named the Georgia State Male Athlete of the Year as a senior before playing professional basketball overseas.