While the girls’ preparatory school is known for its academic excellence, the athletic performances of its students and coaches have led to above-average entry into the college athletic arena. On average, 20 percent of GPS student-athletes will compete at the college level; the national average is about 7% for male and female high school athletes.
Each year, GPS recognizes a number of alumni and coaches for their outstanding achievements and contributions to athletics who have had a significant impact on the GPS Athletics Program for induction into the GPS Athletic Hall of Fame. .
On Friday, GPS inducted five into its Athletic Hall of Fame. School Principal Megan Cover welcomed attendees to the event and introduced Athletics Director Jay Watts, who served as emcee. His assistant, Susan Davidson, who coordinated the event, was also present.
Mr. Watts addressed the crowd and said: “Induction into the GPS Athletic Hall of Fame represents the highest honor we can bestow on our athletes and coaches who have represented our school with class and excellence during their time there. on the campus. These women have received many local, state and even national accolades throughout their careers.
This year, the inductees were welcomed into the prestigious organization by loved ones, who spoke of their accomplishments.
Lindsey Martin VonCannon ’07 | swimming | presented by his sister, Molly Rossi
Dr. Lindsey Martin VonCannon is a pediatrician working out of Denver, Co., where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. She graduated from Davidson College with a BS in Physics and then from Wake Forest Medical School with her MD.
While at GPS, VonCannon competed in crew, track and field, and primarily swimming. She received four individual All American awards, eight relay All American awards, and was an academic All American in her senior year. Through the swim team, she received the Sarah Burns Award in 2004 and 2007, the MVP Award in 2004, 2005 and 2007, and was captain her final year. She won the 100m freestyle and was second in the 50m freestyle at the 2007 Tennessee State Championship competition. She was awarded GPS’s Freshman Cup in 2004 and was a Cum Laude and runner-up in the national merit his last year.
While at Davidson College, she was the first swimmer to qualify for and attend the NCAA Division I championship swim meet and received the Academic All American and Collegiate Mid-Major All American awards as well as the Davidson’s Most Outstanding Freshman Athlete and the Rebecca Stimson Award. for Most Accomplished Senior Female Athlete (named after GPS alumnus Becca Stimson ’73).
Simone Busby’12 | softball, basketball and athletics | presented by his mother, Elouise Busby
Simone Busby distinguished herself in many sports during her time at GPS. A goaltender, she was twice named to the TSWA All-State Soccer Team, was named All-City Soccer MVP in 2011, and received the Chattanooga Best of Preps Tournament MVP award in 2011 and 2012. athletics, she won the state championships. for shot put and discus and was twice named to the All-State Track Team. Busby played two sports – softball and basketball – under the guidance of 2022 Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Susan Crownover.
Busby attended the University of Evansville, where she continued her football career. While there, she was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team, MVC First Team, and MVC Goaltender of the Year, in addition to being named to the MVC Honor Roll, all during his first year. She continued to build her impressive resume throughout her time in Evansville, earning varsity athlete accolades, being named to the MVC-ALL Tournament Team and NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Great Lakes Region Third Team. , winning Academic Excellence from the MVC Commissioner. Award and MVC Goalkeeper of the Year for the second time. She remained on the honor roll every year.
Today, Busby attends Cumberland School of Law, where she is on the Dean’s List annually and is a member of the Black Law Student Association. She is also a legal assistant to the Honorable Judge Clyde Jones of the 10th Judicial Circuit Court of Alabama. In addition to her studies, Busby is an entrepreneur. She is the owner of Scenic City Notary CHA, LLC and co-owner of Balloon Boss, LLC.
Chadarryl Silguero-Clay ’12 | basketball | presented by his brother, Junior Clay
Dr. Chadarryl Silguero-Clay made a name for herself on the basketball court when she was at GPS. She was the starting goaltender for college for all four years of high school and was also named an All-Region every year. She was named All-Team her sophomore, junior, and senior years.
She was a member of the 2011 and 2012 state championship basketball teams and earned regional player of the year honors in 2011 and was named tournament MVP in 2012. Both years she was also named Miss Basketball for the State of Tennessee, Chattanooga Times Free Press Player of the Year, Venus Lacey Award recipient and Chattanooga Times Free Press Best of Preps Champion.
By her junior season, she had scored 1,000 points, and her jersey number was retired after her senior season in 2012, when she was also named a McDonald’s All-American, ranked number 6 point guard in the nation, and named to the ESPN Hoopgurlz” Top 100 Watch List” for the class of 2012.
Her success helped her earn a full scholarship to play basketball at Auburn University in 2012. In 2013, she transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University to complete her career, also on a full scholarship. She had the highest GPA on her team every year and received the Student Athlete Scholar Award every four years.
Today, after graduating from the Independent Pharmacy Ownership Residency at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2021, Silguero-Clay lives with his wife, Maria Magdalena Silguero-Clay, in Durham, North Carolina , where she is the pharmacy manager at Harris Scale Pharmacy.
Tory Kemp Howard ’12 | athletics | presented by his father, Troy Kemp
Tory Kemp Howard was a star on the track team when he was on GPS, making the team by competing in the TSSAA track and field championship as an eighth grader. She set school records in the trip jump and 300m hurdles and won a state championship six times – for the pentathlon, long jump, triple jump, 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles. Her senior season, she went undefeated and was named Scrappy Moore Female Athlete of the Year.
Although she was recognized as a star for athletics, she was also an integral part of other GPS teams. In 2009, she was on the state championship volleyball team and was named the Best of Preps winner. She was also in City’s top five in assists and kills. In 2011 and 2012, she was a member of the state championship basketball team.
Additional accolades have been bestowed on Howard, including the NAACP Berry White Female Student Athlete Award in 2011 and the GPS Senior Student Athlete Award.
She committed to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as a heptathlete and earned All ACC First Team honors four times at the Athletics Championships. She was also the No. 2 all-time scorer for the UNC Pentathlon and was a four-time recipient of the ACC USA Indoor/Outdoor Team Award and the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Twice she won the first round of NCAA qualifying in the high jump.
While attending UNC, Howard was one of the first two student-athletes to be actively enrolled in the school’s nationally ranked nursing school while participating in a D1 sport. She graduated with honors.
Today, Howard resides in Atlanta with her husband, Johnathan, and their two sons, Taj (5) and True (2), and works as a critical care nurse at Emory University Hospital.
Coach Susan Crownover | soft ball | presented by his daughter, Kelby Crownover
As Crownover’s career at GPS draws to a close and his retirement nears, it becomes apparent that we are losing a legend. She has taught and coached GPS for 31 years, 29 as a softball head coach and nine as a basketball head coach. From 2004 to 2013, she coached both sports back to back.
During his 28 seasons as head coach of the softball program, his teams participated in 23 state tournaments and won eight state championships – in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014 – and 12 state runners-up titles. Over the decades, she never had a losing record and even had 21 20+ seasons. His regular season record to date is 668 wins and 237 losses, and his state tournament record is 63-30. Thirty-four of her softball players went on to play in college.
As head basketball coach for nine seasons from 2004 to 2013, Crownover went 171-69, won two state championships, and had five 20+ seasons. Four of her athletes went on to play college careers.
A career as long and impactful as Crownover’s is filled with accolades. In 2007, she was named NFHS State Softball Coach of the Year and TWSA Softball Coach of the Year, which she again won the following year. In 2012 she was named TSSAA AF Bridges Award – Female Coach of the Year, and in 2016 she was inducted into the Greater Chattanooga Coaches Hall of Fame. That same year, she won the Allan Morris/Jim Morgan Award, given to an athlete or person involved in athletics who has overcome great physical challenges or who, through diligent perseverance, has achieved goals that the most people in their situation wouldn’t even dare to reach. She has also won the Scrappy Moore Softball Coaches Award and the Chattanooga Times Free Press Coach of the Year three times.
Crownover, who was diagnosed with kidney disease in his twenties (and later received a kidney transplant) and stage 3 endometrial cancer in 2020 before returning for his final season as head coach this year, looks forward to retirement, alongside her husband, David. The couple plan to spend time spoiling their grandson, Andrew.