Janet Montgomery and Brett Gilliland compose the 2012 class of inductees into the University of West Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame. Official induction ceremonies will take place during UWA Homecoming Festivities on Oct. 20.
“Janet and Brett are outstanding representatives of our athletic program,” said Dee Outlaw, chairman of the Hall of Fame committee. “We are very proud to have them join the long list of Tiger Hall of Famers.”
Montgomery currently serves as an Associate Athletic Director at UWA. She spent 19 years as head softball coach for the Tigers, winning 427 games, five Gulf South Conference Championships and was runner-up at the 1997 NCAA Regionals. Montgomery also won 53 games in four years as the head volleyball coach. She is currently the longest tenured Senior Women's Administrator in the GSC.
A native of West Bend, Wis., and a graduate of Wisconsin-Parkside, Montgomery has served on numerous NCAA Committees, including the prestigious NCAA Management Council, which is considered the Board of Directors for all of Division II. A member of the Wisconsin-Parkside Hall of Fame, she has also served as chair of the NCAA Division II Championship Committee and chair of the Division II Softball Committee. She has also served on many other NCAA and GSC committees.
Gilliland currently coaches wide receivers and serves as the football recruiting coordinator at Georgia Southern University. A four-year letterman at quarterback for UWA from 2000-03, he was a regional finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy and an All-GSC performer. He still holds several UWA passing records and finished his career with 6,689 yards passing and 36 touchdowns while completing 59-percent of his passes (579-of-980).
At the conclusion of his playing career, Gilliland had posted four of the top 10 single game passing performances in school history, including a then school-record 470 yards against Valdosta State in 2002. A magna cum laude graduate at UWA, he was a two-time member of the GSC All-Academic Team and a finalist for the GSC Top Eight Award on two occasions. As a senior Gilliland was runner-up for the GSC Commissioner's Trophy, which goes to the top male athlete in the league.
Brett's father, Ronnie, was a member of the UWA 1971 National Championship Football team.
Montgomery and Gilliland will serve as Grand Marshalls in the UWA Homecoming Parade and will be officially inducted in the Hall of Fame at the Annual National Alumni Association Meeting. Both will serve as Honorary Game Captains at the football game against Shorter University.