Athletic Hall of Fame
Class of 1999
1999 UM Hall of Fame Inductee, Greg Key was the first pro draftee ever signed by the University of Montevallo. Key made an immediate impact once he arrived on the UM campus, earning All-District 27 honors during his freshman season with a .318 batting average and a then-school record five triples.
Over his four-year career at Montevallo, Greg set school records for at bats (737), runs (197), hits (247) and triples (12) in a career. After completing his eligibility at UM, Key also owned the career records for games played (210), doubles (35), home runs (35), total bases (411), runs batted in (123), stolen bases (89) and stolen base percentage (.856). He currently ranks in the top five in all those categories.
A 1981 Honorable Mention NAIA All-American, Key came back to Montevallo after being drafted in the 35th round following his junior season. In 1982, he set a then-single season record for stolen bases (31) and was drafted by the California Angels in the June Amateur Draft.
1999 UM Hall of Fame Inductee, Milt Robinson was truly an All-American individual. Words used to describe Robinson off the court were quiet, shy and sensitive. On the court, the Prattville native was an All-American talent, as well. Robinson was an All-District pick during both his junior and senior seasons at Montevallo and was an honorable mention NAIA All-American for the 1989-90 campaign under Head Coach Rob Spivery. One of the most talented basketball players to come through Montevallo, Robinson led the team in scoring his last two seasons. He is currently fourth on UM's All-time scoring list with 1,358 points.
An excellent student with a degree in psychology from the University of Montevallo, Robinson had returned to school to pursue a degree in nursing before a fatal automobile accident in September of 1994.
1999 UM Hall of Fame Inductee, Shawna Sauls-Laurendine finished her volleyball career at Montevallo as one of the most heralded athletes in school history. Shawna came to the University of Montevallo out of Milton, Florida, as a talented multi-sport athlete and immediately made her presence known. In her first season, she was selected as the NAIA District 27 Freshman-of-the-Year.
In her final two seasons for Coach Judy Green, Shawna led the Falcons in kills, kills attempts, hitting percentage, block solos and total blocks.
As a senior, Shawna led a Lady Falcon squad, ranked No. 1 for six straight weeks, to a national record 12th consecutive appearance in the NAIA National Volleyball Tournament. During the season, UM posted a 42-match winning streak, the second longest in NAIA history.
Shawna's play earned her NAIA First Team All-American, American Volleyball Coaches Association First Team All-American and Asics Tiger First Team All-American honors. Following her senior season, Shawna was awarded the 1994 Sington Trophy, given annually to Alabama's outstanding athletes of the year.
GARY VAN ATTA
1999 UM Hall of Fame Inductee, Gary Van Atta is the winningest coach in UM women's basketball history with a 166-49 record over seven years. All six of the Lady Falcons' 20-win season occurred under the Van Atta regime, including a school-best 28-7 season in 1993-94.
In his first season as Lady Falcon head coach, Coach Van Atta led UM to a then record 24-6 mark. His lowest win total, 18-11 in 1990-91, ranks second among wins in season during a non-Van Atta coached year. While at Montevallo, Van Atta coached two All-Americans, including Peggy Keebler (2nd Team, 1989-90) and Sheena Bowling (Honorable Mention 1992-93 and First Team, 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96).
Van Atta coached Lady Falcon teams that made five consecutive trips to the NAIA National Tournament from 1992-1996. In UM's first season in the Gulf South Conference, the 1995-96 Van Atta-led squad posted a 13-1 conference record, winning the GSC East Division regular season title. During that year, Montevallo also won a record 19 straight games to begin the season.
After leaving Montevallo during the summer of 1996, Van Atta went on to coach at Division I Tennessee-Martin.