Class of 2015
Bob Ball (’67). Graduate, University of Tennessee (Health/Physical Education); Master’s, Eastern Kentucky University; Lettered in Track, University of Tennessee (3 years); Inducted to University of Tennessee’s Wall of Fame; AAU Track All-American 1971. Teacher and Coach for 33 years; President, Metro Athletic Directors Association 1992-1994; Metro Athletic Directors hall of Fame 2006. As a Viking, he was indicted into the Valley High School Track Hall of Fame; Kentucky High School State Champion in High and Low Hurdles 1965, 1966, and 1967—Held State Record for Low Hurdles, Champion in Low and High Hurdles, Dogwood Relays; Letterman in Track, Cross-Country, and Basketball, and Honorable Mention, All-State Kentucky High School Basketball 1967.
Dr. Robert Beanblossom (’54) (1936-2016). Graduate, University of Louisville 1958; Graduate, University of Louisville Medical School 1961; Medical Internship, Mound Park Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida 1962. United States Navy Flight Surgeon 1962-1965. Medical missions to Haiti, Colombia, Honduras, and Jamaica. Operated Free-Medical Clinic in South Louisville for 5 years; Voted Top Family Doctor by peers in 2001; Received Compassionate Physician Award in 2007. Valley High School sports Team Doctor for 20 years. Retired in 2013 after serving the medical needs of Valley Station and South Louisville residents for 48 years. As a Viking, he lettered in baseball for 4 years.
Dr. Kent Brown (’72). Chair/Program Director, Bellarmine University Exercise Science Program PhD; University of Louisville, Health Promotion and Behavioral Science Department School of Public Health and Information Science. M.S. Exercise Physiology, B.S. Health and Human Performance; Minor, Sports Administration University of Louisville; Member, National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS); Member, American College Sports Medicine (ACSM). Retired from Louisville Gas & Electric (25 years); Over 32 peer reviewed articles & abstract publications in national journals along with national conference presentations, Over 600 article/manuscript publication reviews, over 31 works cited by other authors and over 60 publication downloads. Kentucky Bodybuilding Champion 1986; competed and won numerous state and national bodybuilding competitions; Current National Physique Committee bodybuilding competitor in men’s masters division; National Physique Committee member and national and state bodybuilding judge; Kentucky State Bodybuilding Chairman (22 years). President McGowan’s Meritorious Merit Award and Bellarmine Faculty Development Award; Awarded Faculty Favorite & Student Mentor, by Univ. of Louisville & Bellarmine student bodies numerous times.
Fred Copass (’66). Graduate, Eastern Kentucky University; Masters, Indiana University Southeast. Teacher and Coach at Valley High School for 36 years; Valley High school Boys’ Basketball Coach 1981-2007; Coached Valley to 1982 Kentucky High School Basketball Tournament Final Four Coached Valley to Regional Runner-up in 1983, 1988, and 1989; Vikings Coach, Louisville Invitational Tournament Champion 1989; Sixth Region Coach of the Year 1982, 1987, 1989, and 1999; Valley High School Assistant Basketball Coach, State Championship Runner-up 1977. Valley High School Boy’s Track Team Coach 1989; Boy’s and Girl’s Golf Coach in 1994 (Boy’s won 6th Region Championship); Girls’ Basketball Coach at Holy Cross High School 2008-2015; Coached Holy Cross to All-A Classic State Runner-up 2010. Won 6 All-A Region Titles, 6 District Titles, and 6th Region Coach of the Year 2010 and 2012. As a Viking, he was an Honorable Mention, All-State Kentucky High School Basketball player (1966) and received basketball and baseball scholarships to Southeastern Christian Junior College and Franklin College.
Tenesha Blakey Marshall (’94). Graduate, University of Louisville, Physical Education/Health 1998; Master’s Degrees, Indiana University Southeast, School Counseling 2005 and 2007. Track Scholarships to University of Kentucky and University of Louisville; JCPS Educator since 1998; Adjunct Professor Spalding University. 2013 JCPS High School Counselor of the Year; President, JCPS High School Counselors 2015. As a Viking, she was 10-time State Track Champion 1992-1994; 1st Female in Kentucky to win 4 state titles in individual events in one State Track Meet (1994: 100 meters, 100-meter hurdles, 200-meters, 300-meter hurdles); Led Valley High School’s Girls Track Team to State Championship in 1994 and 2nd Place in 1993. 2-time Gatorade Athlete of the Year (1993 and 1994); Kentucky Female Athlete of the Year (1994). National AAU Champion 300-meter hurdles (1993). Lettered in 3 sports at Valley High School; track, cross-country, and basketball; Muscular Dystrophy Athlete of the Year 1994, and an Honor Student for 4 years and Sophomore Class President 1992.
Bob Richardson (’44). Master’s in Education, University of Louisville (1971). Graduate, Western Kentucky University; Student Editor, The College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University. Teacher; English – Valley High School (7 years); Educational Television Teacher (English), Channel 15 (3 years). 1962 Ford Foundation National TV Teacher for production and hosting ETV program, NAEB Convention; Toronto, Canada. 1964 ETV Administrative Producer, Channel 15; 1974 ETV Administrative Director, Channel 15. Served Jefferson County Public Schools for 30 years. As a Viking, he was Student Editor of the Valley Viking Yearbook.
Irvin Spencer (’49) (1930-2015). Master’s Degree, Administration from Indiana University; Graduate, Morehead State University; 4-year letterman in football and baseball. Professional minor league baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Teacher and Coach of football and baseball at Valley High School (1955-1974); Jefferson County Football Coach of the Year (1965). President, Kentucky High School Coaches Association 1974-1975; Inducted into the Greater Louisville Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2003). Meade County High School Assistant Principal 12 years; Basketball official for 36 years; Officiated Southeastern Conference (4 years), Ohio Valley Conference (10 years), and the Great Lakes Conference (12 years). Inducted into the 5th Region Officials Hall of Fame 1999. As a Viking, he lettered in basketball, football, and baseball.
Dr. James L. Sublett (’66). Graduate and Medical Degree, University of Louisville Residency in Pediatrics, Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology; Co-founder and Managing Partner of Family Allergy& Asthma with 26 offices in Kentucky and Indiana. Presented Department of Defense Freedom Award (2013) in the Oval Office by President Obama. Lectured numerous medical meetings all over the world including Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Spain, and the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital in Rome. Clinical Professor and Section Chief, Department of Pediatrics, University of Louisville. President, American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Distinguished Fellow, American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Board of Directors, American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; Joint Council, American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; Louisville Orchestra; Norton Healthcare; University of Louisville Overseers; Volunteers of America. As a Viking, he was All-State and All-County Orchestra, Vice-President, Student Council and voted Most Talented in his Senior Class.
Paul W. Thornhill (’65). Graduate, Olivet Nazarene University (B.A. Religion & Education; Master’s in Teaching). Ordained Minister in the Church of the Nazarene since 1972 (Pastor, education, administration, and special programs). Teacher, Coach, Administrator in a Christian school (K -12). Author, “Holiness Unto The Lord” – The General Superintendents of the Church of the Nazarene. Established, organized, and served as the first Director of the Kentucky Special Olympics; Received the Kentucky Colonel Commission in 1970 from Kentucky Governor Louis B. Nunn (Nominated by Valley Women’s Club). Coached youth basketball in Recreation and Community leagues and in Junior and Senior High School; Established two community non-profit organizations to assist people to enhance the quality of their lives. As a Viking, he was co-editor of 1964-65 Valley Hi-Lites, co-editor 1965 Viking yearbook, and Student Manager for varsity basketball 1962-1965.
Honorable Thomas Lee Waller (’52). Graduate, Western Kentucky University (History and English); Juris Doctorate, University of Louisville. Served his country in the United States Army as First Lieutenant. Bullitt County, Kentucky Commonwealth’s Attorney from 1974-1991; Bullitt County, Kentucky Circuit Judge 1991-2006; Honored as Kentucky Prosecutor of the Year by Child Victim’s Trust Fund. President, Bullitt County Bar Association and member of numerous National and State Lawyer’s Associations. Co-founder of Bullitt County Jaycees and Bullitt County Association for Retarded Children and Director of Chamber of Commerce. As a Viking, he was a Member of the Cross-Country team—winners of the Kentucky AAU Championship and participated in the AAU Junior Olympics; lettered in football and was the Sports Editor and Cartoonist for Valley Hi-Lites and Viking annual.
Dennis Williams (’83). Graduate, Howard Payne University (Business Administration), 4-year basketball letterman – Team Captain, Howard Payne University. Master’s, University of Louisville (Teaching). Educational Leadership Professional License, Indiana University Southeast. Over 29 years at Valley as Career Planner, Teacher, Coach, and Assistant Principal. 2006 Brotherhood/Sisterhood Tolerance Award. Valley High School Baseball Coach 10 years – won 8 district titles; East/West All-Stars Basketball Coach for 3 years; Assistant Basketball Coach 17 years – LIT Champions 1989; Assistant Track Coach 3 years –Regional and Sectional titles 1990. Volunteer Coordinator for 20 JCPS Area 1 Elementary Schools Basketball League; Volunteer Basketball Coach Medora Elementary School 10 years. As a Viking, he was a member of the 1982 Basketball Regional Title team and went to the Final 4 of Kentucky State Sweet Sixteen Tournament, 1983 All-District, All-Region, and Honorable Mention All-State in Basketball; All-District in baseball 1981, 1982, and 1983 – All-Region 1983.