Former Vanderbilt AD David Williams, Commodores football player Toby Wilt going into HOF – Tennessean

Longtime Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams and former Commodores football player and golfer Toby Wilt will be inducted as part of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame class of 2022.
“We’re thrilled to honor two representatives of Vanderbilt University whose contributions will live on for generations,” said Brad Willis, executive director of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. “Their respective places in the class of 2022 finalize our group of 12 inductees, and we are excited to honor them this July.”
Williams, who died in 2019 and will be inducted posthumously, was the first black athletics director in the SEC and the first black vice-chancellor at Vanderbilt. The Commodores won four national championships in baseball, bowling, and women’s tennis during Williams’ tenure.
Williams arrived at Vanderbilt in 2000 when he joined the law faculty and began working in administration as a vice-chancellor and general counsel. In 2002, student affairs were added to his responsibilities, followed by athletics in 2003.
Wilt, a native of Evanston, Illinois, lettered as a running back on the football team from 1963-65 before joining the golf team. Wilt represented Vanderbilt at the SEC golf championships as a senior.
In 1991, Wilt co-founded the Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, and in 1998 co-founded the Music City Bowl. Since 2018 Wilt has served as the official starter on the first tee at the Masters’ Golf Tournament.
Williams and Wilt join former Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse; Maryville College coach Randy Lambert; University of Tennessee’s Sharrieffa Barksdale, R.A. Dickey, Harry Galbreath, Nikki McCray-Penson and Tony White; former Nashville Predator David Legwand; Memphis football player Artis Hicks; and Trevecca basketball player David Suddeth in the 2022 class.
The induction banquet will be July 23 at the Omni Nashville Downtown. Information regarding tables and individual tickets can be found at
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