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Governors Club forms Red Coat Society

The Governors Club, Austin Peays athletic booster club, has announced the formation of the Red Coat Society, a hall of fame for service to APSU athletics.

The first class of honorees includes Brandon Buhler, Perkins Freeman, Richard Hardwick and H.R. Wortham. The quartet will be honored Saturday, Feb. 28, during halftime of the Governors game against Eastern Kentucky. A reception also will take place at 4:30 p.m. that day in the old Governors Club Room. Each recipient will be honored with a red coat and a lapel pin.
The Governors Club, Austin Peay's athletic booster club, has announced the formation of the Red Coat Society, a hall of fame for service to APSU athletics.

The first class of honorees includes Brandon Buhler, Perkins Freeman, Richard Hardwick and H.R. Wortham. The quartet will be honored Saturday, Feb. 28, during halftime of the Governors' game against Eastern Kentucky. A reception also will take place at 4:30 p.m. that day in the old Governors Club Room. Each recipient will be honored with a red coat and a lapel pin.

To be eligible for the Red Coat Society, individuals must have been a Governors Club member in good standing for at least five years, supported the athletic programs through financial contributions or participation in Governors Club fundraisers, supported more than one sport both at home and away and recognized within the APSU community for their association with Austin Peay athletics.

“The Governors Club believes it is important to acknowledge long-time supporters to the University's athletic programs,” says Paula Hallett, Governors Club president. “The Red Coat Society provides the opportunity to recognize these special people who have shown their support not only financially, but also in their attendance of Austin Peay sporting events over many years. Membership in the Red Coat Society signifies a great commitment and love of Austin Peay sports.”

The first group of honorees epitomizes the society's criteria and love of APSU athletics.

Buhler, a Governors Club member for more than 30 years, serves on its executive committee, funds a Health and Human Performance Scholarship in memory of his parents, Frank and Gladys Buhler, and was a major organizer and contributor to the Dave Aaron scholarship fund. He received the 2003 National Alumni Association Outstanding Service Award.

Freeman, a Govs Club member almost from its inception, serves on its executive committee, initiated and greatly funded the Governors Club Academic Achievement Award and Scholarship and was presented the 2003 National Alumni Association Outstanding Service Award.

Hardwick, a charter Governors Club member, helped recruit many of the current and past executive committee members and organized the Governors Golf Classic 17 years ago.

Wortham, a longtime member of the Governors Club who also has served as treasurer of the executive committee for more than two decades, is known as one of the leaders in recruiting new Govs Club members. Until he sold his grocery store, Wortham's Foodtown, last year, he was the major food supplier for Govs Club activities as well as the annual athletics banquet and Christmas luncheon.
—Brad Kirtley