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Faculty member inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame at Alma Mater

October 29, 2002

Dr. Carlton Stedman, interim director for Austin Peay's School of Education and past dean of the former College of Education, will be inducted into the newly established Cougar Hall of Fame during a brunch ceremony Saturday, Nov. 9, at Concordia University, River Forest, Ill.

Stedman is among a group of sports standouts who participated in Cougar athletics prior to 1970 and are being recognized for “best exemplify[ing] the mission, spirit and philosophy of the university and the department of athletics,” according to a Concordia University news release.

As a defensive linebacker during 1950 and 1952-1954, Stedman led his football team in tackles his junior and senior years.

He also played baseball from 1950-1953, a career that was highlighted by pitching a three-hitter against the University of Chicago in a city tournament of Chicago-area colleges his freshman year.

Stedman graduated from Concordia in 1954 with a bachelor's degree in education, and he received master's degrees in health and physical education from Washington University, St. Louis, and a biological science degree from the University of Missouri. His doctorate in science education is from Indiana University.

While pursuing a career in education that led to appointments as professor of science education, dean of the former College of Education from 1980-1995 and, most recently, interim director of the School of Education at APSU, Stedman continued his sports interest with several coaching and playing stints.

As head football coach at Luther South High School, Chicago, during 1960-1968, he took over a squad that had not won in two years and six years later, earned Coach of the Year honors for fielding a perfect 9-0 team.

In St. Louis, he played on a senior baseball team that included college and ex-minor league players. He was named Most Valuable Player and led the team in RBIs, hitting and home runs.

The Cougar Hall of Fame induction will include a presentation of commemorative plaques and rings. Members also will be introduced at halftime during a Nov. 9 football game.