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Three locals named to Hall of Fame

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (October 18, 2002) — The Milligan College Athletics Hall of Fame will induct three new members Friday, Oct. 25, at a 6:30 p.m. celebration banquet that is part of the college’s annual Homecoming festivities. All three have local roots: Phil Worrell, athletic director at Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, Va.; Tom Musick of Gate City, Va.; and Angela Gentry Bratton, who is originally from Jonesborough, Tenn.

Worrell, a 1959 Milligan graduate, retired in April as men’s head basketball coach at V.I., where he remains as athletic director. His 43-year athletic coaching career includes 13 years (1959-1969, 1987-1990) in high schools in Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee, and 30 years of collegiate coaching at Milligan College (1969-1982), East Tennessee State University (1982-1986), Auburn University (1986-1987) and Virginia Intermont College (1990-2002).

His overall coaching record of 642 wins and 444 losses includes 434 collegiate wins, 233 at Milligan College and 201 at Virginia Intermont College. During his career, he coached 14 conference championship teams and received 12 “Coach of the Year” awards. Worrell and his wife, Kitty, reside in Johnson City.

With 2,768 points, Tom Musick is the second all-time leading scorer in Milligan basketball history and helped turn the college’s basketball program around in the early 1990s. Musick averaged 19.8 points per game for four years and as a freshman once scored over 40 points in one game. From 1987 to 1991, he led the Buffs to a 76-52 record. The team went from a 4-26 record his freshman year to 20-win seasons and two conference championships in 1990 and 1991. In 1990 the team had 27 wins, the most since 1948.

Musick is a 1991 Milligan graduate, with a degree in business administration. He is now a supervisor with Quebecor, the world’s largest commercial print media services company. He and his wife, Caroline and three daughters live in Gate City, Va.

Angela Gentry Bratton played three sports at Milligan but saw her greatest success in volleyball. From 1989 to 1991, she was named All Conference, All-District NAIA, and All-District NCCAA. During both her junior and senior years, she was named Conference MVP, All-Region South NAIA, and NAIA District 24 Player of the Year. In 1991 she was an All-American NAIA honorable mention. Bratton helped her team to a 113-29 record during her career, with 1,113 kills, 1,259 digs, 442 blocks and 161 aces. She holds numerous season records.

Bratton is a 1992 graduate of Milligan College with a computer science degree. She is now director of operations at a medical clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., where she and her husband, Jason, also a Milligan alumnus, reside with their daughter.

The Athletic Hall of Fame inductions will take place Friday, Oct. 25, at a 6:30 p.m. banquet in McCormick Dining Center. For ticket information, please contact the Alumni Office at 423-461-8718.


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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