Vanderbilt AD David Williams, football player Toby Wilt entering HOF

Longtime Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams and former Commodores football player and golfer Toby Wilt will be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022.

“We are thrilled to honor two Vanderbilt University representatives 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 delighted to honor them in July.”

Williams, who died in 2019 and will be inducted posthumously, was the SEC’s first black athletics director and Vanderbilt’s first black vice-chancellor. The Commodores won four national championships in baseball, bowling and women’s tennis during Williams’ tenure.

Williams came to Vanderbilt in 2000 when he joined law school and began working in administration as vice chancellor and general counsel. In 2002, student affairs was added to his responsibilities, followed by athletics in 2003.

Wilt, a native of Evanston, Illinois, was a running back on the football team from 1963 to 1965 before joining the golf team. Wilt represented Vanderbilt at the SEC Golf Championships as a senior.

Toby Wilt, left, with Brandt Snedeker, after winning the 2013 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Wilt was selected for induction into the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame.

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 been the official starter on the first tee of the Masters Golf Tournament.

Williams and Wilt join former Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse; coach Randy Lambert of Maryville College; Sharrieffa Barksdale of the University of Tennessee, RA 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 Class of 2022.

The induction banquet will be held July 23 at the Omni Nashville Downtown. Table and individual ticket information is available at

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