Jim Madaleno, athletic trainer
The first full-time athletic trainer in school history, Madaleno joined the Valdosta State staff with the addition of the football program in 1982 and worked three seasons with the Blazers before moving on to the National Football League’s New York Giants. He returned to the school in 1989 and worked nine more seasons. Under this Jim’s guidance, the Valdosta State Athletic Training Program gained national accreditation in 1990 and went on to become known nationally for the quality of Athletic Trainers produced by VSU. Graduates of the program now work on every level of sports, from high schools to professionals.
Robert Morgan, baseball
A two-year member of the Valdosta State baseball program, Morgan was one of the most feared hitters in the nation during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He earned All-American honors and was named the Gulf South Conference Player of the Year in 2004 while earning All-GSC honors in both of his seasons. He batted .416 during his career as he collected 168 hits in 404 career at-bats and counted 41 doubles, seven triples and 10 home runs among his career hits. Morgan drove in 71 runs and scored 103 times in his 96 career games, all but one of which he started, while being successful on 26 of 32 stolen base attempts. He is currently the Valdosta State single season record holder for doubles with 32, set in 2004, and holds the VSU record for longest hitting streak, set at 31 games.
Don Reason, men’s basketball
One of the most dominant basketball players in Valdosta State history, Reason played for the Blazers from 1972 through 1975, averaging 19.3 points and 11.9 rebounds in his career. During his senior season in 1975, Reason was named an All-American for averaging 17.6 points and 12.3 rebounds that year. Reason finished his career 1,393 points, 13th-best all-time at Valdosta State. His 64.9 percent field goal percentage in 1973-74 stood as the school record until last season.