Alumni Awards

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Webb's Distinguished Alumni Award

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  • About Vance Link ’67 - 2016 Award Winner

    What many may consider a legend in the Knoxville youth sports community and an ambassador for the game of baseball, Webb Class of 1967 alumnus Vance Link III is the recipient of Webb School of Knoxville's Distinguished Alumnus/na Award for 2016.
    Link has been a fixture in the growth and development of baseball programs at Knoxville’s Sequoyah and Lakeshore parks, coaching generations of young players and teaching them lessons that go beyond the baseball diamond. Perhaps best known for his “Vance Pitch” baseball, Link has for the past 40-plus years, from early April to mid-June, “coach-pitched” to countless youth league players. In all, Link estimates that he has thrown more than 768,000 pitches during his Pee Wee League career.
    Included in the long list of players that Link has seen cross home plate are former Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, former Vol baseball players Hunter Daniel and Parker Wormsley (Webb Class of 2011), Wofford pitcher Tom Dolinak (Webb Class of 2006), and Jordan Wormsley (Webb Class of 2006), who played outfield for Vanderbilt. In addition, former Knoxville mayors Victor Ashe and Randy Tyree, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (Webb Class of 1976), former Whitehouse Chief of Staff Hamilton Jordan, University of Tennessee’s Pat Summitt and Phillip Fulmer, and numerous other notable individuals, all had their children benefit from Link’s tutelage.
    Vance Link entered Webb School in ninth grade. He began his lifelong love affair with baseball in 1958 when he started in Little League under longtime coach Lawrence House. Part of Tom’s Potato Chips, a team House coached for more than 50 years, Link and his teammates played at what was then called Polo Field on Cherokee Boulevard in Sequoyah Hills. He continued to play organized baseball until he was 16, and then took a job as a groundskeeper at Sequoyah Park under the supervision of House.
    Link later became the commissioner of Sequoyah Youth Baseball and together with House, guided the program through a period of tremendous growth. By the mid-1990s, Sequoyah Youth Baseball boasted four different leagues, 40 teams and 900 players, and was renamed Knox Youth Sports (KYS), offering year-round recreation with baseball in the fall, spring and summer, basketball in the winter, flag-football in the fall. Also, at about that time, the KYS baseball program moved to a new-state-of-the art baseball complex at Lakeshore Park.
    Through all the changes, Link, who served on the KYS board until 2004, has continued to coach-pitch to young players. “As a man of faith,” he says, “I believe that God puts us all on Earth for a reason, and mine is to pitch baseball. I learn from the kids and they keep me young. I try to reciprocate by teaching them the rules and fun of playing America’s pastime, as well as how to win graciously and lose gracefully.”
    Link received his bachelor’s degree in English from University of Tennessee. He is the recipient of the 2011 Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame/Boys & Girls Club Special Recognition Award, as well as the 2002 City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department (CKPRD) Volunteer Service Award. In 1997, Link, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child, was named Knoxvillian of the Year by the Juvenile Diabetes Association. He also received the CKPRD Pap Dukes Memorial Award “For Contributions to Amateur Baseball in the Knoxville Community.”
    For more than 50 years, Link has been actively involved with Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, including serving as deacon and elder. “My faith has been instrumental in every phase of my life,” he says.
    Vance Link is married to wife, Robbie, and has two children, Whitney ’91 and J.V., and two grandchildren, Mason and Layna.
Webb School of Knoxville's Distinguished Alumnus/na Award is presented annually to an alumnus/na whose business or professional accomplishments and service to others exemplify the goals of Webb School in the spirit of its motto, "principes non homines - leaders not men."
Nominations are received from alumni and other members of the Webb community. Webb’s Alumni Leadership Council will decide the recipient from the pool of candidates. Once submitted, nominations are kept on file for consideration for five consecutive years.
If you know of an alumnus/na who you would like to be considered for the award, please complete the nomination form (CLICK HERE FOR FORM) and return it to Ashley Stamper, Webb Alumni Coordinator.

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  • Past Recipients

    1991 - Jefferson Chapman ’61
    1992 - Robin L. Line ’64
    1993 - Teresa E. Barnett ’75
    1994 - W. Baxter Lee ’61
    1995 - William Haslam ’76
    1996 - Monica Langley ’76
    1997 - Michael McClamroch ’82
    1998 - Minky Worden ’85
    1999 - Iang Jeon ’78
    2000 - Missy Bell Boltwood ’81
    2001 - Paige Overton Pitts ’84
    2002 - Doug Briggs ’79
    2003 - Terri Tarvin Ward ’75
    2004 - Chad Pennington ’95
    2005 - Rebecca Hardin ’84
    2006 - Joseph M. Tipton ’64
    2007 - David A. Bowen ’70
    2008 - Charles L. Moore Jr. ’84
    2009 - Julia Webb Bland ’69
    2010 - Sharon G. Lee ’71
    2011 - John L. (Jack) Neely ’76
    2012 - Jim Hart ’60
    2013 - Chip Denton ’76
    2014 - Bill Bass ’80
    2015 - Sarah Trahern ’82
    2016 - Vance Link ’67

Robert Webb Service Award

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  • About Jonathan Johnson - 2017 Award Winner

    Webb Class of 1993 alumnus and Webb parent Jonathan Johnson is Webb School of Knoxville’s Robert Webb Service Award winner for 2017. Webb School President Michael McBrien presented Johnson with Webb’s Robert Webb Service Award at Commencement 2017.

    Johnson is co-owner of the family-operated business, A&W Office Supply, and president of School and Office Supply in Knoxville. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was a two-year letterman on the Black Knights’ lacrosse team. He went on to serve five years as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army, including a tour in Kuwait. 

    Since returning home to Knoxville to help lead A&W Supply, Johnson has continued his commitment to servant-leadership. He is active with and is past president of the Farragut Rotary Club, and is a member of Nucleus Knoxville. He also served on the Industrial Development Board of the City of Knoxville, as well as the boards for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Knoxville Quarterback Club, and Knox Youth Sports. In addition, through his church, Johnson helped spearhead and lead a mission trip with his family to Kenya to benefit Child Aid Africa. Following their return to Knoxville, Johnson and his wife, Betsy, led a steering committee to raise funds for Child Aid Africa.

    Johnson was named a Greater Knoxville Business Journal 40 under Forty honoree for 2014, in recognition of the positive difference he has made on the job and in the community.

    President McBrien told the audience at Commencement that Johnson’s love of Webb School was evident when McBrien first met him in July 2015. “He was actually the first Webb alum that I met when I arrived in Knoxville,” McBrien recalled, “and I could tell he was a huge asset to our school and our community.” Johnson has served as assistant coach for Webb’s Spartan lacrosse team for the past 14 years, and in 2011, he was named State of Tennessee Assistant Lacrosse Coach of the Year by his in-state peers.

    “In his humble approach, Jonathan also stepped up to take on a leadership role with Webb School Boy Scouts,” McBrien added, noting that since becoming Scoutmaster of Troop 757 at Webb in 2016, Johnson and other Troop leaders have increased membership from eight to 17 Scouts this past year, and that number is predicted to increase to 30 by this August.

    Johnson has also dedicated his time and efforts to numerous Webb School events, ranging from Lower School Field Day to the school’s annual campus-wide, Webbfest community-building celebration.
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The Robert Webb Service Award, established in honor of Webb School of Knoxville founder, Robert Webb, recognizes a member of the alumni body who has distinguished him/herself through outstanding service and leadership to the Webb community.

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  • Past Recipients

    2000 - James A. Haslam III ’72
    2001 - Edward U. Babb ’82
    2002 - Jefferson Chapman ’61
    2003 - J. Harvery White ’67
    2004 - Lee Congleton ’77
    2005 - Cheryl (Stockman) Massingale ’62
    2006 - Kenan Smith ’76
    2007 - Stephanie (Barnes) Ogden ’76
    2008 - Bill Bass ’80
    2009 - Steve Koella ’63
    2010 - Laura (Adams) Johnson ’79
    2011 – Taylor Hamilton ’83
    2012 – Mark Overholt ’83
    2013 – Dennis Ragsdale ’74
    2014 - Mike McClamroch ’82
    2015 - W. David Hovis ’86
    2016 - John Schmid ’86

2016 Alumni Achievement Awards

During our 2016 Spartan Alumni Weekend, ten Webb alumni, representing this year's reunion classes, were honored at the inaugural Alumni Achievement Awards Luncheon. These individuals have distinguished themselves in their respective careers and have achieved outstanding success in their chosen professions while upholding the mission of Webb School. Learn more about our honorees by selecting the below image.