ATHENS — UGA’s Circle of Honor will soon grow by four.
Football defensive back John Little, basketball players Kelly and Coco Miller and swimmer Stefanie Williams have all been tabbed to receive UGA’s highest honor for its former student-athletes, according to an announcement by the school on Friday. They’ll be recognized for their inclusion in the Circle of Honor during the Vanderbilt football game on Oct. 15, then formerly inducted at during a gala on Feb. 11 of 2017, at which time their names will be added to the wall of the rotunda at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall.
The Circle of Honor is designed to pay tribute to extraordinary student-athletes and coaches who by their performances and conduct “brought honor to the university and themselves.” The criteria stipulates that each recipient has earned his or her academic degree.
Little (marketing) was Georgia’s starting rover from 1984-86 and was named first-team All-America and All-SEC in 1985 and 1986. He recorded 381 career tackles, best in school history for a defensive back and ranks seventh overall. Additionally, Little was a two-time Academic All-SEC selection. He was elected as the permanent team captain following the 1986 season.
The twins Kelly and Coco Miller, who each hold biology degrees, were four-year starters for the Lady Bulldogs from 1997-2001 and helped Georgia advance to the 1999 Final Four, capture the 2000 SEC Championship and win the 2001 SEC Tournament title. Kelly (2,177 points) and Coco (2,131 points) are two of only five Lady Bulldogs to score more than 2,000 points. They also rank among Georgia’s top-10 career leaders in field goals made and attempted and steals. Kelly and Coco also earned All-America and Academic All-America honors while at Georgia, went on to have long professional playing careers in the WNBA and overseas.
Williams was a 28-time All-American – the maximum number a swimmer can earn – and paced the Lady Bulldogs to three NCAA and three SEC titles from 1999-2002. She was a member of four national championship relays, helping the 200 and 400 freestyle relays set American records in 2002. She was a two-time SEC champion in the 200 freestyle and was on 10 victorious relays at the SECs. A team captain her senior year, Williams twice was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll and graduated with a degree in sports communications. She has been an assistant coach for the last four seasons, helping the Lady Bulldogs earn three additional NCAA and SEC championships.