Former Tiger hoop stars

Former Roff High School basketball standouts Tommy Eaton (20), above, and Liz Brown Glover (40), at right, will be inducted into the Roff Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 14.

ROFF — Liz Brown Glover and Tommy Eaton are widely considered to be two of the best players to suit up for Roff High School.

That pair will return to the school Saturday, Nov. 14, to headline the 2015 Roff Athletic Hall of Fame induction and dinner as two of the newest members.

The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. inside the Roff Student Activities Center. The Roff Masonic Lodge will sponsor the event with all proceeds going to the Roff Educational Enrichment Foundation for student scholarships.

Other new inductees include Tammy Ivey (Grinstead), Wayne Cope, Jerry King and Bubba Tidwell.


Brown attended Roff throughout her school years, graduating in 1987. She made two appearances in the state tournament. During her senior year, Brown was named an All-Stater and a Converse All-American. She shattered the Oklahoma scoring record and finished with 4,281 career points.

Brown later played for Oklahoma State University, where she was a four-year starter and holds career records for minutes played and assists. She was a two-time Big 8 Conference Player of the Year. Other honors include Kodak Honorable Mention All-American, two-time Kodak District V All-American and she was a member of the 1990 Big 8 Conference Select Team which played in Czechoslovakia. OSU advanced to the Sweet 16 in Brown’s senior year.

Brown’s No. 40 is retired at both Roff and OSU.

She is the wife of Fort Gibson superintendent Derald Glover.


Eaton moved to Roff as a sixth grader and graduated in 1989. During his senior year, he was Oklahoma’s leading scorer with an average of 37.6 points per game.

He was named an All-Stater by The Tulsa World, Daily Oklahoman and the Oklahoma Coaches Association.

Eaton was a four-year starter for East Central and played for legendary men’s basketball coach Wayne Cobb.

During his sophomore year at ECU, the Tigers finished 22-3, setting a school record for wins in a season. That year the Tigers won a conference championship and finished fourth in the NAIA Tournament.

Eaton holds the career 3-point field goal percentage of 42.9 percent.

Eaton and his family — wife Keri, daughter Jordan and son Cale — reside in Byng.


Ivey attended Roff her entire life and graduated in 1988. She played for the Lady Tigers in high school and during her junior year, Roff finished runner-up at the state tournament.

She was named to the all-Pontotoc Conference team all four years of her high school career. During her sophomore and junior years, Ivey was an all-tournament selection at both the Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic and the Tournament of Champions.

During her senior year, the Ada Evening News selected her as an All-Area guard.

Ivey now lives in Sulphur.


Wayne Cope was a graduate of Ada High School and he attended East Central University where he was a member of the men’s basketball team and the baseball squad.

He began teaching and coaching in 1958 in Ignacio, Colorado, where his basketball and baseball teams made state tournament appearances.

In 1971, Cope came to Roff to coach boys high school basketball and baseball. Through the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, his baseball teams earned several state tournament appearances. In the spring of 1980, Roff was state runner-up. That same year he was named the Ada Area Baseball Coach of the Year.

He also spent time as Roff High School principal and athletic director.

Cope retired from Roff in 1994, but continued to teach until 2002. His education career spanned 44 years.


King graduated as the valedictorian of Hickory High School in 1958, the year the school closed.

He as a standout basketball and baseball player for coach Sam Taylor, who is a member of the Roff Athletic Hall of Fame.

King played on district championship basketball teams during his junior and senior years. He averaged 17.6 points and 21.7 points during his final two years as a Roff basketball player. During his senior year, the Hornets won a conference title.

During a win over No. 4 Gene Autry, he scored 28 points and made two free throws in overtime to secure Hickory’s victory.

King has four sons who attended and graduated from Roff High School. He spend many years on the Roff Board of Education and still lives in Roff.


Tidwell arrived at Roff in 1994 and retired in 2008.

Other than coaching, he served as junior high principal for five years, high school principal for nine years and athletic director for 11 years.

Tidwell has been very active in the Roff Alumni Association, serving twice as president and will hold that office again in 2018.

He has been a member of the Roff Educational Enrichment Foundation board of directors and was president of that group for many years. Tidwell has been instrumental in raising thousands of dollars for scholarships for Roff students.

During his career at Roff, Tidwell started the Roff fastpitch softball tournament, the S.T.A.R. junior high and high school basketball tournaments, the Roff grades 3-8 all-day festival, and a  junior high slow-pitch softball tournament. Tidwell also chaired numerous OSSAA sanctioned playoff tournaments.

Tidwell and wife, Madonna, live in Roff. They have two sons. Chase Tidwell, wife Lorena and daughter Kyndall live in San Antonio. Trent Tidwell, wife Brooke and son Teagan live in Fitzhugh.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. For more information, contact Roff High School at (580) 456-7663.