UW Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Selects Class of 2012
Feb. 25, 2012
Laramie, Wyo., Feb. 25, 2012 - A national championship ski team, three distinguished football players, a champion golfer, a decorated volleyball player, and a gifted wrestler comprise the latest class of the University of Wyoming Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, Selection Committee Chairman Mike Schutte announced Saturday at the men's basketball game vs. Boise State.
The dinner and induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame's 20th class will be held on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at the University of Wyoming Conference Center & Hilton Inn Ballroom in Laramie.
This year's inductees include: Dick Campbell (Football, 1948-50), Leonard "Len" Kuczewski (Football, 1957-59), Jordan Lintz (Women's Golf, 1997-2000), Chris Lull (Volleyball, 1985-87), Selmer Pederson (Football, 1949-51), Ray Sanchez (Wrestling, 1967-68), and the 1985 National Champion Men's & Women's Ski Team.
A total of 123 individuals and 12 teams have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1993. Its plaque display is located in the concourse of the Arena-Auditorium.
The Hall of Fame Committee met earlier this month to make its final selections for this year's class. The inductees must fit into one of five categories: student-athlete, coach, team, athletics staff members or special achievement. The special achievement category includes individuals who have contributed to the ideal of sports at the University. Each nominee must receive at least 75 percent of the committee's vote to be eligible for induction.
Members of the committee are: Mike Schutte (Chairman), Tom Burman, Ken Cook, Stig Hallingbye, Steve Harshman, Dave Madia, Margie McDonald, Kevin McKinney, Molly Moore, Brian Morgen, Jared Newland, Bruce Pivic, and Dave Walsh.
Following is the 2012 Class:
A defensive halfback and blocking back in the single-wing offense of the 1948-1950 football teams, Dick Campbell earned honorable mention All America honors in 1950. Recruited by Coach Bowden Wyatt, Campbell joined the Wyoming football team in 1947 after two years in the Army. During his three years, Wyoming compiled a record of 23-6. Chosen unanimously by his teammates as the captain of the 1950 team, Campbell led the Cowboys to a 10-0 record, the Skyline Conference Championship, and Wyoming's first-ever bowl game, a 20-7 win over Washington & Lee in the 1951 Gator Bowl. Campbell scored the game's first touchdown. The 1950 team is still the only team in Wyoming history to go undefeated, untied, and win a bowl game. A unanimous all-conference player, Campbell caught every pass thrown his way as a junior and senior, eighteen straight catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He was described as an "exceptionally fine blocker and an outstanding defensive halfback". Following his senior year, he was selected to play in the College All-Star game in Chicago and was drafted by the Washington Redskins.
Leonard "Len" Kuczewski
One of the greatest linemen ever to play at Wyoming, Len Kuczewski capped his career by earning honorable mention All America and First Team All-Conference honors in 1959. Despite his size (5-9, 176 pounds), Kuczewski anchored the Cowboy front line, widely considered the best in the conference. He led Coach Bob Devaney's Cowboys to a record of 21-7-3 and two conference titles over his three years as a starter. Kuczewski played exceptionally well in Wyoming's 1958 Sun Bowl victory over Hardin-Simmons and was the first lineman ever to be named the game's outstanding player. He was also named to the 1958 Bowl All-Star team, a collection of players who starred in the 1958 college bowl games. Kuczewski was later named to the 75th Anniversary All-Sun Bowl Team. A natural leader and excellent student, he was voted captain of the 1959 team by his teammates and was named to the Skyline Conference All-Academic team.
The first UW women's golfer ever to win an individual conference championship, Jordan Lintz excelled at Wyoming from 1997-2000. The highlight of her college career was winning the 2000 Mountain West Conference Championships individual title in 2000, and earning all-conference honors. She is also the only UW women's golfer to qualify for the NCAA Regionals (2000). Lintz still holds the Cowgirl record for tournaments won (three) and the record for individual season stroke average (75-70 in 1999-2000). In 2005, Lintz qualified for the LPGA with full playing status. She played on the LPGA Futures tour from 2001 through 2008, and won the 2011 Connecticut Women's Open. Lintz served as the assistant golf professional at Great Rivers Golf Club in Milford, Conn., before joining Sacred Heart (Fairfield, Conn.) as an assistant women's golf coach in 2011.
An outstanding setter and tremendous leader, Chris Lull set the UW single-season assist record in 1989 when she produced 1,381 assists, also setting a record for assists per game with 12.4. For her efforts, she was named the High Country Athletic Conference Player of the Year and selected all-West Region by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. As co-captain (with Darcy Cudaback) in 1989, Lull led the team to the HCAC Championship and the "Elite 8" of the NCAA Tournament, still the best finish of any UW Volleyball team. Lull was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team, West Region. Referred to by her coach, Mike English, as "the key to making our offense click", Lull was also a two-time Academic All-Conference selection. Lull attended the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1987, competed in the 1987 U.S. Sports Festival, played for the USA National "B" Team in 1990, and played professionally in Belgium.
Called "the best safety in football" by Coach Bowden Wyatt, Selmer Pederson earned honorable mention All-America honors in 1950, and was a two-time all-Skyline Conference honoree. Known as a devastating tackler, Pederson started three years on the Cowboys' dominating nationally-ranked defense and helped Wyoming to a 26-3-1 record in those years, including 13 shutouts. Pederson holds the Wyoming career record for interceptions in a single game with three vs. Denver in 1950 (tied with Brian Lee and Shamiel Gary). Also an outstanding punt returner, Pederson holds the Cowboy career records for punt return yards (1080) and average yards per return (13). He also holds Wyoming's single-season record for average yards per punt return (16.1 in 1949) and the single-game record for average yards per return (36.3 vs. Montana State in 1949), despite opponents' routinely kicking away from him. Pederson also set Skyline Conference records for most punt returns (83) and most punt return yards (1080). Following his senior year, Pederson played in the North-South All-Star game.
One of the greatest Wyoming high school wrestlers in state history, Ray Sanchez came to the University of Wyoming after compiling an amazing record of 98-0 and winning four state championships at Cheyenne Central High School. He was a two-time senior men's National AAU champion in 1965 and 1966 and a two-time Great Plains National Champion representing Wyoming in 1966 and 1967. Sanchez was undefeated competing for the Cowboys' Freshman Team in 1966. As a Cowboy sophomore on the varsity in 1967, despite battling an elbow injury, Sanchez finished fourth in the nation at 115 pounds and earned All America honors. Unfortunately, he suffered a back injury the following year and was forced to give up wrestling. He went on to a successful career as a teacher, coach and high school administrator.
1985 National Champion Ski Team
In only the second year of combined scoring, the UW men's and women's ski teams finished first overall at the 1985 NCAA Championships in Bozeman, Mont., capturing the second national skiing title for Wyoming (1968) . Thirteen UW skiers earned All American honors. In the Alpine events, Ann Melander won the women's giant slalom while Becky Simning finished third, Heidi Ward 8th, and Shari Ahola 11th. Ian White was Wyoming's top finisher in the men's giant slalom, finishing 4th, ahead of teammates Nils Eriksson (5th), Olov Gynt (11th), and Dave Lyon (18th). Melander also won the women's slalom event, placing just ahead of teammates Ahola (2nd), Simning (3rd), and Ward (6th). Lyon led Wyoming in the men's slalom (10th), followed by Gynt (13th), White (14th), and Eriksson (25th). In the Nordic events, Wyoming's women's relay team (Hagensen, Stav, Peikli-Randall) won the 3 x 5 km event, while the men's team of Grumsrud, Skosholm, and Straley finished 5th. In the 7.5 km Cross Country race, the women's top finisher was Peikli-Randall (5th), while the men's team was led by Per Henning (6th). Coached by Tim Ameel and Kent Towlerton, the 1985 team won four of its six meets, and finished second in the other two contests.
Previous inductees by class:
Class of 1993: Dick Ballinger, (wrestling, 1958-60); Fennis Dembo (men's basketball, 1985-88); Mike Dirks (football, 1965-67); Jerry Hill (football, 1958-60); Glenn J. "Red" Jacoby (athletic director, 1946-73); Jay Novacek (football and track, 1982-84); Kenny Sailors (men's basketball, 1941-46); Everett Shelton (men's basketball coach, 1939-59); Johnny Winterholler (football, baseball, and basketball, 1936-39); 1943 National Champion Basketball Team.
Class of 1994: Paul Carlin (track, 1951-53); George "Duke" Humphrey (president, 1945-64); Everett Lantz (wrestling coach, 1937-65); Flynn Robinson (men's basketball, 1963-65); Mary Shea (volleyball, 1980-83); Bill Strannigan (men's basketball, 1941-42); Ken Sturman (football, 1937-39); Eddie Talboom (football, 1948-50) Bowden Wyatt (football coach, 1947-52); 1950 Gator Bowl football team.
Class of 1995: Jack Aggers (trainer, 1958-84)); Jim Crawford (football, 1954-56); John Corbett (administration, 1915-39); Bob Devaney (football coach, 1957-61); John Kosich (football, baseball, 1946-49); Dewey McConnell (football, 1949-51); Pat Miller-Davis (track and field, 1980-82).
Class of 1996: Larry Birleffi (broadcaster, 1947-86); Charles W. "Tub" Bradley (basketball, 1979-81); Glenn R. "Bud" Daniel (baseball coach, 1951-61, 1963-71); Michele Hoppes Daum (basketball, 1984-87); Jim Kiick (football, 1965-67); Mark Miller (swimming, 1985-88); Milward L. Simpson (football, basketball and baseball, 1917-21)
Class of 1997: Joe Alexander (rodeo, 1968-69); Keith Bloom (basketball, football, baseball, 1947-50); Stig Hallingbye (skiing, 1974-77); Ronda K. Munger (volleyball, 1984-87); Joseph Nzau (track and field, 1977-82); 1967 Sugar Bowl Football Team.
Class of 1998: Curt Gowdy (broadcaster, basketball, tennis, 1940-42); Eric Leckner (basketball, 1985-88); Bob Jingling (baseball, 1952-55); Kathleen Van Heule Romsa (track and field, 1983-85); Joe Mastrogiovanni (football, baseball, 1953-55)
Class of 1999: Darcy Cudaback-White (volleyball, 1986-89); Paul Roach (football coach, 1987-90); Paul Toscano (football, 1965-67); John Pilch (basketball, 1947-49); Galand Thaxton (football, 1984-87); Tony Windis (basketball, 1957-59).
Class 2000: Jim Brandenburg (basketball coach, 1978-87); Amy Burnett (basketball, 1992-95); Bill Ewing (baseball, 1974-76); Lee Kizzire (football, 1934-36); Larry Nels (football, 1967-69); Curtis and Marian Rochelle (special achievement).
Class of 2001: Nick Bebout (football, 1970-72); Joe Capua (basketball, 1954-56); Ken Cook (special achievement); Mickey Dunn (track and field, 1949-51); Bill Garnett (basketball, 1979-82); Jean Jackson (administration), 1956 Football Team.
Class of 2002: Greg Brock (baseball, 1976-79); Mitch Donahue (football, 1987-90); Christine Fairless (basketball, 1986-89); Margie McDonald (basketball coach, 1975-83); George "Moe" Radovich (basketball, 1950-52); Reginald Slater (basketball, 1989-92).
Class of 2003: Ken Fantetti (football, 1975-78); Norma Hughes Scifres (swimming, 1990-92, 1994); Willard A. "Dutch" Witte (basketball and football coach, 1930-39); John Wodny (cross country/track, 1986-90); Ryan Yarborough (football, 1990-93); Bill Young (Sports Information Director, Assistant Athletics Director, 1960-81); 1959-60 Wrestling Team.
Class of 2004: Reese Andy (wrestling, 1994-96); Leon Clark (basketball, 1963-66); Marcus Harris (football, 1993-96); Bill Levine (football, 1961, 1963-64); Jimmi Jo Martin Ripsam (rodeo, 1988-90); Pat Rabold (football, 1984, 1986-88); Andy Welsh (diving, 1981-85).
Class of 2005: Ryan Butler (track and field, 1995-96); Phil Dickens (football coach, 1953-56); Joe Dowler (wrestling coach, administrator, 1973-87); Ann Melander (skiing, 1984-85); Theo Ratliff (basketball, 1992-95); Vic Washington (football, 1965-67); 1989 Cowgirl Volleyball Team.
Class of 2006: Ryan Christopherson (football, 1991-94); Jerry DePoyster (football, 1965-67); Stan Dodds (basketball, 1968-70); Robert S. "Bob" Hammond (sportswriter); Milo Komenich (basketball, 1940-43); Stacey Ward Straley (skiing, 1979-84); 1956 Cowboy Baseball Team.
Class of 2007: Brenda Graham Gray (track & field, 1980-84); Elsie Jo Bonger (football secretary, 1962-78); Jerry Jester (football, 1953-55); Dave McCleave (golf, 1989-92); Dick Sherman (basketball, 1963-66); Randy Welniak (football, 1985-88); 1968 National Champion Ski Team.
Class of 2008: Thomas "Rupe" Garrison (track, 1987-91); Walker "Sonny" Jones, Jr. (football, 1948-49); Geir I. Kvernmo (skiing and track, 1977-80); Brian J. Lee (football, 1994-97); Dave Myers (wrestling, 1989-92); Steve Scifres (football, 1994-97); 1978-79 Women's Basketball Team.
Class of 2009: Jesseca Cross (basketball and track, 1994-97); Sean Fleming (football, 1988-92); Quincy Hayden Howe (track, 1999-2002); Gene Huey (football, 1966-68); Mike Jackson (basketball, 1980-83); Al and Pete Simpson (special achievement); 1961 Rodeo Team.
Class of 2010: Staale Engen (track, skiing, 1971-74); Jerry Frude, (wrestling, 1959-60, 1962); Steinar Hybertsen (skiing, 1973-75); Bob Jacobs (football, 1968-70); Chuck Lamson (football, 1960-61); Karen Sanford Gall (track, 1979-82); 1966 Football Team.
Class of 2011: Mike English (women's volleyball coach, 1986-90 and 1992-93), Wesley Maiyo (track, 1974-75), Robert L. Mason (wrestling, 1949-51), Shauna Smith (track, 2003-05), Scott Usher (swimming, 2002-05), Jim Walden (football, 1958-59), and the 1986-87 "Sweet 16" Men's Basketball Team.