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The University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1993 in conjunction with the Football Centennial Celebration, in order to honor individuals and teams who have brought honor and distinction to the Intercollegiate Athletics Department of the University of Wyoming over it's long and storied history.

The Hall of Fame has a permanent display area in the Rochelle Athletics Center, upstairs, just outside the Cowboy Football offices. It is open for public viewing during normal University hours.

The Hall of Fame categories are:

1) Athlete - Must have earned at least two varsity letters and must have been out of school at least five years.
2) Coach - A staff member for at least five years and no longer active at UW.
3) Team - An athletic team shall be considered as one inductee. The induction of a team shall not prohibit the separate induction of one or more team members.
4) Athletic Staff - A staff member for at least five years and no longer active at UW.
5) Special Achievement - Contributions to the ideals of sports. Honorees are chosen by the Hall of Fame selection committee, comprised of administrators, staff, and people close to the University's athletic program.

Following are current members of the selection committee:

Dave Bonner (Powell, WY)
Barbara Burke (Laramie, WY)
Ken Cook - *Chairman - (Laramie, WY)
Dave Madia (Evanston, WY)
Kevin McKinney (Laramie, WY)
Lisa Skiles Parady (Rock Springs & Cheyenne, WY)
Mike Schutte (Red Feather Lakes, CO)
Jack Speight (Cheyenne, WY)
Dave Walsh (Laramie, WY)

Letters of nomination may be submitted to the committee in care of Kevin McKinney at the UW Sports Information Department:

Sports Information Office
UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
Department 3414
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071

307-766-2256 phone
307-766-2346 fax
wyosid@uwyo.edu

Following are members of the UW Athletics Hall of Fame:
Listed by induction year, beginning with 1993.


Dick Ballinger
Wrestling, 1958-60

Dick Ballinger is the only wrestler in University of Wyoming history to win an NCAA championship. A native of Cody, Wyoming, Ballinger won the 1960 NCAA Wrestling championship at 167-pounds. During his outstanding career he was named an All-American three times. He placed second in the 1958 NCAA Championships and fourth in the 1959 NCAA Championships. Ballinger guided Wyoming to a sixth place national team finish in 1959 and a Wyoming all-time best third place team finish in the 1960 NCAA Championships.

Inducted October 29, 1993

Honors and Awards

  • 1960 NCAA Champion, 167 Pounds
  • All-American 1958, 1959, 1960
  • Skyline conference champion 1958, 1959, 1960


    Fennis Dembo
    Basketball, 1985-88

    Fennis Dembo was a three-time All-Western Athletic conference basketball player. Dembo was selected the 1987 WAC Player of the year. He finished his career as Wyoming's all-time scoring leader, 2,311 points, and rebounding leader, 954. He owned school records for career free throws and field goals and ranked in the top three of every career statistical category. Dembo led UW to the Finals of the 1986 NIT Championship and the "Sweet 16" of the 1987 NCAA Championships. He was the leading scorer in the 1987 NCAA Championship tournament averaging 27.8 points per game. He was the first Wyoming athlete ever featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Dembo was a member of the 1989 World Champion Detroit Pistons.

    Inducted October 29, 1993

    Honors and Awards

  • First Team All-Western Athletic Conference, 1986, 1987, 1988
  • Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, 1987
  • NCAA Basketball Tournament record for free throw percentage in a game, 100% (16-16)
  • Wyoming career scoring leader, 2,311 points


    Mike Dirks
    Football, 1965-67

    Mike Dirks was one of college football's best defensive players in 1967. An All-American and All-Western Athletic Conference performer, Dirks co-captained Wyoming's 1967 WAC Championship football team that finished fifth in the nation. Led the Cowboys to a 10-1 record and berth in the 1968 Sugar Bowl. He spearheaded Wyoming's line, the nation's best rushing defense for two consecutive seasons. No team in the nation has since allowed fewer rushing yards than the 1966 and 1967 Wyoming defenses. Dirks produced 71 tackles, 30 unassisted tackles, and 26 tackles for a loss. He played in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Inducted October 29, 1993

    Honors and Awards

  • First Team All-Western Athletic Conference, 1967
  • Football writers of America, Look Magazine, Newspaper Enterprise
    Association All-American, 1967
  • Team Co-Captain on NCAA record setting defense


    Jerry Hill
    Football, 1958-60

    Jerry Hill was selected as Wyoming's Football Player of the Century during fan balloting in 1992. As an All-Skyline Conference running back in 1959 and 1960, Hill was Wyoming's leading rusher each season. The Cowboys posted a 25-6 record during his career, and won the 1958 Sun Bowl. The Lingle, Wyoming native finished his career with 1,374 rushing yards on 288 carries. He played eight seasons in the national Football League for the Baltimore colts. He ranks eighth on the Colt's career rushing list with 2, 668 career yards. Hill played in the Super Bowl III and V.

    Inducted October 29, 1993

    Honors and Awards

  • First Team All-Skyline Conference, 1959, 1960
  • Selected Wyoming Football Player of the Century, 1992
  • Honorable Mention All-American, 1959, 1960
  • Admiral Emory S. Land Award Winner


    Glenn "Red" Jacoby
    Athletic Director, 1946-73

    Glenn J. "Red" Jacoby served as the Wyoming Athletic Director for 27 years, from 1946 until his death in 1973. Jacoby, who was instrumental in the construction of War Memorial Stadium and Fieldhouse, is credited with hiring some of Wyoming's most successful football coaches including Bowden Wyatt, Phil Dickens, Bob Devaney and Lloyd Eaton. Jacoby was an integral figure in creating the Western Athletic conference. He served on the United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors. Jacoby was posthumously elected to the national Association of College Athletic Directors Hall of Fame and the Idaho Sports Hall of fame. The University of Wyoming golf course was named in his honor.

    Inducted October 29, 1993

    Honors and Awards

  • Credited with the building of War Memorial Stadium and Fieldhouse
  • Served on the United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors
  • Elected to the Idaho Sports Hall of Fame
  • Elected to the National Association of College Athletic Directors Hall of Fame


    Jay Novacek
    Football & Track, 1982-84

    Jay Novacek, a two sport All-American at Wyoming, was a record setting football player and track and field performer. He was selected to the Kodak All-American football team in 1984 after setting an NCAA record for receiving yards per receptions by a tight end. He had 83 career receptions for 1,536 yards and 10 touchdowns as a tight end. Novacek won the Western Athletic Conference decathlon championships earning All-American honors. He set UW records for decathlon points, 7,615, and in the pole vault, 16'4". Novecek was a member of the 1993 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys.

    Inducted October 29, 1993

    Honors and Awards

  • First Team All-Western Athletic Conference, 1984
  • Football All-American, 1984
  • Track &Field All-American, 1984
  • Western Athletic Conference Decathlon Champion, 1984
  • NCAA record holder
  • Wyoming record holder in Decathlon and Pole Vault


    Kenny Sailors
    Basketball, 1941-46

    Kenny Sailors is the only basketball player in Wyoming history to earn All-American three times. Sailors, a native of Hillsdale, Wyoming, was selected an All-American in 1942, 1943, and 1946. He was the unanimous selection for College Basketball Player of the Year in 1943 and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1943 NCAA tournament. After serving in Word War II, Sailors returned for his final season, and earned All-American and Player of the Year honors in 1946. He guided Wyoming to the NCAA championship in 1943. Sailors is credited with inventing the jump shot and played several seasons in the NBA.

    Inducted October 29, 1993

    Honors and Awards

  • All-American, 1942, 1943, 1946
  • NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player, 1943
  • College Basketball Player of the Year, 1943
  • Inventor of the Jump Shot


    Ev Shelton
    Basketball Coach, 1939-59

    Ev Shelton coached Wyoming to the 1943 NCAA Championship. As Wyoming's head basketball coach from 1939-59, Shelton posted a 328-201 record for a .620 winning percentage. He left as Wyoming's all-time winningest coach. He guided the Cowboys to eight conference championships and eight NCAA tournaments. He was an instrumental fund raiser for War Memorial Stadium and Fieldhouse. During his career, he served as the President of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Shelton also served as Wyoming's baseball coach. In 1982 he was awarded the highest honor in basketball when he was posthumously elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Inducted October 29, 1993

    Honors and Awards

  • Coached eight Conference championships, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1958
  • Coached eight NCAA tournament teams
  • Coached Wyoming's only NCAA Basketball Championship
  • Elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame, 1982


    John Winterholler
    Baseball, Basketball, Football, 1936-39

    John Winterholler is regarded as one of the most outstanding all-around athletes in University of Wyoming history. Winterholler, a native of Lovell, Wyoming, was an outstanding four-sport athlete, earning all-conference in football as a back, basketball as a forward, and baseball as a centerfielder from 1936 through 1939. He also competed in track and field as a sprinter. Winterholler was Wyoming's 1937 leading scorer in basketball averaging 8.2 points per game. He was named to the Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary All-America football team in 1964

    Inducted October 29, 1993

    Honors and Awards

  • Earned letters in four sports, football, basketball, baseball, track &field
  • Wyoming's leading basketball scorer, 1937
  • Selected to the Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary All-American Football Team, 1964


    1943 NCAA Championship Team
    Basketball

    The first basketball team from the Rocky Mountains to win an NCAA Basketball Championship, the 1942-43 Wyoming cowboy basketball ream posted a record of 31-2 despite playing just nine home games during the year. After losing at Duquesne in the fourth game of the season, the cowboys did not lose a game to another college team the rest of the season. Their only other loss was to the Denver Legion team. The Cowboys opened the NCAA Tournament beating the University of Oklahoma, 53-50, in the first round. Wyoming then beat the University of Texas, 58-54, and advanced to the NCAA Championship finals. Wyoming beat Georgetown University, 46-34, for the NCAA title. Two days after winning the NCAA Championship, the Wyoming team played NIT Champion St. John's in a Red Cross benefit game for the war effort. It took an overtime, but Wyoming beat St. John's 52-47, in Madison Square Garden, to earn the title of World Champions of 1943. The Cowboys outscored their opponents by an average of over 20 points per game and that 1942-43 squad became the first Wyoming team to score over 100 points in a game, by beating Regis 101-45.

    Honors and Awards

  • First team in Rocky Mountains to win an NCAA Championship
  • Only Wyoming basketball team to win an NCAA Championship
  • Record of 31-2
  • Defeated NIT Champions St. John's in Red Cross Benefit Game


    Paul N. Carlin
    Track, 1951-53

    Paul Carlin was the first Wyoming track & field athlete to become an All-American. A three-year letterman for the Cowboys, Carlin set a school record in the 880-yard run, and was the 1952 Skyline Conference champion in the 440-yard run during his junior season. As a senior in 1953, carlin broke two more school and conference records and won the 440 and 880 at the Skyline Championships. Hailed as Wyoming's greatest half-miler, Carlin finished second in the 1953 national AAU 880-yard run. One of UW's most distinguished alumni, Carlin became the United States Post Master General.

    Inducted September 16, 1994

    Honors and Awards

  • 1952 & 53 Skyline Conference Champion
  • School & Conference Record Setter
  • Admiral Land Award Winner


    Dr. George Duke Humphrey
    University of Wyoming President, 1945-64

    George Duke Humphrey was the visionary behind the development of a successful athletic program. One of his first acts as president was to hire Glenn "Red" Jacoby as athletic director, and together they brought Wyoming athletics to national prominence. During Humphrey's tenure, Wyoming posted a 106-39-9 record in football, which included two undefeated seasons and UW"s first three bowl appearances. Over the same period, Wyoming's basketball team tallied six 20-win seasons and five NCAA tournament appearances. In addition, the Cowboys wrestling team placed as high as third at the NCAA tournament. Humphrey was largely responsible for the construction of the state-of-art athletic facilities: War Memorial Stadium and War Memorial Fieldhouse.

    Inducted September 16, 1994


    Dr. Everett D. Lantz
    Wrestling Coach, 1937-65

    Everett Lantz devoted his life to Wyoming athletics. He served Wyoming wrestling for 27 years, the longest tenure of any coach in the UW history. Over that period, Lantz compiled a 149-81-8 dual record, 11 Skyline Conference championships and two WAC titles. His teams won eight titles in a row from 1955 to 1962. He notched seven top 15 NCAA finishes, including a third place national showing in 1960. Lantz was named the NCAA Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1960. Behind Lantz's coaching success were six NCAA place winners, 10 three-time conference champions and 30 other conference weight class winners. As an undergraduate, he lettered in football, wrestling and track for the Cowboys. He is a member of the Helms Foundation hall of Fame.

    Inducted September 16, 1994

    Honors and Awards

  • 11 Skyline Conference Championship Teams
  • 1960 NCAA Coach of the Year
  • Helms Foundation Hall of Fame


    Flynn J. Robinson
    Basketball, 1963-65

    In three seasons as a Cowboy, Flynn Robinson broke every major Wyoming basketball record except rebounding. His 701 points scored during the 1964-65 season and his 26.5 career scoring average still stand as Cowboy records. He became the 20th collegian to break the 2,000 point barrier, amassing 2, 049 career points. He led the Western Athletic Conference in scoring each year he played at Wyoming, and he was selected to the All-WAC team three times. Nearly 30 years after his career, Robinson still ranked second in the WAC in career scoring. Robinson later had an All-Star career in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.

    Inducted September 16, 1994

    Honors and Awards

  • First Team All-Western Athletic Conference, 1963, 64, 65
  • WAC Career Scoring Average Leader
  • Wyoming Career Scoring Average Leader


    Mary F. Shea
    Volleyball, 1980-83

    Mary Shea, a four-year volleyball starter as an outside hitter, is considered one of the most dynamic and popular athletes ever to play at UW. Shea shattered virtually every cowgirl record, and her devastating hitting ability easily made her a crowd favorite. As a senior, Shea's tremendous leaping ability helped her tally a record 486 kills, and she led Wyoming to a 27-win season. She gained first team All-High Country Athletic Conference honors in 1982 and 1983 and earned U.S. Volleyball Association honors as a senior.

    Inducted September 16, 1994

    Honors and Awards

  • First Team All-High Country Athletic Conference, 1982 & 83
  • Wyoming Career Record Holder in Kills
  • United States Volleyball Association All-American


    William Matthew "Bill" Strannigan
    Basketball Coach, 1940-42

    As a coach and athlete, Bill Strannigan was one of the most productive cowboys of all-time. One of Wyoming's first basketball All-Americans and a three-time All-Skyline basketball player, strannigan lifted the Cowboys from two consecutive losing seasons to a 1941 conference title. He led the team in scoring and was named to Chuck Taylor's All-American team as a junior. Known as "Billy the Kid," the talented Strannigan ran the single wing as a football tailback in 1940, and he won All-Skyline honors as a baseball pitcher in 1941 and 1942. Strannigan returned to Wyoming in 1959 to guide the Cowboy basketball team. His up-tempo style yielded 179 career victories over 14 seasons, the second highest total among UW coaches. He coached Wyoming to one NCAA tournament appearance and two NIT tournaments.

    Inducted September 16, 1994

    Honors and Awards

  • All-Skyline Conference, 1941 & 42
  • Chuck Taylor All-American
  • 179 Career Coaching Victories


    Kenneth R. "Ken" Sturman
    Football, 1937-39

    Kenneth Sturman established himself as one of the first great home-grown football players. Considered one of the toughest lineman ever to don the Cowboy uniform, Sturman played on both sides of the football as an offensive and defensive end. Sturman played every down of every game as a junior and senior and was rewarded with consecutive seasons of All-Big Seven Conference honors. He captained the 1939 Cowboy squad and was named an Associated Press honorable mention All-American. Sturman was offered a pro contract with Brooklyn following his senior year, but he was pressed into World War II service before he could sign. The Lusk native was among the highest vote-getters in the 1992 Wyoming Player of the Century balloting.

    Inducted September 16, 1994

    Honors and Awards

  • 1939 Wyoming Team Captain
  • First Team All-Big Seven Conference, 1938 & 39
  • Honorable Mention All-American


    Edward "Eddie" Talboom
    Football, 1948-50

    Eddie Talboom transferred from Notre Dame in order to run Coach Bowden Wyatt's single wing offense as a tieback and kicker. The offense was a perfect fit for the athletic Talboom, who led Wyoming to a 9-1 record and first ever Skyline Conference title in 1949. Talboom engineered Wyoming's 10-0 1950 season and was named the Most Valuable Player in the 1951 Gator Bowl. He became Wyoming's first Cowboy All-American in football. Talboom set 13 Cowboy scoring records, including 303 career points and single game mark of 29 in a 103-0 rout of Colorado State College in 1949. He was also the first Cowboy to pass for 1,000 yards in a single season. After his career, Talboom was the greatest scorer in NCAA history and still ranks among the highest scoring football player ever.

    Inducted September 16, 1994

    Honors and Awards

  • 1951 Gator Bowl Most Valuable Player
  • First Team All-American
  • NCAA Career Scoring Record Holder


    Clarence Bowden Wyatt
    Football Coach, 1947-52

    In six short seasons, Bowden Wyatt established himself as the most legendary football coach in Wyoming history. He turned Wyoming's lowly football program into a national powerhouse by winning more games in six years than the cowboys complied in the 16 seasons prior to his arrival from Mississippi State. Wyatt coached the school's first two All-Americans (Eddie Talboom and Dewey McConnell), and under his leadership, Wyoming won its first conference championship (1949) and fielded its first nationally ranked team (12th in 1950). Wyoming's offense and defense finished in the nation's top three in 1949 and 1950 and he led Wyoming to its first ever bowl game. Wyatt, who was an All-American player at Tennessee, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

    Inducted September 16, 1994

    Honors and Awards

  • Coached Wyoming's first conference championship team, bowl team, undefeated team
  • Member of the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Coached Wyoming's first two All-Americans


    1950 Skyline Champion Football Team
    Football

    The defeat of Washington & Lee in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day, 1951 capped an incredible 10-0 season, and ushered in a new and successful era of Wyoming football. The 20-7 Gator Bowl triumph established Wyoming football as a premiere football power. Coach Bowden Wyatt's Pokes outscored opponents 363-59, recorded seven shutouts and finished the season with the third best defense in the country. Wyoming, one of three undefeated teams in the nation that season, was nationally ranked for the first ever, finishing 12th in the Associated Press poll.

    Inducted September 16, 1994

    Honors and Awards

  • First Nationally Ranked Team in Wyoming History
  • Won Wyoming's First Bowl Game
  • First Undefeated Team in Wyoming History


    Jack B. Aggers
    Athletic Trainer, 1958-84

    Jack Aggers, a 1950 graduate of the University of Wyoming and native of Thermopolis, served his alma mater for 26 years as the head athletic trainer. Aggers spent eight successful years as a high school basketball coach in Cody and Worland, posting a record of 106-93, before returning to UW in 1958. During his tenure, Aggers worked for seven different head football coaches through four different decades. During his career, Aggers served as a guest trainer for the Canadian Football League, the host trainer for the 1965 NCAA Wrestling Championships, and the trainer for the 1979 U.S. Olympic Basketball Development team that toured Europe. In 1983, Aggers was Inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. Aggers retired from the University of Wyoming in 1984. Aggers was given the prestigious White Hat Award by the Cowboy Joe Club.

    Inducted September 15, 1995

    Honors and Awards

  • National Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame
  • White Hat Award Winner
  • U.S. Olympic Basketball Team Trainer


    John Corbett
    Football& Basketball Coach/Administrator, 1915-1939

    John Corbett is considered by many the founding father of Wyoming athletics. Corbett, an All-American football player at Harvard, established the University of Wyoming physical education curriculum and served as Wyoming's head football and basketball coach. During his outstanding career at UW, Corbett is credited with building Wyoming's first athletics facilities, Half Acre Gym, and the football field, which bared his name until War Memorial Stadium was constructed in 1950. Corbett was instrumental in high school physical education and started the state high school basketball tournament, which was hosted by the university. UW's physical education complex, including the intercollegiate swimming pool, was named in his honor.

    Inducted September 15, 1995


    James L. Crawford
    Football, 1954-56

    Jim Crawford is one of the greatest homegrown Wyoming athletes in history. The Greybull, Wyo. native emerged as one of the nation's best running backs in his senior season. Crawford earned All-American honors in 1956 and was the NCAA rushing yardage leader with 1,104 yards and was selected the Skyline Conference Back of the Year. Crawford rushed for 103 yards on 18 carries and was voted the Most Valuable Player in the 1956 Sun Bowl, in which Wyoming beat Texas Tech, 21-14. For his career, Crawford rushed for 1,775 yards. He later spent several seasons in the National Football League with the Boston Patriots.

    Inducted September 15, 1995

    Honors and Awards

  • 1956 All-American
  • NCAA Rushing Leader
  • 1956 Sun Bowl Most Valuable Player


    Robert S. Devaney
    Football Coach, 1957-61

    Bob Devaney spent five football seasons at Wyoming, and during that time he posted the highest winning percentage of any coach in school history, winning 75 percent of his games. Devaney's career record was 35-10-5 Devaney guided the Cowboys to an 8-3 record and Skyline Conference Championship in his second season. Wyoming beat Hardin Simmons 14-6 in the 1958 Sun Bowl. In 1959, the Cowboys were again Skyline Conference Champions and had a 9-1 record, Devaney's best season at UW. The Cowboys won four Skyline Conference titles under Devaney and in 1961, Wyoming finished the season ranked 14th in the nation. Devaney defenses were also among the nation's best , as the 1960 Wyoming team ranked first in the country in defense. Devaney is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, and the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame and the Orange Bowl Hall of Honor.

    Inducted September 15, 1995

    Honors and Awards

  • Four Skyline Conference Championships
  • College Football Hall of Fame
  • Highest Winning percentage in Wyoming History (.750)


    John J. Kosich
    Baseball & Football, 1946-49

    John Kosich was one of the most outstanding and durable two-sport athletes in Wyoming history. A four-year letterman in both football and baseball, Kosich missed just two games in four season due to an injury. He earned either first or second team all-conference each of his four years in both sports. Playing on both sides of the football, Kosich was regarded the best tackle to ever play at Wyoming at the end of his career. Kosich was honored as the 1947 Wyoming Athlete of the Year, and was selected all-conference and third team All-American by UPI after his senior season, 1949. As a catcher on the Cowboy baseball squad, again Kosich was an all-star performer. He batted over .300 each of his four years. Kosich was selected to the Branding Iron All-Time Poke Football Team in 1964.

    Inducted September 15, 1995

    Honors and Awards

  • 1947 Wyoming Athlete of the Year
  • All-American
  • Branding Iron All-Time Poke Team Selection


    Dewey L. McConnell
    Football, 1949-51

    Dewey McConnell was one of Wyoming's first football All-Americans. A Laramie native, McConnell was selected first team All-Skyline Conference in 1950 and 1951 and was awarded All-American honors in 1951 after leading the NCAA in receiving with 47 receptions for 725 yards and eight touchdowns. By the end of his career, McConnell held all of Wyoming's career and single season receiving records. McConnell played both sides of the football and was one of Wyoming's leading tacklers during his career. McConnell was very valuable in Wyoming's 1951 Gator bowl victory as he caught five passes for 75 yards in Wyoming's 20-7 win over Washington & Lee. McConnell was the first Rocky Mountain Region player selected in the 1952 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He played in the NFL for four seasons.

    Inducted September 15, 1995

    Honors and Awards

  • All-American
  • NCAA Receiving Leader
  • Wyoming receiving Record Holder


    Patricia L. Miller-Davis
    Track &Field, 1980, 1982

    Pat Miller-Davis twice earned All-American honors in her two-year athletic career at Wyoming. Miller-Davis transferred to Wyoming from Dodge City (Kans.) Community College, where she earned All-American honors and was a national champion. In her first year at Wyoming, she won the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) conference championship in the long jump and was a member of the champion AIAW 4x220 relay. She set the UW school record in the long jump (20'4") which remains today. After taking one year off to have a child, Miller-Davis returned to the team in 1982 and was again named All-American in the long jump, winning AIAW indoor titles in the long jump and 55- meters. She still owns school records in the long jump, 55-meters (6.89), and was a member of the record setting 4x100 relay team (47.52).

    Inducted September 15, 1995

    Honors and Awards

  • All-American 1980 &82
  • AIAW champion
  • Wyoming Record Holder


    Lawrence V. Birleffi
    Voice of the Cowboys, 1947-86

    Larry birleffi, a 1942 graduate of the University of Wyoming and native of Hartville, became the "Voice of the Cowboys" in 1947 and continued broadcasting Cowboy games for nearly 40 years. Birleffi's journalism career began in 1937 when he was writing for UW's campus newspaper, The Branding Iron. He began as a newspaper journalist and columnist, something he continues to this day at the Wyoming Tribune Eagle in Cheyenne. He began his broadcasting career in 1947 at station KFBC in Cheyenne. He later owned that station and the rights to the Wyoming football and basketball broadcasts. He broadcasts every Wyoming football and basketball game form 1947 through 1986. The War Memorial Stadium Working Press Area was named in his honor in 1992.

    Inducted October 18, 1996

    Honors and Awards

  • Sportscaster of the Year
  • Sportswriter of the Year
  • Cowboy Joe White Hat Award
  • Press Area named in his honor


    Charles W. "Tub" Bradley
    Basketball, 1979-81

    Charles Bradley, one of the most exciting and flamboyant athletes in University of Wyoming history, ranked as one of the best players in Western Athletic Conference history at the end of his career. Bradley guided the cowboys to the 1981 WAC title, a 24-6 record, and into the NCAA tournament, a first for Wyoming in over 15 years. A three-time first team All-WAC selection and an Academic All-American, Bradley finished his career as the second leading scorer in Cowboy history with 1,744 points and ranked second in assists with 215,. Bradley was selected in the first round of the NBA draft by the Boston Celtics and played several seasons of professional basketball. He won the 1981 Admiral Land Award as UW's top student-athlete. He returned to his alma mater in 1986 as an assistant coach and helped Wyoming win a WAC championship and advance to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA tournament in 1987. To this day, Bradley ranks as one of the greatest players in WAC basketball history.

    Inducted October 18, 1996

    Honors and Awards

  • Three-Time All-WAC
  • Academic All-American
  • Admiral Land Award


    Glenn R. "Bud" Daniel
    Baseball Coach, 1951-1971

    Bud Daniel, one of the best coaches in college baseball history, spent 20 seasons as the head coach of the University of Wyoming baseball team. During his tenure, he guided Wyoming to its only College World Series appearance in 1956. He coached Wyoming to four Mountain States Conference Championships (1954, `55, `56, `61) and one WAC division title in 1966. He coached 15 first team All-WAC selections. One of Daniel's most famous pupils was former Wyoming All-WAC performer Art Howe, the current manager of the Oakland A's. He also is a member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Daniel owns the Wyoming record for career coaching victories with 295.

    Inducted October 18,1996

    Honors and Awards

  • College Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Four Mountain States Championships
  • Wyoming record for most baseball wins


    Michele D. Hoppes
    Basketball, 1984-87

    Michele hoppes was one of the most dominating players in Wyoming women's basketball history. As a four-year letterwinner, Hoppes'skills allowed her to become the greatest scorer and rebounder in Cowgirl history. She was a three-time first team All-High Country Athletic Conference selection and led Wyoming in both scoring and rebounding for four consecutive seasons. She was the all-time rebounding leader in High Country Athletic Conference history and still ranks as the all-time Cowgirl leader with 1,104 rebounds. Hoppes averaged double figures in both scoring and rebounding for her career, 16.7 points and 10.0 rebounds. She received special mention All-American, All-Far West Region, and American Women's Sports Federation honors. For her career , she scored 1,842 points and made .452 percent of her field goal attempts. She averaged 21.0 points per game during her senior season, then a UW record and her 10.6 rebounds per game average of 1985 is still a record. Hoppes ranks in the top three in cowgirl career records for points, rebounds, field goals, field goal attempts, free throws, free throw attempts, and blocked shots.

    Inducted September 15, 1995

    Honors and Awards

  • All-American
  • Three-time All-Conference
  • Greatest Scorer and Rebounder in Cowgirl history


    James F. Kiick
    Football, 1965-67

    Jim Kiick was the first player ever to earn first team All-Western Athletic conference honors three times. Kiick was Wyoming's leading rusher for three consecutive seasons, 1965, `66, `67, and lead the Cowboys to consecutive WAC titles and bowl appearances in 1967 and `68. The Cowboys posted an impressive 26-6 record during his three seasons as starting tailback, including a perfect 13-0 home record. As a sophomore, Kiick rushed for 534 yards. During his junior season, his 597 rushing yards led the cowboys to a 10-1 overall record, a WAC championship, and berth in the Sun Bowl. Kiick rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns earning Sun Bowl Most Valuable Player honors as Wyoming defeated Florida State, 28-20. As a senior, Kiick was selected a co-captain on one of the greatest Cowboy teams of all-time. Wyoming won 10 games fro the second consecutive season and was ranked fifth in the nation as kiick again led Wyoming in rushing, 583 yards, and was selected first team All-WAC. The Cowboys won their second straight WAC title and became the only WAC team in history to be invited to a New Year's day bowl game, the 1968 Sugar Bowl. Following graduation, Kiick went to the National Football League, where he starred along-side Larry Czonka in the Miami Dolphins backfield creating one of the greatest running back tandems in NFL history. While with the Dolphins, Kiick and Czonka led Miami to three Super Bowls, two World Championships and a 17-0 record in 1972, the only perfect season in NFL history. Kiick and Czonka were known as "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."

    Inducted October 18, 1996

    Honors and Awards

  • Three-time All-WAC
  • Sun Bowl Most Valuable Player
  • Team co-captain


    Mark S. Miller
    Swimming, 1985-88

    Mark Miller is the first swimming inductee into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame. The Laramie native earned All-American honors six times during his career, including three as a senior. Miller guided the Cowboys to an 18th place team finish at the NCAA championships as a senior with three top 5 finishes. He placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke, third in the 100-yard breaststroke, and fifth in the 200-yard medley. Miller was selected the Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year in 1987 and 1988, during which he won seven WAC championships. He still holds three WAC records, more than any swimmer in conference history, (100-breaststroke, 54:43; 200-breaststroke, 1:57.72; 200-Individual Medley, 1:47.38) and four Wyoming school records. He was an Academic All-WAC selection and the 1988 Admiral Land Award winner as UW's top student-athlete. Miller was selected as the UW Athlete of the decade for the 1980's.

    Inducted October 18, 1996

    Honors and Awards

  • Six-time All-American
  • Two-time WAC Swimmer of the Year
  • Seven WAC Championships
  • Academic All-WAC
  • Admiral Land Award


    Milward L. Simpson
    Football, Basketball, Baseball, 1917-21

    Milward Simpson was one of the greatest homegrown athletes in Wyoming history. As a three-sport star at Wyoming, Simpson was regarded as one of the best athletes in the Rocky Mountains prior to World War II. He has the distinction of being the only athlete in UW history to captain the football, basketball, and baseball teams. He was a Kodak All-America Football Player in 1920 as a halfback. He was Wyoming's leading scorer on the 1918 basketball team, averaging 11.6 points per game. Simpson was also a star on the baseball diamond, where he had offers to play Major League Baseball but declined opting for the prestigious Harvard Law School. Simpson became one of the University's most distinguished alumni, serving as President of the UW Trustees, Governor of Wyoming from 1954-58, and United States Senator for Wyoming, 1962-67. Simpson's devotion to the youth of Wyoming was a lifelong passion. The award for the outstanding high school athlete in the state bears his name.

    Inducted October 18, 1996

    Honors and Awards

  • Kodak All-American
  • Three-sport captain
  • President of UW Trustees
  • Governor of Wyoming
  • U.S. Senator


    C. Keith Bloom
    Football, Basketball, Baseball, 1947-1950

    Keith Bloom is one of the last and greatest three-sport athletes at the University of Wyoming. Recruited to Wyoming on a basketball scholarship from Powell, Wyo., Keith was a real athletic talent. Along with being a four-year letterman for the Cowboy basketball team, Bloom also enjoyed one season on the football field for the pokes, lettering in 1947. After an injury ended his football career, Bloom accepted his biggest challenge ever, playing first base for the Cowboy Baseball team. Having never before played organized baseball, Bloom would blossom into a three-year starter for the Pokes and lead the team in putouts and fielding percentage his junior and senior seasons. Bloom would also excel in basketball his junior and senior seasons, starting every game for the Cowboys over that time span, and being named captain of the team his senior year. During that season, Bloom would be rewarded for his efforts by being named the team's Most Valuable Player.

    Inducted September 19, 1997

    Honors and Awards

  • 1949-50 Men's Basketball Captain
  • 1949-50 Most Valuable Player, Basketball


    Joseph W. Alexander
    Rodeo, 1968-69

    Known as "Alexander the Great", Joe Alexander is regarded by many as one of the most flamboyant bareback riders ever to compete for Wyoming, and is the first rodeo participant to be inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame. The Cora, Wyo., native competed for Wyoming Rodeo Club team as a bareback rider in 1968 and 1969. In 1968, he place third at the National College Finals Rodeo in bareback riding, and ranked in the Top 10 in bareback riding in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association standing both years at UW. Joe transferred to Wyoming from caper college where he won a National College Finals Rodeo Championship and led the NIRA in bareback riding in 1967. After graduating from Wyoming with a degree in Agriculture business, Joe won a record five consecutive world bareback championships from 1971 to 1975. He also owns the world record for the best score ever in bareback riding with a 93 at the Grand Daddy of `Em All, Cheyenne Frontier days in 1974. Over his illustrious career, Joe competed in 13 National Finals Rodeos, and was selected to the Professional rodeo cowboys Association hall of Fame.

    Inducted September 19, 1997

    Honors and Awards

  • National College Rodeo Championship
  • Selected to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Hall of Fame


    Stig Hallingbye
    Skiing, 1974-1977

    Stig Hallingbye is the first skiing inductee into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame. The Slependen, Norway native earned All-America honors three times during his career at Wyoming in the Nordic events, including First-Team honors his freshman and sophomore seasons. Over his four year career at UW, Hallingbye won two National Championships in cross-country and helped guide the Pokes to two second place finishes, one third place finish, and one fourth place finish in the NCAA Championships. After earning his degree in Agriculture Economics, Stig returned to the slopes as an assistant head coach for UW. Over the next four years, Hallingbye would coach both the men's and women's cross country teams and the jumping team. During his tenure as an assistant coach, he would guide four national champions in cross country and jumping. Hallingbye also earned a master's degree from UW in Agriculture Economics.

    Inducted September 19, 1997

    Honors and Awards

  • Three-time All-America honors
  • Two Cross Country National Championships


    Ronda K. Munger
    Volleyball, 1984-87

    Ronda Munger was one of the greatest homegrown volleyball players in Wyoming history. As a four-year starter for the Cowgirls at her outside hitter position, Munger led Wyoming to its first ever NCAA Tournament berth in 1986. She also led the team in kills with 365, and received second team High Country Athletic Conference honors. As a senior, Munger would become the first Cowgirl volleyball player ever to be selected all-West Region by the American Volleyball coaches Association. During her senior campaign, Munger would once again lead the team in kills with 515. For her efforts her senior year, Munger earned the honors of First Team High Country Athletic Conference and Defensive Player of the Year in the HCAC. For her career, ronda recorded 1,536 kills and 1,108 digs. Both records still stand today at the University of Wyoming. Munger also holds school records in kills in a single match with 42 in five games. She played in 415 games in her career to be ranked sixth all-time.

    Inducted September 19, 1997

    Honors and Awards

  • High Country Athletic Conference Honors
  • First Cowgirl selected All-West Region
  • Holds school records in season kills, digs, and kills in a single match.


    Joseph N. Nzau
    Track, 1977-1982

    Often referred to as the pioneer of Kenyan running, Joe is perhaps the greatest track athlete ever at the University of Wyoming. A four-year letterman from 1977-82, Nzau was a six-time All-America and voted Wyoming's Most Valuable Track Athlete all four years he competed. As a freshman at UW, Nzau finished 21st in the country in cross country and helped Wyoming finish third NCAA Championships. That year he earned his first All-America honor. As a sophomore, Nzau was two-time All-America in the 10,000 meters and fourth in the 3,000 meter steeple chase. As a senior, Joe would round out his collegiate career with his sixth All-America honor, with a fourth-place finish in the 10,000 meters. After graduating from UW with a degree in engineering, Joe competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Calif., for his native Kenya. In the `84 Summer Games, he would finish sixth in the marathon and 10th in the 10,000 meters.

    Inducted September 19, 1997

    Honors and Awards

  • Six-time All-America
  • Voted Wyoming's Most Valuable Track Athlete four years
  • Competed for Kenya in the 1984 Olympic Games


    1967 Sugar Bowl Team
    Football

    As the only undefeated major college team in the nation in 1967 at 10-0, the Wyoming Cowboy football team was invited to participate in the 1968 Sugar Bowl, against Louisiana State in New Orleans, La. After winning their second straight Western Athletic Conference Championship, and four previous bowl victories, the Cowboys of 1967 were on the threshold of greatness. Led by captains Mike Dirks and Jim Kiick, Wyoming would outscore its opponents 276-99 during the 1967 season. On New Year's Day, 1968, Wyoming would take a commanding 13-0 lead into halftime of the Sugar Bowl, and make their claim as one of the premier college programs in the country. Unfortunately for Cowboy fans, LSU would outscore Wyoming 20-0 in the second half to win 20-13, and hand the Pokes their only loss of the season. In that illustrious season, the 1967 Sugar Bowl Team would climb through the rankings all season before peaking at No. Five. That No. Five ranking is still the highest any Cowboy Football Team has ever been ranked.

    Inducted September 19, 1997


    Curt Gowdy
    Basketball, Tennis, 1940-42

    One of the most recognized names and voices in broadcasting history, Curt Gowdy has been one of his native state's most vocal ambassadors. Before he began his broadcasting career, Gowdy played forward on the Wyoming basketball team from 1940-42, earning three varsity letters. He also lettered three times in tennis before graduating from UW in 1942. Gowdy began his career at radio station KFBC in Cheyenne and as a sportswriter for the Wyoming Eagle, then worked as a broadcaster in Oklahoma before joining the New York Yankees' broadcast team. He later worked for ABC Sports, creating and hosting "The American Sportsman", a weekly hunting and fishing show. He is a member of the American Sportscaster Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Sports Writers and Broadcasters Hall of Fame. As a broadcaster Gowdy has covered eight Super Bowls, 16 World Series, 12 Rose Bowls, eight Olympic Games and 22 NCAA Final Four Championships. Seven times Gowdy has been named the National Sportscaster of the Year. He has covered more major sporting events than any other broadcaster in history.

    Inducted September 25, 1998

    Honors and Awards

  • Seven-time National Sportscaster of the Year
  • Three-time Basketball and Tennis Letterman


    Robert G. Jingling
    Baseball, 1952-55

    A classy, hard-hitting infielder, Bob Jingling is described by UW Hall of Fame Baseball Coach Bud Daniel as the most outstanding player on the field, in academic performance, and in personal conduct that he had the opportunity to coach . Jingling was a two-time All-Skyline player in history. He was selected at shortstop, the only two-time All-Skyline player in history. He was selected second-team All-American in 1954, first-team in the 1955 and was a member of the U.S. Baseball team in the 1955 Pan Am games. He was the first player in UW history to be named first-team All-American and only the second in Skyline Conference history. His four-year collegiate bating average was an impressive .371, and over the course of 118 games, Jingling clouted 16 home runs and 18 triples. His career fielding percentage was .907 with his best year coming as a senior when he fielded .934. He hit .413 as a senior and led the Pokes to two consecutive Skyline Conference titles. Jingling was also the recipient of the 1955 Admiral Land Award at UW. Upon leaving Wyoming, Jingling signed with the Detroit Tigers. Following a brief stint in the pros, Jingling returned to Wyoming to serve as an assistant coach and also spent one year as the Cowboys' head coach in 1962.

    Inducted September 25, 1998

    Honors and Awards

  • 1955 First-team All-American
  • Two-time All-Skyline Conference Selection


    Eric C. Leckner
    Basketball, 1985-88

    Eric Leckner was one of the greatest and most beloved basketball players ever at the university of Wyoming. A four-year starter at center for the cowboys, Eric played on some of the most memorable Wyoming basketball teams in recent history. Leckner played a huge role on the Cowboys' NIT runner-up team in 1986, as well as the 1987 and 1988 NCAA Tournament teams. A two-time, first-team all-WAC selection his junior and senior years, Eric led his teams to WAC Tournament titles in 1987 and 1988, the WAC regular season title in 1986, as well as the WAC Tournament runner-up position that year. He still holds the distinction of being the only three-time UW scoring list behind Fennis Dembo and Flynn Robinson, second in blocked shots behind Theo Ratliff and eighth on the all-time rebounding list. Following his career at Wyoming, Eric was drafted in the NBA through 1997, spending time with Sacramento, Charlotte, New York and Detroit.

    Inducted September 25, 1998

    Honors and Awards

  • Two-time, First-team All-WAC selection
  • Three-time WAC Tournament Most Valuable Player


    Joseph J. Mastrogiovanni
    Football, Baseball, 1953-55

    Also know as "Mastro" or "Joe the Toe," Joe Mastrogiovanni would come to be one of the most memorable and flamboyant football players in Wyoming history. A two-way player, who came to Wyoming as a halfback, Mastrogiovanni would become Wyoming's first throwing quarterback. Joe was in all aspects a leader on his teams, leading the Pokes in passing for three years, total offense and scoring for two years, and in punting and interceptions for one year each. Twice selected to the All-Skyline first-team and once a second-team selection, Mastrogiovanni led the nation in rushing the first eight weeks of the 1955 season, before finishing second nationally and earning honorable mention All-American honors from AP and UPI. The Cowboys were 19-11-1 from 1953-55, and in 1955 Joe led a talented Cowboy team to the Sun Bowl. Unfortunately, he was injured in the last regular-season game and could not play in the bowl game. A gifted athlete, Mastrogiovanni served at times as the Cowboys' placekicker and was responsible for three game-winning field goals in the 1954 season. Joe also competed for the Wyoming swimming team and was a letterman on the 1955 Cowboy baseball team as a catcher.

    Inducted September 25, 1998

    Honors and Awards

  • Wyoming's first throwing quarterback
  • Honorable Mention All-American selection


    Kathleen Van Heule-Romsa
    Track, 1983-85

    A Worland native and one of the greatest all-around athletes ever to compete for Wyoming, Kathy Van Heule-Romsa made a name for herself in the heptathlon. After transferring to Wyoming as a sophomore from Florida State, she was a three-time High Country Athletic Conference (HCAC) Track & Field Athlete of the Year in 1983, 1984 and 1985. Kathy was a back-to -back-to-back HCAC heptathlon champion during those years, and was also the HCAC 100-meter hurdles champion in 1985. During the 1984 conference championships she scored an amazing total of 46 points for the team, all while nursing an injured ankle. Kathy is the HCAC record holder in the heptathlon and holds UW records in the heptathlon and the mile medley relay. At one time she also held UW records in the 55-meter hurdles, 100-meter hurdles, high jump and the 100-meter dash. A two-time NCAA qualifier, Kathy received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award and served as a UW assistant track coach for three years following her senior year.

    Inducted September 25, 1998

    Honors and Awards

  • Three-time High Country Athletic Conference Track &Field Athlete of the Year
  • Holds Wyoming records in heptathlon and mile medley relay


    Darcy Cudaback White
    Volleyball, 1986-89

    Darcy Cudaback made the transition from the rural farming community of Exeter, Neb., to the campus of the University of Wyoming, to become an All-American volleyball player and dominate the High Country Athletic Conference. In 1988, Cudaback was named the HCAC's Offensive Player of the Year, was a member of the its All-American team, and was selected first-team All-HCAC. She led the 1989 team to its best season on record at 24-7 and winning the HCAC Championship with an 11-1 record. The team earned a berth in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament , Wyoming's second appearance ever in post-season. In 1988, Cudaback set the Cowgirl record for kills in a season with 595, and still ranks first in UW history. She is also ranked second in career kills with 1,533 and second for the most games played in a career at 446.

    Inducted October 1, 1999

    Honors and Awards

  • 1988 High Country Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year
  • Holds Wyoming single season kills record (595)


    John Pilch
    Basketball, 1947-50

    John Pilch was considered one of the greatest "big men" in Wyoming athletics' history and a part of the glory years of the Half-Acre Gym. Recognized as a power player, Pilch became one of the Cowboys' most prolific rebounders of all time and his team's leading scorer from 1947-50. In his best year, 1949-50, Pilch averaged 11.5 points per game. Selected as an All-American in 1950, Pilch won admiration throughout his career with his remarkable defensive work and famous hook shot. He was best known however for his rebounding abilities. In 1949, he was considered the best rebounder in the Rocky Mountain region, perhaps even the nation. His coach and fellow Hall of Famer, Ev Shelton believed Pilch was the greatest offensive and defensive rebounder he had ever seen.

    Inducted October 1, 1999

    Honors and Awards

  • 1950 All-American Selection
  • Wyoming's leading scorer from 1947-50


    Paul Roach
    Athletics Director/ Football Coach, 1987-90

    Paul Roach is the only man in the history of the University of Wyoming to serve in the dual capacity of athletics director and head football coach. As UW Athletics Director from 1987 through 1996, Roach guided the department through one of its most successful eras, and his vision established the dream of the Athletics Center. As head football coach, Roach led the Cowboys to back-to-back WAC championships in 1987 and 1988, going undefeated in league play both season. He earned WAC Coach of the Year honors in both 1987 and 1988, was named Kodak Region V Coach of the Year in 1987, and was a two-time finalist for National Coach of the Year. In his four-year tenure as Wyoming's head coach, Roach guided the Cowboys to a 35-15-0 record and led them to three bowl games--Holiday bowl in 1987 and 1988 and the Copper Bowl in 1990. In addition to his experiences as head coach, he also served as an assistant coach at Wyoming from 1962 to 1970, under Lloyd Eaton. During that era, the Pokes won three WAC titles in 1966,1967 and 1968 and competed in two bowl games--the 1966 Sun Bowl and the 1968 Sugar Bowl. Therefore in his two coaching appearances at Wyoming, Roach was involved in six of Wyoming's ten bowl appearances in the school's history, and six of its seven WAC championships--three as assistant coach (1966,1967,1968), two as athletics director/head coach (1987,1988), and one as athletics director (1993).

    Inducted October 1, 1999

    Honors and Awards

  • Athletics Director 1987-96
  • Head Football Coach 1987-90
  • Two-time WAC Coach of the Year, Led Cowboys to three bowl games (Holiday Bowl in 1987 and 1988, Copper Bowl in 1990)


    Galand Thaxton
    Football, 1984-87

    One of the greatest defensive players in the history of the University of Wyoming, Galand Thaxton is the Cowboys' all-time leading tackler. With the strength to play on the inside and the quickness to play outside, Thaxton was the anchor of the Cowboy defense. As a redshirt freshman, he started every game at outside linebacker and was named the WAC Rookie of the Year. In 1986, his junior year, Thaxton was the only Cowboy named to the All-WAC First Team. In 1986 and 1987, he was voted defensive captain by his teammates, making him the only Wyoming player in history to be selected as captain twice. He also was selected as an Associated Press Third-Team All-American in 1987, as he helped lead the Cowboys to a WAC title and an appearance in the Holiday Bowl. When Thaxton left the University of Wyoming he had a record 467 career tackles, giving him a first place ranking in UW history.

    Inducted October 1, 1999

    Honors and Awards

  • Wyoming career (467) and single-season (158) leading tackler
  • Western Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 1984


    Paul Toscano
    Football, 1965-67

    The first Cowboy quarterback in history to lead the nation in total offense, Paul Toscano was considered the University of Wyoming's "storybook" player. Toscano earned his first two Cowboy letters as a defensive safety. When the quarterback situation was questionable in 1967, the coaching staff asked Toscano to step in. All "Pitchin' Paul" did was lead the Cowboys to a 10-1 record, a WAC title, and a berth in Wyoming's biggest bowl ever, the 1968 Sugar Bowl. Toscano ended the 1967 season as the greatest single season and single game passer in Cowboys' history. He set or tied eleven passing records as he led the Pokes to their second straight WAC title and third undefeated season. He led the WAC in total offense and was second in passing. Nationally, Paul was sixth in passing. He was named Player of the Year in the WAC by United Press International, was a unanimous first team All-WAC selection, and finished in the balloting for the Heisman trophy.

    Inducted October 1, 1999

    Honors and Awards

  • 1967 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year
  • Led Cowboys to 10-1 record, WAC Title and 1968 Sugar Bowl


    Tony Windis
    Basketball, 1957-59

    Quiet, reserved basketball artist Tony Windis was one of the finest shooters ever to play at the University of Wyoming. Windis averaged 21.2 points per game for the cowboy career, ranking him second in UW history. He is ranked fifth in single-season scoring average with 24.4 points per game tallied during the 1958-59 season, his senior year. With a career total of 1,465 points, Windis was on Wyoming's top ten career scoring list. He is ranked tenth in career field goals made (345), as well as in several single game categories, including second for points scored in a game with 50 vs. New Mexico on Jan. 10, 1958. Windis is also tied for second in field goals made (19) in that same game vs. New Mexico, and first in field goals attempted (38) vs. Montana on Feb. 5, 1959. He was all-conference for three years and was named Player of the Year in the Rockies for two consecutive years, 1958 and 1959. In 1977, after leaving the University of Wyoming, Windis became the first coach in all sports' history to win both a boys' and girls' state basketball championship in the same year while coaching in Mountain View, Wyo.

    Inducted October 1, 1999

    Honors and Awards

  • Player of the Year in the Rockies in 1958 and 1959
  • Scored 50 points vs. New Mexico on Jan. 10, 1958, second-best single game total in Wyoming history


    Jim Brandenburg
    Basketball, 1978-1987

    Three time WAC Coach of the Year, Jim Brandenburg came to the University of Wyoming in 1978 and turned the men's basketball program around. Brandenburg's Cowboy teams led the WAC in total defense six times and appeared in post-season tournaments four times. In 1987, his team advanced to the sweet sixteen and in 1986 the Cowboys placed second in the NIT under his leadership. Brandenburg's Cowboys captured three WAC Championships during his career in Laramie. Cowboy fans saw four of Brandenburg's players go in the first round of the draft: Charles Bradley, Bill Garnett, Eric Leckner, and Fennis Dembo. This coach was honored as the Eastman Kodak NCAA Division I District 13 Coach of the year in 1986 and he coached the West Team to a Gold Medal at the 1981 National Sports Festival. Among the accomplishments of this distinguished coach accomplishments of this distinguished coach, a lasting legacy was left as the Arena Auditorium was built during his tenure.

    Inducted September 15, 2000


    Amy Burnett
    Basketball, 1992-1995

    One of the greatest players ever to come through the Cowgirl Basketball program, Amy Burnett was both an outstanding athlete and student. In 1995, Burnett was one of five women nationwide named to the GTE Academic All-American Team for women's basketball with a 3.83 grade point average with a double major in Special Education and Elementary Education. Amy was an Academic All-WAC honoree and was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1995. In addition to her success academically, Burnett dominated on the court. She was twice named the WAC player of the year and was All-WAC first team in 1993, 1994, and 1995. Burnett set many records during her career at Wyoming, including most points scored in a single game, most points scored in a season, and most free throws made in a season. Her career records include most free throws in a career, and most free throws attempted. Burnett's hard work and determination rank her among the top in Cowgirl Athletics' history.

    Inducted September 15, 2000


    Bill Ewing
    Baseball, 1974-1976

    The finest hitter ever to play for the University of Wyoming, Bill Ewing set the national home run record in 1976 with 23. That same year, Ewing was named to both the College Baseball Coaches All-American Team, and the Sporting News All-American Team. This Wyoming great was the first Cowboy baseball player in twenty years to be named to an All-American team and twice earned All-WAC honors,. In addition to this All-Conference and All-American awards, Ewing was also named to the All-District VII Team. For the 1975-76 season, Ewing received the Admiral Emory S. Land award for Outstanding University of Wyoming Athlete. Bill Ewing will remain in the memories of Wyoming fans for years to come.

    Inducted September 15, 2000


    Lee Kizzire
    Football, Wrestling, Track and Baseball, 1934-1936

    One of the great athletes in Wyoming pre-war history Captain Lee Kizzire was a four-sport letterman for the Cowboys in football, wrestling, track and basketball. Kizzire was a Wyoming native and was most decorated for his outstanding efforts in football and wrestling. An All-American football player from 1933-1937, Kizzire was also All-Conference and went on to play professionally. Kizzire, a fullback on the football team, also was a talented wrestler. He was named the rocky Mountain wrestling champion. His athleticism was such that he excelled in all he did. In addition to his football and wrestling career, Kizzire also lettered on the varsity track and basketball teams. Following his award-winning career at the Wyoming, he went on to play professional football, and later to coach at Riverton High School. In 1941, kizzire entered the United States Air Corp and was commissioned as an officer in 1942. In November 1943, he was shot down on a mission near the island of Wewak in the Pacific , and was never found.

    Inducted September 15, 2000


    Larry Nels
    Football, 1967-1969

    Fondly known as "Bo," Larry Nels became one of the most feared defensive linemen in Wyoming history as he terrorized opponents from 1967 to 1969. Nels was a key component as the Cowboys earned a bid to the 1968 Sugar Bowl, and was instrumental in a cowboy defense that was best in the nation. Nels was well known for his quickness, toughness, and blocking ability. He had 511 total tackles in his career. Nels was an All-American candidate and as a member of the nation's number one defense let the cowboys to their second WAC Championship. Nels also earned All-WAC honors in 1969. Following his career at Wyoming, Nels went on to play with the New York Giants and the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian League. Nels will be remembered as one of the best defensive players in Cowboy Football history.

    Inducted September 15, 2000


    Curtis and Marian Rochelle
    Special Achievement

    Curt and Marian Rochelle are honored for their tremendous generosity in the special achievement category. The Rochelles donated an historic $4.2 million gift to the University of Wyoming Athletic department and made the dream of a new student-athlete center a reality. Their gift is the largest in the UW's history and this new student athlete center will be appropriately named the Curtis and Marian Rochelle Athletics Center, also know as the RAC. Curt Rochelle is a UW graduate and a former trustee. Marian is a graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and Colorado College, in Colorado Springs, Co. The Rochelle's have given much more to the University than just the $4.2 million contribution to the student-athlete center. In 1992, the Rochelles established the Curtis and Marian Rochelle Professorship in Animal Science in memory of John Hill, Curt's advisor and college dean when he majored in animal science from 1937-1941. The Rochelles have also been honored as Outstanding Donors to the College of Agriculture. Including the contribution to the student-athlete center, the Rochelles have donated over $5.5 million dollars to the University of Wyoming.

    Inducted September 15, 2000


    Nick Bebout
    Football, 1970-72

    "Quick, mobile and an overpowering blocker," describes three-year starter and letterman Nick Bebout. The native of Shoshoni, Wyoming was a pre-season PlayboyAll-American selection and Chris Schenkel's Sportscene All-American as an offensive tackle his senior year with the Cowboys. He also was a team captain that season. The first offensive lineman inducted into the Hall of Fame, Bebout was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round and played with them from 1973 to 1975. He played for the Seattle Seahawks from 1976 to 1980. The fact that offensive linemen are often overlooked speaks very highly of his ability and the contributions he made to the Cowboy football tradition.

    Inducted September 28, 2001


    Joe Capua
    Basketball, 1954-56

    Jumpin' Joe Capua was a tremendous sparkplug for the Cowboy basketball team from 1954 through 1956. The wiry guard from Gary, Indiana was referred to by media as, "a ball of fire all over the court, passing, shooting, dribbling, defending, and stealing the ball." Capua was an All-Skyline Conference selecition for two seasons and received honorable mention honors on the United Press International All-American team. In 1956, he was a unanimous All-Skyline choice, and Wyoming's leading scorer averaging 24.5 points per game. He was also the Skyline Player of the Year that season, and recieved the prestegious Admiral Land Award. That season he shattered the Skyline Conference record for most points scored with 51 against Montana. That mark remained the Memorial Fieldhouse record as well as the school record. Capua also holds the record for free throws made and attempted in a season and free throws attempted in a single game.

    Inducted September 28, 2001


    Ken Cook
    Special Achievement

    A long-time proponent of Wyoming Athletics, Ken Cook has devoted years of his life to the improvement of athletics, as well as the University, to achieve this induction to the Hall of Fame for Special Achievement. Cook came to UW as a student-athlete from Riverton, Wyoming and lettered in football from 1938-1942. His tireless devotion to the University is evident in so many areas. Cook was on the UW Alumni Association Board of Directors for seven years and president from 1983 to 1984. In 1987 he received the UW Alumni Association Medallion Service award. He also has been actively involved with the Cowboy Joe Club as an executive board member, and as its president from 1984 through 1986. He recieved Cowboy Joe's White Hat award in 1986, and helped launch the Steer-a-Year Program in 1995. He has chaired the Albany County Blitz and has consistently broken the club's donation goals. Cook was Vice Chairman of the football Centennial Celebration and has been an intricate member of the Hall of Fame Committee since its 1993 inception. He has proven to be a best friend to the University of Wyoming through his devotion to athletics and commitment to the success of the University.

    Inducted September 28, 2001


    Charles "Mickey" Dunn
    Track, 1949-51

    Arguably the greatest track and field performer in University of Wyoming history is Mickey Dunn. Dunn came to Wyoming from Johnstown, Colo., averaging 15.5 points per competition to reach a phenomenal total of 574.5 points in his three seasons of eligibility. In the 1951 Skyline Conference championship, he walked away as the 220 yard low hurdle and 220 yard dash champion. He was runner-up in the high hurdles, 100 yard dash, broad jump, high jump and placed in other events. Incredibly, Dunn still holds Wyoming's record in the 400 meter dash at :47.84 seconds set in May of 1951 and the 200 meter dash with :20.76 seconds which was one of the best track and field marks in the world that year. Dunn passed up the opportunity to develop his talents at a national level to ensure Wyoming was competitive in the conference. In 1952, he received the Robert E. Russell Memorial Award for the outstanding Amateur Athlete of the Year. Mickey Dunn, sometimes called Wyoming's "one man track team" was truly one of Wyoming's greatest athletes of all time.

    Inducted September 28, 2001


    Bill Garnett
    Basketball, 1979-82

    One of the greatest forwards in Cowboy Basketball history, he was a four-year starter during his career at Wyoming. A rugged competitor with great ability, Garnett was a major force in the Western Athletic Conference. He helped carry the Cowboys to two NCAA tournaments. In the 1981-82 season, he was instrumental in helping the Pokes win the WAC title and advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament. As a senior he was team captain and was selected as the WAC Player of the Year. He was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1982 NBA draft as the fourth overall pick, the highest of any University of Wyoming player ever. He was one of the most consistent players on the team and is still listed in the top ten of eight career statistical categories. He is among the top five in blocked shots (97) and rebounds (840).

    Inducted September 28, 2001


    Jean Jackson
    Administration, 1951-87

    Her loyalty, dedication, work ethic and passion for Cowboy athletics as a senior administrative assistant in the athletic department has earned her recognition that is much deserved. The Laramie native attended the University of Wyoming before logging in almost thirty-seven years as an employee working for five Athleitcs' Direcotrs through her career. Beloved by athletes and coaches alike, her contributions to athletics over the years were invaluable as she tirelessly worked to make the department better. "She has touched so many lives in such a positive way," said former Athletic Director Gary Cunningham. She was particularly helpful to athletes who needed assistance while away from home. Her kindness and work ethic was imcomparable. She had the respect of everyone with whom she came in contact.

    Inducted September 28, 2001


    1956 University Of Wyoming Football Team
    Football, 1956

    One of the greatest football teams in school history, the 1956 team was only one of three Cowboy teams in the modern era to go undefeated, putting together a phenomenal 10-0 season. Head Coach Phil Dickens Cowboys pounded opponents throughout the season, giving up just 19 points in their last three games. Captained by Ova Stapleton, the team boasted of an All-American in Jim Crawford who became the school's first 1,000-yard rusher. The Cowboys came out of the chute rolling by beating Western State 40-13 and a tough Arizona team 26-20, to open the season. They shutout Denver University, 27-0, in game three. The running game proved to be important to the Cowboys as they picked up three more wins against conference opponents Colorado A&M, New Mexico and Utah. The Cowoys came from behind to beat Kansas State and narrowly defeated Brigham Young 7-6, in the final regular-season game of the year. Wyoming was one of the only three undefeated teams in the country, and finished ranked 16th in the nation by United Press International. The team was invited to the Sun Bowl for the second straight season, but voted not to go in anticipation of another invitation to either the Gator or Sugar Bowl. That invitation never came because of a coaching staff change. That, however, did not diminish the tremendous accomplishments of this, one of Wyoming's all-time great teams.

    Inducted September 28, 2001


    Greg Brock

    Hometown: Stayton, Oregon
    Sport: Baseball
    Years: 1976-1979

    As a first team All-Conference and All-District performer, Greg Brock is one of the finest hitters the Cowboys ever had. He was an All-American selection his senior year, and still holds the Cowboy record for hits in a season, 86 in 1978. Brock was best known for his consistency at the plate. His career batting average was .389. He is Wyoming's all-time leader in doubles with 57, and second in both hits (251) and walks (95). Brock is also fourth in runs batted in, home runs and at-bats. He signed with the Dodgers following his career at Wyoming and began playing at the Major League level in 1982, replacing first baseman Steve Garvey. While playing with the Dodgers, Brock went to the National League Championship Series two years. He also played for the Milwaukee Brewers during his professional career.

    Inducted September 13, 2002


    Mitch Donahue

    Hometown: Billings, Montana
    Sport: Football
    Years: 1987-1990

    The 1989 and 1990 WAC Defensive Player of the Year, Mitch Donahue became the greatest defensive end in Wyoming history. He was named first-team All-American by the Football Writer's Association, The Sporting News, and the National Football League Draft Report. As a senior, he finished fourth in the prestigious Outland Trophy Award balloting. During his senior year the two-time WAC Defensive Player of the Week led the nation in sacks with 21. The four time All-WAC selection owns the Wyoming record for most career sacks with 48, and is in the top ten in career tackles. Donahue was drafted in the 4th round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He played for both the 49ers and the Denver Broncos during his professional career.

    Inducted September 13, 2002


    Christine Fairless

    Hometown: Alameda, California
    Sport: Basketball
    Years: 1986-89

    She has scored more points than any Cowgirl in history for a career. One of the most accurate shooters in Cowgirl basketball history, Christine Fairless still owns Cowgirl records in several categories. She is the best Cowgirl free throw shooter of all-time, averaging 87 percent for her career and 95 percent her senior year. She still holds the record for the most career field goals made, shooting 52 percent. She scored more field goals in a single game and in a season than any other Cowgirl. Fairless is second in Cowgirl history in points scored and field goals attempted in a single game; single season field goals attempted and percentage; and career field goals attempted. The 5'10" guard was named All-High Country Athletic Conference three times and was named to the All-High Country Athletic Conference Tournament team her senior year. She produced three of the top ten scoring seasons in Cowgirl basketball history. During her sophomore year, Fairless was 17th in the country in field goal percentage.

    Inducted September 13, 2002


    Margie Hunt McDonald

    Hometown: Camargo, Okla.
    Sport: Head Coach - Women's Basketball
    Years: 1974-1983

    Margie Hunt McDonald, the 1979 Conference Coach of the Year, displayed both brilliance and dedication as she led the Cowgirl basketball teams to a 122-114 record during her nine year career at Wyoming. Admired and respected by her peers, it did not take her long to mold the Cowgirls into one of the top teams in the Rocky Mountain Region. By 1979 the Cowgirls were competing in the AIAW Regional Tournament with a 25-7 record. McDonald resigned from her coaching position at Wyoming to become the first Executive Director of the High Country Athletic Conference, which later merged with the Western Athletic Conference. She served as the Deputy Commissioner of the WAC and currently works as the Coordinator of Women's Basketball Officials for the Mountain West Conference.

    Inducted September 13, 2002


    George "Moe" Radovich

    Hometown: Thermopolis, Wyoming
    Sport: Basketball
    Years: 1950-52

    All-American George "Moe" Radovich led his team to tremendous success during his years as a Cowboy. In 1952, he led the Cowboys to the second round of the NCAA tournament, scoring 13 points in the first game and 18 points in the second. For his performance, he was named the Most Valuable Player for the West Regional NCAA Tournament. The two time All-Skyline Conference player was a UPI honorable mention All-American his senior year. He participated on the College All-Star Team against the Harlem Globetrotters his junior year and the World Champion Minneapolis Lakers his senior year. Following his success wearing the brown and gold, Radovich played professionally for the Philadelphia Warriors for a year before entering the Army. He returned to the Cowboy State as head coach of the UW men's basketball team in 1974.

    Inducted September 13, 2002


    Reginald Slater

    Hometown: Houston, Texas
    Sport: Basketball
    Years: 1989-1992

    Wyoming's all-time leading rebounder and one of its greatest players of all-time, Reginald Slater was a dominating player. He is the first player in WAC history to win three consecutive rebounding championships. Named a first-team all-WAC selection for three years, the power forward continuously proved himself on the court. He was the 1992 WAC Player of the Year, as well as an Associated Press Honorable-Mention All-American his senior year. During his junior season, Slater led the WAC in field-goal shooting and was second in scoring. He posted the nation's best single-game rebounding effort of the year with 27. The "Big Cat" finished his career shooting .585 from the field and was named a Sports Illustrated College Player of the Week as a senior. He was selected All-District 7 by the United States Basketball Writers and was named WAC player of the week on five separate occasions throughout his career. After leaving Wyoming, he became a successful professional player with a number of teams.

    Inducted September 13, 2002


    Ken Fantetti

    Hometown: Portland, Ore.
    Sport: Football
    Years: 1975-78

    One of Wyoming's greatest impact defensive players of all time. As a freshman in 1975, Ken Fantetti was impressive enough to start for the Cowboys in the third game of the season. He would become one of the most devastating linebackers in Cowboy history. He was named to the Football Writers of America 35th annual All-American team following a spectacular senior season. He finished with 124 tackles that year including 73 unassisted stops. In his best game of that senior season, against Utah, he posted 15 unassisted tackles and nine assists, including two tackles for losses and a caused fumble, and was named Associated Press national lineman of the week. A ferocious hitter, Fantetti is fourth on Wyoming's all-time career tackles list with 352. A two-time All-Western Athletic Conference first-team performer, Fantetti was the league's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. During his junior season of 1978, he totaled twice as many defensive points as any other defender on the team with 261, including 86 unassisted tackles, eight tackles for losses, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. He was one of the fastest middle linebackers ever to play for the Cowboys. He was elected team captain for his senior season. Fantetti was drafted in the second round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He played with the Lions from 1979 through 1985.

    Inducted September 12, 2003


    Norma Hughes (Scifres)

    Hometown: Ft. Collins, Colo.
    Sport: Swimming/Diving
    Years: 1990-'92, '94

    Considered Wyoming's best women's swimmer of all-time, Norma Hughes was the Cowgirls' first All-American swimmer and their first NCAA qualifier. She currently owns six all-time swimming records; the 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle, 500-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter backstroke and 200 meter individual medley. Her dominance began as a freshman when she broke five school records and placed in the top three in three events at the 1990 High Country Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. Her sophomore season would be her break out year as she qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. Her most decorated year was in 1992 when she won three Western Athletic Conference titles, set WAC records in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke and was named 1992 WAC Female Swimmer of the Year. She placed 16th at the NCAA Championships in the 200-meter backstroke earning her All-American honors. Injuries to her shoulder would force Hughes to redshirt the 1993 season but in 1994 she proved she still was one of the best in the WAC as she took home the conference crown in the 100-meter backstroke. To this day she overwhelms the UW swimming record book, ranking in the top ten in all thirteen swimming events.

    Inducted September 12, 2003


    Willard "Dutch" Witte

    Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.
    Sports: Head Coach- Men's Basketball & Football
    Years: 1930-39

    Willard "Dutch" Witte coached as many as four sports while at Wyoming during the 1930's. A legendary basketball coach, Witte was known for his shy personality off the court, but as a fierce competitor on it. He coached the Cowboys to five Rocky Mountain Conference East Division titles and two outright conference titles. He compiled an outstanding career record of 134 wins and 51 losses over nine seasons. Witte's most brilliant year came in 1934 when his Cowboys reeled off 20 straight wins-- an accomplishment that has not been repeated -- and finished the season with a conference championship, and a 26-3 record. The Cowboys were named the 1934 National Champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation, the only collegiate voting poll of the era. Witte produced Wyoming's first All-Americans, as his starting five on the 1934 squad were named AAU All-Americans; Ed McGinty, Art Haman, John Kimball, Haskell Leuty and Les Witte. Under "Dutch", the Cowboys won 52 consecutive games against Rocky Mountain East Division opponents in the Half Acre Gym. He also coached football for six seasons and compiled a record of 16-30-3. After coaching, Witte served as Director of Wyoming Athletics for many years and was a member of the National Basketball Association Rules Committee.

    Inducted September 12, 2003


    John Wodny

    Hometown: Cloquet, Minn.
    Sport: Cross Country/Track
    Years: 1986-90

    John Wodny was the most dominating distance runner in the Western Athletic Conference during his years at UW. Wodny is the only athlete to ever win three WAC individual cross country titles, in 1986, '87 and '89. He earned All-American honors in 1986 and 1989. In 1986, Wodny had one of the greatest seasons in Wyoming history, leading the Pokes to a WAC cross country team title and a berth in the NCAA's where Wyoming finished 16th. He finished 15th in the nation which is the highest finish in school history. He also led the Pokes to another WAC championship in 1987. He was named WAC cross country athlete of the year three times, in 1986, '87 and `89. On the track Wodny was a specialist in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races. In 1988 he won the 5,000 WAC title and qualified for the NCAA's in the 10,000 meters. He holds the Cowboy all-time record in the 2-mile run with a time of 8:49.50. He was awarded the 1990 Admiral Land Trophy as UW's top student athlete

    Inducted September 12, 2003


    Ryan Yarborough

    Hometown: Park Forest, Ill
    Sport: Football
    Years: 1990-93

    Wyoming's first two-time All-American, and one of the most prolific receivers in Cowboy football history. Ryan Yarborough finished his career as the nation's leader in receiving yards, most 200-yard receiving games, and most games catching a touchdown pass. He remains as Wyoming's career touchdown-reception leader with 42. In 1992 Yarborough was selected to the Football Writers of America First team as a junior after leading the nation in receiving yards with 1,351 yards. He finished that year with 86 receptions and 12 touchdown catches. As a senior in 1993, Yarborough again led the nation in receiving with 1,584 yards. That season he caught 75 passes for 16 touchdowns. His totals broke the NCAA career receiving yardage record with 4,357 yards. He established or tied five NCAA records during his senior year. That season he caught 75 passes for 1,584 yards and 16 touchdowns. For his efforts he was named to the Associated Press and Football Writers of America first team. He tied the NCAA record for most 1,000-yard receiving seasons in a career with three, only the fourth player in history to accomplish that. His Cowboy records for career and single-season touchdown receptions still stand. He was a two-time All-Western Athletic Conference first-team receiver after his junior and senior seasons. Following his career at Wyoming, Yarborough was a second-round draft choice of the New York Jets. He played professionally for the Jets, the Baltimore Ravens, and the New Orleans Saints.

    Inducted September 12, 2003


    Bill Young

    Hometown: Carbondale, Ill.
    Sport: Sports Information Director/Assistant Athletics Director
    Years: 1960-1981

    Produced a remarkable administrative career at the University of Wyoming Intercollegiate Athletics Department for over 20 years. Bill Young came to the University as its Sports Information Director in 1960 from Southern Illinois University. He served in that capacity for 16 years while reaching the top of his profession. During that time Wyoming enjoyed some of its greatest athletic successes. An innovator who was considered one of the very best in his field, Young was president of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in 1968. In 1972, he was the recipient of the group's highest honor, the Arch Ward Award. He was elected to the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 1970. From 1969 through 1972, he was chairman of the NCAA Public Relations Committee. He was a three-time Wyoming Sportswriter of the Year. In 1973, he was information director for the U.S. teams at the World University Games in Moscow, USSR. In 1978 The Wyoming chapter of Sigma Delta Chi honored him with the Frank Norris, Jr., Award of Merit, given in recognition of distinguished service in journalism through the practice of media relations. He was named Assistant Athletics Director at UW, in April of 1975. He served in that capacity until 1981. Twice during that time he was named Acting Athletics Director (1980 and 1981). In 1982, Young moved to the UW News Service, and retired as its director in 1995. A 1955 journalism graduate of Southern Illinois, he earned his master's degree in American Studies from UW. Prior to entering the sports information profession, he was a newspaper reporter, and a captain in the U.S. Air Force.

    Inducted September 12, 2003


    1959-1960 Wyoming Cowboy Wrestling Team

    The 1959-60 Wyoming Cowboys became the first and only wrestling team in school history to finish in the top five at the NCAA Wrestling Championships. The Pokes won the Skyline Conference and finished the season with an impressive 11-1 dual record. The team boasted five conference champions; Dave Hanson at 123 pounds, Jerry Frude at 147 pounds, Dick Ballinger at 167 pounds, Lyle Brownlee at 177 pounds and Howard Colling at heavyweight. Carl Scott took second at 137 pounds, Herb French placed third at 130 pounds, and 157 pound Kent Davis took fourth. Seven Cowboys competed at the 1960 NCAA Wrestling Championships where the Cowboys came only 13 points away from the title finishing 3rd, the highest finish in school history. That season, Dick Ballinger won the National Championship at 167 pounds while Jerry Frude finished second at 147 pounds and Dave Hansen placed third at 123 pounds. Ballinger, Frude and Hansen all earned All-American honors. The Cowboys' success earned head coach Everet Lantz 1960 NCAA Coach of the Year honors from the National American Wrestlers Association.

    Inducted September 12, 2003


    Reese Andy

    Hometown: Billings, Montana
    Sport: Wrestling
    Years: 1994-95-96

    One of Wyoming's greatest wrestlers, Reese Andy was a three-time NCAA All American, only the second three-time All-American in Wyoming history (Hall of Famer Dick Ballinger, 1958-60, was the other). Wrestling at 177 pounds, he placed 2nd nationally in 1994 (defeating the top-ranked wrestler in the nation along the way), 6th in 1995 even after suffering a rib injury in the quarterfinals, and 2nd in 1996. He was a three-time Western Athletic Conference champion and was named Outstanding Wrestler in the conference three straight years (1994-95-96). He led Wyoming's wrestling team to a 22nd-place finish in 1994 and a 15th-place finish in 1996 at the NCAA Wrestling National Championships. Along with Brent Voorhees and Brandon Alderman, Andy was part of a team that featured three All-Americans in 1996, a feat which had not been accomplished at UW since 1959. In 1995, Andy was selected to wrestle in the Collegiate Wrestling All-Star Match. Andy finished his career in seventh-place on the top-ten list in all-time victories at Wyoming with 110 and seventh on the single season victory list with 38. Andy's overall record at Wyoming was 110-29, and he compiled a record of 38-4 in his senior season. A native of Billings, Montana, Andy began wrestling as a sixth-grader and was a three-time 4-A state champion at Skyview High School in Billings.

    Inducted September 24, 2004


    Leon Clark

    Hometown: Harvey, Ill.
    Sport: Basketball
    Years: 1963-64-65-66

    One of Wyoming's greatest basketball players, Leon Clark was first-team all-Western Athletic Conference in 1965 and 1966. After thrilling crowds at his freshmen games, in which he averaged 21 points per game and led the Poke freshmen to a best ever 11-3 record, Clark moved into the varsity starting lineup as a sophomore and quickly became a force, scoring 33 points in his first game. Playing center at an undersized 6-6, Clark led the Western Athletic Conference in rebounding in 1965 and 1966. In his senior year, he led the Cowboys in scoring with a 22.4 points per game average. He set the Fieldhouse record for rebounds in a game with 24 vs. Arizona in 1966. He finished his career as Wyoming's all-time leading rebounder and is now fourth on Wyoming's all-time career rebounds list behind Reginald Slater, Fennis Dembo, and HL Coleman. He is still Wyoming's all-time leader in career rebounding average with 11.4. He is 7th all-time in field goals made (581) and 7th in field goals attempted (1,224). He averaged a double-double for his career, with 19.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Clark was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.

    Inducted September 24, 2004


    Marcus Harris

    Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
    Sport: Football
    Years: 1993-94-95-96
    One of Wyoming's most decorated football players, Harris was a consensus All-American, being honored by the Associated Press, Football Writers of America, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Football Foundation, and Football News. In 1996, he won the Biletnikoff Trophy as the nation's top receiver. During his senior year, Harris became the NCAA's all-time leader in receiving yards with 4,518 career yards and became the first receiver ever to have three consecutive 1,400-yard seasons. With his 1,650 yards in 1996, Harris led the nation in receiving yards for the second time in his career and was named first-team all-Western Athletic Conference for the third straight year as well as WAC co-offensive player of the year. Only Wyoming's second two-time all-American, he was named to the AFCA First Team as a junior. He was selected in the 7th round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

    Inducted September 24, 2004


    Bill Levine

    Hometown: Winthrop, Mass.
    Sport: Football
    Years: 1961, 1963-64

    A dominating two-way player, Levine was named first-team all-Skyline Conference on both offense and defense in 1961. After taking a redshirt year due to injury, Levine returned in 1963 to earn first-team all-WAC on defense, and was honored as lineman of the week. During his senior year of 1964, Levine was elected team captain, named first-team all-WAC, selected "All West" by Football Magazine and won the Humphrey Trophy as UW's outstanding player. Coach Bob Devaney was quoted as saying "Bill Levine is probably the best all-around football player I ever coached."

    Inducted September 24, 2004


    Jimmi Jo (Martin) Ripsam

    Hometown: Longmont, Colo.
    Sport: Rodeo
    Years: 1988-89-90

    A standout in several rodeo events, Ripsam won the 1990 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Finals Team Championship for UW by herself by finishing 2nd in goat-tying, and scoring in all three rounds of breakaway roping, while earning all-around champion honors. This was the first and only time an athlete scored all of her team's points to win a national championship in rodeo. She qualified for the National finals in each of her three years at Wyoming, and graduated from UW in 1991. She went on to compete on the Pro Women's Rodeo Association circuit from 1991-96, earning numerous championships.

    Inducted September 24, 2004


    Pat Rabold

    Hometown: Glencoe, Ill.
    Sport: Football
    Years: 1984, 1986-87-88

    A four-year letterwinner and one of Wyoming's greatest defensive tackles, Rabold had 23 tackles as a freshman defensive tackle in 1984, sat out the 1985 season after undergoing a spinal fusion, and moved to the offensive line in 1986. He was moved back to defensive tackle in 1987 and responded with an outstanding year, tallying 100 total tackles, 14 quarterback sacks, four tackles for lost yardage, nine quarterback hurries, and forced two fumbles while earning second-team all-conference honors. He had seven tackles and two sacks in the 1987 Holiday Bowl. He followed that up with an even more dominant senior year. In 1988, he started all 13 games for the Cowboys, compiling 85 total tackles, 16 sacks, two tackles for lost yards, two forced fumbles, and 18 quarterback hurries. For his efforts, he earned AP All-America honors and was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year and first team all-conference. A team captain as a senior, he had 11 tackles, including three for lost yards, in the 1988 Holiday Bowl. The Cowboys were 21-3 during his junior and senior years, never losing a conference game and winning back-to-back Western Athletic Conference championships He was drafted in the 9th round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.

    Inducted September 24, 2004


    Andy Welsh

    Hometown: Troy, Mich.
    Sport: Diving
    Years: 1981-85

    Still holds all of Wyoming's diving records, with the exception of platform events, which were not contested when he competed. A dominant diver, he won three WAC championships from 1983-85. In 1983, he placed 22nd in the three-meter springboard event as a sophomore at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. During his junior year, he won all-America honors by placing 10th on the 3-meter springboard and 23rd on the one-meter springboard. He single-handedly led UW to a 29th place finish at the 1984 NCAA championships. An injury suffered at the 1985 WAC Championships prevented him from competing in the 1985 NCAA Diving Championships. He also served as Wyoming's diving coach from 1985-1987 and coached three divers to the NCAA championships.

    Inducted September 24, 2004

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