Feb. 13, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Two football standouts, a national champion skier, a two-sport star, a heralded wrestler, and a very successful football team comprise the latest class of the University of Wyoming Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, Selection Committee Chairman Ken Cook announced Saturday.
The dinner and induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame's 18th class will be held in the fall at the UW Convention Center/Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom. The exact date will be announced later this spring.
This year's inductees include: Staale Engen, a two-sport star in Track and Skiing; Jerry Frude, a key member of the 1959-60 Wrestling Team; Steinar Hybertsen, a three-time national champion skier; Bob Jacobs, a record-setting placekicker and punter; Chuck Lamson, a star quarterback, halfback and defensive back; Karen Sanford Gall, an All-American track athlete, and the 1966 Football Team.
"As is the case every year, we are extremely proud of this class," Cook said. "This group certainly left its mark on the University and the state of Wyoming. We are looking forward to honoring them at the banquet this fall."
A total of 111 individuals and ten teams have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1993. Its plaque display is located in the concourse of the Arena-Auditorium.
The Hall of Fame Committee met in January to make its final selections for this year's class. The inductees must fit into one of five categories: student-athlete, coach, team, athletics staff members or special achievement. The special achievement category includes individuals who have contributed to the ideal of sports at the University. Each nominee must receive at least 75 percent of the committee's vote to be eligible for induction.
Members of the committee are: Ken Cook (chairman), Stig Hallingbye, Dave Madia, Margie McDonald, Kevin McKinney, Molly Moore, Brian Morgen, Jared Newland, Bruce Pivic, Mike Schutte and Dave Walsh.
Following is the 2010 Class:
Hometown: Drammen, Norway
Sports: Track & Field, Skiing
A two-sport letterman, Staale Engen excelled in both Nordic Skiing and Cross Country Track during his career at Wyoming. He won the national title in cross country skiing in 1972, and finished second nationally in 1971 and 1973. Earning All-American honors in 1971, 1972, and 1973, Engen led Wyoming's ski teams to a third-place finish in 1972 and a second-place in 1973. In Track, Engen earned All-Conference honors in cross country and track in 1971 and 1972, participating in the 3000 meter steeplechase and the 1500-meter run. He once held the UW record in the 3000 meter steeplechase, and competed in the 1972 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships. Engen was honored with the Admiral Land Award as UW's top student-athlete in 1973. He also spent time as an assistant track coach at Wyoming. A native of Drammen, Norway, Engen was a four-time Norwegian champion in track and won the King's Trophy as the best Track and Field athlete in Norway in 1970. Engen also contributed to UW's success by recruiting other top Norwegian skiers and runners to attend the University.
Hometown: Laramie, Wyo.
Years: 1959-60, 1962
One of Wyoming's all-time great wrestlers, Jerry Frude was a two-time All-America (1959 and 1960). In 1959 as a sophomore, he won the Mountain States/Skyline Conference title at 147 pounds and then went on to a second-place finish in the NCAA Championships, helping the Cowboys to a 6th-place team finish. He again finished second in the nation in the 147-pound weight class in 1960, while Wyoming finished third as a team. After sitting out a year in 1961, Frude re-joined the team in 1962 and was named co-captain. He won his second Skyline Conference championship at 147 pounds and won his first two matches at the NCAA Championships before falling to eventual national runner-up Kirk Pendleton of Lehigh. A native of Laramie, Frude was never pinned by an opponent during his college career. Wyoming's wrestling teams finished 6th (1959), 3rd (1960), and 11th (1962) in the nation during Frude's time at UW and won the Mountain States/Skyline Conference team championship each year (1959, 1960 and 1962).
Hometown: Honefoss, Norway
A three-time All-America, Hybertsen won the national championship in Cross Country Skiing three years in a row (1973-74-75), and finished 7th nationally as a senior in 1976. At the time, Hybertsen was only the fourth three-time NCAA repeat champion in skiing history, and remains the only three-time cross-country champion ever. Recruited to Wyoming by fellow skier Staale Engen, Hybertsen anchored an exceptional group of Nordic skiers who led the Wyoming ski team to second-place finishes in 1973 and 1974, and a third-place finish in 1975. Hybertsen also competed in cross country for the UW Track team. A native of Honefoss, Norway, Hybertsen came to Wyoming after a stint in the Norwegian army, where he was a member of the King's Guard ski team, a prestigious unit which represents Norwegian royalty in competition. A terrific all-around athlete, he also won the Norwegian pentathlon and represented his country in the Scandinavian Championships.
Hometown: Bozeman, Montana
One of the best kickers in UW football history, Bob Jacobs served as both the placekicker and punter for the Cowboy football team from 1968 through 1970 and led the team in scoring in both 1968 and 1969. He kicked 37 field goals in his career, the most ever at the time. During his sophomore season in 1968, Jacobs led the nation in field goals made, ranked third in the nation in scoring by a kicker with 68 points, and ranked 5th nationally in punting average. That year, he kicked a 47-yard field goal against Arizona State and had a 77 yard punt at BYU. In 1969, he was named to the Look-FWAA All-American Team as well as The Sporting News All-American Team after setting a national record with 18 field goals and leading the nation in scoring by a kicker with 76 points. A two-time All-Western Athletic Conference player, he averaged 41.8 yards per punt for the Cowboys and led the WAC in punting in both 1968 and 1969. He still holds UW records for average punts per game (career), average punts per game (season), total punts in a season, and co-holds the UW records for average field goals made per game and punts in a single game. As a senior he was chosen to play in the AFCA All-American Football game, the Blue-Gray game, and the Hula Bowl. He still holds the Hula Bowl record for most PATs with 6. For his career, Jacobs kicked 37 of 77 field goals, 57 of 64 PATs, and scored 168 points for the Cowboys. His career-long field goal was a 48-yarder against Arizona State in 1970. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1971.
Hometown: Ames, Iowa
A star on both offense and defense, Chuck Lamson led the Cowboys to conference championships in both 1960 and 1961, earning honorable mention All-America honors both years. A native of Ames, Iowa, Lamson began his collegiate career at Iowa State before transferring to Wyoming, where he played quarterback as well as defensive safety. In 1960, Lamson led the Cowboys in total offense and passing and was 2nd in rushing behind Jerry Hill, gaining 543 yards for an average of 5.5 yards per carry, completing 20 of 42 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns, punting three times for an average of 30.7, returning one kickoff for 16 yards and one punt for 17 yards. As a defensive safety, Lamson had two interceptions for a Cowboy defensive unit which ranked first nationally in rushing defense and total defense. A unanimous all-conference selection, Lamson ranked 36th nationally in rushing, while ranking 4th in the conference in total offense, 5th in rushing, and 7th in passing. In 1961, Lamson was named "Back of the Week" by Sports Illustrated after guiding the Cowboys to a 15-14 upset win over North Carolina State and star quarterback Roman Gabriel. That year, he led the team in rushing with 93 carries for 451 yards (an avg. of 4.8 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. He also led the team in scoring, threw for 172 yards passing and two touchdowns, as well as one punt return, one kickoff return, and one interception on defense. The Cowboys compiled a record of 14-3-2 with Lamson at quarterback. The captain of the 1961 team, Lamson was honored as UW's best student-athlete in 1962 as the winner of the Admiral Land Award. He was drafted in 1960 by the Minnesota Vikings and played professionally as a defensive back for the Vikings (1962-63), the Philadelphia Eagles (1964), and the Los Angeles Rams (1965-68).
Karen Sanford Gall
Hometown: Cutbank, Mont., and Casper, Wyo.
Sport: Track & Field
A native of Cutbank, Mont., who attended high school in Casper, Wyo., Karen Sanford Gall specialized in middle-distance and distance running events at the University of Wyoming. She earned All-America honors in the 3000 meter run in 1982. She also earned AIAW All-Conference and All-Region honors in 1980, and was a part of the relay team that won the conference championship in the 4 x 800 in 1981. She still holds the Wyoming record for the Indoor 2000 meter run, and was a member of the relay teams that still hold records in the Indoor 4 x 800 relay and Outdoor 4 x 800 relay. She once held school records in the 880 yard run and the 1000 yard run, as well as the Indoor mile. Following college, she was a graduate assistant coach for the UW Track teams for a year, and continued as a competitive distance runner, racing in the Boston Marathon, New York Marathon, and Chicago Marathon, among other events. She is a four-time qualifier for the Olympic Trials in the Marathon (1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004). She also served as the Outreach Director of the UW Cowboy Joe Club in 1988-1989 and on the UW Alumni Board of Directors from 1992-96.
1966 Football Team
Captained by Rick Egloff and Tom Frazier, the 1966 Cowboy football team had a record of 10-1, won the Western Athletic Conference championship, and defeated Florida State 28-20 in the Sun Bowl. Featuring a fierce defense, the 1966 Cowboys led the nation in rushing defense, allowing just 38.5 yards per game and setting records for fewest total yards allowed (385), fewest yards allowed per game (38.5), and lowest average yards allowed per rush (1.1). The Cowboys also led the country in lowest yards allowed per play (2.8), and lowest average yards allowed per punt return (5.0). All of those are still UW single-season records. The 1966 team also holds the Wyoming single-game records for fewest total yards allowed (25 vs. Wichita State) and fewest yards allowed per play (0.4 vs. Wichita State). The 1966 team included such players as quarterback Egloff, who passed for over 1100 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensive backs Dick Speights and Paul Toscano each had six interceptions, with Toscano setting the single-season record for interception return yardage with 165 yards. Jerry Marion led the team in receiving with 33 receptions for 612 yards and 7 touchdowns, junior running back Jim Kiick (who was the MVP of the Sun Bowl victory) led in rushing with 595 yards on 145 carries for an average of 4.1 per carry. Junior placekicker Jerry DePoyster contributed 71 points, hitting 32 of 39 PATs and 13 of 38 field goals, while also averaging 40.2 yards per punt. Vic Washington returned 34 punts for 443 yards and two touchdowns to lead the nation, and returned seven kickoffs for 234 yards. The team featured ten all-conference players (Marion, Mike LaHood, Dave Rupp, Kiick, DePoyster, Frazier, Ron "Pedro" Billingsley, Jerry Durling, Speights, and Washington), and Billingsley, Egloff, and Mike Davenport were all drafted by the AFL after the season.
Previous inductees by class:
Class of 1993:
Dick Ballinger, (wrestling, 1958-60); Fennis Dembo (men's basketball, 1985-88); Mike Dirks (football, 1965-67); Jerry Hill (football, 1958-60); Glenn J. "Red" Jacoby (athletic director, 1946-73); Jay Novacek (football and track, 1982-84); Kenny Sailors (men's basketball, 1941-46); Everett Shelton (men's basketball coach, 1939-59); Johnny Winterholler (football, baseball, and basketball, 1936-39); 1943 National Champion Basketball Team.
Class of 1994:
Paul Carlin (track, 1951-53); George "Duke" Humphrey (president, 1945-64); Everett Lantz (wrestling coach, 1937-65); Flynn Robinson (men's basketball, 1963-65); Mary Shea (volleyball, 1980-83); Bill Strannigan (men's basketball, 1941-42); Ken Sturman (football, 1937-39); Eddie Talboom (football, 1948-50) Bowden Wyatt (football coach, 1947-52); 1950 Gator Bowl football team.
Class of 1995:
Jack Aggers (trainer, 1958-84)); Jim Crawford (football, 1954-56); John Corbett (administration, 1915-39); Bob Devaney (football coach, 1957-61); John Kosich (football, baseball, 1946-49); Dewey McConnell (football, 1949-51); Pat Miller-Davis (track and field, 1980-82).
Class of 1996:
Larry Birleffi (broadcaster, 1947-86); Charles W. "Tub" Bradley (basketball, 1979-81); Glenn R. "Bud" Daniel (baseball coach, 1951-61, 1963-71); Michele Hoppes Daum (basketball, 1984-87); Jim Kiick (football, 1965-67); Mark Miller (swimming, 1985-88); Milward L. Simpson (football, basketball and baseball, 1917-21)
Class of 1997:
Joe Alexander (rodeo, 1968-69); Keith Bloom (basketball, football, baseball, 1947-50); Stig Hallingbye (skiing, 1974-77); Ronda K. Munger (volleyball, 1984-87); Joseph Nzau (track and field, 1977-82); 1967 Sugar Bowl Football Team.
Class of 1998:
Curt Gowdy (broadcaster, basketball, tennis, 1940-42); Eric Leckner (basketball, 1985-88); Bob Jingling (baseball, 1952-55); Kathleen Van Heule Romsa (track and field, 1983-85); Joe Mastrogiovanni (football, baseball, 1953-55)
Class of 1999:
Darcy Cudaback-White (volleyball, 1986-89); Paul Roach (football coach, 1987-90); Paul Toscano (football, 1965-67); John Pilch (basketball, 1947-49); Galand Thaxton (football, 1984-87); Tony Windis (basketball, 1957-59).
Jim Brandenburg (basketball coach, 1978-87); Amy Burnett (basketball, 1992-95); Bill Ewing (baseball, 1974-76); Lee Kizzire (football, 1934-36); Larry Nels (football, 1967-69); Curtis and Marian Rochelle (special achievement).
Class of 2001:
Nick Bebout (football, 1970-72); Joe Capua (basketball, 1954-56); Ken Cook (special achievement); Mickey Dunn (track and field, 1949-51); Bill Garnett (basketball, 1979-82); Jean Jackson (administration), 1956 Football Team.
Class of 2002:
Greg Brock (baseball, 1976-79); Mitch Donahue (football, 1987-90); Christine Fairless (basketball, 1986-89); Margie McDonald (basketball coach, 1975-83); George "Moe" Radovich (basketball, 1950-52); Reginald Slater (basketball, 1989-92).
Class of 2003:
Ken Fantetti (football, 1975-78); Norma Hughes Scifres (swimming, 1990-92, 1994); Willard A. "Dutch" Witte (basketball and football coach, 1930-39); John Wodny (cross country/track, 1986-90); Ryan Yarborough (football, 1990-93); Bill Young (Sports Information Director, Assistant Athletics Director, 1960-81); 1959-60 Wrestling Team.
Class of 2004:
Reese Andy (wrestling, 1994-96); Leon Clark (basketball, 1963-66); Marcus Harris (football, 1993-96); Bill Levine (football, 1961, 1963-64); Jimmi Jo Martin Ripsam (rodeo, 1988-90); Pat Rabold (football, 1984, 1986-88).
Class of 2005:
Ryan Butler (track and field, 1995-96); Phil Dickens (football coach, 1953-56); Joe Dowler (wrestling coach, administrator, 1973-87); Ann Melander (skiing, 1984-85); Theo Ratliff (basketball, 1992-95); Vic Washington (football, 1965-67); 1989 Cowgirl Volleyball Team.
Class of 2006:
Ryan Christopherson (football, 1991-94); Jerry DePoyster (football, 1965-67); Stan Dodds (basketball, 1968-70); Robert S. "Bob" Hammond (sportswriter); Milo Komenich (basketball, 1940-43); Stacey Ward Straley (skiing, 1979-84); 1956 Cowboy Baseball Team.
Class of 2007:
Brenda Graham Gray (track & field, 1980-84); Elsie Jo Bonger (football secretary, 1962-78); Jerry Jester (football, 1953-55); Dave McCleave (golf, 1989-92); Dick Sherman (basketball, 1963-66); Randy Welniak (football, 1985-88); 1968 National Champion Ski Team.
Class of 2008:
Thomas "Rupe" Garrison (track, 1987-91); Walker "Sonny" Jones, Jr. (football, 1948-49); Geir I. Kvernmo (skiing and track, 1977-80); Brian J. Lee (football, 1994-97); Dave Myers (wrestling, 1989-92); Steve Scifres (football, 1994-97); 1978-79 Women's Basketball team.
Class of 2009:
Jesseca Cross (basketball and track, 1994-97); Sean Fleming (football, 1988-92); Quincy Hayden Howe (track, 1999-2002); Gene Huey (football, 1966-68); Mike Jackson (basketball, 1980-83); Al and Pete Simpson (special achievement); 1961 Rodeo Team.