|1980-81 Men's Basketball Team|
Back row, left to right: Chris Engler, David Koehn, Bob Ladouceur, Vincent Johnson, Dwight McClendon, Brandon Adams, Anthony Johnson, Mick Kraly, Mike Jackson, Charles Bradley, Kenneth Ollie, Mark Wrapp, Bill Garnett, Greg Thesenvitz.
Front row, left to right: Trainer Jack Aggers, Assistant Coach Dale Parker, Assistant Coach Chuck Bell, Head Coach Jim Brandenburg, Assistant Coach Gene Visscher, Strength Coach Steve Maples, Manager Geoff Gibbs.
Laramie, Wyo. - An All-American golfer, two highly-popular and dynamic basketball players, a winning ski coach, an All-American wrestler, one of the greatest linemen to ever play at Wyoming, an accomplished all-conference baseball player, and a championship basketball team comprise the 2015 class of the University of Wyoming Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.
The dinner and induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame's 23rd class will be held on Friday, Sept. 4, at the new Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, located at 22nd & Grand in Laramie.
This year's inductees include: Marcus Bailey (Men's Basketball, 1999-2003), Ashley Elliott (Women's Basketball, 2002-05), David Hearn (Men's Golf, 1998-2001), Jeff Huson (Baseball, 1984-85), Don Miller (Wrestling, 1965-68), Joe Ramunno (Football, 1981-84), Quentin Skinner (Ski Coach, 1971-80), and the 1980-81 WAC Champion Men's Basketball Team.
A total of 141 individuals and 16 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 February 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. Nominations are encouraged and must be submitted by Sept. 1st in order to be considered for the following year's class. For more information, check out the UW Athletics Hall of Fame website at www.wyohof.com.
Members of the committee are: Mike Schutte (Chairman), Tom Burman, Gary Crum, Tom Frazier, Stig Hallingbye (Vice Chairman), Jim House, Julie Manning, Margie McDonald, Kevin McKinney, Brian Morgen, Jared Newland, and Bruce Pivic.
Following is the Class of 2015:
Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyo.
Sport: Men's Basketball
One of the finest basketball players ever to play at the University of Wyoming, Bailey led the Cowboys to back-to-back conference championships and an NCAA Tournament berth. As a junior, he was named to the All-Mountain West Tournament team in 2002 after averaging 30 points per game, including a game-tying three-pointer against Air Force in the first round with four seconds left. The Cowboys went on to win that game 69-67 in overtime. He then led the Cowboys to a first-round upset of 6th-ranked Gonzaga, and scored 17 points in a second-round loss to Arizona. A popular home-grown Cowboy from Cheyenne, Bailey was an all-conference first team selection his sophomore and junior years. He led the team in scoring in 2001 and 2002 and was named Team MVP both years. Although he suffered a career-ending knee injury after playing in just nine games his senior year, Bailey still scored over 1,000 points as a Cowboy. During his career, he averaged 13.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Bailey was selected to the 10-member Wyoming All-Century Team in 2005.
Hometown: Flagstaff, Arizona
Sport: Women's Basketball
A two-time first-team all-conference selection, Elliott was one of the most prolific scorers in Cowgirl history. She was recognized with Kodak/WBCA All-America Honorable Mention honors her senior season. She is fourth all-time in three-point field goals made (205), and is in the Top 10 for assists, free throws, and steals. In 2004, she led Wyoming to a first-round upset of Colorado State in the Mountain West Tournament with 29 points (including six three-pointers) and seven rebounds. In 2003-04, she led the team in scoring and was the second-leading scorer in the conference. A three-time MW Conference Player of the Week, Elliott still holds the record for most points scored in the Arena-Auditorium by a Wyoming player (36 vs. Southern Utah in 2003). A four-time All-Academic MW selection and two-time MW Scholar-Athlete, she played in every game (115) of her college career. She earned her degree in Business Administration in 2005.
Hometown: Brantford, Ontario, Canada
A 2001 First-Team All-Mountain West selection, Hearn is the only Cowboy to play in three NCAA Regional Tournaments (1999-2001). He shot the sixth-lowest round in UW history with a 66 (-6) at the ISU Bengal Invite in 2000, and holds the second-lowest single-season stroke average of 72.40 in 1999-2000. He won two tournaments (CSU Ram Invite and the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate) and finished 2nd in two others (Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate and Idaho State Invitational) during his college career and lettered all four years. He finished in the top 10 of 18 tournaments during his career. He finished in the final 16 of the 1999 UW Amateur. He was one of only 12 individuals to earn All-District 7 honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America in 1999. A UW graduate with a degree in Psychology, Hearn has been a successful golfer on the PGA Tour for the last several years.
Hometown: Cottonwood, Arizona
A two-time first-team all-Western Athletic Conference shortstop, Huson hit a team-leading .399 in 1985 as a senior. Despite a serious thumb injury, he also led the team in hits (61), runs (55), rbi (35), doubles (16), stolen bases (14), and had a .927 fielding percentage with 123 assists. He struck out just five times in 153 at-bats. He was named team captain in 1985 and was named WAC Player of the Week in May 1985. As a junior, he also led the team in batting average (.392), as well as hits (69), rbi (30), doubles (14), and stolen bases (16), with an .889 fielding percentage. Huson had a career on-base percentage of .483 at Wyoming. He represented Wyoming at the 1984 Olympic tryouts and was one of the final 66 players chosen. After a long professional career with the Montreal Expos, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, Anaheim Angels, and Chicago Cubs, Huson retired as a player and became a broadcaster for the Colorado Rockies. He graduated from UW with a degree in Finance.
Hometown: Eagle Grove, Iowa
After coming to Wyoming as a freshman in the fall of 1964, Miller won three Western Athletic Conference championships (1966-1968). As a junior, wrestling at 167 pounds, Miller finished 6th in the nation at the 1967 NCAA Tournament and earned All-America honors. He was undefeated in his senior season in 1968, and was named the Outstanding Wrestler at the WAC Championships. Through no fault of his own, Miller was ineligible to participate in the 1968 NCAA Tournament, due to a technicality. Along with earning four varsity letters, Miller was named team captain his junior and senior years and was also president of the "W" Club for varsity athletes. After graduating from Wyoming with a degree in Education, he went on to a long and distinguished career as a teacher, coach and administrator.
Hometown: Steamboat Springs, Colo.
An Honorable Mention All-America in 1983 and 1984, Ramunno was a four-year letterman who started 47 consecutive games in the offensive line for the Cowboys. One of the most accomplished and versatile linemen ever to play at Wyoming, he earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors in 1983 and 1984. He anchored the offensive line for a productive rushing attack which gained an average of 3,073 yards per season. A respected leader on and off the field, he was elected team captain his senior year, and was awarded the Admiral Emory S. Land Award as the top senior athlete at UW. An education major, he also earned all-conference academic honors in 1983. A member of the Chicago Bears Super Bowl Championship team in 1985, he returned to Wyoming for a year as a volunteer assistant coach in 1987-88 and went on to become a successful teacher and football coach at the high school and college level.
Hometown: Pinedale, Wyoming
Sport: Ski Coach
A Wyoming native, Skinner served as the men's ski coach from 1971-80 and as both men's and women's coach from 1976-80. During that span, he led the team to five second-place finishes at the NCAA Championships while coaching 12 individual NCAA champions and 38 All American skiers. An innovative teacher, Skinner is credited with modernizing training methods at UW as well as establishing the "Car Push" which became an annual Homecoming tradition. He was a pioneer in the recruitment of international athletes. After lettering for four years as a skier at UW, Skinner also competed for three years as a member of the U.S. Winter Olympic Biathlon Squad while serving in the Army. He earned his bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. from Wyoming and served as an instructor and professor for the UW Water Resources Institute and Range Management Department for nearly 35 years.
1980-81 Men's Basketball Team
It was the finest season in 28 years for the University of Wyoming basketball team as the Cowboys finished the year with a 24-6 record, their best since the 1952 team went 28-5. The Cowboys tied the University of Utah for the Western Athletic Conference Championship with a 13-3 record and earned Wyoming's first NCAA Tournament berth since 1967. Led by three-time All-WAC first-team senior Charles "Tub" Bradley, the Cowboys closed out the regular season impressively winning their last six in a row, including memorable sellout home wins over nationally-ranked Brigham Young (#14) in double overtime and Utah (#7) as well as decisive road wins at UTEP, Colorado State, Air Force and UNLV. The Pokes finished the year with a perfect 14-0 mark in War Memorial Fieldhouse and an impressive 9-5 road record. Led by WAC Coach of the Year Jim Brandenburg, they defeated their 14 home opponents by an average of 23.6 points per game. In the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds in Los Angeles, the 5th-seeded Cowboys defeated the 12-seed Howard by a score of 78-43 before losing a heartbreaker in the second round to the 4th-seeded University of Illinois, 67-65. Bradley led the Cowboys in scoring average (19.0) and minutes played. He scored in double figures in all but one game for the Cowboys, and hit 20 or more points in 10 games, including a season-high 31 points vs. BYU. The only other senior on the team, forward Kenneth Ollie, led the team in rebounding (8.8 per game) and was third in scoring (10.3). The second-leading scorer was junior forward Bill Garnett at 13.9 points per game. The Cowboys ranked as high as 17th nationally, and led the nation in field goal defense (40.1) and scoring margin (16.1). They led the WAC in field-goal percentage, scoring margin and rebounding margin. The 1980-81 team brought excitement back to Wyoming basketball and set a record for attendance in the Fieldhouse with an average crowd of 7,060.
Previous inductees by class:
Class of 1993: Dick Ballinger, (wrestling, 1958-60); Fennis Dembo (men's basketball, 1985-88); Mike Dirks (football, 1965-67); Jerry Hill (football, 1958-60); Glenn J. "Red" Jacoby (athletic director, 1946-73); Jay Novacek (football and track, 1982-84); Kenny Sailors (men's basketball, 1941-46); Everett Shelton (men's basketball coach, 1939-59); Johnny Winterholler (football, baseball, and basketball, 1936-39); 1943 National Champion Basketball Team.
Class of 1994: Paul Carlin (track, 1951-53); George "Duke" Humphrey (president, 1945-64); Everett Lantz (wrestling coach, 1937-65); Flynn Robinson (men's basketball, 1963-65); Mary Shea (volleyball, 1980-83); Bill Strannigan (men's basketball, 1941-42); Ken Sturman (football, 1937-39); Eddie Talboom (football, 1948-50) Bowden Wyatt (football coach, 1947-52); 1950 Gator Bowl football team.
Class of 1995: Jack Aggers (trainer, 1958-84)); Jim Crawford (football, 1954-56); John Corbett (administration, 1915-39); Bob Devaney (football coach, 1957-61); John Kosich (football, baseball, 1946-49); Dewey McConnell (football, 1949-51); Pat Miller-Davis (track and field, 1980-82).
Class of 1996: Larry Birleffi (broadcaster, 1947-86); Charles W. "Tub" Bradley (basketball, 1979-81); Glenn R. "Bud" Daniel (baseball coach, 1951-61, 1963-71); Michele Hoppes Daum (basketball, 1984-87); Jim Kiick (football, 1965-67); Mark Miller (swimming, 1985-88); Milward L. Simpson (football, basketball and baseball, 1917-21).
Class of 1997: Joe Alexander (rodeo, 1968-69); Keith Bloom (basketball, football, baseball, 1947-50); Stig Hallingbye (skiing, 1974-77); Ronda K. Munger (volleyball, 1984-87); Joseph Nzau (track and field, 1977-82); 1967 Sugar Bowl Football Team.
Class of 1998: Curt Gowdy (broadcaster, basketball, tennis, 1940-42); Eric Leckner (basketball, 1985-88); Bob Jingling (baseball, 1952-55); Kathleen Van Heule Romsa (track and field, 1983-85); Joe Mastrogiovanni (football, baseball, 1953-55).
Class of 1999: Darcy Cudaback-White (volleyball, 1986-89); Paul Roach (football coach, 1987-90); Paul Toscano (football, 1965-67); John Pilch (basketball, 1947-49); Galand Thaxton (football, 1984-87); Tony Windis (basketball, 1957-59).
Class 2000: Jim Brandenburg (basketball coach, 1978-87); Amy Burnett (basketball, 1992-95); Bill Ewing (baseball, 1974-76); Lee Kizzire (football, 1934-36); Larry Nels (football, 1967-69); Curtis and Marian Rochelle (special achievement).
Class of 2001: Nick Bebout (football, 1970-72); Joe Capua (basketball, 1954-56); Ken Cook (special achievement); Mickey Dunn (track and field, 1949-51); Bill Garnett (basketball, 1979-82); Jean Jackson (administration), 1956 Football Team.
Class of 2002: Greg Brock (baseball, 1976-79); Mitch Donahue (football, 1987-90); Christine Fairless (basketball, 1986-89); Margie McDonald (basketball coach, 1975-83); George "Moe" Radovich (basketball, 1950-52); Reginald Slater (basketball, 1989-92).
Class of 2003: Ken Fantetti (football, 1975-78); Norma Hughes Scifres (swimming, 1990-92, 1994); Willard A. "Dutch" Witte (basketball and football coach, 1930-39); John Wodny (cross country/track, 1986-90); Ryan Yarborough (football, 1990-93); Bill Young (Sports Information Director, Assistant Athletics Director, 1960-81); 1959-60 Wrestling Team.
Class of 2004: Reese Andy (wrestling, 1994-96); Leon Clark (basketball, 1963-66); Marcus Harris (football, 1993-96); Bill Levine (football, 1961, 1963-64); Jimmi Jo Martin Ripsam (rodeo, 1988-90); Pat Rabold (football, 1984, 1986-88); Andy Welsh (diving, 1981-85).
Class of 2005: Ryan Butler (track and field, 1995-96); Phil Dickens (football coach, 1953-56); Joe Dowler (wrestling coach, administrator, 1973-87); Ann Melander (skiing, 1984-85); Theo Ratliff (basketball, 1992-95); Vic Washington (football, 1965-67); 1989 Cowgirl Volleyball Team.
Class of 2006: Ryan Christopherson (football, 1991-94); Jerry DePoyster (football, 1965-67); Stan Dodds (basketball, 1968-70); Robert S. "Bob" Hammond (sportswriter); Milo Komenich (basketball, 1940-43); Stacey Ward Straley (skiing, 1979-84); 1956 Cowboy Baseball Team.
Class of 2007: Brenda Graham Gray (track & field, 1980-84); Elsie Jo Bonger (football secretary, 1962-78); Jerry Jester (football, 1953-55); Dave McCleave (golf, 1989-92); Dick Sherman (basketball, 1963-66); Randy Welniak (football, 1985-88); 1968 National Champion Ski Team.
Class of 2008: Thomas "Rupe" Garrison (track, 1987-91); Walker "Sonny" Jones, Jr. (football, 1948-49); Geir I. Kvernmo (skiing and track, 1977-80); Brian J. Lee (football, 1994-97); Dave Myers (wrestling, 1989-92); Steve Scifres (football, 1994-97); 1978-79 Women's Basketball Team.
Class of 2009: Jesseca Cross (basketball and track, 1994-97); Sean Fleming (football, 1988-92); Quincy Hayden Howe (track, 1999-2002); Gene Huey (football, 1966-68); Mike Jackson (basketball, 1980-83); Al and Pete Simpson (special achievement); 1961 Rodeo Team.
Class of 2010: Staale Engen (track, skiing, 1971-74); Jerry Frude, (wrestling, 1959-60, 1962); Steinar Hybertsen (skiing, 1973-75); Bob Jacobs (football, 1968-70); Chuck Lamson (football, 1960-61); Karen Sanford Gall (track, 1979-82); 1966 Football Team.
Class of 2011: Mike English (women's volleyball coach, 1986-90 and 1992-93), Wesley Maiyo (track, 1974-75), Robert L. Mason (wrestling, 1949-51), Shauna Smith (track, 2003-05), Scott Usher (swimming, 2002-05), Jim Walden (football, 1958-59), and the 1986-87 "Sweet 16" Men's Basketball Team.
Class of 2012: Dick Campbell (football, 1948-50); Len Kuczewski (football, 1957-59); Jordan Lintz (golf, 1997-2000); Selmer Pederson (football 1949-51); Ray Sanchez (wrestling, 1967-68); Chris Lull Terjeson (volleyball, 1985-89); and the 1985 National Champion Ski Team.
Class of 2013: Carrie Bacon (women's basketball, 1999-2003); Josh Davis (men's basketball, 1999-2002); Jason Gervais (track and field, 1999-2001); Jim House (football, 1966-68); Mike LaHood (football, 1965-67; deceased); Kevin McKinney (Administrator/Special Achievement); and the 1959 Football Team.
Class of 2014: Dennis Baker (football, 1975-77); Rebecca Simning Erikkson (Skiing, 1979-81, 1984-85); LeRoy Gabriel (Administration, 1958-99); Harry Hall (Basketball, 1966-69); Duane Schopp (Track & Field Coach, 1984-97); Mark Smolinski (Football, 1958-60); Jack Weil (Football, 1980-83); 1933-34 Men's Basketball Team.