UW Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Selects Class of 2016

Feb. 24, 2016


First row, left to right: Coach Mike Parker, Coach Leon Manley, Coach Leon Fuller, Coach Jimmy Raye, Head Coach Fred Akers, Coach Jim House, Coach Bob Warmack, Coach Steve Barrett.

Second row: Kevin McClain, Ray Davies, Greg Filbert, Mike Cousins, Robbie Wright, Steve Edwards, Trent Barnes, Dexter Cumberlander, Rex Johnson, Craig Parham.

Third row: Brian McClain, Doug Wilson, Rodney Atkinson, George Surry, Walter Howard, LeRoy Garner, Mark Trice, Mike Calhoun, Jackie Clifton, Craig Shelby, Francis Chesley.

Fourth row: Dave Clements, Willie Long, Mark Ulinger, Mark Tullous, John Arnold, Don Rees, Marty Gocken, Grant Linck, Pat Ogrin, J. C. Fowler, Saunders Montague, Jerry Eure, Dan Christopoulos.

Fifth row: Johnny Miller, Kelly Sittner, Bill Gunderman, Bruce Anderson, Chris Mullen, Marc Cousins, Tim Waddell, Mike Webb, Ken Fantetti, Chuck Wilson, Vic Baginski, Karl Coleman, Brad Misely.

Sixth row: Tom Shanor, Marshall Patton, Scott Winfield, Mike Shaft, Eric Falk, Dennis Camino, Dennis Baker, Keith Mills, Dan Noah, Mike Rafferty, Bob Elsberry, Chris Bogue, Mike Smith.

Seventh row: Randy Hughley, Bob Davis, Sammy Steinmark, John Waite, Al Kaufman, Ray Stawowy, Kevin Lepore, Terry Cahill, John Claussen, Helmut Wise, Lynn Hover, Pete Bell, Leon Broussard, Gary Schukei.

Eighth row: Marty Conden, Jay Schaake, LaFran Simmons, Steve Steingraber, Arthur Dilworth, Ken Lett, Cliff Winfield, Sam Martin, Latraia Jones, Paul Nunu, Glen Hover, Craig Dudley, Larry Combs, Don Clayton.

Not pictured: Jim Hector, Walter Luedtke, Terry Martin, Mark Polenz, Mike Willman, Asst. Coach Alan Lowry.


Laramie, Wyo. Three outstanding football players, an All-American basketball player, an accomplished swimmer, a rodeo champion, the Voice of the Cowboys, and a championship football team comprise the 2016 class of the University of Wyoming Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.

The dinner and induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame's 24th class will be held on Friday, Sept. 2, at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, located at 22nd & Grand in Laramie.

This year's inductees include: Jerry Durling (Football, 1965-66), Aaron Kyle (Football, 1972-75), Frank Shepperson (Rodeo, 1961-64), Lynn Stetson (Men's Swimming, 1980-83), Dave Walsh, Broadcaster (Special Achievement, 1984-present), John Watts (Football, 1954-56), Hanna Zavecz (Women's Basketball, 2005-08), and the 1976 WAC Co-Champion Football Team.

A total of 149 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 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 member 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 2016:

Jerry Durling

Wyoming Athletics

Wyoming Athletics

Jerry Durling

Hometown: Lansing, Michigan

Sport: Football

Years: 1965-66

A dominating defensive lineman, Durling was named honorable mention All America by both wire services (AP and UPI) in 1966, and he was a two-time first-team all-Western Athletic Conference selection (1965-66). He anchored a Cowboy defense which led the nation in fewest rushing yards allowed (38.5) per game in 1966. He was named WAC Lineman of the Year in 1966 and selected to play in the 1967 Coaches All-American Game in Atlanta. He led the Cowboy defense in the Sun Bowl, holding Florida State to -21 yards rushing and earning Lineman of the Game honors in a 28-20 Wyoming victory. He was also voted to the UPI All-Bowl team in 1966. Durling was an academic all-American and president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Wyoming. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos (AFL) and Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) but his pro career was cut short due to a knee injury.

Aaron Kyle

Wyoming Athletics

Wyoming Athletics

Aaron Kyle

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Sport: Football

Years: 1972-75

A defensive back who earned All-Western Athletic Conference first team honors in 1975, Kyle was an exceptional force for the Cowboy defense. He captained the Cowboys during his senior season. He played strong safety during his first three seasons as a Cowboy before switching to cornerback as a senior. He also returned punts for Wyoming. He twice led the Pokes in unassisted tackles, total defensive points, punt returns and punt return yardage. He was drafted in the first round of the 1976 National Football League draft, the 27th player taken overall, by the Dallas Cowboys. He played four years for Dallas and three years for the Denver Broncos.

Frank Shepperson

Wyoming Athletics

Wyoming Athletics

Frank Shepperson

Hometown: Midwest, Wyoming

Sport: Rodeo

Years: 1961-64

Shepperson and the UW Rodeo team won the national championship in 1961. Just a freshman, Shepperson competed in every event at the College National Finals Rodeo except bareback. He was named the UW all around champion Cowboy that year. He was also the 1962 Regional Saddle Bronc Riding Champion, and the 1964 National Intercollegiate and Regional Champion Steer Wrestler. After graduating from UW in 1964, he taught school for three years before going on the pro rodeo circuit. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in 1970 and 1972-76. He won the Steer Wrestling World Championship in 1975 and finished in the top four on four other occasions.

Lynn Stetson

Wyoming Athletics

Wyoming Athletics

Lynn Stetson

Hometown: Glenview, Illinois

Sport: Swimming

Years: 1980-83

A three-time Western Athletic Conference champion, Stetson competed in the 1982 NCAA Championships in the 1650 freestyle, posting a school-record time of 15:23:30 which stood for 32 years until it was broken in 2013. He finished his career at Wyoming holding school records in the 1650 freestyle and the 500 freestyle, and is still in the Top 5 today. He competed in several events during his career, including the 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 1650 freestyle, and the 800 freestyle relay, leading his team to 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, and 4th-place finishes at the WAC championships. Over his career, the Cowboys had a record of 47-9 in dual meets. A tremendous leader and outstanding student, he was named team captain his senior year. A Rhodes Scholar finalist, he earned NCAA Scholastic All-America honors and was chosen as the Admiral Land Award winner in 1983 as UW's top student-athlete.

Dave Walsh

Wyoming Athletics

Wyoming Athletics

Dave Walsh

Hometown: San Diego, CaliforniaSpecial Achievement

A nine-time Wyoming Sportscaster of the Year as selected by his peers of the National Association of Sportswriters and Sportscasters, Walsh has been the Voice of the Cowboys since 1984. Hired by broadcasting legend and UW Hall of Famer Curt Gowdy, Walsh began as a color analyst for Cowboy football and play-by-play announcer for basketball in 1984. In the fall of 1985, he added play-by-play duties for football and his voice quickly became synonymous with Wyoming Athletics. A graduate of San Diego State University, Walsh began his career in Wyoming as the sports director at KVOC Radio in Casper and play-by-play voice of the city's Wyoming Wildcatters, a pro basketball team. Walsh was inducted into the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2015, and has made famous the phrase, the score, oh the score after each Cowboy victory. He also produces and hosts the long-running radio show Wonders of Wyoming.

John Watts

Wyoming Athletics

Wyoming Athletics

John Watts

Hometown: Schlater, Mississippi

Sport: Football

Years: 1954-55-56

One of the fastest wingbacks and finest pass receivers ever to play at Wyoming, Watts was a threat to score every time he touched the football. He earned AP All America Honorable Mention honors and was named All-Skyline Conference as a senior in 1956 as the Cowboys produced a 10-0 record and finished 19th in the final AP poll. That season, he averaged 6.2 yards per carry with ten catches for 287 yards with eight touchdowns. He was 5th in the nation in punt returns. Nicknamed the Mississippi Flash, he was named AP Outstanding Newcomer in the Skyline Conference as a sophomore in 1954 after averaging 8.3 yards per carry and catching ten passes for 291 yards. He led the team in scoring with eight touchdowns. In his junior year, he averaged 8.87 yards per carry to lead the conference and scored five touchdowns. Watts also excelled at Track, lettering two years and winning the 1956 conference championship in the 440 yard run.

Hanna Zavecz

Wyoming Athletics

Wyoming Athletics

Hanna Zavecz

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Sport: Women's Basketball

Years: 2005-2008

An All America Honorable Mention in 2008, Zavecz was one of the most dynamic and versatile players in Wyoming history. She was a four-time All-Mountain West Conference selection and two-time MW Defensive Player of the Year. Zavecz was the driving force and tournament MVP in leading Wyoming to the WNIT National Championship in 2007, a title run which captured the hearts of Wyoming fans everywhere and brought sellout crowds to the Arena-Auditorium. In 2008, the Cowgirls were ranked in the Top 25 for the first time in school history and earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Zavecz is 5th all-time in points scored with 1,746 points. She still holds the record for free throws made in a single game (17 vs. Kansas State on March 28, 2007), and is second all-time in career free throws made, 2nd in assists, 12th in rebounds, 3rd in blocked shots, 2nd in steals, and 4th in career games played. She earned all-MW Academic honors and MW Scholar Athlete status all four years, and was named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All District VII First Team.

1976 WAC Co-Champion Football Team

The 1976 Wyoming Cowboy football team brought gridiron success and excitement back to UW for the first time since the Black 14 incident in 1969. The Cowboys went 8-4 overall and were co-champions of the Western Athletic Conference with a 6-1 conference record. Led by quarterbacks Don Clayton and Marc Cousins, they beat BYU in Provo, a tough Arizona State team in Laramie, Arizona in Tucson, and finished the season with a win over UTEP in El Paso. Their only conference loss was a 19-16 heartbreaker at rival Colorado State. Coached by Fred Akers, who was named WAC and Region IX Coach of the Year, the Cowboys ran the Wishbone offense and featured All-American linebacker Paul Nunu, All-American offensive tackle Dennis Baker, as well all-conference performers Walter Howard (tight end), Nunu, Baker, Ray Stawowy (tackle), and Kevin McClain (safety). The team competed in Wyoming's first bowl game in ten years, losing the Fiesta Bowl to national power Oklahoma on Christmas Day in 1976.

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.

Class of 2015: 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.