Feb. 10, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Athletics Director Lee Moon has announced the Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2001. This year's exceptional group includes four athletes, one team and two individuals who have contributed greatly to the University's athletic program.
The class includes football standout Nick Bebout, basketball great Joe Capua, a letterman and tireless worker for the athletic's department, Ken Cook, track phenom Mickey Dunn, basketball star Bill Garnett, former administrative assistant Jean Jackson, and the undefeated 1956 Football Team. The ninth class of inductees will be officially honored during ceremonies scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28, the night before the Wyoming-Colorado State football game, at the Multi-Purpose Gymnasium on the UW campus.
This year's class was selected by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, comprised of University Administrators, individuals from the business comunity, former Wyoming lettermen and members of the media. The committee includes Chairman, Ken Cook, a retired railroad executive and letterman from Laramie, Dick Campbell, a retired businessman and letterman from Story, Barbara Burke, Associate Athletics Director and Senior Women's Administrator at the University of Wyoming, George Kay, longtime Wyoming bradcaster from Casper, Dave Madia, business owner and letterman from Evanston, Kevin M. McKinney, Sports Information Director, University of Wyoming, Mike Schutte, businessman and letterman, from Greybull, Lisa Skiles, attorney from Laramie, Jack Speight, attorney from Cheyenne, and Dave Walsh, play-by-play Voice of the Wyoming Cowboys, of Laramie.
The committee selected the new inductees from one of five categories: athletes, must have earned at least two varsity letters and must have been out of scohol at least five years, coaches, must have been a staff member for at least five years and no longer be active at UW, An athletic team, is considered one inductee and does not exclude separate inductions of one or more team members, athletic staff, members who must have been at UW for at least five years, and no longer are employed there, special achievement, awards those whom make significant contributions to the ideal of sports. Each nominee must receive a minimum of seventy-five percent of the committee's votes to be eligible for induction.
The following is a list of the 2001 inductees and their accomplishments.
Hometown: Shoshoni, Wyo.
"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.
Hometown: Gary, Ind.
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.
Hometown: Riverton, Wyo.
Category: 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.
CHARLES "MICKEY" DUNN
Hometown: Johnstown, Colo.
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.
Hometown: Denver, Colo.
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).
Hometown: Laramie, Wyo.
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.
1956 UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING FOOTBALL TEAM
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.