February 20, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Athletic Director William Lee Moon, Sr., has announced the 1999 class of inductees, including six greats in the history of Wyoming athletics, into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame.
The 1999 class, the seventh in the Halls history, will officially be inducted in ceremonies scheduled for the evening of Friday, Oct. 1, at the Crane/Hill banquet facility. The seventh annual banquet is scheduled for the evening prior to the Wyoming-Idaho football game as part of the Hall of Fame weekend.
The inductees include volleyball star Darcy Cudaback White, legendary basketball player John Pilch, athletics director and football coaching great Paul Roach, footballs all-time leading tackler Galand Thaxton, football player Paul Toscano, and All-America basketball player Tony Windis.
"Those of us on the Hall of Fame Committee are extremely pleased with the 1999 class of individuals," said Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Ken Cook. "Like their predecessor classes, they have excelled and distinguished themselves in their respective sports and brought great honor to the University of Wyoming and the state. Inducting these individuals is an expression of our appreciation for the contributions they have made to the University of Wyoming."
This class was selected by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, comprised of past and present UW administrators, Wyoming business people, former UW lettermen and media personnel. The Committee includes Dick Campbell, former UW football player from Story, Wyo.; Ken Cook, a retired business executive, Cowboy football letterman, and chairman of the committee; Barbara Burke, UW Associate Athletics Director; Dave Madia, Cowboy football letterman and a businessman from Evanston, Wyo.; Trudy McCracken, Laramie businesswoman and former UW volleyball coach; Kevin M. McKinney, UW Sports Information Director; Jack Speight, a Cheyenne attorney; Dave Walsh, "Voice of the Cowboys"; and George Kay, longtime Wyoming broadcaster.
The committee selected this years inductees from five categories: athletes, coaches, teams, athletic staff and special achievement. To be considered for induction an athlete must have earned at least two varsity letters and must have been out of school for at least five years. Coaches and any athletic staff member must have served the program for at least five years, and cannot currently be active at the University. An athletic team is considered a single inductee, and special achievement includes individuals who have contributed to the ideal of sports. Each nominee must receive a minimum of 75 percent of the committees votes to be eligible for induction.
Following is a list of the 1999 inductees and their accomplishments:
Hometown: Exeter, Neb. Sport: Volleyball Years: 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 HCACs Offensive Player of the Year, was a member of the its All-Academic 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, Wyomings 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.
Hometown: Thermopolis, Wyo.Sport: Basketball Years: 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 teams 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 that he had ever seen.
Hometown: Spring Green, Wis.Sport: Athletics Director/Football CoachYears: 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 seasons. 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 Wyomings head coach, Roach guided the Cowboys to a 35-15-0 record and led them to three bowl games - the Holiday Bowl in 1987 and 1988 and the Copper Bowl in 1990. In addition to his experience 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 Wyomings ten bowl appearances in the schools 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).
Hometown: Denver, Colo.Sport: Football Years: 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.
Hometown: Congers, N.Y.Sport: Football Years: 1965-67
The first Cowboy quarterback in history to lead the nation in total offense, Paul Toscano was considered the University of Wyomings "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 Wyomings 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.
Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.Sport: Basketball Years: 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 his 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 Wyomings 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.