March 2, 2002
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Athletics Director Wm. Lee Moon Sr. has announced the newest class of inductees into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame, which includes five outstanding athletes and one phenomenal coach.
The 2002 Class will mark the tenth year of the Hall of Fame. This class will be officially inducted in ceremonies scheduled for Friday, Sept. 13, in the Wyoming Athletics Department MultiPurpse Gym. The tenth annual banquet is scheduled for the evening prior to the Wyoming-Boise State football game as part of the Hall of Fame weekend.
The inductees include baseball great Greg Brock, one of Wyoming's best defensive football players of all time, Mitch Donahue, women's basketball star, Christine Fairless, distinguished women's basketball coach, Margie Hunt McDonald, basketball All-American, Moe Radovich, and the greatest rebounder in Cowboy basketball history, Reginald Slater.
"It seems hard to believe that this is already the tenth anniversary of the Hall of Fame," said Moon. "This outstanding class is an appropriate one for this special year. Each of these individuals contributed a great deal to the tradition of Cowboy and Cowgirl athletics. We are extremely proud to include them in the Hall."
The committee based its selections on five essential categories: the athlete, coach, team, athletics staff and special achievement. The athlete must have earned at least two varsity letters and must have been out of school at least five years. The coach 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 at least 75 percent of the committee's votes to be eligible for induction.
Following is a list of the 2002 inductees and their accomplishments.
Hometown: Stayton, Oregon Sport: Baseball Years: 1976-1979
As a first team All-Conference and All-District performer, Greg Brock is one of the finest hitters the Cowboys ever had. He was an All-American selection his senior year, and still holds the Cowboy record for hits in a season, 86 in 1978. Brock was best known for his consistency at the plate. His career batting average was .389. He is Wyoming's all-time leader in doubles with 57, and second in both hits (251) and walks (95). Brock is also fourth in runs batted in, home runs and at-bats. He signed with the Dodgers following his career at Wyoming and began playing at the Major League level in 1982, replacing first baseman Steve Garvey. While playing with the Dodgers, Brock went to the National League Championship Series two years. He also played for the Milwaukee Brewers during his professional career.
Hometown: Billings, Montana Sport: Football Years: 1987-1990
The 1989 and 1990 WAC Defensive Player of the Year, Mitch Donahue became the greatest defensive end in Wyoming history. He was named first-team All-American by the Football Writer's Association, The Sporting News, and the National Football League Draft Report. As a senior, he finished fourth in the prestigious Outland Trophy Award balloting. During his senior year the two-time WAC Defensive Player of the Week led the nation in sacks with 21. The four time All-WAC selection owns the Wyoming record for most career sacks with 48, and is in the top ten in career tackles. Donahue was drafted in the 4th round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He played for both the 49ers and the Denver Broncos during his professional career.
Hometown: Alameda, California Sport: Basketball Years: 1986-89
She has scored more points than any Cowgirl in history for a career. One of the most accurate shooters in Cowgirl basketball history, Christine Fairless still owns Cowgirl records in several categories. She is the best Cowgirl free throw shooter of all-time, averaging 87 percent for her career and 95 percent her senior year. She still holds the record for the most career field goals made, shooting 52 percent. She scored more field goals in a single game and in a season than any other Cowgirl. Fairless is second in Cowgirl history in points scored and field goals attempted in a single game, single season field goals attempted and percentage, and career field goals attempted. The 5'10" guard was named All-High Country Athletic Conference three times and was named to the All-High Country Athletic Conference Tournament team her senior year. She produced three of the top ten scoring seasons in Cowgirl basketball history. During her sophomore year, Fairless was 17th in the country in field goal percentage.
Margie Hunt McDonald
Hometown: Camargo, Okla. Sport: Head Coach - Women's Basketball Years: 1974-1983
Margie Hunt McDonald, the 1979 Conference Coach of the Year, displayed both brilliance and dedication as she led the Cowgirl basketball teams to a 122-114 record during her nine year career at Wyoming. Admired and respected by her peers, it did not take her long to mold the Cowgirls into one of the top teams in the Rocky Mountain Region. By 1979 the Cowgirls were competing in the AIAW Regional Tournament with a 25-7 record. McDonald resigned from her coaching position at Wyoming to become the first Executive Director of the High Country Athletic Conference, which later merged with the Western Athletic Conference. She served as the Deputy Commissioner of the WAC and currently works as the Coordinator of Women's Basketball Officials for the Mountain West Conference.
George "Moe" Radovich
Hometown: Thermopolis, Wyoming Sport: Basketball Years: 1950-52
All-American George "Moe" Radovich led his team to tremendous success during his years as a Cowboy. In 1952, he led the Cowboys to the second round of the NCAA tournament, scoring 13 points in the first game and 18 points in the second. For his performance, he was named the Most Valuable Player for the West Regional NCAA Tournament. The two time All-Skyline Conference player was a UPI honorable mention All-American his senior year. He participated on the College All-Star Team against the Harlem Globetrotters his junior year and the World Champion Minneapolis Lakers his senior year. Following his success wearing the brown and gold, Radovich played professionally for the Philadelphia Warriors for a year before entering the Army. He returned to the Cowboy State as head coach of the UW men's basketball team in 1974.
Hometown: Houston, Texas Sport: Basketball Years: 1989-1992
Wyoming's all-time leading rebounder and one of its greatest players of all-time, Reginald Slater was a dominating player. He is the first player in WAC history to win three consecutive rebounding championships. Named a first-team all-WAC selection for three years, the power forward continuously proved himself on the court. He was the 1992 WAC Player of the Year, as well as an Associated Press Honorable-Mention All-American his senior year. During his junior season, Slater led the WAC in field-goal shooting and was second in scoring. He posted the nation's best single-game rebounding effort of the year with 27. The "Big Cat" finished his career shooting .585 from the field and was named a Sports Illustrated College Player of the Week as a senior. He was selected All-District 7 by the United States Basketball Writers and was named WAC player of the week on five separate occasions throughout his career. After leaving Wyoming, he became a successful professional player with a number of teams.