Laramie, Wyo., Feb. 8, 2017 -- Two outstanding football players, an All-American basketball player, an accomplished wrestler, two dedicated team physicians, and two championship teams comprise the 2017 class of the University of Wyoming Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.
The dinner and induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame's 25th class will be held on Friday, Sept. 8, at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, located at 22nd & Grand in Laramie.
This year's inductees are Dr. Robert Curnow and Dr. David Kieffer, Special Achievement; Vince Guinta, Football 1949-50; Mike Hamel, Wrestling 1983-86; C.T. Hewgley, Football 1949-50; Jim Weir, Basketball 1941-43 and 1946; the 1991 National Champion Women’s Rodeo Team; and the 2007 WNIT National Champion Cowgirl Basketball Team.
A total of 156 individuals and 17 teams have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1993.
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, Jim House, Rob Jarosh, Dale Ann Meeker, Kevin McKinney, Brian Morgen, Jared Newland, Bruce Pivic, and Joi Thomas.
Following is the Class of 2017:
Dr. Robert Curnow
Dr. Robert Curnow served as the team physician for UW Athletics teams from 1975-2010. A co-founder of Gem City Bone & Joint, he was instrumental in the development of orthopedic and sports medicine for not only the University of Wyoming but for the entire state and beyond. A familiar figure to all who attend Cowboy and Cowgirl athletic events, his enthusiasm and dedication to the healthcare of the student-athlete is unparalleled. To this day, his professionalism and excellent standard of care has set the expectations of the Sports Medicine Department.
Dr. David Kieffer
A team physician for UW Athletics from 1973-2003, the late Dr. David Kieffer pioneered the art of Sports Medicine in the state of Wyoming and at the University of Wyoming. He led efforts in the Mountain West Conference to develop a complex management plan and dedicated physician approach to concussion treatment. He authored definitive research on the anterior cruciate ligament injury and its treatment. A co-founder of Gem City Bone & Joint Clinic, his dedication, his passion and his love for thousands of student-athletes was unmatched.
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Described as a “terror on defense”, Vince Guinta was an honorable mention All-America in 1955 and 1956. Playing linebacker on defense and center on offense, Guinta was an integral part of Wyoming’s success in the mid-1950s. As a linebacker, he called all the defensive signals for his team. He started and lettered for three years under Coach Phil Dickens. He displayed great team leadership and was a tenacious tackler. He led Wyoming to a Sun Bowl victory in 1955 and an undefeated Skyline Championship season in 1956.
Hometown: Green River, Wyo.
Wyoming’s all-time leader in pins, Mike Hamel was a two-time Western Athletic Conference champion and a three-time Mountain Intercollegiate Wrestling Association champion. As a freshman, he was named to the Amateur Wrestling News Freshman All-American team and earned “Rookie of the Year“ honors in the WAC. A two-time NCAA qualifier, Hamel won 12 tournaments during his time at Wyoming. He was the co-captain of the 1986 undefeated Cowboy wrestling team. He led the ‘Pokes to WAC team titles in 1983, 1985 and 1986. Hamel was honored with the Admiral Land Award as UW’s top student-athlete in 1986.
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
A member of UW’s back-to-back Mountain States Conference Champion Teams in 1949 and 1950, Hewgley played both defensive tackle and offensive guard for the Cowboys. He was credited as a key blocker for Wyoming’s all-time great running back Eddie Talboom. Hewgley earned second team AP All America honors in 1950 along with first-team All-Conference recognition. Wyoming had a record of 9-1 in 1949 and 10-0 in 1950, including a win in the Gator Bowl. Hewgley later returned to his alma mater to coach the offensive line.
Hometown: Green River, Wyo.
A 6-5 forward on the 1943 National Champion basketball team, Jim Weir earned All American honors in 1943. Helping Wyoming to the 1943 “Big 7” conference title, Weir also earned all-conference honors. He was the third-leading scorer on the National Championship team, averaging ten points per game. The Cowboys had a record of 82-17 during Weir’s playing career.
1991 National Championship Cowgirl Rodeo Team
Coached by Pete Burns and Danny Dunlavy, the Cowgirls won their second consecutive College National Finals Rodeo Championship in 1991 with a total team effort. All three members of the team were from Wyoming and all contributed to the victory. Toni Christinck Olson, of Wheatland, won one go-round in the goat tying and barrel racing competition. Shanna Newland Howell, of Colony, won the first go-round in the breakaway roping and qualified as one of the top ten finalists in goat tying. Lori Rhodes Shepard, of Hamilton Dome, won the national championship in goat tying, to clinch the championship.
2007 WNIT National Championship Cowgirl Basketball Team
The 2006-07 Cowgirls finished second in the Mountain West Conference with a record of 11-5 and earned an invitation to the WNIT Tournament. They played six straight home games in the WNIT and captured the attention and enthusiasm of the Wyoming fans during a magical three-week run. A record-breaking sellout crowd of 15,462 fans cheered them on to victory over Big Ten power Wisconsin in the championship game. Hanna Zavecz was named the tournament’s MVP, while Jodi Bolerjack was also selected to the all-tournament team. The Cowgirls ended the season with a record of 27-9, the best in school history.
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.
Class of 2016: Jerry Durling (Football 1965-66); Aaron Kyle (Football 1972-75); Frank Shepperson (Rodeo 1961-64); Lynn Stetson (Men’s Swimming 1980-83); Dave Walsh (Special Achievement); John Watts (Football 1954-56), Hanna Zavecz (Women’s Basketball 2005-08); and the 1976 Fiesta Bowl Team.