Traditions

UW Athletics Hall of Fame: Class of 1999


Darcy Cudaback White
Volleyball, 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 HCAC's Offensive Player of the Year, was a member of the its All-American 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 , Wyoming's 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.

Inducted October 1, 1999

Honors and Awards

  • 1988 High Country Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year
  • Holds Wyoming single season kills record (595)


    John Pilch
    Basketball, 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 team's 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 he had ever seen.

    Inducted October 1, 1999

    Honors and Awards

  • 1950 All-American Selection
  • Wyoming's leading scorer from 1947-50


    Paul Roach
    Athletics Director/ Football Coach, 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 season. 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 Wyoming's head coach, Roach guided the Cowboys to a 35-15-0 record and led them to three bowl games--Holiday bowl in 1987 and 1988 and the Copper Bowl in 1990. In addition to his experiences 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 Wyoming's ten bowl appearances in the school's 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).

    Inducted October 1, 1999

    Honors and Awards

  • Athletics Director 1987-96
  • Head Football Coach 1987-90
  • Two-time WAC Coach of the Year, Led Cowboys to three bowl games (Holiday Bowl in 1987 and 1988, Copper Bowl in 1990)


    Galand Thaxton
    Football, 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.

    Inducted October 1, 1999

    Honors and Awards

  • Wyoming career (467) and single-season (158) leading tackler
  • Western Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 1984


    Paul Toscano
    Football, 1965-67

    The first Cowboy quarterback in history to lead the nation in total offense, Paul Toscano was considered the University of Wyoming's "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 Wyoming's 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.

    Inducted October 1, 1999

    Honors and Awards

  • 1967 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year
  • Led Cowboys to 10-1 record, WAC Title and 1968 Sugar Bowl


    Tony Windis
    Basketball, 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 the 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 Wyoming's 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.

    Inducted October 1, 1999

    Honors and Awards

  • Player of the Year in the Rockies in 1958 and 1959
  • Scored 50 points vs. New Mexico on Jan. 10, 1958, second-best single game total in Wyoming history

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