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UW Athletics Hall of Fame: Class of 2000


Jim Brandenburg
Basketball, 1978-1987

Three time WAC Coach of the Year, Jim Brandenburg came to the University of Wyoming in 1978 and turned the men's basketball program around. Brandenburg's Cowboy teams led the WAC in total defense six times and appeared in post-season tournaments four times. In 1987, his team advanced to the sweet sixteen and in 1986 the Cowboys placed second in the NIT under his leadership. Brandenburg's Cowboys captured three WAC Championships during his career in Laramie. Cowboy fans saw four of Brandenburg's players go in the first round of the draft: Charles Bradley, Bill Garnett, Eric Leckner, and Fennis Dembo. This coach was honored as the Eastman Kodak NCAA Division I District 13 Coach of the year in 1986 and he coached the West Team to a Gold Medal at the 1981 National Sports Festival. Among the accomplishments of this distinguished coach accomplishments of this distinguished coach, a lasting legacy was left as the Arena Auditorium was built during his tenure.

Inducted September 15, 2000


Amy Burnett
Basketball, 1992-1995

One of the greatest players ever to come through the Cowgirl Basketball program, Amy Burnett was both an outstanding athlete and student. In 1995, Burnett was one of five women nationwide named to the GTE Academic All-American Team for women's basketball with a 3.83 grade point average with a double major in Special Education and Elementary Education. Amy was an Academic All-WAC honoree and was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1995. In addition to her success academically, Burnett dominated on the court. She was twice named the WAC player of the year and was All-WAC first team in 1993, 1994, and 1995. Burnett set many records during her career at Wyoming, including most points scored in a single game, most points scored in a season, and most free throws made in a season. Her career records include most free throws in a career, and most free throws attempted. Burnett's hard work and determination rank her among the top in Cowgirl Athletics' history.

Inducted September 15, 2000


Bill Ewing
Baseball, 1974-1976

The finest hitter ever to play for the University of Wyoming, Bill Ewing set the national home run record in 1976 with 23. That same year, Ewing was named to both the College Baseball Coaches All-American Team, and the Sporting News All-American Team. This Wyoming great was the first Cowboy baseball player in twenty years to be named to an All-American team and twice earned All-WAC honors,. In addition to this All-Conference and All-American awards, Ewing was also named to the All-District VII Team. For the 1975-76 season, Ewing received the Admiral Emory S. Land award for Outstanding University of Wyoming Athlete. Bill Ewing will remain in the memories of Wyoming fans for years to come.

Inducted September 15, 2000


Lee Kizzire
Football, Wrestling, Track and Baseball, 1934-1936

One of the great athletes in Wyoming pre-war history Captain Lee Kizzire was a four-sport letterman for the Cowboys in football, wrestling, track and basketball. Kizzire was a Wyoming native and was most decorated for his outstanding efforts in football and wrestling. An All-American football player from 1933-1937, Kizzire was also All-Conference and went on to play professionally. Kizzire, a fullback on the football team, also was a talented wrestler. He was named the rocky Mountain wrestling champion. His athleticism was such that he excelled in all he did. In addition to his football and wrestling career, Kizzire also lettered on the varsity track and basketball teams. Following his award-winning career at the Wyoming, he went on to play professional football, and later to coach at Riverton High School. In 1941, kizzire entered the United States Air Corp and was commissioned as an officer in 1942. In November 1943, he was shot down on a mission near the island of Wewak in the Pacific , and was never found.

Inducted September 15, 2000


Larry Nels
Football, 1967-1969

Fondly known as "Bo," Larry Nels became one of the most feared defensive linemen in Wyoming history as he terrorized opponents from 1967 to 1969. Nels was a key component as the Cowboys earned a bid to the 1968 Sugar Bowl, and was instrumental in a cowboy defense that was best in the nation. Nels was well known for his quickness, toughness, and blocking ability. He had 511 total tackles in his career. Nels was an All-American candidate and as a member of the nation's number one defense let the cowboys to their second WAC Championship. Nels also earned All-WAC honors in 1969. Following his career at Wyoming, Nels went on to play with the New York Giants and the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian League. Nels will be remembered as one of the best defensive players in Cowboy Football history.

Inducted September 15, 2000


Curtis and Marian Rochelle
Special Achievement

Curt and Marian Rochelle are honored for their tremendous generosity in the special achievement category. The Rochelles donated an historic $4.2 million gift to the University of Wyoming Athletic department and made the dream of a new student-athlete center a reality. Their gift is the largest in the UW's history and this new student athlete center will be appropriately named the Curtis and Marian Rochelle Athletics Center, also know as the RAC. Curt Rochelle is a UW graduate and a former trustee. Marian is a graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and Colorado College, in Colorado Springs, Co. The Rochelle's have given much more to the University than just the $4.2 million contribution to the student-athlete center. In 1992, the Rochelles established the Curtis and Marian Rochelle Professorship in Animal Science in memory of John Hill, Curt's advisor and college dean when he majored in animal science from 1937-1941. The Rochelles have also been honored as Outstanding Donors to the College of Agriculture. Including the contribution to the student-athlete center, the Rochelles have donated over $5.5 million dollars to the University of Wyoming.

Inducted September 15, 2000

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