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SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE HALL OF FAME

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 The next induction ceremony and luncheon recognizing members of the SWC HOF will be in downtown Fort Worth on Monday, October, 20th at 11:30 a.m. at the Omni Hotel, 1300 Houston St., Fort Worth, TX  76102. (817) 535-6664.

 

Individual tickets are $75 and tables of 10 can be purchased for $500

 

The Texas Sports Hall of Fame (TSHOF) is proud to announce nine new members into its 2014 class of inductees for the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame: Nolan Richardson (Arkansas), Walter Abercrombie (Baylor), Otis Birdsong (Houston), Harold Solomon (Rice), George McMillion (SMU), Jill Sterkel (Texas), Mark Johnson (Texas A&M), James Cash (TCU) and Andre Tillman (Texas Tech).

 

The inductees include:

Nolan Richardson of the University of Arkansas
Nolan Richardson was the men’s head basketball coach at the University of Arkansas from 1985 to 2002. During his time there, he took the program to the Final Four three times and went on to win the National Championship in 1994. Richardson was also named National Coach of the Year that same year. In 17 seasons, Richardson became the all time winningest coach in Arkansas history with a record of 389-169. Today he is recognized in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Walter Abercrombie of Baylor University
Baylor’s Walter Abercrombie first made his way into the record books after rushing for 207 yards in his initial game in 1978. After winning Southwest Conference Freshmen of the Year honors, he went on to become a two-time consensus All-Southwest Conference selection. Abercrombie was part of the ’79 Peach Bowl, ’80 Southwest Conference title, and the ’81 Cotton Bowl teams. He finished atop the university’s record books in yards rushed (3,665), rushing attempts (732), career 100-yard games (19) and yards per game (94).

Otis Birdsong of the University of Houston
As a freshman at the University of Houston, Otis Birdsong gave only a preview of what was to come as the third leading scorer averaging 14.3 points per game. The next season he became the first sophomore in school history to register 1,000 career points. He also led the league in scoring during Houston’s first year in he Southwest Conference. The 6’3” guard added to his 1976 All-Southwest Conference team honors by earning a place on the conference team again his senior year and receiving consensus All-American and Southwest Conference Player of the Year. In addition to various other records and honors, Birdsong was named Southwest Conference player of the Decade.

Harold Solomon of Rice University
Although he only spent two years at Rice, Harold Solomon undoubtedly left his mark on the university’s tennis program. He was part of the back-to-back Southwest Conference team championships and brought in the 1971 singles conference title as well. The political science graduate left as an All-American and went on to achieve a highly successful professional career before beginning the Harold Solomon Tennis Institute.

Coach George McMillion of Southern Methodist University
Coach George McMillion began his coaching career in swimming at SMU as an assistant from 1957 to ’71. He took over the head coaching position from 1971 to ’88. During that time, he led the swim team to eight consecutive Southwest Conference championships, had his teams finish in the NCAA top ten 14 times, and took home conference Coach of the Year honors four times. He also coached 78 All Americans, 15 NCAA Champions, and four Olympic medalists. McMillion was also an SMU swim team captain and record holder during his time as an All-American student-athlete. He is now part of the Texas Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame.

Jill Sterkel of the University of Texas
Jill Sterkel is regarded by many as the all time greatest women’s swimmer from the University of Texas. She claimed 16 individual national titles as a Longhorn and won multiple Broderick Awards. In addition, she was named the Nation’s College Female Athlete of the Year in ‘80/’81. She was named to the Southwest Conference All-Decade Women’s Swimming Team, the National High School Sports Hall of Fame, and Texas Women’s Athletics Hall of Honor. The four-time Olympian received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UT and went on to become the university’s women’s swim coach. She was a part of 13 out of 14 Southwest Conference Championships there as either a player or coach.

Mark Johnson of Texas A&M University
Mark Johnson served as the Aggies head baseball coach from 1985 to 2005. He led his teams to 13 NCAA playoffs and two college world series appearances. During the Southwest Conference days, Johnson coached three conference championship teams. His career record at the school was 876-433-3 while he earned six Coach of the Year honors and had 108 players drafted into the Major League. Through the years, Johnson has collected an array of honors including the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, ABCA Coaches Hall of Fame, various coach of the year, and was the winningest baseball coach in Texas A&M history.

James Cash of Texas Christian University
James Cash lettered in TCU basketball from 1967 to ’69.  During his collegiate career he recorded over 1,000 points and made his way into the top five of TCU career points and rebound leaders. He was also part of a Southwest Conference Championship and became an Academic All American. His excellence in the classroom allowed him to receive a bachelor’s degree in math from TCU before earning a master’s and Ph. D. from Purdue. Today, his #54 jersey is retired and he is a part of the TCU Lettermen’s Association Hall of Fame. Dr. Cash went on to become a full-time professor at Harvard Business School and continues his success in the business world - - including being part owner of the Boston Celtics.


Andre Tillman of Texas Tech University
Andre Tillman was an All-American tight end at Texas Tech University from 1970 to 1973. He made the Southwest Conference All-Freshmen team and was the Sun Bowl’s top receiver as a junior. The 6’ 5” force was an All-Southwest Conference selection who helped his team go 11-1 and win the Gator Bowl his senior year. He led the team in pass receiving with 26 catches for 428 yards and 5 touchdowns.  Tillman finished his college career by playing in the Hula and Senior Bowl before getting drafted into the NFL by Miami in the second round. He played for the Dolphins for five seasons.


“We are delighted with this class of inductees,” said Carroll Dawson, president of the SWC Hall of Fame.  “They exemplify the high quality of athletes and coaches found in the Southwest Conference. They were an essential part of the prestigious 82-year history of the conference.” 

The Southwest Conference Hall of Fame is one of four separate halls of fame housed within the Texas Sports Hall of Fame’s physical structure. They include the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and now, the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.

Media interviews with the inductees will be available before and after the luncheon.

 

The Southwest Conference (SWC) Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

NAME SCHOOL SPORT YEAR INDUCTED
Abercrombie, Walter Baylor University Football 2014
Aldrich, Charles "Ki" Texas Christian University Football 2013
Allison, Wilmer University of Texas Tennis 2013
Alworth, Lance University of Arkansas Football 2014
Andaya, Shawn Texas A&M University Softball 2013
Anderson, Donny Texas Tech University Football 2013
Anderson, Frank "Col. Andy" Texas A&M University Track 2013
Arnette, Jay University of Texas Basketball 2013
Atkins, Michi Texas Tech University Basketball 2014
Banks, Amanda Texas Tech University Track & Field 2014
Barnes, Bruce University of Texas Tennis 2013
Barr, Red Southern Methodist University Swimming 2013
Bartzen, Barnard "Tut" Texas Christian University Tennis 2013
Baugh, Sammy Texas Christian University Football 2013
Bell, W.M. "Matty" Southern Methodist University Football 2013
Bellard, Emory Texas A&M University Football 2013
Berkman, Lance Rice University Baseball 2013
Berry, Raymond Southern Methodist University Football 2013
Bible, Dana X. University of Texas Football 2013
Birdsong, Otis University of Houston   Basketball 2014
Bozarth, Marci Texas Christian University Golf 2014
Bradley, Bill University of Texas Football 2013
Bradshaw, Wesley Baylor University Football 2013
Brannon, Byron "Buster" Texas Christian University Basketball 2013
Bridges, Frank Baylor University Football 2013
Brock, Bob Texas A&M University Softball 2013
Browning, David "Skippy" University of Texas Diving 2013
Broyles, Frank University of Arkansas Football 2013
Brunson, Emmett Rice University Track 2013
Bryant, Clint Texas Tech University Baseball 2014
Bullock, Rick Texas Tech University Basketball 2013
Campbell, Earl University of Texas Football 2013
Carter, Michael Southern Methodist University Football, Track 2013
Cash, James Texas Christian University Basketball 2014
Cashion, Red SWC Referee Football 2013
Cavanaugh, Regina Rice University Track & Field 2014
Cherry, Blair University of Texas Football 2013
Childress, Ray Texas A&M University Football 2013
Clemens, Roger University of Texas Baseball 2013
Cobb, Trevor Rice University Football 2013
Conley, Mike University of Arkansas Track & Field 2014
Conrad, Bobby Joe Texas A&M University Football 2013
Conradt, Jody University of Texas Basketball 2013
Coody, Charles Texas Christian University Golf 2013
Couples, Fred University of Houston   Golf 2013
Crenshaw, Ben University of Texas Golf 2013
Crow, John David Texas A&M University Football 2013
Curtis, Albert "Abb" University of Texas Football 2013
Dale, Jack Texas Tech University Media 2013
Davis, Walter "Buddy" Texas A&M University Track 2013
Dawson, Carroll Baylor University Basketball 2003
Dickerson, Eric Southern Methodist University Football 2013
Dillon, Bobby University of Texas Football 2013
Disch, William "Uncle Billy" University of Texas Baseball 2013
Dodds, DeLoss University of Texas Administration 2013
Drexler, Clyde University of Houston Basketball 2013
Dyer, Eddie Rice University Baseball 2013
Dykes, Spike Texas Tech University Football 2013
Elkins, Lawrence Baylor University Football 2013
Elkins, Wilson "Bull" University of Texas Football 2013
English, Doug University of Texas Football 2014
Falk, Bibb University of Texas Baseball 2013
Fallon, Frank Baylor University Media 2013
Fry, Hayden Southern Methodist University Football 2013
Gilbert, Chris University of Texas Football 2014
Glass, Bill Baylor University Football 2013
Graham, Wayne Rice University Baseball 2013
Gray, Jack University of Texas Basketball 2013
Green, Jacob Texas A&M University Football 2014
Gregg, Forrest Southern Methodist University Football 2013
Grigg, Cecil Rice University Football 2013
Gustafson, Cliff University of Texas Baseball 2013
Hale, I.B. Texas Christian University Football 2013
Hall, Kenneth Texas A&M University Football 2013
Hansen, Fred Rice University Track 2013
Harris, Leotis University of Arkansas Football 2014
Hart, Clyde Baylor University Track & Field 2013
Hayes, E.O. "Doc" Southern Methodist University Basketball 2013
Hayes, Elvin University of Houston Basketball 2013
Heidenreich, Jerry Southern Methodist University Swimming 2013
Henderson, Bill "Jitterbug" Texas A&M University Football 2013
Henderson, R.E. "Bill" Baylor University Basketball 2013
Hixson, Chuck Southern Methodist University Football 2014
Holub, E.J. Texas Tech Football 2013
Hooper, Darrow  Texas A&M University Track 2013
Hooton, Burt University of Texas Baseball 2013
Hughson, Tex University of Texas Baseball 2013
Humble, Weldon Rice University Football 2013
Hunt, Joel Texas A&M University Football 2013
Hunt, Lamar Southern Methodist University Football 2013
Isbell, Larry Baylor University Football/Baseball 2013
Jennings, Bubba Texas Tech University Basketball 2014
Johnson, Jimmy University of Arkansas Football 2013
Johnson, Mark Texas A&M University Baseball 2014
Johnson, Michael Baylor University Track 2013
Kimbrough, John Texas A&M University Football 2013
Kinney, Bob Rice University Basketball 2013
Kirkland-Gerlich, Krista Texas Tech University Basketball 2014
Kite, Tom University of Texas Golf 2013
Kitts, Jimmy Rice University Basketball 2013
Klingler, David University of Houston Football 2014
Koch, Barton "Botchey" Baylor University Football 2013
Koy Sr., Ernie University of Texas Baseball 2013
Kramer, Tommy Rice University Football 2013
Krebs, Jim Southern Methodist University Basketball 2013
Krueger, Charlie Texas A&M University Football 2013
Kutner, Malcolm "Mal" University of Texas Football 2013
Landry, Tom University of Texas Football 2013
Lary, Yale Texas A&M University Football 2013
Layne, Bobby University of Texas Football 2013
Leaks, Roosevelt University of Texas Football 2013
Lemons, Abe University of Texas Basketball 2013
Lester, Darrell Texas Christian University Football 2013
LeVias, Jerry Southern Methodist University Football 2013
Lewis, Carl University of Houston Track 2013
Lewis, Guy V. University of Houston Basketball 2013
Lilly, Bob Texas Christian University Football 2013
Littlefield, Clyde University of Texas Track 2013
Lopiano, Donna University of Texas Administration 2013
Lyons, Ted Baylor University Baseball 2013
Maegle, R.L. "Dick" Rice University Football 2013
Malaise, Dub Texas Tech University Basketball 2014
Mallett, Jerry Baylor University Basketball,Baseball 2013
Mann, Gerald Southern Methodist University Football 2013
Martin,  Othol "Abe" Texas Christian University Football 2013
Martin, Slater University of Texas Basketball 2013
Matson, Randy Texas A&M University Track 2013
Matthews, Raymond "Rags" Texas Christian University Football 2013
McDonnell, John University of Arkansas Track & Field 2014
McFadin, Bud University of Texas Football 2013
McMillion, George Southern Methodist University Swimming 2014
Meredith, Don Southern Methodist University Football 2013
Metcalf, Shelby Texas A&M University Basketball 2013
Meyer, Leo "Dutch" Texas Christian University Football 2013
Moncrief, Sidney University of Arkansas Basketball 2014
Moore, Billy  University of Arkansas Football 2014
Morrison, Ray Southern Methodist University Football 2013
Myers, Gerald Texas Tech University Basketball/Administration 2014
Neely, Jess Rice University Football 2013
Nobis, Tommy University of Texas Football 2013
Norton, Homer Texas A&M University Football 2013
O'Brien, Davey Texas Christian University Football 2013
Olajuwon, Hakeem University of Houston Basketball 2013
O'Neal, Dick Texas Christian University Basketball 2013
Pardee, Jack Texas A&M University Football 2013
Parks, Dave Texas Tech University Football 2013
Patterson, Jack Baylor University Track 2013
Penick, Daniel University of Texas Tennis 2013
Penick, Harvey University of Texas Golf 2013
Phillips, Gene Southern Methodist University Basketball 2013
Phillips, Loyd University of Arkansas Football 2014
Reese, Eddie University of Texas Swimming 2013
Richardson, Nolan University of Arkansas Basketball 2014
Rivera, Gabe Texas Tech University Football 2014
Robinson, R.J. "Jackie" Baylor University Basketball 2013
Robison, Polk Texas Tech University Basketball/Administration 2014
Rote, Kyle Southern Methodist University Football 2013
Rote, Tobin  Rice University Football 2013
Routt, Joe Texas A&M University Football 2013
Royal, Darrell University of Texas Football 2013
Russell, H.N. "Rusty" Southern Methodist University Football 2013
Schroeder, Dutch Baylor University Baseball 2014
Scott, Clyde University of Arkansas Football 2014
Sewell, Harley University of Texas Football 2013
Sharp, Marsha Texas Tech University Basketball 2013
Sikes, J.V. "Siki" Texas A&M University Football 2013
Singletary, Mike Baylor University Football 2013
Slocum, R.C. Texas A&M University Football 2013
Smith, Dean University of Texas Track 2013
Smith, Jim Ray Baylor University Football 2013
Smith, M.A. "Catfish" Baylor University Football 2013
Solomon, Harold Rice University Tennis 2014
Southern, Eddie University of Texas Track 2013
St. Clair, James Southern Methodist University Basketball 2013
Stafford, Harrison University of Texas Football 2013
Stallings, Gene Texas A&M University Football 2013
Sterkel, Jill University of Texas Swimming 2014
Stewart, Payne Southern Methodist University Golf 2013
Street, James University of Texas Football 2013
Sutton, Eddie University of Arkansas Basketball 2014
Swink, Jim Texas Christian University Football 2013
Swoopes, Sheryl Texas Tech University Basketball 2013
Sye, Melody University of Arkansas Track & Field 2014
Teaff, Grant Baylor University Football 2013
Tellez, Tom  University of Houston Track & Field 2013
Thomas, Zach Texas Tech University Football 2014
Thompson, Carolyn Tech Tech University Basketball 2014
Thompson, Jerry University of Texas Track 2013
Tillman, Andre Texas Tech University Football 2014
Tips, Kern SWC Media 2013
Todd, Dick Texas A&M University Football 2013
Trull, Don Baylor University Football 2014
Utay, Joe Texas A&M University Football 2013
Vaught, Johnny Texas Christian University Football 2013
Walker, Doak Southern Methodist University Football 2013
Wallace, Bill Rice University Football 2013
Ware, Andre University of Houston Football 2013
White, Allie Texas Christian University Football 2013
Whitley, Wilson University of Houston Football 2013
Williams, Dave University of Houston Golf 2013
Williams, James "Froggy" Rice University Football 2013
Williams, Max Southern Methodist University Basketball 2013
Williams, Stan Baylor University Football 2013
Wilson, Robert "Bobby" Southern Methodist University Football 2013
Windegger, Frank Texas Christian University Baseball, Administration 2013
Wolcott, Fred Rice University Track 2013
Worster, Steve University of Texas Football 2013
Yeoman, Bill University of Houston   Football 2013

 

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