The Southwest Conference (SWC) Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon will be held at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, TX, on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. Individual tickets start at $75 and tables of eight at $600. To purchase tickets, tables, or sponsorships, please visit tshof.org/swc or call 254-756-1633.
The Southwest Conference Hall of Fame is one of four separate halls of fame housed within the Texas Sports Hall of Fame’s building.
Media interviews with the inductees will be available before and after the luncheon.
2023 SWC Class:
- Kevin Scanlon- University of Arkansas- Football
- Terry Teagle-Baylor University - Basketball
-Jolanda Jones- University of Houston- Track & Field
- Ken Stadel-Rice University- Track & Field
-Amy Benz- Southern Methodist University- Golf
-Shaun Jordan- University of Texas- Swimming
- Terry Price- Texas A&M University- Football
- Bubba Thornton- Texas Christian University- Football/ Track & Field
- Gary Ashby-Texas Tech University- Baseball
Kevin Scanlon- Kevin Scanlon played for the Razorbacks for just two years (1978-79), but during that time made an indelible mark on the Arkansas program. Named the starting quarterback prior to the 1979 season, he earned Southwest Conference Player of the Year honors after he completed 92-of-139 passes for 1,212 yards and nine touchdowns. In 1979, the Razorbacks finished eighth nationally with a record of 10-2 including a 17-14 win over No. 2 Texas. Scanlon helped Arkansas claim a share of the Southwest Conference championship before leading the Razorbacks to the 1980 Sugar Bowl where they faced eventual national champion Alabama. His 66.2 completion percentage in 1979 set a then single-season school record as did his school record at the time for most passes completed in a bowl game (22) which he recorded against the Crimson Tide. Originally a transfer to the Razorbacks from North Carolina State, Scanlon was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1980 following his Razorback career. Kevin is a member of the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame..
Terry Teagle- A shooting guard out of Broaddus, Texas, Terry Teagle was a dominant force for the Baylor Men’s Basketball from 1978-1982. He was a three-time All-Southwest Conference first-team selection, 1979 SWC Newcomer and Freshman of the Year, 1980 Southwest Conference Player of the Year and a 1982 All-American second-team selection. Teagle is ranked third all-time in SWC scoring with 2,184 points in just 110 games and was Baylor’s all-time scoring leader for nearly 29 years. During the 1982 NBA Draft, he was selected 16th overall by the Houston Rockets. Teagle spent 11 years in the NBA playing for the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons. He was inducted into the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.
Jolanda Jones-As a member of the Cougars’ track and field team from 1985-1988, Jolanda Jones is remembered as one of the most successful student-athletes to come out of the University of Houston. While at Houston, Jones received the most prestigious award given by the NCAA, the Top Six Award after becoming the first three-time NCAA heptathlon champion (1986, 1987, and 1989) and earning/Academic All-American honors. She also was a member of USA Track and Field's national teams at the 1985, 1987 and 1989 World University Games, the 1987 Pan American Games and the 1986 Goodwill Games. She won three Southwest Conference high jump championships and still holds the school record in the event. Jones was the SWC Female Athlete-of-the-Decade runner-up for the 1980s. Following her collegiate career, Jones has made a successful career in courtrooms and politics. Today, Jones serves as a Texas State Representative for House District 147.
Ken Stadel- Any discussion of the top throwers in Rice history begins with Ken Stadel. While dominating the shot put and discuss scene, Stadel was a four-time SWC Discus Champion, three-time NCAA All-American, scored at the outdoor conference meet in the shot put four times in addition to a third-place finish at the inaugural SWC Indoor Championship. Stadel still holds the Rice discus record of 209-2. Like the discus, his collegiate shot put PR (60-11) has been unmatched in Rice history. In addition to his top throw, he went on to earn a top-five world ranking in three consecutive years (1977-1979) and a domestic top-10 ranking for more than a decade. Stadel is a member of the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame.
Terry Price- A four-year football letterman at Texas A&M from 1986-1989, Terry Price led the Aggies’ defensive line in tackles as both a junior and a senior while helping the Aggies to a pair of conference championships during his standout career (1986-1987). Price earned All-Southwest Conference honors as a senior and was also named an honorable mention All-American in 1989. He was selected in the 10th round of the 1990 NFL Draft and went on to become a very successful college coach at numerous programs including his alma mater, Texas A&M. He passed away on June 23, 2023, and is survived by his wife, Kenya, and children Alexander and Devin.
Amy Benz- Amy Benz, one of the top women’s golfers in SMU history, played at SMU from 1981 to 1983. Benz was an All-American and the winner of the AIAW National Championship as a sophomore. She was the 1982 NCAA individual national champion and was awarded All-America honors in both 1982 and 1983. Benz was also a member of the 1982 U.S. Curtis Cup team and would go on to have a very successful career on the LPGA Tour totaling 13 top-10 finishes. She was inducted into the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.
Shaun Jordan- Dallas Texas native, Shaun Jordan was a member of the Longhorns' four consecutive NCAA Championship teams (1988-91) and captain of the 1990-91 NCAA Championship team. Individually he was a three-time NCAA freestyle champion in 50-yard freestyle (1991); and 100-yard freestyle (1989 and 1991). He also holds the 50-yard record for the SWC as well as the 100-yard freestyle record for the SWC and the University of Texas. He went on to become an Olympic gold medalist in the 400-yard freestyle relay in both 1988 and 1992.
Gary Ashby- The Monterey High School first baseman was perhaps the best prospect to come through Lubbock ISD. After a stellar three-year starting career at MHS, Gary Ashby stayed home to play for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. During his time in the scarlet and black, he earned two All-Southwest Conference first-team honors, NCAA All-America team honors after leading the SWC in RBI’s in 1977, and was selected by the San Diego Padres that same year. Ashby played five seasons with the Padres before kickstarting his coaching career as an assistant coach for his alma mater in 1982. He became the head coach in 1984 and stayed for two seasons. His Red Raiders led the SWC in home runs, highest batting average and best slugging percentage during the 1984 season. He is a member of the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Honor and the Lubbock ISD Athletic Hall of Honor
Bubba Thornton- A standout football and track and field athlete from Keller High School, Bubba Thorton participated in both in football and track at TCU in the late ’60s and even led the SWC in kickoff returns. At the end of his successful college career, Thornton was drafted by the Buffalo Bills where he played wide receiver for one season. He then returned to KHS and became the athletic director and head football coach from 1977-1981. In 1982, Thornton started his collegiate coaching career at TCU as the head track and field coach tallying five NCAA Top 10 finishes. After the 1995 season, he coached at Texas until 2013 where his team finished in the top 15 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships 13 times. Thornton is the former head coach for the USA Track and Field team in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics where they earned 14 total medals with four Gold Medals. He has been inducted into the Keller High School, TCU Hall of Fame, and the Texas Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame