UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME
University of the Ozarks UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS has approached education with an unyielding search for truth. That search led our founders to establish the first co-educational college west of the Mississippi. It set the stage for the first Arkansas woman to receive a college degree. And because truth often defies convention, ours was the first historically white college in the state to admit AfricanAmericans. Every day, our history inspires Ozarks students to discover their own individual truths.
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME
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Louis Whorton Percy Williams 1983-84 Menâ€™s Basketball Team Johnny Johnson Jerry Wagoner Marcos Gonzalez Anthony Porchia Lori Myers Hines Kenneth Little Ray Basinger Marilyn Bauer Fletcher Lowry Sylvester Benson Leroy Douglas O.D. Hightower Stephen Kennedy Charlie Roffine Bill Alverson Penni Peppas-Burns Charlie Spoonhour Ron Marvel Ted Young Bobby Hurley Dorothy Salter Roy Ralston Bill Seabolt Bill Crowder James Rackley Ralph Brown
Robert Ehren Annabel Hess Rice Bob Chance Frank Koon Rex Yerby Dwight Blakely Johnny Bock George Henry Frank Ingram Francis Morris Willard Ralston Billy Bock Fritz Ehren Gayle Kaundart Lonnie Qualls Glenn Rice Walter Brown Willis
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Louis Whorton Class of 2013 Coach (1974-1976) Clarksville, Ark. Louis Whorton has established himself as one of the most successful women’s collegiate basketball coaches in the country. Currently in his 27th season as the head coach at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (formerly Westark College), Whorton has compiled an impressive 594-232 overall win-loss record, including a junior college national championship. He was named NJCAA National Coach of the Year in 1995 after leading the Lady Lions to a national championship and undefeated season. He has coached three WNBA players and 12 All-Americans during his tenure. He was inducted into the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. Prior to UAFS, Whorton coached at the high school level in Arkansas at Hector, Hoxie, Blytheville, Subiaco and County Line. He and his wife, Pat, have one son, Jeremy. + Current head women’s coach at UA-Fort Smith + NJCAA Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame + Won 1994-1995 NJCAA National Championship + 1994-1995 team went 35-0 + Led Westark to NJCAA National Tournament seven times + Owns a 593-231 career record at collegiate level + Coached three WNBA players and 12 All-Americans + Won seven conference championships
Percy Williams Class of 2013 Track and Field (1981-1984) Sunshine, La. Percy Williams was one of the fastest athletes to ever wear the purple and gold of Ozarks. A native of Sunshine, La., Williams was a standout sprinter for Coach Jerry Wagoner’s track and field teams in the early 1980’s, earning both All-American and All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference honors three times. He still owns school records in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 800 meters and was part of the school’s record-setting one-mile relay team. His fastest 100-meter time was 10.33, a mark he set as a freshman. He would eventually qualify for the Olympic trials his senior season, but was unable to participate because of a knee injury. + Three-time All-American sprinter + Three-time All-AIC sprinter + Owns school record in 100-meter, 200-meter, 800-meter and one-mile relay + Set school record in 100-meter (10.33) as a freshman
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME 1983-1984 Men’s Basketball Team Class of 2013 Team (1983-1984)
Johnny Johnson Class of 2011 Coach (1990-2001)
The 1983-84 Men’s Basketball Team has the distinction of being the first team inducted into the Ozarks Sports Hall of Fame. Picked to finish fourth in the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference heading into the 1983-84 season, the then College of the Ozarks Mountaineers shocked the state by winning the league by four games on their way to a 27-6 record, which remains the most wins in the program’s history. The 1983-84 team snapped a 35-year streak of consecutive non-winning seasons for the program and was ranked as high as 14th in the nation at one point in the year. Team members included: Kevin Winn, Terrance Rhodes, James Wilks, Donnie Siebenmorgen, Scott Pierce, Ron Culver, Charles Ingram, Tony Joyner, Bill Cox, Troy Johnson, Keith Johnson, Pete Van Dyke, Carlos York, Fred Frye, Reggie Martin, John Lewis, David Hund and John Hinsley. Coaches included Bruce Terry, Roscoe Gordon and Frosty Reid.
Coaching the men’s basketball team from 1990 to 2001, Johnny Johnson compiled 173 victories, the most in the program’s history, and won 20 or more games a school-record three times. Johnson was named the Arkansas Intercollegiate Coach of the Year in 1992-93 after leading the Eagles to a 23-9 overall record and a first-place finish in the conference. He was also named NAIA District 17 Coach of the Year following the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons. In 2000, he was named American Southwest Conference Coach of the Year after a 16-9 season and secondplace finish in the ASC. Johnson’s exciting brand of basketball produced five post-season appearances, including a pair of trips to the NAIA National Tournament. Johnson’s program also earned a reputation for developing some of Ozarks’ top players as he has two players in the U of O Hall of Fame.
+ Won the school’s first AIC regular season championship in 35 years + Owns the most wins in program history (27) + Ranked as high as 14th nationally + Finished 15-3 in the AIC and 27-6 overall + Bruce Terry was named AIC and District 17 Coach of the Year + Had four All-Conference players + Tony Joyner named All-American + Won all 14 home games at Mabee Gymnasium
+ 1992-93 AIC Coach of the Year + 1992-93 District 17 Coach of the Year + 1993-94 District 17 Coach of the Year + 1999-00 ASC Coach of the Year + 1992-93 AIC Champions + 173 career wins + Five postseason appearances + Three 20-plus win seasons + Guided Ozarks to NAIA National Tournament 3
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Marcos Gonzalez Class of 2009 Soccer (1998-2001) Georgetown, Texas
Jerry Wagoner Class of 2011 Coach/Football (1954-1957) Booneville, Ark. Affectionately known as “Coach Wag,” Jerry Wagoner was associated with the University for more than 50 years, beginning in 1954 when he enrolled as a star football recruit out of Booneville, Ark. Playing at 195 pounds, Wagoner was a four-year starter at both offensive and defensive guard for Ozarks, earning All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference honors three times. As a senior, Wagoner led an offensive line that helped Ozarks rush for 275 yards a game and compile a 7-1-1 record, the best overall record in the program’s history. He went on to coach football as well as track and field at Ozarks for more than 30 years, and was also a long-time instructor in the physical education department. After retiring from full-time teaching in 1996, he served as an adjunct instructor at Ozarks until 2010. + Three-time All-AIC Lineman + Four-year starter (offensive & defensive line) + Led 1957 team to 7-1-1 record + 50-year association with Ozarks + Football coach at Ozarks + Track and Field coach at Ozarks + Coached two U of O Hall of Fame members from his track and field team
A native of Georgetown, Texas, Marcos Gonzalez was a flashy, creative, highscoring forward for the soccer program from 1998-2001. He was a four-time All-American Southwest Conference performer and was named the ASC Offensive Player of the Year for the 2001 season. The prolific scorer still owns nine conference records, including most career points (149) and assists (45), season points (66) and assists (26), and assists in a game (8). He remains the only player in league history to record 40 goals and 40 assists in a career. His 8 assists in a single match are the second-most in the NCAA Division III record books. Gonzalez also owns numerous school records, including career points, assists and shots (367). He is second in career goals (52). He helped the 2001 team capture the ASC East Division title with an 18-3-1 overall record and earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region First Team honors that season. + Four-time All-Conference forward + 2001 ASC Offensive Player of the Year + 2001 NSCAA All-Region First Team + Led 2001 team to ASC title (18-3-1) + Owns nine ASC records + 149 career points (1st at Ozarks) + 45 career assists (1st at Ozarks) + 52 career goals (2nd at Ozarks)
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Anthony Porchia Class of 2009 Basketball (1989-1993) Stephens, Ark. Anthony Porchia, a Stephens, Ark., native, was a fluid, smooth-shooting 6-foot5 forward for the Eagles’ basketball team from 1989-1993. He still holds the school record for career three-pointers (241) and is the program’s No. 2 all-time scorer (1,671 points). Porchia made an immediate impact at Ozarks --earning a spot on the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference All-Freshman Team in 1990. He earned All-AIC honors in both 1992 and 1993 as well as NAIA District 17 honors in 1993. A four-year starter, he was among the top players to play under head coach Johnny Johnson. Porchia, known for his unselfishness on the court, helped Johnson’s teams achieve national status, too. He helped lead the Eagles to the NAIA District 17 Tournament title in 1993 as the Eagles capped a 23-9 season by advancing to the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City. + Two-time All-Conference forward + 1992-93 NAIA District 17 honors + 241 career three-pointers (1st at Ozarks) + 1,671 career points (2nd at Ozarks) + 1989-90 AIC All-Freshman Team + Led team to NAIA District 17 title (1992-1993) + Led Ozarks to NAIA National Tournament
Lori Myers Hines Class of 2007 Basketball (1993-1997) Perryville, Ark. Lori (Myers) Hines blossomed into one of the top basketball players in Ozarks history, and her impact on the school’s record book continues to loom large. The 6-foot-1 center ranks third in career scoring (1,504) and eighth in career rebounding (661). She also holds the career record for highest field goal percentage (61%). Her senior season was especially rewarding as she led the Lady Eagles to an American Southwest Conference co-title and earned NAIA All-America Second Team honors. She additionally received the ASC Player of the Year and the ASC Defensive Player of the Year awards after averaging a double-double (20.8 points and 11.1 rebounds) that season. She remains one of the few athletes at Ozarks to ever earn All-America honors in the same year as winning a conference championship. A native of Perryville, Ark., Hines led Ozarks to a combined 72-35 record during her playing days, while averaging 18.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game during that span. She earned NAIA All-America Honorable Mention and NAIA Midwest All-Conference her junior season and was an All-AIC performer her sophomore year. Hines went on to play two seasons of professional basketball in Australia and later became a coach at John Milledge Academy in Milledgeville, Ga. + 1,504 career points (3rd at Ozarks) + 661 career rebounds (8th at Ozarks) + 61% career field goal % (1st at Ozarks) + NAIA Second Team All-America (1996-97) + NAIA Honorable Mention All-America (1995-96) + NAIA Midwest All-Conference (1995-96) + ASC Player of the Year (1996-97) + ASC Defensive Player of the Year (1996-97) + All-AIC (1994-95)
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Kenneth Little Class of 2007 Track and Field (1978-1981) Bayou Goula, La. Kenneth Little wasted no time making his mark as a track and field athlete at Ozarks. Little, who competed for the University from 1978-1981, won the triple jump competition in the very first collegiate track meet he competed in, setting the standard for a highly successful career. Little was a standout triple and long jumper for Ozarks and also ran on the schoolâ€™s relay teams. He is the co-holder of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference record in the triple jump (50-feet and one-half inch) and qualified for the NAIA National Championships all four years he competed. He was also a two-time All-AIC selection. Little qualified for the NAIA Championships in both the long jump and triple jump as a freshman and sophomore and in the triple jump as a junior and senior. As a junior, he finished fourth in the 1980 NAIA Championships at Abilene Christian University with a triple jump of 50-10 3/4, earning him All-American honors. + Co-holder of the AIC record in the triple jump (50-feet and one-half inch) + All-American in triple jump (1980) + Two-time All-AIC + Qualified for NAIA National Meet four years in triple jump/long jump
Ray Basinger Class of 2005 Football (1950-1954) Hartford, Ark. Ray Basinger did not start during the season-opening kickoff of his freshman year, but he seldom left the field after that. The quick, 6-foot-2, 215-pound tackle from Hartford, Ark., was a force on both sides of the ball in his four years at Ozarks. Recruited out of high school by such major programs as Tulane and the University of Arkansas, Basinger overcame a nagging knee injury early in his career to become one of the top linemen in the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference. The four-year starter earned AIC Lineman of the Year honors in 1953 and helped the Mountaineers go a combined 10-4-2 in 1952 and 1953. He went on to a successful 36year coaching career, including a 21-year stint as the head football coach at Caprock High School in Amarillo, Texas. + AIC Lineman of the Year (1953) + Led team to a combined 10-4-2 record in 1952 and 1953 + Four-year starter + Two-way starter on line + Paved the way for two AIC Backs of the Year
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Marilyn Bauer Class of 2005 Basketball (1981-1985) Scranton, Ark. Marilyn Bauer was one of the most well-rounded, versatile female players in school history. She earned All-AIC honors her senior season and was AllAIC Honorable Mention as a junior. At the time of her induction, Bauer ranked ninth in school history in points (1,160), eighth in rebounds (619) and third in assists (380), earning her the distinction of being the only female player at Ozarks to score more than 1,000 points, tally more than 600 rebounds and record more than 300 assists in a career. She owns numerous records at Ozarks, including most steals in a career (228), most steals in a season (92), most steals in a game (8) and most assists in game (13). The 5-foot-8 star guard once hit 28-of-32 free throws in a win over Arkansas College. Bauer coached at Dardanelle, Ark., for 14 years where she was named Conference Coach of the Year in basketball, volleyball and softball, and led the track team to back-to-back state titles. + At time of induction, ranked ninth in program history in points (1,160), eighth in rebounds (619) and third in assists (380) + Owns school records in most steals in a career (228), a season (92) and a game (8) + Has school record in most assists in game (13) + Only female player at Ozarks to score more than 1,000 points, tally more than 600 rebounds and record more than 300 assists in a career + All-AIC (1984-85) + All-AIC Honorable Mention (1983-84)
Fletcher Lowry Class of 2005 Alumni Athletic Achievement (1947-1952) Dermott, Ark. Fletcher Lowry, a native of Dermott, Ark., was a standout offensive guard and defensive nose tackle for the Ozarks football program in the late 1940â€™s before being recalled to active duty in the U.S. Army. He returned to Ozarks in 1952 and was captain of a Mountaineers team that went 5-2-1. He earned All-AIC in 1952 as a lineman. After graduating from Ozarks, Fletcher began a long and distinguished coaching and athletic administration career, including 33 years at the University of Central Arkansas. Fletcher, who went on to earn a Ph.D., coached football and basketball at UCA, but he left his coaching mark in baseball where his teams won more than 200 games and won or tied for six AIC titles in 14 years. He served as chair of the UCA Department of Physical Education for 17 years before retiring in 1988. + All-AIC Football lineman (1952) + Team captain (1952) + Helped team to a 5-2-1 record in 1952 + Member of UCA Hall of Fame + Coach/Administrator for 33 years at UCA + Won six AIC baseball titles at UCA
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Sylvester Benson Class of 2004 Alumni Athletic Achievement (1963-1967) Hugo, Okla. Sylvester Benson played basketball at Ozarks from 1963-67, becoming the first African-American to play intercollegiate sports at a traditionally white college in Arkansas. The Hugo, Okla., native helped break racial barriers in the state when he joined the Ozarks team in the fall of 1963. After graduating from Ozarks, Benson went on to a 35-year career as a high school teacher and administrator in Kansas, including 31 years in Manhattan. He retired as a principal in 2001. He has been an active member in the University’s Alumni Association for many years and was named to the University’s Board of Trustees in 2009. + Became first African-American basketball player to play inter- collegiate sports at a tradition- ally white college in Arkansas + Helped break racial barriers in Arkansas when he joined team in the fall of 1963 + 35-year career as a high school teacher and administrator in Kansas + Served as principal in Manhattan, Kansas
Leroy Douglas Class of 2004 Baseball (1952-54, 1956-60) Coal Hill, Ark. Leroy Douglas was a standout baseball and basketball player for Ozarks in the 1950’s. In basketball, he led Ozarks in scoring during the 1953-54 season, averaging 16 points a game. An AllArkansas Intercollegiate Conference performer for the baseball team as a freshman in 1953, Douglas was 7-2 as a pitcher, hit a conference-best .481 and led the team in RBIs, hits and home runs. In one game against Fort Smith Junior College, Douglas pitched a perfect game, hit two home runs and had nine RBIs. After receiving offers from 16 different professional baseball teams, Douglas left Ozarks in 1954 to sign a major league contract with the Detroit Tigers. His professional career was cut short after he was hit in the head by a fastball, causing a near-fatal skull fracture. Douglas went on to a successful coaching career, going 582-227 in eight seasons of coaching junior and senior high boy’s and girl’s basketball at Coal Hill. + All-AIC baseball (1953) + Signed major league contract with Detroit Tigers (1954) + Led AIC in hitting (.481) in 1953 + In basketball, led team in scoring (16.0) during the 1953-54 season + Posted a 582-227 record in eight seasons at Coal Hill in junior/senior high basketball
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME O.D. Hightower Class of 2004 Alumni Athletic Achievement (1946-1949) Adona, Ark. O.D. Hightower was a standout boxer at the University in the late 1940’s. A native of Adona, Ark., he won a total of six state Golden Glove championships, five state AAU championships and qualified for the U.S. Olympic team tryouts while a student at Ozarks. Hightower later served as executive director of the El Paso (Texas) Boys Club. + Won six state Golden Glove boxing championships + Won five state AAU boxing championships + Qualified for the U.S. Olympic boxing team tryouts while a student at Ozarks
Stephen Kennedy Class of 2004 Basketball (1991-1995) Dermott, Ark. Stephen Kennedy was a 6-foot-4 scoring and rebounding machine for the men’s basketball program from 1991-95. The Dermott, Ark., native holds the school’s all-time scoring record with 2,318 points, more than 600 points ahead of the second-place scorer. The two-time NAIA All-American and 1994 AIC Player of the Year also holds the school record for career rebounds with 1,048. Kennedy earned AIC Freshman of the Year honors and made the AIC All-Freshman Team in 1992. Kennedy was arguably among the top players to ever suit up in the AIC and was a perfect fit for head coach Johnny Johnson as he provided an inside presence during a four-year span that included an NAIA District 17 championship in 1993. The Eagles finished the season with a 23-9 record and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City that year. + Holds school’s all-time scoring record with 2,318 points + Holds school record for career rebounds with 1,048 + NAIA All-America Honorable Mention (1992-93) + NAIA All-America Third Team (1993-94) + Ranked 6th at Ozarks in career assists (280) + AIC Player of the Year (1993-94 ) + All-NAIA District 17 (1992-93) + All-AIC (1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95) + AIC Freshman of the Year (1991-92) + AIC All-Freshman Team (1991-92) 9
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Charlie Roffine Class of 2004 Baseball, Basketball, Football (1946-1950) Greenwood, Ark. Charlie Roffine was a multi-sport standout at Ozarks in the late 1940’s, earning a total of 12 letters from 19471950. He was a four-year starter as a basketball player, a team captain and starting end as a football player, and a starter on the baseball team. In basketball, he earned All-AIC honors in 1949 and 1950. Roffine was a four-time winner of the university’s T.L. Smith athletic award, which was given to the college’s outstanding athlete. + Two-time All-AIC basketball performer + Earned a total of 12 letters in baseball, basketball and football + Four-year starter and team captain (basketball) + Starter in football and baseball + Four-time T.L. Smith Athletic Award (Athlete of the Year)
Bill Alverson Class of 2003 Baseball and Basketball (1946-1949) Fort Smith, Ark. Bill Alverson enrolled at Ozarks in 1946 and quickly became an integral part of the university’s athletic program for the next three years. Alverson was a threesport athlete, competing in football, baseball and basketball. He played two years of football as a two-way guard and three years of basketball as a reserve guard. But it was baseball where he made his biggest impact as a crafty left-handed pitcher. Known for his pinpoint accuracy and an ability to keep hitters off balance, Alverson was a two-time All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference selection and helped Ozarks compete for the 1949 AIC championship. He was also known for his durability on the mound, pitching in all of his team’s first nine games of the 1949 season. After leaving Ozarks, Alverson pitched several years in professional leagues in Arkansas and Louisiana, before finishing his baseball career with the Class C Fort Smith Giants of the Western Association. He had a tryout with the New York Yankees in 1952, but declined a contract in order to pursue a career in education. Alverson, who earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Arkansas, retired in 1984 after 37 years as a coach, teacher and administrator in Arkansas. + Two-time All-AIC (baseball) + Helped Ozarks compete for the 1949 AIC championship + Pitched several years in professional leagues in Arkansas and Louisiana + Finished baseball career with Class C Fort Smith Giants + Had a tryout with the New York Yankees (1952) + Played football, baseball and basketball
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Penni Peppas-Burns Class of 2002 Basketball (1990-1994) Ozark, Ark. Her prowess on the basketball court earned Penni Peppas-Burns a reputation as a scoring machine in the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference during the 1990’s. Her 2,170 career points ranks at the top of the U of O’s women’s scoring list. Her 47-point outburst against the University of Central Arkansas remains a school single-game record, as does her 19 field goals. She also owns the record for most free throws in a game (15). Additionally, she holds single-season school records for most points (696) and field goals (276). She ranks fifth in career rebounding with 785. After earning National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-America status her sophomore season, PeppasBurns received the honor again her junior and senior seasons. In 1992, she averaged a career high 24 points per game, also a school record, and was named to the prestigious Kodak All-American team. She was a three-time AllAIC player and was twice named All-NAIA District 17. Her senior season, she led the Lady Eagles to a school-best 25-6 record and to the semi-finals of the AIC tournament. Peppas-Burns went on to play professionally in Iceland where she was named Most Valuable Player each of her four seasons there. + Holds school’s all-time scoring record with 2,170 points + Ranks fifth in career rebounding (785) + Holds school record for points in a game (47) + Holds school record for field goals (19) in a game + Holds school record for most free throws in a game (15) + Owns school record for most most points in a season (696) + Owns school record for most field goals in a season (276) + Owns school record for highest points per game (24.0) + NAIA All-America (1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94) + Kodak All-American (1992-93) + Two-time NAIA All-District 17 + Three-time All-AIC
Charlie Spoonhour Class of 2000 Coaching (1958-1961) Rogers, Ark. Charlie Spoonhour became perhaps the most recognized name in the Ozarks Sports Hall of Fame. Spoonhour became a widely recognized and successful collegiate men’s basketball coach following his graduation from Ozarks. His style, known as “Spoonball,” featured a patient, possession-oriented offense and tough, hard-nosed defense. Spoonhour had great success at what was then Southwest Missouri State (Missouri State). He turned that program into a powerhouse, compiling a 197-81 overall record. He took the team to the NCAA Tournament five times. His teams won four Mid-Continent Conference championships and one Missouri Valley title. He was named MCC Coach of the Year three times. After ripping apart the junior college ranks with a 205-63 record (.765), Spoonhour became an assistant at Nebraska before taking over at Southwest Missouri State. Then “Spoonball” hit St. Louis where he recorded an overall record of 122-90, taking the Bilikens to three NCAA’s. While at St. Louis University Spoonhour was named national Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association. After retiring, he gave it one more shot at UNLV and quickly guided the Runnin’ Rebels to consecutive 20-victory seasons and a postseason appearance. He was 54-31 at UNLV. His overall coaching record was 738-302 in 33 seasons. + Took Missouri State to NCAA Tournament five times + Named Mid-Continent Conference Coach of the Year (3 times) + Posted a 197-81 record at Missouri State + Went 122-90 at St. Louis University + Took St. Louis University to NCAA Tournament three times + Earned United States Basketball Writers Association Coach of the Year at St. Louis University + Had a 54-31 record at UNLV + Posted a 373-202 career record at NCAA I level + Member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Ron Marvel Class of 1997 Coach (1961-1965) Coal Hill, Ark. Ron Marvel received a degree in physical education from Ozarks in 1965 and then went on to become an ultrasuccessful basketball coach on several different levels in Arkansas. Marvel had an incredible run as head coach at University of Central Arkansas from 1980-2004, retiring as the winningest women’s college basketball coach in Arkansas history with a 489-207 (.703) record. In his 24 years, UCA never had a losing season and averaged more than 20 wins per season. Ten times during their time in the AIC, the Sugar Bears made the postseason and then, after moving to NCAA Division II, made four NCAA Tournament appearances. He coached countless All-Conference players during his UCA tenure. His coaching honors include college District Coach of the Year four times, Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference Coach of the Year twice, High School District Coach of the Year 11 times and four appearances in the Arkansas High School All-Star Game. Though he didn’t compete in sports at Ozarks, he transformed a strong emphasis on fundamentals and a burning desire to win into a successful formula that has added up to more than 1,300 victories and a winning percentage of better than 70 percent in 33 years of coaching. He was inducted into the UCA Hall of Fame in 2003. + Retired as the winningest college women’s basketball coach in Arkansas history with a 489-207 record (.703) + In 24 years at UCA, never had a losing season and averaged more than 20 wins per season + Led UCA to postseason 10 times while in AIC + Made four NCAA Tournaments + Two-time AIC Coach of the Year + Member of UCA Hall of Fame
Ted Young Class of 1997 Baseball (1952-1958) Clarksville, Ark. Ted Young made his mark as one of the finest all-around athletes to compete at the school. As a freshman in 1952 he earned letters in football, baseball, basketball and track, making him one of the first athletes in Ozarks history to earn four letters in one season. As a speedy halfback/defensive back in football, Young led the AIC one season with the longest punt return (62 yards) and the longest run from scrimmage (66 yards). In baseball, the smooth-fielding, leadoff-hitting second baseman was a four-year starter who helped the Mountaineers to two AIC titles. He hit .375 one season and was consistently among the league leaders in stolen bases. He lettered in track for two years as a sprinter and was also a four-year letterman on the basketball team. By the time he graduated, Young had earned a total of 12 athletic letters. + Lettered in football, baseball, basketball and track (1952) + In football, led AIC with the longest punt return (62 yards) + Four-year starter in baseball + Led baseball team to two AIC titles + Four-year basketball letterman + Earned 12 total letters over four years
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Bobby Hurley Class of 1996 Football (1955-1958) Clarksville, Ark. Bobby Hurley was a standout halfback and punter for Ozarks from 19551958. The Clarksville native was one of the top rushers in the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference in both 1956 and 1957, totaling 1,405 yards combined over the two seasons before an injury-riddled senior season slowed him down. Running out of the SplitT formation, Hurley helped the Mountaineers establish one of the top ground games in the nation during their 7-1-1 campaign in 1957 in which the team averaged 275 rushing yards a game. Hurley played every quarter for four straight seasons and was named to the All-AIC team in all four seasons he played. He also excelled as the team’s punter during his career.
Dorothy Salter Class of 1996 Basketball (1937-1941) Tillar, Ark. Dorothy Salter founded the Sooner Gals, a competitive senior women’s basketball team, in 1992. She led the team to the gold medal in the national competition of the Senior Olympics in Virginia in 2003. Known as “Dot” to her teammates, the Sooner Gals won either the silver or gold medal in the Senior Olympics every year. She won more than 100 gold medals in various competitions in the Senior Olympics since 1988. + Founder of competitive senior women’s basketball team known as “Sooner Gals” + Led the team to the gold medal in the 2003 Senior Olympics in Virginia + Has won over 100 medals in the Senior Olympics since 1988
+ Standout halfback and punter + Totaled 1,405 rushing yards in 1956 and 1957 + One of AIC’s leading rushers in 1957 + Helped team to 7-1-1 record in 1957 + Contributed to team’s 275 rushing yards per game average in 1957 + Named All-AIC all four seasons at Ozarks
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Roy Ralston Class of 1995 Football (1924-1929) Charleston, Ark.
Bill Seabolt Class of 1995 Boxing (1948-1952) Fort Smith, Ark.
Roy Ralston was a member of the football, baseball and basketball teams in his career at Ozarks, lettering in all three sports in 1925, 1926 and 1928. After graduation in 1929, Ralston enlisted in the Army Air Core School and served as Major in World War II. In 1945, Ralston was part of the Canadian Colonial Airlines and he retired in 1960.
Before entering Ozarks, Bill Seabolt boasted an impressive AAU boxing history and had three consecutive AAU boxing titles from 1945 to 1947. In 1948, he was the State Golden Glove Champion and went to the regional semi-finals in boxing. In 1949, Seabolt came to Ozarks and lettered in baseball. The following years he lettered in both baseball and football and again won the State Golden Glove Championship and participated in the regional semi-finals for boxing. In 1952, Seabolt was a baseball captain and lettered in football as well as receiving his third Golden Glove Championship. In 1952, Seabolt graduated from C of O, and he retired in 1991 after serving 40 years as an educator and coach.
+ Member of football, basketball, and baseball teams + Lettered in 1925, 1926 and 1928 + Served as a Major in World War II + Part of the Canadian Colonial Airlines
+ Three consecutive AAU boxing titles from 1945 to 1947 + Won three State Golden Glove Championships + Lettered in football and baseball from 1949 to 1952 + Served as baseball captain in 1952 + Worked 40 years as coach and educator
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Bill Crowder Class of 1994 Coach (1952-1956) Perryville, Ark. Bill Crowder entered the College of the Ozarks in 1952 and played both basketball and baseball. In 1956, his senior year, he was an Assistant Baseball Coach to Fritz Ehren and graduated with honors. From 1956 to 1959 Crowder coached basketball, football and was the athletic director and principal at Ozark High School. In 1959, Crowder moved to Springdale where he also coached football, basketball and baseball. While in Springdale, Crowder received his master’s degree from the University of Arkansas and in 1965 he became the Head Baseball Coach at Westark Junior College where he had 912 career wins, sent 400 players to major universities and had over 30 players sign professional contracts. He received the National Coach of the Year award and the National Baseball Coaches Award. Crowder has authored literature covering drugs, baseball and winning in life. The Westark Baseball Field was named “Bill Crowder Field” in his honor. He was also inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame. + Played basketball and baseball at Ozarks + Had 912 career wins as head baseball coach at Westark Junior College + Sent 400+ players to major universities and saw 30 sign professional contracts + Member of NJCAA Hall of Fame + Member of the UA-Fort Smith Hall of Fame
James Rackley Class of 1994 Baseball (1947-1950) Lawton, Okla. James Rackley came to Ozarks after a short stint with the New York Giants as an infielder in 1947 and a four year tour in the South Pacific with the United States Navy from 1942-1946. In 1949 after he reclaimed amateur status, Rackley played basketball and baseball for C of O and received All-AIC honors in baseball. From 1952 to 1954, Rackley coached all sports at Palestine High School (Ark.). From 1956 to 1985, Rackley was the Head Basketball Coach at Mena High School (Ark.). During his impressive career at Mena, he posted a 433-249 record while coaching 11 teams that participated in the State Tournament. Rackley was a Coach of the Year 12 times and had six district championships and six district championship runner-ups during his tenure. In 1959 and 1969, Rackley was awarded the All-Star Coach position for the Arkansas High School All-Star game and in 1979 he was awarded the Fort Smith Times Record Coach of the Year. In 1984, a year before his retirement, Rackley was honored as a Polk County Citizen of the Year and in 1987 the Mena High School gym was renamed “Jim Rackley Gymnasium.” + Received All-AIC honors in baseball + Played for the New York Giants as an infielder + Posted a 433-249 record with 11 State Tournament appearances as the head basketball coach at Mena High School + Led Mena to six District Championships + 12-time Coach of the Year + Mena’s Gym named “Jim Rackley Gymnasium” 15
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Ralph Brown Class of 1993 Baseball (1973-1976) Fort Smith, Ark. After he graduated from Westark Junior College where he was an All-Conference and All-Region and helped the team to the Junior College Qualifying National Tournament, Ralph Brown starred on the diamond at Ozarks. From 1974 to 1975 Brown was a two-time First Team All-AIC selection and was also a twofold All-NAIA athlete. Brown led C of O in batting average, home runs and RBIs during his career and was a team captain. Brown was also an AIC All-Star for two years and received All-American Honorable Mention. After he graduated, Brown coached at Fort Smith Northside High School (Ark.) where he coached basketball, volleyball and track. He was a 4A West Coach of the Year ten times for volleyball and basketball and took teams to the state finals in 1988, 1989 and 1990. Brown was on the Gatorade National Coaches Honor Roll in 1993. + Two-time First Team All-AIC and All-NAIA + AIC All-Star for two years + All-American Honorable Mention + Led the team in batting average, home runs and RBIs during his career + 10-time 4A West Coach of the Year in volleyball/basket ball at Fort Smith Northside High School
Robert Ehren Class of 1993 Football (1949-1955) Booneville, Ark. Before enlisting and serving in the Army, Robert Ehren attended the College of the Ozarks for one year in 1949. During that year he participated in football, baseball and track. In 1952, he received All-AIC Honorable Mention in football, participated in basketball and ran the 440 in track. During his time at Ozarks, Ehren was First Team All-AIC in football and was awarded AIC Back of the Year and helped the team to an AIC football championship. Ehren received his masterâ€™s degree from the University of Tennessee and completed post-graduate work at the University of Arkansas. From 1958 to 1986, Ehren was a High School Administrator where he served as Principal for seven years, Superintendent for 21 years and three years as a Special Education Supervisor in Franklin and Logan Counties. In 1989, Ehren retired after 35 years of service to the education profession. + Participated in football, baseball and track + Received All-AIC Honorable Mention in football (1952) + First Team All-AIC in football + AIC Back of the Year + Helped team to AIC Football Championship + 35 years of service in education
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Annabel Hess Rice Class of 1993 Basketball (1926-1929) Nashville, Ark. Annabel Hess Rice graduated from Nashville High School in 1926 where she played basketball, softball and volleyball. In her time at College of the Ozarks, Rice participated in basketball, was a team manager for the basketball team, was the Athletic Editor for the Mountain Eagle, President of the Eagle Screams Pep Club, President of the Women’s Dormitory Council and an active member in the following clubs: Literary Society, Music, Home Economics, Art and Debate. After graduation, Rice married 1990 Hall of Fame inductee Glenn Rice and earned two master’s degrees. She and her husband had three daughters. In 1975, Rice retired after 45 years of distinguished service at Dumas High School. Her community honors include: Arkansas Governor’s Council on Secondary Education, Arkansas Post Girl Scouts Council, Executive Board of the Arkansas Association of Student Councils, Scottish Rites Graduate Fellowship, Arkansas PTA Council Congress Fellowship, Girl Scouts Service Award, Outstanding Arkansan, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who of American Women, National Register of Prominent Americans and Delta Kappa Gamma Service Award. + Participated in basketball at Ozarks + 45 years of service to Dumas School District + Recipient of numerous statewide awards and honors including Girl Scouts Service Award, Outstanding Arkansan and Arkansas Governor’s Council on Secondary Education
Bob Chance Class of 1992 Basketball (1965-1969) Ponca City, Okla. Bob Chance was a high-scoring forward from Ponca City, Okla., and was a fouryear letterman in basketball. In 1968, he captured All-AIC honors. He received All-AIC Honorable Mention in 1969. Upon his graduation in 1969, Chance held 13 individual basketball records at C of O. His single season records included highest points per game average (22.5) and field goals in a game (17). He owned career records in highest average points in a four-year career (14.4), second highest in rebound average in a four-year career (7.2), second in career points (1,288) and third in career rebounds (644). In 1976, Chance coached a Missouri High School basketball team to a 31-3 record and a third place finish in the state tournament. In 1989, Chance began serving as a Coordinator for drug testing on the United States Olympic Committee for Badminton, a position he held for five years. From 1989-1991, Chance was the National governing Body Coordinator for Olympic festivals in Oklahoma, California and Minnesota. + Named All-AIC in 1968 + All-AIC Honorable Mention in 1969 + Held 13 individual school basketball records upon graduation in 1969 + Still holds record for field goals in a single game (17) and highest points per game Average (22.5) + Sixth in career scoring (1,288) + Fifth in career rebounds (644) 17
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Frank Koon Class of 1992 Coach (1945-1955) Sheridan, Ark. Frank Koon attended Henderson State Teachers College from 1929-1933 where he was the junior class president, student body president and was a three-year All-State football performer. From 1933 to 1942, Koon was a teacher and coach in his hometown of Sheridan, Arkansas. In 1942, Koon joined the United States Armed Forces 96th Infantry Division before coming to Ozarks in 1945. From 1945 to 1955, Koon was the College of the Ozarks athletic director, football coach and basketball coach. He was named the AIC Coach of the Year in 1951. After Ozarks, Koon spent a decade at Arkansas State Teachers College where he too served as Athletic Director, posted a 54-34-6 record as the Football Coach and coached two AIC Championship football teams in 1959 and 1962. In 1965, Koon left the athletic world and was the Arkansas State Teachers College Vice President of Student Affairs before his retirement in 1976. Upon his retirement, Koon posted a winning record of 159-99-6. At the time of his induction, six of his students had joined him in the U of O Hall of Fame. + Served as Ozarks athletic director from 1945 to 1955 + Served as football and basketball coach + Named 1951 AIC Coach of the Year + Finished coaching career with winning record of 159-99-6 + Led Arkansas State Teachers College to a pair of AIC football championships + Member of the UCA Hall of Fame 18
Rex Yerby Class of 1992 Baseball (1949-51, 1956-57) Van Buren, Ark. In 1951, Rex Yerby was a member of the All-AIC Basketball First Team and the recipient of the universityâ€™s T.L. Smith Award. He lettered in football, basketball and baseball before enlisting in the United States Navy in 1952. In 1956, Yerby returned to Ozarks and was a member of the AllAIC Baseball First Team in 1956 and 1957 and was the Arkansas Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion. He lettered again in football, basketball and baseball in his final two years. From 1957 to 1986, Yerby was a coach and administrator posting an impressive .670 winning percentage and a record of 103-48-2. He was a three-time Coach of the Year and coach of the West All-Stars. He spent 32 years as a coach and administrator. + 1951 All-AIC First Team (Basketball) + Recipient of schoolâ€™s T.L. Smith Award (Athlete of the Year) + All-AIC First Team in 1956 and 1957 (Baseball) + 1956 Arkansas Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion + Lettered in football, basketball, and baseball + Spent 32 years as administrator and coach with a .670 winning percentage
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Dwight “Doc” Blakely Class of 1991 Baseball (1925-1931) Canton, Ill. Originally from Canton, Illinois, Dwight Blakely graduated from the Clarksville Academy in 1925. In 1926 and 1927 alike, Blakely was a member of the College of the Ozarks baseball team and helped them to a pair of undefeated seasons. Both seasons resulted in winning a state championship. In his time at C of O, Blakely lettered in baseball five times and was the team captain in 1928. In 1933, he began podiatry school. In 1977, he received the Arkansas Traveler Award. In 1987, Blakely was the recipient of the Blue Cross Golden Anniversary Salute Award. He was a frequent guest on “Nashville Now”, television program seen throughout the South.
Johnny Bock Class of 1991 Baseball (1940-42, 1945-1949) Clarksville, Ark. After starting his collegiate career at Arkansas Tech, Johnny Bock transferred to Ozarks in 1940. He was there for one year and then enlisted in the military and did not return to Ozarks until 1946. From 1947-49, Bock lettered in baseball at C of O. In 1948 and 1949 Bock received All-AIC baseball honors. He won the AIC Batting title his senior year with a .420 average. For 26 years, Bock was a superintendant in the Clarksville area School District and was the supervisor of the special education system in eight school districts. Bock received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary in 1991. + Lettered in baseball from 1947-49 + Received All-AIC baseball honors in 1948 and 1949 + Won AIC Batting title (.420) his senior season + Served as Clarksville Superintendant
+ Member of the baseball team and helped team to a pair of undefeated seasons and state championships in 1926 and 1927 + Served as team captain in 1928 + Five-time letterwinner in baseball
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME George Henry Class of 1991 Tennis (1930-1934) Altus, Ark. During his collegiate years at Ozarks, George Henry was a four-year lettermen in tennis and a two-year lettermen in basketball. In his senior year, he was named All-AIC in tennis and was also the sports editor of the “Mountain Eagle” and “Erie” campus publications. Upon graduation, Henry became a track coach, and in 1969, 1970 and 1976 he was the NAIA District XVII Track Coach of the Year. In the latter two years, he was also the NAIA Area V Track Coach of the Year. In 1977, Henry was inducted into the National NAIA Track Hall of Fame after winning nine Public School state titles, one football, two track & field and six consecutive tennis titles. From 1963-1977, Henry was a collegiate track coach and his impressive program capitulated him to four AIC Track titles and an AIC Cross Country title. His win-loss record was an impressive 1474-714 (.670) over his 43year coaching career. Everywhere he coached, Henry started a track program, which culminated in coaching over 5,000 athletes in his four decade career. + Four-year lettermen in tennis and two-year lettermen in basketball + Named All-AIC in tennis senior year + 1969, 1970 and 1976 NAIA District XVII Track Coach of the Year + Inducted into the National NAIA Track Hall of Fame in 1977 + Won four AIC Track titles and one AIC Cross Country title + In 43 years, posted a 1474-714 (.670) record 20
Frank “Poker” Ingram Class of 1991 Football (1932, 1945-1948) Clarksville, Ark. A native of Clarksville, Frank Ingram graduated from Clarksville High School in 1931. Before College of the Ozarks dropped the football program in 1933, Ingram lettered one year (1932). In 1940, Ingram joined WWII and achieved the rank of 2nd Lieutenant Commander until 1945 when he returned to College of the Ozarks. In 1948, Ingram received the first degree in health and physical education from Ozarks. A year later, Ingram was a member of the University of Arkansas Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Fraternity, the C of O Chairman of Health & Physical Education Department and an assistant coach in the football and basketball programs. From 1955 to 1960, Ingram was the head football coach at College of the Ozarks where he coached fellow Hall of Famers Gayle Kaundart, Fritz Ehren, Lonnie Qualls and Billy Bock. Ingram retired in 1970 as a full professor and the head of the Health and Physical Education department. + Lettered one season on the football team + Served as Head Coach of the football team from 1955 to 1960 + Coached four members of Ozarks Hall of Fame + Taught at Ozarks and was Head of Health and Physical Education department
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Francis â€œWindyâ€? Morris Class of 1991 Boxing (1947-1950) Clarksville, Ark. From 1937 through 1941, Francis Morris won both Golden Gloves and AAU Boxing Titles each year. In 1942 before he served the United States Air Force, Morris was a student boxing coach at Arkansas Tech University. From 1942 to 1945, Morris served the US Air Force as a first Lieutenant in the Pacific Theatre. In 1946, Morris attended Northeastern State University before enrolling at the College of the Ozarks where he attended from 1947 to 1950 and he served as student boxing coach. In 1949, Morris graduated from Ozarks and then attended the University of Arkansas. While at U of A, Morris was a graduate assistant tennis coach and boxing coach. In 1984, Morris retired from a 32-year public education career. His boxing accolades include: sixtime Arkansas Golden Gloves Champion and Arkansas AAU Boxing Champion, three-time Regional Golden Gloves in Kansas City and a National Runner-Up finish in Chicago.
Willard Ralston Class of 1991 Football (1925-1929) Charleston, Ark. Willard Ralston was a graduate of Clarksville Academy class of 1925. From 1925-1929, he attended College of the Ozarks where he lettered in football, basketball and track and participated in amateur boxing. In 1932 at the University of Arkansas, Ralston took 1st place in the 880 Relay Intramural and 1st place in the Cross Country Intramural. That same year he also participated in boxing and wrestling at the U of A. By 1972, Ralston was a coach and school superintendent for nine years and an FBI agent 31 years. He retired in 1991. + From 1925-1929, lettered in football, basketball and track and participated in amateur boxing + In 1932, won 1st place in the 880 Relay Intramural and 1st place in Cross Country Intramural at University of Arkansas + Was on the wrestling team and boxing team at University of Arkansas (1932)
+ Won Golden Gloves and AAU Boxing Titles from 1937 through 1941 + Six-time Arkansas Golden Gloves Champion and Arkansas AAU Boxing Champion + Three-time Regional Golden Gloves winner and National Runner-Up + Assistant tennis and boxing coach at University of Arkansas 21
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Billy Bock Class of 1990 Football (1954-1958) Clarksville, Ark. Billy Bock made his mark on the football and baseball fields at Ozarks in the 1950’s. But Bock’s greatest achievements came after starring at Ozarks. Bock was among the most prominent and successful High School baseball coaches in the country for four decades. His teams captured nine state baseball titles during his career which includes a state record five championships in a row. He won state titles at Fort Smith St. Annes in 1967, Sylvan Hills in 1974, Texarkana in 1982 and Pine Bluff in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992 and 1995. He coached in Arkansas for 44 years. During this time, he served as head coach in football, basketball, golf, tennis, boxing, and 35 years in baseball. Six years in baseball were as head coach at Henderson State University, 29 years were at St. Anne’s Academy in Fort Smith, Sylvan Hills High School, Arkansas High at Texarkana, and Pine Bluff High School. His teams finished as state runners-up five times and appeared in 27 state tournaments and won 23 district championships with an overall record of 641-121 (.841). He never had a losing season in any sport. He was named Arkansas High School Baseball Coach of the Year seven times and District Coach of the Year 18 times. He was nationally recognized as well. Collegiate Baseball named him Coach of the Decade for the 1980’s and then Co-Coach of the Century. Additionally, he earned ABCA District VI Coach of the Year (three times), ABCA National Coach of the Year (two times), NAIA District 17 Baseball Coach of the Year, AIC Baseball Coach of the Year, National High School Gold Baseball Coaching Award, NFICA Outstanding Coach for Arkansas, USBF Golden Diamond Award, US Baseball Coach of the Year for Arkansas, District Football Coach of the Year (three times), and District Basketball Coach of the Year (two times). He was the 1986 head coach of the “Gold Medal” winning South Team in the USA Olympic Festival. He was honored twice by the Arkansas Legislature and twice had a “Billy Bock Day” in Arkansas proclaimed by then Governor Bill Clinton. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Subiaco Academy and also the University of the Ozarks. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. As a player, Bock was a member of the All-AIC Team three seasons in baseball. He was All-AIC Honorable Mention in football and was the State Golden Glove boxing champion four consecutive years. + Member of the All-AIC football and baseball team + Posted a 641-121 record as a High School baseball coach + Won nine state titles as a High School baseball coach + Made post-season 27 times and won 23 district championships in high school + Named Arkansas High School Baseball Coach of the Year seven times + Collegiate Baseball named him Coach of the Decade for the 1980’s and then Co- Coach of the Century + Earned ABCA National Coach of the Year two times + Head Coach of the “Gold Medal” winning South Team in the USA Olympic Festival in 1986 + Member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame + Member of the Arkansas & Henderson State Sports Hall of Fame
Fritz Ehren Class of 1990 Football (1949-1953) Booneville, Ark. Fritz Ehren ended his career at Ozarks as one of the top football players in the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference. In 1952, Ehren was a member of the All-AIC First Team and was named the AIC Football Back of the Year that season. In 1953, he was again named to the All-AIC First Team after racking up 1,528 yards of total offense, rushing for 1,144 yards and scoring 121 points. His rushing yard total stood as a record for 12 years in the AIC. His career AIC records included ranking fourth in rushing (3,937) and eighth in total offense (4,550). He was the first football athlete from the AIC to be drafted (LA Rams). Ehren’s #41 jersey number was later retired after an approved petition by the student body. Following his stellar football career, Ehren coached C of O to an AIC Championship in baseball. His teams advanced to the National Tournament twice during his coaching career. In 1971, Ehren was inducted into the NAIA Football Hall of Fame in Kansas City. Ehren then became a highly respected administrator at Ozarks. He had a twenty-six year relationship as a student, Admissions officer, faculty member, department chair, Dean of Students, Academic Dean, Vice President of Academic Affairs and President of the University. + Named the AIC Football Back of the Year in 1952 + All-AIC First Team in 1952 and 1953 + 1,144 rushing yard total stood as a record for 12 years in the AIC + Career AIC records included ranking fourth in rushing (3,937) and eighth in total offense (4,550) + First football athlete from the AIC to be drafted + Coached Ozarks to an AIC baseball title + Member of NAIA Hall of Fame + Served as President of U of O
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Gayle Kaundart Class of 1990 Basketball (1946-1950) Alma, Ark. In 1947, Gayle Kaundart was placed on the All-AIC First Team for his basketball prowess. He again made All-Conference in 1948, this time earning Second Team honors. The following season he helped the team to an AIC co-championship, the first of its kind in 20 years at the school. He was named All-AIC Second Team following the team’s championship season. He capped his senior season by earning All-AIC First Team honors. After graduation, Kaundart would continue his excellence in basketball as he established himself as one of the top High School coaches at Fort Smith Northside guiding the boy’s team for 19 years. From 1958-74, the school took home six state titles, including 1974 when the team finished a perfect 30-0. He garnered Arkansas High School Basketball Coach of the Year in 1958, 1959, 1965, 1971, and 1974. In 1971, he was named the National High School Athletic Coaches Association District 5 Coach of the Year. He then went to Westark Junior College as the head men’s basketball coach where he captured seven Region II tournaments, nine Bi-State Conference titles and a national title in 1981. In 13 seasons under Kaundart, Westark had six 30-plus winning seasons and only two years with more than nine losses. He posted a winning percentage of 81 percent, compiling a 379-87 record. He was named Region 2 Junior College Coach of the Year eight times and was the National Junior College Coach of the Year in 1981. During his more than 30 years of coaching, Kaundart posted a 975293 record. Kaundart was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1984. He was also inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame. In 1974, he received the College of the Ozarks Alumni Achievement Award. + Four-time All-Conference basketball player + Coached Northside HS (Ark.) boy’s basketball team to six state titles from 1958-74 + Arkansas High School Basketball Coach of the Year (five times) + Named the National High School Athletic Coaches Association District 5 Basketball Coach of the Year in 1971 + Compiled a 379-87 record at Westark JC + Captured seven Region II tournaments, nine Bi-State Conference titles and a national title in 1981 at Westark JC + Named Region 2 Junior College Coach of the Year eight times and the National Junior College Coach of the Year in 1981 + Member of the UA-Fort Smith Hall of Fame, Ark. Sports Hall of Fame and NJCAA Hall of Fame
Lonnie Qualls Class of 1990 Football (1951-1955) Clarksville, Ark. Lonnie Qualls emerged as one of the top allaround athletes Ozarks has seen, excelling in baseball, basketball and football. Qualls made his biggest impact on the gridiron where he was a four-time All-AIC First Team member as a running back. In 1954, he was named the AIC Back of the Year, received All-AIC Honorable Mention in baseball and basketball. In 1955, he would garner AIC Honorable Mention honors in basketball and baseball. Qualls amassed 2,106 career rushing yards and scored 182 points. Qualls then went on to a successful coaching career at Clarksville High School and College of the Ozarks. In 1960, Qualls was selected as the head coach of the West All-Star Football team in the Arkansas High School All-Star game. He led Clarksville’s Senior High football team to three district championships and a pair of undefeated seasons. At Ozarks, Qualls became the NAIA District 17 Baseball Coach of the Year in 1976. In 1990, Qualls ended his career after thirtyfive years. He held coaching and teaching positions at Ozarks for 29 years, as well as coached football, baseball, tennis, bowling, soccer, and cross country in his tenure. In 2005, Ozarks’ baseball field was named “Lonnie R. Qualls Field” in his honor. + Four-time All-AIC First Team member as a running back + AIC Back of the Year in 1952 + Honorable Mention All-AIC in baseball and basketball + Amassed 2,106 career rushing yards and scored 182 points + NAIA District 17 Baseball Coach of the Year in 1976 + Ozarks Baseball Field named Lonnie R. Qualls Field + Served 29 years coaching and teaching at Ozarks
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Glenn Rice Class of 1990 Track (1925-1929) Dumas, Ark. Glenn Rice lettered in football, basketball, track and field and baseball, but it was track and field where he made the biggest impact. In 1926, Rice set a state record for javelin. In 1927, he set the state record for broad jump which stood for 33 years for all colleges and 47 years as an AIC record. In 1928, Rice attended the Olympic Trials in track and placed third. In 1929, Rice attended the Olympic trials again and placed third in the Broad Jump and also broke the NCAA javelin record. He was the first Arkansas athlete to make the US Track and Field Honor Roll. This also led the NCAA to place Ozarks on the US Track and Field Honor Roll. Johnson County declared “Glenn Rice Day” on May 5, 1929. He would attend the Southern Olympic trials in 1932. Rice held school records in the 100 yard dash (10.00 seconds), Javelin (204’6”), broad jump (24’ 1 5/8”) and shot put (38’9”). In 1969, Rice was placed into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. + Lettered in football, basketball, track and field and baseball + Set a state record for javelin in 1926 + Set the state record for broad jump which stood for 33 years for all colleges and 47 years as an AIC record in 1927 + Attended Olympic Trials in track and placed third in 1928 + Attended the Olympic Trials and placed third in the Broad Jump and also broke the NCAA javelin record in 1929 + Held school records in the 100 yard dash (10.00 seconds), Javelin (204’6”), broad jump (24’ 1 5/8”) and shot put (38’9”) + Member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame
Walter Brown Willis Class of 1990 Football (1902-1906) Willis attended Cumberland College and lettered in football and baseball from 1902-1905. In 1903, Willis made the All-Conference College Football Team where he was named the All-State Center and elected Captain of Arkansas’ All-Star Football Team. In 1904 and 1905, Willis lettered in both football and baseball. + Lettered in football and baseball from 1902-1905 + Made All-Conference Football Team in 1903 + Named All-State Center + Elected Captain of Arkansas’ All-Star Football Team + Lettered in football and baseball during 1904 and 1905 season
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Inductee Louis Whorton (‘76) Percy Williams (‘84) 1983-1984 Men’s Basketball Team Johnny Johnson Jerry Wagoner (‘58) Marcos Gonzalez (‘01) Anthony Porchia (‘93) Lori Myers Hines (‘97) Kenneth Little (‘81) Ray Basinger (‘54) Marilyn Bauer (‘85) Fletcher Lowry (‘52) Sylvester Benson (‘67) Leroy Douglas (‘60) O.D. Hightower (‘49) Stephen Kennedy (‘96) Charlie Roffine (‘50) Bill Alverson (‘49) Penni Peppas-Burns (‘94) Charlie Spoonhour (‘61) Ron Marvel (‘65) Ted Young (‘58) Bobby Hurley (‘58) Dorothy Salter (‘41) Roy Ralston (‘29) Bill Seabolt (‘52) Bill Crowder (‘56) James Rackley (‘50) Ralph Brown Jr. (‘76) Robert Ehren (‘55) Annabel Hess Rice (‘29) Bob Chance (‘69) Frank Koon Rex Yerby (‘57) Dwight Blakely (‘31) Johnny Bock (‘49) George Henry (‘34) Frank Ingram (‘48) Francis Morris (‘50) Willard Ralston (‘29) Billy Bock (‘58) Fritz Ehren (‘53) Gayle Kaundart (‘50) Lonnie Qualls (‘55) Glenn Rice (‘29) Walter Brown Willis (‘06)
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Lori Myers Hines Robert Ehren Kenneth Little Penni Peppas-Burns Annabel Hess Rice Ralph Brown Ray Basinger James Rackley Bob Chance Frank Koon Marilyn Bauer Charlie Spoonhour Fletcher Lowry Rex Yerby Ron Marvel Ted Young Dwight Blakely Johnny Bock Sylvester Benson Bobby Hurley Leroy Douglas George Henry O.D. Hightower Dorothy Salter Frank Ingram Stephen Kennedy Francis Morris Charlie Roffine Willard Ralston Roy Ralston Bill Alverson Bill Crowder Bill Seabolt Billy Bock
Fritz Ehren Gayle Kaundart Lonnie Qualls Glenn Rice Louis Whorton Percy Williams 1983-84 Menâ€™s Basketball Team Johnny Johnson Jerry Wagoner Walter Brown Willis Marcos Gonzalez Anthony Porchia
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