Texas Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2011 Class
The Waco-based Texas Sports Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2011 yesterday.
The 10-member class is headlined by current Texas Longhorn football head coach Mack Brown and former Texas Tech Red Raider football wide receiver Dave Parks.
The Texas Sports Hall of Fame’s Induction Committee is chaired by Dave Campbell, the founder of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.
Here are the brief biographies for the Class of 2011:
SHAWN ANDAYA. California native. Texas A&M softball pitcher 1984-87. Three-time All-American. Career 114-28 record with 10 saves. Set NCAA career record for strikeouts with 1,234. Led Texas A&M to three national championship game appearances. In 1987 led nation in victories (36) & strikeouts (326). Threw a perfect game in a 1-0 victory over UCLA in ‘87 WCWS elimination game. Aggies beat UCLA again to win the ‘87 NCAA title. Pitched longest game in WS history in 1984 (25 innings) then had game-winning RBI in 25th. Made WCWS All-Tournament team three times. NCAA 25th Anniversary Women’s College World Series team. Texas A&M Athletic HOF.
GARY BLAIR. (pictured left of President Obama) Dallas, TX native. Led Texas A&M women’s basketball team to the 2011 NCAA National Championship. School record 33 wins. At South Oak Cliff HS his girls’ teams had a 239-18 record and won 4A titles in 1977, 1978 & 1980. Stephen F. Austin coach from 1985-93, had a 210-43 record, won seven conference titles and went to six NCAA tourneys. At Arkansas (1993-03) had a 198-120 record and went to NCAA tourney five times. Texas A&M 2003 to present, 188-79 record, .704 winning percentage and six NCAA tourneys. Overall record in 26 seasons of 596-242, only one losing season, 18 postseason appearances. 1 of only 3 DI women’s coaches to lead two different teams to NCAA Final Four.
MACK BROWN. Cookeville, TN native. Head football coach at University of Texas 1998 to present. Won BCS National Championship in 2005. Brown’s record in 13 seasons at UT is 133-34 including 12 Bowl Games. 8-4 record in Bowl Games. 2008 Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year. 2009 Big 12 Coach of the Year. Second coach in UT history to reach 100 wins. Finished 9 of last 10 seasons with 10 wins. In 13 seasons at UT Brown has had 61 players taken in the NFL Draft. His teams set 136 offensive school records.
FRED COUPLES. Seattle, WA native. College golf at University of Houston from 1977-80. All American at UH in 1979 & 1980. SWC individual champion in 1979. 15 PGA Tour victories including 1987 Byron Nelson, 1992 Masters and 2003 Shell Houston Open. Runner up at 1990 PGA championship. Represented United States on 5 Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams.
G.A. MOORE JR. Winningest high school football coach in Texas history. Career record of 412-85-9 with 8 state championships. Coached at Bryson (1962), Pilot Point (1963-70, 1977-85, 2002-04), Celina (1972-76, 1988-01), Sherman (1986-87). Aubrey (2009-present) Broke Abilene High’s longtime consecutive game win streak record of 56 games at Celina. Earned 16 letters in football, basketball, track & baseball.
DAVE PARKS. (pictured right) Abilene HS grad. All-SWC WR at Texas Tech in 1962 & 1963. First Red Raider to be named 1st team All-American. Set Tech career records for career (80), and single season receptions (32), single-game receptions (8) & single-game receiving yards (132). Selected to East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl and the AFCA All-America Game. 1st overall pick of the 1964 NFL Draft by the SF 49ers. Played 10 NFL seasons at TE with SF (1964-67), New Orleans (1968-72), Houston (1973). Made All-Pro Rookie team in 1964. All-Pro 1965 & 1966. Selected to three Pro Bowls. College Football HOF in 2009.
TOBIN ROTE. (dec.) San Antonio, TX native. Led SA Harlandale HS to regional titles in 1944 & 1945. Lettered four years at Rice Institute (1946-49). Led Rice to the SWC title in 1949 and a 27-13 victory over North Carolina in the 1950 Cotton Bowl. Was also the SWC javelin champion in 1949 & 1950. Played 11 seasons in the NFL with Green Bay (1950-56), Detroit (1957-59) & Denver (1966). Led the Packers in rushing & passing in 1951, 1952 & 1956. Member of the Green Bay Packer HOF. 1957 NFL title game Rote threw 4 TD passes & ran for a TD in a 59-14 victory over Cleveland.
BUBBA SMITH. (dec.) Beaumont, TX native. All-America defensive end at Michigan State in 1965 & 1966. Helped MSU win National Championship in 1965 & 1966. Played in 1966 “Game of the Century” vs Notre Dame. College Football HOF in 1988. No. 1 overall draft pick of the 1967 NFL Draft. Baltimore Colts 1967-71, Oakland Raiders 1973-74 and Houston Oilers 1975-76. Pro Bowl in 1970 & 1971. 1st team All-Pro in 1971. Won Super Bowl V with Baltimore Colts.
LOVIE SMITH. Native of Gladewater, TX. Three-time all-state selection on legendary teams at Big Sandy HS that won three state titles (1973-75). Was a two-time All-America defensive back at Tulsa. First African-American coach, (with Tony Dungy) to take a team to the Super Bowl. Head coach of the Chicago Bears since 2004. Career record of 66-52 thru 2010 season. Voted the NFL’s Coach of the Year in 2005 by the AP & the Pro Football Writers. Fastest coach in Bears history to lead his team to a division title (2nd year). Smith spent last 23 years coaching in college & pro ranks, including stint as defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams from 2001-03.
ANDRE WARE. High School at Dickinson, TX. 1989 Heisman Trophy and Davey O’Brien Award winner as quarterback at University of Houston. Jr. season threw for 4,699 yards, 44 touchdowns and set 26 NCAA records including 53.5 points per game average. As a Soph. led Cougars to the Aloha Bowl. Detroit Lions QB 1990-93. College Football HOF 2004. Currently an analyst on ESPN.