Three Named To Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
Three Named To Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
June 6, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Former Kansas State track student-athlete/head coach/administrator DeLoss Dodds and men’s basketball players Ed Nealy and Chuckie Williams were among 10 individuals selected to the Class of 2014 for the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 5 at the Wichita Boathouse.
The trio was joined in the Class of 2014 by Smith Center football coach Roger Barta, eight-time state championship-winning football coach and Leroy native Bill Freeman, four-sport Kansas star Charlie Hoag, Stanford swimmer and Wichita native Caroline Bruce McAndrew, Wichita State baseball coach Gene Stephenson, Emporia State distance runner and Kiowa native Bill Tidwell and Kansas basketball player Walt Wesley.
Known for his stint as one of the most influential athletic directors in the country at the University of Texas, Dodds grew up near Manhattan in the town of Riley and became a 440-meter conference champion at K-State before becoming the Wildcats’ head track and cross country coach in 1963. During his 13-year stint as head coach (1963-76), his teams won six Big Eight Conference titles (four men’s cross country and two in men’s indoor track) and finished among the Top 10 at the NCAA Championships on eight occasions. He coached 10 NCAA champions, 27 All-Americans and 51 conference champions. He would also serve as K-State’s athletic director from 1977-81 before taking the same post at Texas.
Under Dodds’ leadership, Longhorn teams won 14 NCAA Championships and 108 conference titles from 1981 until his retirement in 2013. He was named the 2002 and 2005 Under Armor Athletic Director of the Year and was the 2011 Sports Business Journal Athletic Director of the Year. He was inducted into the Kansas State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
A native of Bonner Springs, Kansas, Nealy remains the only basketball player in school history to post both 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. A four-year lettermen for head coach Jack Hartman from 1978-82, he helped the Wildcats to an 85-38 (.691) overall record, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, the 1981 NCAA Elite Eight and the 1980 Big Eight Tournament title. His 85 career wins still rank among the school’s Top 10.
Nealy’s 1,069 rebounds remain the most in school history and stand as the third-most in Big Eight history. He ranks first in career double-digit rebounding games (45) and second in career double-doubles (36), while he is the only player to lead the team in rebounding four consecutive seasons. His 1,304 points rank 11th on the career scoring list.
Nealy was named to the All-Big Eight First Team and honorable mention All-America team as a senior en route to helping the Wildcats to 23-8 overall record and a trip to the Sweet 16 in 1981-82. He was also selected as the Big Eight’s Newcomer of the Year as a freshman in 1979 after averaging 10.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
Nealy’s success were not limited to the basketball court, as he was twice named an Academic All-American in 1981 and 1982 and three times was selected to the Big Eight’s All-Academic Team while earning an engineering degree.
Nealy played 10 seasons in the NBA for five different teams, posting 1,451 points on 49.8 percent shooting with 1,799 rebounds. He was a member of the Chicago Bulls’ NBA Championship Teams in 1991 and 1993.
One of the school’s most potent long-range shooters, Williams was a four-year lettermen for Hartman from 1972-76. He helped the Wildcats to an 82-30 (.732) overall record, including two NCAA Elite Eight appearances and the 1973 Big Eight regular season title. He ranks ninth on the all-time scoring chart with 1,364 points.
After averaging just 5.3 points as a sophomore in 1973-74, Williams made one of the biggest scoring jumps in school history as a junior, as he paced the Wildcats in scoring at 22.1 points per game en route to guiding the school to the 1975 Elite Eight. He was selected All-Big Eight First Team and to the Helms Foundation All-America team. As a senior in 1975-76, he guided the squad to its second straight 20-win season en route to earning second team All-America honors from The Sporting News, Converse Yearbook and Basketball Weekly.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Williams still ranks among the school’s Top 10 in 24 single-game, season and/or career categories, including tops in field goals made (22) and attempted (42) in a game and season field goals attempted (594). He held the school single-game scoring mark for 19 years with 47 points against Holy Cross in 1975 before it was broken by Askia Jones (62) in 1994 and shared the record for most points in an NCAA Tournament game with 35 against Syracuse in 1975 before Jacob Pullen (38) eclipsed that mark in 2011.
Tickets for the ceremony will be available for purchase on August 4. For more information on the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, please visit www.kshof.org or call (316) 262.2038.