Lehning, Coffman and Harrison to be Inducted into KSHOF
Lehning, Coffman and Harrison to be Inducted into KSHOF
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- In an announcement by the state of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Monday, former K-State standouts Shalee Lehning (women's basketball), Paul Coffman (football) and Kenny Harrison (track & field) have been selected as members of the 54th Anniversary Class of 2015. The induction class of 2015 will be enshrined in ceremonies on October 4 at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in the Wichita Boathouse.
A three-sport athlete at Sublette High School, Lehning garnered numerous awards and accomplishments including: all-league first team recognition in volleyball (4 years); seven gold medals at state track and field: three gold medals in the 100-meter hurdles, two gold medals in the 300-meter hurdles and two gold medals in javelin. She shattered the state record books in her basketball career, as she is the: state all-time leading rebounder, assists leader and steals leader; fourth in state all-time points.
She helped lead the Larks to back-to-back undefeated seasons and Class 2A state championships in 2004 and 2005 and was named the Miss Kansas and Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year along with notching numerous all-tournament and all-state selections. She received Academic All-League recognition in volleyball, basketball and track for four years. She also excelled off the court, as she was class president for four years and was on the "A" Honor Roll four years.
At the conclusion of her K-State playing career in 2009, Lehning ranked first in school history and second in Big 12 history for career assists with 800, ranked first in school history for career minutes played with 4,271, ranked fourth in school history for career rebounds with 914 and 19th for career points with 1,189. She was the first player in Big 12 history to record 1,000 career points, 900 career rebounds and 800 career assists. Lehning was the eighth guard in school history to register 200 points in every season of her career and her final career point total was the 11th-highest by a guard in school history.
The 2009 Associated Press All-America honorable mention recipient finished her senior season as the Wildcats' third-leading scorer at 10.7 points per game, the team's top rebounder at 7.0 per game and the Big 12 leader and second in the nation in assists per game at 7.6 per contest.
Along with her All-American honor, Lehning was selected to the All-Big 12 First Team for the second straight season by the league's coaches. She also became the fifth player in school history to have her jersey retired and the first player in school history to record consecutive 200-point, 200-rebound and 200-assist seasons.
During her senior season in 2008-09, Lehning was a candidate for a number of national All-American honors including: a candidate for the Wade Trophy, a State Farm/WBCA All-America finalist, a finalist for the Naismith Trophy, a finalist for the Wooden Award, a finalist for the Lieberman Award and a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. She garnered CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America third team honors, was selected to the Lowe's Senior CLASS All-America first team and earned her third straight Academic All-Big 12 first team citation.
A native of Chase, Kansas, Coffman starred at Kansas State before launching an 11-year NFL career that saw him go from undrafted free agent to NFL Pro Bowler. A three-year letter winner at K-State from 1975-77, Coffman earned All-Big 8 First Team honors as a senior tight end in 1977.
He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Green Bay Packers in 1977. With 1997 KSHOF Inductee Lynn Dickey at quarterback for the Packers, Coffman quickly became a favorite passing target as he led the team in touchdown receptions three times and receiving yards seven times.
Coffman was a three-time Pro Bowl selection in 1982, 1983, and 1984. For his eleven year career, which spanned seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Minnesota Vikings, Coffman compiled 4,223 receiving yards and 39 touchdowns.
Coffman has been honored as an inductee of numerous organizations, including the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 1985, the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame in 1994, and the Kansas Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame in 2008.
One of the most decorated athletes in K-State track and field history, Harrison, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, smashed school, national, and world records on his way to earning Olympic gold.
Harrison, a long-jump and triple-jump specialist at K-State earned All-America honors all four years in Manhattan from 1985 to 1988. In total, Harrison racked up four All-America awards in outdoor (two each in the long-jump and triple-jump) and seven All-America awards in indoor (three in long-jump, four in triple-jump).
Harrison also won eight Big 8 Conference championships in outdoor and seven Big 8 Conference championships in indoor. Harrison also won an outdoor triple-jump National Championship in 1986 and added two indoor National Championships, one each in the long-jump (1986) and the triple-jump (1988).
On the national and international level, Harrison continued to shine, winning four U.S. Championships and one World Championship in the triple-jump in 1991. Harrison represented the United States in the 1996 Olympic Games and his gold medal winning triple-jump of 59'4.25" set both the American and Olympic record.
Harrison is an inductee of the Kansas State University Athletic Hall of Fame and was inducted to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2013.
The three former Wildcats are joined in the induction Class of 2015 by former Kansas and Seattle Seahawk linebacker Terry Beeson (Coffeyville), two-time Gold Glove Award winner Ken Berry (Topeka), Kansas All-American softball player Tracy Bunge, two-time Benedictine College All-American Mathew "Chic" Downing (Atchison), 12-time KCAC women's basketball Coach of the Year Lonnie Kruse (Sterling), 14-time All-American from Pittsburg State Brian Moorman (Sedgwick), three-time National Championship coach from Butler Community College Troy Morrell (Buhler) and three-sport athlete from Wichita State Dick Sanders (Wichita).
The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame now includes 41 representatives with ties to K-State and the 2015 induction class of 11 raises the total of inductees in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame to 248. Tickets to the 2015 Induction Ceremony go on sale August 3 and may be purchased online at kshof.org, or by calling 316-262-2038.