Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

The Athletics Hall of Fame honors former athletes and coaches who made a significant contribution to HSU and the athletics program. They are selected at least 10 years after completing their HSU playing career (after five years for coaches), by a committee including current and former HSU athletes from various sports. Nominations are accepted year-round.

Past Recipients

NameTitleAward YearBio
Dewey Bohling, BS 1963 Football, Track 2015-2016 Bio
Dr. Barry King, BBA 1957, MA 1961 Basketball 2015-2016 Bio
Dr. Merlin Morrow Athletics Director 2015-2016 Bio
Matt Carroll, BSE 1994 Football 2015-2016 Bio
Joe Arden, BA 1960 Basketball 2014-2015 Bio
Lauren Harris, BBS 2004 Basketball 2014-2015 Bio
Jerry Mobley, BS 1962 Golf 2014-2015 Bio
Jared Sanderson, BBS 2002 Football 2014-2015 Bio
Todd Baumann, BS 1996 Football 2013-2014 Bio
Jan Briggs, BS 1958 Volleyball 2013-2014 Bio
Kendra Anderson Hassell Women's Basketball 2013-2014 Bio
2010 Women's Soccer Team Women's Soccer 2013-2014 Bio
Darren Allman BBS '94 Football 2012-2013 Bio
Ted Edmondson BS '59 Football 2012-2013 Bio
Tim O'Leary BEd '83 Soccer 2012-2013 Bio
Meredith Hare Stone BA '01/MA '06 Golf 2012-2013 Bio
Mr. Jimmie Keeling Head Football Coach 2011-2012 Bio
Mr. George Hine, Jr (dec) '49/'50 Sports Information Director 2011-2012 Bio
Mr. Kirk Rogers '04 Football 2011-2012 Bio
Mr. Gary Marable '77 Tennis Player & Coach 2011-2012 Bio
Mr. Pete Murray BBA '57/MPT '63 Football & Basketball 2010-2011 Bio
Dr. Melanie Forster Muhr BS '00 Soccer 2010-2011 Bio
Miss Kathryn Otwell BBS '99 Basketball 2010-2011 Bio
Mr. Lynn Turner BA '90 Baseball 2010-2011 Bio

Back to Alumni Awards Home

2015-2016 Recipient(s)

Dewey BohlingMr. Dewey Bohling
B.S. 1963,
(Football, Track 1956-58)

Dewey Bohling lettered three years in football and twice in track. As a three-year starter on the football team, he returned a total of 56 kicks for a combined 865 yards, the single-season record until 1990, the only time it’s been topped. He earned First-Team Border Conference honors in 1958. He brought the Cowboys their only individual title of the 1957 Border Conference Track and Field Meet when he won the discus. In 1959, he left HSU to pursue a career in professional football, playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New York Titans, and the Buffalo Bills. He returned to HSU, completing his coursework in 1963, then worked as a football and track coach in New Mexico for 43 years. He was inducted into the New Mexico Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012.

Barry KingDr. Barry King
B.B.A.1957/ M.A. 1961,
(Basketball 1954-57)

A member of the basketball team when the program enjoyed great success, Barry King had an outstanding senior season when he moved from forward to guard. He was selected First-Team All Border Conference as he led the league in both field goal and free throw accuracy. He was co-captain of the last HSU team to play in the NCAA-I Tourney, a 68-57 loss to Idaho State. He also had 20 points in the Cowboys 78-60 victory at Texas Tech, the worst home defeat for the Red Raiders that season. He was Junior Class president and, his senior year, was president of Cowboys for Christ. Dr. King went on to teach at Oklahoma State and the University of Houston. He returned to HSU in 1990 as Johnson Professor of Accounting and chaired the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics until 1995.

Merlin MorrowDr. Merlin Morrow
(Athletics Director/Faculty 1981-2001)

In 1981, Merlin Morrow came to HSU as Chairman of the Physical Education and Recreation Department, charged with restructuring the under-graduate physical education curriculum, developing a curriculum for a major in Recreation, and developing a graduate degree in Physical Education. He was also asked to develop a facilities development master plan for physical education, intramurals, and athletics. The responsibilities of Athletics Director were added in 1989 not long before being asked to move the program from NCAA Division I to Division III, reinstate football after a 27-year hiatus, and reinstate women’s basketball after a four-year absence. In 1995, Dr. Morrow resigned as A.D and returned to teaching part-time. He was also given a two-year commission to research and write the history of the first 100 years of HSU Athletics. He taught full-time from 1998 until retiring in 2001.

Matt CarrollMr. Matt Carroll
B.S.E. 1994,
(Football 1990-1993)

Matt Carroll is the all-time leader in rushing yards at HSU with 3,988 yards, and he helped move the Cowboys from a first-year program to a team with a #1 ranking in the NAIA national poll and which took the TIAA Conference Championship in 1993. He is fifth all time in rushing TDs with 26 and is second all-time in rushing yards per game with a 92.7 yards per game average. Mr. Carroll was an honorable mention All-America player his last two seasons and was named First-Team All-TIAA. He was on the coaching staff at Roosevelt High School (San Antonio) 1995-2005 prior to being head coach at Waco University 2008-12. He returned to Roosevelt High as head coach in March 2013, becoming the first African-American head football coach in the 63-year history of the North East ISD.

Back to Alumni Awards Home

2014-2015 Recipient(s)

Joe ArdenDr. Joe Arden
BA 1960

In the 1960 season, Joe Arden captained the men’s basketball team and was leading scorer and rebounder. He was fourth in the Border Conference in field goal accuracy, making 46.3 of his shots, and the second leading conference rebounder. He scored a career-high 30 points against NTSU. After graduation, Arden toured with the opposition team playing against the Harlem Magicians. He served in U.S. Army Intelligence before joining the University of Maryland’s overseas program as a faculty member, beginning a 40-year career as a professor and director throughout Europe and Asia. He is a member of the International Hall of Fame, Adult & Continuing Education (2001), and in 2003, received the prestigious “Presidential Medal” from UM.

Lauren HarrisMs. Lauren Harris
BBS 2004

Lauren Harris helped lead the Cowgirls to the Elite Eight in her senior season, averaging 15.4 points per game. She led the Cowgirls in scoring with 20 points in a NCAA playoff victory against Maryville. She was named first-team All-ASC, All-South region and was a finalist for the Jostens trophy as best Div. III student-athlete. She was a two-time academic all-district selection and is the career leader in 3-pointers made in a game, season and career. She played in four conference championships and is the all-time games-played leader with 114. A certified strength and conditioning specialist, Harris joined the University of Nebraska staff in Feb. 2012, leading strength and conditioning for the volleyball, softball, soccer, women’s gymnastics, and rifle programs.

Jerry MobleyJerry Mobley
BS 1962

After a successful high school and junior college career, Jerry Mobley joined the HSU Golf team in the fall of 1959. That first season, the team posted a 4-1 record in their dual matches. The following year, the team set the then school record of 19 under par 265 as Mobley carded a 66. He won the Border Conference individual championship, 1961, and was named to the 1961 NCAA College All-America team. After an Army stint, Mobley’s golf career has spanned over 35 years. He’s won 85 amateur, 11 professional, and seven senior tournaments. Throughout, he has been an innovator in golf operations, and was recently involved in building the initial First Tee golf facility in the U.S.

Jared SandersonJared Sanderson
BBS 2002

All-American Sanderson is still the all-time leader in tackles for loss and ranks second all-time in tackles (403). He was a three-time first team All-American Southwest Conference selection, and was the 2001 ASC Defensive Player of the Year. He also earned All-American honors. During the 2000 regular season game with UMHB, Sanderson had 20 tackles in the Cowboys win. In the 2000 NCAA playoff victory over Western Maryland, Sanderson led all players with 10 tackles and helped propel a defense that kept WM to only 27 yards rushing/264 yards total offense. HSU advanced to the NCAA Semifinals that season. Sanderson is now in his second season as the Levelland High head football coach and athletic director.

Back to Alumni Awards Home

2013-2014 Recipient(s)


Todd Baumann

Todd Baumann,
B.S. 1996

Todd Baumann was the quarterback of the Cowboy offense in 1995 and 1996 when he was named to the NAIA Division II All America team. Both years, he was named as the American Southwest Conference Offensive MVP. He was also a two-time Academic All American. As a senior he passed for 23 touchdowns and almost 3,000 yards, bringing national recognition to HSU as he was named a Burger King Scholar Athlete. Baumann helped lead the Cowboys to wins over three scholarship schools and on to a shared ASC championship (with Sul Ross State). After graduation, Todd played professionally in Europe. He is now a dentist in Dallas.

Jan Briggs 
B.S. 1958

Despite attending Hardin-Simmons when the school did not have a volleyball program, Jan Briggs had an outstanding career as a volleyball coach. From 1975 until her retirement in 1998, she coached volleyball in Duncanville, TX, where she had many successful seasons including a 1995 State Championship. Coach Briggs was named as the Texas Girls Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1996, an award that highlighted a 40-year career coaching volleyball. She also coached the National AAU Junior Olympic Volleyball team in 1976. Jan’s accomplishments on the court put her in the upper echelon of volleyball coaches in the state of Texas, but her enduring legacy is in her players who continued on to careers as teachers and coaches.

Kendra Hassell Kendra (Anderson) Hassell
B.B.S. 2003
Women’s Basketball

One of the most decorated athletes in the Division III era, Kendra Anderson Hassell played from 1999 through 2003. She was a two-time Kodak First Team All-American, a Verizon Academic All-American, and an ASC Female Athlete of the Year. She was also named Conference Player of the Year and Region Player of the Year three times. She received the 2003 NCAA Texas Woman of the Year honors and was selected to the Division III Hoops All-Decade Team in 2007. In her final season, she helped lead the team to a conference championship and a 27-1 record as the team advanced to the Sweet 16. Kendra was recently named as the assistant coach at ACU.

2010 Women's Soccer Team Women’s Soccer Team 2010

After coming close in several sports over the years, the 2010 women’s soccer team broke down the national championship barrier for Hardin-Simmons athletics as it became the first team of the Division III era to claim a national championship. The Cowgirls went 24-0-1 and claimed the title with a 2-1 win over powerhouse Messiah. The Cowgirls trailed for just 6:04 seconds on the year, and outscored opponents 113-6. The team pushed their ASC undefeated streak to 145 games and won their eighth straight title during the year.

Back to Alumni Awards Home

2012-2013 Recipient(s)

Darren AllmanDarren Allman
BBS '94

Darren Allman was among the first recruited players during the resurrection of HSU Football. As a safety and captain on three Cowboy teams, he recorded 178 career tackles and 10 interceptions. He received All-Conference honors three times and was twice named Conference Player of the Week. The 1993 HSU team reached the National Semi-Finals with Allman serving as defensive backs coach. He graduated from HSU with a B.A. in education and was awarded the HSU Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.

Ted EdmondsonTed Edmondson
BS '59

Ted Edmondson, Cowboys tackle from 1957 to 1959, was considered among the best to ever play that position at HSU, excelling on both defense and offense. Ted made All-Border Conference his junior and senior years and Honorable Mention All-American player his senior year. HSU Coach Sam Baugh tabbed Ted as the finest tackle in the Border Conference his senior year. The coaches named him as the best defensive player in 1959. He was one of the leaders of the team that won the Border Conference in 1959, and was runner-up for the Most Valuable player in the Sun Bowl against the University of Wyoming. Drafted by the Chicago Cardinals, he was heavily recruited by the New York Titans, who were coached by his college coach, Sam Baugh. Ted married HSU ex, Georgie Bohannon, and they have two children, Cathey and Teddy, and five grandchildren.

Tim O'LearyTim O'Leary
BEd '83

A native of Long Island, NY, Tim O’Leary came to HSU in 1978 and quickly raised the expectations of the Division I program. He holds pre-Division III era records for most goals in a season (26) and in a career (50). In l980 he was first team all-conference in the Trans America Athletic Conference while earning academic awards in the Irvin School of Education. He was named MVP in 1982. In 1983 O’Leary started the boy’s soccer program at Waco Midway where he has won over 500 games, including the 2002 UIL State Championship. In 2009 he was named Super Centex Coach of the Year, and Regional and State Coach of the Year, leading Midway to a 23-2-1 record. In 2010 Midway advanced to the regional semifinals. In 2012 they posted a 27-1-1 record. O’Leary has also been a strong re- cruiter for HSU and the Men’s Soccer program.

Meredith Hare StoneMeredith Hare Stone
BA '01/MA '06

In the three full seasons Stone played at HSU, she was named an All-American each time. She was also named the 1998 NCAA Division III Freshman of the Year, had five career tournament victories, and 18 top-ten finishes. In 1998-99, Stone led one of HSU’s best golf teams to win the first ASC Championship in women’s golf and finish 4th at the NCAA Division II/III championship. Stone’s best individual finish at nationals was 4th in 2001. She was also a two-time Academic All-American and three-time academic all-ASC.

Back to Alumni Awards Home

2011-2012 Recipient(s)

Mr. Jimmie KeelingMr. Jimmie Keeling
Head Football Coach

Coach Keeling led the Cowboys to the national playoffs - either NAIA or NCAA Division III - 11 times in 21 seasons (1990 - 2011), posting a 172-53 record. In July 2003, the All-American Football Foundation presented to him the Head Football Coaching Award. In 2004, he received the Grant Teaff Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Before coming to HSU, Keeling coached for 30 years at the high school level with a career record of 196-91-11. In 1995, he was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor.

Mr. George Hine, Jr. (dec.) '49/'50Mr. George Hine, Jr. (dec.) '49/'50
Sports Information Director

Shortly after entering HSU in 1947, George Hine, a military veteran, was named sports information director, a role he maintained for 10 years. He received national acclaim for the design and layout of his football, basketball and track brochures. His work was also recognized by Resolution of the Texas Legislature in 1949. George was president of the Border Conference Press Association four times. George went on to serve as SID, publications director, and head of the journalism department at Howard Payne and, in 1974, was elected to the NAIA Sports Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to the field of sports journalism.

Mr. Kirk Rogers '04Mr. Kirk Rogers '04

From 1998-2001, Kirk Rogers was a wide receiver for the Cowboys offensive attack. He still holds the school and ASC records for career touchdowns (50). He is the career leader in pass reception yards (4,117) and average yards per catch (20.69). He was named the first-team-all-American in 2000 for helping lead the Cowboys to the Division III semifinals with a 12-1 record. After his collegiate career, Rogers played for the Kansas City Chiefs organization and was a member of their practice squad. He has been the wide receivers coach at Southlake Carroll for the last five years.

Mr. Gary Marable '77Mr. Gary Marable '77
Tennis Player & Coach

In his first year with HSU, 1974-1975, Gary Marable and teammate Sammie Courington played for the NCAA Division I Championship. During the 1975-1976 season, Marable was the team's most valuable player, posting a team-best 16-6 singles record and a 12-8 doubles record as the Cowboys won the New Mexico State Invitational and claimed wins over Baylor, North Texas State, Angelo State, and Abilene Christian. Marable later spent two seasons (1979-81) coaching HSU's tennis team, posting a 25-27 record. Gary has spent 28 years teaching and coaching at the high school level and is currently in his 22nd year at Canyon High School. In 2004, he was inducted into the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame.

Back to Alumni Awards Home

2010-2011 Recipient(s)

Mr. Pete MurrayMr. Pete Murray
BBA ’57/ MPT ’63 Football & Basketball

Murray was a two-sport star for the Cowboys from 1952-57, playing football in 1952, 1953, and 1956, and basketball in 1954-57. As a senior, he was one of the few Division I athletes in history to play in both a football game (HSU 41 vs. TTU 14) and a basketball game (HSU 84 vs. MSU 69) on the same day. His outstanding play as a middle linebacker led to his being named to the All-Border Conference football team as a center on offense and a middle linebacker on defense. In the 1955-56 basketball season, he was one of three players scoring over 200 points. That same year, he was named as HSU’s Most Outstanding Athlete.

Dr. Melanie Forster MuhrDr. Melanie Forster Muhr
BS ’00 Soccer

Muhr played at HSU from 1996-99 and was a four-time all-ASC selection, helping lead the Cowgirls to four consecutive conference championships. The Cowgirls were 34-1 against ASC opponents in Muhr’s four years. In 1997 and 1998, Muhr was named to the GTE Academic All-America team and, in 1998, was also selected as the ASC West Division Player of the Year. In 1999, she was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete All America team. Following her fourth season, Muhr was third on the career goals list with 60. Today, she remains first on the career list in games started, shots attempted, and game winning goals.

Miss Kathryn OtwellMiss Kathryn Otwell
BBS ’99 Basketball

Otwell is one of the top women basketball players in school history and is the all-time leader in four career categories. A member of the Cowgirls from 1997-2000, Otwell helped lead HSU to national prominence at the Division III level. She is the non-scholarship era all-time leader in points (1,778), scoring average (16.9), free throws made (522) and free throws attempted (666). She is the single season leader in free throws made with 170 during the 2000 season. Otwell was named as the ASC Most Valuable Player in 1999 and 2000. She was a first-team all-region and All American selection in 2000 when the Cowgirls advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III Basketball Tournament.

Mr. Lynn TurnerMr. Lynn Turner
BA ’90 Baseball

Turner set numerous school records while playing for the Cowboys from 1985-88 when HSU was a member of the Trans-America Athletic Conference and NCAA Division I. An outfielder, Turner played on three consecutive TAAC West Division Championship teams. In 1986, the Cowboys set school records with 38 wins in a season and a .681 winning percentage. Turner was named All-TAAC in 1986, 1987 and 1988. He holds Division I era career records at HSU: most runs scored (170), career games played (224), hits (277), home runs (39), at bats (670). He holds single season Division I era records at HSU: runs batted in (77) and doubles (20).

Connect with HSU

Contact Us

Hardin-Simmons University
2200 Hickory, Abilene, TX, 79698

Institutional Advancement:
(325) 670-1260

Operator: (325) 670-1000

Admissions: 877-GO-HSUTX

Campus Police: (325) 670-1461


Campus Directory

  • A Princeton Review Best Western College  
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities  
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture  
  • US News Best Colleges  
  • The Chronicle on Higher Education, Great Colleges to Work For: 2014  
  • Military Friendly  
  • Colleges of Distinction  
  • University and College Accountability Network  

Copyright © 2016 Hardin-Simmons University

2200 Hickory, Abilene, TX, 79698
(325) 670-1000; 877-GO-HSUTX

Maps & Directions | Privacy Policy