Laramie, Wyo., March 2, 2019 – The University of Wyoming Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame today announced the Class of 2019. An All American runner, a champion ski jumper, a two-sport star, a high-scoring basketball player, a talented quarterback/punter, a champion wrestler, and a determined conference champion basketball team comprise the latest Hall of Fame selections.
This year’s inductees are Andrea Everett (Track & Field, 1982-83), Wes Gasner (Wrestling, 1983-84), Jay Martin (Skiing, 1963-66), *Mack Peyton (Basketball and Baseball, 1947-48-49), Courtney Stapp (Basketball, 1995-98), Larry Zowada (Football, 1955-56-57), and the 1966-67 Men’s Basketball Team.
The 27th annual banquet and induction ceremonies will be held at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center on campus on Friday, August 30, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the banquet will go on sale June 1 on thewebsite.
A total of 167 individuals and 20 teams have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1993.
The Hall of Fame Committee met in January to make its final selections for this year’s class. The inductees must fit into one of five categories: student-athlete, coach, team, athletics staff member or special achievement. The special achievement category includes individuals who have contributed to the ideal of sports at the University. Each nominee must receive at least 75 percent of the committee’s vote to be eligible for induction. Nominations are encouraged and must be submitted by Sept. 1 in order to be considered for the following year’s class. For more information, check out the UW Athletics Hall of Fame website at.
Members of the committee are Gary Crum (chairman), Tom Burman, Casey Campbell, Mike Hamel, Jim House, Rob Jarosh, China Jude, Dale Ann Meeker, Kevin McKinney, Bill Schrage, Sally Ann Shurmur, and Reggie Slater.
Following is the Class of 2019:
Cross Country, Track & Field, 1982-83
Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland
A native of Scotland, Everett came to Wyoming specializing in Cross Country and middle distance events. A pioneer in Wyoming Women’s Track, she earned All-America honors in Cross Country in 1983, and also won the conference championship in Cross Country. Competing in Outdoor Track and Field, she won conference titles in the 1500m and 3000m. She once held the UW record in the 3000-meter run and still ranks in the Top 10 all-time in the mile. She was named Team MVP in 1982.
Hometown: Cheyenne, WY
An All American and two-time conference champion, Gasner had a remarkable two-year career at Wyoming, highlighted by his 6th place finish at the 1983 NCAA Tournament to win All-America honors. In 1983 and 1984, he logged two of the greatest seasons in Cowboy wrestling history, winning back-to-back conference titles at 150 pounds and qualifying for the NCAA Tournament both years. Coached by Joe Dowler, he earned 44 victories, including 19 pins, in the 1982-83 season while leading the Cowboys to a Western Athletic Conference Championship and a 10-2 dual record, and gained 45 victories in 1983-84. He won the Everett Lantz Most Outstanding Wrestler Award each of his two seasons. A native of Cheyenne, Gasner was awarded the Admiral Emory S. Land Award in 1984 as UW’s top student-athlete.
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
An All-American, national champion and two-time Olympian, Martin had a prolific career while attending the University of Wyoming as a ski jumper. In 1962, Martin won the Junior Nationals Championship (17 and under) and was awarded a scholarship to Wyoming. While competing for the Cowboys, Martin helped Wyoming to a second place finish in 1967 and was crowned the National Champion in 1968. He was also the first president of the newly established ski club while at the University of Wyoming. Martin would see success outside of the colligate world as he won the 1963 Junior Class (18 and 19) and was a member of the 1964 and 1968 United States Olympic teams competing in the 90-meter hill jump. Martin was also a part of the U.S. team that won the International Ski Federation World Championships in 1966.
Basketball and Baseball, 1947-48-49
Hometown: Richmond, Indiana
A two-sport athlete at Wyoming, Peyton had originally enrolled at Indiana University on a basketball scholarship before spending 46 months in the Army. While in the Army, he was stationed part of the time in Casper, Wyo., and enrolled at UW after his time in the military. He played baseball and basketball for the Cowboys, excelling in both sports. As a forward on the basketball team, Peyton led Wyoming to conference titles in 1947 and 1949 and a second-place finish in 1948. During the 1948-49 season, Peyton was team co-captain with Ron Livingston and tied for the most minutes played that season. He was named to the UPI All-Conference team in 1949. On the baseball diamond, Peyton was the Cowboys’ best hitter all three seasons and hit .390 during the 1948-49 season. He was utilized at multiple positions in his first season for Wyoming and played primarily center field for the Cowboys his last two seasons, earning all-conference honors. Peyton went on to a distinguished career as a basketball coach at the high school and college levels.
Hometown: Newell, South Dakota
A terrific all-around player, Stapp scored 1,278 points during her Cowgirl career. As a freshman, she made an immediate impact and was named to the Western Athletic Conference All-Newcomer Team. A two-time all-Western Athletic Conference honoree, Stapp also earned Academic All-Conference and WAC Scholar Athlete honors. During her senior season, Stapp led the team in scoring at 17.6 points per game, assists, three-point shooting, minutes played and field goals.
Hometown: Sheridan, Wyoming
An All-Skyline Conference quarterback during 1956 and 1957, Zowada was initially pressed into action in the 1956 Sun Bowl after starting quarterback Joe Mastrogiovanni suffered a knee injury in the last regular season game. In his debut, Zowada completed six of ten passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns as Wyoming defeated Texas Tech, 21-14. In his first season as a starter in 1956, Zowada led the nation in yards per completion while leading the Cowboys to a perfect 10-0 record. That year he completed 41 of 96 passes for 878 yards and seven touchdowns. During the 1957 season, Zowada completed 63 of 123 passes for 862 yards and three touchdowns. A versatile athlete, he also served as the team’s punter.
1966-67 MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM
Sixteen games in to the 1966-67 basketball season, Wyoming released two players from the program, one of whom was their leading rebounder and second-leading scorer. With only one senior and two returning starters from the previous year, Wyoming was undersized and undermanned. In order to maximize their chances of winning, Head Coach Bill Strannigan developed the “Strannigan Shuffle”, an offense that kept the tall and slow players on the outside and Wyoming’s quick moving guards running through the middle. Wyoming was 6-10 and 1-2 in Western Athletic Conference play before the shuffle was implemented, but finished the year on an 8-2 run to win a share of the conference championship with BYU. During this run, Wyoming would take down tough conference foes including Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, BYU twice, and New Mexico State. The most exciting game during this stretch was when Wyoming had to travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to face a Lobo team on a 15-game win streak and play in the brand new arena known as The Pit. Wyoming trailed by as much as 13 but came back to stun the crowd of 15,000 and come away with a 65-64 victory. Wyoming won a playoff game against BYU in Salt Lake City for the right to represent the conference in the NCAA tournament. In the tournament, they lost to the number one team in the country, UCLA, which was led by Lew Alcindor. In the consolation bracket, they lost to the tenth-ranked UTEP Miners. Wyoming received multiple post-season honors including Strannigan being named WAC Coach of the Year. Mike Eberle received first team all-WAC honors and Harry Hall was named to the All-WAC second team. Tom Asbury, Wyoming’s lone senior, received honorable mention All-Conference honors. Wyoming finished with a 15-14, 6-2 WAC record.
Previous inductees by class:
Class of 1993: Dick Ballinger, (wrestling, 1958-60); Fennis Dembo (men’s basketball, 1985-88); Mike Dirks (football, 1965-67); Jerry Hill (football, 1958-60); Glenn J. “Red” Jacoby (athletic director, 1946-73); Jay Novacek (football and track, 1982-84); Kenny Sailors (men’s basketball, 1941-46); Everett Shelton (men’s basketball coach, 1939-59); Johnny Winterholler (football, baseball, and basketball, 1936-39); 1943 National Champion basketball team.
Class of 1994: Paul Carlin (track, 1951-53); George “Duke” Humphrey (president, 1945-64); Everett Lantz (wrestling coach, 1937-65); Flynn Robinson (men’s basketball, 1963-65); Mary Shea (volleyball, 1980-83); Bill Strannigan (men’s basketball, 1941-42); Ken Sturman (football, 1937-39); Eddie Talboom (football, 1948-50) Bowden Wyatt (football coach, 1947-52); 1950 Gator Bowl football team.
Class of 1995: Jack Aggers (trainer, 1958-84)); Jim Crawford (football, 1954-56); John Corbett (administration, 1915-39); Bob Devaney (football coach, 1957-61); John Kosich (football, baseball, 1946-49); Dewey McConnell (football, 1949-51); Pat Miller-Davis (track and field, 1980-82).
Class of 1996: Larry Birleffi (broadcaster, 1947-86); Charles W. “Tub” Bradley (basketball, 1979-81); Glenn R. “Bud” Daniel (baseball coach, 1951-61, 1963-71); Michele Hoppes Daum (basketball, 1984-87); Jim Kiick (football, 1965-67); Mark Miller (swimming, 1985-88); Milward L. Simpson (football, basketball and baseball, 1917-21).
Class of 1997: Joe Alexander (rodeo, 1968-69); Keith Bloom (basketball, football, baseball, 1947-50); Stig Hallingbye (skiing, 1974-77); Ronda K. Munger (volleyball, 1984-87); Joseph Nzau (track and field, 1977-82); 1967 Sugar Bowl football team.
Class of 1998: Curt Gowdy (broadcaster, basketball, tennis, 1940-42); Eric Leckner (basketball, 1985-88); Bob Jingling (baseball, 1952-55); Kathleen Van Heule Romsa (track and field, 1983-85); Joe Mastrogiovanni (football, baseball, 1953-55).
Class of 1999: Darcy Cudaback-White (volleyball, 1986-89); Paul Roach (football coach, 1987-90); Paul Toscano (football, 1965-67); John Pilch (basketball, 1947-49); Galand Thaxton (football, 1984-87); Tony Windis (basketball, 1957-59).
Class of 2000: Jim Brandenburg (basketball coach, 1978-87); Amy Burnett (basketball, 1992-95); Bill Ewing (baseball, 1974-76); Lee Kizzire (football, 1934-36); Larry Nels (football, 1967-69); Curtis and Marian Rochelle (special achievement).
Class of 2001: Nick Bebout (football, 1970-72); Joe Capua (basketball, 1954-56); Ken Cook (special achievement); Mickey Dunn (track and field, 1949-51); Bill Garnett (basketball, 1979-82); Jean Jackson (administration), 1956 football team.
Class of 2002: Greg Brock (baseball, 1976-79); Mitch Donahue (football, 1987-90); Christine Fairless (basketball, 1986-89); Margie McDonald (basketball coach, 1975-83); George “Moe” Radovich (basketball, 1950-52); Reginald Slater (basketball, 1989-92).
Class of 2003: Ken Fantetti (football, 1975-78); Norma Hughes Scifres (swimming, 1990-92, 1994); Willard A. “Dutch” Witte (basketball and football coach, 1930-39); John Wodny (cross country/track, 1986-90); Ryan Yarborough (football, 1990-93); Bill Young (sports information director, assistant athletics director, 1960-81); 1959-60 wrestling team.
Class of 2004: Reese Andy (wrestling, 1994-96); Leon Clark (basketball, 1963-66); Marcus Harris (football, 1993-96); Bill Levine (football, 1961, 1963-64); Jimmi Jo Martin Ripsam (rodeo, 1988-90); Pat Rabold (football, 1984, 1986-88); Andy Welsh (diving, 1981-85).
Class of 2005: Ryan Butler (track and field, 1995-96); Phil Dickens (football coach, 1953-56); Joe Dowler (wrestling coach, administrator, 1973-87); Ann Melander (skiing, 1984-85); Theo Ratliff (basketball, 1992-95); Vic Washington (football, 1965-67); 1989 Cowgirl Volleyball Team.
Class of 2006: Ryan Christopherson (football, 1991-94); Jerry DePoyster (football, 1965-67); Stan Dodds (basketball, 1968-70); Robert S. “Bob” Hammond (sportswriter); Milo Komenich (basketball, 1940-43); Stacey Ward Straley (skiing, 1979-84); 1956 Cowboy Baseball Team.
Class of 2007: Brenda Graham Gray (track & field, 1980-84); Elsie Jo Bonger (football secretary, 1962-78); Jerry Jester (football, 1953-55); Dave McCleave (golf, 1989-92); Dick Sherman (basketball, 1963-66); Randy Welniak (football, 1985-88); 1968 National Champion Ski Team.
Class of 2008: Thomas “Rupe” Garrison (track, 1987-91); Walker “Sonny” Jones, Jr. (football, 1948-49); Geir I. Kvernmo (skiing and track, 1977-80); Brian J. Lee (football, 1994-97); Dave Myers (wrestling, 1989-92); Steve Scifres (football, 1994-97); 1978-79 Women’s Basketball Team.
Class of 2009: Jesseca Cross (basketball and track, 1994-97); Sean Fleming (football, 1988-92); Quincy Hayden Howe (track, 1999-2002); Gene Huey (football, 1966-68); Mike Jackson (basketball, 1980-83); Al and Pete Simpson (special achievement); 1961 Rodeo Team.
Class of 2010: Staale Engen (track, skiing, 1971-74); Jerry Frude, (wrestling, 1959-60, 1962); Steinar Hybertsen (skiing, 1973-75); Bob Jacobs (football, 1968-70); Chuck Lamson (football, 1960-61); Karen Sanford Gall (track, 1979-82); 1966 football team.
Class of 2011: Mike English (women’s volleyball coach, 1986-90 and 1992-93), Wesley Maiyo (track, 1974-75), Robert L. Mason (wrestling, 1949-51), Shauna Smith (track, 2003-05), Scott Usher (swimming, 2002-05), Jim Walden (football, 1958-59), and the 1986-87 “Sweet 16” men’s basketball team.
Class of 2012: Dick Campbell (football, 1948-50); Len Kuczewski (football, 1957-59); Jordan Lintz (golf, 1997-2000); Selmer Pederson (football, 1949-51); Ray Sanchez (wrestling, 1967-68); Chris Lull Terjeson (volleyball, 1985-89); and the 1985 National Champion ski team.
Class of 2013: Carrie Bacon (women’s basketball, 1999-2003); Josh Davis (men’s basketball, 1999-2002); Jason Gervais (track and field, 1999-2001); Jim House (football, 1966-68); Mike LaHood (football, 1965-67; deceased); Kevin McKinney (administrator/special Achievement); and the 1959 football team.
Class of 2014: Dennis Baker (football, 1975-77); Rebecca Simning Erikkson (skiing, 1979-81, 1984-85); LeRoy Gabriel (administration, 1958-99); Harry Hall (basketball, 1966-69); Duane Schopp (track & field coach, 1984-97); Mark Smolinski (football, 1958-60); Jack Weil (football, 1980-83); 1933-34 men’s basketball team.
Class of 2015: Marcus Bailey (basketball, 1999-2003), Ashley Elliott (women’s basketball, 2002-05), David Hearn (men’s golf, 1998-2001), Jeff Huson (baseball, 1984-85), Don Miller (wrestling, 1965-68), Joe Ramunno (football, 1981-84), Quentin Skinner (ski coach, 1971-80), and the 1980-81 WAC Champion men’s basketball team.
Class of 2016: Jerry Durling (football, 1965-66); Aaron Kyle (football, 1972-75); Frank Shepperson (rodeo, 1961-64); Lynn Stetson (men’s swimming, 1980-83); Dave Walsh (special achievement); John Watts (football, 1954-56), Hanna Zavecz (women’s basketball, 2005-08); and the 1976 Fiesta Bowl Team.
Class of 2017: Dr. Robert Curnow and Dr. David Kieffer (special achievement); Vince Guinta (football,1949-50); Mike Hamel (wrestling, 1983-86); C.T. Hewgley (football, 1949-50); Jim Weir (basketball, 1941-43 and 1946); the 1991 National Champion women’s rodeo team; and the 2007 WNIT National Champion Cowgirl basketball team.
Class of 2018: Sean Dent (men’s basketball, 1984, 1986-88); Jessica Fox Rasby (track & field, 2003-05; Art Howe, (baseball, 1967-69); Steven Suder (wrestling, 1975-79 and wrestling coach, 1989-2008); Cory Wedel (football, 1994-97); and the 1987 Western Athletic Conference Championship Football Team.