EMPORIA, KAN. (September 7, 2007)--Five individuals and a national
runner-up football team will be inducted into the ESU Athletics Hall of
Honor on Saturday, October 20 as part of Homecoming festivities. The
inductees will join a group of 144 former student-athletes, coaches and
administrators who have distinguished themselves, the University and
their professions through their athletic achievement.
The group will be honored at the annual Hall of Honor Breakfast at 8
a.m. in the Memorial Union*s Webb Lecture Hall. The public is invited
to attend and the cost of the breakfast is $12. Reservations are
required and can be made by calling the ESU Athletic Development Office
at (620) 341-5873.
2007 ESU ATHLETICS HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES
Dianna Beebe, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Softball 1967-71. Beebe was
instrumental in the beginning of competitive women*s athletics at ESU
and the state of Kansas. She was twice named to all-state tournament
team in field hockey and volleyball. She was a member of three AIAW
softball world series teams at ESU. She served as the head women*s
track & field coach at Northwest Missouri in 1976 and was the head coach
of the KU field hockey team from 1976-79.
Noel Certain, Track & Field, 1956-60. Certain is still the ESU school
record holder in the indoor long jump and ranked second in outdoor long
jump. He has held indoor long jump record for 45 years, the longest held
field event record at ESU. He is a national level competitor in USATF
Masters competition, ranking tenth in the nation in the over 60 triple
jump in 2003.
Jim Hayes, Men*s Basketball 1953-57. The Hoisington, Kan. native was
a first-team All-CIC performer in basketball for the Hornets and was
named the CIC Player of the Year as a senior after leading KSTC to the
conference championship. Hayes joined the US Marines Corps after
graduation. After leaving the Corps in 1963, he was the boys and girls
basketball coach at Stigler, Okla. HS for one year before returning to
active duty in 1964 and served two tours in Vietnam. He retired as a Lt.
Colonel in 1984 with a Meritorious Service Medal, a Bronze Star, Combat
Action Ribbon and 39 Air Medals.
Joe Rich, Football, 1928-32. An All-State end and two-year team captain
for the Hornets. A football official for 37 years, he worked several
high school leagues in addition to college games and officiated the 1966
NAIA National Championship Game. As the Athletic Director and Director
of Student Activities at McPherson HS, he founded and managed the
McPherson Invitational HS basketball tournament from it*s inception in
1964 until his retirement in 1974. He was inducted into the Kansas State
High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 1976.
Hank Thompson, Track & Field, 1951, 1953-55. After coming to ESU as a
freshman in 1951, Thompson had his career interrupted by two years of
military service. While in the army, he won the 100m and 200m dashes at
the 1952 European Army Championships and won the 200m at the CISM track
meet attended by all NATO countries. He returned to ESU and won the 1954
national championship in
the 440 yard dash and ended his career as a three-time All-American.
1989 NAIA National Runner-up Football Team. The Hornets posted 11 wins
on the way to an appearance in the national championship game against
Carson Newman. ESU opened the season 3-0 before falling at Central
Arkansas 20-14. The Hornets then went on a school record eight game
winning streak in which they outscored their opponents 277 (34.6) to 123
(15.4) with the closest game being a 15-6 victory at Northeastern
(Okla.) State. Seven players earned NAIA All-American honors including
first-team honors for linebacker Matt Koehler and second team honors for
running back Alvester Bobby and defensive lineman Monte Boots. This team
capped a three year run in the NAIA Playoffs and was the fifth of a
school record tying six year streak of winning records.