Stephenson, Barta part of 2014 Kansas Sports Hall class
06/04/2014 4:16 PM
06/04/2014 4:16 PM
Two legendary high school football coaches, Wichita State baseball coach Gene Stephenson and basketball All-Americans from Kansas and Kansas State make up the 2014 Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction class.
Ten people will be inducted Oct. 5 at the Wichita Boathouse. A look at the 10:
Roger Barta – Barta coached Smith Center to one of the state’s top football powerhouses, winning eight state championships during his 36 seasons. Barta (323-68) has the state’s top winning percentage, including 79 straight wins from 2004-09.
DeLoss Dodds – Originally from Riley, Dodds was a 440-yard conference champion at Kansas State. He was track and cross country coach at K-State for 13 years before becoming athletic director in 1977. Since 1981, he has been athletic director at Texas.
Bill Freeman – From LeRoy and Emporia State, Freeman became one of Kansas’ most successful high school football coaches by winning eight state championships in three classes. He was 242-81-3 and won crowns at Osawatomie, LeRoy and Lawrence.
Charlie Hoag – Hoag was a member of the 1952 Kansas NCAA championship team and also played in that year’s Olympic games, winning gold. He was a two-time all-conference football player at KU and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. Hoag died in 2012.
Caroline (Bruce) McAndrew – Bruce went from graduating from Trinity Academy to the U.S. Olympic team in 2004, when she qualified in the 200 breaststroke, finishing ninth in Athens. She was a 13-time All-American at Stanford and won 2005 NCAA titles in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Ed Nealy – Nealy arrived at Kansas State from Bonner Springs in the late 1970s and became the first Wildcat to compile 1,000 points and rebounds. He played 10 NBA seasons for five teams.
Gene Stephenson – Already headed for the College Baseball Hall of Fame later this month, Stephenson resurrected the Wichita State baseball program in 1978 and coached 36 seasons and was 1,837-675-3, including the 1989 NCAA championship. He has more Division I wins than any coach.
Bill Tidwell – The Kiowa native was a four-time NAIA track champion at Emporia State, winning the 880-yard run and the mile at the 1955 and 1956 meets. He was later ESU’s athletic director and is a member of the NAIA track and field Hall of Fame.
Walt Wesley – From Fort Myers, Fla., Wesley was a two-time All-Big Eight selection in the mid-1960s and had a 19.1-point career average. He played 10 NBA seasons after twice being named All-America.
Chuckie Williams – The standout guard from Columbus, Ohio, led K-State to two NCAA regional finals and the 1973 Big Eight title. He is one of two Wildcats to earn All-America honors twice.