Sept. 29, 2010
Michigan State University inducted 10 new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 1, as part of the "Celebrate 2010" weekend.
The Class of 2010 includes: Jim Bibbs (men's track and field coach), Ed Budde (football), Steve Garvey (baseball/football), Linda Gustavson (swimming), Dr. Nell Jackson (women's track and field coach/administrator), Ron Mason (hockey coach/athletics director), Julius McCoy (basketball), Percy Snow (football), Ken Walsh (swimming) and Lorenzo White (football).
The Hall of Fame Class of 2010 will be introduced during halftime of the Wisconsin football game on Saturday in Spartan Stadium.
The MSU Athletics Hall of Fame, located in the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center, opened on Oct. 1, 1999, and displays key moments in Spartan athletics history as well as plaques of all 103 inductees. The charter class of 30 former Spartan student-athletes, coaches and administrators was inducted in 1992.
Here are bio sketches for MSU's Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2010:
Men's Track and Field Coach (1968-98)
Jim Bibbs, the longest tenured track and field coach in program history from 1968-98, was the first African-American head coach at Michigan State. During Bibbs' career, his student-athletes won 52 Big Ten titles, earned All-America honors 26 times, claimed three NCAA titles and set two world records.
Bibbs mentored then-world record holders Herb Washington (5.8 in the 60-yard dash) and Marshall Dill (29.54 in the 300-yard dash) at MSU, and also tutored Judi Brown to the 1984 Olympic silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles.
On the international scene, Bibbs was the head coach for the men's North team at the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival and an assistant for the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival. He was also on the staff of the 1984 U.S. Junior Pan-American Team and led the U.S. Women's Track Team to victory in eight of 11 events in the 1967 Pan-American Games.
Bibbs was an outstanding runner himself, earning All-America honors at Eastern Michigan in 1951 for his then-world record time of 6.1 in the 60-yard dash. He was inducted into the EMU Sports Hall of Fame in 1979, and is also a member of the Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame.
An All-American offensive lineman in 1962, Ed Budde was a first-round draft pick who went on to become one of the most decorated Spartan players in the NFL.
Possessing both agility and speed, Budde's blocking prowess helped Michigan State to a No. 2 national ranking in total rushing yardage his senior season. Budde also played on the defensive line for legendary Spartan head coach Duffy Daugherty. Following his senior year, he was the captain of the 1963 College All-Star team that defeated the Green Bay Packers.
A first-round pick of both the Kansas City Chiefs (then Dallas Texans) of the American Football League and the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL, he enjoyed a 14-year career with the Chiefs, earning All-Pro recognition seven times and twice being named to the All-Pro First Team.
Steve Garvey was a 1968 All-American in baseball at Michigan State in his only season in East Lansing before becoming a 10-time Major League Baseball All-Star with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
A two-sport athlete, Garvey earned a letter as a defensive back in 1967 while recording 30 tackles. In the spring of 1968, he earned All-America and All-Big Ten honors after hitting .376 with nine home runs and 38 RBIs. Selected in the first round (No. 13 overall) of the 1968 MLB Draft by the Dodgers, Garvey appeared in five World Series and five National League Championship Series throughout his illustrious 19-year career. He was named the 1974 National League MVP and was also a two-time NLCS MVP (1978, 1984).
Garvey played in 1,207 consecutive games from 1975-83, which is the fourth-longest streak in MLB history. One of the top defensive first baseman in the history of the game, Garvey won four Gold Gloves and his career fielding percentage of .996 currently ranks among the top 10 all-time.
Garvey received the Roberto Clemente Award for humanitarian service in 1981 and the Lou Gehrig Award in 1984.
Santa Cruz, Calif.
Before Linda Gustavson even began her career for the Spartans, she had already been a winner on swimming's biggest stage. Gustavson earned three medals at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, including a gold as being a member of the 400-meter relay team that set a then-Olympic record with a time of 4:02.5. She also claimed a silver medal in the 400-meter individual freestyle and a bronze medal in the 100-meter individual freestyle.
Prior to the Olympics, Gustavson, representing Cabrillo (Calif.) Community College, won four gold medals for the U.S. at the 1967 World University Games. She set two individual world records (1:00.2 in 100-meter freestyle; 4:31.8 in 400-meter freestyle) at the event and was also a member of two first-place freestyle relay teams.
Gustavson's success continued at Michigan State, as she was the 1970 AIAW National Champion in the 50-meter freestyle. She was also named an All-American that season.
Dr. Nell Jackson
Women's Track and Field Coach (1973-77, 1978-81)
Assistant Director of Athletics for Women (1973-81)
Dr. Nell Jackson was instrumental in implementing the women's athletics program at Michigan State University. She was the first-ever Assistant Director of Athletics for Women at MSU, serving from 1973-81, and also served as the women's track and field head coach for six seasons.
During her tenure as an administrator, Jackson pioneered quality and successful women's athletic programs in nine sports. Michigan State participated in several AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) national championships and the women's softball team claimed the national title in 1976. As a coach, Jackson coached 13 athletes to All-America honors.
An esteemed runner before getting into coaching, Jackson was a member of the 1948 Olympic Team and won a silver medal in the 200-meter dash at the 1951 Pan-American games. She set an American record in the 200 meters in 1949 (24.2 seconds) and won two national titles for Tuskegee University (then Tuskegee Institute) in 1950 (200 meters and 4x100 relay).
In 1956, Jackson became the first African-American be named head coach of the U.S. Olympic Women's Track and Field Team, and she served as coach again in 1972. Jackson was also the first African-American to serve on the U.S. Olympic Committee's board of directors. She is a member of the Black Athletes Hall of Fame, the Women's Sports Foundation Hall of Fame and the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.
Hockey Coach (1979-2002)
Director of Athletics (2002-07)
The winningest college hockey coach in history with 924 victories, Ron Mason is truly one of the most legendary figures in the sport he coached for 36 years. Mason led Michigan State to the 1986 National Championship, 17 CCHA regular-season and playoff titles, and guided 19 Spartan teams to the NCAA Tournament.
A four-time CCHA Coach of the Year while in East Lansing, Mason amassed a 635-270-69 record for the Spartans in 23 seasons and a 924-380-83 mark overall. He coached MSU's two Hobey Baker Award winners - Kip Miller and Ryan Miller - and mentored 35 All-Americans and 50 former Spartans who went on to establish careers in the National Hockey League. Mason was named the National Coach of the Year in 1992.
Prior to Michigan State, Mason won the 1972 NAIA National Championship at Lake Superior State and led Bowling Green to three CCHA regular-season championships and three playoff titles in six seasons (1973-79). Mason guided 23 of his teams to the NCAA Tournament, which is an all-time record. He is also a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, the Lake Superior State Hall of Fame and the St. Lawrence Sports Hall of Fame.
During Mason's six-year tenure as Director of Athletics, MSU teams captured 11 conference championships (regular season and postseason combined) and one national championship (hockey, 2007). In addition, MSU was represented at the NCAA Championships 76 times, including Final Four/Frozen Four appearances by men's basketball (2005), women's basketball (2005), field hockey (2002 and 2004) and ice hockey (2007).
Men's Basketball (1953-56)
One of the most prolific scorers in the storied history of the Michigan State basketball program, forward Julius McCoy finished his career in 1956 as the all-time leading scorer in the school record books with 1,377 points. More than 50 years later, McCoy still ranks among the top 25 at MSU in scoring, and his 20.9-point career scoring average is third all-time.
McCoy's breakthrough season came in 1955-56, as he averaged 27.2 points, nearly tripling the second-best scoring average on the team. His 27.2 scoring average still ranks fourth best in an MSU single-season. McCoy scored at least 35 points in four games that season, including a career-high 45 in a win over Notre Dame on Dec. 21, 1955, which is tied for third-most ever by a Spartan player in a single game.
For his efforts, McCoy became the first Spartan men's basketball player to be named to the All-Big Ten First Team and garnered team MVP honors. He also landed on several All-America teams, including the Associated Press, United Press International, and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
After appearing in the 1956 College All-Star Game, McCoy was drafted by the NBA's St. Louis Hawks in 1956.
One of the most decorated Spartan football players of all time, Percy Snow became first player in college football history to win both the Butkus Award (top linebacker) and the Lombardi Award (top lineman) in the same year (1989). A two-time first-team All-American and three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, Snow led the Spartans in tackles for three consecutive seasons (1987-89) and ranks second in the MSU history books in tackles (473).
Snow burst onto the scene his sophomore year in 1987, racking up 127 tackles and collecting first-team All-Big Ten honors as he was a member of the famed "Gang Green" defense that led the Spartans to the Big Ten Championship and a victory in the 1988 Rose Bowl against Southern California. He was named the MVP of the Rose Bowl after collecting 17 tackles (15 unassisted) against the Trojans.
Snow set a then-school record with 164 tackles as a junior, then broke his own record with 172 stops as a senior, which ranked first in the Big Ten in 1989. That mark still stands as second most in an MSU season. Snow, who turned in 11 performances of double-digit tackles in 1989 and notched a career-high 23 takedowns against Illinois, finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting that season.
Snow was selected to MSU's Centennial Super Squad in 1996 in a poll conducted by the Lansing State Journal. Following his All-America Spartan career, he was chosen by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the NFL Draft (No. 13 overall) .
Ponte Vedra, Fla.
Ken Walsh was not only one of the top collegiate swimmers in the nation during his career at Michigan State, but one of the best in the world.
The three-year letterwinner earned All-America honors in each of his three seasons at MSU (1965-67) and all told, was a 12-time All-American. Walsh was also a four-time Big Ten Champion, winning events at the conference meet in the 100-meter freestyle in 1965 and 1967 and also the 200-meter freestyle and 400-meter freestyle relay in 1967.
The 1967 co-captain capped his Spartan career in spectacular fashion his senior year, claiming first place at the NCAA Championships in the 100-meter freestyle.
Internationally, Walsh won gold at the 1967 Pan-American Games as a member of the 400-meter freestyle relay and set a 100-freestyle world record (:52.6) in his leg of the event. He then went on to win on the world's biggest stage, claiming gold medals at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City in both the 400-meter relay and the 400-meter freestyle relay, and a silver in the 100-meter freestyle.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Lorenzo White is the most accomplished running back in the rich history of Michigan State football, ranking first in the school record books in rushing yards (4,887), rushing attempts (1,082), rushing touchdowns (43) and 100-yard games (23). The two-time first-team All-American (1985, 1987) finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting in both of those seasons. His 4,887 rushing yards ranked second in Big Ten history following his departure from East Lansing and still rank fifth all-time in league history.
As a sophomore in 1985, White rushed for a school record and then-Big Ten record 2,066 yards. His 1,908 yards during the regular season at the time was the fourth-best single-season rushing total in the history of college football and the highest by a sophomore. He rushed for 200 or more yards on four occasions, including a 286-yard effort against Indiana.
During the 1987 season, White helped MSU to its first Rose Bowl since 1966 by rushing for 1,572 yards. His 132.6 rushing yards per game during the regular season ranked No. 6 nationally. He rushed for 100-plus yards seven times and established a school record for attempts in a game with 56 against Indiana while finishing that game with a career-high 292 yards on the ground, which is the second-highest total by a Spartan.