Hall of Fame Hall of Fame

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On Oct. 1, 1999, Michigan State University unveiled its new Athletics Hall of Fame. Located in the Clara Bell Smith Student- Athlete Academic Center, the Hall of Fame displays key moments in Spartan athletic history as well as plaques of the inductees. The charter class of 30 former Spartan athletes, coaches and administrators was inducted in 1992.
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Flozell Adams Flozell Adams
Footbal 1994-97
Hometown - Bellwood, Ill.
Hall of Fame Class - 2014
•  1997 Walter Camp First Team All-American
•  1997 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year
•  Spent 13 years in the NFL, including 12 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (1998-2009) and one year with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2010)
•  Five-time Pro Bowl selection (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008)
Fred Alderman Fred Alderman
Track and Field 1925-27
Hometown - East Lansing, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  First Spartan to win Olympic gold
•  1927 NCAA Champion in 100 and 220
•  1927 IC4A individual champion in 440
George Alderton George Alderton
Sports Editor 1923-62
Hometown - Saginaw, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1993
•  Covered Spartans for 39 years
•  Nicknamed "The Spartans" in 1926
•  First Michigan Sportswriter and Sportscaster Hall of Fame inductee
Morten Andersen Morten Andersen
Football 1978-81
Hometown - Struer, Denmark
Hall of Fame Class - 2011
•   Named to Walter Camp Foundation All-Century Team (1900-2000)
•   Ranks among MSU's all-time leaders with 45 career field goals, including a Big Ten record 63-yarder at Ohio State in 1981
•   First-Team All-American and First-Team All-Big Ten selection in 1981
•   Retired from his 25-year NFL career in 2008 as NFL's all-time leading scorer
Chet Aubuchon Chet Aubuchon
Basketball 1939-40, 42
Hometown - Gary, IN
Hall of Fame Class - 1996
•  Called the "Houdini of the Hardwood"
•  Spartans' first basketball All-American
Ed Bagdon Ed Bagdon
Football 1946-49
Hometown - Dearborn, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1996
•  1949 All-American
•  1949 Outland Trophy winner
•  Half of top guard tandem with Don Mason
Carl Banks Carl Banks
Football 1980-83
Hometown - Flint, Mich.
Hall of Fame Class - 2012
•  Three-Time First-Team All-Big Ten (1981-83)
•  1984 MSU Male Athlete of the Year
•  1983 First-Team All-American
•  1984 No. 3 overall NFL Draft choice by the N.Y. Giants
Emily Bastel Emily Bastel
Women's Golf 1998-2002
Hometown - Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Hall of Fame Class - 2012
•  First Spartan to be named Big Ten Golfer of the Year (2002)
•  2002 Second-Team All-American
•  Won Big Ten individual title in 2000
•  Four-time All-Big Ten (1999-2002) and 1999 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
Gloria Becksford Gloria Becksford
Softball 1975-76; Softball Coach 1981-93
Hometown - Holland, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  Pitched MSU to 1976 College World Series title
•  First female athlete with number retired
•  1986 Big Ten Coach of the Year
Richard Berry Richard Berry
Fencing 1952-53
Hometown - Highland Park, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2000
•  1952 All-American
•  1952 NCAA runner-up in individual epee
•  Two-time Big Ten Champion (1952 Epee/1953 Foil)
•  1959 Pan American Games
Amo Bessone Amo Bessone
Hockey Coach 1951-79
Hometown - Sagamore, MA
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  1966 National Coach of the Year
•  Five Big Ten Championships
•  U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee
•  Led Spartans to first national title in 1966
Jim Bibbs Jim Bibbs
Men's Track & Field Coach 1968-98
Hometown - Ecorse, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2010
•   First African-American head coach at Michigan State
•   During his tenure, Spartans earned two world records, 52 Big Ten titles and All-America honors 26 times
•   Tutored Judi Brown to the 1984 Olympic silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles
Art Brandstatter, Sr. Art Brandstatter, Sr.
Football 1934-36
Hometown - East Lansing, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1994
•  1936 All-American
•  1961 Selection to Sports Illustrated's Silver Anniversary All-America Team
•  1990 Jack Breslin Lifetime Achievement Award winner
Molly Brennan Molly Brennan
Track 1979-82
Hometown - Waterford, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1993
•  1982 Rhodes Scholar
•  1981-82 All-American sprinter
•  1982 Sportswoman of the Year
Jack Breslin Jack Breslin
Football/Basketball/Baseball 1944-46
Hometown - Battle Creek, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  1944 "Governor's Award" football MVP
•  30-year MSU administrator
•  Duffy Daugherty Award winner
•  MSU's basketball arena named in his honor
Chester Brewer Chester Brewer
Athletics Director/Coach
1903-10, 1917, 1919-22
Hometown - Owosso, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2000
•  MAC's first full-time athletics director
•  Green and White adopted as official uniform colors during his tenure
•  Coached football, basketball, baseball and track teams
•  Football team went undefeated in 43-straight home games (1903-10)
Judi Brown Judi Brown
Track 1980-83
Hometown - East Lansing, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1995
•  1983 NCAA Champion in 400-meter hurdles
•  Three-time All-American
•  12-time Big Ten Champion
•  Member of world record-setting sprint medley relay
Lauren Brown Lauren Brown
Cross Country/Track 1928-31
Hometown - Detroit, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2003
•  1928 cross country All-American
•  Won the Central Collegiate Conference Championships in 1927 and 1929
•  Set school records in the steeplechase and 2-mile
Ed Budde Ed Budde
Football 1960-62
Hometown - Detroit, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2010
•   1962 All-American
•   First-round draft pick of both the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs (then Dallas Stars) and the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles
•   Appeared in both the Senior Bowl and College All-Star Game following his senior season
•   Seven-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first-team All-Pro
Henry Bullough Henry Bullough
Football 1952-54
Hometown - Canton, Ohio
Hall of Fame Class - 2013
•  Three-year letterman helped MSU to a combined record of 21-7 (.750) from 1952-54, including 1952 National Championship and 1953 Big Ten title
•  Selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 1955 NFL Draft
•  Spent 12 years as an assistant coach at Michigan State (1959-69, 1994); coached 21 seasons in the NFL and became known as the "Doctor of Defense"
•  Named president of the MSU Football Players Association in 2004; later appointed executive director of the organization
Leander Burnett Leander Burnett
Baseball/Track 1889-92
Hometown - Harbor Springs, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1995
•  Three-time all-around MIAA track champion
•  Won 37 individual events at MIAA field days
•  Earned nine varsity letters in baseball and track
Bob Carey Bob Carey
Football/Basketball/Track 1949-52
Hometown - Charlevoix, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  1951 shot put All-American
•  1951 football All-American
•  Three-year basketball starter
Lynn Chandnois Lynn Chandnois
Football 1946-49
Hometown - Flint, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  1948 "Governor's Award" football MVP
•  1950 Michigan Outstanding Amateur Athlete of the Year
•  1949 All-American halfback
•  Three-time NFL All-Pro as Pittsburgh Steeler
Mateen Cleaves Mateen Cleaves
Men's Basketball 1996-2000
Hometown - Flint, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2011
•   Three-time All-American (1998, 1999, 2000) and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year (1998, 1999)
•   Three-time captain helped lead Michigan State to 2000 National Championship, three straight Big Ten regular-season titles (1998, 1999, 2000) and back-to-back Big Ten Tournament titles (1999, 2000)
•   Finished his career as Big Ten's all-time assists leader with 816 and set single-game Big Ten assists record with 20 against Michigan on March 4, 2000
Don Coleman Don Coleman
Football 1949-51
Hometown - Flint, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  First Spartan to have his number retired
•  MSU's first unanimous All-American
•  1975 College Football Hall of Fame inductee
Fendley Collins Fendley Collins
Wrestling Coach 1930-62
Hometown - Headrick, OK
Hall of Fame Class - 1996
•  1961 Big Ten Championship
•  Coached individuals to 13 NCAA titles
•  Coached individuals to 14 Big Ten titles
•  NCAA runner-up three times (1941, '43, '48)
Shirley Cook Shirley Cook
Field Hockey/Basketball/Track and Field 1955-58
Hometown - Port Hope, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2008
•  One of MSU's pioneer female student-athletes
•  Founder of Women's Varsity Alumni Club
•  Created an endowment in her name to promote women's athletics
Dana Cooke Dana Cooke
Volleyball 1993-96
Hometown - Burlington, Ontario
Hall of Fame Class - 2011
•   Co-captained her team to the 1995 National Semifinal and Big Ten titles in 1995 and 1996
•   Two-time All-American and First Team All-Big Ten selection (1995, 1996)
•   Two-time Academic All-American
•   Set MSU single-season records for blocks (191) and block assists (163) in 1995
Jerry DaPrato Jerry DaPrato
Football 1912-15
Hometown - Iron Mountain, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2001
•   First Football All-American (1915)
•   Led nation in scoring (1915), running for 15 touchdowns, booting 28 extra points and converting two field goals for 124 points.
•  Set single-game and season scoring records
Duffy Daugherty Duffy Daugherty
Football Coach 1954-72
Hometown - Barnesboro, PA
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  1956 and 1965 National Coach of the Year
•  Coached 33 first-team All-Americans
•  College Football Hall of Fame inductee
Chuck Davey Chuck Davey
Boxing 1943, 1947-49
Hometown - Dearborn, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  Only four-time NCAA boxing champion
•  Undefeated collegiate record
•  Member of 1948 U.S. Olympic team
Joe DeLamielleure Joe DeLamielleure
Football 1970-72
Hometown - Center Line, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2003
•  1972 Football All-American
•  1971 and 1972 All-Big Ten First Team
•  2003 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
•  Six-time NFL All-Pro
Marshall Dill Marshall Dill
Track and Field 1972-75
Hometown - Detroit, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2008
•  11-time Big Ten Champion; 1972 and 1973 All-American
•  1973 NCAA outdoor champion in 220-yard dash
•  Won four-consecutive Big Ten titles in the outdoor 220-yard dasha nd two straight in the outdoor 100-yard dash
•  Won three-straight Big Ten titles in the indoor 300-yard dash
Gary Dilley Gary Dilley
Swimming 1965-67
Hometown - Huntington, IN
Hall of Fame Class - 1995
•  1965-66 NCAA Champion in 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke
•  Eight-time Big Ten champion
•  12-time All-American
Jim Ellis Jim Ellis
Football 1951-53
Hometown - Saginaw, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2008
•  First Spartan to receive All-America honors in consecutive years (1951-52)
•  Named to All-Western first team in 1952
•  Captain of the 1953 Big Ten and 1954 Rose Bowl Championship team
•  Ranks among MSU's all-time and season leaders in punt return yards
Sue Ertl Sue Ertl
Golf 1977-80
Hometown - Ionia, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2001
•  1979 All-American
•  1977 and 1978 Big Ten Medalist
•  1978 Runner-up Midwest AIAW Championships
•  1988 National Collegiate Golf Hall of Fame
Julie Farrell-Ovenhouse Julie Farrell-Ovenhouse
Swimming & Diving 1988-91
Hometown - Holt, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2005
•  1990 NCAA champion on the one-meter board
•  1991 NCAA champion on the three-meter board
•  Six-time All-American
•  Three-time Big Ten Diver of the Year (1989-91)
Dr. James Feurig Dr. James Feurig
Team Physician 1953-75
Hometown - Seymour, WI
Hall of Fame Class - 2000
•  MSU team physician for 22 years
•  Key researcher on the dangers of the cross-body block in football
•  Olin Health Center Director from 1961-75
•  1968 Michigan State Medical Society Distinguished Service Award
Mary Fossum Mary Fossum
Golf Coach 1973-97
Hometown - Green Bay, WI
Hall of Fame Class - 2003
•  Led the Spartans to five straight Big Ten titles from 1974-78 plus 1982 crown
•  Guided team to six-consecutive AIAW National Championships from 1973-78
Richard Frey Richard Frey
Cross Country/Track 1936-40
Hometown - Buffalo, NY
Hall of Fame Class - 2008
•  Captain of 1939 cross country NCAA Championship team, the first NCAA title won by a Spartan team
•  Four-time All-American (two-time cross country and two-time track)
•  Member of IC4A Championship team in 1937
•  Won freshman IC4A title in 1936
Lyman Frimodig Lyman Frimodig
Basketball/Baseball/Football 1914-17
Hometown - Calumet, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 19
•  MSU's only 10-time letterwinner
•  41-year career as assistant athletic director and business manager
•  Co-author of Spartan Saga: A History of Michigan State Athletics
John Fuzak John Fuzak
Faculty Athletics Representative 1959-79
Hometown - Crewe, VA
Hall of Fame Class - 2005
•  Served as MSU's Faculty Representative for 20 years (1959-79)
•  Twice served as chairman for the Big Ten Faculty Representatives
•  MSU's Vice President of Student Affairs from 1961-66
•  NCAA President (1975-76)
Steve Garvey Steve Garvey
Baseball/Football 1965-68
Hometown - Tampa, Fla.
Hall of Fame Class - 2010
•   1968 All-American in baseball
•   Four-time Gold Glove winner and 1974 National League MVP
•   Appeared in 10 Major League Baseball All-Star games, five World Series and five NLCS
•   1,207 consecutive games played ranks fourth all time in Major League Baseball history
Kirk Gibson Kirk Gibson
Football/Baseball 1975-78
Hometown - Waterford, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1994
•  1978 baseball and football All-American
•  No. 1 draft pick of Detroit Tigers in 1978
•  Key MLB veteran on two World Series Championship teams
Cheryl Gilliam Cheryl Gilliam
Track 1978-81
Hometown - Detroit, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2003
•  1981 indoor All-American in 60-meter dash
•  Won four-straight Big Ten titles in the outdoor 200-meter dash
•  Set six individual and nine relay records
Everett 'Sonny' Grandelius Everett "Sonny" Grandelius
Football 1948-50
Hometown - Muskegon Heights, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1995
•  1950 All-American
•  1950 "Governor's Award" football MVP
•  1951 Hula Bowl MVP
Johnny Green Johnny Green
Basketball 1957-59
Hometown - Dayton, OH
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  Three-time All-American
•  1959 Big Ten MVP
•  Three-time All-Big Ten
Roger Grove Roger Grove
Football/Basketball 1928-31
Hometown - Sturgis, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2000
•  1930 Football All-American
•  1930 Basketball All-American
•  Led basketball team in scoring in 1929-30 and 1930-31
•  MSU freshman pole vault record in 1928
George Guerre George Guerre
Football 1946-48
Hometown - Flint, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2008
•  Led the Spartans in rushing for three-straight seasons from 1946-48
•  Averaged 6.75 yards per carry, the best career rushing average in school history
•  Recorded six career 100-yard rushing games, including a singlegame best 180 yards against Marquette in 1946
•  1946 team MVP
Linda Gustavson Linda Gustavson
Swimming 1969-72
Hometown - Santa Cruz, Calif.
Hall of Fame Class - 2010
•   1968 Olympic gold medalist in the 400-meter relay
•   1970 AIAW National Champion in the 50-meter freestyle
•   Earned a silver medal in the 400-meter individual freestyle and bronze medal in 100-meter individual freestyle at 1968 Olympics
John Hannah John Hannah
MSU President 1941-69
Hometown - Grand Rapids, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  Led MSU into the Big Ten Conference
•  Football jersey number retired for 46 years of service
•  Awarded USA Medal of Freedom for his civil rights work
George M. (Jud) Heathcote George M. (Jud) Heathcote
Basketball Coach 1976-95
Hometown - Spokane, WA
Hall of Fame Class - 2001
•  1979 NCAA Championship
•  Coached seven All-Americans
•  Won three Big Ten titles (1978, 1979, 1990)
•  2001 National Association of Basketball Coaches Golden Anniversary Award
Jack Heppinstall Jack Heppinstall
Athletic Trainer 1914-59
Hometown - Durham County, England
Hall of Fame Class - 1994
•  MSU's first athletic trainer
•  Served under five athletics directors and 12 head football coaches
•  National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame inductee
John Horne John Horne
Boxing 1958-60
Hometown - Washington, D.C.
Hall of Fame Class: 1996
•  Three-time NCAA Champion in 178-pound class
•  Competed without regular coach, program or sparring partner
•  Two-time All-American
Dr. Nell Jackson Dr. Nell Jackson
Assistant Director of Athletics for Women 1973-81
Women's Track & Field Coach 1973-77, 1978-81
Hometown - Athens, GA
Hall of Fame Class - 2010
•   Coached 13 athletes to All-America honors
•   Member of the Black Athletes Hall of Fame, Women's Sports Foundation Hall of Fame and National Track & Field Hall of Fame
•   During her tenure as an administrator, Jackson pioneered quality and successful women's athletic programs in nine sports
•   First African-American woman to coach Olympic track team and to serve on the U.S. Olympic Committee's board of directors
Burl Jennings Burl Jennings
Wrestling 1941-43
Hometown - Tulsa, OK
Hall of Fame Class - 1995
•  Two-time NCAA Champion
•  1943 co-captain with twin brother
Merle Jennings Merle Jennings
Wrestling 1941-43
Hometown - Tulsa, OK
Hall of Fame Class - 1995
•  Two-time NCAA Champion
•  1943 co-captain with twin brother
•  1943 National AAU Champion
Fred Johnson Fred Johnson
Track 1947-50
Hometown - Grandville, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1993
•  1949 NCAA Champion in broad jump
•  1949 All-American in the broad jump and low hurdles
•  Shared world record in 65-yard low hurdles
Greg Johnson Greg Johnson
Wrestling 1969-72
Hometown - Lansing, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2014
•  Became the first wrestler in Big Ten history to win three NCAA Championships (1970-72 at 118 pounds)
•  Won three consecutive Big Ten Championships at 118 pounds (1970-72)
•  Compiled a career record of 54-5-2 (.902) and 17 falls
•  Selected as a charter member of the Michigan Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1978
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson Earvin "Magic" Johnson
Basketball 1978-79
Hometown - Lansing, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  1979 All-American
•  1979 Big Ten MVP
•  MVP of 1979 NCAA Tournament
•  Five NBA Championships
Clinton Jones Clinton Jones
Football/Track & Field 1964-66
Hometown - Cleveland, Ohio
Hall of Fame Class - 2012
•  Two-time First-Team Football All-American and First-Team All-Big Ten (1965-66)
•  Led Spartans in rushing on National Championship and Big Ten Championship teams in 1965 and 1966
•  Big Ten's leading rusher in conference games in 1966
•  1967 No. 2 overall NFL Draft choice by Minnesota Vikings
•  1965 Track All-American as member of 440-yard relay team
Joyce Kazmierski Joyce Kazmierski
Golf 1964-67
Hometown - Detroit, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1994
•  1966 National Collegiate Golf Champion
•  Formed Women's Golf Club at MSU
•  Played on LPGA tour from 1968 to 1985
•  1986 inductee into National Golf Coaches Hall of Fa
Kisha (Kelley) Simpson Kisha (Kelley) Simpson
Women's Basketball 1991-95
Hometown - Detroit, Mich.
Hall of Fame Class - 2011
•   First women's basketball All-American at MSU
•   Finished her career as the program's leading scorer
•   Three-time All-Big Ten selection and team MVP
Greg Kelser Greg Kelser
Basketball 1976-79
Hometown - Detroit, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1996
•  1979 All-American
•  Three-time team MVP
•  1979 First-team Academic All-American
•  Holds honorary doctorate from MSU
Crawford 'Forddy' Kennedy Crawford "Forddy" Kennedy
Cross Country/Track 1957-59
Hometown - Glasgow, Scotland
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  Three-time cross country All-American
•  1958 NCAA cross country champion
•  1959 Big Ten cross country and two-mile champion
Henry Kennedy Henry Kennedy
Cross Country/Track 1955-58
Hometown - Glasgow, Scotland
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  Six-time letterwinner in cross country and track
•  1955 Big Ten cross country champion
•  1955-56 IC4A Champion
Gene Kenney Gene Kenney
Soccer Coach 1956-69
Hometown - Urbana, IL
Hall of Fame Class - 2005
•  Led MSU to back-to-back National Championships in 1967-68
•  Teams made eight-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1962-69
•  His .866 career winning percentage ranks second in NCAA history
•  Coached 13 first-team and six second-team All-Americans
John Kobs John Kobs
Baseball Coach 1925-63
Hometown - Cavalier, ND
Hall of Fame Class - 1993
•  576-377-16 record over 39 years
•  MSU's baseball field named in his honor
•  Michigan Sports Hall of Fame inductee
Frank Kush Frank Kush
Football 1950-52
Hometown - Windber, PA
Hall of Fame Class - 2000
•  1952 All-American
•  Anchored defensive line for 1952 National Champions
•  MSU Centennial Super Squad (Pre-Big Ten Era)
•  1995 National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame inductee
Bonnie Lauer Bonnie Lauer
Golf 1970-73
Hometown - Walled Lake, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  1973 AIAW National Champion
•  First female athlete voted "Spartan of the Week" by the State News
•  1976 LPGA Rookie of the Year
Sherman Lewis Sherman Lewis
Football/Track 1961-64
Hometown - Louisville, KY
Hall of Fame Class - 2001
•  1963 All-American
•  1963 Football Co-captain
•  Finished third in Heisman Trophy balloting in 1963
•  1963-64 Track Captain
Danny Litwhiler Danny Litwhiler
Baseball Coach 1964-82
Hometown - Ringtown, PA
Hall of Fame Class - 1994
•  Two Big Ten Championship teams
•  Coached 13 future MLB players
•  1942 All-Star with Philadelphia
•  Developed radar speed gun to time pitches
Dean Look Dean Look
Football/Baseball 1957-59
Hometown - Lansing, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2008
•  1959 football All-American
•  Named to UPI's Backfield of the Week three times during the 1959 season
•  1958 baseball team MVP and first-team All-Big Ten selection led the Spartans in runs, RBI, total bases, stolen bases, doubles and home runs
•  Spent 29 years as an official in the NFL
William Mack William Mack
Cross Country/Track 1948-50
Hometown - Palos Park, IL
Hall of Fame Class - 1996
•  1950 All-American in mile run
•  Four-time cross country All-American (two at MSU)
•  Member of world record two-mile relay team
Jane Manchester-Meyers Jane Manchester-Meyers
Swimming/Diving 1972-74, 1976
Hometown - Pompano Beach, FL
Hall of Fame Classm - 1992
•  Three-time All-American
•  1973-74 AIAW National Champion
•  1973-74 Big Ten Champion
Ron Mason Ron Mason
Hockey Coach 1979-2002
Director of Athletics 2002-2007
Hometown - Blyth, Ontario
Hall of Fame Class - 2010
•   Winningest college hockey coach in history (924 victories)
•   Coached MSU's two Hobey Baker Award winners - Kip Miller and Ryan Miller
•   Led MSU to an NCAA Championship, 17 CCHA regular-season and playoff titles, and guided an all-time record 23 teams overall to the NCAA Tournament.
•   Coached 35 All-Americans and 50 former Spartans who went onto establish careers in the National Hockey League
Charles McCaffree Jr. Charles McCaffree Jr.
Men's Swimming & Diving Coach 1941-69
Hometown - Sioux Falls, S.D.
Hall of Fame Class - 2011

•   During McCaffree's tenure, his student-athletes earned All-America honors 322 times, won 34 Big Ten titles, claimed 22 NCAA titles and six individuals qualified for the Olympics
•   From 1942-1950, McCaffree coached the Spartans to eight-straight Central Collegiate Conference Championships, and in 1957, he led MSU to its first-ever Big Ten Championship
Julius McCoy Julius McCoy
Basketball 1953-56
Inducted: 2010
Hometown - Farrell, Pa.
Hall of Fame Class - 2010
•   1956 All-American
•   Second player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point total
•   Appeared in the 1956 College All-Star game
•   Drafted by the NBA's St. Louis Hawks in 1956
Robert 'Buck' McCurry Robert "Buck" McCurry
Football 1946-48
Hometown - Lewiston, PA
Hall of Fame Class - 1993
•  Three-time team captain
•  Duffy Daugherty Award winner
•  All-American center
•  MSU Assistant Football Coach 1949-50
Gale Mikles Gale Mikles
Wrestling 1945-48
Hometown - Tulsa, OK
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  1947 NCAA Champion at 155 pounds
•  1945 AAU National Champion in 145-pound class
•  Long-time MSU coach and administrator
Blake Miller Blake Miller
Football/Baseball/Basketball 1912-15
Hometown - Tonawanda, NY
Hall of Fame Class - 2005
•  Named to MSU's all-time Old-Timers Football Team (pre-1940) in 1970
•  1915 football All-American
•  Earned All-Western honors in football (1913-14)
•  Won nine varsity letters at MSU: four in football, three in baseball and two in basketball
Kip Miller Kip Miller
Hockey 1986-90
Hometown - Lansing, Mich.
Hall of Fame Class- 2013
•  1990 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner, Hockey News /Bauer College Player of the Year and CCHA Player of the Year
•  Two-time First-Team All-American and two-time First-Team All-CCHA selection
•  Led the NCAA in scoring in both 1988-89 (32 goals, 45 assists, 77 points) and 1989-90 (48-53-101)
•  Spent 14 years in the pros, including 449 games in the NHL (74-165-239 career scoring line)
Ryan Miller Ryan Miller
Hockey 1999-2002
Hometown - East Lansing, Mich.
Hall of Fame Class - 2013
•  2001 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner, USA Hockey College Player of the Year and First-Team All-American
•  Two-time CCHA Player of the Year and 2001 CCHA Tournament MVP
•  NCAA all-time leader in career save percentage (.941) and shutouts (26) while ranking second in career goals against average (1.54)
•  2010 Olympic MVP/silver medalist and NHL Vezina Trophy (top goalie) winner
Deanne Moore Deanne Moore
Softball 1981-84
Hometown - Fenton, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1996
•  1983 All-American and GTE Academic All-American
•  1984 All-Big Ten selection
•  1984 Alderton Athlete of the Year
Earl Morrall Earl Morrall
Football 1953-56
Hometown - Muskegon, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  1955 All-American
•  1955 All-Big Ten
•  1968 NFL MVP
•  Quarterback for two Super Bowl Champions
Clarence 'Biggie' Munn Clarence "Biggie" Munn
Football Coach 1947-53
Athletic Director 1954-72
Hometown - Minneapolis, MN
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  Posted an .857 winning percentage over seven years
•  1952 National Coach of the Year
•  College Football Hall of Fame inductee
Gwen Norrell, Ph.D. Gwen Norrell, Ph.D.
Faculty Athletics Representative 1979-87
Hometown - Eudora, AR
Hall of Fame Class - 2000
•  First woman to serve as Faculty Representative in Big Ten history
•  NCAA Vice-President (1983-84 and 1984-85)
•  MSU Athletic Council (two terms)
•  1973 MSU Distinguished Faculty Award
Carl Buck Nystrom Carl "Buck" Nystrom
Football 1953-55
Hometown - Marquette, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2014
•  Three-year letterman helped MSU to a combined record of 21-8 (.724) from 1953-55, including a share of the 1953 Big Ten title, 1955 National Championship and two Rose Bowl victories (1954 and '56)
•  1955 First-Team All-American and team MVP
•  Became the first MSU football player to earn All-America recognition as both a player and scholar, garnering First-Team Academic All-America honors as a senior
•  Spent 38 years as a college coach, including a total of six seasons at Michigan State
Herb Odom Herb Odom
Boxing 1952-55
Hometown - Flint, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2005
•  Back-to-back NCAA Champion at 147 pounds (1954-55)
•  Led MSU to 1955 team National Championship
•  Two-time All-American (1954-55)
•  Compiled a 29-5-2 career record
Weldon Olson Weldon Olson
Hockey 1951-55
Hometown - Marquette, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2001
•  1953 Hockey MVP
•  1960 Olympic Ice Hockey Gold Medalist
•  1956 Olympic Ice Hockey Silver Medalist
•  Olympic Hall of Fame
•  1993 Distinguished Hockey Alumnus Award
Grady Peninger Grady Peninger
Wrestling Coach 1963-1986
Hometown - Ponca City, OK
Hall of Fame Class - 2008
•  First Big Ten Coach to win seven consecutive conference titles (1966-72)
•  MSU won 1967 National Championship and placed in top five nationally on six occasions
•  During his tenure, Spartan wrestlers earned 10 NCAA titles, 40 Big Ten titles and garnered All-American honors 54 times
•  1987 U.S. Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee
George Perles George Perles
Football Coach 1983-94
Hometown - Allen Park, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2008
•  Guided the Spartans to two Big Ten titles (1987 and 1990) and seven bowl appearances in his 12 seasons
•  Three of his teams finished among the nation's Top 25, including the 1987 Big Ten championship team that ranked No. 8 in the final polls
•  Tutored nine first-team All-Americans and three first-team Academic All-Americans
•  Spent 10 years as an assistant coach with the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, winning four Super Bowl championships (1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979)
Morris Peterson Morris Peterson
Basketball 1995-2000
Hometown - Flint, Mich.
Hall of Fame Class - 2013
•  2000 All-American
•  2000 Big Ten Player of the Year
•  Two-time First-Team All-Big Ten
•  2000 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player
John Pingel John Pingel
Football 1936-38
Hometown - Mt. Clemens, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1993
•  1937-38 All-American punter
•  First round draft pick of Detroit Lions
•  National Football Foundation Hall of Fame inductee
Shawn Respert Shawn Respert
Men's Basketball 1991-95
Hometown - Detroit, Mich.
Hall of Fame Class - 2012
•  MSU's all-time leading scorer (2,531 career points)
•  1995 NABC and Sporting News National Player of the Year
•  1994 & 1995 All-American and 1995 Consensus First-Team All-American
•  1995 Big Ten Player of the Year
Carlton Rintz Carlton Rintz
Gymnastics 1952-55
Hometown - Quarryville, PA
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  Nine-time Big Ten Champion
•  1954 NCAA Champion on pommel horse
•  1955 NCAA Champion on parallel bars, horizontal bars and pommel horse
Robin Roberts Robin Roberts
Baseball/Basketball 1945-47
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  Selected to 100th anniversary College All-Star team in 1959
•  Recorded 286 wins in 19 Major League seasons
•  1976 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee
Tom Ross Tom Ross
Hockey 1973-76
Hometown - Dearborn, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2008
•  Holds MSU career records with 324 points, 138 goals and 186 assists
•  Second college player to reach 300-point mark
•  1975 and 1976 All-American
•  NCAA record-holder with 72 power-play goals
Ernestine Russell-Weaver Ernestine Russell-Weaver
Gymnastics 1957-60
Hometown - Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  1955 AAU National Champion
•  Competed without a team at MSU
•  Member of 1956 and 1960 Canadian Olympic teams
George Saimes George Saimes
Football 1959-62
Hometown - Canton, OH
Hall of Fame Class - 2000
•  1962 All-American
•  Finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1962
•  Two-time All-Big Ten (consensus first team 1961-62)
•  NFL All-Pro from 1964-69
Karl Schlademan Karl Schlademan
Track Coach 1941-59
Hometown - Seafield, IN
Hall of Fame Class - 1995
•  Turned Michigan State Relays into a major event
•  Led the Spartans to three IC4A titles
•  Coached four Olympians
Clarke Scholes Clarke Scholes
Swimming 1950-52
Hometown - Detroit, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  1952 Olympic Gold Medal in 100m freestyle
•  Five-time NCAA Champion
•  International Swimming Hall of Fame inductee
Sue Selke Sue Selke
Tennis 1972-75
Hometown - Detroit, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2014
•  Member of the first MSU women's tennis team
•  Won three Big Ten individual championships from 1973-75 at No. 1 singles
•  Helped the Spartans to two Big Ten team titles (1973, 1974) and an overall record of 30-2-1 during her four-year career
•  Undefeated in singles play in both 1972 (7-0) and 1973 (6-0)
Scott Skiles Scott Skiles
Basketball 1983-86
Hometown - Plymouth, IN
Hall of Fame Class - 2008
•  Led Big Ten in scoring in 1985-86 to earn All-America honors
•  1986 Big Ten MVP
•  1983 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and two-time All-Big Ten selection
•  Became second Spartan to score more than 2,000 points
Charles 'Bubba' Smith Charles "Bubba" Smith
Football 1964-66
Hometown - Beaumont, TX
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  1966 All-American
•  1966 UPI Lineman of the Year
•  1967 NFL No. 1 draft pick
•  1988 College Football Hall of Fame inductee
Gideon 'Charlie' Smith Gideon "Charlie" Smith
Football 1913-15
Hometown - Lansing, MI
Hall of Fame Class: 1994
•  MAC's first African-American football player
•  All-Star tackle on the 1913-15 MAC teams
•  Played pro football with Canton Bulldogs and Jim Thorpe
Steve Smith Steve Smith
Basketball 1988-91
Hometown - Detroit, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2001
•  1990 and 1991 All-American
•  1990 Big Ten Player of the Year
•  No. 21 jersey retired in 1999
•  1991 NBA first-round draft pick (No. 5 overall)
•  1994 Olympic Gold Medalist
Percy Snow Percy Snow
Football 1986-1989
Hometown - Canton, Ohio
Hall of Fame Class - 2010
•   Two-time First-Team All-American (1988-89)
•   First player to win both the Butkus and Lombardi Awards in the same year (1989)
•   Three-time First-Team All-Big Ten Selection (1987-1989)
•   Selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft
Diane Spoelstra Diane Spoelstra
Women's Basketball/Softball/Volleyball 1975-78
Hometown - Kentwood, Mich.
Hall of Fame Class - 2012
•  One of only two women to compete in three different sports at MSU
•  Two-year starter in volleyball for program that produced a combined record of 82-13
•  Three-year starter helped softball team to back-to-back College World Series appearances in 1976 and 1977
•  Two-year starter helped womenâÂ�TMs basketball team post back-to-back 20-win seasons
Fred Stabley, Sr. Fred Stabley, Sr.
Sports Information Director 1948-80
Hometown - Dallastown, PA
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  1962 Arch Ward winner for his work as Sports Information Director
•  Press box at Spartan Stadium named in his honor
•  Co-author of Spartan Saga: A History of Michigan State Athletics
•  Charter member of CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 1969
Valerie Sterk Kemper Valerie Sterk Kemper
Volleyball 1993-96
Hometown - Byron Center, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2008
•  First female team sport athlete at MSU to earn First-Team All-America honors twice (1995 and 1996)
•  Led nation with .449 hitting percentage in 1996
•  First Spartan volleyball player to earn First-Team All-Big Ten honors three times
•  1996 Third-Team Academic All-American
Kathy Strahan Kathy Strahan
Softball/Basketball 1974-78
Hometown - Lansing, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2014
•  Earned five combined letters in softball (1975-78) and basketball (1975-76)
•  Helped the softball team to the AIAW National Championship in 1976 and a third-place finish in 1977
•  Led the team in runs scored (25) and triples (7) as the leadoff hitter in 1976, while striking out only once in 93 at-bats
•  Spent 30 years coaching college softball and surpassed the 800-win milestone
George Szypula George Szypula
Men's Gymnastics Coach 1947-88
Hometown - Philadelphia, Pa.
Hall of Fame Class - 2012
•  Collected 252 dual meet victories in 41 seasons as head gymnastics coach
•  Led Spartans to 1958 Co-National Championship and 1968 Big Ten Championship
•  Coached 18 NCAA individual champions and 48 Big Ten champions
•  Named NCAA Coach of the Year in 1966 and Mideast Region Coach of the Year in 1987
Dave Thor Dave Thor
Gymnastics 1966-68
Hometown - Reseda, CA
Hall of Fame Class - 2014
•  Three-time Big Ten all-around champion (1966-68)
•  1968 Nissen Award winner, presented annually to the nation's outstanding senior collegiate gymnast
•  Named to 1968 United States Olympic team
•  Inducted into the United States Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1999
Brad Van Pelt Brad Van Pelt
Football/Baseball/Basketball 1969-72
Hometown - Owosso, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2000
•  Three-sport athlete who won seven varsity letters
•  Two-time football All-American (1971-72)
•  First defensive back ever to receive Maxwell Award as nation's top collegiate player (1972)
•  Played in five-straight NFL Pro Bowls from 1976-80
Doug Volmar Doug Volmar
Hockey 1965-67
Hometown - Cleveland Heights, OH
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  1966 All-American
•  1966 WCHA All-Star
•  Member of 1968 U.S. Olympic hockey team
Ken Walsh Ken Walsh
Swimming 1965-67
Hometown - Ponte Vedra, Fla.
Hall of Fame Class - 2010
•   12-time All-American
•   1967 NCAA Champion in the 100-meter freestyle
•   Big Ten Champion: 1965 & 1967 100-meter freestyle, 1967 200-meter freestyle and 400-meter freestyle relay
•   Gold medalist at the 1968 Olympics in the 400-meter relay and 400-meter freestyle relay
Gene Washington Gene Washington
Football/Track 1964-67
Hometown - LaPorte, TX
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  1965-66 All-American
•  College Football Hall of Fame inductee
•  1967 NFL first-round draft pick
Herb Washington Herb Washington
Track and Field 1969-72
Hometown - Flint, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2000
•  Four-time All-American
•  1970 NCAA Indoor Champion in 60-yard dash
•  Won seven Big Ten titles
•  1997 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award
George Webster George Webster
Football 1964-66
Hometown - Anderson, SC
Hall of Fame Class - 199
•  1965-66 All-American
•  1966 "Governor's Award" football MVP
•  Nine-year NFL veteran with three teams
Lorenzo White Lorenzo White
Football 1984-87
Hometown - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Hall of Fame Class - 2010
•   Two-time First-Team All-American (1985, 1987)
•   Finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting in both 1985 and 1987
•   MSU's all-time leading rusher with 4,887 yards, including 23 100-yard games
•   Selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round of the 1988 NFL Draft
John D. Wilson John D. Wilson
Football 1950-52
Hometown - Lapeer, MI
Hall of Fame Class - 2001
•  MSU's first Rhodes Scholar
•  1952 Academic All-American
•  1952 North-South Football Game
•  1989 GTE Academic All-America Hall of Fame
Jenna Wrobel Jenna Wrobel
Volleyball 1995-98
Hometown - Naperville, Ill.
Hall of Fame Class - 2013
•  MSU's all-time leader in kills (2,292) and kills per set (5.16)
•  1998 AVCA First-Team All-America
•  Four-time First-Team All-Big Ten
•  1995 Asics Freshman All-American and Big Ten Freshman of the Year
Tom Yewcic Tom Yewcic
Football/Baseball 1951-54
Hometown - Conemaugh, PA
Hall of Fame Class - 2003
•  1952 Football All-American
•  1954 Baseball All-American
•  1954 College World Series MVP
•  Led MSU to share of Big Ten title in 1953 and a win in the 1954 Rose Bow
Ralph Young Ralph Young
Football Coach 1923-27
Track and Field Coach 1924-40
Athletic Director 1923-54
Hometown - Crown Point, IN
Hall of Fame Class - 1992
•  Coached 27 track All-Americans and four Olympians
•  Michigan Sports Hall of Fame inductee
•  Served in Michigan Legislature from 1956 to 1962
•  MSU's track is named in his honor

Athletics Hall of Fame Quick Facts

Location

  • Inside the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center
Dedicated
  • Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, on Homecoming (Iowa) weekend
Hours
  • Open to the general public on home football Saturdays, normally two hours after the game.
Hall of Fame Display Features
  • 56 glass plaques (16"x16") feature Hall of Fame inductees
  • 11 wall murals (7'x10') feature some of the key figures in MSU athletics history, including:
    • Charles "Bubba" Smith, Football, 1964-66 Amo Bessone, Hockey Coach, 1951-79 Molly Brennan, Track, 1979-82 Johnny Green, Basketball, 1957-59 MSU President John Hannah, 1941-69 Kirk Gibson, Football and Baseball, 1975-78 Clarence "Biggie" Munn, Football Coach, 1947-53/Athletics Director, 1954-72 Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Basketball, 1978-79 Duffy Daugherty, Football Coach, 1954-72 George Webster, Football, 1964-66 Robin Roberts, Baseball and Basketball, 1945-47
  • Reader rail highlights 63 signature moments in MSU athletics history
  • 24 double-sided banners (2'x6') represent MSU's 25 varsity sports
  • 12 kiosks (1'x1'x1' columns) depict 72 key figures and moments in MSU athletics history
  • 52 photos mounted to the wall murals depict other key figures and moments in MSU athletics history
Hall of Fame Display Designer and Contractor
  • Jack Rouse Associates (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Jack Rouse Associates has its roots in the theme park and museum industries but recently its clients have included professional sports teams from the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. JRA recently has completed fan-based entertainment projects for the Atlanta Braves and Indiana Pacers. JRA also has created athletics hall of fame sites for Ohio State and Kentucky. The company also has worked on displays at Louisville's Churchill Downs, Texas Stadium and the Daytona International Speedway.

Project Cost

  • $250,000 (all fund raised)

Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees - By Class

1992 (30)
Fred Alderman
Gloria Becksford
Amo Bessone
Jack Breslin
Bob Carey
Lynn Chandnois
Don Coleman
Duffy Daugherty
Chuck Davey
Lyman Frimodig
Johnny Green
John Hannah
Earvin "Magic" Johnson
Crawford "Forddy" Kennedy
Henry Kennedy
Bonnie Lauer
Jane Manchester-Myers
Gale Mikles
Earl Morrall
Clarence "Biggie" Munn
Carlton Rintz
Robin Roberts
Ernestine Russel-Weaver
Clark Scholes
Charles "Bubba" Smith
Fred Stabley, Jr.
Doug Volmar
Gene Washington
George Webster
Ralph Young

1993 (6)
George Alderton
Molly Brennan
Fred Johnson
John Kobs
Robert "Buck" McCurry
John Pingel

1994 (6)
Art Brandstatter, Sr.
Kirk Gibson
Jack Heppinstall
Joyce Kazmierski
Danny Litwhiler
Gideon "Charlie" Smith

1995 (7)
Judi Brown
Leander Burnett
Gary Dilley
Everett "Sonny" Grandelius
Burl Jennings
Merle Jennings
Karl Schlademan

1996 (7)
Chet Aubuchon
Ed Bagdon
Fendley Collins
John Horne
Greg Kelser
William Mack
Deanne Moore

2000 (9)
Richard Berry
Chester Brewer
Dr. James Feurig
Roger Grove
Frank Kush
Gwen Norrell Ph.D.
George Saimes
Brad Van Pelt
Herb Washington

2001 (7)
Jerry DaPrato
Sue Ertl
George M. "Jud" Heathcote
Sherman Lewis
Weldon Olson
Steve Smith
John D. Wilson

2003 (5)
Lauren Brown
Joe DeLamielleure
Mary Fossum
Cheryl Gilliam
Tom Yewcic

2005 (5)
Julie Farrel-Ovenhouse
John Fuzak
Gene Kenney
Blake Miller
Herb Odom

2007 (11)
Shirley Cook
Marshall Dill
Jim Ellis
Richard Frey
George Guerre
Dean Look
Grady Peninger
George Perles
Tom Ross
Scott Skiles
Valerie Sterk Kemper

2010 (10)
Jim Bibbs
Ed Budde
Steve Garvey
Linda Gustavson
Dr. Nell Jackson
Ron Mason
Julius McCoy
Percy Snow
Ken Walsh
Lorenzo White

2011 (5)
Morten Andersen
Mateen Cleaves
Dana Cooke
Kisha (Kelly) Simpson
Charles McCaffree Jr.

2012 (6)
Carl Banks
Emily Bastel
Clinton Jones
Shawn Respert
Diane Spoelstra
George Szypula

2013 (5)
Henry Bullough
Kip Miller
Ryan Miller
Morris Peterson
Jenna Wrobel

2014 (6)
Flozell Adams
Greg Johnson
Carl "Buck" Nystrom
Sue Selke
Kathy Strahan
Dave Thor