Aug. 31, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - An induction ceremony and dinner honoring Utah State's eighth Hall of Fame Class is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m., at the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan. Cost of the banquet is $35 per person and reservations can by made by contacting the USU Athletics Department at (435) 797-2060. The 2010 inductees will also be recognized in conjunction with Utah State's football home opener against Idaho State on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m.
The 2010 class includes former wrestler Tom Foster (1963-66), football player Louie Giammona (1973-75), volleyball player Lauren Goebel Keller (1979-82), men's basketball player Shaler Halimon, Jr. (1967-68), football and men's basketball player Earl Lindley (1951-53), and track & field athlete Glenn Passey (1959-62).
Foster was one of the most decorated wrestlers in school history, concluding his Utah State career with a 48-11-1 dual record including a 17-2 mark during his senior season. During his senior year, Foster won the 191-pound weight class at the Mountain Intercollegiate Tournament to advance to the NCAA Championships where he placed third at 191-pounds to earn All-American honors. That third-place national finish at the 1966 NCAA Championships is the best in school history.
Giammona is widely regarded as one of the best all-around offensive talents in Utah State history and led the nation in rushing with 1,534 yards and carries with 32.9 per game during his junior season in 1974. He also led the nation with 1,984 all-purpose yards as a junior to earn second-team United Press International (UPI) All-American honors. Giammona again earned All-American honors from UPI (honorable mention) during his senior season as he led the nation in all-purpose yards for the second-straight year with 2,045 and was fifth in the nation in rushing with 1,454 yards.
Goebel Keller was a great setter/outside hitter for Utah State during its glory days in the late 1970's and early 1980's helping Utah State to a national runner-up finish in 1979, an eighth-place national finish in 1980 and a third-place national finish in 1981. Goebel Keller, who was a two-time Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) All-American and a two-time United States Volleyball Association (USVBA) All-American, helped Utah State to a 134-57-2 (.699) record during her four-year career, including a 28-2 (.933) conference mark.
Halimon was one of the most prolific scorers in Utah State history and earned Helms Athletic Foundation All-American honors during both his junior (1967) and senior (1968) seasons. During his brief two-year career, Halimon scored 1,284 points which still ranks 16th all-time at USU and recorded two of the three triple-doubles in school history. He averaged 26.8 points during his senior season and his career scoring average of 25.2 points per game ranks second all-time in school history behind Wayne Estes (26.7). During his senior year, he scored a career-high 47 points against Brigham Young, which ranks as the third-highest scoring game in school history.
Lindley was a two-sport standout at Utah State in the early 1950's in football and basketball. On the gridiron, Lindley excelled as a halfback and defensive end and led the nation in scoring as a senior in 1953 with 81 points as he scored 13 touchdowns and added three extra points. During his USU career, he was teammates with Aggie legends Dave Kragthorpe and LaVell Edwards. Along with his football success, Lindley was also a two-year letterwinner on USU's basketball team in 1952 and 1953.
Passey was the first track athlete in Utah State history to claim an individual national championship as he won the discus as a junior at the 1961 NCAA Championships with a mark of 176-8 (53.85m) to help Utah State finish tied for 16th-place as a team. Passey also earned All-American honors as a senior in 1962 as he set the national record in the discus at a dual meet in Tucson, Ariz., with a distance of 190-9.50 (58.15m) and that toss still ranks second all-time at Utah State.
A total of 56 individuals and one team have now been inducted into the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was founded in 1993 with 12 initial members, followed by eight additions in 1994 and seven in 1995. The addition of any members was stopped until 2006 when five more individuals were added, followed by six recipients in 2007, four more in 2008 to go along with the first-ever team inducted, and seven in 2009.
Located inside the Steve Mothersell Hall of Honor, the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame gives fans the opportunity to view biographical information and watch videos on each of the inducted members. Both the Hall of Fame and the Hall of Honor are located inside the Jim and Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex in the north end of Romney Stadium.
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