LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State Athletics announced Wednesday that the dinner and induction ceremony for the latest class of USU’s Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame is sold out.
The dinner and induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame’s 14th class is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 2, at the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan.
Three separate football All-Americans, a three-time track & field All-American, a softball All-American, a former men's basketball player and legendary NBA coach, a former football player and current contributor committed to the success and growth of Aggie Athletics, and one of the most successful men's basketball coaches and administrators in school history comprise the latest class.
The eight inductees include: Deanna Earsley-Bowers, one of just seven Aggie softball All-Americans; Tom Forzani, an All-American and school-record holding wide receiver; Jim Helton, a three-time track & field All-American; Jim Hough, an All-American offensive lineman; Phil Johnson, a legendary NBA coach and former Aggie men's basketball player; Dave Manning, an All-American offensive lineman; Steve Mothersell, a former Aggie football player and life-long contributor of Aggie Athletics; and Rod Tueller, one of the most successful head coaches and administrators in school history.
A total of 95 individuals and three teams 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 members in 1994 and seven in 1995. The addition of any inductees was stopped until 2006 when five more individuals were added, followed by six recipients in 2007 and five in 2008 to go along with the first-ever team inducted. Seven more inductees were added in 2009, followed by six in 2010, five in 2011 plus two more national championship teams, eight in 2012, six inductees in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and eight inductees in 2016.
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 Hall of Honor are located inside the Jim and Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex in the north end zone of Maverik Stadium.
The Hall of Fame Committee made its final selections for this year’s class in January. The inductees must fit into one of five categories: student-athlete, coach, team, athletics staff member, or contributor/special achievement. Contributor/special achievement includes individuals who have contributed to the ideal of sports at the University. Each nominee must receive at least 75 percent of the committee's vote to be eligible for induction.
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