Sept. 11, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State University held a ceremony Friday to officially induct the 2010 class into its Athletics Hall of Fame.
The inductees include: Tom Foster, one of the most decorated wrestlers in school history; Louie Giammona, an outstanding running back and kick returner; Lauren Goebel Keller, an All-American volleyball player; Shaler Halimon Jr., a prolific scorer on the men's basketball team; Earl Lindley, a two-sport standout in football and basketball; and Glenn Passey, one of just three NCAA Individual Track Champions in school history.
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.
2010 Utah State University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Class
Hometown: Pleasant Hill, Calif.
One of the most decorated wrestlers in school history, Tom Foster was a four-year letterman that concluded 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. Foster also competed at 177-pounds in the 1965 NCAA Wrestling Championships and helped Utah State finish 15th overall, its best team finish in school history. Foster also set a school record at the time for consecutive wins with 15 during the 1963 and 1964 seasons.
Hometown: Calistoga, Calif.
Known for his quickness, acceleration (4.5 in 40) and ability to block and catch, Louie Giammona is widely regarded as one of the best all-around offensive talents in Utah State history. During his junior year in 1974, Giammona led the nation in rushing with 1,534 yards and carries with 32.9 per game. 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. Overall, Giammona still holds the school record for most consecutive 100-yard rushing games with 10 during his junior and senior seasons, while his four career 200-yard rushing games still ranks tied for first all-time. He is also the school record holder for rushing attempts in a game (45 vs. Kent State, 1974) and season (329 in 1974), and rushing yards per game for a season (153.4 in 1974) and career (116.6). His 3,499 career rushing yards ranked 11th-best in NCAA history at the time, while his career all-purpose totals of 5,201 yards ranked fourth-best in the NCAA. Giammona was selected in the eighth round of the 1976 National Football League (NFL) Draft by the New York Jets, playing with the team for two seasons before spending five years (1978-82) with the Philadelphia Eagles. During his stint with the Eagles, Giammona was elected team captain from 1980-82, which included Philadelphia's 1980 Super Bowl team.
LAUREN GOEBEL KELLER
Hometown: Winnetka, Ill.
One of the best volleyball players in school history, Lauren Goebel Keller was a great setter/outside hitter for Utah State during its glory days in the late 1970's and early 1980's. A two-time Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) All-American, Goebel Keller helped 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. During the 1979 season, USU went 10-0 in the Intermountain Athletic Conference (IAC) and finished with a 35-5-2 mark as it lost to Hawai'i in five sets in the national championship match. Goebel Keller, who was also a two-time all-IAC selection, helped Utah State to a 134-57-2 (.699) record during her four-year career, including a 28-2 (.933) conference mark. Goebel Keller, who served as the team's captain from 1980-82, was also a two-time United States Volleyball Association (USVBA) All-America while at Utah State. Prior to her collegiate career, Goebel Keller spent four years (1976-79) on the Women's Junior National and Women's National Volleyball teams.
SHALER HALIMON, JR.
Hometown: Romulus, Mich.
Sport: Men's Basketball
One of the most prolific scorers in Utah State history, Shaler Halimon was named a Helms Athletic Foundation All-American during both his junior (1967) and senior (1968) seasons. During his brief two-year career at Utah State, Halimon scored 1,284 points which still ranks 16th all-time in school history. He also recorded two of the three triple-doubles in school history during his career as he had 21 points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists in a 116-88 home win against Evansville on Dec. 11, 1967, and 35 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a 96-80 home win against Arizona State on Feb. 10, 1968. Those 24 rebounds against the Purple Aces were a career-high for Halimon and still ranks as the fifth-most in school history. Halimon 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. 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. Following his collegiate career, Halimon was selected in the first round of the 1968 NBA Draft (14th overall pick) by the Philadelphia 76ers and also played for the Chicago Bulls (1969-70) and Portland Trailblazers (1970-71). He was named to Utah State's All-Century Team in 2005.
Hometown: Wellsville, Utah
Sports: Football/Men's Basketball
An athletic player, Earl 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. Following his collegiate career, Lindley was selected by the Chicago Bears in the 16th round of the 1954 NFL Draft but played in the Canadian Football League for the Edmonton Eskimos from 1954-57, helping the team win three-straight Grey Cup Championships (1954-56). Lindley, who was voted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 1986, had his football career cut short by a severe shoulder injury.
Hometown: Paris, Idaho
Sport: Track & Field
Glenn 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. Following his collegiate career, Passey finished fifth at U.S. Nationals in 1962 with a throw of 187-8.50 (57.21m) and then placed fourth at U.S. Nationals in 1964 with a mark of 183-2.50 (55.85m).
Previous Inductees By Class:
Class of 2009: Bob Carlson (wrestling,wrestling coach, administrator, 1969-87); Greg Grant (men's basketball, 1983-86); Dave Kragthorpe (football, baseball, administrator, 1951-54); Tom Larscheid (football, 1959-61); Alisa Nicodemus (cross country, track, 1991-93); John Pappas (football, 1966-68); Ralph Roylance (football, track, 1947-50).
Class of 2008: Jay Dee Harris (contributor, advisor); MacArthur Lane (football, 1965-67); Chuck Mills (football coach, 1967-72); Max Perry (men's basketball, 1959-61); Kelly Smith (softball, 1984-86, 1988); 1978 National Championship Volleyball Team.
Class of 2007: Ladonna Antoine-Watkins (track, 1994-97); Robert Broughton (football, wrestling, 1963-65); Rulon Jones (football, 1976-79); John Ralston (football coach, 1959-62); Jay Van Noy (baseball, football, 1946-49); Nate Williams (men's basketball, 1970-71).
Class of 2006: Kris Stano Lilly (gymnastics, 1982-83); Marvin Roberts (men's basketball, 1969-71); Al Smith (football, 1984-86); John Clyde Worley (baseball, men's basketball, football, track, 1917-19); Dr. John Worley (football, track, late 1940's, team physician).
Class of 1995: Tony Adams (football, 1970-72); Jay Don Blake (men's golf, 1980-81); Karolyn Kirby (volleyball, 1979-81); Clark Miller (football, 1960-61); Bill Staley (football, 1965-67); Conley Watts (men's basketball, 1933-34); Glen Worthington (football, men's basketball, track, 1926-29).
Class of 1994: Ladell Andersen (men's basketball, men's basketball coach, Athletics Director, 1949-51, 1961-71, 1973-83); H. Cecil Baker (men's basketball, track, men's basketball coach, 1922-25, 1950-61); Mark Enyeart (track, 1974-77); Phil Olsen (football, 1967-69); Eddie Peterson (football, track, 1934-36); Len Rohde (football, 1957-59); Elaine Roque (volleyball, 1979); Frank "Buzz" Williams (football, track, wrestling, Athletics Director, 1942, '46-48, 1964-1973).
Class of 1993: Annette Viola Cottle (volleyball, women's basketball, volleyball coach, 1976-79, 1982-84); Wayne Estes (men's basketball, 1963-65); Mary Lou Ramm Flippen (softball, 1981-83); Fern Gardner (women's basketball, softball, tennis, volleyball, women's basketball coach, softball coach, volleyball coach, 1972-79); Cornell Green (men's basketball, 1960-62); Ralph Maughn (men's basketball, football, track, men's basketball coach, football coach, track coach, 1942-46, 1951-88); George "Doc" Nelson (Athletics Director, wrestling coach, 1923-58); Merlin Olsen (football, 1959-61); E.L. "Dick" Romney (Athletics Director, baseball coach, men's basketball coach, football coach, track coach, 1919-49); Kent Ryan (men's basketball, football, track, 1934-37); L. Jay Silvester (track, 1956-59); Elmer "Bear" Ward (football, track, 1932-35).
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