Volleyball player Virginia Aguilar, golfer Jason Darby, baseball player Clay Martin and football standout Lance Moore are the 2017 Hall of Fame class.
Attached are brief biographical sketches of the four inductees.
2003 - 2006
Aguilar was the first superstar of the Division III era for the Cowgirls and helped turn the Cowgirl program from one of the cellar dwellers in the conference to ASC champions as a senior. She was a force in the middle for the Cowgirls and still holds the school record for blocks in a career with 435. She also had one of the top serves in school history as her powerful serves resulted in 181 career service aces. She also had 1,150 kills, which ranks fourth in Cowgirl history. For her career, she is the only player in American Southwest Conference history with over 1,000 kills, 500 digs and 400 blocks. She was a four-time all-ASC selection and was a two-time league MVP. She was also the MVP of the ASC Tournament her senior year. She was an academic all-American and an all-West region performer. As dominant as she was on the court, she may have excelled more in the classroom. She was a 4.0 student as an undergrad in computer science and also earned a graduate degree at HSU. She won the Olsen medal for the overall best student at HSU as an undergrad. She later came back and served as a volunteer graduate coach at HSU and also served in the United States Air Force and was active in several athletic contests with the Air Force team, including bowling, track and field and volleyball. She was named one of the semifinalists for the 2007 NCAA Woman of the Year.
1997 - 2000
Jason Darby is one of the top men's golfers of the non-scholarship era. He was a four-year letter winner for the Cowboys. He led the team to the NCAA Tournament three times and also competed in the NAIA Tournament as a freshman. He also led the Cowboys to four straight American Southwest Conference team titles. As a senior, he placed eighth at the NCAA Championships to earn all-America honors. He shot a 73-72-73-218 total and the team's 12th place finish is the top finish in the Division III history of the school. He also led the Cowboys in scoring at the NCAAs as a junior. Until just this past season, he held the HSU record for most birdies in the non-scholarship era in a season with 51. He was an academic all-ASC performer and was first-team all-ASC in 1999 and 2000. He finished his career with a Division III era school-record 13 rounds of par or better that still stands.
1986 – 1988
Martin was a three-year starter for the Cowboy baseball program in the Division I era. He played in 164 games as an outfielder and catcher and hit .306 as a junior with four home runs and 24 RBIs. Since leaving Hardin-Simmons, he has been the head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Abilene Wylie for the last 24 years. He is nearing 600 wins for his career as the head coach and his team's won back-to-back 4A state titles in 2016 and 2017, becoming the first 4A team in 25 years to repeat as state champion. He has led seven different teams to the state tournament. He also has been the defensive coordinator for a state championship football team and the Wylie football program has been to the playoffs 23 straight years, which is the eighth-longest streak in the state.
2000 - 2004
Lance Moore is the single-season leader in several categories at Hardin-Simmons University. He holds the Division III era record for rushing TD's in a season with 23 in 2004 and he is the single season scoring leader with 164 points also in 2004. He is second all-time at HSU in scoring and is fifth all time in career rushing yards with 2,479 yards. He had 12 100-yard rushing games in his career at HSU. He played his first two seasons as a slot back before making the change to running back. In 2004, he was named the ASC offensive Player of the Year as the Cowboys won the ASC championship and posted a 10-1 record. Moore rushed for 1,211 yards in eleven games and averaged 109.5 yards per game. His 224 yards on the ground in a win at Mary Hardin-Baylor is one of the top games ever against the Cru. He had four touchdowns in a game against Louisiana College and he scored three touchdowns against Mississippi College. In 2003, he had four straight 100-yards efforts to close the season including 158 against the No. 3 run defense in the nation in East Texas Baptist and 135 against the No. 2 run defense in the nation in Mary Hardin-Baylor. He was named first team all-ASC and second team all-region. He was also an academic all-ASC selection in his career.
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