Athletic Hall of Fame

The following people have been named to the Hardin-Simmons Athletic Hall of Fame. The Athletic Hall of Fame is housed in the Mabee Complex. The following are the honorees with the year of induction, the years they played at HSU, the sport (s) that the inductee participated and the inscription that is on each inductee's placque.

Name Year Inducted Years at HSU Sport Plaque Inscription
Gene Adams 2003 1953-1954 Tennis A transfer from Odessa Junior College, Gene compiled a singles record of 25-3. He placed fifth nationally for HSU's NAIA National Championship team. He was Border Conference runner-up in doubles in 1953 and won a spot on the Texas Davis Cup team. Finishing as the conference runner-up in singles and doubles in 1953, he achieved a record of 19-1 during the regular season. A form chairman of the HSU Board of Trustees, he was awarded the Keeter Award in 1991. He is the founding Chairman of the Board and President of Baylor Bancshares INC of Seymour TX.
Tom Adams 1987 1947-1951 Boxing, Football Five times state boxing champion, three as a lightweight and two as a heavyweight. One of only five men to win five Golden Gloves championships and only man ever to win five years in succession. Lost only eight fights in over 100 decisions in his career. Lettered four years in boxing and three in football. Was named to the 1949 International Boxing Team.
Darren Allman  2012 1990-1992 Football Darren Allman was among the first recruited players during the resurrection of HSU Football. As a Safety and Captain on three Cowboy teams, he recorded 178 career tackles and 10 interceptions. He received All-Conference honors three times and was twice named Conference Player of the Week. The 1993 HSU team reached the National Semi-Finals with Allman serving as Defensive Backs Coach. He graduated from HSU with a B.A. In Education and was awarded the HSU Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.
D.C. Andrews 1990 1950-1954 Football Considered the finest all around end in college football during his tenure at HSU. Two time All-Border Conference selection at both offensive and defensive end. Fourth all time leading receiver in school history. Team captain 1953. Coached 15 years in Texas High Schools and served his last 19 years of public life as school superintendent in Sidney, Texas.
Steve Arias 2005 1985-1990 Baseball Steve Arias was named First Team NAIA All-American following the 1985 season. He was named to the TAAC All-Conference team as a junior and senior. Arias, a shortstop, led the Cowboys in batting average as both a junior (.411) and senior (.372). During his junior year, he led the TAAC in three batting categories: average (.411), hits (78), and RBI's (52). He is only the third player in Cowboy history to have a season average over .400. He was named to two post-season all tounament teams. During his senior year Arias was a member of the Cowboy team that defeated the University of Texas 4-2, when the Longhorns were ranked third in the nation. As a Division I player, he held the single season batting average as a junior in 1985 while the Cowboys had their best D-1 record of 38-26-1.
Charles (Pat) Bailey 1994 1946-1950 Baseball, Football An outstanding athlete with great versatility, he was a four year letterman in football and three in baseball.  Played fullback, tailback, and defensive back in football, catcher and third base in baseball.  Is fifth on the all time Cowboy career rushing list with 1573 yards. Gained 996 yards in 1948, eighth best in school history.  Earned 2nd team All-Border Conference honors for football in 1948 and was elected Captain in 1949.  He was named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities in 1950.
Connie Baird 1999 1953-1956 Football Connie Baird started 3 years on the Cowboy football team and was named All-Border Conference twice. In 1956 he was named Honorable Mention All-American after leading the conference with 37 receptions which ranked him third in the nation. With a career record of 71 pass receptions for 854 yards, he was drafted by the NFL Baltimore Colts. He has had a successful career in banking in Abilene and Midland, Texas.
Sam Baugh 2000 1953-1960 Football Coach Coach Baugh served as an assistant coach to Murray Evans prior to becoming head coach in 1955. He led his team to a 23-28 record against major football powers. In 1958 the Cowboys won the Border Conference Championship and played in the Sun Bowl. Sam coached two national leading passeres, Ken Ford and Harold Stevens. Baugh left HSU in 1960 to become head coach of the New York Titans which later became the New York Jets.
Kevin Beam 2006 1990-1994 Football Kevin holds the career marks for passes attempted with 802, passes completed at 533, passing yards 6,619, and touchdown passes with 62. To date he holds the school record for passing yards in a game with 541. Under Beam the Cowboys began their offensive dominance on a national level, ranking 1st in the nation in both total offense and passing offense in 1993. Kevin was a two time All-American and led the Cowboys into the playoffs 3 times including the NAIA Semifinals in 1993. He was named first team All-Conference in both 1993 and 1994. He was also a three time academic All-Conference selection and was twice an academic All-American. A natural leader, Beam was nominated by his team as team captain 2 years in a row.
Carroll Benson 1990 1934-1937 Basketball, Football Starred in football and basketball, led the basketball team in an undefeated season in 1937.  Twice led the Border Conference in scoring & was a two time All-Conference selection.  Started at end for the Cowboys in Sun Bowl, 1935 and 1936.  Coached 22 years at Merkel, compiling a 157-72-2 record & winning nine district titles advanced to the quarterfinals in 1956.
Joe Biggs 1995 1956-1958 Football Offensive guard and linebacker. All-Border Conference 1957,1958. Honorable Mention All-America 1957, 1958. Outstanding Defensive Player, 1956. Outstanding HSU Player, 1958. Drafted by Chicago Bears, 1958. Played for Washington Redskins, 1959. Played for New York Titans, 1960.
Joe Ed Black 1990 1952-1954 Golf One of the greatest golfers in HSU history.  Led the Cowboys to the NAIA National golf title in 1953 as a sophomore.  Turned professional following his sophomore year.  Served as a golf pro at Abilene Country Club before joining the PGA Tour.  President of the Professional Golf Association, 1981 and 1982.  Elected to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, 1982.
Virgil M. Bradley 1979 1915-1919 Baseball, Basketball, Football Earned twelve varsity letters at HSU. Scored winning basket in first game played in Marston Gymnasium as Cowboys defeated Texas A&M, 17-16.
Micky Davis Brewer 2009 1995-1998 Women's Basketball Micky Davis started 92 of 100 games, finishing in the top five in six statistical categories. For her career, she finished second in field goal percentage (526) and blocked shots (122) third in rebounds (791) and fourth in career points (1,478) and scoring average )14.8). Davis was named TIAA Freshman of the Year as she averaged 12.2 points and 6 rebounds per game. As a sophomore she scored 36 points in a game against Howard Payne, finished with a 19.2 points per game average, and was name Academic All American. In 1996-1997 she was selected All ASC and was again named to the Academic All American squad. In her senior campaign she led the Cowgirls to an ASC Championship while graduating with a 4.0 GPA and beginning Physical Therapy school. She was also named a WBCA national scholarship recipient.
Doyle Brunson 2009 1950-1954 Basketball, Track Brunson starred on the freshman basketball team, and capped the year by placing 3rd in the mile run at the Border Conference meet. As a sophomore, he scored 151 points in basketball, placed 2nd in the mile, ran on the 4th place mile relay team at the Border Conference meet, claimed 1st place in the mile run at the Tournament of Champions meet. While a junior, Brunson placed 2nd in the mile at the Border Conference meet. In basketball his 412 points helped HSU to a Border Conference championship and an NCAA tournament berth. Doyle was selected to the All Border Conference Team and honored as Conference MVP, the only HSU athlete so named, Brunson was chosen by Dell magazine as a top ten basketball player in the Southwest and Mountain states and was selected as an Honorable Mention All-American.
H.C. Burris 1985 1937-1942 Football One of the best ends to play Cowboy football, he was a three year starter.  Also won three letters in basketball and three in tennis. Named to the small college All-America team in 1941. Drafted by the Chicago Bears, He opted to play for the New York Yankees of the All-America Football Conference. First known player to earn Masters and PH.D. degrees at Columbia University while an active professional player.
Bill Cagle 2001 1948-1952 Baseball, Football, Track Bill served as a captain of the football and baseball teams and a member of the track squad. He was named to the All-Border Conference first team in 1951 as an end after catching 25 passes for more than 360 yards and five touchdowns. An all-around athlete, he punted five times with an average of 34.3 yards per punt. Bill also served as the sophomore class vice-president and was named to University Who's Who and Most All-Around Athlete. 
John "Bullet" Camp 1991 1921-1923 Football His hard driving running style and ability to produce holes where none existed earned him the reputation as one of the most feared running backs in Cowboy history as well as the nickname “Bullet”.  This was even more remarkable as he did not like helmets and refused to wear one.  A three year starter, he was selected to the TIAA All-Conference team in 1921, 1922, and 1923.
Donnie Campbell 1997 1954-1956 Tennis One of the great Cowboy tennis players of all time. This three year letterman won two Border Conference doubles championships with Bill Herring and Fred Kniffen and took second his third year. In 1954, he and Herring finished 2nd at the National NAIA tournament and he finished 4th in singles in 1955. After a short high school coaching stint, he spent the next 33 coaching tennis, baseball, basketball and golf at Tarleton State University. His golf teams won three TIAA titles and made three appearances at the NAIA tournament.
Harvey Catchings 1990 1971-1974 Basketball One of the all time great athletes to play Cowboy basketball scored 1,281 points and pulled down 837 rebounds as a 6’10” center. Named Honorable Mention All-America, 1972. Third team All-American, 1973 and again in 1974. Played 11 years in the NBA with the 76ers, Nets, Bucks and Clippers. His NBA statistics include scoring 2,335 points, 3,839 rebounds and 1,227 blocked shots leading the NBA’s 5 times in blocked shots.
Ed Cherry 1993 1935-1937 Football Known as “Hard Nosed” runner, he helped propel the Cowboys into prominence leading them to a 25-5-1 record.  A three year letterman, he made Honorable Mention All-American in 1936 and 1937.  Led HSU to a 34-6 win over Texas Mines in the Sun Bowl.  Named to the Coca-Cola All-South Team in 1937.  Rose to rank of Lt. Commander in Navy during WWII.  Later retired from Howard County Sheriff Dept.
Anthony Christian 2007 1993-1995 Football Anthony Christian is one of the top defensive linemen to play for the Cowboys. He is among the single-season leaders in sacks with ten and twice earned all-Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors. In 1994, he was named the TIAA Lineman of the Year, the defensive Most Valuable Player and an All-American. He had 74 tackles in nine games. All three of Christian’s teams won conference championships and went to the NAIA playoffs, including a semifinal run in 1993. The Cowboys were ranked number one in the nation in both 1993 and 1994 and finished the year in the top ten each of his three seasons. He had 171 career tackles, including 27 tackles for loss. His 15 career sacks ranks him fourth all-time at HSU.
John N. "Red" Cleveland 1987 1941-1943, 1946-1948 Football Starting center on the 1946 and 1947 Cowboy football teams. All-Border Conference 1946 and 1947. Began HSU career in 1941, but was interrupted by duty in WWII. Played in the Sun Bowl, 1942, Alamo Bowl 1946, and Harbor Bowl, 1947. Member of the 1947 undefeated Cowboy team.
J.C. "Bullet" Cook 1992 1941-1943, 1946-1948 Football, Track Known as one of the most versatile backs in the annals of Cowboy football.  A fleet runner, good blocker, and gifted receiver in years when 215 pound backs were not common.  Helped lead the Cowboys to the Border Conference Championship in 1946.  Elected Co-Captain of the 1947 team and later drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL.  As a member of the 1947 track team, was the Border Conference high hurdles champion in a record 13.9 seconds which stood until the Border Conference disbanded.  Had successful teaching and coaching career in New Mexico and California.
Sammie Courington 2004 1972-1976 Tennis A four year letterman, Courington played in the number one position his last three years. During his four years, the Cowboys were 68-26 in team matches. In his collegiate career, he posted singles records of 15-8, 16-9, 15-4, and 12-10. He was named the team's MVP in both1974 and 1975. In 1975 the team had 24 wins 9 losses and was invited to the Division I National Championships. He was named an Outstanding College Athlete of America in 1975 and earned a Master's degree from HSU in 1989. As a coach, he was elected as the 1992 Class 4A Texas Coach of the Year and 1994 Jr. High State Coach of the year by the Texas Association of Tennis Coaches. He is the only person to have been honored at both levels. Since the inception of the tennis program at Brownwood in the early 1980's, his teams have gone to the regional tournament every year. In 1996 he was named to Who's Who among America's Teachers. 
Les Cranfill  1984 1926-1934 Basketball, Football Football coach, basketball coach and Athletic Director. Coached Cowboys to five Texas conference championships in basketball and one in football. Known as a coach of high ethical standards regarding personal character and sportsmanship among his players. Inducted into the Texas High School coaches association Hall of Honor, 1967.
Riley Cross 2000 1950-1954 Football Riley lettered four years in football. On offense he was a wingback and on defense he was an end. He was known for his blocking ability leading the way for fellow members of the Hall of Fame, Rodney Williams and Dunny Goode. Cross gained 244 yards; caught 47 passes for 584 yards and scored eight touchdowns. As a defensive end no opponent scored around his side. He played on the special teams unit that never had a kick off or punt returned for a touchdown. Riley was in the oil and insurance business and coached at Madison Middle School in Abilene for 27 years. 
Odis Crowell 1990 1934-1937 Football Known as the “Giant Tackle” as a two way started for HSU.  Named to the Little All-America football team, 1936.  Played in 1935 and 1936 Sun Bowls.  HSU compiled a 23-5-2 record during his playing days.  Selected to play in the College All Star Game in 1936.  Drafted by the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL in 1937.  Also played professionally with the Los Angeles Bulldogs and the San Francisco 49ers. Later served as line coach at West Texas State University and the University of Arizona.
Barbara Fields Currie 1999 1960-1971 Women's Basketball Coach Barbara Fields Currie established the foundation for the women's basketball program at Hardin-Simmons University. In addition to serving as women's basketball coach, she also taught full time in the Physical Education Department and sponsored the white horse riders. With a limited budget and no scholarships, she compiled a commendable record of 77-36. Currie retired in 1998 after a 38 year teaching career at Hardin-Simmons University, Big Spring, and Childress, Texas.
Wilton O. "Hook" Davis 1980 1947-1949 Football Little All-America 1947, 48, 49. All  Border Conference 1947, 48, 49. Colliers All-Southwest Halfback 1948. Led Nation in Rushing in 1947, 1173 yards, Rushed for 236 additional yards in Harbor Bowl against San Diego State. Set HSU records in total points, career touchdowns, rushing, carries, and total yardage.
Charlotte Dehnel 1994 1977-1981 Basketball All-time leading scorer in Cowgirl basketball history with 2,057 points.  A 4 year started, her other records include: most points in a game, 46; most field goals in a game, 21; most field goals for one season, 219; most free throws in one game, 18; most free throws in one season, 137; made 13 of 13 in one game; most points in one season, 567 and most career rebounds, 1168.  Named MVP of her team in 1978-79 and the TAIAW All-State team in 1981.  She led her team to a 20-13 record which reached the state finals in 1981.
Larry Dippel 2004 1959-1963 Football At Hardin-Simmons University, Larry played guard in 1960 and 1961. He served as class vice-president (as a sophomore), president of Cowboys for Christ, and president of the Letterman Club. It was after his playing days at HSU that Larry made his mark as a high school coach at Amarillo High School. He has been at AHS since 1975, and also served as an assistant at Corpus Christi Carroll, Victoria, Stamford, and Hereford High Shcools with his debut as head coach at Hereford. As a coach he has a 237-127-6 record and has won 15 district championships. His teams have made 27 playoff appearances. He has won numerous coaching awards including district coach of the year 12 times. Panhandle coach of the year four times, the Tom Landry Award, and the High School Extra "Coach Who Makes a Difference" award. Dippel is a member of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame and has served as president of the Texas High School Coaches Association. He has served as coach of the Oil Bowl all-star game between Oklahoma and Texas. 
Linda Dulude 2008 1993-1996 Women's Golf The only four-time All-American at HSU, Linda led HSU’s 1994 NAIA National Championship team, as she had a three day total of 237 and finished third in individual scoring. She was dominant during her playing career, winning top medalist award nine times and having twenty top ten finishes. She was a three-time team Most Valuable Player and team captain for the Cowgirls. Since HSU was a dual member of the NAIA and NCAA, she was able to play in five national championships with her teams finishing first, second and third against schools that included scholarship players. Linda graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was named Academic All-American three times. A member of the Air Force Reserves, Linda was named the Air Force Female Athlete of the Year in 2006 as she won the Armed Forces Women’s Golf Championship.
Doyle Edmiston 1984 1955-59 Men's Basketball One of the finest basketball players to ever play for the Cowboys. An outstanding scorer and rebounder,  he scored 431 points and snared 431 rebounds in 1959 which ranked him 13th in the nation. Named All Border Conference 1958 and 1959. HSU records include: most rebounds in one game, 31; most in one season 431; and most in a career, 1052. Drafted by the Detroit Pistons of the NBA.
Ted Edmondson 2012 1957-59 Football Ted Edmondson, Cowboys tackle from 1957 - 1959, was considered among the best to ever play that position at HSU, excelling on both defense and offensive. Ted made All Border Conference his junior and senior years and Honorable Mention All American player his senior year. Drafted by the Chicago Cardinals, he was heavily recruited by the New York Titans, coached by his college coach, Sam Baugh. HSU Coach Baugh tabbed Ted as the finest tackle in the Border Conference his senior year. The coaches named him as the best defensive player on the team in 1959. He was one of the leaders of the team that won the Border Conference in 1959, and was runner-up for the Most Valuable player in the Sun Bowl against the University of Wyoming. Ted married HSU ex Georgie Bohannon, and they have two children, Cathey and Teddy, and 5 grandchildren.
"Cactus" Jack Ellison 1992 1941-1943, 1946-1948 Football Known as a great All-Around student/athlete.  Outstanding offensive guard and linebacker. Member of the undefeated 1946 Cowboy team.  Selected team captain and All-Border Conference in 1947 and named second team “Little All-America.”  Was a pitcher/outfielder on the 1948 baseball team.  Elected president of the 1948 senior class and Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities in 1947-48.  Had a successful coaching career at Texas Mines, Tucumcari, N.M. and at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado.
Bob Estes 1998 1923-1927 Baseball, Football, Track Coach Pete Shotwell dubbed Estes "The Greatest Player He Ever Coached." Estes lettered 3 years in football at halfback, 4 years in baseball at 2nd base and centerfield and was a sprinter on the track team. An All-Conference performer in football in 1925 and 1926, he was elected captian in 1926. He is in the Texas High School Hall of Honor. He practiced dentistry near the HSU campus for almost 30 years. He always treated the HSU athletes at no cost. 
Murray Evans 1982 1938-1942; 1946-1954 Football, Coach Center-Quarterback. 1941 Honorable Mention Little All-America leading Cowboys to undefeated season in 1940 accounting for 108 of the 160 total points (rushing and kicking). Played for Detroit Lions of the NFL 1942, 43. 1946 returned to HSU assistant Football coach. Head Football coach 1952-1954.
Sedrick Evans 2005 1986-1989 Basketball Sedrick Evans remains the top assist man in Hardin-Simmons University basketball history. He holds the record for assists in a game (18), in a season (213), and career (484). Sedrick's average per game for a season (7.1) and career (4.7) still stand as HSU records. He also ranks fourth on the all-time Trans America Athletic Conference list in steals. The point guard from Killeen, TX, led the Cowboys to 54 wins in his career while the Cowboys still played in the TAAC at the Division I level. 
Scott Forbes 2008 1990-1993 Football Scott Forbes was a member of the first football team in 1990, after a 27 year absence of football at HSU. In just their third year of existence, the Cowboys qualified for the NAIA playoffs and advanced to the quarterfinals. In 1993 the Cowboys were conference champions and advanced to the NAIA semifinals. Forbes holds an impressive defensive career record as he finished his career first in quarterback sacks (24), second in tackles for loss (40), fifth in assisted tackles (111) and sixth in total tackles (249). Forbes was selected for All Conference and All-American Honorable Mention. After graduation, Forbes joined the Navy and became a member of the elite Navy SEALS, and he has had a highly successful career to date. He has received numerous decorations which include three Bronze Stars with valor.
John (Model) T. Ford 1984 1947-1950 Football Brilliant passer and outstanding quarterback from 1947-1950. Set 13 Cowboy passing records: most passes attempted, 552; most passes completed, 313; most yards gained passing, 5,195; most touchdown passes in one season, 26 (national record) 56.7% completions; threw 5 touchdown passes in 3 different games. Ranked among top ten passers in nation 1948, 1949, and 1950. Played in North-South Shrine All Star game in 1950 and named Most Valuable Player.
Kenneth Ford 1995 1954-1957 Football Leading passer in the nation, 1957.  Fourth leading passer in HSU history, 3546 yds.  All-Border Conference 1955, 1956, 1957.  Completed 296 of 591 passes including 29 touchdowns.  Most Outstanding Athlete at HSU 1957.  Most Valuable Player-Blue-Gray Game, 1957.  Played for New York Giants, 1958.  Played for New York Jets, 1960.
J.B. Gibbs 1993 1946-1949 Baseball A career, .400 hitter, he was one of the best All-Around players in HSU history.  He led his team into the Border Conference Tournament in 1947.  Although pursued by pro Teams, he finished his career with the Cowboys before playing five years with Lamesa, Sweetwater and Galveston.  For the next ten years, he was a scout for Cincinnati and Houston.  Later, he coached at Sweetwater, Odessa, and Abilene.
Jerry Goad  1996 1949, 1955-1958 Tennis Teammate of “Hall of Famers” Wayne Miller, Carl Nunn, and Fred Kniffen who brought HSU into National prominence.  Only freshman ranked in the top 5 in Texas as a freshman and was ranked 4th in Jr. Davis Cup standings in Texas.  Runner-up in Border Conference singles in 1949.  Interrupted college career with tour of duty in Korea.  Returned to play with conference championship team in 1956 retired after distinguished 30 year career with J.C. Penny Corporation.
Frank "Dunny" Goode 1995 1948-1951 Football Led nation in touchdown receptions, 11, 1949.  Led Border Conference in rushing with 1399 yds., 1951.  Led nation in number of carries, 270, 1951.  Holds record, to date, for most rushes in one game, 40, 1951. Holds HSU record, to date, longest TD reception, 75 yds., 1949.  All-Border Conference, 1951. Made all Southwest football team by All-America Digest, 1951.
Julie Goodenough 2007 1993-2002 Women's Basketball Coach In nine seasons at HSU, Goodenough coached three All-Americans, 34 All Conference Selections and 46 Academic All-Conference selections. She left HSU as the leader in coaching wins, reaching 150 victories in less than 200 games. The Cowgirls captured seven conference championships and made five consecutive NCAA post-season appearances while Goodenough posted a 188-54 career record. Goodenough became head coach at Oklahoma State University in 2002 where she recruited and coached the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. Under Goodenough, the Cowgirls had five of the largest home crowds in OSU history, including the largest crowd to ever watch a women’s game. Goodenough became the head coach at Charleston Southern University in 2006, and the team won the Big South Sportsmanship Award in her first year.
Jeff Goodin 2000 1956-1960; 1975-1976, 1989-2000 Golf, Golf Coach Jeff Goodin won the 1957 New Mexico State Amateur Championship and led the Cowboys to one second and three third place finishes in the Border Conference. After a long and highly decorated military sercive, he returned to HSU as a member of the ROTC staff and golf coach. His women's teams participated in nine national championships and were national champions in 1994. The men's teams participation in seven national championships. Goodin coached 34 All-Americans. He was named conference coach of the year six times; regional coach of the year four times, and national coach of the year twice. 
Owen Goodnight 1991 1938-1940 Football A legendary “double threat” passer and runner, he established a school record for the longest play from scrimmage with an 88 yard halfback pass against Catholic University in 1940.  Named to the little All-America Team in 1940, he went on to a professional career with the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Colts.  After a long and successful coaching career, he was inducted into the Texas Coaches Hall of Fame in 1971.
Bill "Hank" Green 1989 1951-1953 Basketball One of the leading scorers in HSU Basketball history with 1,067 points. Twice led the Cowboys in scoring, 372 points in 1951-52 and 489 points in 1952-53. Scored 27 points to lead all scorers in the Cowboy's post season appearance against the University of Santa Clara.
Johnny Gregg 1996 1926-1930 Basketball, Football, Tennis, Track A four sport letterman in basketball, football, track and tennis. A four-time All-Conference center in basketball. Two-time conference champion in high jump. Set the school record of 6'4  1/2". Holds record for the longest pass interception in football for a touchdown, 95 yards. Played varsity tennis his senior year. Named Honorable Mention All-America in basketball in 1930. All four years, he led team in scoring and to a record of 51 wins and 24 losses. Inducted posthumously.
Sherry Griffin  2002 1976-1978 Basketball Sherry Griffin was the first "superstar" to play Cowgirl basketball. Coach Peggy Williams said, "Sherry is one of the best all-around players I've ever seen." A junior college transfer from Coahoma, she led her team to a record of 34 wins and 25 losses against mostly NCAA Division I schools. She was twice named as the team's MVP. She established 9 individual records and led her team to establish 14 team records. She also led the Cowgirls to their first appearance in the Texas Women's Collegiate State Basketball Tournament.
Tommy Hale 1982 1952-1955 Golf Led HSU to national prominence in Golf in 1952-1955. 1952, won medalists honors in Border conference tournament and second at the NAIA National tourney. 1953, won t he NAIA individual title and led HSU to national championship. 1954, Finished third in NAIA medalist while leading HSU to second place national finish. 1955, led HSU to second place finish in NAIA National Tournament.
Rusty Hamric 1999 1977-1979 Baseball Rusty Hamric compiled outstanding individual records while playing baseball for the Cowboys. In 1978 he led the team with .390 batting average, scored 54 runs, hit 8 triples and stole 30 bases. His on base percentage was .610. In 1979 he again led the team with a .354 batting average and was a TAAC All Conference Selection. Hamric was drafted by the Philidelphia Phillies organization and played AAA baseball 1977-1985. He has served as a public school teacher and coach.
Meredith Hare Stone 2012 1997-2001 Women's Golf In the three full seasons Meredith Hare Stone played at HSU, she was named an All-American each time.  She was also named the 1998 NCAA Division III Freshman of the Year, had five career tournament victories, and 18 top-ten finishes.  For several months during her freshman year she was the top ranked Divsion III player in the country.  In 1998-99, she led one of HSU’s best golf teams to win the first ASC Championship in women’s golf and finish 4th at the NCAA Division II/III championship. Stone’s best individual finish at nationals was 4th in 2001.She currently holds HSU women's golf records for 18, 36, and 72 holes, and was also a two-time Academic All-American and three-time academic all-ASC.
Pete Hart 1992 1955-1959 Football Outstanding Cowboy running back 1955-58.  Four year letterman and three year starter.  Nation’s 4th leading rusher and Border Conference rushing leader in 1958 with 785 yards.  Gained 2281 career yards on 443 carries.  Selected Co-Captain & All-Border Conference-1958. Honorable Mention All-American - 1958. Played in Blue-Gray game-1958.  Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals-1959.  Played for New York Titans-1960.  Named 1958-59 most outstanding Cowboy athlete.
Lou Henson 1997 1962-1966 Basketball Coach Despite playing a Division I schedule and not being affiliated with a conference, he became one of the great basketball coaches in Cowboy history.  His Cowboys posted a record of 63 wins and 37 losses.  He posted 20 game winning seasons in 1964 and 1966. He was the first coach to racially integrate a Cowboy team. Later he coached at New Mexico State and the University of Illinois. In 1970, his New Mexico State team reached the final four as did his 1989 Illinois team. He retired in 1996, with a 34 year career record of 663 wins and 331 losses.
Bill Herring 2006 1953-1956 Tennis As a member of Hardin-Simmons University's only two Border Conference Championship tennis teams, 1954-1956, Bill won a recrd 4 medals, 3 gold and 1 silver. In the 1954 Conference Championship, Bill won bothe Class B singles and doubles gold meals. In that same year Herring won the silver medal in doubles at the NAIA National tennis tournament. In the 1955 conference championship, Bill won the Class A doubles silver medal and in the championship of 1956, he won the Class A doubles silber medal. During his three years of playing for HSU, Bill won a record total of fice Border Cnference Championship medals. Some would say the above is a fitting ending to undeniable great accomplishments for an HSU tennis player.
Hugh Higgins 1998 1947-1950 Boxing, Football Dubbed by Coach Woodson as "The toughest little man he ever coached," Higgins was a four year letterman at guard and linebacker. As a starter, he played 60 minutes of every game for three years. He was also on the boxing team. He played football in the Navy while in flight training during the Korean War. After coaching in Dallas, Waco and Cleburne, he earned a Master's degree and a law degree. He served as Johnson County Attorney for 7 years before retuning to private practice.
George Hine, Jr.  2011 1947-1957 Sports Information Director Shortly after entering HSU in 1947, World War II veteran George Hine was named Sports Information Director, a position he held through 1957.  A four-time president of the Border Conference Press Assn., Hine received national acclaim for design and layout excellence. In 1949 his work was honored by Resolution of the Texas Legislature. He was elected to the NAIA Sports Hall of Fame in 1974 for his significant contributions to the field of sports journalism. In 1982, while serving as Assistant to the President of Houston Baptist Univ., Hine was honored by the College Sports Information Directors Assn. for serving over 25 years in the profession. He was posthumously inducted into the Howard Payne University Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
Clinton "Cush" Holder 1998 1948-1952 Football A rugged, sometimes brutal defensive tackle, this three year letterman was voted All-Border Conference and Honorable Mention All-America in 1951. He was drafted by the New York Giants but played one season with the Hamilton Tigercats in the Canadian Football League. As an enlisted reservist, he was forced into active duty in Korea in 1953. He rose to the rank of Navy Commander and commanded as LST and a Destroyer. He remained in the Navy and retired in 1974 after 25 years of service.
Max Irwin 2007 1954-1958 Track Max Irwin was one of the top sprint and relay performers in the history of HSU track. He was a four-year letterman and was captain of the team his senior year. He won 32 medals and established school records in the 100-yard dash (9.9), 220-yard dash (21.40) and the 440-yard dash (47.7). He also ran the anchor leg of the mile relay and the 440 yard relay. He scored in every major meet including the Texas Relays, Duke Relays and the Border Conference. Irwin was a member of the Letterman’s Club, Cowboys for Christ, Student Council, Cowboy Band, ROTC, and was selected for Who’s Who. After HSU, he served as a high school educator, Director of Hardin- Simmons University Moody Center and was a successful real estate agent in Houston, Texas.
Al Johnson 1988 1941-1943, 1946-1948 Football Named three-time All-Border Conference quarterback. Set NCAA record, 86 passes without an interception in 1946. Honorable Mention All-America, 1946. Led HSU to Alamo Bowl victory over Denver University, 1946. Played in 1948 College All-Star game. Played for the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL.
Jimmie Keeling 2011 1990-2011 Football In Jimmie Keeling’s career, he led the Cowboys to the national playoffs – either NAIA or NCAA Division III – 11 times in his 21 seasons as the HSU coach. His teams won TIAA titles in 1993, 1994 and 1995 and American Southwest Conference titles in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004. He posted a record of 172-53 at Hardin-Simmons University. Keeling served the school as athletic director from 1995 to 1997 and helped oversee the transition to the American Southwest Conference and Division III athletics. .  In 2004, he received the Grant Teaff Lifetime Achievement Award by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Before coming to HSU, Keeling coached for 30 years at the high school level with a career record of 196-91-11. In 1995, he was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor. 
Frank Kimbrough 1980 1922-1925; 1935-1940 Football, Coach Four sport all letterman at Simmons College. All Texas conference, 1925. Coached HSU football to National prominence with 84 percent wins. Compiled undefeated seasons in 1940 & 1946. Coached HSU in first Sun Bowl, 1935. Beat Texas mines in Sun Bowl, 1936.
Fred Kniffen 1990 1954-1958 Tennis Set the standard for tennis excellence at HSU.  Won Border Conference singles title in 1957, 1958.  Border Conference doubles champion.  Led 1958 team to 18-7 record.  Coached Abilene Cooper ’60-’65.  Rose Park tennis pro 8 years.  Coached over 160 players to Texas state ranking.  Coached 31 Junior College All-Americans while at Tyler JC.  Won 4 National Juco Championships, two men, two women.
Vincent Langston 2008 1984-1988 Basketball A four-year letterman, Vince was named team Most Valuable Player his junior and senior year. He was First Team All Conference in the Division One Trans America Athletic Conference in 1988. During that season, Langston helped lead the Cowboys to their finest record in over 20 years. In 1988, he was ranked 21st in the nation in rebounding, named MVP of the Metro Mobile Tournament, was an All Tourney selection at the Hawaii Hilo Classic and was a Street and Smith magazine preseason Honorable Mention All America. He was selected TAAC Conference Player of the Week numerous times and recorded a triple double against Mercer with 17 points, 15 rebounds and ten assists. Langston was an excellent student, receiving the TAAC Top Scholar Athlete Award for basketball in 1987 and 1988.
Don Lawson 2003 1975-1978 Baseball Abilene native Don Lawson had a brilliant career on the baseball diamond at Hardin-Simmons. As a freshman in 1975, he won a then school record seven games as the Cowboys' top pitcher. In 1976 he was one of the leaders of a very good pitching staff; he was credited with six wins that year. He broke his own school record as a junior by winning nine games. Although it has been tied, the record still stands today. As a senior he led the team to a school record 35 wins and allowed only two runs in a loss to the mighty Texas Longhorns in front of 5,000 fans at Texas' new Disch-Falk Stadium.
Troy Limbaugh 2002 1972-1976 Baseball Troy Limbaugh was a four-year pitcher for the Cowboys baseball team and led the team in ERA his sophomore and senior years with 3.12 and 1.71 respectively. He is also the last Cowboy pitcher to throw a no-hitter at the Division I level. His 1.71 ERA in his senior season is still a Hardin-Simmons University record. Limbaugh not only competed on the field, but he literally helped build the current John J. Hunter Field.
Chester Lyssy 2006 1950-1954 Basketball, Football, Track Chester Lyssy began his athletic career at HSU in 1950 as a multi-talented athlete from San Antonio. Noted more for his accomplishments in football, his athleticism also included basketball and track. In football, Lyssy was named second team All-Border Conference three years in a row as an offensive end. His talent also served him well on defense and special teams as well. As a safety, he earned second team All-Border Conference honors and returned kicks for the Cowboys. As a receiver, Chester had 98 catches for 1,208 yards and nine touchdowns. He also had a then school record of 17 interceptions in just three years of varsity play. Chester signed an agreement to play for the Cleveland Browns, where he played offensive end and defensive back. 
Nate Madkins 1997 1962-1964 Basketball The first African-American player ever to wear a Cowboy basketball uniform. He was one of the great players in Cowboy history. He was the team rebounding leader in 1963.  He holds the school record for the most points scored in one game with 52 against West Texas State in 1964.  In that game he also scored a record 24 field goals. He set a third school record that season when he scored a total of 545 points. He was only the third Cowboy in history to score more than 500 points in one season. He was honored by being named 3rd team Little All-America.
Gary Marable 2011 1974-1976, 1979-1981 Tennis Gary Marable played and coached tennis for HSU, playing from 1974-76, and coaching from 1979-1981. In his second season he was named the team’s MVP going 16-6 in singles and 12-8 in doubles. Marable spent 29 years coaching in public schools with 23 years at Canyon High School. His Canyon High teams won the class 3A state tournament in 1991, 1992, and 2007. In addition, while at Canyon High, Marable coached five boys’ doubles teams, one girls’ singles player and a boys’ singles player to state championships. Coach Marable was named Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame Tennis Coach of the year 8 times during his career.
Jack Martin 1995 1946; 1949-1951 Basketball, Coach Basketball guard- co-captain All-Border Conference, 1946, 1947. Named Youngest College Head Basketball Coach in America, age 25.  HSU record 41-35.  Winningest college coach in Texas to date, HSU and Lamar University, 375-318 in 28 years.
Milton Martin 1986 1957-1961 Basketball Leading scorer in HSU basketball history. Scored 1,584 points in 4 years. 15.4 points per game career avg. School record holder for free throws PCT. 20 of 20 vs. Howard Payne on Jan. 21, 1961. Second team All-Conference, 1961.
Howard McChesney 1996 1946-1950; 1955-1962 Baseball, Football, Coach Anchored the great offensive lines at center during the glory days of HSU football.  A four year letterman, he started last two years and was co-captain, senior year.  Played on great 1946 team with record of 11-0.  Played in 5 bowl games which HSU earned 4 wins and 1 tie.  During his playing days, HSU posted a record of 29 wins, 9 losses, and 3 ties.  Assistant coach to Sam Baugh from ’55-’59, head coach, 1960 and 1961.
Bob McChesney 1986 1946-1949 Football Leading receiver in school history with 119 catches for 1,938 yards and 23 touchdowns.  Three time All-Border Conference first team, 1947, 48, 49. Little All-America, 1949.  Played in 1950 College All-Star game vs. Philadelphia Eagles.  Played with the New York Giants of the NFL from 1950-52.  Caught 54 passes and scored 14 touchdowns as a pro, most by any Hardin-Simmons ex.
Eugene McCollum 2006 1930-1934 Basketball, Football, Track & Field During his years at HSU, Eugene McCollum earned three varsity letters in football, four in basketball, and two in track & field, and was selected to the All-Conference basketball team four years. In 1932 stand '33 he set a single game scoring record of 33 points against Austin College. In his four years, the Cowboys won 53 games, lost only 19 and were Texas Conference Champions three straight years and runner-up his senior year. In 1933 and '34 McCollum helped lead the Cowboys to a new game scoring record, also against Austin College, when the team scored 85 points. While being noted as a basketball player, in football Eugene played halfback during his sophomore and junior years and fullback his senior year. In 1933 he won the Texas Conference in the javelin with a throw of 149 feet and 6 inches.
Collin "CMAC" McCormick 2009 1991-1994 Football A four time All-TIAA performer at slotback and punt returner, McCormick was a 1st Team All-American selection at HSU in 1993 and 1994. In 1993 he was the nationis eighth-leading punt returner, averaging 11.5 yards per return. His 90 yard punt return for TD in a 1992 game at Millsaps College tied a school record. For his career Collin had 23 touchdowns and 3,035 receiving yards, 4,532 career all-purpose yards, single game punt return yards (142 vs. Austin College in 1991), and 307 career receptions. He holds the record for most catches in a game (22) in a playoff loss to Lambuth (TN). In that game McCormick was named USA Player of the Week, and he set a single game scoring record with 26 points.
Randy McDonald 2001 1966-1969 Tennis Randy came to Hardin-Simmons after playing on the National Junior College tennis team in 1965. He played three seasons for HSU, where he posted a record of 42 wins and 8 losses. He and his doubles partner advanced to the NCAA National Tournament three straight years. In 1969, the duo had a 16-0 record with wins over Texas Tech, TCU, SMU, and East Texas State. He was named to the Dean's List in 1968 and 1969 as well as Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. He served on the Hardin-Simmons University Board of Development from 1998-2000.
T. Burns McKinney 1980 1934-1937 Football First HSU Little America, 1937. Played in 2 Sun Bowl games. Scored only touchdown in game with nationally ranked Loyola, CA, Oct.8, 1937.
Kirk Mckinnon 1997 1936-1940 Football Dubbed "Birddog" by Coach Kimbrough, McKinnon was one of the greatest players in Cowboy history. A four year letterman, had one of the longest kickoff returns in Cowboy history, 95 yards against Centenary in 1939. He was elected co-captain in 1939. He was given Honorable Mention Little All-American in 1940, and also listed as one of the top 20 quarterbacks in the nation. The Cowboys posted a record of 36 wins, 6 losses and 1 tie during his career. He later became a very successful high school coach and was noted for his excellence in teaching.  Inducted posthumously.
Al Milch 1989 1941-1942, 1946; 1950 Football, Coach Started at both offensive and defensive guard on both of HSU’s undefeated teams.  Two time All-Border Conference offense and defense selection, 1942 and 1946. Named Associated Press Little All-America 1946. Career at HSU was split due to service in Marine Corps in WWII rising to the rank of Captain. Served as line coach on Cowboy coaching staff, 1950.
C. Wayne Miller 1991 1951-1954, 1956-1957 Tennis Led Cowboys to first Border Conference tennis team title in 1954.  He won the singles title and teamed with Carl Nunn to win doubles.  In 1953, they won the Sun Bowl doubles title and the NAIA National doubles title.  Joined Army in 1954 and won singles and doubles championships at Fort Bliss and was undefeated in all dual matches.  Returned to HSU in 1956 and played on the 1956-57 team.
R.H. (Doc) Mobley 1979 1941-1942, 1946 Football Two-time national rushing leader-1942, 1946, 1942 gained 1,280 yards in nine games, All-border conference 1942, 1946, Little All-America 1942, 1946
Wilford Moore 1996 1937-1941 Football  Described as one of the best blocking guards in Texas for both the run and the pass. A three year letterman, he was co-captain of 1940 Texas Conference champions with a perfect 10-0 record.  Earned rank of Captain in Army Air Corps in WWII as B-26 pilot. Became successful high school coach and later successful college at McMurry. Won two conference championships. Named “Coach of the Year” twice. Coaching record, 100 wins and 69 losses.
Melanie Forster Muhr 2010 1996-1999 Women's Soccer A four-time All Conference selection, Melanie Forster led the Cowgirls to four consecutive ASC Championships and a 34-1 record against ASC opponents. In 1996, Forster led the team with 10 goals and was named the ASC Freshmen of the year and Player of the Year. In 1997, she had 20 goals and was named a GTE Academic All American. In 1998, she was selected to the NSCAA/ Adidas All South team, the GTE Academic All American team, and was the ASC West Division Player of the Year with 19 goals. In 1999, she scored 11 goals and was named an NSCAA Scholar-Athlete All American. Forster is third on career goals list, and the first in career games started and the game winning goals. She graduated sum cum laude with her D.V.M. degree from Texas A&M University in 2004.
Pete Murray 2010 1952-1957 Football Pete Murray graduated from Hardin Simmons University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1957 and a Master of Arts in Economics in 1959. Pete participated in football and basketball at Hardin-Simmons. He was one of the Division 1 Athletes who played in a football game (HSU vs. Texas Tech) and a basketball game (HSU vs. Midwestern) the same day. He was a member of Cowboys for Christ. In 1956-57 Pete earned All Border Conference in football, was selected captain of the NCAA bound basketball and was named HSU’s Most Outstanding Athlete. Pete played semi-pro basketball in New York the summer of 1956. He was a member of the 1957-58 Washington Redskins. Pete married Anita (Mullins) in 1958. They have two daughters, Melissa and Melanie and one grandson, Ben.
Carl Nunn 1993 1950-1954 Tennis He and fellow Hall of Famer Wayne Miller dominated tennis during their years at HSU.  They won the NAIA Doubles Title in 1953.  They also won the Sun Bowl Crown in 1953 and the Border Conference in1954.  His senior year he played #1 singles and doubles while commuting from Sweetwater where he pastured the Sixth Street Methodist Church.  He served the ministry for 38 years before his retirement.
Tim O'Leary 2012 1978-83 Men's Soccer A native of Long Island, New York, Tim O’Leary came to HSU in 1978 and quickly raised the expectations of the Division I program.  He holds the pre-Division III era records for most goals in a season (26) and in a career (50).  In 1980 & 1981 he was first team all-conference in the Trans America Athletic Conference while earning academic awards in the Irwin School of Education. Named MVP in 1982. In 1983 O’Leary started the boys’ soccer program at Waco Midway where he has won over 500 games, including the 2002 UIL State Championship. In 2002, he was named the Super Centex Coach of the Year, and Regional and State Coach of the Year. During this time he earned his MS in education from Baylor University. Tim is married to his wife Lisa and they have two children Katy and Kort. O’Leary has been a strong recruiter for HSU and the Men’s Soccer Program.
Kathryn Karinne Otwell 2010 1996-2000 Women's Basketball The all-time leader in four career categories for Cowgirl basketball, Kathryn Otwell helped lead HSU to national prominence at the Division III level. Otwell is the all-time leader in points (1,178), scoring average (16.9), free throws made (522), and free throws attempted (666). She is the single season leader in free throws made, with 170 during the 2000 season. Otwell was named American Southwest Conference Freshmen of the Year in 1997 and was named the ASC Most Valuable Player in 1999 and 2000. She was a First Team All- Region and All-American in 2000 when the Cowgirls beat McMurry to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III Basketball Tournament with a 27-2 record. Following Cowgirl Basketball, Otwell played and coached for the KFI basketball club in Isafordur, Iceland.
K.Y. Owens 1997 1952-1956 Football A great blocking fullback, this three year Cowboy letterman also gained 1,406 yards on 285 carries for an average of 4.9 yards per carry. As a senior, he scored 9 TD's and was ranked 19th in the nation in scoring. He co-captained the 1955 team and was named to the All-Border Conference team. He played in the Kiwanis All-Star Game in 1955.  He received the Anderson Award as the Cowboy's most valuable player in 1955.  His 10 year coaching career produced a record of 95 wins, 26 losses and 2 ties. He was defensive coordinator for the 1973 NAIA Division II National Championship football team.
Henry Peacock 1999 1963-1965 Basketball Henry Peacock was an outstanding rebounding and defensive basketball player for the Cowboys. Recruited by Lou Henson, the plan was to red-shirt this junior college transfer his first year, but injuries on the team pressed him into service. Playing in only 14 games his first season, he scored 182 points and had 188 rebounds. In the second season , he led the team in scoring with 395 points and led in rebounding wih 243. In 1965 his field goal percentage ranked him in the top 30 nationally and was named most outstanding athlete at Hardin-Simmons University. Peacock has served as a teacher and coach in Lamesa and Abilene, Texas.
Carl Peay 1982 1930-1934 Football Lettered in football, basketball and track. One of the greatest all-around Cowboy players as a runner, passer, punter and linebacker. UPI All America Honorable mention, 1933. 1932, third leading scorer in nation with 89 points, also gained more than 1000 yards in one four game stretch. 1934, led basketball team in scoring. 1934, won discus at Texas conference track meet.
Paul Petty 2004 1946-1950 Football Paul Petty was a member of the 1946 H.S.U. undefeated, untied football team. He played in five bowl games during his four years on the Cowboys football team. In both the Shrine Bowl and the Camellia Bowl he never missed a play. After receiving his B.S. degree in 1950, he taught part-time in the HSU Sociology Department while completing his Master of Arts degree. During that time, he assisted in coaching the freshman football team. After leaving Hardin-Simmons he embarked on a coaching career that spanned four decades in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Some of his players later became All-Pros in the National Football League, Canadian Football League, and the World Football League. He has coached an Arizona All-Star team more than once in the last 50 years. In 1984, Petty was an original inductee into the Arizona High School Coaches Hall of Fame.
Dr. Otho M. Polk 1985 1930-1981 Tennis, Coach Student, professor, coach, administrator. Coached tennis team 1950-1965 to two Border Conference championships and seven second place finishes. Chairman, NAIA tennis committee. Taught physical education at HSU for 51 years. President, Texas Association for Health, physical education and recreation 1961-62. Organized girls high school basketball tournament in 1952 which still bears his name.
Delnor Poss 1988 1952-1956 Basketball, Track Earned four letters in track and three in basketball. Placed fifth as NAIA National track and field meet in long jump, 1953. Qualified for the National and AAU track and field meet in the triple jump, 1954. Named first team All-Border Conference in basketball in 1956. Scored 1,007 points in career, Scored career high 34 points vs. Howard Payne, 1956.
Drue Pounds 2005 1989-1992 Golf Drue Pounds was a two-time All-American for the Cowboys his first two years of NAIA competition.  In 1991 he placed secondin the NAIA National Tournament, fifth in 1992, and was named All-District each of those two years. He led the Cowboys to a fourth place finish at the NAIA Tournament in 1991 and to a third place finish as a senior in 1992. As a freshman, Drue set a course record at the Trans-American Athletic Conference Tournament. Drue was named an Academic All-American both as a junior and senior. He was the recipient of the George Skiles Anderson Medal as outstanding senior in 1992.
Lin Powell 2003 1983-1986 Soccer  As a goalkeeper, Lin Powell was a three-time member of the All-Conference team in the Trans America Athletics Conference from 1984-1986. He holds the school record for most shutouts in a career with 14, along with a school record for lowest goals allowed in a career with 1.6 per game. In 1983 he was named to the All-America freshman team. Powell and the Cowboys defeated Midwestern State when the Indians were ranked #1 in the nation in 1984. HSU finished that year with a 10-9-2 record, and Powell was named to the All-Conference team.
Truett Ratton 1986 1939-1942 Football Anchored the offensive line at left tackle for the undefeated 1940 Cowboy team.  Named to All-Border Conference first team in 1940 and 1941. Honorable Mention All-America 1940, first team Little All-America, 1941.
Rena Lyman Richardson 2008 1990-1996 Soccer  Rena Lyman Richardson was a four-year letterman as a midfielder and served as team captain for four seasons at HSU. Twice she was selected as team MVP, and she completed her career ranked second on the school’s alltime scoring list with 92 points on 35 goals and 20 assists. She was named the head coach of the Cowgirl soccer program in 1993. In 1996 the Cowgirls won the conference championship, and Rena was named the conference coach of the year. Richardson then went to Texas A&M as an assistant coach. She helped the Aggies compile a two year record of 32-11, including an 18-3 mark in 1997, a Big 12 Conference regular season championship and a Big 12 tournament championship. Richardson also served as an assistant coach for three years at the University of Alabama and was the head coach at Louisiana Monroe and the University of Tulsa.
James Riddle 2003 1948-1953 Baseball, Boxing, Football A native of Wichita Falls, James Riddle was a member of the undefeated 1948 freshman football team. He was a three year letterman in baseball as a shortstop/second baseman and was elected co-captian in 1951. He earned two letters in football as a quarterback and was also elected co-captian in 1952. In boxing, he won the Abilene Regional Golden Gloves Novice Lightweight Championship in 1949. In 1951, he was in the finals of the Open Class Middleweight Dicision of the Abilene Regional Golden Gloves. In 1953, he represented Hardin-Simmons as the American College Student Leader. After graduation, he played quarterback for the U.S. Army in Killeen from 1954-1955. He then became the backfield coach at Midwestern University.
Donna Roberts 2004 1992-1995 Basketball Donna is perhaps the best all-around basketball player in the history of Hardin-Simmons. In the modern-day era since the reinstatement of women's basketball in 1990, she is the third all-time leading scorer with 1,625 points. She is the leading field goal shooter in history as well as making 63 percent of the 1,072 shots in her career. She is also the school's all-time leader in rebounds with 1,252, block shots at 166, steals with 307, and is third in assists with 312. During her playing days the Cowgirls posted a record of 81-27 and advanced to the NAIA playoffs three times and the NAIA Tournament once. Roberts was a four-time first-team All-TIAA selection and was the league MVP as a senior.
Larry Roberts 1989 1949-1952 Basketball One of the great “Clutch” players in Cowboy Basketball history. Co-captain of 1952 team that finished 20-13 and appeared in NCAA championship tournament. Led Cowboys to 68-61 overtime win over Arizona to propel the Cowboys into playoffs. Scored 176 points in 1952.
Kirk Rogers 2011 1998-2001 Football A native of Olney, Texas, Rogers is arguably the most dominating player to ever play in the American Southwest Conference. The wide receiver set the American Southwest Conference record with 4,117 yards and 50 receiving touchdowns in just 46 games played. He had 199 catches in his Hardin-Simmons career. He was a first-team All-American in 2000 and honorable mention in 2001. He led the Cowboys to four straight ASC titles, never lost a conference game and HSU went to the NCAA playoffs three times, including the semifinals in 2000 under Rogers. HSU posted a 41-5 record in his four years. He spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs and also played in NFL Europe and the Canadian Football League, prior to starting a coaching career. 
Earl "Strawberry" Rowan 1989 1946-1949 Football A four year letterman as a lineman for the Cowboys. Two time All-Border Conference selection in 1946 and 1947.  Honorable Mention Little All-America, 1947. Started as a freshman on 1946 undefeated Cowboy team. Only freshman to ever be selected All-Border Conference.
L.B. "Scat" Russell 1993 1937-1941 Football A great running back on the undefeated team of 1940.  He was not allowed to come out at first because of his size.  He proved to be one of the most versatile players in HSU history playing quarterback, safety, tailback, and punter.  Drafter by the Philadelphia Eagles.  He later coached at Abilene High School before entering the Army in WWII.  He was a school superintendent until his retirement.
Bill Scott 1982 1946-1947; 1952-1962 Basketball, Football, Coach Football 1946-47, Basketball 1946-47, 1953 Coached Basketball Team to first 20 game winning season in history and twice took the Cowboys to the NCAA playoffs. Twice named Border Conference Coach of the Year, Coached HSU Golf team to prominence from 1956-62.
Firman O. Scroggins 2002 1933-1937 Basketball, Football Firman O. Scroggins was a multi-talented athlete. During his three years of varsity basketball, the Cowboys posted a record of 50 wins and 20 losses. Nine of those losses came during the first nine games of his sophomore year when all team members were all sophomores. After those losses, the Cowboys posted a three-year record of 50 wins and 11 losses. The 1936-37 team had a record of 16 wins and only 1 loss. He led his team to two conference championships and a second place title in his three years on the team. He was also a starter at end on the football team, which played in the Sun Bowl games. The first of these bowl gamed was a 14-14 tie with New Mexico A&M and the second was a 34-6 win over Texas College of Mines. 
Bobby Sharp 1994 1957-1960 Golf A Korean war veteran, he entered HSU after a tour of duty in the Air Force.  Set the collegiate record of 66 at Border Olympics in 1957.  He won every match played in 1957.  Set 9 hole course record of 28 in an Abilene tournament at Maxwell course in 1959.  Set a 9 hole course record of 30 in a tournament at Graham, Texas in 1959.  He earned his PGA tour card in 1962 and played on the professional tour for two years.
Peggy Sifford 2001 1985-1988 Basketball, Soccer One of the top female athletes in HSU History. Peggy has every scoring record in Hardin-Simmons soccer history. She has records for goals in a game (4), season (36), and career (96). Her records also include 3 assists in a game and 16 assists in a career. In her freshman year she scored 4 goals in each of the two games against TCU and scored 18 of the 25 goals that same year. During her tenure she led the Cowgirls to a 41-18-2 record. She was an NCAA All-American in 1985 and an NAIA All-American in 1986. In basketball she averaged 15.4 points per game before the sport was dropped after her sophomore year. 
Jerold Jack Smith 2007 1927-1931 Football, Basketball, Track Jerold Smith is likely the only athlete to earn twelve varsity letters from Hardin-Simmons University. In football, he played tackle and end under coach Frank Bridges as the Cowboys went 17-12-4 and defeated schools such as Texas Tech, West Texas State and Texas-El Paso. In basketball he was an All-Conference guard for four years. In track, he competed in the discus, shot put and hurdles competition. In 1939 Smith coached Jal High School in New Mexico to the state championship in football. Smith returned to HSU in 1940, where he served as line coach under Frank Kimbrough as the Cowboys went 9-0 and allowed an average of 8.4 points per game. He also served as basketball coach for several years as well as coaching the track team.
George E. Smith 1991 1950-1952 Golf One of the top amateur golfers in the country, he led HSU to its first Border Conference team championship in history in 1951.  He also won the individual title that year.  In 1952, he lead the Cowboys to their second Border Conference championship.  As a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, he won several post and division championships.  He carded seven hole-in-one’s during his career.
Doug Smith 1992 1969-1971 Baseball Outstanding Baseball catcher for Cowboys.  Team Captain 1969, 1970 & 1971.  In 1970, while playing in only 33 games, had a .382 batting average including 9 home runs and 45 runs batted in.  Coached the Cowboys from 1972-1978.  Winningest baseball coach in Cowboy baseball history with 160 wins and 40 losses.  Had best season in 1978 with 35 wins and 18 losses.  Was instrumental in gathering needed support for the eventual building of John Hunter Field.
Morris Southall 2009 1946 Football Morris Southall was a member of the 1946 football team that posted an 11-0 record and defeated the University of Denver 20-0 in the inaugural Alamo Bowl. After leaving Hardin-Simmons he spent three decades as an assistant coach with Gordon Wood. Wood and Southall combined to win seven state championships in their 26 years at Brownwood High School. He also served as head coach at Seminole and Winters, Texas. In 1973 Southall was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor. He is also a member of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame (1994) and Gordon Wood Hall of Champions. He is the first and only assistant coach to be elected president of the Texas High School Coaches Association and the only assistant coach selected to coach THSCA all-star football game.
Ed Sprinkle 1990 1941-1943 Football Three year letterman at tackle for the Cowboys.  All-Border Conference, 1943.  Member of the 1942 undefeated Sunbowl team.  Joined the Chicago Bears of the NFL in 1944, played 13 years and was selected All-Pro six times.  Was hailed as “The Meanest Man in Pro Football”.  Elected to Helms Football Hall of Fame, 1956 & The Chicago Sports Hall of Fame 1984.
Julius "Slats" Stagner 1996 1948-1950 Baseball, Basketball, Football Outstanding all-around athlete. A three sport letterman. All-Border Conference guard in basketball, 1949. Defensive end in football, 1949-1950. Catcher, pitcher, outfielder in baseball '48-'50. Elected Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. Elected Baptist student union president, 1950. Pastored churches in Texas, Arkansas and Wisconsin.
Harold "Hayseed" Stephens 2005 1957-1960 Football A native of Tye, Texas, Harold Stephens was a three-year letterman for Coach Sammy Baugh at HSU. A member of the Cowboys 1958 Border Conference championship team as a sophomore, he gained national acclaim in 1960 by completing over 56% of his passes. He was the quarterback for the undefeated freshman team while playing on the varsity team at the same time. Statistically he finished ranked 6th in the nation after his sophomore year, 4th after his junior year, and 1st after his senior year. Chosen to play in the Copper Bowl All-Star game, he was honored as the Most Inspirational Player and was also the Outstanding Back of the game. After graduation he played one year in the United Football League before being drafted up to the New York Jets. 
F. Alton Terry 1979 1935-1938 Track NCAA Javelin Champion 1936, with throw of 226 feet, 2 inches. Fifth place in 1936 Olympics at Berlin, Germany, with throw of 220 feet, 9 inches. Inducted into Helms-NAIA Hall-of Fame, 1954. Inducted into Drake Relays Hall-of Fame, 1959.
Philip Tippen 2000 1975-1978 Baseball Tippen was one of the best hitting first basemen in HSU history. He started for three years. In 1977 he led the team with a .403 batting average, hit 10 home runs, and had 45 RBI's. He ranked 35th in the nation in hitting and second among Texas colleges. During his Senior year, he led HSU to its first 30 win season. He set a school record by hitting three home runs against ACU, each to a different field. He continues to support youth baseball in Abilene.
Terry A. Treadwell 1987 1966-1969 Tennis Named outstanding tennis player at HSU all four years.  Compiled a career record of 63-17 in singles tennis. Appeared in the NCAA tennis championships 3 times, advancing to the quarterfinals in 1967. The Cowboys recorded a 48-28-6 record during his 4-year tenure as the number one singles player.
Robert L. Tremaine 1980 1952-1957 Basketball First HSU player to score 500 points in a single season. Second all time HSU scorer with 1,544 career points. All Border Conference 1955, 56, 57. Led Cowboys to NCAA tournament, 1957.
Winston Tucker 2002 1936-1941 Football Winston Tucker played the guard position on both offense and defense. He was part of the undefeated, untied team. In 1940 Coach Frank Kimbrough referred to him as the best trapping guard he ever coached. He was elected Vice-President of Student Government in the 1940-41 school year. After graduating from Hardin-Simmons he was a decorated B-17 pilot during World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the war he began teaching and coaching at Van Nuys High School in California and later became the Athletic Director.
Clyde "Bulldog" Turner 1979 1936-1939 Football Associated press little All-America, 1939, New York Sun All-America 1939, Played In East West Shrine Game 1939, First “Small College” Player to play in college All Star Game 1940, Placed twelve seasons for Chicago Bears in NFL (made all-pro eight times) Inducted into pro football Hall-of-Fame, 1966.
Lynn Turner 2010 1985-1988 Baseball Playing for the Cowboys in the Trans America Athletic Conference and Division One, Lynn Turner set many school records. The outfielder from Roswell, New Mexico, played on three consecutive TAAC West Division Championship teams. He was on the 1986 team that set school records for runs and hits in a season, season wins (38), and winning percentage (.681). In 1987 Turner hit .408 with 13 home runs and 77 RBI, only the fourth player in the Division One era to hit over .400. Turner holds Division One career records at HSU for hits (199), runs scored (170), games played (224), RBI (277), home runs (39) and at bats (670). He holds the following single season Division One records at HSU: doubles (20) and runs batted in (77); which tied for third in the nation in RBI per game. Turner was named TAAC All-Conference in 1986, 1987 and 1988.
Pete Tyler 1993 1933-1936 Football Co-Captain of the 1936 Cowboy team.  Great blocking fullback.  Helped lead the Cowboys to their best season in years with a 9-2 record.  Led the Cowboys to a Sun Bowl victory over Texas College of Mines 34-6.  Selected Honorable Mention All-America by Collier’s Magazine.  In 1934, as a sophomore, he was named as the “Best Boy Sport” at HSU.
Larry Wartes 1994 1947-1951 Baseball, Basketball An outstanding athlete in both football and basketball.  He was a four year starting guard in basketball.  Was the leading scorer for the Cowboys his last two seasons with 256 and 298 points respectively.  In 1950, he received 2nd team All-Border Conference honors.  Was elected to Co-Captain for the 1940-50 season.  Played shortstop and second base for the Cowboy baseball team in 1948 and 1949.
Kenneth West 2001 1952-1955 Football Kenneth was a four-year letterman at tackle for Hardin-Simmons. After his senior year he was chosen to play on the Border Conference All-Star Team. This team played the All-Star Team from the Skyline Conference in the Kiwanis Salad Bowl in Phoenix, AZ. He began his coaching career in 1957 overseeing the football and track teams at Victoria High School. In 1963, he joined the Brownwood High School coaching staff and became an integral part of one of the most successful football programs in the history of Texas football.
John Whatley 1993 1954-1956 Basketball Great basketball and trackster. Named to Basketball Magazine's "Top 50" of the Southwest and Mountain states in 1954-55. A co-captian, he established a season rebounding record in 1955-56. As a high jumper, he won the Border Conference in '55 and '56; the Southwest Rec Relays in '54, '55 and '56 as well as the North Texas Relays in '54, '55 and '56. In 1956, he won the Hardin Award as the best male athlete at HSU.
Rodney Williams 1998 1951-1955 Football An outstanding runningback, he lettered 4 years and was elected captain in 1954. As a sophomore, he led the nation in rushing through the first 9 games of the season. He ws also the Border Conference rushing leader. He was named to the All-Texas team in 1952. He was the Cowboy's leading rusher for three years with National rankings of 7th, 21st and 25th respectively and made 2nd team All-Conference all 3 years. In 1953, he set a school record with an 88 yard run from scrimmage. He played in the Salad Bowl and was named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. 
Jessie "T-Bone" Winters 1990 1916-1917 Baseball A great pitcher for the Simmons College Cowboys.  Pitched a no-hitter against Howard Payne.  Played professionally with New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies.  Pitched in 1921 World Series. Elected as Mayor of Abilene.  Major freeway in Abilene & a baseball park are named in his honor.
Gordon Wood 1998 1934-1938 Basketball, Football A 2 year letterman in basketball and one in football, he became legendary after leaving the Forty Acres. He is the winningest coach in the history of Texas High School Football with 405 wins and 9 state championships. He and Paul Tyson were named co-coaches of the 20th century. He was named Texas coach of the year 4 times and National coach of the year in 1979. He is in the Texas and National High School Coaches Halls of Honor, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Texas Hall of Chamions and the only high school coach in history honored by the National Football League. He was named a HSU distinguished alumnus in 1979.
Warren Woodson 1979 1941-1951 Coach Coached HSU Football Teams to a 58-23-6 record. Won three border conference championships. Led Cowboys to six bowl games. During his tenure, HSU was the tenth-Winningest Major college football team in the nation. Inducted into Helms-NAIA Hall-of-Fame 1959, Inducted into the Texas Sportswriter’s Hall-of-Fame 1977.