Sept. 6, 2010
WACO, Texas - Six individuals--T.C. "Skip" Cox (athletic trainer/administrator), Rex Garvin (men's track and field), LaNita Luckey (women's basketball), Darryl Middleton (men's basketball), Fred Miller (football) and Kip Wells (baseball), comprise Baylor University's 51st Athletic Hall of Fame class and will participate in 2010 on-campus enshrinement activities during Homecoming, Oct. 22-23. In addition, former Baylor football letterman Joel Allison will join the Hall of Fame's Wall of Honor.
Tickets to the 2010 Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame banquet, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Ferrell Center, are $45 each ($35 for Baylor letterwinners). Tickets may be purchased by contacting the "B" Association's Tammy Hardin at 254.710.3045 or e-mail at tammy_hardin @baylor.edu. Table sponsorships (seating for 10) are also available for $450 each and corporate sponsorships are available for $500.
In addition to be honored at the Hall of Fame banquet, the Hall's 2010 class will be recognized at the Baylor-Kansas State football game on Saturday, Oct. 23 (kickoff time is TBA).
Baylor's Athletic Hall of Fame, organized in 1960, recognizes and honors individuals whose participation and contributions have enriched and strengthened the university's athletics program. Athletes are required to wait 10 years after completing their eligibility before being eligible to be considered for this honor. Since coach Floyd "Uncle Jim" Crow and baseball's Teddy Lyons comprised the hall's first class in 1960 through this year's class, 180 former Baylor student-athletes have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The Wall of Honor, established in 2000, boasts 14 total honorees.
Cox, who came to Baylor in 1973 from his alma mater, the University of North Texas, served as Baylor's head athletic trainer from 1973 until 1984, then worked first as an Assistant Athletic Director and later as an Associate Athletic Director from 1984 until 1991. Selected to Southwest Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Mineral Wells (Texas) High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005, Cox trained more than 7,800 student-athletes and mentored more than 260 undergraduate student trainers/managers during his distinguished career.
"He was stern, direct, professional and yet above all else, he committed himself to Baylor which meant loving and taking care of its student-athletes, which included walk-on nobody football players like me, not just the sacred scholarship athletes," said one of Cox' nominators. "You see, he cared about the person, not the scholarship or whether you were the starter.
"It is a great thing in live to be able to love and care for thousands of young athletes - who are not even your own children - and that is what Skip Cox did for thousands of us. He encouraged us, took care of us and he expected us to do more than we thought we could ever do."
A Lueders, Texas, native, Garvin lettered for Baylor's highly successful track and field teams in 1963, 1964 and 1965. As a sophomore, despite missing all but the final three weeks of the outdoor season with a leg fracture, he helped Baylor capture the 1963 Southwest Conference outdoor title by winning the 880-yard run and anchoring the Bears' bronze medal mile relay team. According to Waco Tribune-Herald sportswriter Jim Montgomery, who covered the meet in Fayetteville, Ark., "He (Garvin) roared off the final turn to win the 880-yard run (at the SWC meet) and turn a tense, tight struggle into a runaway."
Garvin captained Clyde Hart's first two Baylor teams as a junior and senior in 1964 and 1965, respectively. He was again slowed by injury as a junior in 1964, but still managed a third-place finish in the 880-yard run at the SWC Outdoor Championship and ran on the Bears' third-place mile relay team at the league meet. In his final Green and Gold campaign, Garvin anchored Baylor's winning sprint medley and mile relay teams at the 1965 Drake Relays, with the Bears breaking the intercollegiate record in the sprint medley with a sizzling 3:17.0 clocking, a half-second faster than the previous mark. He came back at the 1965 SWC Outdoor Championship to win the 880-yard run for the second time in three years and helped the Bears' mile relay unit to a third-place finish. For his senior year performance, Garvin was named Baylor's 1965 Most Outstanding Track Athlete.
The sixth-leading scorer in school history with 1,721 points, a total that stood No. 3 at the time of her graduation, Luckey was a four-year letterwinner at Baylor from 1988-89 through 1991-92, and becomes the seventh Lady Bear basketball player inducted into the Hall. She still ranks among the program's all-time leaders in field goals attempted (No. 4, 1,441), double-doubles (No. 5, 35), field goals made (No. 5, 695), free throws attempted (No. 5, 519), games started (T-No. 5, 104), free throws made (No. 7, 312), rebounds (No. 7, 872) and scoring average (No. 10, 16.4 ppg).
A three-time, second-team All-SWC performer, Luckey is a native of Tulsa, Okla., and averaged double-digit scoring in each of her four seasons at Baylor. After averaging 12.4 points as a freshman in 1988-89, she averaged a team-high 19.3 points as a sophomore and 15.4 as a junior. As a senior, Luckey led the 1991-92 Lady Bears in both scoring (18.1 ppg) and steals (65). Her 12-for-12 performance from the field against UC-Santa Barbara as a senior ranks as the best single-game shooting effort in school history, while her 19-rebound game against Arkansas in 1990 stands as the eighth-best one-game total in program history.
A member of Baylor's 17-man All-Centennial Basketball Team selected in 2006, Middleton earned honorable mention All-America honors after helping the 1987-88 Bears to the school's first NCAA Tournament berth since 1950 and back-to-back (BU played in the 1987 NIT) postseason appearances for the first time in school history. The two-time first-team All-SWC performer and one-time USBWAA All-District pick was a four-year letterman at Baylor from 1984-85 through 1987-88, and today stands as the sixth-leading scorer in school history with 1,677 points (he was No. 3 at the end of his Baylor career). He also ranks among Baylor's all-time leaders in field goals made (No. 4, 641) and attempted (No. 9, 1,132), free throws made (No. 4, 395) and attempted (No. 3, 600), rebounds (No. 6, 730) and double-doubles (T-No. 10, 18). Middleton's 666 points as a senior in 1987-88 stood as the Baylor single-season record until LaceDarius Dunn's 704-point 2009-10 campaign, while his career-high 38-point game against Rice in 1988 equals the sixth-best single-game total in school history.
The Queens, N.Y., native was selected in the third round of the 1988 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks, and has enjoyed a successful professional basketball career in Spain since leaving Waco. Middleton is a three-time Spanish League MVP and helped FC Barcelona to a pair of Spanish titles in 1995 and 1996. He helped Panathinaikos to four Greek titles (2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005), two Greek Cups (2003, 2005) and the 2001-02 Euroleague championship. Middleton, who is still playing pro ball in Spain, was a member of Akasvayu Girona's 2007 FIBA EuroCup championship team.
Miller earned four letters for the Bears from 1992 through 1995 as an offensive tackle, playing first for Hall of Fame coach Grant Teaff and then for Chuck Reedy. A three-time All-SWC honoree, who earned consensus recognition as a junior in 1994, Miller was named to Baylor's 1990s All-Decade team and was tabbed one of the program's Top 50 players of the 20th Century. He helped Baylor defeat Arizona in the 1992 John Hancock Bowl, Teaff's final game as Baylor's head coach, then led Baylor to a share of the 1994 SWC championship and an Alamo Bowl bid as a junior in 1994. Miller, who served as a team captain in 1994, played in both the Hula Bowl and the East-West Shrine All-Star games following his senior campaign.
The Houston native was selected in the fifth-round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams and enjoyed a 13-year professional career. Miller spent four seasons in St. Louis, helping pave the way for the Rams to win Super Bowl XXXIV in 1999, then spent five years (2000-04) with the Tennessee Titans and four (2005-08) with the Chicago Bears before retiring.
A three-year letterman for Hall of Fame coach Steve Smith from 1996 through 1998, Wells won a school single-season record 13 games in 1998, while fanning a then-school-record 135 batters, a mark that now stands No. 2 to teammate Jason Jennings' 172 strikeouts a year later, in helping Baylor to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993. He also ranks among Baylor's all-time leaders in strikeouts (No. 4, 288), strikeouts per 9 innings (No. 5, 9.19), games started (T-No. 5, 45), wins (T-No. 7, 21) and innings pitched. (No. 9, 282.0). Wells earned first-team coaches All-Big 12 and second-team All-America honors from Baseball America as a junior in 1998, while also garnering third-team recognition from both the American Baseball Coaches Association and Collegiate Baseball.
Following his standout junior season at Baylor, Wells, a Missouri City, Texas, product, was selected with the 16th overall pick in the first round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago White Sox. He enjoyed an 11-year Major League career pitching for the White Sox (1999-2001), Pirates (2002-06), Rangers (2006), Cardinals (2007), Rockies (2008), Royals (2008), Blue Jays (2009), Nationals (2009) and Reds (2009).
Allison, a Jefferson City, Mo., native, who lettered for the 1969 Baylor football team and graduated from BU in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and religion, has enjoyed a nearly four decade career as a distinguished health care executive. He has served as President and CEO of the Baylor Health Care System (BHCS) in Dallas since May, 2000, and prior to that was its Sr. Executive Vice President and COO from 1993 until 2000. Under his leadership, Baylor has evolved into patient-focused health care delivery system and clinical enterprise that offers prevention and wellness, physician, outpatient, acute hospital and other services that are geographically dispersed yet efficient and fully-coordinated. Allison maintains a focus on providing quality, safe patient care that can be measured and reported. He also places a renewed focus on medical education and health care research and continues to collaborate with physicians in the design and development of BHCS.
Before joining BHCS, he was CEO of Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, from 1987-93; CEO of Northwest Texas Hospitals/Amarillo Hospital District, from 1984-87; and President and CEO of Methodist Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo., from 1981-84. Allison began his administrative career at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas, climbing the administrative ranks from administrative resident (1972-73) to administrative assistant (1973-74), Vice President (1974-79), and finally Executive Vice President and COO (1979-81).
Allison is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Nationally, he serves on the Healthcare Leadership Council and the National Quality Forum, and he also is a member of the United Surgical Partners, International board. In addition, he serves on numerous state and local boards; including VHA Texas, Texas Association of Voluntary Hospitals, Dallas Citizens Council, Dallas Education Foundation and the Dallas Regional Chamber.
Allison was honored by Modern Healthcare each year from 2004 to 2008 as one of the "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare." He also received the 2005 Modern Healthcare/HIMSS "CEO IT Achievement Award" for his leadership and commitment to healthcare technology. Other honors include being selected in 2004 as the Baylor University "Distinguished Alumnus" and he received the 1999 Trinity University Healthcare Alumni Association "Leonard A. Duce Award" for outstanding leadership and significant contribution to the healthcare field. In addition, he was honored in 2005 by the Dallas Historical Society with the "Excellence in Healthcare" award and in 2008 by the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council with the Boone Powell, Sr. Award for Excellence. He and his wife, Diane, have three children--Brent, Blake and Celeste, and reside in Dallas.