Sept. 27, 2011
- Six individuals--Herbert Adkins (football), Dawn Greathouse
(women's soccer), Gary Don Johnson (football), Tony Miller (track & field), Kelly Shoppach
(baseball) and Paula Young (softball and basketball), compose Baylor University's 52nd Athletic Hall of Fame class and will participate in 2011 on-campus enshrinement activities during Homecoming, Nov. 4-5. In addition, former Baylor lettermen Matt Miller (baseball) and John Westbrook (football) have been selected to join the Hall of Fame's Wall of Honor.
Tickets to the 2011 Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame banquet, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 4, 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 being honored at the Hall of Fame banquet, the Hall's 2011 class will be introduced at the Baylor-Missouri football game on Saturday, Nov. 5 (kickoff time TBA) and participate in the school's annual Homecoming parade prior to the game.
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. Student-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, 186 former Baylor student-athletes have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The Wall of Honor, established in 2000, boasts 16 total honorees.
Adkins was a three-year starter at guard for the Bears from 1959 through 1961, helping coach John Bridgers' team to back-to-back bowl bids for the first time in school history in 1960 (Gator Bowl) and 1961 (Gotham Bowl champions). The Nederland, Texas, native was Baylor's first-ever SWC/Fort Worth Kiwanis Club Sportsmanship Award winner as a junior in 1960, and in the process became the first junior ever to win the league-wide honor, then earned consensus All-SWC recognition as a senior in 1961.
"Perhaps Herby's greatest game was his last at Baylor against No. 1 Utah State when he had a big day blocking on Merlin Olson, the All-American," said his nominator. "He never told me, but other members of the team told me how Herby treated Merlin that day on the Polo Grounds--like he owned him."
Named to the Bears' 1960-69 All-Decade team along the defensive line, he earned both his bachelor's in business administration (1962) and law degree (1965) from Baylor.
Arguably the greatest goal-keeper in Big 12 Conference history, Greathouse was a four-year letterwinner at Baylor from 1997 through 2000 who earned 1998 Soccer Buzz National Defensive Player of the Year honors after leading her team to BU's first Big 12 title in any sport and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
A three-time All-Big 12 and All-District performer on the field, as well as a second-team All-America pick, she also earned third-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors as a junior and was a three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree.
Selected as the goal-keeper on the Big 12's 10th anniversary team, Greathouse still holds Baylor career goal-tending records for minutes played (7,160), shutouts (27) and victories (49) while ranking second in saves (397, the BU record at the time of her graduation) and fourth in lowest goals against average (1.19 avg.). She holds the BU single-game record for saves in a conference game (13, twice), as well as single-season school marks for saves (133 in 2000), minutes played (2,021:32 in 1999), shutouts (nine in 1998), lowest goals against average (0.69 in 1998) and fewest goals allowed (12 in 1998, a record since tied).
Greathouse, who recorded a school-record six consecutive shutouts in goal during Baylor's 1998 Big 12 title run, trained with the U.S. U-20 National Team in 1998 - played with the Washington Freedom in the first two seasons of the Women's United Soccer Association (2001 and 2002), and also played for the San Jose CyberRays in 2002 and 2003. She made eight career starts in the WUSA while backing up U.S. National Team players Siri Mullinix (Washington) and LaKeysia Beene (San Jose). Greathouse is currently in her ninth season as an assistant coach at Notre Dame under former Baylor head coach Randy Waldrum, who was her collegiate coach.
Johnson was a four-year letterman along the Bears' defensive line from 1975 through 1979, twice earning first-team All-SWC honors. As a sophomore in 1976, he earned consensus All-SWC recognition and All-America honors at nose guard, then after missing the 1977 campaign due to an injury, returned to garner 1978 first-team All-SWC honors.
A key member of Baylor's 1979 Peach Bowl championship squad, Johnson tallied a school single-game record six tackles for loss in the Bears' 27-17 victory over Texas Tech as a senior tackle and went on to total 14 such stops on the year, which still stands as the eighth-best one-season effort in school history. His 28 career tackles for losses totaling 79 yards rank in a tie for ninth on Baylor's all-time list more than 30 years later.
After playing in the 1980 Japan Bowl as well as the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game, Johnson was selected in the seventh round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and spent the 1980 campaign on the Baltimore Colts roster. A member of Baylor's 1970-79 All-Decade Team, he currently resides in Dallas, Texas, and works in sales.
Tony Miller was a 15-time track & field All-American during his standout Baylor career from 1990 through 1994, earning nine such awards on relays and six more as an individual. His 15 All-America honors are the most-ever for a Baylor men's track and field student-athlete and stood as the overall (men's or women's) school record until Tiffany Townsend eclipsed that in 2011 by ending her career with 17 All-America citations.
Miller's nine All-America relay awards match the men's school-record set by Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson, and he was a member of Baylor's 4x400-meter relay teams which swept NCAA indoor and outdoor titles in 1990 and then captured the 1991 national indoor title, too. In 1990, Miller ran on the Bears' 4x100-meter relay team which finished third at the NCAA Championships in a time of 38.98, a mark that still stands as the school record more than two decades later.
He also captured six Southwest Conference gold medals, earning five on champion relay teams and one as an individual (400 meters at 1990 SWC Indoor Championships). Miller currently serves as assistant track & field coach at SMU.
A two-year starter at catcher and arguably the Bears' best-ever at that position, Shoppach was a unanimous consensus All-America selection as a junior in 2001 and is finishing his seventh season in the Major Leagues and second in Tampa Bay after stints in Boston and Cleveland. The inaugural Johnny Bench Award winner as the nation's top collegiate catcher in 2001, he was also tabbed the 2001 Easton Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts behind the dish.
During his standout three-year career for the Bears, Shoppach helped Baylor to the 2000 Big 12 championship, the program's first outright conference title in some 76 years, and three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including its first Super Regional in 1999. In 2001, he established Baylor single-season records for a catcher of 93 hits, 69 RBI and a .463 on-base percentage in 2001. Shoppach's junior campaign was also highlighted by a 28-game hit streak, the second-longest in school history, and his career slugging percentage of .576 still ranks as the seventh-best mark in school history.
The 2001 Big 12 Player of the Year and first-team ABCA All-Region honoree was a two-time Big 12 all-conference and all-tournament selection. Shoppach was a second-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2001 and reached the Major Leagues four years later. He then spent the 2006 through 2009 seasons in Cleveland before playing the last two seasons with the Rays.
Young was a two-sport standout for Baylor, competing in softball and basketball, from 1976 through 1980. A four-year softball letterwinner, Young captained the 1980 Baylor team as a shortstop. She was named the 1979-80 Texas AIAW Player of the Year, and helped BU's 1980 team to a seventh-place in the 1980 AIAW national tournament. On the hardwood, Young was a member of Baylor's 1977-78 squad that finished fifth at the AIAW national tournament.
After completing her eligibility, Young served two tours of duty as the head coach of the Baylor softball team, first from 1982-88 and then again from 1996-2000. She ranks as the second-winningest softball coach in program history with 322 victories. In between her softball head coaching stints she started the Baylor women's golf program from scratch, and served as its head coach from 1988 through 1995.
Since leaving her coaching position, Young has worked as a member of the Athletics Events and Facilities staff and currently serves the department's Director of Game Operations.
Baylor's Wall of Honor recognizes Baylor letterwinners and graduates whose meritorious accomplishments in public or private life following graduation have brought positive public recognition, credit and honor to Baylor and its athletic department. This year's Wall of Honor selections are Matt Miller and John Westbrook.
A three-year letterman for the Bears' baseball team (1954-55, 1957) and 1957 Baylor graduate, Matt Miller has provided outstanding leadership to some of American's finest corporations since leaving Waco with his bachelor's degree in business administration. He worked six years as senior in charge of Houston's Ernst & Young branch, 25 years as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for Houston's Coca-Cola Foods, two years as Coca-Cola's Corporate Real Estate Director and four years as Senior Vice President and CFO for Houston's Maryland Club Foods.
"At Baylor, they teach us more than how to make a living, but how to make a life," said Jim Daniel, one of many who wrote in support of Miller's Wall of Honor nomination. "Few represent Baylor University better than Matt Miller. He deserves our recognition for his life work."
Miller is a past president and board member of the Baylor "B" Association, as well as a Baylor Bear Foundation board member and has served on Baylor's Hankamer School of Business board of advisors. He and his wife, Dot, have provided their time, energy and generous support to the Tallowood Baptist Church, Memorial Drive Church of Christ, the Memorial Hermann Foundation, Foster's Home for Children and Baylor University. Miller has also volunteered for Houston's Executive Service Corps, a consulting group for small and not for profit businesses, Houston Habitat for Humanity and served on the board of Memorial Hermann Healthcare Systems. The Miller family have created endowed scholarships for both athletics and the Hankamer Business School, and were among nine founding donors of Baylor Ballpark.
A graduate of Elgin's (Texas) Booker T. Washington High School, Westbrook was the first African-American to play football in the Southwest Conference. He enrolled at Baylor in 1965 as a walk-on running back, and despite racially motivated treatment from some teammates and coaches, went on to earn an athletic scholarship as well as varsity letters in 1967 and 1968 for coach John Bridgers' Bears. After graduating from Baylor with an English degree in May 1969, Westbrook went on to earn his master's degree in English from Southwest Missouri State University.
Westbrook worked briefly for the staff of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Kansas City, served as a consultant on interracial ministries for the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, and was employed by Florida State University as an academic adviser for student-athletes. He served as pastor at True Vine Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, and at Houston's historic Antioch Baptist Church. In 1978, Westbrook ran for lieutenant governor of Texas and received 23 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, but lost to William Hobby. He also taught English part-time at Wylie College in Marshall, was a member of the Texas State Urban League Council, and served on the board of directors of the Association of Blacks in Higher Education. Westbrook died just one month after his 36th birthday in Houston on December 17, 1983, as a result of a blood clot in his lung.
In the spring of 2010 Baylor Athletics created the John Westbrook Student-Athlete Achievement Award which annually recognizes one male and female Baylor senior student-athlete who has overcome great personal, academic or emotional challenges to achieve academic success while making positive contributions to their respective teams. These young men and women have preserved throughout their college careers to ensure continued success after their Baylor playing careers are finished.