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Hall of Fame adds 5 honorees including Mark Eaton, Tom Chambers

By By Rod Zundel

Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 17 2010 8:25 a.m. MST

The Utah Sports Hall of Fame inducted (left to right) Dave Kragthorpe (football), Tiffany Lott Hogan (track and field), Mark Eaton (basketball), Tom Chambers (basketball) and Lance Robinson (rodeo) in ceremonies staged Tuesday night.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The inductees for the 2010 Utah Sports Hall Of Fame are Mark Eaton and Tom Chambers from basketball, football coach Dave Kragthorpe, Tiffany Lott Hogan, a former BYU track star and Olympian, and Lance Robinson, a former professional cowboy.

"These are my people" Tom Chambers said. "This is my home, growing up in Ogden."

Mark Eaton gives credit to the Jazz organization for making this night possible for him.

"It's pretty cool that I am inducted to the Utah Sports Hall Of Fame even though I wasn't born here. It's just goes to show how important a role the Jazz play in this community."

Dave Kragthorpe, a long-time coach at BYU, Idaho State and Oregon State, said, "It is an honor to be selected by those who are in the business."

Tiffany Lott Hogan took the time to reflect on her career. "I work hard to accomplish my goals," she says, "but it's nice to have other people think that what you accomplished is pretty cool too."

Professional rodeo cowboy Lance Robinson was more subdued in his thoughts. He said, "It's an honor, but I feel intimidated and kind of embarrassed to be here with all the other great people."

Here is a bio for each inductee:

Tom Chambers played for the University of Utah and was the No. 8 pick in the 1981 NBA Draft. He became a four-time All-Star, winning the game's MVP award in 1987. Having played for six teams including the Jazz, the Ogden native still ranks No. 35 on the league's all-time scoring list with 20,049 points.

Mark Eaton played 11 seasons for the Jazz, developing into one of the biggest success stories in NBA history. Having barely played as a UCLA senior and being drafted in the fourth round, the 7-foot-4 center became a shot-blocking force, winning two NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards. The Jazz retired the Park City resident's No. 53.

Tiffany Lott Hogan: Tiffany Lott Hogan was a track and field star at Pine View High School and BYU, where she won NCAA titles in the indoor 55-meter hurdles and the outdoor heptathlon. Having narrowly missed qualifying for the 2000 Olympic team, she succeeded in 2004 and competed in Athens after becoming a mother. Hogan coaches track at Desert Hills High School in St. George.

Dave Kragthorpe inherited a 17-game losing streak when he took over Idaho State's football program in 1980. In his second season, the Bengals won the Division I-AA national championship with a 12-1 record. After working as Utah State's athletic director, the Logan resident was the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1989 at Oregon State.

Lance Robinson began his rodeo career at Davis High School, where he also played football. A national collegiate all-around champion at Weber State, he became the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's Rookie of the Year as a steer wrestler in 1982. Robinson qualified for the National Finals Rodeo five times and is now a successful thoroughbred horse breeder. The Spanish Fork resident competed in the 2007 Kentucky Derby as the owner of Cowtown Cat.

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