Utah State inducts 2011 Athletics Hall of Fame class

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Sept. 10 2011 8:00 p.m. MDT

Along with being named the Big West’s Player of the Year in 1980, Hunger was also an Academic All-American during his senior season. Hunger, a two-time first-team all-Big West selection in 1979 and 1980, also earned Big West all-tournament team honors in 1979 and was named the league’s Player of the Week twice during his career.

For his career, Hunger still ranks 12th all-time at Utah State in scoring (1,472), eighth all-time in field goal shooting (.577) and double-figure scoring games (76), ninth all-time in field goals made (573) and 16th all-time in rebounding (649) and games played (104). During his career, Hunger played on three postseason teams as USU advanced to the NCAA Tournament his junior and senior years and the National Invitation Tournament his sophomore season. Following his collegiate career, Hunger was selected in the fourth round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. He was named to Utah State’s All-Century Team in 2005.


Hometown: San Francisco

Sport: Football

Years: 1965-66

A fast, quick and courageous performer, King is widely regarded as one of the best defensive backs to ever play at Utah State. During his short two-year Aggie career, King registered 18 interceptions, including 11 during his senior season, earning him first-team All-American honors.

During his senior campaign, he set a school record with four interceptions in a single game against Pacific and had 180 interception return yards, which ranks second all-time at USU behind his 193 interception return yards during his junior campaign. As a junior, King ranked fourth in the nation with seven interceptions. Following his collegiate career, King was drafted in the third round of the 1967 NFL Draft by the New York Jets.


Hometown: Salt Lake City

Sports: Football

Years: 1976-79

One of the most gifted running backs in Utah State history, Rick Parros was a two-time first-team all-Pacific Coast Conference selection as a junior and senior, and earned honorable mention All-American honors from the Associated Press in 1978. Parros ran for 1,135 yards as a sophomore and 1,236 yards as a senior, both of which rank among the top 10 rushing seasons in school history. Overall, Parros ranks third all-time at Utah State with 3,537 rushing yards, is fifth all-time with 26 rushing touchdowns, seventh all-time in total touchdowns with 27, and 10th all-time in points scored with 170.

As a senior, he had 15 rushing touchdowns, which still ranks tied for first all-time at USU, while his 90 points scored that year is tied for seventh all-time. Following his collegiate career, Parros was drafted in the fourth round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He spent four seasons with Denver followed by two with the Seattle Seahawks.


It was a dream season for the Utah State softball team in 1980. Coached by first-year head coach Kelly Phipps, the 1980 Aggies captured their first national championship by defeating Indiana, 1-0, in the AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) World Series title game in Norman, Okla.

Mary Lou Ramm was named the Most Outstanding Pitcher in the nation and Most Valuable Player of the World Series as Utah State went 5-1 during the tournament. Utah State finished the season with a 35-16 record, a school record for wins at the time. Ramm also earned All-American honors in 1980 along with second baseman Yolanda Arvizu, while catcher Janet Leising led the team with a .303 batting average.

Other members of the 1980 national championship team include Heather Borg, Deb Panfil, Margaret Earner, Julie Hacking, Deb Allen, Janene Bankston, Robin Petrini, Cindy Krueger, Karen Caywood and Kerry Himmelspach.


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