Four prominent sports figures were honored Tuesday night at the Hilton Hotel at the second annual Western Athletic Conference Court of Honors.
Three former basketball coaches - Air Force Academy's Bob Spear, Colorado State's Jim Williams and New Mexico's Bob King - along with longtime Salt Lake Tribune Sports Editor John Mooney were honored at the banquet, which included coaches and players from all nine WAC teams along with assorted dignitaries.Williams coached at Colorado State for 25 years before retiring in 1980. His teams made four NCAA appearances and played in the NIT twice.
King never had a losing season at New Mexico when he coached in the late 1960s and early 1970s. His 10-year record at New Mexico was 175-89.
Although Spear never coached in the WAC, he was the first-ever coach at Air Force, coaching 15 years up until 1972. He has the best single-season record at AFA and took the team to its only two NCAA appearances.
Mooney has won several awards during his long tenure as a sports writer in Salt Lake City, which has spanned 50 years.
The WAC Court of Honors is held every year in conjunction with the WAC basketball tournament.