Three former athletes, a coach, a trainer and an entire team will be inducted into the University of Utah Crimson Club Hall of Fame May 8 at the annual Crimson Club Hall of Fame/Senior Awards Banquet.
Joining the Hall of Fame this year are former Ute basketball player Mike Newlin; former swimmer Mike Garibaldi; ex-skier Jim Gaddis; former tennis coach Harry James; Walt Deland, a former Ute trainer who passed away in 1983; and the 1943-44 NCAA champion Utah basketball team.They will join 69 Ute senior athletes who will also be honored that night with the awarding of their block U blankets.
Newlin, the second-leading scorer in Ute history, averaged 23.1 points per game from 1968-1971. He is fifth in Western Athletic Conference career scoring and career points with 1,849, and was named the first team All-WAC and WAC Most Valuable Player for three years.
Newlin was also a first team Academic All-America in 1970 and 1971 and received an NCAA post- graduate scholarship after graduating with a 3.71 GPA.
He played 11 years in the NBA where he scored 12,507 points for a 15.0 per game average. Newling is currently the vice president of a Houston-based oil company. He and his wife Cindy live in the Houston area.
Garibaldi was the WAC champion and record holder in the 500 and 1650 yard freestyle events and the 400 and 800 yard freestyle relays. He also finished second in the NCAA in the 1650 yard freestyle in 1966.
A two-year All-America, Garibaldi was also an alternate for the 1964 U.S. Olympic water polo team. He served as aquatics director at San Francisco State University and at Hartnell College before making a career change in 1979. He is now an actor and model in the Los Angeles area where he has appeared in television and movies.
Gaddis won the NCAA combined downhill slalom championship in 1960 and 1962. He also won the NCAA slalom championship in 1962 and the U.S. national giant slalom championship the same year.
A two-year All-America, Gaddis was named the winner of the James E. Moss Award for the outstanding athlete-scholar at the U. in 1962. From 1957 to 1963 Gaddis won every intermountain division race.
He from Utah in 1962 and is the owner of Gaddis Investments. He and his wife Barbara live in Salt Lake and are the parents of three children.
James coached the Ute tennis team from 1961-1986. During that time he won 12 conference championships and placed second five times. He coached seven All-Americas.
James is a former president of the Utah and Intermountain Tennis Associations as well as the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association. He graduated from Utah in 1955 and served as sports information director for the Utes from 1951-66.
He and his wife Margaret are the parents of four daughters and have 17 grandchildren.
Walt DeLand served as athletic trainer at Utah from 1953 to 1972. He trained teams in the 1964 Liberty Bowl and the NCAA basketball Final Four in 1961 and 1966.
The Walt DeLand Extra Mile Award is given annually to the Ute football player who best typifies the spirit Walt displayed. He and his wife Wilma had four children. He passed away in January of 1982.
The 1943-44 basketball team captured the NCAA Championship. Utah turned down an NCAA invitation that year to play in the NIT, but after losing in the first round of that tournament to Kentucky the Utes were invited to play in the NCAA after the Arkansas team was involved in an automobile accident and forced to withdraw.
The Utes didn't let this "second chance" go by and beat Missouri 45-35 and Iowa State 40-31 to win the Western Regional and the right to play Dartmouth in New York for the NCAA crown. Behind Arnie Ferrin's 22 points (he was named the tournament MVP) the Utes beat Dartmouth 42-40 to win the championship.
The Utes then beat NIT champ St. John's NIT) 43-36 in a Red Cross Benefit game.
Members of that team are Arnie Ferrin, Wat Misaka, Dick Smuin, Herb Wilkinson, Fred and Bob Lewis, Fred Sheffield, Jim Nance, Bill Kastellic, Mas Tatsuno and the late Ray Kingston.
The event is slated for the Red Lion hotel. There will be a no-host social hour at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at $25 per person and the event is open to the public. For reservations call Carolyn Johnson at 581-5456.