Utah State University held a ceremony Friday to officially induct the 2011 class into its Athletics Hall of Fame.
The inductees include: Jerry Cerulla, one of just three NCAA individual track champions in school history; LaVell Edwards, an outstanding linebacker; Dean Hunger, one of the best basketball players in USU history; Henry King, one of the greatest defensive backs to ever wear the Utah State uniform; Rick Parros, the third-leading rusher in school history; and the 1980 and 1981 Aggie softball teams that won back-to-back national championships.
A total of 61 individuals and three teams have now been inducted into the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was founded in 1993 with 12 initial members, followed by eight additions in 1994 and seven in 1995. The addition of any members was stopped until 2006 when five more individuals were added, followed by six recipients in 2007, four more in 2008 to go along with the first-ever team inducted, seven in 2009 and six more in 2010.
Located inside the Steve Mothersell Hall of Honor, the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame gives fans the opportunity to view biographical information and watch videos about each of the inducted members. Both the Hall of Fame and the Hall of Honor are located inside the Jim and Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex in the north end of Romney Stadium.
2011 Utah State University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Class
JERRY CERULLA, Hometown: Wyandotte, Mich.
Sport: Track & Field
Cerulla was the last track athlete in Utah State history to claim an individual national championship as he won the 60-meter hurdles at the 1966 NCAA Indoor Championships with a time of 7.2. Cerulla also earned All-American honors in the short hurdles (indoor) in 1965 as he was ranked the No. 1 hurdler in the world. Cerulla was also a two-time All-American in the 110-meter hurdles (outdoor) in 1966 and 1967.
Along with being a four-time All-American and individual national champion at Utah State, Cerulla also competed in the 1964 and 1968 Olympic trials. Following his Aggie career, Cerulla transferred to Eastern Michigan and won the NAIA Outdoor Championship in the high hurdles in 1968.
Hometown: Orem, Utah
A terrific lineman and backfield player, Edwards earned all-Mountain States Conference honors in 1950 as a linebacker. Edwards, a three-year letter winner at Utah State, was named to USU’s All-Century team in 1993 and was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame the same year. Following his collegiate career, Edwards served as Brigham Young’s head football coach from 1972-2000.
Hometown: Kaysville, Utah
Sport: Men’s Basketball
One of the best all-around talents in school history, Hunger was named the Big West Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 1980 as he averaged 20.8 points and 8.6 rebounds while shooting 60.6 percent from the field, which still ranks eighth all-time at USU for a single season. His 561 points scored during his senior campaign ranks 22nd all time in school history, as does his 20.8 points per game scoring average that year.
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
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
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.
1980 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SOFTBALL TEAM
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.
1981 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SOFTBALL TEAM
First-year head coach Lloydene Searle led Utah State to its second-straight national championship in softball, and the only back-to-back national championships in school history, as USU posted a 5-1 record in the 1981 AIAW National Tournament, including a 4-3 win against Cal State Fullerton in the championship game in Norman, Okla.
Members of the 1981 national championship team include Mary Lou Ramm, Yolanda Arvizu, Jane Worthington, Sharon Seppi, Janet Leising, Cindy Krueger, Margaret Earner, Liz Kelly, Rosie Harris, Deb Panfil, Jackie Weigand, Yolanda Arvizu, Kerry Himmelspach, Karen Caywood, Allison Dennison and JoLyn Chappell.
Previous inductees by class:
Class of 2010: Tom Foster (wrestling, football, 1963-66); Louie Giammona (football, 1973-75); Lauren Goebel Keller (volleyball, 1979-82); Shaler Halimon Jr. (men’s basketball, 1967-68); Earl Lindley (football, men’s basketball, 1951-53); Glenn Passey (track, 1959-62).
Class of 2009: Bob Carlson (wrestling/wrestling coach/administrator, 1969-87); Greg Grant (men’s basketball, 1983-86); Dave Kragthorpe (football, baseball, administrator, 1951-54); Tom Larscheid (football, 1959-61); Alisa Nicodemus (cross country/track, 1991-93); John Pappas (football, 1966-68); Ralph Roylance (football, track, 1947-50).
Class of 2008: Jay Dee Harris (contributor/adviser); MacArthur Lane (football, 1965-67); Chuck Mills (football coach, 1967-72); Max Perry (men’s basketball, 1959-61); Kelly Smith (softball, 1984-86, 1988); 1978 national championship volleyball team.
Class of 2007: Ladonna Antoine-Watkins (track, 1994-97); Robert Broughton (football and wrestling, 1963-65); Rulon Jones (football, 1976-79); John Ralston (football coach, 1959-62); Jay Van Noy (baseball and football, 1946-49); Nate Williams (men’s basketball, 1970-71).
Class of 2006: Kris Stano Lilly (gymnastics, 1982-83); Marvin Roberts (men’s basketball, 1969-71); Al Smith (football, 1984-86); John Clyde Worley (baseball, men’s basketball, football and track, 1917-19); Dr. John Worley (football and track, late 1940s, team physician).
Class of 1995: Tony Adams (football, 1970-72); Jay Don Blake (men’s golf, 1980-81); Karolyn Kirby (volleyball, 1979-81); Clark Miller (football, 1960-61); Bill Staley (football, 1965-67); Conley Watts (men’s basketball, 1933-34); Glen Worthington (football, men’s basketball and track, 1926-29).
Class of 1994: Ladell Andersen (men’s basketball, men’s basketball coach and athletics director, 1949-51, 1961-71, 1973-83); H. Cecil Baker (men’s basketball, track and men’s basketball coach, 1922-25, 1950-61); Mark Enyeart (track, 1974-77); Phil Olsen (football, 1967-69); Eddie Peterson (football and track, 1934-36); Len Rohde (football, 1957-59); Elaine Roque (volleyball, 1979); Frank “Buzz” Williams (football, track, wrestling, athletics director, 1942, ’46-48, 1964-1973).
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Class of 1993: Annette Viola Cottle (volleyball, women’s basketball, volleyball coach, 1976-79, 1982-84); Wayne Estes (men’s basketball, 1963-65); Mary Lou Ramm Flippen (softball, 1981-83); Fern Gardner (women’s basketball, softball, tennis, volleyball, women’s basketball coach, softball coach, volleyball coach, 1972-79); Cornell Green (men’s basketball, 1960-62); Ralph Maughn (men’s basketball, football, track, men’s basketball coach, football coach, track coach, 1942-46, 1951-88); George “Doc” Nelson (athletics director and wrestling coach, 1923-58); Merlin Olsen (football, 1959-61); E.L. “Dick” Romney (athletics director, baseball coach, men’s basketball coach, football coach, track coach, 1919-49); Kent Ryan (men’s basketball, football, track, 1934-37); L. Jay Silvester (track, 1956-59); Elmer “Bear” Ward (football and track, 1932-35).
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University.