PITTSBURG -- Pittsburg State University will induct seven individuals into its Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Friday, Sept. 4.
PSU's Class of 2009 is headlined by a pair of former All-Americans in football/track & field star Brian Moorman (1995-99) and basketball standout Marc Eddington (1996-97).
Three-time All-MIAA performer Eric Miller, who helped the Gorillas efforts at restarting the school's baseball program from 1991-94, also joins the Hall of Fame. All-American heptathlete Busarind Rogers (1990-92), representing women's track & field, will be inducted posthumously, along with former football standout and long-time Pittsburg State University faculty member Col. E.W. "Bill" Hollenbeck as a meritorious achievement inductee.
Additionally, Francis "Fritz" Snodgrass (1923-26), a standout half-miler in track & field and later a decorated coach at Wichita East High School and Wichita State University will be inducted in the Hall of Fame's "Legacy" category, along with ardent Gorilla supporter and long-time PSU employee Jack Overman.
The Legacy category, created in 2005, focuses solely on individuals from the school's first 50 years (1903-53) in an attempt to bolster the school's rich heritage from its first half-century.
"We are very excited about our newest class of inductees into the PSU Athletics Hall of Fame," athletic director Chuck Broyles said. "Every year we feel like we have a class of inductees that measures up very well with past induction classes, and this year is no exception. These seven individuals are an impressive cast, representing a wide range of years in the history of Pittsburg State University. Each of these individuals is most deserving of joining the group of all-time elite Hall of Fame members at Pittsburg State."
2009 PSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class
Marc Eddington • Basketball • 1995-97
Eddington became the first basketball player to earn NCAA Division II All-America honors during his senior season in 1997 when he helped the Gorillas reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA-II National Tournament -- PSU's first NCAA postseason appearance.
The Columbus, Kan., native averaged 17.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while leading Pitt State to a 24-7 record his senior season. He finished his two-year career with 1,090 points -- the second-highest two-year scoring total in school history at the time. Eddington garnered honorable mention All-America honors from Division II Bulletin and he was a first-team All-District pick by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He was a two-time first-team All-MIAA pick.
Eddington also was a two-year baseball letterman as a pitcher for the Gorillas. He pitched Pitt State to a 5-3 win over Minnesota State in the Gorillas' first-ever NCAA-II Regional appearance in 1997.
Col. E.W. "Bill" Hollenbeck • Meritorious Achievement
An All-Conference football player as a junior in 1954, Hollenbeck went on to enjoy decorated careers first in the United States Army and second as a faculty member at his alma mater.
The Clay Center, Kan., native was a four-year football letterman for the Gorillas, earning second-team All-CIC honors at center as a junior in 1954 and helping Pitt State to a conference title as a senior in 1955.
He served in the Army from 1956 until he retired at the rank of Colonel in 1981. Hollenbeck served two tours of Vietnam and two additional overseas assignments in Germany. Among his numerous military honors, he twice received the Legion of Merit and he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Following his retirement from the Army, Hollenbeck served as a 21-year member of the PSU faculty, assuming the chair of the Military Science Department in 1976. He was named Assistant to the President in 1981, serving in that capacity until being appointed director of the PSU Business & Technology Institute in 1996.
Eric Miller • Baseball • 1991-94
Miller established nearly every significant offensive and defensive record upon the completion of his four-year baseball career at Pitt State in 1994.
The Pittsburg native earned All-MIAA honors in three of his four seasons at first base for the Gorillas, garnering second-team All-MIAA accolades in each of his final two seasons. Additionally, he earned second-team All-Central Region honors his senior season.
Miller still holds the PSU record for career hits (202), and he currently ranks second in doubles (39), RBIs (130), walks (85) and games played (173). He still holds MIAA defensive records for career assists (1322) and total chances (1419) as well.
Additionally, Miller was a two-time Academic All-America® selection. In 1994, he was named the Academic All-America® of the Year for College Division Baseball.
Brian Moorman • Football/Track & Field • 1995-99
Moorman left Pitt State as the most decorated male athlete in school history in 1999.
The native of Sedgwick, Kan., became the first four-time All-American football player in school history. He earned first-team All-America honors as a punter in each of his final two collegiate seasons (1997-98) after earning honorable mention All-America honors his first two years (1995-96). Moorman still holds the school's career punting record (43.97 ypp) and he was named to PSU's prestigious 100th Anniversary Football Team in 2003.
In track & field, Moorman earned All-America honors on 10 occasions, including three straight national championships in the 400 meter hurdles (1997-99). He also claimed eight MIAA individual event titles. Moorman also still holds the school record in the 110 meter hurdles (13.81) and ranks second all-time at PSU in the 400m hurdles (49.77).
Additionally, Moorman was a six-time Academic All-America® selection, earning the accolades in three consecutive years in both football and track & field. He also garnered the MIAA's Ken B. Jones Award as the Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 1998 and again in 1999.
Busarind Rogers • Track & Field • 1990-92
Rogers captured the NCAA Division II National Championship in the heptathlon as a senior in 1991.
The Woodbridge, Va., native earned All-MIAA honors on 20 occasions during her two-year career for the Gorillas, including 10 individual event championships. The versatile athlete still holds PSU records in the heptathlon (5258 points) and the long jump (20-3.75) and she ranks second in the high jump (5-7.75).
In addition to her national championship in the heptathlon, Rogers earned All-America honors in the long jump in 1991.
She captured MIAA titles in the indoor long jump, outdoor triple jump and the heptathlon in 1990, before claiming indoor titles in the high jump and 60m hurdles and outdoor titles in the high jump, long jump, triple jump, 100m hurdles and the heptathlon in 1991. Rogers also was the MIAA runner-up in the 400m hurdles and the javelin in 1991. She scored an amazing 66 points at the 1991 MIAA Outdoor Championships as the Gorillas won the second of an eventual six straight league crowns (1990-95).
Rogers also earned second-team All-MIAA honors as an outfielder on the Pitt State softball team in 1992, batting .320 with three home runs and 28 RBIs.
Jack Overman • Meritorious Achievement Legacy
Considered by many as "the greatest individual fan in the history of Pitt State Athletics," Overman has served as an ambassador of good well and as an ardent supporter of PSU Athletics throughout the last eight decades.
The Pittsburg native served as a yell leader at his alma mater from 1936-39, before becoming Pitt State's student body president in 1940. Overman returned to campus from the private sector in 1951 to serve as the director of PSU's Student Center, which was renamed in his honor by the Kansas Board of Regents following his retirement in 1984.
Overman has been involved in many campus committees throughout the years, including his ongoing role as a PSU Foundation Board Trustee, and he's been a permanent fixture at Gorillas sporting events throughout the years.
Francis "Fritz" Snodgrass • Track & Field Legacy • 1923-26
Snodgrass won four consecutive 880 yard run conference titles and twice set the school record in the event during his decorated PSU career.
The Augusta, Kan., native also competed on the mile relay team which captured conference titles in 1924-25 and placed third in the league in 1926.
Following his collegiate career, Snodgrass served as the athletic department head and coach of all sports at Pittsburg High School from 1931-43. He then served as athletic department head and track coach at Wichita East High School from 1943-56, leading East to nine state track & field championships and four state runner-up finishes during his 13-year tenure at the school.
Snodgrass became head cross country/track & field coach at Wichita State University in 1956. He served in that capacity until 1967, leading the Shockers to a conference track title in 1966 and a pair of cross country conference crowns in 1960-61. He served as Professor Emeritus of Physical Education at WSU until his retirement in 1971.
2009 Hall of Fame Ceremonies
Pittsburg State's 22nd class of inductees will be honored at a special Hall of Fame Induction Banquet at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center on the PSU campus.
The group also will be honored at halftime of PSU's football game against Chadron State College on Sept. 5.
An eight-person selection committee composed of alumni and current athletic staff members evaluates the merits of the candidates who have been nominated for this distinction. The committee selects a new class each fall, with an induction ceremony celebrating the event.
The PSU Athletics Hall of Fame was founded in 1988 with 15 individuals and Pitt State's 1957 & 1961 NAIA National Champion football teams comprising the inaugural class.
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