QB Brad Smith
Dec. 15, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Six outstanding former student-athletes have been selected for induction into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. They will represent the 21st induction class since the inception of the Hall in 1990.
Here is a look at this year’s inductees, with more extensive biographical information to follow:
CLASS OF 2010
- Scott Anderson - Football (1971-73) [Native of Hannibal, Mo.]
- A standout center who won All-American honors in 1973 as a senior, and who helped the Tigers to consecutive appearances in the Fiesta Bowl and Sun Bowl;
- Madill “Bud” Gartiser – Track & Field (1946-48) [Native of Webster Groves, Mo.]
- Won four conference hurdling championships for Mizzou, and at one time held the indoor world record for the 60-yard low hurdle event;
- Lindsey Hunter – Volleyball (2002-05) [Native of Papillion, Neb.]
- Voted by Tiger fans as the Mizzou Female Athlete of the Decade (2000-09), she was MU’s first-ever 1st-Team volleyball All-American and was a three-time 1st-Team All-Big 12 pick;
- Hank Kuhlmann – Football, Baseball, Football Coach (1956-58, 1963-71) [Native of Webster Groves, Mo.]
- A fixture around Tiger Athletics who excelled as an all-conference performer in football, was named to the College World Series All-Tournament team, and who coached during one of the most successful eras ever in MU football history;
- Brad Smith – Football (2002-05) [Native of Youngstown, Ohio]
- The Mizzou Male Athlete of the Decade (2000-09), he brought winning football back to Mizzou, and did so with a flair that led to him owning 69 different MU, Big 12 and NCAA records;
- Khris Whelan – Wrestling (1979-83) [Native of Granite City, Ill.]
- Mizzou’s first-ever two-time All-American wrestler who won 97 matches and left holding the school record for career victories;
The induction dinner will be held Fri., Feb. 11th, 2011, at the Courtyard by Marriott in Columbia. A reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Carly Northup in the Tiger Development Office, at (573) 884-6475. The class will be further honored during halftime ceremonies at the next day’s men’s basketball game, Feb. 12th against Oklahoma.
The Hall’s constitution and bylaws express its purpose - “…to recognize and honor those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of the University of Missouri in the field of athletics, and who have continued to demonstrate in their lives, the values imparted by intercollegiate athletics.”
As called for in the Hall of Fame bylaws, former student-athletes are not eligible for consideration until five years after they complete their competitive career at Missouri. Coaches and staff members must have spent at least five years working at Mizzou, and also have a five-year waiting period.
The current class will up the membership to 175 individuals and four teams in the Hall of Fame. Inductees are honored in a display located in the main entrance at Mizzou Arena.
Nominations are accepted year-round by sending support material to: Chad Moller, Director of Athletic Media Relations, Mizzou Athletics, P.O. Box 677, Hearnes Center, Columbia, Mo. 65205.
Following are biographical sketches of each inductee:
One of the top centers in the country under Coach Al Onofrio, who helped lead Missouri teams that played in the 1972 Fiesta Bowl and the 1973 Sun Bowl … Played in the Hula Bowl and Coaches’ All-American all-star games in 1974 … Played in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings from 1974-77 … Was named an All-American after his stellar senior season of 1973, which also saw him win All-Big Eight honors … Recovered fumble that set up touchdown and eventual 13-12 victory over Nebraska in Columbia in 1973 … That remained the last time Missouri had beaten the Cornhuskers on Faurot Field until 2003.
MADILL “BUD” GARTISER
Track & Field, 1946-48
Was a four-time conference champion in the hurdles for the Missouri Track and Field program … Won a Big Six indoor title in the 60-yard low hurdles in 1947, tying the conference record with a 6.9 clocking … Also won Big Seven indoor titles in both the 60-yard low and high hurdles in 1948, helping Mizzou to the team title … Won 1948 Big Seven 120-yard hurdle race with a conference-record 14.3 seconds … Broke the unofficial (the IAAF did not recognize indoor records at the time) World record in the 60-yard low hurdles at the Big Seven meet, running 6.8 seconds … Ranked third in the World by Track & Field News in the 220-yard Hurdles, having the event’s third-best time in the World in 1948 (22.6) … Finished ninth in the 110-meter hurdles at the USA Olympic Trials in 1948 in Evanston, Ill. … Placed sixth at the AAU (USA) Championships the same year in the event in Milwaukee, Wisc. … Will be inducted posthumously into the Mizzou Athletics Hall of Fame, as he passed away in 2008.
Seen as the key player on Mizzou Volleyball teams which enjoyed the most successful run in school history … Helped lead Mizzou to the winningest season in school history in 2005 (25-5), and an appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever … That season also included a top-10 national ranking for the first time in school history … Mizzou went 90-33 during her four years on the floor, making her part of the winningest class in school history … Was Mizzou’s first-ever American Volleyball Coaches’ Association 1st-Team All-American, earning the honors after her senior season of 2005, when she directed an offensive attack which hit a school-record .299 on the year … Led the Big 12 in assists each of her four years, becoming the first to lead the league for four years in any category in the history of Big 12 volleyball … Was a three-time 1st-Team All-Big 12, and AVCA All-Central Region selection … Ended her career ranking 6th in NCAA history for assists per game (13.73), and her total of 6,096 career assists was 15th-most in NCAA history at the time of her matriculation … Left as Mizzou’s career record holder in assists, and held three of the top four single-season assist totals in school history, including the top two … After her Mizzou days, played internationally several years for USA Volleyball, and was part of the bronze medal-winning team in the 2007 Pan American Games … Was voted by Tiger fans as the Mizzou Women’s Athlete of the Decade for the 2000s, and prior to that, was named by Athletics as its Volleyball Athlete of the Decade … Is currently an Academic Graduate Assistant in Mizzou’s Total Person Program, and also serves as an analyst for radio broadcasts of current Mizzou Volleyball matches.
Football, Baseball, Football Coach, 1956-58, 1963-71
Was a fixture among Tiger Athletics for a number of years, playing prominent roles as a football and baseball standout, as well as serving as a football coach for nine years during one of the most successful eras of Tiger football ever … Played for three different football coaches at Mizzou, playing under Don Faurot, Frank Broyles and Dan Devine. Was an All-Big Eight selection as a fullback as a junior in 1957 when he rushed for 554 yards and 8 TDs … Led Mizzou in rushing in 1957, as well as in 1958 (369 yards, 1 TD), while he also had 440 yards and 6 TDs as a sophomore in 1956 … Also lettered in baseball as a catcher on Missouri’s NCAA runner-up team in the 1958 College World Series ... Was named to the College World Series All-Tournament team in 1958 for his play in the tournament … After graduation, was drafted and signed a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and spent four years in the minor leagues … Returned to Mizzou as a graduate assistant coach in 1962, while obtaining his Master’s degree, and became a fulltime backfield coach in 1963 and stayed in that role as coach and lead recruiter until leaving in 1971 to join Devine’s staff with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers … Missouri was the only school in the nation to never lose more than three games in the decade of the 1960s, and Kuhlmann was a large part of that success with his coaching and recruiting responsibilities … Also coached with Devine at Notre Dame, and went on to a long and successful coaching career in the National Football League … Also served as Interim Head Coach of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals for a 5-game stint in 1989.
Became the first big star of the Gary Pinkel era, and was the face of Tiger football for four years as a starting quarterback that saw he and his teammates lead a resurgence of the once-proud program to one of national prominence once again … Shattered the record books during his four-year career, as he left holding some 69 different Mizzou, Big 12 and NCAA records that spanned game, season and career categories … Became the first player in NCAA Div. 1A history to throw for 8,000 yards and rush for 4,000 yards in a career, and he broke the NCAA record for most career rushing yards by a quarterback … Led Mizzou to 25 wins over four years, including 8 wins in 2003, which tied for the most wins in a season at MU since 1969 … Helped lead Mizzou to its first win since 1978 against Nebraska, in a 41-24 win in Columbia in 2003 … Also beat the Huskers in 2005, and led the Tigers to the largest comeback win in school history in the 2005 Independence Bowl, when the Tigers rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat South Carolina, 38-31 … Received votes for the Heisman Trophy in 2003 and 2005 … Was also an outstanding student, who was a finalist for the Draddy Award (known as the Academic Heisman), and was named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, winning an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship … Was drafted by the New York Jets in the 4th round of the 2006 NFL Draft, and he’s still with the Jets, where he is one of the most versatile players in the league … Returned a kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown in a 2010 Playoff game for the Jets, which was the longest in franchise history … Was voted by Tiger fans as the Mizzou Male Athlete of the Decade for the 2000s, and prior to that, was named by Athletics as its Football Athlete of the Decade.
One of the most accomplished wrestlers in Mizzou history, who was a 2-time All-American for the Tigers, finishing 7th at 126 pounds in 1980 at the NCAA Championships, as well as claiming 4th at 134 pounds in the 1983 NCAA meet ... Left with a final career record of 97-19-3 … Was part of the first real run of success by the Tiger wrestling program on the national level, as MU’s team finished 12th at the 1982 NCAA Wrestling Championships, which was the highest finish in program history at the time … In Whelan’s four years of competing, MU finished 26th (1980), 28th (1981), 12th (1982) and 16th (1983) at the NCAA Championships … Named Missouri’s Most Outstanding Wrestler in 1983 when he compiled a 32-3-1 record (.903 winning percentage) that ranks as the 5th-best individual season winning percentage in MU history ... Spent most of that season ranked #1 in the nation in his weight class, which was a first at the time for the Tiger program … Was the first MU wrestler to win the prestigious Midlands Tournament (1982), and also was MU's first grappler to win the East-West All-Star Classic (was voted the outstanding wrestler of the dual, as well) ... Won the Marshall Esteppe Most Outstanding Freshman Award in 1979, which is given annually to the MU freshman wrestler who has made the most significant contribution to his class and teammates … Later served as a the lead assistant coach for Mizzou under Hall of Fame coach Wes Roper from 1988 to 1993, and helped the program land some nationally-heralded recruits in his time on staff … Helped train and develop seven MU All-Americans and two Big Eight Conference champions on the mat as a Tiger assistant coach ... Later served as a coach for the Great Britain National Team, as well as serving as the Head National Coach for the Great Britain women's team ... He has coached at two World Championships, as well as the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta ... Since 1997, has been an accomplished coach at the prep and collegiate level ... He has developed over 20 placewinners and three state champions in the prep ranks, and his 1999-2000 Hazelwood Central team took second place in the Missouri State Championships ... Served as the Head Coach at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville from 2005-07, a program which later moved to Division I status ... Is currently the head wrestling coach and a business teacher for Cahokia High School in Cahokia, Ill., where his team is ranked in the top five in the state at the Class AA division.
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