FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Nine former University of Arkansas student-athletes, including three All-Americans, two others named to UA’s all-decade football teams, co-captains from the 1975 and ’54 Southwest Conference football champions, one current head coach and the Razorbacks’ single-season basketball scoring record-holder make up the 2006 class of inductees into the UA Sports Hall of Honor.
Football leads the way with Scott Bull, Dick Bumpas, Jay Donathan, Bobby Proctor and Louis Schaufele on the distinguished list, and they are joined by Lady’Back track All-American Amy Yoder Begley, tennis All-American Ron Hightower, basketball scoring machine Martin Terry and current Lady’Back track and cross country coach Lance Harter.
Honorees were elected to the UA Sports Hall of Honor by a vote of former letterwinners in conjunction with the “A” Club.
The official induction is Friday, Sept. 1, at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale. For ticket information, call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000.
AMY YODER BEGLEY
A 15-time All-American and two-time NCAA champion, Begley is the winningest female athlete in Southeastern Conference running history. She captured 15 SEC titles in cross country and track and field during her career, and was voted the all-sport SEC Athlete of the Year in 2001 – only the third track athlete, male or female, selected for the honor. The 1999 Honda Award winner as the nation’s top cross country athlete, she was the NCAA runner-up in cross country in 1999, leading Arkansas to a team runner-up trophy. The first Arkansas athlete to win a national championship in Fayetteville with her win at the 2000 NCAA Indoor in the 5,000, she won her second national title in 2001 with the NCAA Outdoor 10,000. A five-time SEC Athlete of the Year in her sports, she captured the SEC Commissioner’s Cup indoors and outdoors, and was the first woman in SEC history to earn athlete of the year in cross country, indoor and outdoor track.
He lettered in football in 1972, ’73 and ’74, and was a co-captain of the 1975 Southwest Conference championship team which defeated Georgia in the Cotton Bowl, 31-10. He took over as starting quarterback in ’75 and directed Hogs to victories in their last five regular season games, including a 31-6 upset of second-ranked Texas A&M that landed the Hogs in the Cotton Bowl. As a senior, he completed 33-of-71 passes for 570 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for 533 yards and eight touchdowns on 117 carries. He rushed for 722 career yards and had 829 career passing yards.
A defensive tackle, he was named an Associated Press first-team All-American in 1970. He grounded the defense on a team that went 9-2 and finished second in the Southwest Conference. In 11 games, the Razorback defense gave up only 2,938 yards (267.0 per game), which led the SWC. He earned 75 and 53 tackles in his junior and sophomore campaigns, respectively. He lettered in ‘68, ‘69 and ’70, and was the MVP of the Blue-Gray Game.
He was the centerpiece of a fine offensive line from 1955-57 and earned first-team All-Southwest Conference honors in 1957. Playing under head coach Jack Mitchell, Donathan never reached post-season play, but still managed to catch the eyes of people around him. For his play at Arkansas, Donathan was rewarded with invitations to the 1957 North-South Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. Donathan was also elected to Arkansas’ 1950s All-Decade Team.
The current Lady’Back cross country, and indoor and outdoor track and field coach, Harter’s teams have captured 24 NCAA trophies during his 22-year career and 16 SEC championships. The two-time national coach of the year became the first Lady’Back Olympic coach as an assistant in charge of distance runners at the 1992 Barcelona games. He also led Team USA to gold as the head coach at the 1999 World Championships. His UA cross country teams dominated the region with nine NCAA district/region titles during the 1990s, and captured four NCAA runner-up trophies. In 1999-2000, he coached Arkansas to its first conference triple crown, only the second in SEC women’s track history. Harter has more SEC titles than any other women’s program. He has coached Arkansas’ first NCAA outdoor and indoor national champions, and saw six of his former athletes compete at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
One of two Razorbacks to earn All-America honors in 1980, he received the honor in both singles and doubles. He won 117 singles matches in his career and is one of only four players to win as many as 100 matches. His .880 career singles winning percentage (117-16) is the best in school history. He also won 76 doubles matches, which ranks sixth-best in school history. His 38 singles victories in 1980 are the third-most in a season in school history while his 32 doubles wins that year are the second-most. He won Southwest Conference individual singles titles in 1978 and 1980, and a doubles title in 1980. He helped UA advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 1979 and the Elite Eight in ‘80. UA was 24-6, 24-4, 26-4 and 31-4 in his four years with final rankings of No. 9 in ’79 and No. 7 in ’80.
He lettered in football in 1953 and 1954, and was a co-captain of the 1954 Southwest Conference championship team knows as the “Twenty-Five Little Pigs.” The ’54 club went 8-3, played in the Cotton Bowl and ended the year ranked No. 8 by UPI. He was a blocking back and a defensive back. Proctor caught nine passes for 59 yards in 1953 and seven passes for 53 yards and a touchdown in 1954. He had one interception in ’54 and returned it 63 yards.
He lettered in football in 1948, 1949 and 1950. He was selected to Arkansas’ All-Decade Team of the 1940s as a back. He made three interceptions in 1950 to lead the Hogs. He returned one of them 70 yards for a touchdown against Texas A&M. He was selected to play in the 1950 Blue-Gray Game. Schaufele became one of the most respected football officials in the college game following his playing career.
He lettered in basketball in 1972 and ‘73. He led the Razorbacks in scoring both years, averaging 28.3 points while shooting 52.0 percent in 1973, and with 24.3 points in ‘72. He also averaged 5.4 rebounds and made 79.3 percent of his free throws in ’72 while adding 3.9 rebounds and making 85.5 percent of his free throws in ’73. His 28.3 average in 1973 is still a school record, and he holds the mark for the top two scoring games in school history with 47 points against SMU in 1973 and 46 against Texas A&M in 1972. He was named first-team All-Southwest Conference each season and led the ‘73 team to a 16-10 finish, the school’s first winning season in seven years.