FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor will welcome 10 new members this fall as student-athletes from six Razorback athletic teams are set to be inducted.
The 2011 class is made up of nine modern era inductees and one posthumous inductee. Gary Adams, Steve Cox, Jessica Koch Dailey, Almer Lee, Brison Manor, Jr., Jessica Field Phelan, Pat Serret, Godfrey Siamusiye and Jimmy Walker are the modern era inductees, and Fred Grim is being posthumously honored. The group combined to earn 22 All-America selections, 26 all-conference performances and five NCAA individual crowns.
"We look forward to inducting another outstanding group of Razorback student-athletes this fall into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor," Vice Chancellor and Jeff Long said. "The 2011 class represents six decades of Razorback competition in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. We are proud of their many accomplishments and are grateful for their contributions to our University and the Razorback program."
Each Razorback was elected to the Hall of Honor by a vote of former letterwinners in conjunction with the A Club.
The official induction is Friday, Sept. 2, in the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center at the Springdale Holiday Inn. The Hall of Honor golf tournament is scheduled for earlier that day at the Fayetteville Country Club. For more information regarding tickets, please call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000.
Modern Era InducteesGary AdamsAdams lettered for the Razorbacks from 1966-68 and was a first-team All-Southwest Conference selection each season. He also served as a team captain as a senior in 1968 and was selected by Philadelphia in the 12th round of the 1969 NFL Draft. His 13 career interceptions was a school record at the conclusion of his career, and the mark still stands as the second-highest career total in UA history. During his time in Fayetteville, the Razorbacks compiled a 22-8-1 record, tied for the 1968 Southwest Conference title and defeated No. 4 Georgia in the 1969 Sugar Bowl. In 1966, he led the SWC with seven interceptions, a mark that is still tied for the second-highest single-season total in school history. He was named to the 1960s All-Decade Team.
Steve CoxCox played at Arkansas from 1979-80 and was a first-team All-Southwest Conference punter both years. He was named to UA’s All-Century Team and still holds the school record for career punting average with his 45.2 mark. In 1979, his 43.8-yards-per-punt average helped the Razorbacks to a share of the SWC championship and an appearance in the 1980 Sugar Bowl. As a senior in 1980, Cox led the NCAA with his average of 46.5 yards per punt. He punted in the NFL for Cleveland and Washington from 1981-88, averaging 42.0 yards per punt, and was a part of the Washington Redskins squad that won Super Bowl XXII. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
Jessica Koch DaileyDailey lettered in track and field from 1997-2000. An eight-time All-American and eight-time Southeastern Conference champion, she was Arkansas’ top middle-distance athlete in the late 1990s. She ranks third all-time with 64 points scored at the SEC Outdoor Championships and fifth all-time with 48.5 points scored at the SEC Indoor Championships. She won the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy in 2000 as the meet’s highest point scorer with 28 points. She was a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. In 2000, she was the NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Arkansas and the first Razorback selected as one of the top 10 national finalists for the overall Woman of the Year award.Almer LeeLee was the first African-American lettermen for the Razorback basketball team, lettering twice for Coach Lanny Van Eman. He was a fixture in the starting lineup in the 1969-70 and 1970-71 seasons. He was a major offensive contributor as well leading the team in scoring for two-consecutive seasons, averaging 17.0 points per game in his first season (1969-70) before upping his average to 19.2 points per game in 1970-71. He averaged 20.6 points per game in Southwest Conference play in 1970-71 including a career-high 30 points against Texas A&M in 1971.
Brison Manor, Jr.Manor, Jr., was a standout defensive tackle who worked in the trenches from 1973-74. He took part in the Razorbacks’ resounding 22-7 upset of fifth-ranked USC to open the 1974 season. He finished the season as the second-leading tackler for the Razorbacks with 82 stops, including seven tackles for loss and three pass deflections. As a junior in 1973, Manor totaled 91 tackles, including 50 solo stops. He represented Arkansas in the All-American Bowl in Tampa, Fla., in 1973. He enjoyed an eight-year NFL career after leaving Arkansas, playing for Denver from 1977-83 and appearing for Tampa Bay and Denver in 1984.
Jessica Field PhelanPhelan was Arkansas’ first AVCA All-American, first volleyball athlete voted GTE Academic All-American and first SEC H. Boyd McWhorter winner while lettering from 1995-98. She led the Razorbacks to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including her senior year when the team advanced to the Round of 16. A two-time first-team All-SEC selection, she also was a member of the 1997 team that defeated Florida to win the SEC Tournament. Phelan was the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1998 and was the state of Arkansas’ NCAA Woman of the Year that same year.
Pat SerretSerret took the 1982 NCAA doubles championship with Peter Doohan after the duo played to a runner-up finish in the 1981 tournament. Serret and Doohan were four-time All-Americans in doubles; the only duo in Razorback history to earn doubles All-America recognition four times. Serret also earned All-America honors in singles in 1982. During his four years at Arkansas, the men’s tennis team posted a dual-match record of 101-28. Serret sported a career doubles record of 97-34 (.740) and still ranks second in career doubles wins list and fourth on the career doubles winning percentage list. His career singles record was 90-40 (.692) ranking him eighth at Arkansas for career singles wins. In 1981, he posted the highest single season singles winning percentage in school history going 25-2 (.926).
Godfrey SiamusiyeSiamusiye was a four-time national champion and 10-time SEC champion during his two-year UA cross country and track and field career, which ran from 1995-97. Along the way, he also captured two NCAA regional cross country titles and picked up eight All-America citations. In addition to his individual accomplishments, Siamusiye was part of four NCAA championship teams and five SEC championship squads. He is one of Arkansas’ two cross country national champions and the only runner in program history with two such titles, claiming victory in 1995 and 1996. On the track, he won the national championship in the 10,000 meters in 1995 and 1996. He twice ran in the Olympics, competing in the 5,000 meters in the 1992 Barcelona Games and in the steeplechase in the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Jimmy WalkerWalker played defensive tackle for the Razorbacks from 1975-78 and was selected to the 1970s All-Decade Team. He ranks third on the Razorbacks’ all-time career tackles for loss list with 36. He led the Razorbacks in tackles for loss during his final two seasons, compiling 15 in 1977 and 19 in 1978. His 19 tackles for loss in 1978 was a UA single-season record and still ranks tied for fourth on the program’s single-season list. In 1978, Walker earned first-team All-America honors and was selected the most outstanding defensive player in the Fiesta Bowl. He also was a two-time All-SWC honoree.
Posthumous InducteeFred GrimGrim lettered in basketball from 1956-58 and was a first-team All-Southwest Conference player in 1958, when he helped lead Arkansas to the SWC title and an NCAA Tournament bid. He averaged 5.1 points per game in 1956, 11.6 points per game in 1957 and 14.1 points per game in 1958. His average in 1958 led the team, and his 1957 average ranked second among the Razorbacks. Following his playing career, he was a successful coach at Green Forest High School and was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.