Four Inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

DURANT, Okla. – Four former athletes will be inducted into the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Athletics Hall of Fame on Feb. 14, 2009.

Crystal Robinson (women’s basketball 1993-96), Jack Hedden (men’s basketball head coach 1980-90), Tommy McVay (track, basketball 1963-67), and Charlie Johnston (football/baseball 1960-64) are the 2009 honorees.

The Hall of Fame festivities will be held in the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) with the dinner beginning at 4 p.m. The new inductees will be recognized between the women’s and men’s games as Southeastern hosts Central Oklahoma in a Lone Star Conference North Division doubleheader in the new Southeastern Arena.

For ticket information, please call Tammy Willis at 580-745-2250.

Director of Athletics Keith Baxter said, “It’s an unbelievable honor to have people like this returning to our campus. It is our privilege to recognize them for outstanding service to their University. They have done great things for the University and gone on to great things in life. This is like a Who’s Who of our former athletes.

“The Hall of Fame ceremony, coupled with the excitement surrounding our new arena and other facilities on campus, just adds to the significance of the event.

“For me personally, it’s a privilege to be part of a University that has people of this caliber. We’re proud to honor them for their accomplishments at Southeastern and in life and we encourage everybody to come out and take part in the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.”

--Crystal Robinson was Southeastern’s first three-time All-America female athlete (1994-95-96). She rewrote the SE record book and was twice named Most Valuable Player in the NAIA National Tournament (1995-96). She was the national scoring leader (30.4 points per game) and free throw leader (87.6 percent) in 1995 and led SE to a 92-34 overall record in 3 ½ years.

She was drafted by the Colorado Xplosion of the American Basketball League and earned Rookie of the Year honors. She played in the WNBA with the New York Liberty and Washington Mystics and is now a coach with the Mystics.

--Jack Hedden is third in career victories at Southeastern with a 170-115 record, and has a 59.6 winning percentage. He took two teams to the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City and finished third in 1986.

Hedden coached four NAIA All-America performers, recruited Dennis Rodman and produced the Rodman Era. Rodman went on to become the leading rebounder and top defensive star in the NBA.

--Tommy McVay was a 4-year letterman in track and 3-year letterman in basketball. He was a 3-time Oklahoma Collegiate Conference 440-yard dash champion with a best time of 47.5, and finished in the Top 16 in the 1967 NAIA National Competition.

McVay was a 2-year starter and a team captain in basketball and was the first winner of the Outstanding Athlete Award.

--Charlie Johnston was a 4-year quarterback and 3-year pitcher at Southeastern. He is the fourth-winningest coach in Texas high school football with a 315-93-8 overall record.

He was Texas’ winningest coach in the 1970s (all-classifications) with a record of 113-16-3 (87.6 percent) and was named to the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004.

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