Tickets are still available for the Class of 2012 Hall of Fame induction banquet which is set for 5:30 p.m. on August 25 in Southeastern's Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC). Tickets are $20 dollars per person and can be purchased by contacting the athletic offices at 580-745-2250, in person by coming to the department offices in Bloomer Gymnasium at Southeastern or on the day of the event at the door.
Cary Ammons, Natalie (Brown) Cooksey, Charles Gulley and Kent Samuel will become the four newest members inducted into the Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame. The foursome will bring the total number of hall of famers to 72.
"The inductees of the 2012 class add to the greatness of the Southeastern Athletic Hall of Fame," said SE Athletic Director Keith Baxter. "This year's inductees are each very worthy of this honor, they have all honored SE with their athletic achievements as student-athletes on campus as well as excelling post-graduation."
We are truly honored to be bestowing this recognition on them. We look forward to having them back on campus this august, what a great way to kick off the start of another academic year."
Cary Ammons was a baseball standout for Southeastern from 1996-98 where he compiled a 39-2 career winning percentage on the hill en route to earning a spot in the NAIA Hall of Fame. He was a two-time All-American who struck out 333 hitters and carried a 2.45 ERA for his career. He was named the NAIA National Player of the Year in 1997 while helping his team to a third-place finish at the NAIA World Series.
"It's an honor to be put forth with the ones who went in before me," said Ammons about his selection. "I am truly honored for this but couldn't have done it without the great teammates I had along the way."
Natalie (Brown) Cooksey was a women's basketball star from 1978-80 under hall of fame women's coach Vicki Hudson. She turned in one of the best seasons in program history by averaging 21.1 points per game with a season total of 633 points in the 1979-80 season. Her point total is the fifth-highest and her average is fourth best. She is also in the top-10 in field goals made and attempted, free throw attempts and rebounds.
"I'm very happy to receive this honor," said Cooksey. "I cherish the time spent at Southeastern. Basketball has opened a lot of doors for me."
Charles Gulley was a two-sport athlete from 1969-1975 as he ran track and played football. He was best known for his dominance on the track where he left SE as the most decorated runner in school history. Gulley was an NAIA All-American and was named the Southeastern Athlete of the Year in 1973. He dominated the sprint events in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference where he won four-straight 100-yard dash championships and was also a three-time 200-yard dash champion.
"I feel great about the honor," said Gulley. "I didn't think I would get in. I didn't know if I would get the call, but I'm glad I did."
Kent Samuel was a four-year standout for the Southeastern golf team under coaches Duke Christian and Dr. Phil Cunningham. As a freshman he was the OIC runner-up at the conference tournament, finishing one stroke behind the tourney champion. He was named the team MVP every season he played and was also a three-time Southeastern Scholar Athlete of the Year honoree.
"It's a great honor to be inducted." Said Samuel. "I learned many things playing golf at Southeastern, but probably the most important was how many great golfers there were and that I'd better learn something in class because I wasn't going to be able to make a living playing golf."