Metheny leads 5 member SOSU Hall of Fame class

Southeastern has announced the induction of five new members to its athletics Hall of Fame, including baseball coach Mike Metheny, senior woman administrator and former coach Vicki Hudson, three-sport women’s athletics standout Joanie Kitchens Goss, former baseball All-American Billy Jack Bowen and former sports information director and long-time contributor Harold Harmon.

The 2010 induction ceremony will be held on August 28.

“We are excited about the opportunity to honor these Southeastern greats,” said athletic director Keith Baxter, “These people have built and maintained a high standard of success that the rest of us can aspire to.”

Metheny has built a long history with SE, after a playing career and a stint as an assistant coach he took over the already successful baseball program in 1981 and continued to build on that success.

His team climbed all the way to the national championship in 2000, shortly after Southeastern made the jump to NCAA Division II sports. In 30 years at the helm of the baseball program, Metheny has tallied 1,145 wins and a .686 winning percentage, while coaching 39 All-American honors and more than 45 professional signees.

In 2006 he became the 42nd coach at any NCAA level, and just the eighth at division II, to reach the 1,000 win plateau.

Hudson brought modern women’s basketball to SE after beginning the program in its current form and is still an integral part of the Southeastern athletics department as the Senior Woman Administrator while also serving as the chair of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation department.

She spent 10 years guiding the women’s basketball program, compiling a 96-55 record over her last six seasons, the only ones for which records were kept. Her teams advanced to four region tournaments and hosted the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) National Tournament in 1980, the same season she was named the Coach of the Year.

Basketball was not her only game as she also started the SE women’s tennis program and at one time or another coached every sport except football, including a stint coaching the cheerleaders.

Goss was a three-time Female Athlete of the Year award winner and earned multiple Most Outstanding Athlete honors in the sports of basketball, tennis and volleyball during her career from 1974-78.

She earned co-Most Valuable Player of the State Championship basketball tournament hosted by Southeastern.

She has become a highly regarded teacher since leaving SE, earning Teacher of the Year honors at three different schools, while teaching or coaching at every grade level between 6th and 12th. She was also awarded the Polaris Award as a Master Teacher in 2004 while at Spiro, Okla.

Bowen put up a pair of great seasons for the Southeastern baseball team in 1978 and 1979, earning All-American honors in 1979, also earning SE’s Most Outstanding Male Athlete honor.

He turned in the fourth-best single season home runs total that year with 18, the third best RBI total with 84 and the fifth-best run total with 79 all en route to earning first team all-Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference honors, all-District 9, all-Area 3 and NAIA All-American.

Bowen hit .375 for his career with 28 home runs, 135 RBI a .488 on-base percentage and a .693 slugging percentage.

Since his playing days, he has become a successful high school coach, serving stints at Bokchito, Rock Creek and Silo and coaching baseball, boys basketball and girls basketball. He has amassed over 1,500 wins on the baseball diamond and won 12 state championships. His teams have captured 52 district titles, 36 regional titles and advanced to the state tournament 38 times.

Harmon has long been associated with Southeastern athletics, spending the largest part of that association as the school’s first sports information director, a post he held for 31 years.

Coverage of SE athletics in the area has long been painted by his brush as he served as the sports editor for the Durant Daily Democrat for more than 33 years and over that time has been an award winning writer and columnist, with his feature stories earning honors from United Press International and the Associated Press. He also served as a broadcaster for 13 seasons, covering football, basketball and baseball.

He was inducted into the Bryan County Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003, an organization he himself helped initiate.

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