Rice Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Class
Owls to be honored on Oct. 23
By Chuck Pool (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON, Texas - Richard and William Barker, Bubba Crosby, Jarett Dillard, Funmilayo Jimoh, Holly Jones-Wright, Lauren Shockley and Brent Scott will be inducted as the 2015 Rice Athletic Hall of Fame class on Friday, Oct. 23. The seven inductees left their marks as champions on the field of competition in their tenures on the Rice campus.
The class will then be honored again the following day in conjunction with the Owls' football game against Army. There will be a tailgate prior to the contest and the class will also be introduced on the field during the game.
Along with the induction of the newest members of the Hall of Fame, the `R' Association will also honor Guy Jackson, Tommy Reckling and Stephen Trauber with the Distinguished R Award, as well as present Hally Beth Poindexter and Eva Lee with the Honorary R Award.
Tickets and table sponsorship are available for the banquet, which will be held at the Doubletree Greenway Plaza Hotel. Contact `R' Association Executive Director John Witten at email@example.com or 713-348-6915 for more information on the event and to purchase tickets or sponsorships.
2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
Richard and William Barker, Men's Tennis -- 2004
Twin brothers who became the most honored doubles team in school history, twins Richard and William Barker were two-time All-Americans and ITA National Doubles Team of the Year in both 2003 and 2004. The duo was unbeaten in regular season dual doubles matches for their career and posted a 35-match winning streak on the way to the 2002 ITA National Indoor doubles title.
The Solihull, England natives vaulted into national prominence in 2003 after posting a 38-2 record, including a 35-match winning streak, and winning the 2002 ITA National Indoor doubles title. The Barkers went on to finish the year ranked first in the final ITA rankings. They carried that ranking into the fall of 2003 and reached the finals of the ITA All-American Doubles championship. They finished the 2002-03 season ranked first in the final ITA rankings and carried that rank into the fall 2003 season, when they reached the ITA All-American doubles championship final.
As seniors, the pair led Rice to as high as No. 5 in the team rankings during the year before the team finished 11th after advancing to the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion Baylor. As a doubles team, they finished second in the final national doubles rankings as seniors and also won the championship flight of the 115th West Coast Doubles Championship. Along the way, they led the Owls to their first WAC title and Richard was named the WAC Player of the Year. William Barker earned All-American honors in singles as a senior in addition to repeating the honor with his brother in doubles. He was also honored with the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award. The duo also excelled in the classroom, twice earning CoSIDA Academic All-American honors. They shared the 2004 Bob Quin Award as Rice's top senior male student athletes.
Bubba Crosby, Baseball -- 2001
After he helped Rice reach the College World Series for the first time in school history in 1997, Bubba Crosby was selected as an All-American in 1998.He closed out his career ranked third in batting average (.355) after hitting .394 as a junior in 1998, which ranked sixth on the program's single season list at the time. His 30-game hitting streak that season still stands as the longest in Rice history.
Crosby was the first Rice player to record six hits in a single game and became the fourth Owl to score 200 career runs. He ranks second only to teammate Lance Berkman in career RBI (243) as well as home runs (59), total bases (499) and slugging percentage (.737).
He was selected in the first round of the 1998 MLB Draft (23rd overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Crosby went on to play at the major league level for the Dodgers in 2003 and for the New York Yankees in 2004-06.
Jarett Dillard, Football -- 2008
The NCAA career record holder for most touchdown receptions (60), most career games with a touchdown catch (38) and most consecutive games with multiple receptions (49), Jarett Dillard enters the Rice Hall of Fame as one of the most decorated players in Rice football history. The two-time All-America selection was also a Biletnikof Award finalist as a sophomore after setting an NCAA record with touchdown receptions in 13-straight games as he led the Owls to their first bowl berth in 45 years.
Dillard was the first Owl to be named first team All-Conference USA three times and led the NCAA with 20 touchdown receptions as a senior, which made him the first player in history with two 20-touchdown seasons, as he caught 21 scoring passes in 2006. He was the 10th receiver in NCAA history to pass 4,000 yards receiving and 13th player with four 1,000-yard seasons.
By the time he was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Dillard had caught at least two passes in each game of his career (49 games), the longest streak in NCAA history for players with multiple catches in every game of his streak. His 51 touchdown receptions from quarterback Chase Clement set the NCAA record for most touchdowns by a passing duo as well. He played three seasons in the NFL before retiring and will graduate from law school this fall.
Funmilayo Jimoh, Women's Track & Field -- 2006
One of the world's elite long jumpers, Jimoh became a Rice All-American her senior season (2007) when she placed fifth in the long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championship (6.43m/21-1.25). That accomplishment came on the heels of winning the NCAA Midwest Regional (6.35m/20-10w) and finishing ninth at the USA Outdoor Championship (6.38m/20-11.25).
A phenomenal athlete, Jimoh competed for Rice in the 100m hurdles, high jump, long jump, heptathlon, pentathlon, and 4x100m relay team. She twice broke the Rice record in heptathlon (5,335 points) and she snapped the school record in 100m hurdles with a time of 13.42 at the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the prelim, erasing the previous mark set by her hurdles coach, Andrea Blackett, in 1997.
At the 2004 WAC Outdoor Championship she totaled 24.5 points to lead the Owls to the team title. In 2003, Jimoh was named Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year.
At the national level, Jimoh became the first Rice women's track and field athlete to make the U.S. Olympic team when she jumped 6.72m (22-0.75) in front of a crowd of over 20,000 fans. At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Jimoh advanced to the long jump finals and placed 12th in the world with a best mark of 6.29m (20-7.75). Prior to the Olympics, on March 29, 2008 she jumped what was then the number-one mark in the world with a leap of 6.91m (22-8) at the Victor Lopez Bayou Classic on the Rice campus.
Holly Jones-Wright, Women's Basketball -- 1988
One of the top scorers in Rice women's basketball history, Jones-Wright currently ranks third in school history with 1,791 career points. She led the Owls in scoring in each of her four seasons from 1983-87, as well as rebounding in 1985-86 (9.6 rpg) and 1986-87 (8.5 rpg).
Jones-Wright received the Hackerman Award for Team MVP in both 1986 and 1987 and was selected to the 1987 All-Southwest Conference First Team. Her 638 career made field goals ranks second all-time in school history.
Jones-Wright set and still holds a Rice record with 18 made free throws in a single game in 1985 and also still holds the record for most made free throws in a single-season with 178. She is second all-time in Rice history with 515 made free throws.
Brent Scott, Men's Basketball -- Class of 2004
Brent Scott finished his career in 1993 as Rice's all-time leading scorer and rebounder with 1,906 points and 1,049 boards. The three-time second-team All-Southwest Conference honoree (1991, 1992 and 1993) led the team in scoring his sophomore (16.9 ppg) and junior (15.8 ppg) seasons before posting a career-high 17.3-point average as a senior in 1993. He led the team in rebounding all four years, in blocks twice and steals once.
The Lansing, Mich. native holds the program records for most free throws made and attempted in his career, as well as the most 20-point, 10-rebound games (22). He holds a place in seven other categories in Rice's career record book and owns freshman season records for points, field goals made and free throws attempted. Scott's teams won 38 games in his final two seasons, including a 19-9 mark in Southwest Conference play. He twice played in the National Invitation Tournament, including a win at Wisconsin in the 1993 event's opening round.
Following his playing career at Rice, he spent 14 years playing professionally, spanning five different countries. He was the USBL's leading scorer in 1996 with 29.8 points per game before moving to the NBA in 1997 with the Indiana Pacers. Scott also played in Greece, Italy, Poland and Spain, where he captured the Spanish National Championship in 2000. In all, Scott played 13 years with First Division-level European teams. He played in the 1994 Greek, 1997 Spanish and the 1998 and 2001 Italian All-Star Games. He was a first-team USBL member in 1997.
Lauren Shockley, Soccer -- 2005
The first player from the soccer program to be inducted into the Rice Hall of Fame, Lauren Shockley played goalkeeper for the Owls as a foundational player in the team's inaugural season in 2001 through her graduation after the 2004 season. She was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 2004 and also earned all-region and all-conference honors that season while leading the conference in goals-against average.
Shockley was a two-time team MVP and all-WAC honoree. She was also named to three WAC All-Academic Teams in consecutive years. She set program single-season records in 2004 for goalkeeper minutes played (1,988:44), wins (14), shutouts (13) and goals against (0.54).
For her career, Shockley holds the all-time mark for goals-against average (0.76) and her 19 shutouts stood as the top mark until this past season. She ranks third with 25 wins and fourth with 176 career saves.
2015 Hall of Fame Honorees
Guy Jackson, 1969 -- Distinguished R
A baseball letterman in the 1960s, Guy Jackson has played an integral role in a number of large projects on the Rice campus over the past several decades as a member of Jackson & Ryan Architects. He has contributed to the construction of Fox Gym and Reckling Park, both in the initial phase and the 2003 addition. He helped with the development of the proposed master plan for Rice Stadium renovations as well as the Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center and upcoming facilities for soccer and track and field.
Dr. Eva Lee -- Honorary R
In conjunction with Dr. Hally Beth Poindexter, she worked to establish women's intercollegiate athletics at Rice. She came to Rice in 1969 as a physical education instructor and embarked on a 40-year career on campus. In 2000, she was awarded Professor Emeritus status. She continues to be active with the Women's Athletics Advisory Board. In an era with few opportunities for women to compete on the intercollegiate or even intramural level, Dr. Lee volunteered her time organizing and coaching the first women's sports teams. For her efforts, the top Rice performer in women's track and field each season receives the Eva Jean Lee Award.
Dr. Hally Beth Poindexter -- Honorary R
In conjunction with Dr. Eva Lee, she worked to establish women's intercollegiate athletics at Rice. The 1947 Rice graduate spent nearly 20 years as the chair of the Department of Kinesiology. During her tenure, she managed club sports -- now intramurals -- and maintained the care and use of the gym and facilities. In an era with few opportunities for women to compete on the intercollegiate or even intramural level, Dr. Poindexter volunteered her time organizing and coaching the first women's sports teams. For her efforts, Rice's most outstanding volleyball player receives the Hally Beth Poindexter Award each season.
Tommy Reckling, 1954 -- Distinguished R
A three-year baseball letterman as a third baseman, Reckling graduated from Rice in 1954. After two years serving his country in the Marines, he entered the investment business in Houston when he joined the firm of Harris Upham & Co. His accomplishments in the investment field attracted Schneider, Burnet, & Hickman to later appoint him founding manager of their Houston office. He was co-owner of R&R Distributing Company of Brownsville, Texas, which distributed Coors for Cameron and Hildigo County and also served on board of the North Side State Bank in Houston. He remained active in various charitable activities as well as youth baseball and basketball. In 1999 his support of Rice led to the construction of Reckling Park, heralding the dawn of a golden age of Rice Baseball and the creation of one of the nation's finest collegiate baseball facilities. The Reckling name was prominent on the field from 2009-12 as Tommy's grandson, Matthew, was a second-team All-American honoree and the 2012 C-USA Pitcher of the Year for the Owls.
Stephen Trauber, 1984 -- Distinguished R
Since his time as a men's basketball letterman in the 1980s, Stephen Trauber has been an ardent supporter of Rice Athletics and a fixture in the Houston community. In addition to his contributions to Rice -- which includes support for the Tudor Fieldhouse project -- he has worked to raise millions of dollars for non-profit organizations and serves in a variety of roles with various organizations. Across campus, Trauber is an overseer of the Jones Graduate School of Management and has served as a Brown College associate. Trauber also sponsors and coaches Houston's top-ranked AAU basketball team, which has won multiple national championships under his leadership.