Sept. 21, 2012
Former Rice Women's Track Coach Víctor Lopez, joins eight other sports greats in the Puerto Rico Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Induction is on October 7, at the Conrad Condado Plaza Hotel, in its traditional ceremony beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Lopez enters the hall with former Major League Baseball Players Juan González and Edgar Martínez, the three-time world boxing champion, Felix Trinidad, Miguel Rivera-Vargas who won two legs of the Horse Racing Triple Crown in 1974 as a jockey riding Little Current, Rafael Acosta, President of the World's Best 10K race, Rafael Bracero, a Sports Journalist with over 30 years on TV, Jesus Feliciano, one of the best amateur pitcher in Puerto Rico and "The Sharpshooter" Sammy Betancourt, once a record holder of consecutive free throws in the Puerto Rico Basketball League.
Víctor Lopez was head coach of the Owls from 1980-2005, produced 176 All-Americans and 18 national champions during his time at Rice. He won 10 conference championships while at Rice, and coached the only women's program at Rice that qualified for the NCAA championships and won a Southwest Conference championship.