HALL OF FAME HONOREES
CLASS OF 2009
Dylann Duncan Ceriani was a star for Skyline High School and a two-time All-American for Brigham Young, leading the Cougars to a No. 1 national ranking in 1986, and earning a prestigious NCAA Top Six award as a scholar-athlete. She was the first BYU women’s athlete to earn that distinction. Ceriani also was a Class 4A MVP in basketball for Skyline. During her four-year BYU career as a middle blocker, Ceriani became a two-time All-American. She broke the American Volleyball Coaches Association career kill record for all NCAA divisions (2,188). For perspective, that’s roughly the number of kills a collegiate team registers during a season.
Todd Christensen was an All-America fullback for Brigham Young, and moved to tight end in the NFL, becoming a five-time All-Pro selection and appearing in two Super Bowls, while twice leading the NFL in receptions. Christensen was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and made his name as a tight end with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, playing for the franchise for 10 seasons. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection. Christensen’s most productive year was in 1986 when he caught 95 passes for 1,153 yards and eight touchdowns. He later became a network broadcaster for NFL and college football and was a longtime Utah resident.
Bruce Hurst pitched for Dixie High School and became a first-round draft choice of the Boston Red Sox, winning 86 games for the team, plus two victories in the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets. He would have been named the MVP of the Series, with ballots having been collected, but the Red Sox lost Game 6 in extra innings and the Mets went on to win the championship. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2004 after also pitching in the major leagues for San Diego, Colorado and Texas during his 15-year career. He struck out 1,689 batters while posting a 145-113 record and a 3.92 ERA. Hurst produced three 15-win seasons.
Frank Layden was named both the NBA Coach of the Year and “Executive of the Year” in 1984, when the Utah Jazz won their first Midwest Division title and claimed a first-playoff series. The team retired No. 1 in his honor in December 1988, when he retired after coaching the team after eight seasons, having won two more playoff series. Layden started the Jazz’s run of 20 consecutive playoff appearances from 1984-2003. He continued to work for the franchise and later became the coach of the WNBA’s Utah Starzz. The New York native became a fixture as a longtime Utahn, promoting charitable causes and supporting the arts and other civic endeavors.
Pat Miller was a national junior cross country champion and a member of the U.S. Nordic combined team before becoming the University of Utah’s coach for 32 years, winning eight NCAA team championships in a sport that combined men’s and women’s scores to determine the winner. He worked with 251 All-Americans and 10 Olympic skiers. In a glorious six-year run in the 1980s, the Utes recorded five victories and a second-place finish at nationals. His own coach, Fort Lewis College’s Dolph Kuss, once described Miller as “better than John Wooden,” figuring all those combined titles should be doubled.
CLASS OF 2008
Chick Hislop graduated from Ben Lomond High School in Ogden and earned degrees from Weber State and Utah State before serving as WSU’s track coach from 1968-2006, working with 52 All-Americans and becoming the National Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1991. Hislop coached Ben Lomond to two state wrestling titles. In 1996, he became the first Utah native selected as a coach for any Olympic sport when he coached U.S. distance runners in Atlanta. Hislop is considered one of the foremost experts in coaching steeplechase runners, establishing a tradition of success in that race with Weber State men and women.
Gordon Jolley played for Granite High School and the University of Utah, where he was an All-Conference offensive lineman in 1971, before spending seven years in the NFL with Detroit and Seattle. He was a longtime assistant football coach for Dixie College in the school’s junior college era and took two baseball teams to the JuCo national tournament. Jolley starred in football, basketball and baseball at Granite and turned down basketball scholarship offers to play football for Utah. He initially played tight end and defensive end for the Utes, before finding a home at offensive tackle. After his NFL career, he coached in Utah high schools before moving to Dixie.
Jeff Lowe, an Ogden High School graduate, is credited with some 1,000 first ascents of rock and ice peaks around the world, and was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1978 as the greatest ice climber of his era. By age 7, he had climbed Grand Teton Peak with his father. Lowe wrote three books about rock climbing and organized the first World Cup sport climbing competition in the United States in 1988, held at Snowbird. He also was a driving force behind the development of the Ogden Climbing Park. Lowe received honorary memberships in the American and British Alpine Clubs for his climbing achievements, contributions to the climbing community and vision.
Lori Parrish Salvo competed for Davis High School and the University of Utah, where she was an All-American in basketball in 1978 and ’79, and an all-conference performer in volleyball and track and field. She was among the finalists for the 1979 Wade Trophy, awarded to the country’s top female college athlete. In 1999, Sports Illustrated ranked her among Utah’s Top 50 Athletes of the Century. Salvo became a longtime high school coach and was inducted into the Utah Summer Games Foundation Hall of Honor in 2000 and was the first woman selected to the State of Utah Basketball Hall of Fame.
Debra Stark, who earned degrees from Weber State and Southern Utah, competed in the 1972 Olympics in all four gymnastics events as the U.S. women’s team finished fourth in Munich. Stark became Brigham Young’s coach, leading the Cougars to three top 10 finishes nationally. She also carried the Olympic torch twice in advance of the Games in the United States. She has the distinction of being the first American woman to compete against Nadia Comaneci. Stark was a longtime president of the Utah Olympians Association, while working as an elementary school teacher in Heber City. She competed as a gymnast in 49 states and 39 countries.
CLASS OF 2007
David Harkness played for Brighton High School, winning three state singles titles, and Brigham Young, where he was a two-time All-American and won two conference championships. Harkness went unbeaten in three years at Brighton. His BYU career included two Western Athletic Conference singles titles, two Player of the Year awards and two conference team championships. He won the Jon Van Nostrand award, presented nationally to a tennis player for exemplary leadership, sportsmanship and performance, and was a two-time All-American. Harkness then pursued a professional career on the ATP Tour, earning world rankings in singles and doubles.
McDonald attended Jordan High School and the University of Utah before joining the U.S. Ski Team and competing in the 1964 Olympics as an Alpine skier, finishing 21st in the women’s downhill event in Innsbruck, Austria. She was a member of the national team for four years and was the first female Utah native to ski in the Olympics, after winning a U.S. Junior National title in 1960 and finishing second in a Senior Nationals race. McDonald served as director of the Intermountain Ski Association for three years and was inducted into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame in 2007. McDonald later pursued competitive tennis and marathon running.
Terry Nish graduated from West High School and launched an auto racing career of more than 50 years, highlighted by a world-record run of 338 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1997. His three sons also broke world records in the car, as the Nishes earned the title of “The World’s Fastest Family.” Nish was captain of the USA Racing Team that went unbeaten in South Africa from 1974-78. He also teamed with his three sons on a U.S. team that beat South Africa in an eight-week series in 1983. Nish was inducted into the Dry Lakes Hall of Fame in California in 1982. As of 2007, Nish Motorsports had set 28 world records over a 20-year period.
Phil Odle was a three-time all-conference player for Brigham Young, leading the nation in receiving in 1967 before joining the Detroit Lions. The former Marine completed his career with 183 catches for 2,548 yards and 25 touchdowns, all Western Athletic Conference records. At the time, his reception total ranked No. 2 in NCAA history. Teaming with quarterback Virgil Carter, he was instrumental in the Cougars’ first WAC championship in 1965. He was also invited to play in every post-season collegiate game and elected to participate in the East-West Shrine Game, Hula Bowl and Coach’s All-American Game. The Lions drafted Odle in the fifth round and he played three seasons in the NFL.
Dave Schulthess became Brigham Young’s first sports information director in 1952, and held the position for 37 years, becoming a founder of the influential College Sports Information Directors of America and serving as its president in 1980. The BYU graduate was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 1979. Throughout his career, he helped publicize 250 All-Americans and 13 Academic All-Americans and promoted Cougar football teams that played in 11 consecutive bowl games. In the reams of copy Schulthess has written, he publicized men’s basketball teams with a record of 615-434 and football teams with a record of 229-176-3.
CLASS OF 2006
Wilbur Braithwaite coached at his alma mater, Manti High School, for more than 50 years, winning 534 basketball games in 37 seasons and collecting 11 state tennis titles. He won a 1966 state championship in basketball and finished second three times. He coached tennis for 53 years, winning 11 state titles. Braithwaite was inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and in 2006 he became the first Utahn to receive the National High School Sports Federation’s Award of Merit. He also carried the torch in advance of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Manny Hendrix was an all-conference basketball player for the University of Utah, and then signed with the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL, playing five seasons as a defensive back after not playing college football. Hendrix was a four-year starter for the Utes and led the team to the 1986 NCAA Tournament. With the Cowboys, he made more than 300 tackles in five seasons and intercepted two passes. Hendrix returned to the University of Utah, working as a senior associate athletic director for development. That role includes maintaining relationships with former Ute athletes who have made major financial contributions to the athletic department.
Allen Jacobs was an all-conference fullback for the 1964 University of Utah team that won the Liberty Bowl over West Virginia in a famous game played indoors in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He won an NFL championship with the Green Bay Packers and spent two seasons with the New York Giants before becoming Westminster College’s coach from 1970-79. Jacobs once described Packers coach Vince Lombardi as “the only person that really terrified me.” But he also said in the same interview, “If I’ve got any claim to fame, it’s that I played for Vince Lombardi.” With the Giants, he carried the ball 77 times for 273 yards and one touchdown in 1966.
Brad Pearce was a highly ranked junior player who competed for Timpview High School and UCLA. In 1990, he reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in singles. Pearce once was the No. 2 ranked junior player in the United States and the No. 5 player in the world. As a UCLA athlete, he was a two-time All-American in singles and doubles and captained the Bruins to the NCAA semifinals. Pearce played for the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1990 after competing in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, where he was unseeded but won four matches before losing to Ivan Lendl in a competitive, four-set match. Pearce became the Brigham Young men’s tennis head coach in 2004.
Glen Smith starred for Granite High School and the University of Utah, becoming one of five players named to the Collier’s All-America team in 1951 and once scoring 39 points against Brigham Young and 33 against Ohio State. He averaged nearly 16 points in three varsity seasons in a low-scoring era of college basketball. A magazine profile once described Smith as “an amazing ambidextrous hooker” with his inside shots and added, “Outside, he is deadly with flat shots.” Smith was the school’s No. 1 all-time scorer with 1531 points upon his graduation and was inducted into Utah’s Crimson Club Hall of Fame in 1990.
CLASS OF 2005
Elaine Michaelis was the Brigham Young women’s coach for 40 years, never having a losing season and taking the Cougars to the 1993 NCAA Final Four while winning total of 886 matches. The graduate of Bear River High School and BYU had a 28-year run of 20-win seasons. She continued to serve BYU as an athletic administrator. Michaelis was named the 2002 U.S. Olympic Committee Coach of the Year and in 2003 was inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 2005, BYU named the Smith Fieldhouse volleyball court in Michaelis’ honor. She also has been recognized by the Mountain West and West Coast Conferences.
Doug Palazzari led the Salt Lake Golden Eagles to Adams Cup championships in 1980 and ’81, and went on to play 108 games in the NHL before becoming the executive director of USA Hockey. Nicknamed “Pizza,” he brought national acclaim to minor-league hockey in Utah by being named The Hockey News Player of the Year in 1978 and ’79. The publication also recognized him as the greatest player in Central Hockey League history in its 50th anniversary issue in 1997. Palazzari played in 108 games for the St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League and was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.
Track and Field
Amy Palmer competed for Grantsville High School and Brigham Young, where she was a six-time All-American in the shot put and the hammer throw, before finishing eighth in the hammer in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Palmer won 11 Western Athletic Conference titles in the shot put and the hammer. Her BYU Hall of Fame biography pointed out how as a freshman in high school, she was aware only that “track” consisted of running events. A family friend suggested that she try throwing events and she ended up winning 10 Utah state titles and a scholarship to BYU. She finished second in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials and also competed in 2004.
Paul Ream was instrumental in the development of the Great American Indian Shootout benefit golf event, and with his wife, Ruby, made major financial contributions to the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation’s scholarship program as a longtime benefactor. The former Provo High School football player built Reams grocery stores into a Utah fixture and was driven to give back to the community. He teamed with golf legend Johnny Miller to help Native Americans through the annual golf tournament and was proud of his contributions to improving their lives. Ream was known as a “champion of the underdog,” coming from humble beginnings in the Depression.
John Robison graduated from Granite High School and the University of Utah, and officiated high school, college and pro football games for 33 years, working an AFC championship game and a national championship game. Robison spent 11 years in the NFL and later returned to the college level, working the 2003 title game. Robison was a baseball and basketball player at Granite. Although he did not play high school football, he quickly developed a feel for the game as a high school coach and moved into officiating. In addition to his football work on weekends, he served as a teacher and coach at various schools in Davis County before moving into the district office.
CLASS OF 2004
Ken Hunt played baseball and basketball at Ogden High School before signing with the Cincinnati Reds and becoming the National League’s Rookie Pitcher of the Year in 1961, when he posted a 9-10 record and 3.96 ERA and four complete games. The right-hander was especially effective in the first half of the season, going 8-3 with a 2.73 ERA in his first 14 starts. He appeared in the World Series against the New York Yankees that season, pitching a hitless inning. Hunt later earned a degree from Brigham Young University and became Morgan High School’s basketball coach. He was a two-time Coach of the Year in Class 2A.
Carl McGown coached the Brigham Young men’s volleyball program to national championships in 1999 and 2001, and was an assistant coach for six U.S. teams in the Olympics. The BYU graduate launched the Cougar men’s program in 1990 and compiled a 205-131 record in 13 seasons. His 1999 team went 30-1. In 2000, he was named an All-Time Great Coach by USA Volleyball. He won two NCAA Coach of the Year awards. “Carl was a coaching icon in the volleyball community and was recognized worldwide as one of the very best teachers, strategist and innovators the sport has ever known,” said BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe.
Gary Pullins was a captain of the Brigham Young team that played in the 1968 College World Series and became the school’s longtime coach. Pullins batted .341 for the Cougars and moved into the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization, playing for famed Ogden team that featured several future stars. As the Cougars’ coach, he posted a 913-462 record, with seven Western Athletic Conference championships and nine NCAA Tournament appearances in 24 years. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Pullins’ 1983 team won 25 consecutive games and earned the school’s only No. 1 ranking.
Alfred Pupunu played for South High School, Dixie State College and Weber State before helping the San Diego Chargers reach the Super Bowl as their starting tight end in 1995. In the AFC championship game vs. Pittsburgh, he was named the Offensive Player of the Game for the Chargers after catching a 43-yard touchdown pass that helped his team rally from an early deficit. He led Division I-AA in receptions as a Wildcat senior and earned All-America recognition. In recognition of his Dixie College exploits, Pupunu was inducted into the National Junior College Hall of Fame. He later pursued a college football coaching career.
Danny Vranes was a McDonald’s All-American for Skyline High School and an All-American for the 1981 University of Utah team that reached the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. He played seven seasons in the NBA for Philadelphia and Seattle, making the league’s All-Defensive team in 1985. Bernie Bickerstaff, his coach in Seattle, once labeled him a “consummate professional” for his defensive work. His best offensive season came in 1983-84 when he averaged 8.4 points in 80 games for the Sonics. Vranes would have played in the 1980 Olympics, but the USA boycotted the Games in Moscow. He led Skyline to the 1976 and ’77 Class 4A state championships.
CLASS OF 2003
Paul Cummings earned five All-American citations as a Brigham Young runner, winning the mile in the 1974 NCAA meet, and made the 1984 U.S. Olympic team. After completing his college careers as one of the Cougars’ most decorated runners, he posted an American record in the indoor 1,500 meters in 1979. He broke the American record in the 15K road race in 1983 and was named to the Olympic team for the 10K. In 1987, Cummings held the world record in the half-marathon. Clarence Robison, BYU’s legendary track coach, once described Cummings as “a great performer (with) great courage. He’s a tenacious, fierce competitor.”
Dane Iorg won the World Series as an outfielder with St. Louis in 1982 and Kansas City in 1985 after earning All-American honors for Brigham Young’s l971 team that played in the College World Series. He was a consensus All-American for the Cougars and played parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues for Philadelphia, St. Louis, Kansas City and San Diego. His lifetime batting average was .276 in 743 games. Iorg’s best season came in 1981, when he hit .327 for the Cardinals in 75 games. In ’82, he went 9 for 17 at the plate in the World Series vs. Milwaukee with four doubles and one triple. Glen Tuckett, his former BYU coach, likes to say Iorg “invented the line drive.”
Megan McCunniff led the University of Utah to four national championships and won three individual titles in her gymnastics career, while earning the Broderick Award in l984 as the country’s top female gymnast. She married Greg Marsden and assisted him with the Ute gymnastics program, as they eventually became co-head coaches. She has remained an instrumental part of one of the school’s most successful and consistent sports in the athletic department. Her own competitive record could have earned her induction into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame by itself, and the same could be said of her performance in a coaching role.
Bill Spencer made the 1964 U.S. Olympic team in the biathlon after attending South High School and becoming an All-American skier for the University of Utah. He won the 30-kilometer cross country race in the U.S. National meet in 1965 and won both the 1966 U.S. and Canada National Biathlon championships. Spencer became the shooting coach for the 1976 U.S. Olympic biathlon team, worked as the team leader for U.S. biathlon contestants in the 1984 Olympics and was a biathlon official in the 1988, 1994 and 1998 Olympics. He was coordinator of the National Guard Bureau Biathlon Program from 1977-84 and U.S. Biathlon Association coach and development coordinator from 1984-94.
Ann Valentine produced a 427-175 record in 24 years as the Brigham Young women’s coach, with her teams earning Top 10 rankings 12 times. She was named the 1995 NCAA Coach of the Year. Other awards include the Utah Hall of Honor (1996), the BYU Hall of Fame (1999), the National Tennis Hall of Fame (2002), BYU’s Dale Rex Award for amateur athletics (2003) and the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame (2003) in her home state. In 1995 she stepped down as women’s tennis coach to become associate director of women’s athletics and she helped produce the funds and facilities to aid BYU’s existing teams and help the school add women’s soccer and softball.
CLASS OF 2002
Bob Mosteller became a renowned power hitter in fastpitch softball after pitching for Brigham Young’s baseball team. He posted a 12-0 pitching record in 1961 as a BYU senior and was voted the team MVP. He became a softball All-American in 1965 as the second Utahn so honored. Mosteller’s career continued long afterward, as a 1977 newspaper story told of his pitching battle with Vaughn Alvey, another Utah Sports Hall of Fame inductee. Softball was his family’s sport, growing up in eastern Washington. Mosteller’s sister, Betty Blackburn, was considered a pioneer of women’s fastpitch and played with her two daughters until age 55.
F.D. Robbins graduated from Olympus High School and was an All-American at the University of Utah, before becoming the school’s successful tennis coach. His teams won four conference championships during his 27-year Ute tenure and also was the head tennis pro at the Sports Mall for 13 years. Robbins’ playing career included three appearances in the U.S. Open, and he once advanced to the third round. He won four national junior titles and was a member of the U.S. Jr. Davis Cup team. At Utah, Robbins won the National Collegiate Indoor Championships singles title and was a two-time All-American, reaching the NCAA quarterfinals.
Dick Rosetta was a Salt Lake Tribune sportswriter for 39 years, and in 1999 became the fifth Utahn inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame. He also was honored in the Utah High School Activities Association Circle of Fame and was inducted into the Utah Summer Games Hall of Honor. He carried the Olympic torch in Salt Lake City in 2002. Rosetta was known for his commitment to cover the entire state of Utah, profiling athletes of all ages from youth to professional sports and never lost his love for high school athletics. He developed close ties with athletes and coaches that enabled him to tell stories and serve his readership.
Tom Steinke earned All-America honors as a Brigham Young player in 1957, and enjoyed success as a Westminster College coach, teacher and administrator. The West Jordan product played in the East-West College All-Star Game. Steinke was inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame and was awarded the State of Utah Distinguished Service Medal. At BYU, he is remembered as a fan favorite, known for his fade away jump shot. He scored 511 points in the 1956-57 season, leading the Skyline Conference and being named the league’s Player of the Year. Steinke also played shortstop on BYU’s baseball team and started his coaching career as a Cougar basketball assistant.
Brady Walker played in the NBA for the Providence Steam Rollers, Boston Celtics and Baltimore Bullets after graduating from Brigham Young in 1948. More than 50 years later, he tied the national age-group record in the high jump. Walker’s college career was interrupted by World War II, then he returned to BYU and starred in basketball and track and field. In a meet at Utah State, he once won the shot put, discus, javelin and hammer events. In the NBA, Walker played for three teams over four seasons, accounting for 228 games. His best year came in 1950-51, when he averaged 7.5 points and 6.6 rebounds in 49 games for Baltimore.
CLASS OF 2001
Vaughn Alvey, a graduate of Olympus High School and the University of Utah, pitched 57 no-hitters and 22 perfect games in his fastpitch career, while earning All-America or All-World honors seven times. Alvey pitched for two U.S. teams in the Pan-American games, bringing home silver medals in 1983 (Caracas, Venezuela), and in 1987 (Indianapolis, Ind.). He also competed in the 1986 and 1993 Olympic Sports Festivals. Alvey also enjoyed considerable success as the Alta High School girls softball coach, winning eight state championships and having the school’s field named for him, before becoming Brigham Young’s pitching coach.
Glenn Hubbard played 12 seasons in the major leagues with Atlanta and Oakland as a second baseman after earning eight varsity letters at Ben Lomond High School in Ogden. Hubbard appeared in the Major League All-Star Game in 1983, when he batted .263 with 14 home runs and 70 RBIs for the Braves. He was known as an outstanding defensive player, especially adept at turning a double play, and was an excellent bunter. Hubbard played for the A’s in a losing effort in the 1988 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He later became the Braves’ first base coach, working on manager Bobby Cox’s staff from 1999-2010.
Dale Murphy was the National League MVP in 1982 and ’83 as an Atlanta outfielder, and hit 398 home runs in his 18-year career. He attended Brigham Young University during his pro baseball offseasons, and later moved to Highland, Utah. As an outfielder, Murphy won four consecutive National League Silver Slugger awards, given to the best hitter at each position, and also earned five Golden Glove awards in a row for his defensive play. His exemplary work on and off the field was recognized by the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, the Robert Clemente Award, the Bart Giamatti Community Service Award and his induction into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.
Richie Stephen spent the last five years of his fastpitch career with Utah’s FMA Roadrunners after winning national and world titles with a California team. Stephen overcame polio as a teenager to become one of the world’s best pitchers, performing for premier teams around the country and being inducted into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame in 1979 as a resident of Mountain Green, Utah.
George Theodore played for the New York Mets in the 1973 World Series after competing for Skyline High School and the University of Utah. Nicknamed the “Stork,” the slender, 6-foot-4 Theodore was an All-Western Conference baseball player and also played basketball for the Utes for two years. The outfielder batted .259 for the Mets in ’73, although a collision in the outfield resulted in injuries that sidelined him for most of the second half of the season. He returned for the World Series and appeared in two games as the Mets lost to Oakland. Theodore played one more season for the Mets before launching a career as an elementary school counselor.
CLASS OF 2000
Ron Boone helped the Utah Stars win the 1971 ABA championship while establishing a pro basketball record of 1,041 consecutive games played between the ABA and the NBA. Boone played for the Utah Jazz in the NBA franchise’s first two seasons in Salt Lake City. In all, the Idaho State product played 13 seasons of pro basketball with a career scoring average of 16.8 points. Boone averaged 25.2 points for the Stars in 1974-75, the team’s last full season in Utah, and was a four-time ABA All-Star. Boone later became a Jazz team broadcaster, working in radio and television as the analyst with longtime announcer Hot Rod Hundley.
Bruce Hardy, a Bingham High School graduate, made the cover of Sports Illustrated as a multisport prep athlete and went on to play for Arizona State and the Miami Dolphins as a tight end. Hardy was a starter in two Super Bowls and played 12 seasons for the Dolphins from 1978-89, appearing in 151 games. Although he played in an NFL era when tight ends were used primarily as blockers, he caught 256 passes for 2,455 yards and 25 touchdowns. At Bingham, Hardy was instrumental in the Miners’ winning consecutive state championships in both basketball and baseball in 1973 and ’74, as one of Utah’s best-ever high school athletes.
Ron was an All-America defensive end for Weber State after playing for Clearfield High School and Dixie College in the 1960s. McCall played for Coach Sark Arslanian at both Dixie and Weber State. With the Wildcats, he was a defensive anchor of teams that posted records of 8-1 and 6-3. As a senior in 1966, he repeated as an All-Big Sky Conference selection and was named an AP All-American. He was voted the outstanding defensive player in the East-West Shrine Game and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round, becoming one of the first Wildcats to be selected. McCall played two seasons for the Chargers.
Don Reddish coached the University of Utah swim team for 37 years, winning 19 conference titles and becoming president of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. His influence is celebrated on the campus with the annual presentation of the Don Reddish Award to the athletic department’s most outstanding coach in sports other than football, basketball and gymnastics. Reddish also served as an assistant athletic director for most of his coaching tenure, which ran from 1949-90 with an interruption during the Korean War. The Utes won Western Athletic Conference titles in the league’s first year of 1963 and in Reddish’s last season of 1990.
Ralph Roylance, a graduate of North Cache High School, became Utah State University’s first All-American in track and field as a javelin thrower. His 239-foot best was among the top marks in the world in the 1949 NCAA meet, as he finished third. Roylance also played two years of football for the Aggies, having enrolled in the school after serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Roylance played 15 seasons for the Smithfield Blue Sox, an iconic amateur baseball team in Cache Valley. He mostly pitched for the Blue Sox, recording four no-hitters. He also competed as a skier and as a Utah Summer Games record-setting senior athlete.