HALL OF FAME HONOREES
CLASS OF 2017
Spencer F. Eccles
Skiing & Contributor
The Utah Ski Archives newsletter once quoted Spencer F. Eccles as saying: “I’m an Ogden boy. I’m committed to sports and skiing in this state.” His credentials clearly show that. Skiing for Spence began in 1943 when he learned the sport at Snowbasin. He was a four-year letter winner for the University of Utah ski team, becoming an All-American in 1957. Eccles was instrumental in Salt Lake City securing the 2002 Winter Olympics and was named “Mayor” of the Olympic Village. He was accorded the Pierre de Coubertin Medaille, the IOC’s highest honor for Olympic service. He ranks among the all-time leaders in Utah’s philanthropic community.
Tom Holmoe came to Brigham Young University from California and became an All-WAC defensive back and a fourth-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers. Holmoe played seven seasons for the 49ers and earned three Super Bowl rings. He then worked as a graduate assistant to BYU coach LaVell Edwards. Another football legend, Bill Walsh, named him Stanford’s secondary coach. He later rejoined the 49ers as a defensive backfield coach, leading to his fourth Super Bowl ring. Holmoe was the University of California head football coach from 1997-2001 and then moved into athletic administration. He was named BYU’s athletic director in 2005.
CLASS OF 2016
Annette Cottle, a graduate of Cottonwood High School and Utah State University, was a national Player of the Year in collegiate volleyball and remained a high-level player for many years afterward. Cottle initially played for BYU, helping the Cougars reach the AIAW Final Four, then transferred to USU, leading the Aggies to the 1978 AIAW national championship. She would later go on to coach at both USU and University of Nevada, Reno. Cottle received the Broderick Award as the most outstanding player in the country for the ’78 USU team that finished 48-4-2, after winning its first 26 matches of the season.
Devin Durrant, a graduate of Provo High School and Brigham Young University, completed his college basketball career in 1984 with 2,285 points. He led Provo to the 1978 Class 3A state championship and was named a McDonald’s All-American. Durrant started every game of his BYU career, helping the Cougars earn three NCAA Tournament berths and win three Western Athletic Conference championships. The forward, who was born in Brigham City, was known for his remarkable scoring consistency. He was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the No. 25 NBA overall pick. Durrant also played for the Phoenix Suns before launching a European career.
Elaine Elliott, a Boise State graduate, coached the University of Utah women’s basketball team for 27 years, compiling a 582-234 record. In 20 of those seasons, her teams won 20-plus games. The Utes made 15 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including an Elite Eight run in 2005. Elliott’s team came within an overtime loss of reaching the Final Four, falling to Maryland. Elliott found success by signing and developing under-recruited players, establishing a Canadian pipeline that continues to provide a foundation for Utah’s program. After retiring from Utah, she assisted Westminster College’s team and enjoyed success in the NAIA national tournament.
Farley Gerber, a graduate of Bingham High School and Weber State University, became an NCAA champion and world-class runner in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Gerber maximized the coaching of steeplechase expert Chick Hislop of Weber State, developing into one of the best athletes not only in Wildcat history, but in the Big Sky Conference and the NCAA. For the conference’s 50-year observance in 2013, the Big Sky ranked Gerber No. 21 among the “50 Greatest Male Athletes.” In that NCAA meet in the track and field shrine of Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, Gerber outdueled the favored Julius Korir of Washington State.
Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, was recognized in the USHOFF’s newly created contributor category. He is a longtime benefactor of the University of Utah athletic program, as recognized by renaming of the basketball arena as the Jon M. Huntsman Center and the recent construction of the Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility. He also pioneered the annual Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George (1987) that annually draws over 11,000 competitors. Huntsman is recognized as one of the world’s biggest philanthropists, having founded the Huntsman Cancer Institute, among many other charitable pursuits.
CLASS OF 2015
Kelly Downs, a Viewmont High School graduate, pitched in the Major Leagues for eight years with San Francisco and Oakland. He appeared in the 1989 World Series with the Giants and was pictured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, carrying his nephew off the Candlestick Park field after the earthquake that hit San Francisco prior to Game 3. Downs’ best season came in 1988, when he posted a 13-9 record and 3.32 earned run average as a starting pitcher for the Giants. His career record was 57-53 in eight seasons in the Major Leagues. Downs was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 26th round out of Viewmont and advanced to the Triple-A level in his third professional season.
Wayne Estes, who died during his senior year of basketball at Utah State University in 1965, was posthumously named to All-America teams. He was averaging 33.7 points for the Aggies and had topped the 2,000-point mark in his three-year varsity career. Estes was the NCAA’s No. 2 scorer behind Rick Barry as a senior and the Los Angeles Lakers intended to draft him in the first round, in an era of NBA regional ties to college prospects. Utah State honored him in 2013 with the groundbreaking for the Wayne Estes Center, a facility designed for basketball practice and volleyball competition. An interactive tribute to Estes is featured in the entrance to the building.
Ed Eyestone, a Bonneville High School and Brigham Young University alumnus, won NCAA championships in cross country and in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters in track and field. He also competed in Olympic marathons in 1988 and ’92 and ran professionally for 15 years before moving into coaching and becoming BYU’s head coach. Eyestone is among only a few runners who have won 5K, 10K and cross country championships at the NCAA level. He was a two-time winner in the 10K race in ’84 and ’85. Eyestone was an Academic All-America and a recipient of the NCAA Top Six Award for athletic and academic success.
Scott Mitchell, from Springville High School and the University of Utah, played in 97 NFL games as a quarterback for Miami, Detroit, Baltimore and Cincinnati and making two playoff appearances with the Lions. He threw 69 touchdown passes in his time at Utah and is remembered for the Utes’ 57-28 win over BYU in 1988. Mitchell played three sports in high school and excelled as a pitcher and first baseman for Springville’s baseball team, but his talented left arm would lead him away from the diamond, to football’s highest level. His best year in the NFL was 1995, when he passed for 4,338 yards and 32 touchdowns for Detroit, leading the Lions into the playoffs.
Cael Sanderson from Wasatch High School, went 159-0 in four years as an Iowa State wrestler in what is considered one of the greatest achievements in college sports history. He also won a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, becoming one of a few Utah natives to become champions in the Summer Games. As Penn State’s coach, Sanderson won four consecutive NCAA wrestling titles from 2011-14, having joined the Nittany Lions after a highly successful three-year tenure at Iowa State. Sanderson was a four-time state champion at Wasatch, where his family helped the sport become a major part of the culture of the Heber Valley.
CLASS OF 2014
Luther Elliss was instrumental in the growth of the University of Utah’s football program as a defensive lineman for Coach Ron McBride’s teams from 1991-94. In the 1995 NFL draft, he became Utah’s first player in 24 years to be selected in the first round. Elliss played in 129 games over eight seasons for the Detroit Lions, recording 27 sacks and being selected to two Pro Bowl rosters. He finished his career with the Denver Broncos in his home state and later served as the team’s chaplain during a Super Bowl season before becoming a college football coach. Elliss also helped Judge Memorial Catholic High School win a state championship.
Noelle Pikus Pace became one of the biggest stories of the 2014 Olympics in Russia, earning a silver medal in an emotional performance in the women’s skeleton competition. The former track and field athlete at Mountain View High School and Utah Valley University finished fourth in the 2010 Olympics and initially retired, then made a comeback in what became a family adventure with her husband and two children. That background made her medalist achievement all the more meaningful, as she climbed into the stands to celebrate the moment with her family. In the 2014, Best of U.S. Awards, she was honored for the most memorable “Moment of the Games.”
Bruce Summerhays, a graduate of Highland High School and the University of Utah, overcame tremendous odds to make senior golf’s Champions Tour in 1995 as a former club professional and enjoyed a long, consistent career. He earned more than $9 million and won three tournament titles, while becoming one of the tour’s oldest winners in 2004 when he took the Kroger Classic championship at age 60. Summerhays is among few golfers who qualified for the senior circuit and thrived for more than a decade without previously having an extended career on the PGA Tour. He also won Utah’s Champions Challenge with his son Joseph.
Logan Tom, from Highland High School, is a four-time Olympic volleyball player as an outside hitter, with her first appearance coming in 2000 during her Stanford University career. In 2002, she repeated as the national Player of the Year and became only the third volleyball athlete in NCAA history to earn four All-America awards. Her U.S. Olympic teams earned silver medals in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London. At Highland, Tom was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 1999, becoming the first winner from Utah in any sport. She became the face of the USA women’s volleyball program as a determined competitor and loyal teammate.
CLASS OF 2013
Billy Casper, a longtime Utah resident, recorded 51 victories on the PGA Tour. He won the U.S. Open in 1959, and added another title in 1966 with a back-nine rally and a playoff defeat of Arnold Palmer. Casper also won the Masters in 1970. He also won nine events on the Champions Tour, including two major titles. Somewhat overshadowed during his career by the “Big Three” of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Palmer, Casper is recognized as one of the game’s all-time best putters and most gracious people. Casper won at least one tournament in every year from 1956-71. Nicklaus said Casper was “a fantastic player, and I don’t think he gets enough credit.”
Marv Fleming was an 11th-round draft choice from the University of Utah in 1963. He became the first NFL player to appear in five Super Bowls and won four world championships, two each with the Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins as a tight end, and also was part of an NFL title team in Green Bay prior to the Super Bowl era. Fleming played for the 1972 Dolphins who went 17-0. Playing in an era of pro football when tight ends were used primarily as blockers, he caught 157 passes in 162 games. He played for legendary coaches Vince Lombardi and Don Shula and was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
Michele Fellows Lewis played a big part in the greatest period in Brigham Young University volleyball history. In her final three seasons, the Cougars posted an 84-12 record with two Western Athletic Conference championships and the school’s first NCAA Final Four appearance. BYU reached the Final Four in 1993, when she was named a first-team All-American. Lewis was known for her leadership, making sure her teammates practiced and played consistently. She is part of the only husband-wife duo to be inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame, following football player Chad Lewis’ honor, and he considers her the family’s best athlete.
Ron McBride coached the University of Utah to a 10-2 record and a top-10 final ranking in 1994. He compiled an 88-64 record in 13 seasons with the Utes, while reviving the program and restoring balance to the rivalry with Brigham Young University. McBride is credited with establishing the foundation for a Ute program that went 12-0 in 2004 under Coach Urban Meyer and 13-0 in 2008 under Kyle Whittingham, formerly a longtime assistant to McBride. He also was instrumental in the development of Polynesian athletes as major contributors to Utah collegiate programs and became a mentor to many college and high school coaches.
Jim McMahon played multiple sports for Roy High School and then became a BYU quarterback from 1977-81, including a redshirt season in the middle of his career. He quarterbacked the Cougars to the Holiday Bowl’s “Miracle Bowl” victory over SMU in 1980, and earned first-team All-America honors as a senior. McMahon was drafted No. 5 overall by Chicago and led the 1985 Bears to a Super Bowl victory over New England, becoming one of the team’s iconic figures with his brash personality and competitive nature. McMahon earned another Super Bowl ring as a backup to Brett Favre with the Green Bay Packers during his 15-year pro career.
CLASS OF 2012
Richard George, an alumnus of Millard High School, BYU and the Harvard Graduate School of Business, set a world record for the javelin throw in his age group at 15 and is considered among the best all-around athletes in Utah high school history. He went on to win a national AAU competition during his college years and competed in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. George played football as a BYU freshman and also considered competing in college basketball before choosing to focus on track and field. George won a bronze medal at the World Games in Helsinki on a European tour following his sophomore year, then went on to place second at the NCAA finals and first at the AAU meet in his junior year.
Chad Lewis played at Orem High School and BYU, becoming an All-America tight end in 1996 when the Cougars posted a 14-1 record. As an undrafted free agent, Lewis signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and helped the team reach the Super Bowl in the 2004 season, while becoming a three-time Pro Bowl selection. The husband of 2013 inductee Michele Fellows Lewis, he came to BYU initially as a walk-on and became one of the top tight ends in college football. Lewis was instrumental in BYU’s 14-1 season in 1996, including a Cotton Bowl victory over Kansas State, and used his high-jumping ability from track and field to block five kicks in his Cougar career.
Malone played 18 seasons for the Utah Jazz and joined fellow 2012 inductee John Stockton in leading the team to two NBA Finals appearances. After one season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Malone retired in 2004 as the No. 2 scorer in NBA history, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He was a two-time NBA MVP, and an 11-time selection to the All-NBA first team. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame annually presents the Karl Malone Award to the top power forward in college basketball, honoring the Louisiana Tech product. Malone finished his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, appearing in the 2004 NBA Finals vs. Detroit. He was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2010.
Padilla excelled as a BYU distance runner and continued his career beyond college, as a 12-time U.S. national champion and holder of seven American records, notably in the indoor two-mile and 5,000-meter races. Padilla was a two-time Olympian and later became the director of operations for the BYU track and field program. He won the 1981 NCAA indoor two-mile crown when he out-kicked 1980 Olympic silver medalist Suleiman Nyambui to become the first American since 1972 to win an NCAA indoor distance race. From 1983-87, Padilla won five consecutive national indoor championships, four national outdoor championships, and two U.S. Olympic trials.
John Stockton played 19 seasons for the Utah Jazz and joined fellow 2012 inductee Karl Malone in leading the team to two NBA Finals appearances. Stockton retired in 2003 as the NBA’s all-time leader in assists and steals. Stockton was a 10-time NBA All-Star. Like Malone, he was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. Stockton joined Malone as a co-MVP of the 1993 NBA All-Star Game in Salt Lake City and his buzzer-beating shot in Game 6 at Houston in the 1997 Western Conference finals sent the Jazz to the NBA Finals for the first time. The Gonzaga graduate was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.
CLASS OF 2011
Annette Ausseresses, a Brighton High School graduate, was an All-American at the University of Utah in the 1980s. Her initial breakthrough was being named Brighton’s Athlete of the Year in 1981, an award that previously always had gone to a boy. She competed for gold medal-winning teams in the Pan American Games and in the U.S. Olympic Festival as a first baseman, before softball became an Olympic sport. As a Ute senior in 1985, Ausseresses played a major role in a seventh-place finish in the Women’s College World Series. At the time of her Hall of Fame selection, she followed Wilma Abrams Swenson and Fern Gardner as the third women’s softball player to be honored.
Phil Johnson, a former Utah State basketball player, coached Weber State to a 68-16 record, and was a three-time Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year before moving into the NBA. Johnson was a starter for two Utah State teams that played in the NCAA Tournament, while also excelling in track and field. He joined Dick Motta, his high school coach in Grace, Idaho, as a Weber State assistant to launch his coaching career. Johnson worked in the NBA for more than 40 years and was the Coach of the Year in 1975 with Kansas City. He spent 23 seasons as Jerry Sloan’s lead assistant with the Utah Jazz and was instrumental in building one of the league’s top teams in the 1990s.
When he left the Utah Jazz in 2011 after 23 seasons as the team’s head coach, Jerry Sloan ranked third in the NBA with 1,221 coaching victories, including 94 with Chicago. He coached the Jazz to two NBA Finals appearances, and four other times reached the Western Conference finals. He was a member of the Jazz staff for parts of 27 seasons and later became a consultant. In his self-effacing manner, Sloan often said, “I never thought I’d last a week,” but he was in charge of the Jazz for 1,153 weeks before walking away in February, 2011. He’s revered in the Midwest as an Illinois native, but settled in Utah after 33 years of coaching as a Beehive State legend.
Toole, who attended North Summit High School and Utah State, worked in the NFL for 19 seasons as a side judge. He officiated in two Super Bowls, five conference championship games and 11 other playoff games, plus a Pro Bowl. He has been inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame. Toole started his career by officiating junior high and intramural football games for $3 as a USU student. He worked college and pro games for 35 years in the Big Sky Conference and the Western Athletic Conference and then the NFL. His personal philosophy was based on the belief that “I had the courage to make the right call,” he said.
Natalie Williams, a Taylorsville High School graduate, was an All-American selection in two sports for UCLA in the 1990s, and was named the Pac-10’s Athlete of the Decade. She became a four-time WNBA All-Star and a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic basketball team that won the gold medal. Williams was named to the All-WNBA first team in 1999, 2000 and 2001 as a member of the Utah Starzz and in 2003 with the Indiana Fever. In volleyball, she was a four-time All-American for UCLA, winning NCAA championships in 1990 and ’91. Her Taylorsville teams won state titles in basketball and volleyball and she also won the long jump in the state track and field meet.
CLASS OF 2010
Tom Chambers starred for the 1981 University of Utah team that reached the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, and was a first-round draft choice of the San Diego Clippers, picked No. 8 overall. He scored more than 20,000 points in his NBA career and was the 1987 All-Star Game MVP as a Seattle forward, among his four All-Star appearances. Chambers played for six NBA teams, including two seasons with the Utah Jazz. He once was among only 20 NBA players to have scored 60 points in a game and was inducted into the Phoenix Suns’ Ring of Honor, while being credited with helping to revive the franchise in the late 1980s.
Mark Eaton was a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and an All-Star in 1989, becoming an intimidating presence in the league as a 7-foot-4 center for the Utah Jazz teams that were perennial playoff qualifiers. Eaton became an inspirational figure as a former auto mechanic who was discovered by a junior college basketball coach in southern California and later earned a scholarship to UCLA. He played sparingly as a Bruin, but the Utah Jazz drafted him in 1982 and he became a shot-blocking force. The Jazz retired his No. 53 jersey in 1996 and he has continued to live in Utah, pursuing business interests including restaurant ownership and corporate speaking.
Tiffany Lott Hogan competed for Pine View High School and Brigham Young, winning the NCAA indoor 55-meter hurdles and the outdoor heptathlon after becoming a multi-event star. Hogan narrowly missed qualifying for the U.S. team in the heptathlon in the 2000 Olympics, but then she made it in ’04 after becoming a mother. She was named the Female Athlete of the Year by Track and Field Magazine and later became a high school track coach. With her all-around skills, Hogan is considered one of the top female athletes the state has produced.
Dave Kragthorpe was an all-conference football and baseball player for Utah State, and was drafted by the NFL’s New York Giants in 1955. After coaching Brigham Young’s offensive line from 1970-79, and helping develop the Cougars’ passing game as a member of coach LaVell Edwards’ staff, he became Idaho State’s coach. The Bengals won the 1981 NCAA Division I-AA championship in his second season after he inherited a program with a 17-game losing streak. He later coached Oregon State’s team from 1985-90, going unbeaten against California in his tenure with the Beavers and earning the 1989 Pac-10 Coach of the Year award when OSU beat Cal, Stanford and UCLA.
After competing for Davis High School and Weber State, Lance Robinson became a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rookie of the Year in 1982 as a steer wrestler and then launched a successful career as a thoroughbred horse breeder, taking him to the Kentucky Derby. Robinson was a national all-around rodeo champion for Weber State, while also winning titles in calf roping and steer wrestling. He earned a gold medal in 1988 when rodeo events were contested on an exhibition basis in the Calgary Olympics. Robinson was a five-time qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo and a five-time all-around champion on the Wilderness Circuit.