HALL OF FAME HONOREES
CLASS OF 2016
Jon M. Huntsman is Founder and Executive Chairman of Huntsman Corporation, a global manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals.
Forty years ago, Mr. Huntsman began a small entrepreneurial plastics packaging business. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in >>Read More<<
Born in Brigham City, Devin Durrant spent part of his childhood in Kentucky before his family moved back to Provo, where he became a highly productive basketball player in high school and college on his way to the NBA.
Devin led Provo to a 26-0 record and the Class 3A state championship, making 17 of 25 shots from the field and scoring 38 of his team’s 52 points in the title game in Ogden. He was named a McDonald’s All-American and played in all-star games around the country, including Read More>>>
A graduate of Bingham High School and Weber State University, Farley Gerber became an NCAA champion and world-class runner in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Farley 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. Read More>>>
A graduate of Cottonwood High School and Utah State University, Annette Cottle was a national player of the year in collegiate volleyball and remained a high-level player for many years afterward.
Annette initially played for BYU, helping the Cougars reach the AIAW Final Four under coach Elaine Michaelis, then transferred to USU because of her association with Aggie co-coaches Mary Jo Peppler and Marilyn Read More>>>
As a Washington state native and Boise State University graduate, Elaine Elliott has ingrained herself as a Utahn for nearly 40 years.
Elaine’s impact with the University of Utah women’s basketball program qualifies as historic. In four years as an assistant coach and 27 years as head coach, she helped make the Utes a regional power and a national fixture in the NCAA Tournament. Read More>>>
CLASS OF 2015
A graduate of Viewmont High School, Kelly Downs overcame long odds to become a major league pitcher as a 26th-round draft choice and eventually help the San Francisco Giants reach the World Series. Not many brothers from Utah attain the highest level of any sport, but Dave and Kelly Downs got there. Kelly turned down college scholarship offers to sign with Philadelphia, after helping Viewmont reach the state championship games in his junior and senior years.
Wayne Estes’ basketball exploits are legendary, and his untimely death as a Utah State University senior more than 50 years ago still resonates in Cache Valley and beyond. In his sophomore and junior years (freshmen were ineligible for varsity competition), the 6-foot-6 forward powered the Aggies to NCAA Tournament success by averaging 20.0 and 28.3 points, respectively. USU’s talent level dropped off in his senior season as the team relied more on Estes, who averaged 33.7 points. In a December tournament in Hawaii, Estes poured in a school-record 52 points in a loss to Boston College, coached by Bob Cousy, who marveled about him.
A graduate of Bonneville High School, Ed Eyestone became a four-time NCAA champion in track and field and cross country for Brigham Young University. The two-time Olympian won 10,000- meter titles in the 1984 and ’85 NCAA track meets, triumphed in the 5,000 meters in the ’85 championships and took the cross country victory in ’84. He’s one of only three runners to have won 5K, 10K and cross country championships at the NCAA level.
A product of Springville High School, Scott Mitchell became a record-setting quarterback for the University of Utah and went on to a successful NFL career, primarily with the Detroit Lions. Scott 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.
A product of Wasatch High School in Heber City, Cael Sanderson became a legendary collegiate wrestler, Olympic champion and highly successful coach. Cael will forever be remembered for compiling a 159-0 record in four years as an Iowa State wrestler. Sports Illustrated named that performance the No. 2 most outstanding achievement in college sports history. His final win in the 2002 NCAA Championships was listed among the NCAA’s “25 Defining Moments” in the organization’s centennial celebration. In posting records of 39-0, 40-0, 40-0 and 40-0, Cael became the first freshman to win the Most Outstanding Wrestler award and backed it up with three more such awards in the national meet. He also earned three Dan Hodge Trophies as the nation’s best collegiate wrestler.
CLASS OF 2014
Elliss was instrumental in the growth of the University of Utah’s football program as a defensive linemen for coach Ron McBride’s teams from 1991-94. In the 1995 NFL draft, he was 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.
She became one of the biggest stories of the 2014 Olympics in Russia, earning a silver medal in the women’s skeleton competition. A track and field athlete at Mountain View High School and Utah Valley University, she 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.
A graduate of Highland High School and the University of Utah, Summerhays overcame tremendous odds to make the Champions Senior 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 at age 60.
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. 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.
CLASS OF 2013
Casper, a longtime Utah County resident, won 51 tournament titles on the PGA Tour, including the 1959 and 1966 U.S. Opens and the 1970 Masters. Even so, he’s considered an underrated figure in golf history, overlooked in the discussion of the “Big Three” of his era: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player.
Fleming, a University of Utah alumnus, won five Super Bowls as a tight end with the Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins. He played for legendary coaches Vince Lombardi and Don Shula and was known mostly for his blocking ability, playing in an era when passing was a novelty. Fleming was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
Michele Fellows Lewis
Described by her husband, Chad, as “the best athlete in the family,” Lewis followed him into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame. She led BYU to the 1993 Final Four as an All-America outside hitter and was named the Western Athletic Conference player of the year. The Cougars posted an 84-12 record during her three seasons as a starting player.
McBride is credited with reviving the University of Utah’s football program as the Utes’ coach for 13 years, instrumental in restoring balance to the rivalry with BYU. A former Ute assistant, he returned to the campus in 1990 and led the Utes to six bowl games. As Weber State’s coach, he took the Wildcats to the FCS quarterfinals in 2008.
A graduate of Roy High School and BYU, McMahon delivered BYU’s first bowl victory with a last-second pass in the 1980 Holiday Bowl. He later became a first-round draft choice of the Chicago Bears and led the legendary 1985 team to a Super Bowl victory. McMahon also earned a Super Bowl ring with Green Bay.
CLASS OF 2012
Track and field
A graduate of Millard High School and BYU, George 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.
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.
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. He was a two-time NBA MVP, and an 11-time selection to the All-NBA first team.
Track and Field
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. Known for his finishing kick, Padilla was a two-time Olympian and later became the director of operation for the BYU track and field program.
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 and, like Malone, was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
CLASS OF 2011
Ausseresses, a Brighton High School graduate, was an All-American at the University of Utah in the 1980’s. She competed in the Pan American Games and the U.S. Olympic Festival before softball became an Olympic sport.
Johnson, 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. He spent 23 seasons as Jerry Sloan’s lead assistant with the Utah Jazz.
When he left the Utah Jazz in 2011 after 23 seasons as the team’s head coach, 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.
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. He has been inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Basketball and Volleyball
Williams, a Taylorsville High School graduate, was an All-American selection in two sports for UCLA in the 1990’s, 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.
CLASS OF 2010
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. He scored more than 20,000 points in his NBA career, and was the 1987 All-Star Game MVP as a Seattle forward.
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.
Tiffany Lott Hogan
Track and Field
Hogan competed for Pine View High School and Brigham Young, winning the NCAA indoor 55-meter hurdles and becoming a multi-event star, qualifying for the 2004 Olympics in the heptathlon.
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, he became Idaho State’s coach and won the 1981 NCAA Division 1-AA championship.
After competing for Davis High School and Weber State, Robinson became a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association “Rookie of the Year,” and then launched a successful career as a thoroughbred horse breeder, taking him to the Kentucky Derby.