Eight Broncos Named to Athletic Hall of Fame

Boise State has named eight standout Broncos to the newest class of the Athletic Hall of Fame. We salute quarterback Bart Hendricks, basketball star Roberto Bergersen, national champion wrestler Kirk White, tennis standout Wesley Moodie, track and field Olympian Jarred Rome, gymnast Johnna Evans, track star Abigail Ferguson and former University President Dr. John Keiser. Congratulations to all!

Quarterback Bart Hendricks, basketball star Roberto Bergersen, national champion wrestler Kirk White, tennis standout Wesley Moodie, track and field Olympian Jarred Rome, gymnast Johnna Evans, track star Abigail Ferguson and former University President Dr. John Keiser have been named to the Boise State Athletic Hall of Fame, Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier announced.

These eight great Broncos will be formally inducted into the Hall on September 26 at the Boise Centre on the Grove.  

            Bergersen played for the Bronco men's basketball team from 1996-99 and was named the 1999 Big West Conference Player of the Year.  He is a two-time first team All-Big West selection at forward, and was also named to the 1999 first team all-district team.  Bergersen averaged 17.3 points per game during his three seasons at Boise State.  Following his senior season, when he averaged 22.2 points per game, Bergersen was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks.  He is currently playing professional basketball in Europe.

            Evans walked on with the gymnastics team in 1994 and earned second team All-America honors after placing 13th all-around at the NCAA National Championships.  She was named Big West Conference Gymnast of the Year in both 1996 and 1998.  Evans also succeeded in the classroom, earning three academic All-Big West and National Coaches' Association National Scholar Athlete honors.  Following her senior year, Evans was named Idaho's NCAA Woman of the Year and received a NCAA post-graduate scholarship.

            Ferguson won 10 track and field conference championships from 1994-1997.  She captured six in the Big Sky Conference and four when Boise State joined the Big West.  She won no less than seven triple jump titles, two in the long jump and one as a member of the Broncos' 4x100-meter relay team.  Ferguson was named an All-American in 1997 after she placed eighth in the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

            Hendricks is one of the top quarterbacks in Boise State history, leading the Broncos from 1996-2000.  Bart was a finalist for the 2000 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the nation's top collegiate quarterback.  He was a two-time Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year.  In his senior year, Hendricks was the top quarterback in the country in passing efficiency with a rating of 170.6, touchdown passes with 35 and points responsible for averaging 22.9 per game.  Hendricks' career statistics are mind-blowing.  He completed 650-of-1,142 passes for 9.030 yards, 78 touchdowns and sported an efficiency rating of 139.0 

            Dr. Keiser served as President of Boise State from 1978 to 1991.  Some of the key events during his career leading the University were the Broncos' 1980 NCAA I-AA National Football Championship, the school's only two Rhodes Scholars and arranging the complex financial package that funded the BSU Pavilion (now Taco Bell Arena) which opened in 1982.  In the spring of 1991, Dr. Keiser began exploring the possibility of moving the Bronco athletic program to NCAA I-A football.  That event happened in 1996 when Boise State joined the Big West Conference and played its first season of I-A football. 

            Dr. Keiser, who retired from his position as President of Southwest Missouri State University in 2005, is the third former Boise State president to be inducted into the athletic hall of fame.  Dr. Eugene Chaffee, president from 1936-67, was inducted in 1984, and Dr. John Barnes, who served as president from 1967-77, was inducted in 1988.

            Moodie helped the Broncos to a national ranking of #2 in 1999, his first season at Boise State.  Moodie and playing partner Leif Meineke won All-America honors both seasons.  In 1999, the pair tied for third at the NCAA National Championships and finished eighth in 2000.  Moodie was named to the All-Big West team both seasons, leading Boise State to two straight Big West Championships.  Today, Moodie is a player of world-class talent and won the Wimbledon Gentlemen's Doubles Championship in 2005.

            Rome was a six-time All-American in the shot put and discus, more than any Bronco track and field athlete in school history.  He won three awards in both events from 1997 to 2000.  Jarred also was a three-time Big West champion in the discus.  Rome is now recognized as one of the top discus throwers in the world.  In 2004, Rome won the discus national championship and qualified for the Olympics in Athens, placing 14th in the preliminary round.  Rome is currently ranked fourth in the world.

 

 


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