The newly elected members, in alphabetical order, include: Bill Archer, who posted best dual meet wins record of any three-year wrestler in MU history; Kristina Behnfeldt, the only Marshall basketball player, man or woman, to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds while playing for MU Marshall women's Basketball from 1995-99; Bob Burgess, one of the great rebounding centers in Marshall men's Basketball history; Scott Davis, who helped MU to a 17th finish in the 1976 NCAA Golf Tournament, second-best in MU Golf history, and was All-Southern Conference; Linda Holmes, who played Volleyball and Badminton as a Marshall undergrad, then coached three sports and served as an assistant athletic director at MU for nearly a decade; and Roger Johnson, the leading tackler in Marshall Football history and two-time All-American. Brad Workman, who was elected as the "Old-Timer" (prior to 1950) candidate two weeks ago. He played football and baseball at Marshall from 1914-19.
These newly elected members will be inducted at the annual Hall Of Fame dinner during Homecoming/Letter-Winners Weekend on Friday, October 22 in the Marshall Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room. The dinner, which begins at 6:30 p.m. that evening, is $20 per person and tickets for the dinner can be purchased through the Marshall Athletic Ticket Office in the Cam Henderson Center (1801 Third Avenue, Huntington; call 304-696-HERD or 1-800 THE HERD). The Hall Of Fame members will participate in a ceremony to uncover new tiles in the Marshall Hall of Fame Café's "Walk of Fame," a tiled-corridor at the Thundering Herd-themed restaurant in Huntington that showcases each of MU's Hall Of Fame members, on the morning of Saturday, October 23. They will then be the guests of the Marshall M-Club at its tailgate at the M-Club Pavilion, located at the southwest corner of the West Parking Lot of the Joan C. Edwards Stadium before being introduced to the Homecoming game crowd before the kickoff of Marshall versus the University at Buffalo, in the annual game which starts at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
In addition to the new members listed here, there are two members who were elected last year that were unable to attend the induction ceremonies due to professional demands on that weekend. Hopefully, Mark Taylor, Marshall's all-time saves leader in men's soccer, and Bob Allen, the Herd's fourth-best rebounding player, can make the dinner and be inducted in 2004 into the Marshall Athletic Hall Of Fame. In addition, the Hall Of Fame committee (Sam Clagg, President; Joe Feaganes, Dot Hicks, Linda Holmes, Willard Hunter, Mickey Jackson, Ralph May, Keith Morehouse, Greg Rowsey and Woody Woodrum) are hopeful that someone related to Brad Workman can be located and attend the banquet in his honor. If you have information, please contact Woodrum at 304-523-8401, extension 121.
Here is a biography on each of the 2004 members, the 20th Anniversary Class since the first induction of Marshall greats back in 1984. As a side note, Jackie Hunt, who was recently elected for induction into the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall Of Fame in South Bend, Indiana, in August, was the first member elected to the Marshall Athletic Hall Of Fame way back in 1984.
Bill Archer – Wrestling, 1967-71. The ultra-successful wrestling coach of Huntington High School posted the best dual meet win mark of any three-year wrestler (before freshman eligibility was brought in the 1980's) in Marshall's program, which was contested by the Herd from 1950 through the early 1980's. Archer was 12-5-1 as a senior on a 6-10 Marshall team in 1970-71, after winning a state championship at Huntington High School. He was third among mid-western independent schools in the Mid-State Championships in Chicago in 1971, a meet of independent wrestling schools like the University of Chicago, the University of Cincinnati and Cleveland State University. Archer only wrestled one season in the Mid-American Conference (as a sophomore in 1968-69) and his three-year dual meet record is 45-10 at Marshall (46 wins in four seasons is the all-time wins mark). Since graduating from MU in 1971, he has returned to his high school alma mater and directed the Huntington High School wrestling program to 426 wins in matches against only 85 losses. He is the President of West Virginia Wrestling. Archer's teams have produced 25 state champions, 24 state runner-ups, 114 state-placing wrestlers and Huntington has won 23 of 33 WV Regional Tournaments. He was instrumental in moving the WV State Wrestling Tournament to Huntington and turning the meet into a financial and attendance success. Archer was the 1989 National High School Coaches Association "Coach of the Year" and twice WV State Coach of the Year. Archer coached his son, Rob, to state titles at Huntington before Rob became a Big Ten champion at Ohio State. Rob is now Bill's top assistant for the Highlander program. Archer is the sixth person from the MU wrestling program to be inducted into the MU HOF.
Kristina Behnfeldt – Women's Basketball, 1995-99. One of the greatest MU players, men or women, to suit up for the Thundering Herd and one of only eight Marshall players ever to have their number retired (number 42, making her the only female athlete besides fellow HOF member Karen Pelphrey to have their number set aside). She is the only MU player to ever score at least 2,000 points (2,117) and pull down 1,000 rebounds (1,101) in a career. Behnfeldt was a two-time GTE Academic All-American (3rd-1998; 1st-1999) and was first team All-Conference three of four years (Southern-1996 & 1997; MAC 1999, 2nd-1998) and was "Player of the Week" three times in the MAC and twice in the SC. She won the Dr. Dorothy Hicks Marshall Female Athlete of the Year in 1998 and 1999 and won the Donna Lawson Leadership Award (women's basketball most valuable player) 1997-98-99. Behnfeldt is Marshall's all-time leader in rebounds and free throws (728-888, 82%) and led the team in free throw attempts and ft made all four years. She is second all-time in points and field goals (664); third in field goals attempted (1,341) and three-point percentage (36.3%) and number ten in three-points goals made (61). Her 324 rebounds in a season is second-best ever and she also holds the third, fifth and tenth best seasons of rebounds; she has the fifth-best scoring season in school history (621 points, '98-99); and third best three-point shooting season (17-43, 39.5%). Behnfeldt set a school record with 23 rebounds against Kent State in 1998 and scored 40 points versus Ohio in 1999, the third best game ever. She was elected in her first year of eligibility for the MU HOF (minimum five years since playing) and Behnfeldt is currently a coach of high school basketball in the Findlay, Ohio, area where she played high school ball. She becomes the eighth player from women's basketball since the program began in the1969-70 season, the first year of intercollegiate women's sports at Marshall.
Bob Burgess – Men's Basketball 1959-62. Burgess led the Herd is rebounding all three seasons, grabbing 356 (15.5 per game) boards in 1959-60; 321 (14.1) in 1960-61; and 305 (13.9) in 1961-62. The 356 rebounds is the sixth-best season in Marshall history while 15.5 is the best of any Marshall player not named Charlie Slack, a fellow HOF member and MU's rebounding leader. Burgess also led the team in scoring in 1960-61 with a 14.5 point per game average and led the team in free throw percentage in his senior season (70.1% in '61-62). He is third all-time in rebounding at Marshall, and 14th in the MAC, with 973 boards. He is 38th all-time at MU in points scored with 1,000 exactly, one of only 41 MU players to top 1,000 in a career (41 is the seventh-most 1,000 point scorers in NCAA history). Burgess led the team in field goal percentage every season and his 53.1 percent in '60-61 also led the MAC. He is 12th all-time at Marshall in field goal percentage (51.4%, 258-502) Burgess was second team All-MAC all three seasons, finishing behind future NBA great and Basketball Hall of Fame member Nate Thurmond, who played for Bowling Green State University from 1960-62. Following his Marshall career and graduation in 1962, the New York Knicks selected Burgess in the National Basketball Association's 1962 draft. He later played 10 years of professional basketball in Europe. Burgess was nominated fellow MU HOF member, Sonny Allen, and will be the 43rd player from men's basketball to be inducted (Bob Allen will be 44th) since Marshall's first men's basketball team in 1906-07.
Scott Davis – Men's Golf, 1975-78. A first team All-Southern Conference selection in 1978, Davis helped Marshall to the second-best finish in school history in the 1976 NCAA Tournament, when the Herd posted a 17th place finish. This was one of MU's only five appearances in the NCAA post-season, since golf began at Marshall in 1950. At the NCAA Tournament in 1976, Davis was the winner of the NCAA "Long Drive" Championship at the national tournament. As a junior, Davis won the Marshall University Invitational, one of only three MU players to accomplish that and Marshall recorded its only win in the MUI in 1977 in the 35-year history of the event. In 1978, he led the Herd with a 76.7 stroke average per match in winning the All-SC honors. After Marshall, Davis won the WV Amateur in 1979 before turning pro. He has won the WV Open four times and the WV PGA Tournament five times. He has qualified for two PGA Championships, first in 1989 and then again in 1999. Davis finished in the Top Twenty of the National Club Pro Championship on two occasions. He is a long-time club professional in the Kanawha Valley. He recently returned to Scarlet Oaks Golf Club, near Poca, WV, after a long stint as the pro at the Edgewood Country Club in Charleston, WV. He is the 13th Marshall golfer to be inducted into the MU HOF.
Linda Holmes – Badminton (co-ed) and Volleyball, 1972-74; Coach & Administrator, 1976-84. The Winfield, WV, native transferred to Marshall from West Virginia State College and was a very good player in both sports. As a player in 1972-73 (MU 17-10) and 1973-74 (9-15), Holmes helped Marshall volleyball on a late season run that including winning the first WV Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Association (WVWIAA) Championship for MU volleyball with a perfect 3-0 mark and advancing to the Herd's second-ever Mid-West Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (MAIAW) Tournament. Holmes greatest contributions would come later as a coach of three sports and as an assistant athletic director at Marshall University. She took over the volleyball program one year out of college, in 1975, and is the all-time winningest coach in Marshall history with a 159 wins in seven years. Her team's 31 wins in 1980 is still the best single-season win total in school history, the 29 wins in 1977 is still second most and the 25 wins in 1978 are tied for the third most in a season by a MU volleyball team. Her 1975 team was 20-18 in her first season and Holmes' 1977 team won the WVWIAA post-season tournament at Concord College in Athens, WV, posting a 5-1 mark. MU would come out of the losers bracket to down the home-standing Lions in the championship. Marshall would advance to its fourth MAIAW tournament with the WVWIAA championship. Holmes also coached the Marshall tennis team in 1975, posting a then-school best seven wins against four losses, and her winning percentage is third-best all-time (.636). Holmes also coached Marshall softball in its second incarnation, with a team playing from 1979-1981, and saw players like Thea Garland (hitting a Marshall all-time best of .535 for the 1980 season) and Debbie Hutton (hit .421 and stole a MU third-best all-time 32 stolen bases in 1980) put up some still record numbers. Holmes served as the senior women's administrator and assistant athletic director in the MU athletic department from 1976 through 1984. She became the Director of Alumni Affairs for the university as a whole in 1984. Holmes moved to the Joan C. Edwards MU School of Medicine in 1999 and is still the Director of Development and Alumni Affairs for the MU School of Medicine. She is the second volleyball player to be named to the MU HOF, with volleyball played at MU since 1970, and the 17th coach/administrator to be honored.
Roger Johnson – Football, 1991-94. Marshall's all-time leading tackler with 548 tackles, 77 more than the second-place person (471 tackles), despite playing alongside of the number three, four, five, seven and ten tacklers in MU history during his career (Larry McCloud, William King, Donahue Stephenson, Shannon King and Jermaine Swafford, respectively). He is tied for the lead in games played, appearing in 59 Marshall contests over four years, and started in 50 of those games. Johnson is 12th all-time in interceptions as well, pulling down nine picks. He was a two-time All-American, winning first team honors on the Walter Camp Association Team in 1993 and 1994, when he was also named first team All-Southern Conference. Those years also saw him named to the second team All-American team (1993) and third team All-American (1994) by both the Associated Press and The Sports Network. Johnson was the SC Freshman of the Year in 1991 and second team All-SC in 1992, when Marshall won the NCAA I-AA National Championship, and his four interceptions in the championship season tied for the team lead that year (tied for 11th most in a single MU season). Marshall advanced to the NCAA post-season in each of Johnson's four seasons, losing the title games in 1991 and 1993 and losing in the semi-finals in 1994. Marshall won its first outright (and second overall) SC title in 1994, when Johnson was named team captain, and it was the second of three in MU's 20-years in the league. He led Marshall in tackles only in 1994, recording 133 total tackles (tenth most for any MU player in a single season) and 86 solo tackles (11th most in a season, back to 1964). Marshall's 46-13 mark over the four years Johnson played was a school-best at the time and was the beginning of a NCAA record six straight years Marshall made the semi-finals of the I-AA tournament. Johnson is the 61st football player to enter the MU HOF, with Marshall playing football since 1895.
Brad Workman – Baseball (1915-17) & Football (1914-16, 1919) and Pre-1950 inductee for 2004. Quarterback for the Marshall team for the famous "Tower Play" against WVU, and later against Ohio University, in 1915. Scored 15 touchdowns to lead Marshall in scoring in 1916, including five in 101-0 win over Kentucky Wesleyan, biggest win in Marshall history. Help lead Marshall to 5-4 mark in 1914; 1-7 in 1915, when Workman was team captain; and 7-2-1 mark in 1916. Returned to Marshall for college-level studies in 1919, after graduating from Marshall's "Normal School" program (prep program for educating high school teachers) in 1917, and played on the first undefeated, untied team in school history as Herd posted 8-0 mark in 1919. Outstanding outfielder for Marshall teams that posted 14-6 mark in 1915, 17-12 in 1916 and 5-3 in 1917 under MU HOF member, coach Boyd Chambers who also coached Workman in football for the first three seasons. The Hall of Fame committee would like to find relatives of Workman to attend ceremony and he is believed to have two brothers who starred at Ohio State (Hoge & ??). Workman is the 60th football player and the 24th baseball player in a program that dates back to 1896 at Marshall.
The Hall Of Fame is also seeking information on Ron Darby, who was elected in 2001. Darby, who played football from 1986-89, will automatically be inducted next year (2005) if he cannot be located, but efforts to find the Orangeburg, South Carolina, native have not met with success. Mark Taylor will become the second Marshall soccer player to join the HOF if he can attend this year's induction dinner.
The Marshall Athletic Hall Of Fame began in 1984, through the efforts of a committee spearheaded by Dr. Sam Clagg and Neal B. "Whitey" Wilson. Wilson left a portion of his will to perpetuate the HOF for years to come and recently the Marshall Hall of Fame Café has began donating a portion of the proceeds from its annual "Hall of Fame Café/Ronald McDonald House Golf Tournament" to the MU HOF to help keep expenses in line for awards like rings, framed photos, complimentary honoree meals and hotels, citations, banquet and other items not covered each year by Wilson's generous gift.
The initial 1984 class of the Marshall Athletic Hall Of Fame consisted of football players (in the fall of 1984 and again in the fall of 1985; an all-men's basketball class was inducted in spring of 1985 and again in the spring of 1986; the first all-sport class was inducted in the fall of 1986) and included the following players (years played): Hunt (1939-41), Bob Adkins (1937-39), Jim Cure (1962-64), Tommy Good (1963-65), Coach Cam Henderson (1935-55), Reggie Oliver (1971-73; assistant coach 1979-83), Jim Pearcy (1939-41), Tom Stark (1927-30; assistant coach 1931-34) and John Zontini (1931-34). The 2004 class will be the 23rd to be inducted since 1984, with 150 individual members plus the 1970 team, coaches and staff honored as a group.