Simonton, 4 others selected for OSU HOF

OSU FOOTBALL GREAT Ken Simonton and four others will be inducted into the Oregon State Hall of Fame, Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced Thursday.

The 2015 class to be inducted Friday, Oct. 23 on the OSU Campus includes football standout Ken Simonton, gymnast Heidi Anderson, former baseball coach Jack Riley, former basketball student-athlete and coach Jimmy Anderson, longtime coach, athletic administrator and faculty member Pat Ingram, and the 2005 College World Series baseball team.

“On behalf of the committee, congratulations to Heidi, Ken, Jack, Jimmy, Pat and the 2005 baseball team who will now enter our storied OSU Hall of Fame,” said Deputy Athletic Director/OSU Sports Hall of Fame Chair Mark Massari. “I truly appreciate the committee’s efforts to award an outstanding 2015 class that has impacted many other student-athletes and presented Beaver Nation lifelong memories.”

From OSU's release:

Simonton is one of the most prolific running backs to ever play in the Pac-12 Conference and led the Beaver football renaissance that resulted in appearances in the 1999 Oahu Bowl and winning the 2001 Fiesta Bowl. He concluded his career, which spanned the 1998-2001 seasons, second in Pac-12 Conference history for rushing with 5,044 career yards. The Pittsburg, Calif., native was one of only six players in league history to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark three different seasons at the time and left OSU with 11 school records. During his 46-game career he reached the 100-yard plateau 26 times and arguably his brightest moment came in his freshman-redshirt season scoring the winning touchdown in triple overtime against Oregon in 1998 in what may be the greatest Civil War football game ever played. Simonton graduated in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and went on to a professional football career in the NFL, NFL Europe and Canadian Football League.

“Ken was a fierce competitor; a great teammate that was never concerned about individual accolades, only about winning,” said former Beaver quarterback standout Jonathan Smith, a teammate of Simonton’s. “His vision and toughness running the ball was better than any back I’ve been around.”

Heidi Anderson is one of the all-time great gymnasts in NCAA history and has the rare distinction of being both an Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) and NCAA All-American. She won the national title on floor in 1982 at Penn State University in the first NCAA women’s gymnastics championships and earned a total of five All-American honors while competing for the Nittany Lions. The native Pennsylvanian transferred to OSU, competing in 1984 and ’85, capturing the ’84 national championship on beam and would conclude her career with seven All-America honors. Anderson graduated in 1985 from OSU with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and earned Academic All-American honors as a junior.

“Heidi’s gymnastics ability, enthusiasm, and flaming red hair made her an instant fan favorite and one of OSU's top all-around gymnasts of the '80’s,” said former OSU Deputy Athletic Director and gymnastics head coach Sylvia Moore. “She had a move on the balance beam that inevitability brought gasps from the crowd -- a back salto that she landed not on her feet, but in a sitting straddle position on the beam.”

Riley is one of the most distinguished coaches in the history of college baseball. He coached the Beavers from 1973-94 compiling 613 victories, including a .731 league winning percentage. He still stands 14th in Pac-12 Conference history for wins and was named the league’s Northern Division Coach of the Year four times. The Portland native led OSU to three NCAA Tournament appearances, coached five All-Americans, players earned 71 all-league honors, and 38 Beavers were drafted by Major League Baseball teams.

“I arrived at Oregon State a confident athlete, some would even say cocky; Jack Riley was the first coach that didn't try to temper that - he embraced it," said OSU Hall of Fame member Jim Wilson, who played for Riley from 1980-82. "Any success I had in baseball was due to Jack Riley and his son Mickey. They taught me how to compete."

Jimmy Anderson’s association with Oregon State dates back to 1956 when he played basketball for Naismith Hall of Fame member Slats Gill as a sophomore guard. He earned three letters in basketball from 1957-59 before beginning a coaching career that started at the conclusion of his senior season and spanned until 1995, except for two years when he was the head coach at Newberg High School (1963-64). Anderson was the 1990 Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading OSU to the co-Pac-10 title. During his career as a head and assistant coach, Anderson was a part of seven league titles, 11 NCAA appearances, three NIT berths, 24 players were included on all-conference teams, and 12 earned All-American status. Anderson, who was born in Briton, S.D. and grew up in Hoquiam, Wash., was a key figure in recruiting some of the best student-athletes to ever play at OSU and continues to be involved as an ambassador for the program. He graduated from OSU with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health in 1959, and earned his master’s degree in health education and counseling in 1962.

“This is a great honor for Coach Anderson and something he has deserved for a long time,” said NCAA Player of the Year and NBA All-Star Gary Payton. “He did a lot of good things for Oregon State basketball and I’ll always be grateful to him for getting me to be a Beaver and become a better player and person. Coach Anderson and his wife Fifi are wonderful people and have always been great to my family.”

Ingram was the co-recipient of the 2013 OSU Women of Achievement Award for her contributions to OSU that date back to 1969 as an athletic administrator, coach and faculty member. She served as OSU’s first Women’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics from 1973-75 and is credited for paving the way for what women’s athletics at OSU is today. She was the school’s women’s track and field coach from 1970-73, at the time of the passage of Title IX, and three times her teams advanced to nationals. In 1975 she led a contingent in bringing the National Women’s Collegiate Track and Field Championships to OSU. She has been instrumental in the rebirth of the current OSU track and field program and is the second female to have an athletic scholarship named in her honor. Ingram, who was born in Portland and grew up in Everett, Wash., remained an active employee at OSU from 1975-88 as the supervisor of health and physical education student teachers.

“Without question Pat laid the foundation of what OSU women’s athletics is today,” said Beaver senior associate athletic director/senior woman administrator Marianne Vydra. “Her tireless efforts to promote intercollegiate competition for women was ground breaking and much of what you see on campus today, and really the landscape nationally for women’s athletics, is a result of her drive and passion.”

Led by current head coach Pat Casey, Oregon State returned to the College World Series in 2005 for the first time since 1952. The team that started a three-year run at the CWS, including back-to-back national titles (2006, ’07) went 46-12 (then school record for wins) and captured the Pac-10 Conference title at 19-5. The roster, largely made up of Pacific Northwest players, included All-Americans Jacoby Ellsbury, Dallas Buck and Jonah Nickerson. Casey earned his first Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor following the season.

“That team represents one of the fondest memories of my coaching career,” said Casey. “The players on that club bought into the vision of what we could accomplish. They epitomized the ‘team’ selfless commitment needed to achieve the ultimate goal of getting to Omaha.”

The 2015 induction ceremony will be held the weekend of Homecoming on campus that is anchored by the Beavers hosting Colorado at Reser Stadium Saturday, October 24.

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