NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The 2010 Stephen F. Austin Athletics Hall of Fame class consists of three All-Americans, two women's administrators, a two-time SLC Player of the Year, and one of the school's best golfers and volleyball players. The 2010 class includes Carl Baker (golf), David Gibbs (football), Dr. June Irwin (administrator), Krisna Johnson Young (volleyball), Eric Lokey (football), Ron McCown (track and field), Dr. Lucille Norton (administrator) and Deneen Parker (women's basketball).
"This is a wonderful group of outstanding individuals," said Director of Athletics Robert Hill. "We look forward every year to the opportunity of honoring those who have done so much for SFA athletics. These former athletes and administrators have helped place SFA on the map at a national level.
"Dr. Irwin and Dr. Norton were early advocates of women's intercollegiate athletics years ago. It is because of their foresight that women's athletics is where it is today, not only at SFA, but across the country."
Gibbs and Lokey were two of the best players to ever don the SFA purple and white. During their time in Nacogdoches, the Lumberjacks won a Gulf Star Conference title, advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs and set a school record for wins (9 – 1985) in a season. SFA would set a new standard for wins just three years later when the duo guided SFA to a 10-3 overall record, and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. The '88 team was ranked No. 1 in the country before finishing the season ninth overall, and led the nation surrendering less than 84 rushing yards per game.
A four-year letterwinner, Gibbs closed out his career by earning first-team All-Southland Conference and Walter Camp All-America honors. He helped guide the Lumberjacks to the second round of the 1988 NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs.
Gibbs is in his second stint as an assistant with the Lumberjack football team, currently serving as the team's defensive coordinator. In the past two seasons, Gibbs' troops have produced six All-Americans. The 2009 squad was one of the most improved units in the country, helping guide SFA to a conference title and a trip to the NCAA FCS Playoffs.
Lokey was a three-time first-team All-SLC selection who helped produce one of the best defensive squads in program history. A four-year letterman, Lokey closed out his career by earning AFCA and Walter Camp All-America honors in 1988. A very successful coach at the high school level, Lokey returned to Nacogdoches for the 2008 season to work with the SFA linebackers.
Parker is one of the all-time greatest women's players to wear a Ladyjack basketball uniform. A member of the Ladyjacks' 1,000-point club, Parker was a two-time Southland Conference Player of the Year. She is still ranked 11th in school history in scoring with 1,506 points and third all-time in steals.
During her time on campus, Parker guided SFA to a 110-16 (.873) overall record, four NCAA tournament appearances and four top 20 finishes. Two of those seasons the Ladyjacks finished ranked among the nation's top 10, including a No. 4 national ranking.
One of the best decathletes in school history, McCown graduated from SFA in 1996. A three-year letterman, McCown was a two-time NCAA qualifier who finished seventh in the nation during the 1994 season to earn All-America honors. A two-time NCAA qualifier, McCown recorded a personal-best score of 7,564 points in the event. He was also selected to compete in the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival and the Team USA vs. Canada decathlon.
McCown just completed his 10th season as an assistant coach with the SFA men's and women's track and field teams. McCown's athletes have been a huge factor in helping SFA win eight conference titles. McCown has produced 13 SLC individual champions, 68 all-conference athletes and 13 NCAA qualifiers during his time in Nacogdoches.
Krisna Johnson Young guided the Ladyjacks to three consecutive 30-win seasons and still ranks as one of the top Ladyjack volleyball players in the history of the program, playing for Debbie Humphreys from 1993 to 1996. She was named the Southland Conference Player of the Year in 1996 and helped lead SFA to its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance as a sophomore in 1994.
A three-time All-SLC selection, Johnson still ranks the school's all-time top 10
in attacks, service aces, digs, block solos, total blocks and block average and is the only Ladyjack to record at least 2,000 kills in a career and 700 kills in a single season.
Baker was a three-year letterwinner on the Lumberjack golf team. During the 1978 season he tied for individual medalist honors at the conference championships, and followed that up with a runner-up finish his senior season. A winner of 12 collegiate and amateur tournaments, Baker qualified for the 1976 U.S. Amateur tournament.
Baker continued playing golf beyond his collegiate days where he was a PGA member for 21 years. The winner of more than 50 individual events, Baker qualified for six PGA tour events, three Mexican Opens and three Nationwide Tour events. Baker was named the STPGA Professional of the Year in 1995, and the STPGA Player of the Year in 1987.
SFA was one of the first Texas universities to participate in women's athletics. Norton spearheaded the drive toward women's athletics at SFA. The program began in 1939 under Norton's direction in what she described as the "intramural and extramural program." The best athletes from the intramural program were selected to play on the extramural teams. Those athletes, who furnished their own equipment and clothes, would travel to East Texas Baptist University and Sam Houston State to play a few games every year. Since there was no budget for women's athletics, Norton used some funds from the health department and her own car for transportation.
Believing the women's program needed to progress further Norton, along with Sue Gunter, traveled to Kansas City, Mo., to participate in the first organizational meeting for women's athletics. The AIAW national organization was established from that meeting.
A 1946 graduate of the university, Irwin began her career at her alma mater as an instructor in the health and physical education department. Irwin returned to the university in 1955 after spending time at Indiana pursuing a master's degree, and remained at SFA until 1981. During that time she coached several of the women's teams.
Both Irwin and Norton are responsible for the first modern-day women's basketball uniforms, in addition to the nickname Ladyjacks.
The induction ceremony will take place Friday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. The inductees will also be honored at halftime of the Lumberjacks' football game against Central Arkansas Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010. The Hall of Fame weekend game is slated to kick off Saturday at 2 p.m. from Homer Bryce Stadium.