10th Sports Hall of Fame class announced

Southern Arkansas University has announced the members of its 10th Sports Hall of Fame class. The class will be inducted during a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, in the Grand Hall of the Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center.

The 2012 Sports Hall of Fame class includes eight members and honors former student-athletes and coaches as well as one for meritorious service to Mulerider athletics.

Inductees include the following:

Jay Adcox who will be inducted posthumously. He arrived at SAU in 1986 and served eight years as an assistant football coach before turning to teaching full-time in 1993. He became director of athletics in 1998 and served in that position until he passed away in 2011.

Allard Baird who came to SAU to play baseball in 1984. After skipping his final year of eligibility to become a student assistant coach under Coach Steve Goodheart, Baird eventually found himself working for professional baseball organizations. He currently works as assistant to the general manager of the Boston Red Sox.

Jerry Camp who was an All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference center for the Mulerider football team in 1959 and 1960. After college, he enjoyed a long high school coaching career and later retired after spending time as a principal and superintendent at Taylor Public Schools.

Ken Cole who serves as head athletic trainer for the Muleriders. He has served at SAU for 24 years and was named the NCAA Division II national athletic trainer of the year in 2011 by the National Athletic Trainers Association’s College/University Athletic Trainers Committee.

Dan Gregory who has served as the “voice of the Muleriders” for more than 30 years. An employee of Noalmark Broadcasting Corporation, Gregory has provided play-by-play for Mulerider athletics for more than 30 years. He has also served as president of the Mulerider Club. He will be inducted for his meritorious service to the athletic department.

Bruce Hamlin who ran track for the Muleriders in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was recently inducted into the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2012.

Fred Perry who was first team All-American in football at SAU in 1997, leading the Muleriders to a Gulf South Conference championship and NCAA Division II playoff berth. He went on to have a long professional career in the Canadian Football League.

Janet Cooper Wood who came to SAU in 1976 to play basketball for the Lady Muleriders. She was an All-Arkansas Women’s Intercollegiate Sports Association selection in 1976 and still holds the record of assists in a season with 156 in 1975-76. She is a member of the 300-point club and is fourth all-time leading career scorer at SAU.

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