The 2013 class of the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame, the first since 2008, includes former student-athletes Roy DeWitz (men’s basketball), Yana Dorodnova (women’s tennis), Lauren Goehring (volleyball), Steve Henson (men’s basketball), Jaime Mendez (football), Tammie Romstad (women’s basketball) and Austra Skuyte (track and field), former Athletics Director Bebe Lee as well as long-time supporters Dr. Richard Baker and Jack and Joanna Goldstein.
“Re-engaging our hall of fame process has been an important goal and is an integral step in our vision of a model intercollegiate athletics program,” said Kenny Lannou, Assistant Athletics Director for Communications and K-State Athletics Hall of Fame Chairperson. “Each of these 10 inductees has made a lasting impact on K-State Athletics and Kansas State University, and we look forward to welcome them back to Manhattan this fall for a special weekend.”
The class is the 10th in the history of the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame, including the charter class of 1990, and will be honored during the weekend of K-State’s football game vs. Baylor on Oct. 12.
The official induction of the 2013 class will take place during ceremonies on Friday, Oct. 11. The class will also be recognized at halftime of the football game against Baylor the following day.
More ceremony details, including ticket information, will be announced in the coming weeks.
K-State Athletics Hall of Fame – Class of 2013 Biographies
Roy DeWitz, men’s basketball (1956-58)
A first team All-American and first team All-Big 8 selection in 1958… Helped lead K-State to the 1956 and 1958 Big 7 titles and a berth in the 1958 Final Four… Averaged 9.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in 68 career games… Captained the 1957-58 team that posted a 22-5 overall record and captured the Big 7 title and a trip to the Final Four… Drafted by Detroit in the third round of the 1958 NBA draft.
Yana Dorodnova, women’s tennis (1996-98)
Advanced the farthest of any Wildcat in school history in the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Singles Championships, as she reached the quarterfinals of the 1998 event… 1998 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American, concluded her senior season with a 25-10 record… Completed career with a 57-30 singles record and ranks fourth in school history for career singles winning percentage at .655… The product of Moscow, Russia, ended her career as a two-time All-Big 12 singles honoree and a two-time All-Big 12 doubles recipient… Two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete… Two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team.
Lauren Goehring, volleyball (2000-03)
2003 AVCA All-America First Team… 2003 Big 12 Player of the Year… Led the 2003 squad to the Big 12 Championship, a No. 3 national ranking and a berth in the Sweet 16… 2002 AVCA All-District Second Team… All-Big 12 First Team: 2003, 2002… Academic All-District Second Team: 2003… Academic All-Big 12 First Team: 2003, 2001 (second team in 2002)… Career Rankings: 1st hitting percentage (.354); 7th kills (1212); 8th block assists (380)… Single Season records: 1st hitting percentage (.409, 2003); 5th hitting percentage (.370, 2002); 7th hitting percentage (.354, 2000)… 1212 career kills are the most by a middle blocker in school history… Has two seasons in the Triple-Triple Club: 100+ kills, digs, blocks (or assists).
Steve Henson, men’s basketball, track & field (1987-90)
A two-time honorable mention All-American and the only player in school history to play in four NCAA Tournaments… Helped lead the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament in 1987-88-89-90, including an Elite Eight appearance in 1988… Earned first team All-Big 8 honors and averaged 18.5 points per game to lead the Cats in scoring in 1989… Led K-State in scoring in 1990, averaging 17.4 ppg… Still ranks No. 5 all time in scoring (1,655 points) and field goals (527) and is the school’s all-time assist leader with 582… Also holds Kansas State career records for three-point field goals (240), games played (127), starts (118) and minutes played (1,243)… Converted 90 percent (361 of 401) of his career free throw attempts and is K-State’s all-time percentage leader… In all, broke 21 school records and etched his name among K-State’s top 10 performers in 41 different statistical categories during his career… A member of K-State’s 10-man All-Century team… Also competed on the K-State track and field team as a decathlete three seasons… Selected in the second round of the 1990 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.. Went on to play six seasons in the league… Coached in both the college and professional ranks following his NBA career.
Jaime Mendez, football (1990-93)
A consensus first team All-American in 1993 (AP, Kodak, FB News, Athlon’s, NFL Draft Report)… Earned second team All-America honors from UPI in 1993… A three-time All-Big 8 selection at safety, including first team honors in 1992 and 1993… K-State’s 1993 defensive MVP… One of eight semifinalist for the 1993 Thorpe Award (nation’s top defensive back)… Played in both the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Bowl all-star games in January 1994… Owns K-State records for both interceptions in a game (4 vs. Temple, 1992) and career (15)… Had six interceptions in both 1990 and 1992, third most on K-State’s single-season chart… Ranks third all-time at K-State in passes defended with 48… Member of K-State’s Football Ring of Honor.
Tammie Romstad, women’s basketball (1978-82)
Ranks seventh on K-State’s career scoring chart with 1,548 points… K-State jersey has been retired… A two-time Wade Trophy finalist in 1981 and 1982… Named to the Kodak All-Region VI team… A third team All-American… Earned WBL region VI All-America honors in 1980… Once held both K-State single-season scoring (686) and rebounding (337) marks… Served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at K-State during the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons… Coached Independence Community College to a third-place finish in the 1993 NJCAA Tournament… Selected as both the Kansas Coaches Association and Region VI Coach of the year.
Austra Skuyte, women’s track and field (2001-02)
Only woman in history to compete at four Olympic Games in heptathlon… Only woman in school history with multiple NCAA Championships… 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist: heptathlon, 2012 Olympics: 5th place… Key to women’s team winning back-to-back Big 12 outdoor championships… 2002 Big 12 outdoor champion: long jump… Competed in 7 different events at 2002 Big 12 Outdoor Championship to tally 25 points toward team total… 2001 Big 12 outdoor champion: heptathlon… Back-to-back Big 12 Indoor Champion: pentathlon 2001, 2002 – score from 2001 is a Big 12 Championship record… 2001 Big 12 Outdoor Champion: heptathlon (6,150 pts is still Big 12 record)… 2002 Big 12 Performer of the Year Indoors… 2002 Big 12 Championship High Point Scorer Indoors… 2001 and 2002 Big 12 Performer of the Year Outdoors… 2001 and 2002 Big 12 Championship High Point Scorer Outdoors… Named to Big 12 10th Anniversary Team… Helped team to 5th place finish at 2002 NCAA Championship… Heptathlon champion and shot put runner-up to score 18 points for team total of 30… Score of 4439 pts in pentathlon at 2002 Big 12 Championship was a collegiate record at the time and held the record until 2008… 4-time All-American… Still ranks in top 10 in school history in nine events… 4-time European Cup Champion in heptathlon – 2002 title was immediately following her senior year.
H.B. ‘Bebe’ Lee, administrator
Athletics Director from 1956-1968… Became the youngest AD in the Big Seven upon his arrival at K-State… The K-State men’s basketball team, under the direction of hall of fame coach Tex Winter, advanced to six NCAA tournaments and Final Four appearances in 1958 and 1964 with Lee at the helm of the department… The Stanford graduate was instrumental in the growth and development of K-State Athletics which included the acquisition of land to build a new football stadium (Bill Snyder Family Stadium) and the eventual location of the Wildcats’ current baseball, track and field, basketball and indoor practice facilities… Hired Vince Gibson as K-State’s football coach… Lee left K-State to start his own business in 1968, as Ernie Barrett stepped in as the Wildcats’ next athletics director.
Jack and Joann Goldstein, contributor
The couple has assisted in a number of K-State athletics facility projects including: Bramlage Coliseum, Vanier Complex renovation, Colbert Hills Golf Course, Football Practice Field renovation and the Academic Learning Center… Also made contributions to the reserve funds of the Athletic Director, Football and Men’s Basketball… One of the most philanthropic families in Manhattan, contributing to but not limited to: K-State Foundation, Mercy Hospital, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Manhattan Rotary, Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community, Manhattan Arts Council, Manhattan Public Library and the Beach Museum of Art… After Jack’s passing in 2010, family left a legacy of giving through their company Steel and Pipe… Steel and Pipe has made significant contributions to recent facility projects such as the Basketball Training Facility and the West Stadium Center.
Dr. Richard Baker, contributor
Considered the pioneer of K-State Athletics sports medicine… Served as team physician for K-State student-athletes for four decades (1979-2002)… He personally provided medical coverage for all athletics teams from 1979-1982… He and his wife, Shirely, have been Ahearn Fund members and K-State supporters for 35 years… Donated more than 20,000 hours to Wildcat student-athletes during his tenure.
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