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Frank Broyles 1924 - 2017

August 15, 2017

The following is a statement from the Broyles family regarding the death of former University of Arkansas football coach, athletic director, ABC commentator, and Alzheimer’s advocate Frank Broyles. Coach Broyles, 92, died from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease, on August 14, 2017.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Coach Frank Broyles. He passed peacefully in his home surrounded by his loved ones.

For 92 years John Franklin Broyles lived nothing short of a remarkable life. To all who would listen, Frank Broyles was quick to proclaim, in his unmistakable and infectious southern tone, that he was blessed to live ‘A Charmed Life’.

For more than five decades, he served the University of Arkansas and all citizens of his adopted home state in his role as a coach, administrator and goodwill ambassador for his beloved Razorbacks.

We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who helped contribute to his charmed life. Whether you were one of his players, coaches, colleagues or friends, a Razorback fan or fellow caregiver, you were an integral part of his fairy tale story. To his family, he was quite simply, our hero.

We take peace in knowing that his faith was the foundation for the impact he made on the lives of others. From innumerable private moments with his family and friends, to countless public interactions with millions in his various roles, Coach Broyles shared his attitude of gratitude and encouraged others to make a difference.

We know that this remarkable man does not want us to mourn, but to celebrate the hope and inspiration he passed along to each of us. For nearly two decades, he was a trailblazer for changing the stigma around dreaded disease which took the life of his first wife, Barbara Day, and ultimately his own. We will never know the impact that writing and publishing “Coach Broyles Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” and establishing the Broyles Foundation will have on families, but Coach considered it a win the first time it helped one person.

He was the very definition of a difference maker. It will be impossible to fill the void created by his passing. But even in our grief, our hearts are overflowing with the love, gratitude and treasured memories of the charmed life and lasting legacy of our beloved Coach.

We are planning a public celebration of his life. Once the details are finalized we will share them with you.

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers.”

The Broyles Family




Obituary


Frank Broyles always said he lived a charmed life, and it was true. He leaves behind a multitude of legacies certain never to be replicated. Whether it was his unparalleled career in college athletics, as an athlete, coach, athletics administrator and broadcaster, or his tireless work in the fourth quarter of his life as an Alzheimer’s advocate, his passion was always the catalyst for changing the world around him for the better.

He felt he was blessed to work for more than 55 years in the only job he ever wanted, first as head football coach and then as athletic director at the University of Arkansas. An optimist and a visionary who looked at life with an attitude of gratitude, Broyles lived life to the fullest for 92 years, almost 60 of them in his adopted state of Arkansas. To all who knew him, including thousands of Razorback fans who never met him, he was Coach Broyles, ambassador to the Razorback Nation and the state of Arkansas. To countless others, he was an advocate for caregivers around the world.

Coach Broyles, 92, died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, on August 14, 2017. A man of faith and a true Southern gentleman, Coach Broyles was a native of Decatur, Ga., but adopted Arkansas as his home in December 1957, when he became the head football coach for the University of Arkansas. He leaves an unmatched legacy of more than five decades of service to the University of Arkansas, the Razorback athletic program, and Arkansas.

Born Dec., 1924, to O.T. and Mary Louise Solms Broyles in Atlanta, Broyles was the youngest of five children and was a three-sport athlete throughout high school and college. He received a B.S. degree in industrial management from Georgia Tech University in 1947, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball and set numerous records as quarterback of the Yellow Jacket football team. He led the Yellow Jackets to four football bowl appearances, was twice All-SEC and was the 1944 SEC Player of the Year.

He joined the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1942 just prior to his 18th birthday. While still at Georgia Tech, he was activated in early 1945 and served until the spring of 1946. In 1945, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Day, who remained his sweetheart until 2004, when she died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Coach Broyles and Barbara had four sons, Jack (Janet) Broyles, Hank (Mary Bassett) Broyles, Dan (Debra) Broyles and Tommy (Tisha) Broyles; twin daughters, Betsy (David) Arnold and Linda (Jim) Mayes; 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In December 2005, Broyles married the former Gen Whitehead of Fayetteville, doubling the size of his family to include Gen’s seven children, Bruun (Kim Willis) Whitehead, Kathleen (George) Paulson, Eric (Jennifer) Whitehead, Joan (John) Threet, Ruth (Kevin) Trainor, Ted (Kelley) Whitehead and Philip (Kamron) Whitehead, as well as 13 grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by his sister, Louise Broyles Ferguson of Cornelia, Ga., and numerous nieces and nephews. Broyles was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers (O.T. Broyles Jr., Charles Edward Broyles and Bill Broyles).

Following his graduation from Georgia Tech, Broyles was drafted in three sports, baseball, basketball and football, but he turned down professional offers to become an assistant football coach for Bob Woodruff at Baylor. After three years in Waco, he moved with Woodruff to Florida. A year later, Coach Bobby Dodd hired Broyles as the offensive backfield coach at Georgia Tech, and the team promptly rolled to a 31-game winning streak. In 1957, Broyles was named head football coach at the University of Missouri where he served one season before receiving an offer from UA Athletic Director John Barnhill to come to the University of Arkansas.

Broyles arrived in Fayetteville in December 1957, beginning a more than five-decade affiliation with the University of Arkansas and the Razorbacks as a coach and athletics administrator. In 19 seasons (1958-76) as the Razorbacks’ head football coach, Broyles amassed a record of 144-58-5, seven Southwest Conference (SWC) titles, 10 bowl bids, 20 All-Americans and 88 All-SWC selections.

In 1964, Broyles led the Razorback football team to an undefeated season that culminated in a 10-7 win over Nebraska in the Cotton Bowl. The National Championship was awarded to the Razorbacks by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) following the bowl games. The Cotton Bowl was part of a school record 22-game winning streak launched in the final game of the 1963 season and ending in the 1966 Cotton Bowl.

In 1973, Broyles was named UA Director of Athletics, a title he balanced with his head coaching duties until 1976 when he retired as Razorback head coach. Soon after his retirement from coaching and while still serving as athletics director, Broyles made a move to the broadcasting booth working alongside legendary sports announcer Keith Jackson with ABC’s college football coverage for nine years.

During his 33 ½ years as Athletic Director (1976-2007), Broyles transformed the Razorbacks from a program competitive primarily in football to one of the most successful all-sports programs in the nation. His vision and leadership was the driving force behind the University of Arkansas moving to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 1990. The move set the stage for the program’s growth and future success while dramatically changing the landscape of intercollegiate athletics.

Arkansas won 43 national titles, 57 SWC titles, and 48 SEC titles, and the football team went to 22 bowl games during his tenure as athletic director. Broyles worked tirelessly to build and renovate athletic venues including Bud Walton Arena, Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Baum Stadium at George Cole Field, John McDonnell Field and the Mary B. and Fred W. Smith Razorback Golf Center. Following his tenure as athletic director, Broyles continued to serve the program at the Razorback Foundation (2008-14).

Broyles garnered numerous prestigious awards throughout his career and was inducted into more than a dozen Halls of Fame. A member of the inaugural class of the UA Sports Hall of Honor, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. He is also a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame, Gator Bowl Hall of Fame, Georgia Tech Hall of Fame, Orange Bowl Hall of Fame, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame, SWC Hall of Fame and the State of Georgia Hall of Fame among others.

Broyles was honored by the National Football Foundation as the 2000 recipient of the John L. Toner Award for outstanding achievement as an athletic director. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette named him the most influential figure in athletics in the state during the 20th century. Broyles was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, including serving as its chairman from 1971-73 and later being named as a Lifetime Trustee of the organization.

In 1996, the Broyles Award was created in recognition of his long-standing history of developing successful assistant coaches. The Broyles Award is given annually to college football’s top assistant coach. In 2007, the field at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium was dedicated as Frank Broyles Field.

In 2013, a bronze statue of him was dedicated in front of the Broyles Athletic Center, the athletics administration building which also bears his name.

In 1982, Coach Broyles chaired the “Campaign for Books” at the University of Arkansas, and more than 100,000 volumes were added to the University Libraries. He was co-chair of the Campaign for the Twenty-First Century that raised $1.046 billion for the university and has been a generous personal benefactor to the university’s academic programs. In 2015, Broyles earned an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Arkansas.

Broyles was an avid golfer and a member of the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., for more than a half-century. Seven times Broyles hosted the awards ceremony at the Masters, including presenting the coveted “Green Jacket” to such legendary golfers as Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. In 1982, Broyles appeared in the TV miniseries “The Blue and The Gray.” Broyles played the doctor who pronounced President Abraham Lincoln (played by Gregory Peck) dead after being shot at Ford’s Theater.

Beyond his professional career in athletics, Broyles’ second legacy is his personal commitment to improving the quality of life for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and their loved ones. In 2006, Coach Broyles established the Barbara Broyles Legacy, later becoming the Frank & Barbara Broyles Legacy Foundation.

From 2005-10, Coach Broyles appeared before governmental agencies in Washington, D.C., and served on the White House Council on Aging. He spoke throughout the country at countless events and seminars on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as private eldercare organizations.

In 2006, he turned his energies toward the publication and national distribution of a guidebook for caregivers, entitled “Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” which is based on his family’s personal experience caring for his first wife, Barbara Day, in their home. To date, more than one million copies of the playbook have been distributed.

A private family burial will be held at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville. A public celebration of his life will be held on the University of Arkansas campus at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions may be made to the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation or Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville.




Celebration of Life


A Celebration of the Life of Coach Frank Broyles will be held this Saturday, August 19 at 2 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena on the University of Arkansas campus. The celebration is open to the public.

Additional details regarding the celebration will be released later this week via ArkansasRazorbacks.com.


Statement from Jeff Long


The following is a statement from University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long on the passing of longtime University of Arkansas head football coach and athletics director Frank Broyles. Broyles passed away in Fayetteville on Monday.

“The Razorback Family has lost its patriarch and Arkansas has lost one of its most beloved figures. Coach Frank Broyles was a legendary coach, athletics director, broadcaster and a tireless advocate for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s. In his more than 50 years of service to the University of Arkansas and intercollegiate athletics, his vision and leadership allowed the Razorback program to flourish and in turn enrich the lives of thousands of young men. In the process, he brought unprecedented national attention to Arkansas. His passion for the Razorbacks was infectious, his spirit was indomitable and his vision helped transform a program, a university and an entire state. His legacy in our state is unmatched.

“I will forever be grateful for the generosity, graciousness and unwavering support he extended to me when I came to the University of Arkansas. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Razorback nation are with his wife Gen, his children and the entire Broyles Family.”


Statement of Scott Varady, Executive Director and General Counsel, Razorback Foundation


“The Razorback Foundation mourns the passing of Coach Broyles, and we extend our sympathy to his family and friends. Coach Frank Broyles always talked with passion about the ‘difference-makers’ who helped build the Razorback Athletic program and helped ensure its competitiveness. The simple truth is that Coach Broyles was an unparalleled “difference-maker” for the Arkansas Razorbacks. He leaves an unrivaled legacy. Coach Broyles cared deeply for Razorback fans and supporters, and he always sought to do what he believed was in the best interests of the Razorback program. As members of the Razorback Family, Coach Broyles taught us that student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans share a unique bond that is truly special and enduring. We will miss his charm and passion, but his spirit will live on in every Hog Call we ever hear.”


2017 UA Sports Hall of Honor Class Announced

May 18, 2017

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Nine former University of Arkansas student-athletes will be inducted as members of the 2017 class of the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor this September.

The 2017 class consists of former Razorback football greats Ken Hamlin, Madre Hill, Louis Campbell and Bo Busby, baseball All-American Troy Eklund, men’s golf great Jack O’Keefe, women’s basketball star Amy Wright, women’s tennis standout Chin Bee Khoo and men’s track and field multiple-time All-American Melvin Lister. The 2017 inductees were elected to the UA Sports Hall of Honor based on a vote by former Razorback letter winners in conjunction with the A Club. The UA Sports Hall of Honor, including the induction weekend, is coordinated by the Razorback Foundation.

“Congratulations to these nine outstanding Razorbacks on their selection to the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. “Since our program began, thousands of Razorback student-athletes have competed for the University of Arkansas. This year’s inductees are among the best to ever put on a Razorback uniform. As the Razorback family, we cheered them on to those successes and this fall we will celebrate the legacy they have left behind.”

The 2017 class will be inducted during the Hall of Honor weekend, Sept. 7-9. Hall of Honor weekend includes a golf tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club and an induction banquet Friday evening at the Fayetteville Town Center. Inductees will also be recognized during half-time of Arkansas’ football on-campus home opener against TCU at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Purchase tables and individual tickets to the induction banquet and the Hall of Honor golf tournament. Sponsorships are also available for the banquet and golf outing. Contact us for more information or call the Razorback Foundation at (479) 443-9000.

2017 UA Sports Hall of Honor Inductees

Ken Hamlin
Hamlin finished his career as the school’s record holder in tackles despite playing only three seasons from 2000-02. He racked up 381 career tackles before entering the NFL Draft following his junior campaign. In his final collegiate season, he earned first-team All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.com and first-team All-SEC recognition from the Associated Press, SEC Coaches and Sporting News after he recorded 159 tackles, the second-highest single-season total in school history. Hamlin earned first-team All-SEC honors and honorable mention All-America accolades in 2001 after he turned in his second straight 100+ tackle campaign with 118 stops. In 2000, he collected 104 tackles en route to freshman All-America honors from Sporting News and Football News and a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team. Hamlin also is tied for 12th on the school’s career interceptions list with nine after tying for the team lead in each of his three seasons. He helped lead Arkansas to three straight bowl games during his career and an SEC Western Division title in 2002. The Seattle Seahawks drafted him in the 2003 NFL Draft, and he played for the Seahawks from 2003-06. Hamlin played for the Dallas Cowboys from 2007-10 and earned a trip to the 2007 Pro Bowl. He finished his eight-year NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts.

Madre Hill
One of the most explosive running backs in Razorback history, Hill burst onto the scene early in Arkansas’ Southeastern Conference Era lettering in 1994-95 and again in 1998. Hill helped lead the Razorbacks to their first SEC Championship Game appearance in 1995. He was a first-team All-SEC selection in 1995 later was named to the Arkansas All-Decade Team and as an SEC Legend. He rushed 541 times for 2,407 yards and 25 touchdowns, tied for the sixth-highest career total in school history. He is tied for ninth on Arkansas’ career 100-yard rushing games (8). He holds UA single-game records for rushing touchdowns with six against South Carolina in 1995 and rushing attempts with 45 against Auburn in 1995. That season he broke school records with 1,387 rushing yards and six 100-yard rushing games. His 15 rushing touchdowns from 1995 are tied for fifth on the UA single-season list. Hill was a team captain in 1998 and helped the Razorbacks to a share of the SEC Western Division title making him a part of two SEC Western Division Championship teams. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns and played three seasons in the NFL, including advancing to Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002 with Oakland. Hill is now the fourth generation overseer of a family owned and operated company, RazorClean Inc. – a management, contracting and supply company.

Troy Eklund
An All-American outfielder in one of the most successful tenures in the history of Razorback Baseball, Eklund lettered from 1986-89 and helped Arkansas advance to a pair of College World Series berths (1987 and 1989). He named an All-American in 1989 and earned All-Southwest Conference honors as a junior (1988) and a senior (1989). He led the team in runs scored with 54 in 1988 and 62 in 1989. As a junior (1988), he tallied 11 home runs, 60 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. In his final season (1989), Eklund recorded a .323 batting average with nine home runs, 62 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. He helped UA go 39-23 in 1988 and reach the NCAA Regionals, and 51-16 with a trip to the College World Series in 1989. He is tied for first with 12 triples in a season and his 17 career triples ranks fourth all-time while his 32 home runs are seventh, 182 runs scored sixth, 180 RBI fourth, 93 extra base hits seventh and 13 sacrifice flies fifth. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1988, but decided to return to Arkansas for his senior year. Following his Razorback career, Eklund was drafted in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers and played two years of professional baseball. He currently serves as the color analyst for Razorback Baseball on SEC Network+ and Cox Sports Television broadcasts.

Jack O’Keefe
A 2016 inductee into the Arkansas State Golf Association Hall of Fame, O’Keefe is the first University of Arkansas golfer to earn All-America honors four times (1989-93). He also earned a total of three all-conference honors during his collegiate career. In 1991, he became one of the last UA golfers to earn All-Southwest Conference honors and when the Hogs switched to the Southeastern Conference he picked up All-SEC Honors in 1992 and 1993. O’Keefe helped Arkansas to four top 10 NCAA Championship finishes in his career including finishing seventh (1989), tied for ninth (1991), eighth (1992) and seventh (1993). He ranks in the top 10 in school history with 13 top-10 individual finishes from 1990-93, including three individual titles at the 1991 and 1992 Colorado Fox-Acres Invitational and the 1993 Border Olympics. He helped lead Arkansas to 10 team tournament wins his final two years. O’Keefe went on to a successful professional career on the Hooters, Australia, Nike and PGA Tours. He earned his PGA Tour Card in 1997 and competed in the 1996 U.S. Open while also being named the Rookie of the Year on the Australian Tour in 1994. Following his playing career, O’Keefe pursued coaching and is currently the Director of Golf and head men’s golf coach at Augusta University.

Melvin Lister
A member of the University of Arkansas men’s track and field team from 1999-2000, Lister was an eight-time All- American and one of the most accomplished jumpers in school history. He was also a four-time SEC individual champion and a five-time NCAA champion 1999 NCAA indoor – triple jump, 1999 NCAA outdoor – long jump, 2000 NCAA indoor – long jump, 2000 NCAA indoor – triple jump, 2000 NCAA outdoor – triple jump) during his time in Fayetteville. During his time as a Razorback, Lister was a part of numerous team titles, including four SEC (1999 – Indoor & Outdoor; 2000 – Indoor & Outdoor) and three NCAA titles (1999 – Indoor & Outdoor; 2000 – Indoor). The two-time Olympian for Team USA (2000 Sydney Olympics – long jump; 2004 Athens Olympics – triple jump) is the only American jumper to win the U.S. Olympic Trials in the long jump (2000) and return to win the triple jump (2004) in the next Trials. He was a part of the squad that set the 4x400m (outdoor) record in 2000 with a time of 3:02.02 and he was also a member of the outdoor sprint-medley relay team that ran 3:12.13 in 2000.

Amy Wright
The all-time record holder for assists in a career (717) and second for a single season (205), Wright finished her career as the first starting point guard to take her team to four consecutive post-season appearances (1999-2000, WNIT; 2001-02, NCAA). As a freshman, Wright guided Arkansas to the 1999 WNIT Championship. Her teams won 77 games, including three 20-win seasons, for one of the most successful four-year periods for Arkansas. Her senior season team set the Arkansas record for the least turnovers in a season. After her playing career, she has become a successful Division I women’s basketball assistant coach. An SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and member of the Arkansas Academic Honor Roll as a sophomore (1999-2000), Wright never missed a game, playing in a school-record 131 consecutive contests. She was named to the Women’s Basketball News Service preseason All-America team in 2001-02. Following her collegiate career, Wright participated in the WNBA Pre-Draft Camp and was drafted by the Detroit Shock in 2002. A native of Williamsburg, Ind., Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Arkansas in 2002. She completed her master’s degree in sports and administration from Ohio University in December 2012. Following her playing career, Wright went into coaching and currently serves as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Texas A&M University.

Chin Bee Khoo
A three-time All-American, Khoo lettered in tennis from 1998-2001 including earning All-SEC honors in 2001. The only three-time All-America women’s tennis player in school history, she led Arkansas to 57 dual match wins and three consecutive NCAA team berths including a trip to the Round of 16 in 1998. A three-time NCAA singles participant, she won at least one match in the NCAA singles draw in three-straight tournaments (1999-2001). Khoo was the first in school history to earn top 20 ITA singles rankings, doing so in both 1999 (19) and 2000 (14). She was also named to the ITA Academic All-America Team (1999), was the ITA Regional Player to Watch (1999) and the ITA Regional Senior of the Year (2001). She also earned SEC Academic Honor Roll honors three times during her career. She ranks in the top 10 in career (89) and single season singles wins (37) and is fifth all-time in the career singles winning percentage (735). Khoo’s 32 doubles wins in a season also ranks in the top 10. Khoo was also a three-time Milwaukee Tennis Classic Champion (1999-2001).

Louis Campbell
Campbell lettered for the Razorbacks from 1970-72, serving as a team captain in 1972, and was named to the Arkansas All-Decade Team. He was named Outstanding Defensive Player at the 1971 Liberty Bowl after he grabbed three interceptions, a number that stands as the Arkansas bowl record and is tied for the Liberty Bowl record. His three interceptions also are tied for second on the Arkansas single-game interceptions list. He had four games with multiple interceptions, and his 12 career interceptions are tied for third on UA’s all-time list. He led the SWC with seven interceptions as a junior in 1971, tied for second on the school’s single-season list. He nabbed three interceptions as a senior and two during his sophomore season as Arkansas finished the season 9-2 and ranked 11th in the country. Campbell returned to Arkansas in 1990 and served a total of 18 years as a coach and athletics administrator, including nine seasons as an assistant football coach at Arkansas under Coaches Jack Crowe, Joe Kines, Danny Ford and Houston Nutt. Campbell was the secondary coach in 1995 when Arkansas made its first SEC Football Championship Game. He returned to the field as an interim defensive coordinator for the Hogs’ win over Texas in the 2000 Cotton Bowl and for the 2006 season.

Bo Busby
Busby lettered for Arkansas from 1973-76. He was a first-team All-Southwest Conference selection in 1975 and a three-time academic all-conference honoree. The safety was also named to Arkansas’ 1970sAll-Decade Team. He won the team’s Chism Reed Outstanding Senior for Leadership Award and was recognized as a National Football Foundation Scholar in 1976. He recorded 225 tackles in his four seasons. In his senior season, he registered 24 tackles, 1.0 for loss, a team-high six pass breakups and one fumble recovery. As a junior, he recorded 87 tackles, five pass breakups and two interceptions. After his football career, he earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and founded the Cardiovascular Surgery Center of South Arkansas at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Busby also serves on the Board of Directors of the Razorback Foundation.

2016 UA Sports Hall of Honor Class Announced

June 17, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Eight former University of Arkansas student-athletes and a former Razorback coach will be inducted as members of the 2016 class of the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor this September. The honorees include a pair of All-Southwest Conference football selections, a legendary football coach, one of the most versatile post players in Razorback Basketball history, one of the program’s first men’s basketball stars, multiple All-America track and field performers, a softball pioneer and an All-America second baseman for the Razorback Baseball team.

The 2016 class consists of former Razorback football head coach Lou Holtz along with gridiron greats Greg Lasker and Danny Rhodes, men’s basketball stars Oliver Miller and Tom Pickell, baseball standout Kenderick Moore, All-SEC softball pitcher Tammy Kincaid Dustin, men’s track and field star Roddie Haley, women’s track and field All-American and Olympian Christin Wurth-Thomas. The 2016 inductees were elected to the UA Sports Hall of Honor based on a vote by former Razorback letter winners in conjunction with the A Club. The UA Sports Hall of Honor, including the induction weekend, is coordinated by the Razorback Foundation.

"We are pleased to welcome some truly extraordinary Razorbacks into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. “The 2016 class includes a Hall of Fame coach and eight outstanding student-athletes who represented our university and our state in careers spanning more than 80 years. Selection to the UA Sports Hall of Honor is truly a defining achievement and the most prestigious honor that a former a University of Arkansas student-athlete or coach can receive from his or her peers. This September, we look forward to celebrating their many contributions to our program and recognizing their extraordinary achievements.”

The 2016 class will be inducted during the Hall of Honor weekend, Sept. 1-3. Hall of Honor weekend includes a golf tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club and an induction banquet at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, Ark. Inductees will also be recognized during half-time of Arkansas’ football home opener against Louisiana Tech at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. kickoff.

Tables and individual tickets to the induction banquet and the Hall of Honor golf tournament may be purchased from the Razorback Foundation. Sponsorships are also available for the banquet and golf outing. For more information, visit RazorbackFoundation.com or call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000.

2016 UA Sports Hall of Honor Inductees

Greg Lasker

Lasker lettered at Arkansas from 1982-85 and was a team captain his senior season. He was a first-team All-SWC selection in 1985 and was named to the Arkansas All-Decade Team. He ranks sixth on UA’s all-time career interception return yards list with 155 and tied for 12th on the school’s all-time career interceptions list with nine. He tied for the 1983 team lead with three interceptions and led the team in passes broken up with 11 in 1984 and 10 in 1985. He played in the East-West Shrine Game following his senior season and was selected in the second round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, where he played three seasons and won Super Bowl XXI during his rookie year.

Oliver Miller

Part of three straight Southwest Conference regular season (1989-91) and tournament champion teams over Arkansas’ final three years in the league from 1989-91, Oliver Miller played four seasons (1989-92) for Naismith Hall of Fame coach Nolan Richardson. Included in those four seasons in which the Razorbacks went a staggering 115-24 was a trip to the 1990 Final Four and an SEC regular season title in 1992, the program’s first year in the league. One of the most versatile big men in Arkansas history, Miller still holds the record as the program’s all-time leader in field goal percentage (.636) and blocked shots (345), while ranking third in rebounds (886) and ninth in points (1,674). Known to Razorback fans as “The Big O,” Miller was an All-SWC selection in the Razorbacks’ final year in the conference. As a junior, Miller became the first player in program history to earn more than 100 blocks and 100 assists in the same season. During the 1990-91 campaign, Miller set the single-season record with 112 blocks while leading the NCAA in field goal percentage (704).

Lou Holtz

One of the most successful college football coaches in the history of the game, Holtz amassed a career record of 243-127-7 in his 34-year collegiate coaching career. From 1977-83, Holtz led the Razorbacks to a record of 60-21-2 in his seven seasons in Fayetteville. His .735 winning percentage at Arkansas ranks second in school history among coaches with at least four seasons at UA, and his 60 wins rank as the third-highest total at Arkansas. He led the Razorbacks to the Southwest Conference co-championship in 1979 and finished in the Top-10 of the Associated Press poll three times, including a No. 3 final ranking in 1977.He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in 2012. Holtz, who also coached at William & Mary, North Carolina State, Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina, is the only coach in NCAA history to lead six different programs to a bowl game and the only coach to guide four different programs to a Top-20 finish. Holtz also coached one season with the NFL’s New York Jets. Following his retirement from coaching, Holtz served as a college football studio analyst for ESPN from 2004-15. He still travels throughout the country as one of the nation’s most sought after and entertaining speakers.

Kenderick Moore

An All-America second baseman in 1996, Moore played four seasons (1993-96) under former head coach Norm DeBriyn and was known for his all-around ability on the diamond. Moore earned All-SEC honors during his All-American season, helping Arkansas to 39 wins and a place in the NCAA Central II Regional. He was named to the SEC all-tournament team as a first baseman in 1994 and as an outfielder in 1995, also receiving the Bill Dickey Award in 1996. In his Razorback career, Moore currently sits third all-time in program history with 282 hits and is second in games played (242). His 205 singles are also first on the Arkansas career charts as well as his 95 stolen bases. Moore’s season-best steals came in his final season when he swiped 29 bases, which is still the fifth-most in a season by a Razorback player. He led the Razorback team with 80 hits during the 1995 season and a team-leading nine home runs in 1996. After Arkansas, Moore signed with the Kansas City Royals organization in Major League Baseball and played four years in the minor leagues, reaching as high as Double-A.

Roddie Haley

A nine-time All-American for legendary Coach John McDonnell, Haley was one of the Razorbacks’ top performers both on the indoor and outdoor ovals. He earned four All-America honors indoors and was a five-time All-American in outdoor track and field. Haley was a three-time NCAA champion including twice in the Indoor 500 meters (1986-87) and once in the Outdoor 400 meters (1985). He earned SWC titles indoors in the 440 yard dash (1985) and 600 yard dash (1987) and was a three-time SWC Outdoor champion in the 400 meters (1985-87). Haley also captured a SWC title at the conference outdoor meet in 1985 with the 4x100 meter relay. Haley remains the outdoor 400 meter record holder with a time of 44.48 set in 1986. Haley was part of four SWC and four NCAA team championships in his three seasons, including contributing to the first national triple crown in school history in 1985.

Christin Wurth-Thomas

A member of the University of Arkansas cross country and women’s track and field team from 2000-03, Wurth-Thomas was a four-time All-American and is the school record holder in the 1,500 meters (outdoor) with her time of 4:10.49 that she set in 2003. The 2002 SEC Cross Country Athlete of the Year, Wurth-Thomas was a four-time SEC individual champion (2002 SEC outdoor – 1,500 meter, 2002 SEC cross country, 2003 SEC indoor – 3,000 meters, 2003 SEC indoor – 5,000 meters) and helped lead the Razorbacks to eight SEC team titles during her time in Fayetteville. She was named the 2002 SEC Cross Country Athlete of the Year. In addition to her numerous collegiate accomplishments, Wurth-Thomas was a member of Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Tammy Kincaid Dustin

A two-time All-SEC selection as Arkansas’ ace in the circle, Tammy Kincaid lettered from 1997-2000 as the go-to pitcher during the softball program’s first four years of existence. Her name remains scattered throughout the Razorbacks’ records book and still stands as the program leader in innings pitched (1,051.1), appearances (186), complete games (116) and saves (9). Along with her program records, she also ranks among the top three in wins, shutouts, strikeouts, opponent batting average and ERA. Kincaid’s career appearances and complete games also stand as the fourth- and fifth-best marks in SEC history, respectively. With a 16-inning performance against Alabama during the 1999 season, she holds the SEC record for longest outing. Kincaid also carries the conference distinction of recording the first-ever RBI in an SEC game, scoring teammate Brett Erickson from second with a single. During her standout career, she pitched Arkansas to three SEC Tournament appearances and the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid in 2000. Among her career accolades, Kincaid was named to the 1999 SEC All-Tournament Team and earned five SEC Pitcher of the Week accolades. Pitching against CS Northridge on Feb. 19, 2000, she combined with Rachel Talley for Arkansas’ first no-hitter.

Tom Pickell

One of Razorback Basketball’s first nationally recognized stars, Pickell was a three-time first-team All-SWC selection and an All-American in 1929 as selected by College Humor magazine. He led the Razorbacks to three straight Southwest Conference titles with his team going 14-2 overall and 8-2 in the league in 1927, 19-1 and 12-0 in 1928, and 19-1 and 11-1 in 1929. During his career, the Hogs combined for a remarkable 52-4 record. Pickell also competed for the Razorbacks in cross country and track and field. Pickell was a member of the Phillips 66ers team and was an AAU All-America selection in 1932, 1933 and 1934. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.

Danny Rhodes

Rhodes was a two-time first-team All-SWC football selection, having earned the recognition in 1971 and again in 1973, and was named to the Arkansas All-Decade Team for the 1970s. He lettered from 1971-73 and was a team captain his senior season, with 128 tackles in 1973, the seventh-highest single-season total in school history at the time. He appeared in three collegiate all-star games. He was taken in the sixth round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts, appearing in 14 games during his only NFL season.

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Razorback Foundation introduces Spirit Squad Club

April 6, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of a program that will help unite men and women who have served the University of Arkansas as cheerleaders, pom squad members or mascots. The Spirit Squad Club will serve as an organization for former and current Razorback spirit squad members to further connect and engage as they continue to promote Razorback Athletics and the University of Arkansas.

"Having the Spirit Squad Club become a part of the Razorback Foundation family was a natural move," Razorback Foundation Executive Director Scott Varady says. "For decades, thousands of young men and women have demonstrated their school pride and helped generate support for our athletic teams and our university as part of our spirit squads. We are grateful for their dedication and are proud to provide a place where our Razorback spirit squad members, both past and present, can connect with each other and continue to be involved with Razorback Athletics."

Foundation Opens Central Arkansas Office, Welcomes New Directors

May 25, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback Foundation, Inc., announced it will open an office in Central Arkansas that will include two full-time employees, Executive Director Scott Varady said on Wednesday.

Mica Strother and Susannah “Susie” Shinn have been hired as directors of development and will be based primarily in the new Razorback Foundation office in Little Rock. Strother was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Baldwin & Shell Construction. Shinn most recently served as the Director of Annual Giving at Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock.

“We have Razorback Foundation members from all corners of the state and throughout the region that provide vital support for the development of Razorback student-athletes academically and athletically,” Varady said. “We are grateful for that widespread support and continue to look for better ways to serve our membership and to welcome new members. We want every Arkansan to be a part of the Razorback Foundation and connected to the Razorbacks. With the addition of Mica and Susie and the opening of our Central Arkansas office, we will be able to more efficiently serve our members in all areas of the state.

“Mica and Susie are outstanding additions to our Razorback Foundation team. They are both well respected within in their field and have developed professional relationships throughout the state. Mica and Susie understand our state and how it rallies around the Razorbacks. We are pleased to have them join the Razorback Family.”

While at Baldwin and Shell Construction, Strother was in charge of planning and implementing business development and marketing programs for all levels of the company. She joined the company in 2015 after spending the previous three years as the owner of Strother Strategies, Inc., a fundraising consultant for political candidates and non-profits in Arkansas. Strother was the finance director of former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s 2006 and 2010 gubernatorial campaigns. She also worked for seven years as the director of appointments to boards and commissions for Governor Beebe from 2007-14. From 2003-05, Strother was the Assistant Attorney General and Director of Community Relations for the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.

Strother earned her bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University and her Juris Doctor from the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and the Pulaski County Bar Association.

“‘Calling the Hogs’ for a living is a dream come true,” Strother said. “It’s an honor and privilege to get to be a part of the time-honored Razorback tradition and help further connect Razorback fans with the program they love.”

Shinn comes to the Razorback Foundation after serving the past three years as the director of annual giving at Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock. While she was at Episcopal, she was responsible for planning, developing and implementing fundraising efforts for the school including all annual giving campaigns, alumni relations and special events.

Prior to that, Shinn spent three years as the director of development for Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County (2011-13) and three years as the marketing and community relations liaison at Community Clinic at Saint Francis House (2009-11) in Northwest Arkansas.

Shinn has both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Arkansas. She is a member of numerous organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Public Relations Society of America.

“As an avid Razorback fan and a two-time University of Arkansas alumna, I am thrilled to join the Razorback Foundation and serve the state in this capacity,” Shinn said. “I look forward to visiting with those throughout the state who are providing vital support for Razorback student-athletes through the Razorback Foundation as well as those who are interested in joining the Razorback Foundation.”

The Razorback Foundation’s new Central Arkansas office will be located in the Simmons Tower building in Little Rock.

Razorback Foundation introduces Spirit Squad Club

April 6, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of a program that will help unite men and women who have served the University of Arkansas as cheerleaders, pom squad members or mascots. The Spirit Squad Club will serve as an organization for former and current Razorback spirit squad members to further connect and engage as they continue to promote Razorback Athletics and the University of Arkansas.

"Having the Spirit Squad Club become a part of the Razorback Foundation family was a natural move," Razorback Foundation Executive Director Scott Varady says. "For decades, thousands of young men and women have demonstrated their school pride and helped generate support for our athletic teams and our university as part of our spirit squads. We are grateful for their dedication and are proud to provide a place where our Razorback spirit squad members, both past and present, can connect with each other and continue to be involved with Razorback Athletics."

As part of its commitment to connecting former and current squad members, the Spirit Squad Club will host two reunion events during the year, including a spring reunion in conjunction with the Red vs. White football game. This year’s Red vs. White football game will be held on Saturday, April 23. The Spirit Squad Club will also hold a reunion event each year in the fall in conjunction with Homecoming festivities on campus.

In addition to invitations to the biannual reunion events, Spirit Squad Club members will be eligible for other benefits based on availability, including access to special pricing on football season tickets within designated Razorback Foundation priority sections subject to availability, an official Spirit Squad Club membership card, a 15 percent discount at Hog Heaven on non-game days and invitations to other special events.

The Spirit Squad Club is open to all former and current cheer, mascots, and pom members who served a minimum of one year on their respective squad. An annual membership to the club requires a minimum $50 donation to the Razorback Foundation. The $50 membership fee is waived for current Razorback Foundation members. All current spirit squad members (including cheer, pom, and mascots) are eligible for a complimentary membership in the Spirit Squad Club after completing one full academic year of active service in the Athletic Department’s Spirit Squad program.

All applicants may submit their request to join the program to SpiritSquads@razorbackfoundation.com indicating which squad they participated in accompanied by the year. The Razorback Foundation will make all final determinations of eligibility for the Spirit Squad Club.

Varady Named Razorback Foundation Executive Director and General Counsel

October 6, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas alumnus and longtime senior administrator Scott Varady has been named Executive Director and General Counsel for the Razorback Foundation it was announced on Tuesday.

Varady has served more than 19 years with the University of Arkansas’ Office of the General Counsel including his role as Associate General Counsel. Varady was a member of the University’s Executive Committee and was responsible for developing and implementing University legal strategies and advising the Chancellor, the University’s Executive Committee, senior-level administrators (Provost, Deans and Department Chairs), faculty, and staff, on all University legal matters. Varady also coordinated the legal operations of the Fayetteville office with the General Counsel of the UA system.

“The athletic and academic achievements of Razorback student-athletes are a source of pride and inspiration for Arkansans in every corner of our state and around the world,” Varady said. “As a native Arkansan and lifelong Razorback fan, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the team of dedicated professionals at the Razorback Foundation. With the support of the outstanding membership of the Razorback Foundation, I am confident that we can build upon a tradition of excellence to achieve new heights of success and enable Razorback student-athletes to achieve their full athletic and academic potential. I am grateful to the Board for this opportunity and excited for the future of the Razorback Foundation and Razorback Athletics.”

In his previous role, Varady provided legal advice and representation to the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics including negotiating and drafting coaching employment agreements, sponsorship and media rights agreements, and worked on trademark and licensing issues. In addition, he coordinated and represented the University in three major NCAA infraction cases. Varady also consulted with the legal counsel of the Razorback Foundation on an ongoing basis in matters relating to the department.

“Scott is a very positive addition to the Razorback Foundation,” Razorback Foundation Board Chairman Ken Mourton said. “He is certainly familiar with the Razorback Foundation after working closely with it on behalf of the university for many years. He has been very active in matters related to the athletics department. Scott has always had a tremendous relationship with the leadership and membership of the Razorback Foundation and I’m confident that will continue in his new role as executive director and general counsel. I believe it will be a seamless transition and that the Razorback Foundation will continue to grow and prosper under his leadership.”

Varady will begin his tenure with the Razorback Foundation on December 1, taking over for interim executive director Norm DeBriyn. Named interim executive director in July, DeBriyn has announced retirement from the Razorback Foundation effective this January.

“With Scott Varady, we are gaining not only a highly respected and accomplished leader, but someone who understands the importance our university and Razorback Athletics plays throughout Arkansas and beyond,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “He has worked closely with the Razorback Foundation and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics throughout his tenure at the University of Arkansas, including negotiating coaches’ employment agreements and representing the department in various matters crucial to the success of our program.

“Scott has demonstrated the ability to build relationships and engender good will for the university even when working in difficult circumstances. As a native Arkansan, Scott has a lifelong, deeply rooted passion for the Razorbacks and the University of Arkansas. His love and long-term commitment to this institution, coupled with his wide-ranging expertise, makes him an excellent choice to lead the Razorback Foundation.”

Prior to joining the University, Varady worked as an Associate at Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. in Little Rock with a focus on commercial litigation. Prior to joining the Mitchell Firm, Varady worked as an Associate with the firm of Swidler & Berlin, Chartered, in Washington, D.C., where his practice focused on telecommunications, environmental insurance recovery litigation and general litigation.

Varady also served as a staff member for former Senator Dale L. Bumpers on the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee and for former Representative Bill Alexander. Varady received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993, graduating magna cum laude, and he was inducted into The Order of the Coif, and was a member of The Tax Lawyer law journal.

Prior to attending law school, Varady received a Master of Science in Foreign Service while concentrating in international business diplomacy, finance, and trade from Georgetown University in 1988, where he also earned the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.

A Little Rock native, Varady earned a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1985. Varady is admitted to practice in Arkansas, the District of Columbia, the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Varady and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Nathan, a senior mechanical engineering major at MIT who is a captain of the MIT football team, and Emily, a freshman in the Honors College who is majoring in international studies and is a member of Tri Delt at the University of Arkansas.

2015 UA Sports Hall of Honor Class Announced

June 15, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A total of nine former University of Arkansas student-athletes will be inducted as members of the 2015 class of the UA Sports Hall of Honor this September. The honorees include a pair of consensus football All-Americans, one of the top rebounders in school history, two NCAA championship divers, a women’s track and field star and one of the most decorated men’s track and field stars in the storied tradition of Razorback Track and Field.

The 2015 class includes former Razorback football greats Steve Korte, Kendall Trainor and Lynn Garner, men’s basketball star Derek Hood, baseball standout Mike Loggins, divers Ron Meyer and Robin Ford, women’s track and field All-American Deedee Brown-Campbell and men’s track and field All-American and NCAA Champion Niall Bruton. The 2015 inductees were elected to the UA Sports Hall of Honor based on a vote by former Razorback letter winners in conjunction with the A Club.

"We are proud to announce the inductees for the 2015 University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. “This year’s class includes nine outstanding Razorback student-athletes who competed in seven different programs at the University of Arkansas in careers spanning four decades. Being selected by your peers for induction into the UA Sports Hall of Honor is the highest honor any Razorback student-athlete can receive from the A Club. We look forward to recognizing their extraordinary achievements during the Hall of Honor weekend this September.” The 2015 class will be inducted during the Hall of Honor weekend, Sept. 3-5. Hall of Honor weekend includes a golf tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club and an induction banquet at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale. Inductees will also be recognized during half-time of Arkansas’ football home opener against UTEP at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Tables and individual tickets to the induction banquet and the Hall of Honor golf tournament may be purchased from the Razorback Foundation. Sponsorships are also available for the banquet and golf outing. For more information, call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000 or visit the Hall of Honors website.

Razorback Foundation Introduces Priority Points Program

August 8, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Razorback Foundation members will soon be able to take advantage of an easy-to-use, interactive priority points system that will further ensure members are rewarded for their generosity, loyalty and continued support in a fair, equitable and positive manner.

Beginning with the 2014-15 athletic season, the Razorback Priority Points Program will utilize an interactive system designed to allocate tickets, parking and other benefits by awarding points to Foundation members for Annual Fund, capital, endowments and other gifts along with consecutive years of giving while also recognizing the contributions of all former Razorback student-athletes.

"We are pleased to introduce the Razorback Priority Points System to better serve our more than 13,000 Razorback Foundation members," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. "For the past 18 months, the leadership of the Razorback Foundation has been working tirelessly to seek feedback from current members while analyzing other successful points systems around the country.

"This comprehensive process has resulted in a customized plan specific to the University of Arkansas that will reward loyalty and provide donors with what they need to make informed decisions about their membership. Most importantly, it will provide a framework for the continued growth of the Razorback Foundation and the future success of our more than 460 student-athletes."

This week, current Razorback Foundation members are being mailed a Razorback Priority Points program brochure that outlines the program that will be utilized beginning in 2014 to allocate new season tickets, fulfill requests for additional tickets and rank priority for upgrades for football, men's basketball and baseball. In addition, the packet will include a personalized statement detailing priority points accumulated by current Razorback Foundation members.

Beginning in January 2014, Razorback Foundation members will be able to access their points online and see their rank within their donor class. Benefits will continue to be distributed initially by annual fund membership class, but points will then be used to determine priority within each class.

"The Razorback Priority Points System marks an important milestone in the history of the Razorback Foundation," Razorback Foundation Executive Director Sean Rochelle says. "It is the centerpiece of our commitment to more effectively engage our members while enhancing their membership experience. As one of only three SEC programs not utilizing a priority points system, we have been limited in our ability to measure the full value of our members' contributions."

"With the Razorback Priority Points System, we will have the ability to recognize the loyalty and contributions of our long time members while providing new donors an opportunity to become active in supporting our program. We are confident that this will not only increase member satisfaction, but also provide a system that accurately gauges all aspects of Razorback Foundation support."

Find additional information about the Razorback Priority Points Program, including a PDF version of the brochure

Find additional information on the Razorback Priority Points Program, including a PDF version of the brochure, here.

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Hall of Honor Golf Outing & Induction Banquet

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Razorback Road Trip – Southwest Classic

September 30, 2017

Men’s Basketball Pledge Payment Deadline

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Baseball, Men’s Olympic Sports, Women’s Sport Pledge Payment Deadline