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Athletics Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees

The Snow College Athletic Department and Alumni Association are proud to introduce a celebration of the rich athletic legacies of former student-athletes who have helped bring recognition, honor, distinction, and excellence to Snow College. The Snow College Athletic Hall of Fame is established to honor, pay tribute to, and perpetuate the legacy of former athletes, coaches, teams, and supporters who, either through participation, devotion and/or interest, have made outstanding contributions to intercollegiate athletics.

Nearly a century of Badger athletic history has been reviewed by a committee of faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. They have reviewed the accomplishments of hundreds of athletes who have proudly worn Snow College uniforms. The committee’s vital task was to identify deserving athletes who will be recognized in the inaugural group of the Snow College Athletic Hall of Fame. The first induction class recognizes 19 individuals and one team, representing excellence from nine sports and every decade of Badger athletics.

Snow College Athletics and the Alumni Association are proud to announce the inaugural 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees:

1920-1924 Administrator: Rulon “Bunny” Clark

Rulon Clark was hired as athletic director at Snow College in 1920, and it was under his administration that football was introduced into the athletic program of the institution for the first time. In 1923, a Junior College League was started in the state. It included Snow, Dixie College, and Branch Agricultural College.

1925 Track Athlete: Howard Nielson

Howard Nielson, with a time of 10:3:05 seconds, set a new record for the Junior College 100 Yard Dash. Along with setting the 100 Yard Dash record, Howard also placed first in the 220 Yard Dash, 880 Yard Relay and the Mile Relay. The team received two beautiful banners for winning the relays

1924-25 and 1927-1934 Football and Basketball Coach: Ike Young

Ivan “Ike” Young came to Snow as the athletic director and coach in 1924-25, and then left after becoming the head coach at Springville High School for the next two years. After coaching at Springville, he returned to Snow in 1928 to resume the athletic director responsibilities until his final year at Snow in 1934. Coach Young started a winning football organization here at Snow College and also helped coach the basketball team. Ike also implemented the idea of Snow College having a mascot, eventually leading to the Badger.

1946-1954 Men’s Basketball Coach: Jim Williams

Jim Williams was the basketball coach for Snow College from 1946-1954. In 1954, Coach Williams led the Badgers to the National Junior College Basketball Tournament, taking the team all the way to the championship game, where ultimately the team lost in overtime to Moberly College of Missouri. After the 1954 season with the Badgers, Coach Williams took his coaching talents to Colorado State University, where he continued his coaching success.

1948-1970 Tennis Coach: Lee R. Thompson

Lee R. Thompson began the first phase of the Snow College Tennis dynasty, where over his 22-year tenure as tennis coach, his teams never finished lower than second place in the Intermountain Collegiate Athletic Conference (ICAC).

1951-2010 Individual: Wilbur Braithwaite:

A former basketball and tennis coach at Manti High School, Wilbur Braithwaite made significant contributions to the tennis community. In 37 years of coaching he was never given a technical foul. Manti High named its new gym and tennis courts after Coach Braithwaite. In 1989 he was inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame and was the Olympic torch bearer in February 2002.

1954-1979 Football Coach: Robert “Bob” Stoddard

Robert Stoddard was coach of the 1963 ICAC Champion Snow College football team and, the Snow College football field is named in his honor. Beginning in 1954, Bob began 38 years at Snow serving as head football coach, track coach, and wrestling coach eventually becoming the athletic director.

1954-1955 Basketball Athlete: Hal Jensen

Snow College’s highest scoring forward, was placed on the All-American First Team. This was the first time this had happened in the history of athletics at Snow College. He also helped the basketball team make it to the finals in a national championship. Hal had a 25.4 game point average and scored a record of 45 points against Carbon College, which still stands as an all-time high at Snow.

1958-1960 Track & Football Athlete: Dennis Hansen

Dennis Hansen was a member of both the football and track teams. Hansen was named a member of the football All-Conference (ICAC) team, along with being named to the All-American Team. Dennis was also a part of the relay track team, who were named conference champions.

1970-1972 Men’s Basketball Athlete: J.J. Grant

J.J. is from Castle Dale, Utah, and played forward and center for Snow College. He started at forward and would play the post when needed. While at Snow, J.J. played 61 out of 64 games in his two years. He scored 15.3 points per game while shooting the ball efficiently at 57.8%, and he was also a decent free throw shooter, shooting 70% from the stripe. While J.J. played on the basketball team here at Snow, the team posted an impressive two-year record of 44-18.

1971-1987 Women’s Coach: Ann Bricker

In 1971, Ann Bricker was hired as a physical education instructor. She also served as an administrator, director of the intramural program, and a trainer. Ann also taught several physical education classes each term. Ann looked forward to begin coaching women’s sports, but there were no organized sports for her to coach. She spent her years at Snow program building for women’s intercollegiate sports. Eventually, Ann received a budget of $700 dollars to support competitive softball, basketball, and volleyball programs. The small budget hardly covered the traveling costs, and Ann and the Lady Badgers often paid most of their expenses. In 1975, the women’s intercollegiate budget was increased to $3,000. From 1976 to 1986 women’s sports at Snow College were becoming a power-house, and this was thanks to Ann developing organized women’s sports at Snow.

1984 Women’s Softball and Volleyball Athlete: Annie Watson

Annie became a two-sport All-American in both softball and volleyball, setting the pace and standard for future decades of Lady Badgers.

1985 National Championship Football Team

Snow College’s only National Championship team to date, the Badgers finished the 1985 season undefeated (11-0) after a convincing 29-14 win over Northeastern Oklahoma in the Mid-America Bowl on December 7, 1985.

1991-1993 Football Athlete: Dwayne Sanders

During his time at Snow, Dwayne Sanders earned first-team defense National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American honors. He was given 10 votes in the 1992 Best in the West ranking before being recruited by Washington State University and playing in the NFL.

1992-2005 Men’s Basketball Coach: Jon Judkins

Jon Judkins was head coach of Snow College Basketball from 1992–2005 with a record of 284 wins and, 128 losses (69%). He won back-to-back Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) Championships and coach of the year in 1999 and 2000. Jon is currently serving in his ninth year as coach at Dixie State with a record of 145 wins and, 78 losses (65%).

1996-1997 Football Athlete: Kevin Curtis

Kevin Curtis began his collegiate career at Snow College, where he received All-American honors as a wide receiver. He also earned First-Team All-Conference and team most valuable player honors and he served as a team captain as well. As a freshman, Kevin had 30 catches for 600 yards and five touchdowns. As a sophomore he recorded 55 receptions for 1,100 yards and 19 touchdowns. He transferred to Utah State and was later drafted to the NFL in 2003 as a wide receiver with a career of 252 receptions for 3,291 yards and 20 receiving touchdowns.

1998 Football Athlete: Josh Heupel

While at Snow College Josh had, 2,308 yards passing and 28 touchdowns. He went on to play at the University of Oklahoma, where he was the Heisman Trophy runner-up and, National Champion, and received multiple MVP awards. He currently coaches at Oklahoma.

1999-2000 Football Athlete: Aaron Boone

Aaron began his athletic career as a QB playing high school football at Millard High in his hometown of Fillmore, Utah. He came to Snow College as a walk on QB but found his success when he switched positions becoming Snow's career all-time leading wide receiver. He was awarded First-Team All-American by the JC Gridwire, All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and Snow College Male Athlete of the Year. In two record-setting seasons he compiled 114 receptions, 2,150 receiving yards, and 24 touchdowns. During his sophomore year alone he averaged 150 receiving yards per game over 10 games, which is the highest of any receiver in a single season in the history of the NJCAA.

Upon graduation from Snow, Aaron attended the University of Kentucky, where he again became the teams leading wide receiver. During his senior year he also led the very competitive SEC Conference in touchdowns. As a professional athlete, he played nine seasons in the NFL, NFL-Europe, and Arena Football leagues where he received a number of honors including First-Team All NFL-Europe, 2004 World Bowl Champion, AFL All Rookie Team, AFL All-Arena WR selection, Utah Blaze all-time leading wide receiver.

2003 Football Athlete: Deuce Lutui

Deuce played one year at Snow College, receiving a number of junior college honors, before going to USC, and then the Arizona Cardinals. Drafted in the second round, he played six seasons with the Cardinals, starting in over 80 games.

2004-2006 Football Athlete: Cade Cooper

In his Sophomore year, Cade Cooper was the starting quarterback and National Junior College Player of the Year. He threw for over 3,100 yards and , 33 touchdowns and ran for another four touchdowns that season.