Air Force Announces Third Hall of Fame Class
Jan. 11, 2011
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force Academy announced its third class for induction into the Air Force Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. The five inductees, Jim Conboy, Gail (Conway) Gray, Chuck Delich, Bob Nieman and Scott Thomas will be inducted on Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Marriott.
The inductees represent a legendary athletic trainer, a national champion track and field star, the Academy's all-time leading scorer in hockey, a multi All-American swimmer and a consensus All-American football player.
Conboy, who is being inducted post-humously, was the first athletic trainer in Academy history and held the position from 1955-98. He was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers' Hall of Fame in 1980 and awarded the 1990 Pioneer Award by the Rocky Mountain Trainers' Association. That organization currently presents a scholarship in his name. During his career, Conboy missed just one of 480 career football games.
Gray (Conway) was a two-time NCAA Division II national champion in the 400- and 800-meters and a six-time All-American. She is a member of the three fastest 4x400-yard relay teams in Academy history and the two fastest 4x400-meter relay teams. Grey earned three Academy Outstanding Competitor awards (1982-84) and served as the school's cross country coach from 1989-91.
Delich is the hockey all-time leading scorer in Academy history with 156 goals and 279 points. He still holds the single-season records for goals and points along with 12 other school records. A two-time team most valuable player, Delich is 12th on the NCAA career scoring list. He served as an assistant coach at Air Force from 1981-85 as head coach from 1985-97.
Nieman was a two-time All-American (1969-70) in swimming and a member of the 1976 Olympic modern pentathlon team. He later became the first American in history to win a world championship in the modern pentathlon. A member of the 1980 Olympic team, Nieman was a finalist for the Sullivan Award in 1980 and 1981 as the top amateur athlete in the country.
Thomas was a consensus football All-American in 1985 and was selected to play in the Hula Bowl after leading Air Force to a 12-1 record in 1985. Thomas was a multiple all-conference honoree and recorded 10 career interceptions, which ranks fifth in school history. He finished the 1985 season as one of only seven players in NCAA history with a punt, kickoff and interception return for a touchdown in a season.