Air Force announces fourth athletics hall of fame class

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    Feb. 8, 2013

    The Air Force Academy announced its fourth class for induction into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. The six inductees, swimmers Karen Burton and Patty Martinez, legendary football coach Fisher DeBerry, multi-sport athlete Parke Hinman, track star Eric Mack and football consensus All-American Carlton McDonald will be inducted on Saturday, May 11, at 6 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Marriott.

    Burton (Reeder) is a 1984 graduate and 16-time NCAA Division II All-American in swimming. She won the 1984 NCAA championship in the 400 IM and was a two-time team most valuable player. Her swimming career continued after graduation as she set a world record for swimming the Catalina (Calif.) Channel in 1994 in addition to being the 1996 and 1997 World Series marathon swimming champion. She also completed the English Channel solo swim in 1993 and was a silver medalist in the 1991 World Championships.

    DeBerry is the winningest coach in school history with a 169-109-1 overall record in his brilliant 23-year career as head coach at the Academy. A 2011 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, DeBerry won three conference championships and led the program to 12 bowl games. He posted a remarkable 35-11 record in Commander-in-Chief's Trophy games while leading the Academy to 14 of the school's 18 trophy titles. DeBerry earned conference coach of the year honors three times and national coach of the year honors in 1985 while leading Air Force to a 12-1 record and No. 5 final national ranking.

    Hinman, a 1964 graduate, was the first four-sport lettermen in school history, earning the honors in basketball, football, track and baseball. He won the Academy's athletic excellence award in 1964 and was the men's basketball most valuable player in 1963. He ranks in the top 10 all-time at the Academy in the long jump.

    Mack is a 1996 graduate and a six-time conference champion in track and cross country. A three-time All-American in distance events, Mack was the top American finisher while placing third at the 1995 NCAA cross country championships. He is the Academy record-holder in the 3,000- and 5,000-meters and was the Academy's most valuable male athlete in 1996. He also won the 5,000-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1996.

    Martinez (Gillette) is a 1983 graduate and was a six-time individual NCAA Division II national champion, winning the 400 IM from 1980-83, the 500 freestyle in 1980 and the 1,650 freestyle in 1981. She owns more national individual titles than any other athlete in school history. A 23-time All-American honoree, the three-time team MVP still ranks in the top four at the Academy in four events.

    McDonald, a 1993 graduate, is one of just five consensus football All-Americans in school history, earning the honor in 1992. A finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back, he finished second which is the highest finish ever for an Air Force player. He ranks second in school history in career interceptions with 16 and is still the school's record holder for blocked kicks in a game with three. He is third all-time at the Academy in career blocked kicks with eight.

    To register for the ceremony, please go to https://airforce.donornetpac.com/Login.aspx. The cost of the event is $75.

    2013 AIR FORCE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

    Karen Burton (Reeder)/Swimming - Class of 1984

    •16-time NCAA Division II All-American •Won the 1984 NCAA championship in the 400 IM •Two-time team MVP •Set world record for swimming the Catalina Channel in 1994 •1996 and 1997 World Series marathon swimming champion

    Fisher DeBerry/Head Football Coach - 1984-06

    •Winningest coach in school history with career record of 169-109-1 •2011 College Football Hall of Fame inductee •Led Air Force to three conference championships and 12 bowl games •Three-time conference coach of the year and 1985 national coach of the year •Posted a 35-11 record in Commander-in-Chief's Trophy games and led Academy to 14 of 18 trophy titles

    Parke Hinman/Basketball, Football, Track and Baseball - Class of 1964

    •First four-sport lettermen in school history •Lettered in basketball, football, track and baseball •Won the Academy's athletic excellence award in 1964 •Men's basketball most valuable player in 1963 •Ranks among the top 10 all-time at the Academy in the long jump

    Eric Mack/Track - Class of 1996

    •Six-time conference champion in track •Three-time All-American in distance events •Third-place finisher, top American, in the 1995 NCAA cross country championships •Air Force Academy male athlete of the year in 1996 •Academy record holder in the 3,000- and 5,000-meters

    Patty Martinez/Swimming - Class of 1983

    •Six-time NCAA Division II national champion •Won national titles in the 400 IM from 1980-83, 500 freestyle in 1980 and 1,650 freestyle in 1981 •Winner of more national individual titles than any swimmer in school history •23-time All-American honoree •Three-time team MVP and still ranks in the top four in Academy history in four events

    Carlton McDonald/Football - Class of 1993

    •One of five consensus football All-Americans in school history, earning the honor in 1992 •Finalist, finishing second, for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back in 1992 •Second in school history in career interceptions with 16 •School record holder in blocked kicks in a game with three •Third all-time in Air Force history in career blocked kicks with eight

    AIR FORCE ACADEMY HALL OF FAME CLASSES

    2007

    Alonzo Babers, class of 1983, Track, 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist, All-American in track in 1983

    Bob Beckel, class of 1959, Men's Basketball, 1959 Helms All-American

    John Clune, Athletics Administration, Director of Athletics, 1975-91

    Chad Hennings, class of 1988, Football, 1987 consensus football All-American and Outland Trophy winner

    Michelle Johnson, class of 1981, Women's Basketball, 1995 CoSIDA Academic All-American

    Brock Strom, class of 1959, Football, 1958 consensus All-American

    2009

    Jim Bowman, Athletic Administration, former coach and administrator, 1958-2007

    Callie Calhoun (Molloy), class of 1991, Track, multi All-American and national champion

    Dee Dowis, class of 1990, Football, 1989 Heisman Trophy finalist

    Ernie Jennings, class of 1971, Football, 1970 consensus football All-American

    Terry Isaacson, class of 1964, Wrestling/Football, three-time wrestling All-American

    Ben Martin, Coach, head football coach, 1958-77

    2011

    Jim Conboy, Athletic Administration, head athletic trainer, 1955-98

    Gail Conway (Gray), class of 1984, Track, two-time national champion

    Chuck Delich, class of 1977, Ice Hockey, school's all-time leading scorer

    Bob Nieman, class of 1970, Swimming, two-time All-American

    Scott Thomas, class of 1986, Football, consensus All-American in 1985

    2013

    Karen Burton (Reeder), class of 1984, Swimming, 16-time NCAA Division II All-American

    Fisher DeBerry, Coach, head football coach, 1984-06

    Parker Hinman, class of 1964, Basketball, Football, Baseball and Track, first four-sport lettermen at the Academy

    Eric Mack, class of 1996, Track, six-time conference champion and three-time All-American

    Patty Martinez (Gillette), class of 1983, Swimming, six-time NCAA Division II individual national champion

    Carlton McDonald, class of 1993, Football, consensus All-American in 1992 and Thorpe Award runner-up

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