Air Force announces fourth athletics hall of fame class
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
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
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
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
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