Air Force announces 2009 Hall of Fame Class

    Coach Ben Martin
    Coach Ben Martin

    Jan. 13, 2009

    The Air Force Academy announced its second class for induction into the Air Force Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. The six inductees, Jim Bowman, Callie Molloy (Calhoun), Dee Dowis, Terry Isaacson, Ernie Jennings and Ben Martin will be inducted on Friday, May 1, at the Colorado Springs Marriott.

    The six inductees represent a former athletic coach and administrator, a track and cross country multiple All-American, two of the football program's most decorated performers, a multiple-sport standout and a former coach who held one of the longest tenures in Air Force history.

    Bowman first came to the Academy in 1958 as a physical education instructor. He was named head junior varsity football coach in 1960. He led the junior varsity for four years before taking over the freshman team and working as the associate athletic director for recruiting support. Bowman coached the freshmen until 1975 when he went back to the junior varsity head post. After the 1975 season, Bowman stepped down from coaching to devote his full duties to recruiting support, where he served until his retirement in 2007. In his five seasons as the junior varsity head coach, Bowman compiled a 24-4-1 record, with his 1963 and 1975 teams going undefeated. In his 11 seasons as the freshman coach, Bowman led the squad to a 37-28 mark. During his tenure at the Academy, Bowman was a part of the athletic staff that led the Falcons to 17 postseason bowl games. In 2001, Bowman was inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 1958 Cotton Bowl team.

    Callie Molloy (Calhoun), a 1991 Academy graduate, is one of the most decorated female athletes in Academy history. She is a five-time NCAA Division II track and field national champion (3,000-meter run, 5,000-meter run, 10,000-meter run) and won the 1990 NCAA Division II cross country national championship. She is an eight-time track and field All-American and three-time cross country All-American. In addition, she was the team captain of both squads and a two-time track team MVP, as well as a 1991 NCAA Academic All-American. She is still the school record-holder in the 3,000-meters (indoor and outdoor), the 5,000-meters (indoor and outdoor) and the 10,000-meters. In 2001, she was inducted into the NCAA Division II track and field hall of fame. Molloy is also the younger sister of Air Force head football coach Troy Calhoun.

    Dowis is a 1990 graduate of the Academy and was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Falcons. He was a finalist for the 1989 Heisman Trophy award, awarded to college football's best player. His sixth-place finish is the highest of any Falcon ever. Dowis was also awarded the Downtown Athletic Club's Exemplary Player Award in 1989. Dowis earned honorable mention All-American honors in 1989 while being named the Western Athletic Conference's offensive player of the year. In 1989, he became the fifth player in NCAA history to rush and pass for over a 1,000 yards in the same season while leading Air Force to a Liberty Bowl appearance. Dowis scored a school-record six touchdowns and rushed for a then-school record 249 yards vs. San Diego State in 1989.

    Isaacson, who is a retired Air Force colonel, is the Academy's only three-time wrestling All-American, earning the honors from 1962-64. He was the NCAA runner-up at 167 pounds in 1962. In addition to his wrestling accolades, Isaacson was a three-year football letterman and led the team in rushing in 1961 and 1963 and in passing and total offense in '62 and '63. He recorded 1,747 yards of total offense as a senior in 1963 while serving as the team captain. He also led the team in punting during the 1962 and '63 seasons. Isaacson was named the Air Force Academy male athlete of the year in 1964 and was recognized as a Helms Football Foundation All-American in football in 1963.

    Jennings is widely known as the best receiver to ever play at the Academy and was regarded as one of the top wide outs in college football in the early `70s. He is one of Air Force's five consensus football All-Americans, earning the honor in 1970. He still holds single-game school records for catches with 15 vs. Wyoming in 1969 and for receiving yards with 235 vs. the Cowboys the following year. His 74 catches for 1,289 yards in 1970 are still single-season Academy records. He is the Air Force career record-holder for pass receptions (148), receiving yardage (2,392), touchdown catches (43), kickoff returns (43) and kickoff return yardage (1,053). He was the first Falcon to finish as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, finishing eighth in 1970. Jennings was the Air Force male athlete of the year in 1971.

    Martin, known as the father of Air Force football, coached the Falcons from 1958-77. He was 96-103-9 during his 20-year tenure, which is the second-longest in school history. Martin led the Falcons to a pair of New Year's Day bowl games, the only two in school history. His 1958 team is the only undefeated team in school history, finishing the year at 9-0-2 and earning a trip to the 1959 Cotton Bowl where it tied TCU, 0-0. The '58 squad featured the school's first consensus All-American, Brock Strom, and helped put the fledgling Falcons on the national map. The school had not even graduated a class when Martin took over and his nine wins are tied for the most by a first-year coach in school history. Martin also led the Falcons to the 1971 Sugar Bowl, defeating the likes of nationally ranked Missouri and Stanford during the 1970 season. Martin passed away in July 2004.

    2009 AIR FORCE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

    JIM BOWMAN

    Football Coach\Associate AD - 1958 to 2007

    • 1958-61 head junior varsity football coach

    • 1961-74 head freshman football coach

    • 1975 head junior varsity football coach

    • In five seasons as JV head coach, compiled a 24-4-1 record

    • Coached undefeated teams in 1963 and 1975

    • In his 11 seasons as freshman coach, his teams were 37-28

    • Member of Falcon staff that participated in 17 bowl games

    • Served as a radio color commentator for AFA football and hockey games

    • In 1995, was awarded an honorary membership to the AOG (Association of Graduates)

    • Personally coached over 1,000 football players

    • Helped more than 13,000 cadet-athletes receive Academy appointments

    CALLIE MOLLOY (CALHOUN)

    Cross Country\Track - Class of 1991

    • Five-time NCAA Division II track and field national champion (3000-meter run, 5000-meter run, 10,000-meter run)

    • 1990 NCAA Division II cross country national champion

    • Eight-time NCAA Division II track and field All-American

    • Three-time NCAA Division II cross country All-American

    • 1990 regional cross country champion

    • 1990 cross country team captain

    • 1991 track and field team captain

    • Two-time track and field MVP

    • 1990 cross country MVP

    • Named track and field outstanding competitor (1989)

    • 1991 NCAA Academic All-American

    • USAFA Athletic Excellence Award Winner (1990)

    • Academy record holder (3K indoor, 3K outdoor, 5K indoor, 5K outdoor, 10K)

    • Ran on three NCAA Division II runner-up cross country teams

    • Inducted into the NCAA Division II Track and Field Hall of Fame (2001)

    DEE DOWIS

    Football - Class of 1990

    • Finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1989 - highest finish ever for an Air Force player

    • Won the Downtown Athletic Club's Exemplary Player of the Award in 1989

    • Honorable mention All-American in 1989 by A.P.

    • WAC Offensive Player of the Year in 1989

    • Selected to play in the Hula Bowl

    • Broke the school record for most rushing yards in a game with 249 in 1989 vs. San Diego State

    • Became the fifth player in NCAA history to rush and pass for 1,000 yards each in a single season

    • AFA Male Athlete of Year, 1990

    • Led team in rushing twice and passing three times

    • 1989 co-captain

    TERRY ISAACSON

    Wrestling/Football - Class of 1964

    • Air Force's only three-time wrestling All-American (1962-64)

    • NCAA runner-up in 1962 (167 pounds)

    • Conference wrestling champion in 1967

    • Three-year football letterman

    • Led team in rushing in 1961 and 1963

    • Led team in passing in 1962 and 1963

    • Led the team in total offense in 1962 and 1963

    • Recorded 1,747 yards of total offense in 1963

    • Led the team in punting in 1962 and 1963

    • AFA Male Athlete of Year, 1964

    • Helms Football Foundation All-American, 1963

    • 1963 football Co-captain

    ERNIE JENNINGS

    Football - Class of 1971

    • Central Press All-American team in 1969

    • Selected to play in the College All-Star game in 1971

    • Consensus All-American in 1970

    • Caught a school-record 15 passes vs. Wyoming in 1969

    • School-record 235 yards receiving vs. Wyoming in 1970

    • Finished eighth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1970 - second-best finish ever for an Air Force player

    • AFA Male Athlete of Year, 1971

    • Led team in receiving yards twice

    • Holds school records for season and career receiving yards

    BEN MARTIN

    Football Coach (1958-1977)

    • Compiled a 20-year record of 96-103-9

    • 20-year stint is the second-longest in service academy football history

    • Called "Father of Air Force Football"

    • Led Falcons to three bowl games, including the 1959 Cotton Bowl, 1963 Gator Bowl and 1971 Sugar Bowl

    • Appearance in the Cotton and Sugar bowl games mark the only New Year's Day bowl games Air Force has participated in

    • Martin's 1958 team, his first at Air Force, is still considered one of the top teams in college football history

    • Martin's 1958 team finished with 9-0-1 regular season record before battling to a 0-0 tie with TCU in the Cotton Bowl to finish 9-0-2.

    • 1958 team featured the school's first consensus All-American, tackle Brock Strom.

    • Coached wide receiver Ernie Jennings, a star on the 1970 team, who went on to earn consensus All-American honors and finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting

     

     

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