WICHITA — Former Pittsburg State University All-American player, national champion and record-setting head football coach and athletic director Chuck Broyles was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Sunday (Oct. 6).
Broyles joined seven other individuals – Mike Bell, Bob Brannum, Martin Gramatica, Al Kelley, Bob Kenney, Bill Lienhard and Nicole Ohlde – as the eight-member Class of 2013 inducted at the Wichita Boathouse in the heart of downtown Wichita.
A native of Mulberry, Kan., Broyles earned honorable mention NAIA All-America honors as a defensive tackle for the Gorillas as a senior in 1968. He later was named to the school's prestigious 100th Anniversary Football Team in 2003.
Broyles became head coach at his alma mater in 1990 and led Pitt State to the school's first NCAA Division II National Championship with a 13-1-1 record in his second season in 1991. In 1999 he became the first collegiate coach in the 20th century to win 100 games in less than 10 full seasons. He earned Division II national coach of the year honors three times during his distinguished tenure - from the AFCA in 1991, from Shutt Sports in 2004 and from Liberty Mutual in 2008.
In 20 seasons leading the Gorillas (1990-2009) Broyles compiled a 198-47-2 record, helping Pitt State claim 15 conference championships and make four appearances in the NCAA Division II National Championship game. He set, and still holds, both Pitt State and MIAA career records for coaching victories.
Broyles coached 91 first-team All-MIAA performers, 75 NCAA Division II All-Americans and two winners of the Harlon Hill Trophy. He also mentored 164 players who earned MIAA Academic honors as well as 16 players who earned Academic All-America accolades. Broyles was inducted into the PSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.
In addition to his head football coach role, Broyles assumed the role of Director of Intercollegiate Athletics in 1996, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 2010.