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PSU Athletics Announces 2018 HOF Class

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PITTSBURG — Pittsburg State University is pleased to announce its 2018 induction class into the Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. The group – comprised of seven individuals and one team – will be formally inducted during ceremonies on campus in October.
 
PSU's Class of 2018 is headlined by a cast of decorated athletes and coaches:  Lizzy Anyigor-Abitogun (2001-04), an All-American and record-breaking member of the volleyball team; Renee (Dunlap) Newbanks (1992-95), a two-time All-MIAA performer in softball and the all-time winningest pitcher in program history; Doug Gillispie (1996-99), a three-time All-MIAA performer in men's basketball and school record setter in several statistical categories; Gene Iba, the men's basketball coach from 1996-2010 who led the Gorillas to the program's first MIAA crown and first NCAA Tournament appearances; Josh Lattimer (2001-05), a two-time All-American linebacker in football; and Chad Weeks (2002-05), a two-time All-American offensive lineman in football.
 
The 1965 Men's Cross Country Team, which finished fourth overall at the NAIA National Championships ­– the highest national finish in program history to date – and Gary Pepin, a former Gorillas track & field athlete who has enjoyed a decorated 38-year tenure as head men's and women's track & field coach at the University of Nebraska, will be inducted in the Hall of Fame's "Legacy" category.
 
The Legacy category, created in 2005, focuses solely on individuals who completed their athletic eligibility 50 years from the current calendar year in an attempt to bolster the school's rich heritage from earlier years.
 
"Once again PSU Athletics is blessed with the opportunity to pay tribute to a handful of elite individuals representing the proud history and tradition of Gorilla intercollegiate athletics," said Dan Wilkes, associate athletic director and chair of the PSU Athletics Hall of Fame Committee. "We are tremendously proud of this group that comprises the Class of 2018 and eager to appropriately honor and celebrate them next fall."


2018 Hall of Fame Inductee Profiles

Lizzy Anyigor-Abitogun, Volleyball Athlete, 2001-04
~  NCAA-II All-America, 2004 (3rd, AVCA; 3rd, Daktronics)
~  MIAA All-Conference, 2001, '04 (1st, '04; 2nd, '01)
~  MIAA Player of the Year, 2004 (1st PSU player to receive this honor)
~  Recorded ,1337 career kills (2nd highest kill total in PSU history)
~  Set PSU single-season record for kills (716), 2004
~  Set PSU match record for kills w/ 34 vs. Drury, 9-9-04
 
Renee (Dunlap) Newbanks, Softball Athlete, 1992-95
~  MIAA All-Conference, 1993, '95 (1st, P, '93; H.M., P, '95)
~  MIAA Freshman of the Year, 1992
~  Pitched two no-hitters in her career, including a perfect game vs. Missouri S&T, 3-26-95;
    also pitched five one-hitters in her career
~  Pitched in a school record 141 career games and compiled a 90-35 (.720) career record
~  Set PSU records for career wins (90), single-season wins (26 in 1994)
~  Helped lead PSU to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances ('93-95)
 
Doug Gillispie, Men's Basketball Athlete, 1996-99
~  NCAA-II All-Region, 1999 (2nd, '99, NABC)                
~  MIAA All-Conference, 1997, '98, '99 (1st, '99; 2nd, '98; H.M., '97)
~  Scored 1085 points & grabbed 652 rebounds in 114 career games 
~  Set (still holds) PSU record for career FG% (.646)
~  Set (still holds) PSU record for season FG% (.624), 1999
~  Ranked 10th in PSU history in career scoring (16th now)
~  Ranked 5th in PSU history in career rebounding (6th now)
 
Gene Iba, Men's Basketball Coach, 1996-2010
~  Served for 15 years as the Gorillas head coach, compiling a 261-172 (.603) overall record
~ Led PSU to the school's first MIAA title and a No. 1 national ranking in 1999
~ Led the Gorillas to the school's first NCAA National Tournament appearance in 1997
    and five overall berths in the national tournament
~ Guided the Gorillas all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 1997
~ Compiled the second-most victories in Pitt State program history
 
Josh Lattimer, Football Athlete, 2002-05
~  NCAA-II All-American, 2004-05 (HM, LB, '04; 2nd LB, '05)
~  MIAA All-Conference, 2003, '04, '05 (2nd, LB, '03-04; 1st, LB, '05)
~  Finished his career with 394 tackles – 2nd-highest total in school history (3rd now)
~  Also a three-time All-MIAA performer in the javelin in track & field (2002-04)
~  Entering his first year as a full-time member of the Pitt State football coaching staff (2018)
    after serving as defensive coordinator at Northeastern State, 2014-17
 
Chad Weeks, Football Athlete, 2002-05                 
~  NCAA-II All-American, 2004-05 (1st, OL, '04-05)
~  MIAA All-Conference, 2003, '04, 05 (HM, OL, '03; 1st, OL, '04-05)
~  Helped 2004 PSU offense set NCAA all-time scoring (837 pts) & total offense (8,976 yds)
    records as well as DII all-time rushing record (5,320 yds)

 
Legacy Category
 
1965 Men's Cross Country Team
~  The squad enjoyed the greatest season in program history to date as the Gorillas placed
    fourth at the 1965 NAIA National Championships at Omaha, Neb.
~ Pitt State finished second in the CIC Conference meet behind only eventual national
    champion Fort Hays State
 
Gary Pepin, Meritorious Achievement
~  A four-year member of the PSU track & field team, 1963-66
~  A three-time All-CIC performer in the horizontal jumps
~  Has served the past 38 years as head coach of the men's & women's track & field programs at
    the University of Nebraska
~  Has led NU to three national championships & 72 team conference titles.
~  A 2008 USTFCCCA Hall of Fame Inductee
~  Has coached 59 individual national champions, 515 first-team All-America honors and 58
    CoSIDA Academic All-America recipients
~  10-time USTFCCCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year
~  27-time Conference Coach of the Year


2018 Hall of Fame Ceremonies
Pittsburg State's 31st class of inductees will be honored at a special Hall of Fame Induction Banquet at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center on campus. The group also will be honored at halftime of the Gorillas' football game against Northwest Missouri the next day (Oct. 6).

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