Texas Sports Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2018

Contact: Jay Black

Texas Sports Hall of Fame announces its 2018 Hall of Fame inductees

Distinguished group of athletes will be honored on April 7, 2018

WACO, TX – The Texas Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce the induction of nine new members into its 2018 Hall of Fame class.

Presented by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance, the inductees include former Texas A&I and Chicago Bears running back Johnny Bailey (deceased) former University of Texas volleyball and basketball player Nell Fortner, Mary Hardin-Baylor national championship football coach Pete Fredenburg, Texas A&M quarterback and Super Bowl champion coach Gary Kubiak, Duncanville girls high school basketball coach and eight time state champion Cathy Self-Morgan, former basketball player, coach, and athletic director for Texas Tech Gerald Myers,  former seven time all star Texas Ranger baseball player Michael Young, former University of Texas National Championship quarterback Vince Young and Olympic medalist and University of Texas swimming star Jill Sterkel. The induction class of 2018 will join a long list of Texas sport legends forever being honored as a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

The 2018 class will be honored on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center. A reception will be held at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame before the banquet at 4 p.m. Combination Reception/Banquet tickets are $200 each or $1,400 for a reserved table of eight. Banquet-only tickets can be purchased for $75 each, or $600 for a reserved table of eight. To purchase tickets, please call the museum at 800-567-9561 or visit or follow this link.



“On behalf of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Board of Trustees, staff and previous inductees I extend a warm welcome to the 2018 Hall of Fame class,” said Cooper Jones, President & CEO of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.  “The TSHOF prides itself on recognizing the best and the brightest sports legends in the State of Texas, and the 2018 class certainly lives up to -- and exceeds -- that standard.”

The Hampton Inn North and the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Lacy Lakeview are the host hotels (located 5 minutes from the museum) for the induction banquet. Please mention the Texas Sports Hall of Fame for a discounted rate.

Hampton Inn Waco North
4259 North IH-35
Waco TX 76705, 254-412-1999

 Fairfield Inn
4257 North IH-35
Waco TX 76705, 254-412-2535
For more information, please contact Jay Black at or 800-567-9561.

Texas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Inductees:
JOHNNY BAILEY (deceased). Houston, TX native. Played for Yates High School in Houston when they won the 1985 5A State Championship. Joined Texas A&I (now TAMU-Kingsville) in 1986, finishing with 2,011 rushing yards as a freshman and finishing second for the Harlon Hill Trophy - Division II’s version of the Heisman. Bailey would set unprecedented marks leading Division II in rushing in 1987, 1988 and 1989 winning the Harlon Hill Trophy each year. At the end of his career, Bailey was college football's all-purpose yardage leader with 7,803 yards and number three all-time leading intercollegiate scorer with 428 points. Bailey and Tony Dorsett are the only collegiate running backs to break 6,000 career rushing yards. Bailey went on to play six years in the NFL for the Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, and the St. Louis Rams. He twice led the NFL in punt returns making the Pro Bowl in 1993. Passed away of pancreatic cancer in 2010 at the age of 43.
NELL FORTNER. Jackson, MS native. Played for New Braunfels High School before signing with the University of Texas where she won a dual scholarship in basketball and volleyball. Playing for Jody Conradt, she compiled a 127-26 record over her four seasons at UT. As a basketball player she led Texas to its first national ranking and a seventh place finish at AIAW tournament. In volleyball, as a middle hitter, she helped Texas to the 1981 AIAW national title. After college, Fortner joined the coaching rankings starting with Killeen High School in 1983. Her first collegiate position was with Stephen F. Austin as an assistant from 1986-1990. Her first head position in the college ranks was with Purdue from 1996-1997 where she won a Big Ten title. Her longest college stop, Auburn 2004-2012, earned her second conference title (SEC, 2009). Fortner coached the U.S. women’s national team from 1997-2000, including to a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics. Her 101–14 international record is the most wins of any coach in women’s U.S. basketball history. Fortner is currently an analyst for ESPN.  She was honored as 1997 National Coach of the Year, the 2000 USA Basketball Coach of the Year and the 2008 SEC Coach of the Year.
PETE FREDENBURG. 3-year letterman at Southwest Texas State in football, 35 year coaching career spent with Baylor, LSU, Louisiana Tech and UMHB. Led UMHB to its first NCAA DIII National Championship with a 10-7 victory over Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 196-38 record as a head coach at UMHB, 32-14 in DIII playoffs, 15 trips to the NCAA DIII Championships, 4-time quarterfinalist, 4-time semifinalist, 14-time ASC champion, Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, American Football Monthly Coach of the year, American Football Coaches Association DIII Coach of the Year, 9-time ASC Coach of the year, 9-time AFCA Region III Coach of the Year, and Southwest Conference Defensive Coach of the year at Baylor.
. Houston, TX native. St. Pius X High School, Texas A&M, 24 year football coaching career with Texas A&M, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, and Baltimore Ravens. Played QB at Texas A&M and was then drafted by the Denver Broncos. Head coaching record of 87-77 (5-2 post season),  4-time Super Bowl Champion (3 assistant coach 1 as head coach), 3 playoff appearances as a head coach, AFC Pro Bowl Head Coach, 6-time AFC Champion, NFC Champion, and Texans career wins record holder.
GERALD MYERS. Borger, TX native. Former basketball player, coach, and athletic director for Texas Tech. As a player, became school’s first All-Southwest Conference first-team selection as guard, voted Little Man All-America first Team by UPI, and Held the school season free throw percentage record of 86.9%. 20 year head coaching career at Texas Tech with an overall record of 358-261, winningest men’s basketball coach in school history, 16 winning seasons, 2 SWC, 3 SWC post-season tournament titles, and 4 NCAA Tournament Berths. Oversaw biggest facility upgrade in school history as AD, member of Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame, and Past President of National Association of Basketball Coaches.

CATHY SELF-MORGAN. Jourdanton, TX native. Jourdanton High School, University of Texas, 36-year women’s high school basketball coaching career at Austin Westlake and Duncanville, 1022-206 record, 8-time state champion, 29 playoff appearances, named National High School Girls’ Basketball Naismith Coach of the Year, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year, USA TODAY National Coach of the Year, MAX PREPS National Coach of the Year, Texas Girls Coaches Association Coach of the Year, and Dallas Morning News Coach of the Year. Won 105 consecutive games from 2012-2014. One of the first women to receive an athletic scholarship at UT where she was named team MVP. Inducted into the Texas Women’s Athletic Hall of Honor in 2004.
. Hacienda Heights, CA native. Four-time Olympian. Swam for Glen A. Wilson HS (CA) before joining the University of Texas for her collegiate career, where she became one of the country’s most prolific swimmers. As a collegiate swimmer, Sterkel earned back-to-back Broderick Award National Swimmer of the Years (1980, 1981) and won the Broderick Cup as the Outstanding Female College Athlete in 1980.  She led the Longhorns to AIAW National Championships titles in 1981 and '82, winning five individual titles each year. From 1980-83, she claimed 16 individual national titles, including two in 1983 at the Longhorns' NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships debut, leading UT to a third-place finish. Sterkel swam in her first Olympics at the age of 15, winning the American women’s lone gold medal as a member of Team USA’s 4x100m relay team at the 1976 Games in Montreal. She served as U.S. team captain in 1980, 1984 and 1988 and earned four Olympic medals overall, including two bronze medals at the age of 27.  From 1992-2007, Sterkel was the head coach of the UT women’s swim and dive team, winning six Coach of the Year honors and multiple conference titles. She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2002, was in the inaugural class of the Texas Women’s Athletics Hall of Honor (2002), was inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame (1998) and was honored with the Texas Exes Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998.
MICHAEL YOUNG. Covina, CA native. Played at Bishop Amat Memorial HS in La Puente, CA before playing collegiately at UC - Santa Barbara. Drafted by the Blue Jays in 1997, Young was traded to the Texas Rangers in 2000. He made his MLB debut with the Rangers in September 2000. Young would stay with the Rangers from 2000-2012, being named a seven time All-Star (2004-2009, 2011) winning 2006 All-Star MVP. Also won  Golden Glove Award (2008) and the AL batting champion (2005). At the time of leaving the Rangers, Young lead in several stat categories including games played (1774), hits (2178), doubles (406), triples (55), runs scored (1057), at bats (7221), extra-base hits (632), and total bases (3210). Inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in 2016.
VINCE YOUNG. Houston, TX native. Houston Madison High School, University of Texas, 8-year NFL Career. Received the Maxwell Award, Manning Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Consensus All-American, and became BCS National Champion at the University of Texas where his number 10 jersey was retired. First player in NCAA DI history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards, 2-time winner of Rose Bowl MVP, Cingular All-American Player of the Year, and Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year. Current/Former Record holder for 22 UT QB records as well as 12 BCS game records. 2-time Pro Bowler, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, and NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

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