New Hall of Fame Inductees to Be Honored Nov. 14

Nov. 11, 1998

Three former Baylor athletes and a long-time team physician will be inducted this weekend into the Baylor University Hall of Fame, an honor begun in 1960 to recognize those who helped to strengthen the university's athletic program.

Carroll Dawson, Burl Coker, Thomas Everett and posthumously, Dr. Horace H. Trippet, will take their place among others who have been honored in the Hall of Fame, at halftime of the Baylor-Oklahoma football game on Nov. 14.

Dawson, currently the general manager of the Houston Rockets, starred as a scorer and rebounder for the Baylor basketball team in 1959 and 1960. A 1960 All-SWC selection, Dawson was head coach of the Bears from 1974-77.

Coker was one of Baylor's outstanding hitters and pitchers in 1977 and 1978. He and his team won several SWC baseball tournaments and won the regional tournament, and they went on to play in the NCAA World Series. With a batting average of over .300, Coker set records for most runs, total bases, home runs, and also led the Bears in complete games and wins.

Everett, a defensive back in football, holds several titles in the sport including the Southwest Conference (SWC) Male Athlete of the Year, SWC Defensive Player of the Year and ranks among Baylor's top 10 for the most tackles, punt returns and return yardage. He played for 10 years in the National Football League with Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Dallas (winning two Super Bowls).

Trippett, a Baylor graduate, was a tennis letterman. He also was Baylor's team doctor for 36 years. He repaired the knees of some of Baylor's star players which held up in some of the team's most important games.

The inductees will be honored at a dinner at 7 p.m. Friday at the Letterman's Lounge at Floyd Casey Stadium.

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