PSU will induct seven individuals into its Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Saturday, Sept. 18.
PSU’s Class of 2010 is headlined by former football All-American Ronald Moore (1989-92), who captured the 1992 Harlon Hill Trophy as the national player of the year during his senior season, before embarking upon an eight-year NFL career.
Two-time All-Americans Oscar Gonzalez (1996-99) and Ben Peterson (1995-98) also join the Hall of Fame, representing the sports of basketball and football. Former football athlete J.W. Emerson (1951-52), who went on to enjoy a decorated four-decade coaching career, joins the Hall of Fame as a meritorious achievement inductee, along with former Pitt State associate athletics director Tommy Riggs, who will be posthumously lauded.
Additionally, Walter “Vic” White (1926-29), a national class shot putter in track & field and Francis Wachter (1929-32), a key member of Pitt State’s undefeated basketball teams from 1930-31, will be inducted in the Hall of Fame’s “Legacy” category. The Legacy category, created in 2005, focuses solely on individuals from the school’s first 50 years (1903-53) in an attempt to bolster the school’s rich heritage from its first half-century.
“We are very excited about our newest class of inductees into the PSU Athletics Hall of Fame,” athletic director Chuck Broyles said. “Every year we feel like we have a class of inductees that measures up very well with past induction classes, and this year is no exception. Like always, this year’s group features individuals who are near and dear to many of our hearts.
“These seven individuals are an impressive cast, representing a wide range of years in the history of Pittsburg State University. Each of these individuals is most deserving of joining the group of all-time elite Hall of Fame members at Pittsburg State.”
Pittsburg State’s 23rd class of inductees will be honored at a special Hall of Fame Induction Banquet at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center on the PSU campus.
The group also will be honored at halftime of PSU’s football game against MIAA rival Central Missouri later that evening.
For information, contact Intercollegiate Athletics at 620-235-4389.