Pittsburg State University will induct seven people into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 2.
PSU’s Class of 2013 is headlined by a trio of decorated athletes: four-time All-America defensive lineman Aaron McConnell, who competed in football for the Gorillas from 2000-03; standout distance runner Jeanette (Mott) Owens, who earned All-America honors on six occasions in the sports of women’s cross country and track & field between 1998-2002; and record-breaking outside hitter Dina (Wathan) Blevins, an All-America and three-time All-Region performer in volleyball between 2000-03.
Former football athletes Frank Crespino and Chuck Shelton also have been tabbed for the Hall of Fame as meritorious achievement inductees. Crespino coached football, basketball and baseball at St. Mary’s-Colgan High School, leading the school to five state titles in a tenure that spanned from 1961-79. Shelton served as a head coach in the NCAA ranks for 19 seasons – at Drake (1977-85), Utah State (1986-91) and Pacific (1992-95).
Additionally, Charles Morgan, who served as head football coach at Pitt State from 1931-48, and Vern Akins, a sprinter who excelled on the track & field cinders for the Gorillas from 1939-41, both will be inducted in the Hall of Fame’s “Legacy” category as meritorious achievement honorees. 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.
In addition to this group, PSU standout Ronnie West (1990-91) was inducted into the 2013 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Hall of Fame class. West captured the Harlon Hill Award as the NCAA Division II National Player of the Year in 1991, leading Pitt State to a 13-1-1 record and the NCAA-II National Championship. He was named the MIAA Player of the Year that season, catching 74 passes for 1,495 yards and 14 touchdowns, setting the MIAA single-season receiving record that season.