Dodds inducted into USTFCCCA Hall of Fame
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Texas Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Tuesday (Dec. 12) by the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for his success in track and field as a coach at Kansas State.
During his tenure from 1963-76, the Wildcats won six league championships including Big Eight cross country titles in 1965, '66, '71 and '75, indoor track and field crowns in 1974 and '76 and boasted two Olympians in 800-meter runner Ken Swenson and steeplechaser Conrad Nightingale.
Joining Dodds in the Hall of Fame Class of 2006 are Al Carius (North Central), Bill Bergan (Iowa State), John Coughlan (Illinois State), Bob Groseclose (Northeast Louisiana), Tom Heinonen (Oregon), Don Hood Sr. (Abilene Christian), Ted McLaughlin (Southern Methodist University), Bill Moultrie (Howard), Jack Pyrah (Villanova), Deb Vercauteren (Wisconsin Oshkosh) and Gary Wieneke (Illinois).
Since coming to the Forty Acres in 1981, Dodds has been instrumental in the success of the athletics program. Over his 25-year tenure in Austin, Texas has won 12 national championships and 87 league crowns in nine different sports. The Longhorns have earned 18 bowl berths, 16 NCAA basketball tournament bids and won three NCAA College Baseball World Series titles. UT has also experienced conference, regional and national-level success in swimming and diving, tennis, golf and track and field.