July 11, 2011
WACO (SMU/TSHOF) - Football standout Louie Kelcher and swim coach legend Richard Quick represent SMU on the 2011 Texas Sports Hall of FamebBallot, the TSHOF Selection Committee has announced.
Kelcher, an All-America nose guard for the Mustangs and Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1974, went on to play in the NFL, earning three Pro Bowl invites and a Super Bowl ring with the San Francisco 49ers in 1984.
Quick, who passed away in June 2009, was a six-time United States Olympic coach who directed 13 teams to NCAA titles, the most ever by a swimming coach. He grew up in Dallas, received both his bachelor's and master's degrees at SMU and began his coaching career on the Hilltop. He also played a huge role in starting the women's program at SMU.
Official Voting Members of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame (open to the public) will be able to help the selection committee determine the newest class. Those who have joined the museum's Official Voting Member Program (OVM) will receive their ballots by the end of this month.
The OVM sign-up deadline to be able to vote for the upcoming class is August 1st, 2011. The public can join and receive an official ballot by going to the museum's website, www.tshof.org. Generally, six nominees from the primary ballot and two from the veterans' ballot will comprise a Class.
The official announcement of the Class of 2011 will be made in September, and the ceremonies to enshrine the Class of 2011 will take place in early 2012 in Waco.
SMU, the only Division I athletic program in Dallas, Texas, sponsors 17 sports and has been ranked as the top school in its conference for 11 of the last 14 years in the Director's Cup overall athletic rankings. More information about SMU and its coaches, student-athletes and teams is available at www.SMUMustangs.com.