COMMERCE — Texas A&M University-Commerce has announced the five members of the 2019 Lion Hall of Fame class, the Bobby Fox Award recipients, and the newest members of the Lion Hall of Honor, who will be inducted on Oct. 12.
Former women’s basketball player Britney Jordan, three-sport athlete and football star Clint Dolezel, men’s basketball player Jermart Miller, football player Jim White and soccer player Erin (de Wolfe) Hein will be inducted into the Lion Athletics Hall of Fame.
This year’s Bobby Fox Outstanding Alumni Coach Award recipients will be Richardson ISD Executive Director of Athletics Leslie Slovak and Brent Gaylor, head coach of back-to-back Class A state boys basketball champions at Lipan High School. The Hall of Honor will welcome long-time Lion supporters Joan and Rich Lawrence.
The luncheon is set for 11 a.m. on Oct. 12 in the Sam Rayburn Student Center on the A&M-Commerce campus. The luncheon is open to the public with a cost of $30 per person or $50 for a couple. Tickets are available online or by contacting associate director of athletics for resource development and executive director of the Lion Champions Fund Taylor Phelps to RSVP at (903) 886-5554 or email@example.com.
The Letter-winner’s Tailgate will begin at 4 p.m. prior to the Lions’ football game against Midwestern State at 6 p.m. All letter-winners will be recognized on field during the game, as well as the Hall of Fame honorees.
Membership in the Lion Athletics Hall of Fame is limited to former Lion student-athletes, coaches, and athletics administrators. Student-athletes must have completed their eligibility 10 years prior to nomination, while coaches and administrators must have served A&M-Commerce for a minimum of five years.
In addition, the nominee must be a person of such integrity, character, and sportsmanship that the A&M-Commerce family will be inspired by the recognition.
Jordan is the all-time leading scorer in program history, scoring 2,105 points in her three seasons, as well as the program’s all-time leader in assists (452). She is the only player in program history to be named a first-team all-American and is the only one to receive multiple All-America awards.
Jordan played a pivotal role in the Lions’ march to the regional championship and a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight, earning South Central Regional Tournament Most Valuable Player. Jordan went on to be drafted into the WNBA.
Dolezel passed for 3,152 passing yards and 22 touchdowns in football and is also is one of only three documented players in school history to be a three-sport athlete. He also was a member of the Lion golf and track and field teams. After his collegiate playing career ended, Dolezel quarterbacked in the Arena Football League for 13 seasons, becoming the first professional quarterback to throw for 900 career touchdowns
Miller’s 94 3-pointers in the 2004-05 season holds as the program single-season record, while he ranks second in program history in minutes per game and fourth in 3-pointers made. He became the first Lion basketball player in nearly three decades to earn all-America status. Miller led the Lions to the 2004-05 LSC championship on his way to LSC Newcomer of the Year, LSC Player of the Year, and South Central Regional Player of the Year honors. Miller helped lead the team to the NCAA regional Championship game.
As center, White helped cement the Lion offensive line in his two seasons as a starter and contributed in all three seasons of his seasons on the line. White and the offensive line set the tone, helping the 1990 Lion offense set records for most passing yards and most total yards of offense on their way to the LSC championship and the team’s first bid into the NCAA Division II playoffs. White would go on to be named a second-team all-American as a senior and was a two-time first-team all-conference honoree.
De Wolfe helped lead the Lions’ soccer team to two LSC Championships and two NCAA tournaments. She was the first Lion to be named LSC Offensive Player of the Year, a feat she accomplished in both her sophomore and senior seasons. As a senior, she was named both LSC Offensive Player of the Year and LSC Academic Player of the Year. Assisting on a program-record 51 goals, de Wolfe’s career assist average of 0.62 is still a LSC record. She also scored 32 goals in her career, amassing 115 points in her career.