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Hackett’s Freeman Among ATU 2023 Athletic Hall of Fame

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By: Daniel Gallegos

The Arkansas Tech University department of athletics is pleased to announce that it will induct 12 individuals and one team this coming fall into its Athletic Hall of Fame. This year’s class is the second class of the ATU Athletic Hall of Fame, which started in 2022.

The newest class will be formally inducted during a ceremony that starts at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15 inside Tucker Coliseum. Prior to the ceremony, there will be a social hour from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and dinner from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The class will also be publicly introduced at halftime of the September 16 home football game against Henderson State, which has a scheduled kick-off time of 6 p.m.

The 2023 ATU Athletic Hall of Fame Class is comprised of eight former student-athletes, two service awards honorees, one coach, one staff member and one team. Below is a list of those inductees (click name to view bio information):

NameCategorySport(s)Years at Tech
Dana (Aldrich) NicholsStudent-AthleteSoftball2007-08
Leon AndersonService AwardFootball1965-68 (player)
1975 (assistant coach)
1976-79 (head coach)
Eric BurnettStudent-AthleteMen’s Basketball1989-90 – 1992-93
Heather CampbellStudent-AthleteWomen’s Basketball1993-94 – 1996-97
Kevin CraftonStudent-AthleteBaseball1993-96
Jalissa (Gum) FisherStudent-AthleteSoftball2014-17
Tom KamerlingService AwardPublic Address/Radio1971-2023
Ragon KinneyStudent-AthleteBoxing1937-39
Karl KuhnStudent-AthleteFootball1988-91
Bridget (Pyles) FreemanStudent-AthleteVolleyball1997-2000
Marvin “Shorty” SalmonStudent-Athlete/CoachFootball/Track & Field1954-58 (assistant coach)
1959-1969 (head coach)
Larry SmithStaffSports Information1987-2005
1971 Tech FootballTeamFootball1971
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