DENTON, Tex. (10/25/08) – More than 250 people gathered this morning at the Gateway Center as the University of North Texas inducted its 2008 Hall of Fame Class and honored the 1988 men’s basketball team.
Former basketball coach Jimmy Gales spoke to members of the 1988 basketball team that went won the Southland Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
The North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame welcomed its 26th class Chris Davis (men’s basketball, Brad Kassell (football), Ken Kelley (track and field), and Marilyn Marin (women’s soccer) were honored.
One of the most dynamic players in North Texas basketball history, Davis finished his career as the second all-time leading scorer in school history with 2,254 points. He was a three-time all-conference selection and the 1999-00 Big West Freshman of the Year after scoring 21.7 points a game.
He was the nation’s 14th leading scorer that year and the second leading freshman scorer in the country.
Kassell anchored a North Texas defense that is widely credited with starting the Mean Green’s run of four straight Sun Belt Conference titles and New Orleans Bowl bids. He is the third all-time leading tackler in North Texas history with 365.
He was a three-time all-conference selection and the 2001 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, becoming only the third player in school history to earn a Defensive Player of the Year award at that time.
Marin ended her fabulous career with every offensive record in school history while leaving her mark on the NCAA. Marin had 214 career points, tied for 10th in NCAA history, 88 goals, eighth in NCAA history, 2.70 points per game, tied for seventh in NCAA history, and 1.11 goals per game, tied for eight in NCAA history.
In 2002 Marin turned in the best season in North Texas soccer history. She led the nation in points (67), goals (26), and points per game (3.53).
Kelley was a four-year letterwinner from 1952-55. In 1954 & 1955 he was the high-point meet performer at the Border Olympics, West Texas Relays, ACC Meet, TCU Meet, South Western Relays and the AAU Meet.
At the 1955 West Texas Relays he tied the meet record in the high hurdles and set a new meet record in the broad jump.