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The 1997 Hall of Fame Inductees

DWAIN BEAN -- As a running back for the Eagles, Bean led the Missouri Valley Conference in rushing in both 1962 and 1963. He later played in the Canadian Football League before becoming head golf coach for the boy's and girl's teams at Denton High School in 1972. He retired in 2000 after his team had won 18 district titles and advanced to the state tournament 12 times.

HAYDEN FRY --  He served as the school's athletic director and head football coach from 1973-78, during which time he won one Missouri Valley Conference championship and four of his teams produced a combined 33-11 record. Under his guidance, the Eagles posted key victories over Tennessee (21-14 in 1975), Houston (28-0 in 1975), SMU (24-13 in 1977) and Oklahoma State (12-7 in 1978).

KEN GARLAND -- He ran track at North Texas and then became a track coach within the Denton Independent School District for 14 years before serving as the Eagles' head coach for 14 years from 1983-96. Six times he was voted the Southland Conference's cross country Coach of the Year and he retired with an overall cross country record of 557-242-4.

LANIER HESTER -- He participated in both football and basketball while at North Texas, becoming a two-time all-Lone Star Conference quarterback in 1936 and 1937 and leading the Eagles to the conference championship in 1936. In basketball, Hester was a member of the 1938 squad that won the Lone Star Conference championship and advanced to the NAIA national championship tournament, where North Texas placed third.

BEASLEY REECE --  As a defensive back for the Eagles from 1973-75, Reece had six career interceptions and was a member of one Missouri Valley Conference championship team in 1973. He went on to enjoy a NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

KEN WILLIAMS -- A four-year letterman in basketball from 1975-78, Williams is the Eagles' most dominating rebounder in history. He led the entire nation with 14.7 rebounds per game in 1977-78 and led the Eagles in rebounding in three of his four years. He is the school's all-time leader in career rebounds and also holds the top two single-season totals for rebounds in North Texas history.