2009 North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame Bios
BILLY DINKLE (FOOTBALL)
Lettered in football in 1946, 1947 and 1948. He was a running back and kicker, earning all-conference in the Lone Star in 1946. He was also named honorable mention Little All-America in 1946. One of the best running back's in his time, Dinkle helped lead the Mean Green to it's first ever Bowl victory in the 1946 Optimist Bowl. In that game Dinkle had the game-winning pass with nine seconds left and then won the game with the extra point, leading North Texas to a 14-13 victory. The 1946 team was the first-post World War II team and Dinkle was one of the most versatile players on the team. Along with being the kicker, he filled in at quarterback and had an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown against East Texas State in 1946.
JIMMY GALES (MEN'S BASKETBALL) -
Served as the head coach of the Mean Green basketball team from 1986-87 to 1992-93, in addition to serving as an assistant under former coach Bill Blakeley from 1975-83. Gales' teams won a total of 84 victories during his tenure as head coach, a total that ranks third-best in school history. He also is the only coach to ever lead the Mean Green men's team to the NCAA Tournament. His 1987-88 team won its last nine regular-season games to win the Southland Conference regular-season championship, then won two games to capture the Southland Conference Tournament championship and represent the league in the NCAA Tournament against North Carolina. Under Gales, the North Texas 1988-89 team also won the Southland Conference regular season championship. Twice during Gales' seven-year tenure, the Mean Green won 17 games in a season. He received a Masters Degree from North Texas in Public School Administration and for 11 years, Gales was an Assistant Principal at James Madison High School in Dallas. CORINA MARGINAS (VOLLEYBALL) -
Perhaps the greatest volleyball player in North Texas history, Marginas who was the programs's first All-American. Marginas was a four-time first-team all-conference player from 2000-03 and was the 2003 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. That 2003 season Marginas was named by the AVCA to the All-American team as she set the school record for most kills in a single season with 651. Marginas led the 2003 team to 22 victories, the most in nearly a decade. Marginas holds four of the nine North Texas career school records. Marginas, one of the most dominate players in her time, holds the school record for kills in a single match with 38 which she accomplished twice. In 2000 she was named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year. When her career finished, she held the top-five kill performances in a single match in school history. Marginas was also a two-time Academic All-America for District VI in 2001 and 2002.
JA'QUAY WILBURN (FOOTBALL) -
Wilburn was a four-year football letterman from 1997-2000 and is the only player to ever lead North Texas in rushing yards four straight seasons. He finished his career as the Mean Green's all-time leading rusher with 3,120 yards. In 2000 when Wilburn finished his career 3rd all-time leader in all-purpose yards with 3,299, which still ranks in the top 10 all-time at North Texas. In his senior season Wilburn led North Texas in all-purpose yards with a combined 819 rushing and receiving yards. In 1999 he rushed for 1,016 yards, becoming just the second player at North Texas to rush for over a 1,000 yards in a season in 20 years. In 1998 he led North Texas in total offense with 754 yards. He had 12 100-yard rushing games in his career, which tied the school record at the end of his career and still ranks in the top five all-time. In 1998 Wilburn had three straight games of 100-yard rushing games. In 1999 he had an 81-yard run which at the time was the seventh longest run in school history. He missed only one game in his North Texas playing career.