NT Announces 2017 Hall Of Fame Class
Group Represents Four Sports, Five Decades
DENTON - The North Texas Athletic Department has announced its 2017 North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame class, a six-person group that spans four sports and five decades.
The class is headlined by the coach whose 2002 team ended the longest bowl-victory drought in the nation; the the No. 4 scorer in Mean Green men's basketball history who led North Texas to the NCAA tournament in 2010; and the No. 3 scorer in Mean Green women's basketball history who led North Texas to two conference titles.
This year's class consists of:
- Darrell Dickey, football coach;
- Josh White, men's basketball;
- Kendall Juett, soccer
- Paul Draper, football
- Ramona Black, women's basketball
- Don and Patty Lovelace, Fred McCain honorees
"We are excited to welcome this year's Hall of Fame class back to campus," North Texas Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics and director of athletics Wren Baker said. "The committee did a marvelous job, and this class represents many awesome team and individual achievements. I look forward to the enshrinement of this tremendous group of individuals."
The induction ceremony, held in the spring the last few years, is being moved to the fall and will take place on Friday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the HUB Club at Apogee Stadium. Tickets for the induction will go on sale through the North Texas Ticket Office soon.
The 2017 inductees:
Darrell Dickey, football - In 1998, Dickey took over a North Texas team that had not been to a bowl game since 1959 and had not won a bowl since 1946. After three losing seasons, Dickey's squad turned it around with a 24-21 upset victory over Sun Belt Conference favorite Middle Tennessee. It was the start of a 26-game conference win streak which powered the Mean Green to four-straight league championships and berths in the New Orleans Bowl, highlighted by a 24-19 triumph over Cincinnati in the 2002 New Orleans Bowl. During Dickey's tenure, North Texas produced back-to-back national rushing champions in Patrick Cobbs and Jamario Thomas and sent seven players to the NFL. Dickey finished his Mean Green career with a record of 42-64, then went on to coach at Utah State, New Mexico and Texas State before becoming offensive coordinator at Memphis. As a player, Dickey was the starting quarterback at Kansas State for four years (1979-1982), setting a school record for most passing yards by a freshman, and is still the only player in K-State history to lead the school in passing and total yards four-consecutive seasons. He spent two years in the NFL with Seattle and New Orleans before beginning his coaching career.
Josh White, men's basketball - White played at North Texas from the 2007-08 season to 2010-11, and finished his career as the No. 4 scorer in North Texas history with 1,668 career points. Among his school records are most career starts (123), best 3-point percentage in a season (45.8 percent in 2007-08) and best free-throw percentage in a season (90.6 percent in 2008-09). He ranks second in school history with a career free-throw percentage of 84.94, and his 331 career assists trail only Pat Hicks (526) and Walter Johnson (350) on the NT all-time list. White was the first player in NT history to amass 1,600 points and 300 assists, and he notched three of the top-10 free throw seasons in NT history. He connected on 185 career 3-point shots, which ranks fourth in school history, and his 37.2 percent clip from deep ranks 10th. White's 485 made free throws rank fifth in school history, and his 499 field goals rank ninth. White was named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year in 2007-08, was a two-time all-conference honoree, and was twice named to the Sun Belt All-Tournament team. White was a member of the most recent North Texas team to reach the NCAA Tournament, in 2010.
Kendall Juett, soccer - Juett manned the midfield from 2006 to 2009, and was just the second Mean Green player in school history to be named first-team all-conference all four years at North Texas. She recorded 34 points as a freshman in 2006, which tied for 10th most in a season in school history. Juett finished her career ranked eighth in career points with 89 and third in assists with 29. She also ranks 10th in career goals with 30. She had 10 game-winning goals, tied for eighth best in school history; had 267 career shots, sixth all-time; and had 137 shots on goal, second all-time. Her single-season marks include five game-winning goals, seventh highest at NT; and 12 assists, good for fourth all-time.
Paul Draper, football - Draper was part of North Texas' powerful 1960s offensive lines, particularly at center, where NT earned first-team all-conference honors six times in seven years. The run of dominance began with two-time all-league center Bob Sanders, who was drafted to the NFL after the 1965 season. Draper stepped into the starting center role in 1966, and, working with all-conference and future NFL quarterbacks Vidal Carlin and Steve Ramsey, was named first-team Missouri Valley all-conference in '66 and '67 and Associated Press All-America honorable mention in 1967. Draper was succeeded at center by Willie Parker, who was first-team in 1969. Off the field, Draper was named to the Missouri Valley's Academic All-Star honor roll three years in a row, then earned a post-graduate scholarship from the NCAA.
Ramona Black, women's basketball - A two-time all-conference selection, Black ranks third all-time in scoring in program history with 1,452 points. In her four years, from 1987-88 to 1990-91, Black averaged 14 points per game. Her 16.5 points per game as a freshman is the second-highest scoring average in program history for a true freshman, and her 416 career assists ranks second all-time. Black had 263 steals, second all-time in program history, and had 84 career 3-pointer field goals, eight most all-time.
Don and Patty Lovelace, Fred McCain honorees - The Lovelace lineage can best be described as a family of North Texas supporters. Don and Patty, along with son Dillon, have provided steadfast contributions, both personal and financial, to the campus for decades, including to intercollegiate athletics. The Mean Green softball facility bears their name, as does one of the original suite purchases at Apogee Stadium. The Lovelaces have also been instrumental in the hiring of top tier coaches. Don serves on the President's Leadership Board, Foundation Board, Murphy Enterprise Center Board and Athletics Advisory Board. He is the founder and owner of Lily of the Desert, a company founded in 1970 that is a grower, processor and manufacturer of aloe-vera based products marketed in more than 50 countries. Patty worked in the wholesale gift industry for 15 years at the World Trade Center in Dallas. She served as a volunteer at Liberty Christian School as Parent Teacher Fellowship president for seven years, Warrior Club co-founder and active supporter for 17 years, and with the Grandparents Association. She was also a volunteer with The American Cancer Society, Denton State School and Serve Denton. Don and Patty are Merit Scholar supporters and lifetime supporters of the UNT Kuehne Speakers series. While attending North Texas, Patty was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and a Golden Heart.