2014 North Texas Athletic Hall Of Fame Class Announced
Leonard Dunlap, Walter Johnson, Judy Nelson and Willie Parker To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame
DENTON - The University of North Texas has announced its 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame class. Leonard Dunlap (football), Walter Johnson (men’s basketball), Judy Buckles Nelson (women’s basketball), and Willie Parker (football) are the four former Mean Green greats that will be inducted into the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame in the spring of 2015.
Dunlap arrived at North Texas in 1969 and began making his record-breaking impact immediately. After transferring from Kilgore Junior College, he cracked the starting lineup and intercepted six passes and returned three of them foParker r touchdowns, tying an NCAA single-season record. He had seven more picks his senior year in 1970, giving him 13 for his two-year career. In 1970, he was named to the Missouri Valley’s first-team All-Conference team, and, in 1971, he was the MVC Athlete of the Year. Dunlap was a first-round draft choice of the Baltimore Colts in 1971.
Johnson was the dynamic point guard for the most prolific scoring and entertaining teams in school history. He set the school record for assists in a single season in 1976-77 with 208 as he averaged 7.7 assists per game. In his first season with NT in 1975-76, he dished out 142 assists as the Mean Green scored 96 points a game and won a then school-record 22 games. In 1976-77, NT won 21 games and averaged 87.5 points a game. Johnson quarterbacked the Mean Green to wins over Baylor, Arizona State, SMU, Kansas State, TCU, Tulsa and Creighton.
Nelson led the 1985-86 women’s basketball team to the school’s first-ever berth to the NCAA Tournament and the program’s first 20-win season. Nelson began her coaching career at North Texas in 1983, and, in only two seasons turned a two-win team into a 20-win team.
A dominating presence as a center for two seasons at North Texas, Parker helped anchor the offensive line for one of the most productive quarterbacks in school history, Steve Ramsey. Parker came to North Texas after two years at Wharton County Junior College, and was named to the 1969 Missouri Valley All-Conference team. In 1970, Parker was named All-Conference. “He may be the best center in the country,” North Texas coach Rod Rust said in 1970.
The school’s 32nd all-time class will be inducted in the spring of 2015 in conjunction with the North Texas spring football game at Apogee Stadium. The 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame class will be recognized at North Texas’ homecoming game against Florida Atlantic on November 8. The four legends give the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame 180 members.