As the University of Dallas sports teams wrap up their fall seasons, the Athletic Department held its annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and luncheon, honoring past athletes of exceptional merit. Current and past athletes showed up for the luncheon and were treated to words of advice and reflections on college sports from Angela Cuba, Tom Fogerty and Blake Guyton.
Cuba, who ran cross country and track, graduated from UD in 2010 with a B.A. in English. Over the course of her time here, she led Dallas to a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship with a record time of 18:40 for the 5,000 meter race. She would go on to become the 3,000 meter record holder in track and win numerous post-season accolades like the NEAC Women’s Cross Country First Team, and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Women’s Cross Country First Team All-Academic, All-District.
Harry Hall, former assistant coach, recalled fondly at the ceremony her constant dedication and athletic ability, saying that she had “a Ph.D in athletics.” Cuba herself recalled in her acceptance speech the time she spent with her teammates and the numerous lessons she learned from her time as an athlete.
Former coach Chris Strockbine introduced Fogerty, a baseball player who graduated in 2009 with a degree in Economics and Finance. Strockbine cited Fogerty’s impressive stats: a .383 batting average, 18 home runs, and the distinction of being the only player to be recognized in the top 10 career list of every offensive category, among others. He credited these accomplishments to constant commitment to the sport that resulted in near-daily improvement in his abilities.
Upon receiving the award, Fogerty gave some words of advice to current athletes, instructing them to remember to “control what you can control” and to appreciate the friendships built with their teammates.
Like Cuba, he pointed to the long bus rides and days practicing with his teammates as the most valuable part of his athletic experience.
Brian Stanfield, a former basketball coach, gave the introduction for Guyton, the last Hall of Fame inductee. Guyton, a basketball player from 2000-2004, graduated with a degree in politics and as a point guard for the only University of Dallas team to make it to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III tournament, in 2004.
In addition, Guyton claimed an impressive career total of 1,084 points and was a United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) All-American in 2002 and 2004. Blake spent the majority of his speech thanking the coaches and teammates who made it worthwhile for him to dedicate all of his energy to the sport throughout his academic career.
The ceremony’s two major themes were the values of dedication and teamwork. Whereas each of the coaches focused on the dedication and perseverance of the athletes in each of their sports, the inductees themselves looked more to the lessons and memories they learned by being part of a team.
Cuba pointed to these lessons as an important part of her liberal arts education. These remarks proved that, while the school may have originally held the ceremony to thank and reward these former athletes, the athletes themselves could not help but use the opportunity to thank everyone else involved in their success.