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Eight greats enter ACU Sports Hall of Fame

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Sports Hall of Fame recipients October 2017
Sports Hall of Fame recipients march in the 2017 Homecoming parade.

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ACU inducted another distinguished class of former student-athletes into the ACU Sports Hall of Fame Oct. 20 in a ceremony at the Hunter Welcome Center.

The inductees were football standouts Kirby Jones (’79) and Kenny Davidson (’81), men’s basketball star James Wright (’85), men’s track and field all-America Albert Lawrence (’85), softball standout Katie (Bryan ’05) Thomas, golf all-America Donny Darville (’91), and volleyball all-America Lindsay (Martin ’05) Campbell. Lance Barrow (’77) – a longtime producer for CBS Sports ­– was inducted into the hall of fame as the 25th recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition, former ACU baseball player, Dr. Wayne Massey (’66) was presented as the fifth winner of the Jim Womack Award, which recognizes ACU student-athletes who excelled not only on the field or court of play, but also in the classroom, and have gone on to excellence in their professional career. Massey – an all-Southland Conference third baseman for the Wildcats in 1965 – is a current member of the ACU Board of Trustees and is a widely respected neurologist in North Carolina. Womack (’64), now a distinguished professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at Texas A&M University, presented Massey with his award.

With the addition of the eight members of this year’s class, the ACU Sports Hall of Fame now includes 209 men and women. With the addition of Thomas and Campbell, the hall now has 32 former ACU female student-athletes and coaches among its membership, along with three other women as Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.

Here are bios on each of the inductees:

  • Lindsey Campbell, volleyball (2001-05) – Campbell was a third team American Volleyball Coaches’ Association (AVCA) all-America in 2005 as she led the Wildcats to 31 straight victories, a 31-4 final record and a berth in the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament championship match. She was a Daktronics first team all-region selection that year and was a first team all-Lone Star Conference pick the same season. She was a two-time first team all-LSC pick and three-time first team academic all-LSC selection. She was the 2005 LSC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a second team College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic all-America. She finished her career as the ACU record-holder with 5,793 assists, was listed four times for most assists in a single season, and recorded 65 or more assists in four matches, including a single-match high of 70 vs. Eastern New Mexico (Oct. 2, 2004) and Central Missouri (Sept. 3, 2005). She later served as ACU assistant volleyball coach.
  • Donny Darville, men’s golf (1988-91) – Darville was an NCAA Division II first team all-America in 1990 and a second team all-America selection in both 1989 and 1991. He helped the Wildcats to Lone Star Conference team championships in 1988, 1989 and 1991.He was part of the 1991 ACU team that set the NCAA record for lowest score in a single round when the Wildcats carded a 26-under-par 262 in the third round of the Lone Star Conference Tournament in Portales, N.M. The Wildcats went on to easily win the conference title with a score of 41-under-par 1,111, which was also an NCAA record for lowest score over four rounds. The Wildcats finished third at the NCAA Division II national tournament in 1991, capping a season that saw the Wildcats ranked No. 1 in the country for most of the season and winners of four of its nine tournaments. Darville helped take the Wildcats to four straight NCAA Division II national championship tournaments (1988-91).
  • Kenny Davidson, football (1977-80) – Kenny Davidson is one of the top defensive linemen in ACU football history, earning NAIA Division I first team All-America honors at defensive tackle as a senior in 1980.He was a four-year letterman for the Wildcats (1977-80) who played on the 1977 NAIA Division I national championship team and was also a two-time first team All-Lone Star Conference selection (first team in 1980). He was later selected to the 1980s ACU All-Decade Team and was a second team All-Century Team selection in 2005. He was the 1980-81 winner of the Paul Goad Award as the top male athlete at ACU and he signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. A two-time selection as the Wildcats’ Best Tackler (1979 and 1980), Davidson led the 1980 Wildcats with nine sacks. His father, Bob Davidson, played on the famed 1950 ACU team – dubbed The Singing Christians – that finished the season 11-0, the nation’s only unblemished team. His daughter, Kristee, was a four-year letterwinner in women’s basketball (2005-09). Kenny has been the head football coach at both Fort Worth Christian and Graham high schools, winning the 1992 Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) state title and taking three other teams to the state title game. In 2017 he became the winningest head coach in Graham High School football history.
  • Kirby Jones, football (1976-78) – One of the finest tight ends in ACU football history, Jones finished his career with 75 catches for 1,261 yards and three touchdowns. He was a starter on ACU’s 1977 NAIA Division I national championship team that finished 11-1-1 and beat Southwestern Oklahoma State in the Apple Bowl in Seattle, Wash., to win the national championship. He was a second team NAIA Division I all-America selection in 1978. He was a first team all-Lone Star Conference selection in both 1977 and 1978 and was a team captain and winner of the Coaches’ Purple and White Award for spirit and leadership as a senior in 1978. He was also an academic all-LSC selection in 1978.
  • Albert Lawrence, men’s track and field (1983-85) – He won a silver medal in 4×100 with Jamaica in 1984 in LA. He was one of only three former ACU track and field athletes to earn an Olympic medal, joining Bobby Morrow (100, 200, 4×100 relay for the USA in 1956) and Earl Young (4×400 relay for the USA in 1960). He was a two-time Lone Star Conference champion in the 100 meters (1984 and 1986) and three times anchored the Wildcats’ winning LSC 4×100 relay. Lawrence earned one win each at the Texas Relays and California Relays in his career. He was part of four LSC title teams and four NCAA Division II national championship teams for former head coach Don W. Hood.
  • Katie Thomas, softball (2002-05) – Bryan was voted the Paul Goad Award winner in 2004-05 as the top female athlete at ACU. She was honored twice as a third team National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) third team all-America selection. She was a three-time first team NFCA all-region selection, and was a three-time first team all-Lone Star Conference pick. She was the 2005 LSC Most Valuable Player as she led the Wildcats to their first berth in the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament. She was selected to the all-tournament team at both the LSC post-season tournament and the NCAA regional tournament in 2005. She finished her career as the ACU record-holder in hits (227), runs scored (148), home runs (38), RBI (171) and total bases (171). She’s still the single-season record-holder for home runs (19 in 2005), slugging percentage (.875 in 2005), total bases (140 in 2005) and RBI (58 in 2005).
  • James Wright, men’s basketball (1983-85) – Wright was the Lone Star Conference MVP as a senior in 1984-85, helping the Wildcats to an 18-10 record and an LSC championship. The Wildcats beat rival Angelo State, 99-81, in the LSC Tournament final in Moody Coliseum to capture the league championship. He was named to the all-tournament team that season. He led the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding as both a junior (15.4 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game in 1983-84) and a senior (15.2 ppg and 10.2 rpg in 1984-85). He was an honorable mention all-LSC selection as a junior in 1983-84.
  • Lance Barrow, Lifetime Achievement Award – The 25th recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Lance Barrow (’77) has been with CBS Sports since he began working as a volunteer while in school at ACU. He has gone on to win 12 Emmy Awards and earn acclaim as one of the best sports television producers ever. Barrow served as the coordinating producer for the NFL on CBS from 2004-16, during which time he served as the lead game producer for Super Bowl 50 in February 2016, the most-watched single broadcast in TV history. Before that, he served in the same capacity for Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, as well as Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, which was watched by 106.5 million viewers making it the most-watched program in TV history at the time, and for Super Bowl XLI in 2007. Before that, he was replay director for CBS Sports’ coverage of Super Bowl XXXV and Super Bowl XXXVIII. Barrow joined CBS Sports in May 1976 as a spotter/researcher and has served in virtually every capacity of CBS Sports’ golf production. Barrow produced CBS Sports’ coverage of ski jumping and nordic combined at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games and was the associate director of the primetime broadcasts at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games. He also has served as producer for coverage of NCAA basketball, college football and auto racing. Barrow produced coverage of the 1998 Daytona 500 for which he received an Emmy nomination. As associate producer, his credits include the Masters and PGA Championship; NCAA Men’s Final Four; Daytona 500; U.S. Open Tennis Championships; The NFL Today and six Super Bowls. Barrow also has earned Emmy Awards for his work on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, the Daytona 500 and the NFL. Barrow was the recipient of the first Gene Sarazen Spirit Award presented by the Professional Caddie Association in 2007. He was honored by his ACU with the naming of the Lance Barrow Football Film/Editing Classroom inside ACU’s Teague Special Events Center. In 2008, he was honored as ACU’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. And in 2013 he was selected to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.

WOMACK AWARD WINNER

  • Wayne Massey, M.D. – A 1966 graduate of Abilene Christian College and a former baseball player for the Wildcats, Massey is the fifth recipient of the Jim Womack Award, given to former ACU student-athletes who excelled not only the field or court of play, but also in the classroom. As a player at ACU, Massey was an honorable mention all-Southland Conference selection at third base in 1965. After graduating as salutatorian from ACC, Massey received his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1970. He completed his medical internship at Ohio State University in 1971 and then completed his residency in neurology at the University of Texas Medical Branch (John Sealy Hospital) in 1974. Massey served as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve from 1970-1979, and received the Navy Achievement Medal and Intern Teaching Award. He has held various faculty and staff positions at Duke University Medical Center, as well as positions at Duke Veterans Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Durham. He also served at the National Naval Medical Center, the Uniformed Services University of Health, and the National Institute of Health, all in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2014, Massey won the Eun-Kyu Lee Neurology Teaching Award and the Practice Course Professionalism Award from Duke University School of Medicine. He has served at the American Academy of Neurology for over 20 years, was the director of muscular dystrophy clinics at Duke University Medical clinics for nine years, and is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. Massey is active with his alma mater and with his church. His wife, Janice (Munn ’68), M.D., is a neurologist at Duke University Medical Center and is a trailblazer there,  holding the distinction of being the university’s first female professor of neurology.

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