Archive for Tuesday, December 18, 2001

Woolard, McClinton headed to Kansas Hall of Fame

December 18, 2001


Legendary former Lawrence High football coach Al Woolard and former Kansas University running back Curtis McClinton are among the eight new members of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Woolard, who died in 1998, compiled a record of 153-12-5 and won 13 mythical state championships while coaching the Lions from 1950-68.

One of the most decorated coaches in Kansas prep history, Woolard was the first Kansan selected for the National Football Foundation Award of Merit for high school coaches.

McClinton, a Wichita North product, was a three-time All-Big Eight selection while playing for the Jayhawks. He was named a Sporting News All-American in 1961. He was also a conference track champion in the hurdles. McClinton later played for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The other new members of the state shrine in Abilene are:

Teri Anderson Leonardville native who was a state and national AAU 800-meter champion. She went on to set the American record in the 5,000 meters while at Kansas State. Now cross country coach at Penn State.

Sam Francis Oberlin native who became an All-American in both track and football at Nebraska University. Member of 1936 U.S. Olympics team. Finished second in 1936 Heisman Trophy balloting to Larry Kelley of Yale.

Jay Frazier First of only two coaches in Kansas prep history to coach three different schools Burdett, Pretty Prairie and McPherson to state basketball titles.

Vance Carlson McPherson native who worked as a college football official for 28 seasons, including a record 270 Big Eight Conference games. Officiated in 15 major bowl games.

Elmer Hackney Oberlin native who won the NCAA shot put title twice and set American and U.S. Olympics trials record in the event.

Carnie Smith Won two NAIA national championships and six conference titles while coaching football at Pittsburg State from 1949-1966.

The eight new members will be inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on June 8.

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