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NSU Athletics announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

1/30/19

TAHLEQUAH -- Northeastern State's all-time winningest women's basketball coach and his first NCAA All-American will highlight the 2019 NSU Athletics Hall of Fame class. Scheduled to be enshrined as Class XXXIV are: Randy Gipson; Jasmine Webb; Russell Knowles; William "Bo" White; and Brad Risenhoover. Dr. Dan R. Fuller will be honored as the 2019 Spirit of Excellence recipient.
 
The NSU Athletics Hall of Fame will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. The banquet and induction ceremony will take place in the Tahlequah Community Room (NE corner of the NSU Event Center) on the Tahlequah campus. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance by the end of business on Friday, Feb. 15 by calling 918.444.3901. Tickets also allow for admission to the NSU vs. Fort Hays State basketball games earlier that afternoon.
 
Randy Gipson became the women's basketball coach at NSU in 1999. After retiring from coaching at NSU in 2017, Gipson had 14 winning seasons, won over 60 percent of his games and amassed 315 victories. During his career, he led NSU to seven NCAA tournaments -- including two Sweet 16 appearances – was honored seven times as conference Coach of the Year, coached 40 All-Conference student-athletes, and two All-Americans (Jasmine Webb & Taylor Lewis). Prior to his stint at NSU, Gipson was the head women's basketball coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M for 11 seasons, and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2016.
 
Jasmine Webb was Northeastern State's first female basketball NCAA All-American. Honored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) in 2011, Webb capped a stellar four-year NSU career where she helped her team win 85 games. She was a 3-time All-Lone Star Conference performer and was the LSC North Player of the Year in 2010. Webb graduated from NSU in 2011 with a degree in accounting.
 
Russell G. Knowles was a four-year letterman for Northeastern State in football (1974-1977) and started all four seasons. He was the offensive captain for NSU in 1977 as a lineman and earned All-Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference honors in 1975, 1976 and 1977. Knowles was selected to the NAIA All-America Honorable Mention squad his senior season. After earning his degree from NSU in 1980, Knowles has spent more than 40 years with the U.S. Postal Service.
 
William "Bo" White was a 2-year starter and letterman for the NSU men's soccer program in 2011 and 2012. After transferring to NSU from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, White earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region honors as a junior in 2011. A year later, White was selected 1st Team All-America by the NSCAA and 1st Team Daktronics All-America for NCAA Division II. He was the Central Region Player of the Year, the MIAA Player of the Year, and helped NSU to a No. 11 national ranking and 13 wins, which were the most in school history at that time. White graduated from NSU in 2014.
 
Brad Risenhoover was a four-year member of the NSU men's golf team from 2001-2006. He was a two-time All-America choice (2002 & 2006) and helped Northeastern State to four NCAA Tournaments while leading the team as its Most Valuable Player (MVP) three of his four seasons. He was the 2006 Lone Star Conference Player of the Year and during his career, NSU was ranked in the Top 25 nationally. His scoring average of 71.41 in 2006 is a school record, and he shot the NSU low round of 64 which still exists as the record.
 
Dr. Dan R. Fuller will be recognized as Northeastern State's Spirit of Excellence recipient for 2019. Fuller spent 48 years as a faculty member at NSU, 34 of those full-time, in three different colleges (Health & Physical Education, Teacher Education, and Psychology. In addition to the teaching duties, Fuller also served as men's intramural director, assistant football coach, and member of the NSU Radio Network for several years. Fuller was honored as one of the original Centurions at Northeastern State in 2009. He also officiated high school football for 29 years and was awarded three state championship games.
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