Air Force announces ninth class of Athletics Hall of Fame
Air Force Athletics announced its ninth class for induction into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame. The class of recently deceased former track and field coach Ralph Lindeman, Chris Knaute, men’s swimming All-American, Jacques Lamoureux, hockey All-American, Beau Morgan, football All-American, and Sara Neubauer, multiple All-American winner in women’s track and field will be honored on Friday, September 23, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. The ceremony could be postponed until Saturday depending on any changes in the football schedule.
Lindeman was in his 33rd season as Air Force Athletics head coach this season before his passing in March. Under his leadership, the Air Force Men’s Athletics Team became the most decorated intercollegiate program in Academy history. The Air Force has won 10 Mountain West tag team titles and finished in the top three in the conference standings 35 times in 42 championship meetings. Since joining the Academy, the track and field team has amassed 31 Western Athletic Conference titles (27 individual events, four relays) and 178 Mountain West titles (161 individual events, 17 relays). Teams coached by Lindeman have produced three NCAA champions, including Callie Calhoun – who won five Division II titles in her career, Dana Pounds – who won back-to-back javelin titles, and Mahala Norris – who became the Academy’s first female DI. champion of a running event with the 2021 title of the 3000 meters steeplechase. Backed by 12 more top-three finishes and 15 more top-five finishes, Lindeman has seen his athletes earn 89 All-America awards at the NCAA track and field championships. He has won Conference Coach of the Year honors 17 times and was the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Mountain Region Coach of the Year seven times.
Knaute, who graduated from the Academy in 2007, still holds school records in four events (200 free, 500 free, 1650 free and 400 IM) and holds a conference record in two events (500 free, 400 IM) . He was a two-time All-American, a nine-time Mountain West champion, and a two-time Mountain West Swimmer of the Year award winner. Knaute is still the team’s single most valuable player four times in addition to earning two of the Academy’s top six athletic honors, winning the Outstanding Athletic Achievement Award in 2006 and the Athletic Excellence Award. in 2007. He won the Mountain West Senior Recognition Award in 2007. and was later named to the 10th Anniversary Team. Knaute also competed in the 2005 U.S. World Championship Trials and the 2008 Olympic Trials.
Lamoureux, who graduated from the Academy in 2011, was selected to the All-America First Team in 2009 and one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, which recognizes the nation’s best player. Lamoureux led the nation in goals with 33 and helped the Falcons earn a record 28 wins and a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight Tournament. He scored the game-winning goal in the Atlantic Hockey Championship game and in the upset victory over third-seeded Michigan in the Air Force’s first-ever victory in an NCAA tournament. Lamoureux was named to the NCAA East Region All-Tournament Team and became the first Falcon to win ice hockey’s prestigious senior class award for excellence in class, on the ice and in the community. He was also the Air Force Most Valuable Male Player in 2009 and 2011.
Morgan, an Academy graduate in 1997, earned third-team All-American honors in 1996 while becoming the first player in NCAA history to record consecutive seasons with 1,000 rushing and passing yards. pass. He won Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors in 1996 and was a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback. He is still the school record holder for career touchdowns with 42 and finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1996, the third-best result ever for a Falcon. Morgan helped the Falcons win a WAC co-championship in 1995, just the second in program history.
Neubauer, a 2010 Academy graduate, has won All-America honors three times and is the only woman to win multiple All-America honors in the same meet in one year, winning the honor for the shot put and the disc in 2009. She is a four-time Mountain West champion and 12-time all-conference selection. Neubauer earned Regional Outdoor Female Athlete of the Year honors from the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in 2010. She won three team most valuable player awards and was team captain twice. Neubauer holds all four class records in the shot put, plus the junior and senior hammer record and the junior discus record.
AIR FORCE ACADEMY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME COURSE
Alonzo Babers, class of 1983, Track, 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist, 1983 All-American
Bob Beckel, Class of 1959Men’s Basketball, 1959 Helms All-American
John CluneSports Administration, Director of Sports, 1975-91
Chad Hennings, Class of 1988Football, 1987 Consensus All-American and Outland Trophy winner
Michelle Johnson, Class of 1981Women’s Basketball, 1995 CoSIDA Academic All-American
Brock Strom, class of 1959Football, consensus of 1958 All-American
Jim BowmanSports administration, former coach and administrator, 1958-2007
Callie Calhoun (Molloy), Class of 1991Track/Cross Country, Multi All-American and National Champion
Dee Dowis, Class of 1990Football, 1989 Heisman Trophy runner-up
Ernie Jennings, Class of 1971Football, 1970 All-American Consensus Football
Terry Isaacson, Class of 1964Wrestling/Football, three-time Wrestling All-American
Ben MartinCoach, Head Football Coach, 1958-77
Jim Conboy, Sports administration, head sports coach, 1955-98
Gail Conway (Gray), class of 1984, Track, double national champion
Chuck Delich, Class of 1977Ice hockey, school’s all-time leading scorer
Bob Nieman, class of 1970, Swimming, two-time All-American
Scott Thomas, Class of 1986Football, consensus All-American in 1985
Karen Burton (Reeder), Class of 1984Swimming, 16-time NCAA Division II All-American
Fisher DeBerryCoach, head football coach, 1984-06, highest earning in school history
Parker Hinman, Class of 1964Basketball, Football, Baseball and Athletics, first specialist in the four sports at the Academy
Eric Mack, Class of 1996Track, six-time conference champion and three-time All-American
Patty Martinez (Gillette), class of 1983Swimming, six-time NCAA Division II Individual National Champion
Carlton McDonald, Class of 1993Football, consensus All-American in 1992 and Thorpe Award finalist
Maiya Anderson, Class of 1997Swimming, 12-time NCAA Division II All-American
Raymond Dudley, class of 1990, Men’s basketball, all-time leading scorer in program history
Gene Miranda, Coach, Men’s Golf, All-time winningest coach in program history
Dana Pounds, Class of 2004, Track, double national javelin champion
Bob SpearCoach, men’s basketball, led the program to two NCAA tournaments and had the most wins in program history
Bart Weiss, Class of 1986Football, Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Davey O’Brien Award Finalist
1958 football teamposted the only undefeated season at 9-0-2 in program history and earned a Cotton Bowl berth
Rich Gugat, Coach, men’s tennis, the Academy’s all-time winningest coach in all sports with 730 wins in doubles matches
Paul Aratacoach, men’s and women’s swimming, led the programs to a combined record of 301-15-1
Mike Thiessen, class of 2001Baseball/Football, two-time Baseball All-American, Football Conference Player of the Year
Jim Murphy, class of 1965Athletics, school’s first NCAA champion, winning the 5,000 meters in 1964
Seth Kelsey, class of 2003Fencing, three-time Olympic team member and 2003 NCAA epee champion
Don Henderson, class of 1968Wrestling, the program’s only NCAA champion, winning the 145-pound title in 1967
Rick McAlister, class of 1975swimming and diving, 1974 NCAA champion in 1-meter diving, four-time All-American
1995-96 Women’s Swimming and Diving TeamWon back-to-back NCAA championships in 1994-95 and 1995-96
wayne baughmancoach, wrestling, winningest coach in program history with 183 wins in 27 seasons
Delavane Diaz, class of 2004, Volleyball, Rhodes Scholar and 2004 USAFA Female Athlete of the Year
Chris Gizzi, Class of 1997Football, All-American in 1997 and two-time WAC Defensive Player of the Year
Eric Ehn, Class of 2008Hockey, the program’s first All-American and Hobey Hat Trick finalist
Gregg Popovich, Class of 1970Basketball, five-time NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs
1985 football teamschool record 12 wins, WAC champions, reached #4 in national polls
Otis Jones, Class of 1995men’s basketball, first three-time all-conference first-team winner, 2,000-point scorer.
Terry Maki, Class of 1987Football, First Team All-American Football and NCAA Double Qualifier in Wrestling.
Robin Orth, Class of 1996Rifle, eight-time All-American and three-time team most valuable player.
Laura Simmons-Bergstrom, Class of 1994women’s tennis, 1991 NCAA national singles champion.
Randy Spetman, Class of 1976Sports administration, director of sports from 1996 to 2003.
2004 men’s basketball teamMountain West champions in 2004, the program’s first NCAA tournament in 42 years.
Ralph Lindemanncoach, athletics, 10 time MW champion, has trained 178 individual MW champions.
Chris Knaute, Class of 2007men’s swimming, two-time All-American and nine-time Mountain West champion.
Jacques Lamoureux, class of 2011Hockey, First Team All-American, Hobey Baker Award Finalist.
Beau Morgan, Class of 1997Football, first player in NCAA history with 1,000-1,000 consecutive seasons.
Sara Neubauer, Class of 2010Women’s track and field, three-time All-American, four-time MW champion.