Induction Sponsored by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Induction Sponsored by the University of Tulsa
Induction Sponsored by the Bob Sullivan Group
OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Class of 2003 Inductees
Induction Sponsored by Jack Mills, Jakie Sandefer and the University of Oklahoma Department of Athletics
Tulsa native Kenny Dale Monday never lost a high school dual. He finished high school with a record of 140-0-1, winning four state titles and the 1977 Junior National Championship. He was a three-time All-American at Oklahoma State University, winning the NCAA title in 1984, and helping the Cowboys win two Big Eight titles with a collegiate record of 121-12-2. He won the 1983 World Championship and a series of USA Freestyle championships in '85, '88, '91, and 1996. He won the World Championship title in 1987, and the freestyle gold medal in the 1988 Olympics. He was a silver medalist in the 1992 Olympics and placed sixth as the team captain at the 1996 Olympics. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2001.
John Jacobs competed in track at the University of Oklahoma from 1911-1915, winning 16 first place honors and holding the school records in the 120 and 220-yard hurdles, high jump, broad jump and mile relay. He coached the Sooners track and field team for 46 seasons (1922-1968), winning three consecutive Missouri Valley and Big Six conference championships from 1924-1929. His outdoor teams won 19 consecutive duals and earned conference titles in 1935, 1961, and 1962. In addition, Jacobs helped developed six Olympians, including television and movie star Dennis Weaver. He is a member of the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame and the Drake Relays Hall of Fame.
Considered a pioneer in women's collegiate golf, Dale McNamara is one of the most successful coaches of any sport in history at the University of Tulsa. During her 26-year career at TU, her teams won more than seventy tournaments, made more than twenty-one national tournament appearances and won four national championships. Her teams won Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women titles in 1980 and 1982 and NCAA championship titles in 1982 and 1988. Her coaching produced golf talents such as LPGA's Nancy Lopez and twenty-seven first or second-team All-Americans.
Sean O'Grady holds the distinction of being the only world champion boxer from Oklahoma. Trained, promoted, and managed by his father, Pat O'Grady, the duo established a record of 81 wins, five losses, with 70 wins by knockout over an eight-year career. O’Grady won the United States Boxing Association lightweight title in 1980 and the World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight championship title in 1981. He retired from boxing in 1983 with an overall record of 81-6, and was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.
Muskogee, Oklahoma native Eddie Crowder was an All-American quarterback and safety for the University of Oklahoma from 1950-1952. He served as an assistant coach under two coaching greats, Army’s Red Blaik, and Oklahoma's Bud Wilkinson. He joined the University of Colorado as head football coach in 1963 and as athletic director in 1965. His squads won three bowl championships, maintained national rankings, and had an overall record of 67-49-2. He produced nine All-Americans, 33 Big Eight conference selections, five Academic All-Americans and 37 NFL draft choices. He was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.
Induction Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Department of Athletics