Willie M. "Bill" Pickett (December 5, 1870 - April 2, 1932) was born in Williamson County, Texas. Pickett was a cowboy, rodeo, and 101 Ranch Wild West show performer and actor. Pickett invented the technique of "bulldogging," the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground. He performed under the name "The Dusky Demon," toured around the world, and appeared in a few early motion pictures, one naturally named "The Bull-Dogger."
Pickett was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, as well as, the Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame and the Texas Trail of Tears, to name a few. He lived all of his life in Texas and Oklahoma, until passing away at the age of 61 in Ponca City, Oklahoma. His monument still presides today in Maryland, Oklahoma, at White Eagle Monument.
Born in Okemah, Oklahoma, Larry Coker started his football career at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. After three successful seasons as a defensive back for the RiverHawks, Coker began his coaching career, quickly escalating from high school coaching to the title of Offensive Coordinator for Tulsa University, Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, and eventually the Defensive Backs Coach at Ohio State University.
In 2001, Coker was named Head Coach at the University of Miami, a promotion after serving as Offensive Coordinator from 1995-2001. In his first season, Coker was named AFCA Coach of the Year, Big East Coach of the Year, given the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award, won a Big East Conference Championship, and became the second head coach since 1948 to win a National Championship in his first season.
Coker coached at The U until 2006. He then moved on the University of Texas San Antonio, where he pioneered the Roadrunner's first football program in school history. Coker wrapped up his coaching career at UTSA in 2016. He still resides today in San Antonio, Texas.
Allan Trimble began his coaching career in 1987 as the Inside Linebacker Coach at Owasso High School. He also added titles like Tight Ends Coach and Defensive Coordinator before joining the Jenks High School Football Program, where he continued to coach to this day. He had been named Jenks' Head Coach for over 21 years.
Trimble led the Jenks Trojans to 13 6A state championships, an Oklahoma 6A record of 39 straight wins (from 1999-2002), 4 runner-up finishes, 16 district championships, and 25 consecutive playoff victories. In his first 6 seasons as Head Coach, Jenks won 6 straight state championships.
Trimble had received numerous accolades throughout his coaching career, like being named the Russell Athletic National Coach of the Year and 3-time Tulsa World Head Coach of the Year, to name a few. Trimble's reputation for building character among his players and leading them on multiple mission trips illustrates his success going well beyond the football field.
Larry Coker, NCAA Head Coach
Robin Ventura was born in Santa Maria, California, and began his collegiate career at Oklahoma State University. As a cowboy, Ventura was a 3-time All American, led the nation in runs (107), RBI (96), and total bases (204) in only 69 games as a freshman. He also led NCAA Division I in RBI's two years in a row. In 1987, he led an NCAA record 58-game hitting streak that stood, until being surpassed in 2003.
Ventura was inducted into the Cape League Hall of Fame in 2001, won a gold medal with the U.S. Olympic Baseball Team, won both the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy, and was later inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. Ventura went on to play 16 seasons in the MLB. He became a 6-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner, 2-time MLB All-Star, and was a Manager for the Chicago White Sox for 5 seasons.
Robin Ventura, MLB
Santa Maria, California
Mat Hoffman, BMX
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mat Hoffman is an icon in the sport of BMX Freestyle, inventing more than 100 revolutionary tricks and is, without question, the greatest Vert-ramp rider in the history of the sport. Hoffman's unparalleled accomplishments as a rider are equaled by his success in the business world. By the age of 20, Hoffman started both Hoffman Promotions (now Hoffman Sports Association) and Hoffman Bikes - two companies instrumental in building the sport of BMX Freestyle to the stature it is today.
Hoffman had been the BMX Freestyle sport organizer for ESPN's X Games for more than 21 years. He is involved in producing action sport shows for major theme parks, such as Universal Studios and Six Flags, as well as, producing documentary films like "Being Evel" and the ESPN 30 for 30 biography on Nick Piantanida titled "Angry Sky." In addition, ESPN dedicated a 30 for 30 documentary to Hoffman titled "Birth of Big Air."
Hoffman is a native Oklahoman and still lives in Oklahoma today with his wife and two children. He can often be found painting fine art commissions and enjoys riding daily, spending time with his family, and dreaming up new ways to test danger with favorite pastimes like skydiving, paragliding, and paramotoring.
Allan Trimble, High School Head Coach
Ken Mendenhall, NFL
Since his arrival to the University of Oklahoma in July of 1998, Joe Castiglione has led an athletics department that has captured 17 national championships and 79 conference titles, while setting records for grade point average and graduation rates. The 2016-17 school year yielded 4 national championships, a school record that gave OU a nation-leading 7 over the last two years.
The nation's best athletics director in 2017, according to Sports Illustrated, and the 2018 U.S. Basketball Writers Katha Quinn Award for exceptional service to the media, Castiglione was named AD of the Year in 2004 by the Bobby Dodd Foundation and in 2009 by Sports Business Journal. Castiglione was named to the College Football Playoff Committee in January 2018. He previously served as a chairman on NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee and a four-year term on the NCAA Baseball Committee, making him the first to ever serve on all three.
Born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, he attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School where he lettered in football, golf, track, and cross country (inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011). Castiglione earned degrees from University of Maryland and University of Oklahoma. He held positions at the University of Miami, Rice University, and Georgetown University prior to a 17-year stint at the University of Missouri serving the last five as Director of Athletics (inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2015). Castiglione is married to the former Kristen Bartel. They are parents to two sons, Joseph, Jr., a junior at OU, and Jonathan, a junior in high school.
Ken Mendenhall was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and grew up in Pawhuska in Osage County, Oklahoma. Mendenhall attended Enid High School, where in his junior and senior seasons, the Enid High School Plainsmen won the state championship in football. Following his senior season (1965), he was named "Oklahoma Lineman of the Year." He received a football scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, where he was a three year starter as an offensive lineman, playing guard, center and tackle. He was named to the All Big 8 Conference and All-American teams following his junior and senior seasons.
In the 1970 NFL Draft, Mendenhall was drafted in the 5th round by the Atlanta Falcons. Within that year, he had short stents with the Falcons, Packers, Giants, and Houston Oilers. During training camp in 1971, he was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Colts and played on special teams during the 1971-72 seasons. In 1973, he became Baltimore's starting center and at the conclusion of his career (1980), he held the Colts franchise record for the most consecutive starts at 118 games (complied during an 8 year span).
Mendenhall currently resides in Oklahoma, and in the course of the last 30 years, has served as an Area Director for Search Ministries in Oklahoma City.
* Inducted Posthumously
OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Joe Castiglione, NCAA Director of Athletics
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Bill Pickett*, Rodeo
Williamson County, Texas
Meet the Class of 2018 Inductees
The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 was inducted on August 6, 2018, at the Riverwind Showplace Theatre.