Ex-WSU coach Gene Stephenson among Wichita HOF Inductees

WICHITA, KS – The Wichita Sports Hall of Fame inducted several new members on Saturday as part of the 2014 class. New inductees with local ties include:

Mark Bell – Named the best tight end of all-time in the City League, also played six seasons in the NFL for the Seahawks and Colts. Mark was teammates with his twin brother Mike (also a local Hall of Famer) at both Carroll HS and Colorado State University.

Steve Eck – Coached at Wichita South HS from 1986-’96, he accumulated a 227-15 record and six state championships.

Dorothy Harmon – Became the first woman assistant athletic director in the country at WSU. After the football team’s 1970 plane crash, Mrs. Harmon was named A.D.

Jesse Harper – Notre Dame athletic director and coach who hired legendary Knute Rockne.

Ed Henning – Five-time Wichita bowler of the year and six-time all-star.

Bob Long – A former WSU wide receiver, Long was named All-MVC and Honorable Mention All-American. He played for Vince Lombardi in Green Bay and was a member of two Super Bowl championship teams.

Lafayette Norwood – Coached basketball & golf at East, Heights, Johnson County Community College and KU. His 1976-’77 Heights team is regarded as the best in Kansas high school history.

Randy Smith – At WSU he was a 14-time Missouri Valley Conference track champion and NCAA All-American.

Gene Stephenson – Head baseball coach at Wichita State for 36 years, Stephenson won over 1,800 games. He also led the Shockers to the 1989 national title.

Chris Wimmer – Putting up incredible numbers, Wimmer hit .533 as a senior at East High. At WSU, he led the Shocks to a runner-up finish in the College World Series and was named second team All American. Wimmer also played for Team USA in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

Team Inductee: 2011-’12 Friends University men’s and women’s cross country and indoor/outdoor track teams – Swept six KCAC championships.

Organizational Inductee: Greater Wichita Officials Association.

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