Hilltopper Athletics to Honor WKU Members of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame

Through the years, 19 individuals with ties to Western Kentucky University have been recognized for their achievements in the world of sport by their induction into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. That number includes former Hilltopper athletes, coaches and broadcasters from the legendary E.A. Diddle, who was inducted as a member of the second KAHF class in 1964 to Lady Topper basketball consensus All-American Lillie Mason, a member of the 2010 class inducted last spring.

WKU Athletics will take time to acknowledge these individuals during ceremonies at halftime of Saturday’s (Feb. 5) men’s basketball game at E.A. Diddle Arena. Among the great names in Hilltopper sports history expected to be on hand are (listed alphabetically, with the year of his/her induction):

 •  football All-American, coach and athletic director Jimmy Feix (2004)
 •  basketball All-American and coach Clem Haskins (1990)
 •  Mason (2010)
 •  basketball All-American Jim McDaniels (2004)
 •  basketball All-American, coach and athletic director John Oldham (1986)
 •  long-time Hilltopper football and basketball broadcaster Wes Strader (2002)
 •  longtime WHAS Radio sports broadcaster Van Vance who also called the play-by-play for Kentucky Colonels basketball and University of Louisville football and basketball for many years.  Vance is a WKU alumnus who played freshman basketball on The Hill in the 1950s.

The Hilltoppers host Sun Belt Conference rival Louisiana-Monroe in the second game of a men’s/women’s doubleheader with the Warhawks Saturday. The Lady Toppers' game tips off at 1:00 p.m. in Diddle Arena and the men’s game follows at 3:30. Members of the KAHF will be introduced at halftime of the men’s game.

Only the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville have had more individuals inducted into the KAHF than WKU. Here’s a list of those not mentioned above who have ties to Western Kentucky University and are members of The Hall:

 •  E.A. Diddle, men’s basketball coach (1964)
 •  Nick Denes, football coach (1975)
 •  Bernard “Peck” Hickman, basketball athlete and UofL coach (1975)
 •  Ted Hornback, athlete, men’s basketball & tennis coach and administrator (1987)
 •  Geri Grigsby, women’s basketball athlete;  prep great at McDowell High School (1994)
 •  Gene Rhodes, men’s basketball and baseball athlete;  men’s basketball coach (1997)
 •  Charlie Ruter, men’s basketball and baseball athlete;  international track official (2001)
 •  Jack Harbaugh, football coach (2003)
 •  Clemette Haskins, women’s basketball athlete (2006)
 •  Dale Lindsey, football athlete (2008)
 •  Jaime Walz-Richey, women’s basketball athlete;  prep great at Ft. Thomas Highlands High School (2008)
 •  and, the following gentleman, who earned his reputation at another school in Kentucky, also had strong ties to WKU early in his career: Cawood Ledford, broadcaster (longtime voice of UK basketball and football, he broadcast WKU men’s basketball on WHAS Radio in Louisville in the 1950s) (1987).