Seven Hilltopper Greats To Be Inducted Into WKU Athletic Hall Of Fame

Bowling Green, Ky. — Seven former Western Kentucky University athletes will be inducted as the 17th class into the WKU Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies set for Homecoming Weekend this fall.

The 2007 class includes Bob Daniels (basketball), Clarence Glover (basketball), Tandreia Green (basketball), Norman Head (golf), Mecit Koydemir (soccer), Mike McCoy (football) and Brett McNeal (basketball).

The induction of the 2007 class brings the number of former WKU athletes and coaches who have earned berths in the school's Athletic Hall of Fame to 111 since its founding in 1991. And, the ’07 class will be the largest to enter the Hall since eight were inducted in 2000.

The 2007 class will be inducted in ceremonies during the annual W-Club Homecoming Brunch, set for 10 a.m. (CST), Saturday, Nov. 10, on the main floor in E.A. Diddle Arena on the WKU campus in Bowling Green.

Tickets for the event, which is open to the general public, are $15 each and can be purchased and/or reserved:
• on-line at www.wkualumni.org (then click on “Events Calendar”);
• by calling 1-888-WKU-ALUM (1-888-958-2586);
• or by contacting either W-Club Treasurer Bill Edwards (270-745-6026; bill.edwards@wku.edu) or W-Club Secretary Paul Just (270-745-5379; paul.just@wku.edu).

Each W-Club member who has paid his/her ’07-08 dues is entitled to claim two complimentary tickets to the event; however, reservations MUST be made — either online or with Edwards or Just — to ensure seating is available. Non-member letterwinners, and the general public, are required to purchase tickets. Letterwinners who have not yet paid their '07-08 dues may do so online via credit card or at the door with a prior reservation.

The inductees will also be honored in ceremonies on Jimmy Feix Field at halftime of the annual Homecoming football game, set to kickoff at 4 p.m. that afternoon. Head coach David Elson will pit his Hilltoppers against defending Sun Belt Conference co-champion Troy at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

Now, more about the members of the 2007 WKU Athletic Hall of Fame class.

• Bob Daniels / Basketball, 4 letters (1954-57); Baseball, 4 letters (1954-57)
Daniels helped lead all four WKU basketball teams he played on to Ohio Valley Championships and an overall record of 80-34 (70.2%) — 29-3 in 1953-54; 18-10 in ’54-55; 16-12 in ’55-56; and 17-9 in ’56-57. He played in the 1954 NIT, where the Toppers finished in fourth place. Daniels led the team in rebounding as a junior with a 14.9 average and his 964 career rebounds still ranks fiftth among all Hilltoppers. He was the eighth Topper to score 1,000 career points (he totaled 1,010). On the diamond, he earned a reputation as one of the really great pitchers ever on The Hill and in the OVC. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals of the NBA at the end of his WKU career and also played professional baseball. Following his playing career, he enjoyed a successful career as a Kentucky high school and college basketball coach at Kentucky Wesleyan (where his teams won NCAA Division II national championships in 1968 and ’69) and Marshall. Daniels resides in Versailles, Ky.

• Clarence Glover / Basketball, 3 letters (1969-71)
A key member of the 1970-71 WKU Final Four basketball team, he was the number one draft pick of the NBA Boston Celtics in 1971. The three teams he played on won 62 of 81 games (76.5%), posted a pair of 20-victory seasons, won two OVC championships and made two NCAA Tournament appearances, including that ’71 Final Four trip, where the Hilltoppers lost a double-overtime thriller to Villanova in the semifinals and then rebounded to defeat Kansas to take third-place honors. Glover scored 18 points and pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds in the Toppers’ overtime win over Ohio State in the NCAA Mideast Region championship contest. And, his 89 total rebounds (five games — 17.8 rpg) led the NCAA tourney that season and was the fifth-highest total ever in the tournament at the time. He averaged a career-best 8.4 points and 10.9 rebounds per game as a senior and put his quickness to good use on defense, regularly drawing the toughest defensive assignments along the front line. Glover makes his home in Louisville.

• Tandreia Green / Basketball, 4 letters (1987-90)
A two-time All-America pick (1987 as freshman All-American and again in ’89 as a member of the Kodak All-District Team) and a three-time first-team all-Sun Belt Conference selection, Green completed her four years on The Hill with 1,781 points (third on the Lady Toppers’ career list at the time and still sixth on that elite list). Her career scoring average was 14.2 ppg, still sixth on the WKU career list, and she totaled 875 rebounds, the second highest total in the Topper record book at the time and still fifth on that list. Green’s 215 career blocks was the second-highest total ever at WKU and is still third on that list. Her 20 rebounds vs. West Virginia in the 1989 NCAA tournament puts her among only five Lady Toppers who have posted 20-plus performances on the boards. The four teams she played on went 89-38 (70%), making four NCAA tournament appearances while winning two SBC regular season championships and a pair of SBC tourney titles. She was the MVP of the 1989 Sun Belt Tournament. She was honored for her achievements as a senior when she was selected WKU’s Female Athlete-of-the-Year. Green lives in the Washington, D.C., area.

• Norman Head / Golf, 3 letters (1947-49); Golf Coach (1986-90)
As a Hilltopper athlete, Head was the golf team captain all three years. WKU’s first scholarship golfer, he was the runner-up in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships in 1947 and led his Toppers to conference championships all three years (in the KIAC in 1947 & ’48; and in the OVC in ’49). After retiring from the Navy, he returned to Bowling Green where he served as the golf pro at local country clubs. Head assisted Topper golf coaches with WKU’s linksmen from 1972 until his retirement. He also served as the WKU men’s golf coach for four years (1986-90), all winning seasons — his record as WKU head coach was an impressive 263-176 (59.9%). A member of the PGA in 1950-51 and 1970-end of career, he was named the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 1990. He was nominated for Kentucky PGA Teacher-of-the-Year honors four times (’87-89, ’91). Among his students was WKU Athletic Hall of Famer and PGA Tour golfer Kenny Perry; and, he has had a number of his other students play on the Canadian, South African and Ben Hogan Tours. Head passed away in May at age 79.

• Mecit Koydemir / Soccer, 2 letters (1985-86)
Koydemir earned all-Mideast Region and all-Sun Belt Conference honors after leading the Hilltoppers in both goals and points scored each of his two years on The Hill. Now, more than two decades later, he still holds WKU records for shots in a season (112 in 1985; and, he’s second on that list as well with his 105 shots in ’86), goals scored in a match (five vs. Samford in ’85), goals scored in a season (21 in ’85; and, he’s tied for second again with the 19 he tallied in ’86), points scored in a match (10 in that Samford contest) and points scored in a season (he again still ranks 1-2 with 48 in ’85 and 44 in ’86); in addition, he also ranks second in career goals scored and in career points scored. He powered his two WKU teams to solid winning seasons — 12-8 in ’85 and 15-6-2 in ’86, an overall mark of 27-14-2 (65.1%) overall. He now lives in Houston, Texas.

• Mike McCoy / Football, 4 letters (1970-73); Track, 3 letters (1971-73)
An All-American defensive back as a senior in 1973, McCoy was named to all-OVC teams in both 1972 and ’73. His four Topper teams were a collective 35-7-1 (82.6%) and won three OVC championships (the ’72 club took league runner-up honors). McCoy’s ’73 team was the runner-up in the first-ever NCAA national championship playoffs, going 12-1 for the year. Three of those teams ranked among the nation’s best in total defense — The Hilltoppers finished fourth in the category in ’73; fifth in ’71; and eighth in ’70; they were also third in scoring defense (a stingy 6.20 ppg) in ’73. He was also a key member of the Topper track team, starring in the 440 and running on OVC championship relay teams. McCoy resides in Louisville.

• Brett McNeal / Basketball, 4 letters (1986-89)
An All-America selection as a senior in 1989, McNeal was an all-SBC pick both his junior and senior seasons; and, he was a member of the SBC all-tournament team in ’87. One of only two Hilltoppers to win WKU basketball’s E.A. Diddle Award twice, he played on two 20-win teams, one SBC championship club, two NCAA tourney teams and one Preseason NIT club (WKU’s ’86 runners-up). He led his team in scoring in both ’88 (20.0 ppg) and ’89 (21.4 ppg), and is one of only five Hilltoppers to average 20-or-more points per contest more than once; and, he is one of just 19 athletes to lead WKU in scoring in consecutive seasons. McNeal completed his career with 1,856 points (still fourth on the career scoring list). He was the leading three-point producer on the club three straight years, and also led the club in both assists and steals each of his last two seasons. His 148 career steals is a school record and is still the fourth-highest total ever on The Hill. Finally, his 3,718 career minutes played is still a school record, and he also holds the mark for minutes in a season (1,326 as a sophomore in ’86-87). McNeal lives in the Minneapolis, Minn., area.

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