MINERS
Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame

2003 Inductees
 

KEN HEINEMAN
Football (1935-38)

He was the school's first All-American selection, winning the honor in 1937, 1938 and 1939. Became the first player form the school to get drafted. Heineman was a triple threat player, leading the Miners in rushing, passing and punting from 1937-39. He also had in interceptions in 1939. He still ranks seventh in career rushing (2001 yards) and fourth in total offense (4,847 yards).

JIM BARNES
Men's Basketball (1962-64)

Drafted by New York as the first pick in the NBA Draft in 1964, he became one of just two Miner players to earn All-America honors ... ranks eighth in career scoring at UTEP (1,308 points) despite playing for just two seasons ... averaged 18.9 points and 16.5 rebounds in 1962-63, and 29.1 points and 19.2 rebounds in 1963-64 ... holds Miner game records for points (51) and rebounds (36) ... had five 40-point games and eighteen 20-rebound games with the Miners ... an Olympian in 1964 ... his jersey has been retired at UTEP.

BILLY STEVENS
Football (1965-67)

After 35 years, he still holds the school record for most passes in a season (466) and career (910) and yards passing in a season (3,140) and career (6,495) ... also owns the record for most touchdowns for a career (51) ... his 92-yard pass to Bob Wallace with no time left against Utah (1965) as a sophomore remains the school's longest completion to this day ... threw for 500 yards in his first college game, an NCAA freshman record.

NATE ARCHIBALD
Men's Basketball (1967-70)

Member of the NBA Hall of Fame, he was named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players ... one of just three Miners players to have his heresy retired ... earned All-WAC honors in 1970 ... ranks fourth in career scoring with 1,459 points while playing for just three seasons ... averaged over 20 points in a season twice (22.4 ppg in 1968-69, 21.4 ppg 1969-70) ... ranks in the top 10 of UTEP career charts in eight statistical categories (scoring, scoring average, field goals, field goal attempts, field goal percentage, free throws, free throw attempts and free throw percentage).

1969 MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
NCAA Champions

UTEP won its first NCAA title under coach Wayne Vandenburg. The Miners scored 72 points to edge runner-up Villanova (85 points) and third-place Oregon (111 points). Leading the way for UTEP was John Bednarski, who took fourth place with a time of 29:17. The Miners' other top-10 finisher was Danny McKillip (10th, 29:51). Ken Breen, who finished 18th, joined Bednarski and McKillip as All-Americans.

1975 MEN'S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
NCAA Champions

UTEP had four individuals win national titles, catapulting the miners to the team crown. Peter Farmer (35-pound weight, 69-1 1/2), Arnold Grimes (triple jump, 55-4), Hans Hoglund (shot put, 67-9 3/4) and Greg Joy (high jump, 7-2) all finished first in their respective events. Joining them as All-Americans were Larry Jessee (pole vault, second), Wilson Waigwa (mile run, second), Hans Almstrom (shot put, fourth) and Frank Munene (1,000-yard run, fourth). UTEP scored 36 points for coach Ted Banks.

SULEIMAN NYAMBUI
Men's Track and Field Coach (1979-82)

Ranks second in the NCAA with 15 individual cross country/track and field national titles...a 19-time NCAA All-American ... member of 11 national championship teams, including three triple crow winners ... the 1980 NCAA cross country champion ... holds seven school records ... a 14-time WAC champions ... member of the 1981 UTEP cross country team which won the NCAA title with a record-low score of 17, beating runner-up Providence by 92 points ... a 1980 Olympic silver medalist.