MINERS
Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame

2004 Inductees
 
BOB BEAMON BOB BEAMON
Men's Track and Field (1968)

Although he only lettered one season for the Miners, Bob Beamon left a legacy on the sport that few can attest to. Beamon became the 1968 NCAA indoor champion in the long and triple jumps before setting out for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City where Beamon launched himself into track & field immortality. His jump of 29 feet, two and a half inches broke the old record by nearly two feet and stood for 23 years. He also held the world indoor record in the long jump and was the 1968 and 1969 AAU National Champion. In 1983 he was elected to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the UTEP Track & Field Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

 

 

BOBBY JOE HILL BOBBY JOE HILL
Men's Basketball (1964-67)

Bobby Joe Hill was the catalyst of Texas Western College's drive to the 1966 national championship. The cat-quick guard averaged 20.2 points during the Miners' NCAA Tournament run. His two steals midway through the first half turned the tide in the national title game against Kentucky. Texas Western College shocked the heavily-favored Wildcats 72-65. To this day UTEP is the only Division I school in the state of Texas to win a national championship on the hardwood. Hill stayed in the Sun City after completing his college eligibility, working for the El Paso Natural Gas Company for 30 years. He passed away in December, 2002.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DON MAYNARD DON MAYNARD
Football (1954-56)

Don Maynard did it all. He could run, catch, return kicks and even kick extra points. In his three-year career at Texas Western, Maynard amassed 2,283 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 843 yards, returned kicks for another 525 yards, returned 10 interceptions for 142 yards and recorded 773 yards receiving. During his tenure with the New York Jets, Maynard established club records for touchdowns (88), receptions (627) and receiving yards (11,732). He also propelled the Jets into Super Bowl III in 1969. Maynard was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSS MOORE ROSS MOORE
Football Student-Athlete, Basketball/Football Coach and Trainer (1936-77)

To say Ross Moore loved UTEP would be an understatement. Moore proudly devoted 42 years of his life to UTEP as a football player, coach and trainer. Moore began his association with Texas College of Mines in the spring of 1936 when he hitchiked 600 miles from Marshall JC. Moore played basketball and football and captained both teams as a senior in 1938-39. After serving in the Navy after graduation, Moore returned to El Paso and served on the football, basketball and track & field coaching staffs. In 1950 Moore was instructed by football coach Mike Brumbelow to attend various trainers seminars - and thus began his 27-year career as the school's first full-time athletic trainer. Moore was named "Outstanding Trainer" by the Southwest Trainers Athletics Association in 1961, named to the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in 1968, the National Association of Athletic Trainers' Hall of Fame in 1974, the Outstanding Ex-Student at UTEP in 1975 and the Sun City Athletic Trainer Hall of Fame in 2003.

 

 

 

 

 

JESSE WHITTENTON JESSE WHITTENTON
Football (1952-56)

Jesse Whittenton is considered one of the best all-around athletes ever to play at UTEP. He rushed for 1,351 yards, passed for 1,381 yards, caught 19 passes, intercepted nine passes, brought back 17 punts for 230 yards and returned 20 kickoffs for 375 yards. He also scored 18 touchdowns and kicked 44 PATs before taking his talents to the Green Bay Packers, where he was a two-time All-Pro defensive back and selected to the Packers Hall of Fame in 1976. Whittenton was named the Border Conference Offensive MVP in 1955, and was a two-time all-league honoree. He helped the Miners to back-to-back eight-win seasons in 1953 and 1954, including a pair of Sun Bowl wins over Southern Mississippi and Florida State. In the 1955 Sun Bowl against Florida State, Whittenton passed for three touchdowns, ran for two and kicked five extra points - thus accounting for 35 of UTEP's 47 points - a Sun Bowl record.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1975 MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 1975 MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
NCAA Champions

After a runner-up finish in 1973 and a third-place showing in 1974, head coach Ted Banks and his Miners set their sights on dethroning back-to-back champion Oregon. Banks brought together a pack of five talented Kenyans and local El Paso standout Tony Zuniga to make the charge in 1975. In a tuneup for the national championships, UTEP easily won its third-consecutive WAC title with Kenyans James Munyala and Wilson Waigwa going one - two. The Miners would face a tougher challenge running at the national title, facing cold conditions on the campus of Penn State and would have to race without Waigwa. Munyala was the first Miner to cross, taking sixth. He was followed by Frank Munene in eight place. Zuniga was next to cross in 25th place, followed by Kip Sirma in 28th. Sammy Maritim (42nd) and Gibson Gatei (43rd) beat out Washington State's final runner to win the team title, 92-96.

 

 

 

 

 

1976 MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 1976 MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
NCAA Champions

After a close call to win the 1975 NCAA cross country title, the Miners made it two in a row with a blowout victory in 1976 in Denton, Texas. Kenyans Wilson Waigwa, Sammy Maritim, James Munyala and Kip Sirma all finished in the top-15. Waigwa took sixth, Maritim was eighth, followed by Munyala in 10th and Sirma was 15th. Frank Munen was next to finish, taking 40th. Juan Garcia (52nd) of Visalia, Calif., and El Pasoan Tony Zuniga (181st) were UTEP's sixth and seventh runners of the afternoon. The Miners scored 62 points, 55 points better than second-place finishing Oregon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1976 MEN'S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD 1976 MEN'S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
NCAA Champions

UTEP entered the 1976 NCAA Indoor Championships as the meet favorite. It was no surprise, UTEP had won the national indoor titles in the two previous seasons and returned a core unit from the 1975 team which won both the indoor and outdoor national titles. However, the meet didn't start off as scripted. Defending indoor high jump champion Greg Joy failed to qualify for the finals on the opening day. One hour later, UTEP's fortune changed for the better when Emmitt Berry took the 35-pound weight throw title. Later that evening Arnold Grimes won the triple jump, Tom Asare finished fifth in the long jump and Hans Almstrom capped off the day by taking second in the shot put. On Saturday, the Miners suffered another setback when All-American Frank Munene was edged out of the finals in the 1000. Once again the Miners fired back and iced the victory by blazing to a new meet record and running the fastest time ever recorded on an 11-lane track in the distance medley relay. The 23 points gave them an eight-point cushion over runner-up Villanova and completed the three peat.

 

 

 

 

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