2008 Inductees
Jim Bowden, Sr. JIM BOWDEN, SR.
Administration (1966-80)

One of El Paso's most beloved figures, few individuals have meant more to the Miners' athletic department than Jim Bowden, Sr. Bowden held many hats in his time during the Sun City. A standout with the Texas Western Football team, He guided the Miners to an 8-2-1 record and an appearance in the 1949 Sun Bowl against West Virginia.  Bowden again led TWC to the New Year's Day Sun Bowl in 1950.  He began his tenure as assistant athletic director in 1966, the year TWC claimed the national championship in men's basketball. He held that position until 1972, when he was elevated to UTEP Director of Athletics.  Bowden served as the institution's AD from 1972-80, with being an instrumental person in the design and building of the Don Haskins Center among his numerous accomplishments.


Charlie Brown

Men's Basketball (1956-59)

The first African American to compete in a major sport at a major university in the south, Charlie Brown enjoyed a stellar career with the Texas Western College men's basketball team from 1956-59.  By the time his career was over, Brown would be known for much more than being a social pioneer. Brown tallied 1,170 points in only 67 games and earned placement to the All-Borderland Conference squad on three occasions. The all-around talent averaged 17.5 points and 8.6 rebounds from 1956-59, while helping TWC compile a combined record of 43-27 in that timeframe. Brown was a NABC All-District Second-Team Selection in 1959.







Football (1957-61) 

Ben Collins, former Texas Western Director of Athletics/Head Football Coach, was an integral part of the athletics department during his time in the Sun City. Collins worked at Texas Western College from 1946-1961, serving as the AD and head football coach his final five years. Among his accomplishments were guiding TWC to a 6-3 record in 1957 and hiring future hall of fame coach Don Haskins. Collins, who was an assistant coach with TWC from 1946-56, enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career as a player. He earned a spot on the Little All-American team for West Texas College in 1941 after finishing second in the nation in scoring (132) that year.







Sports Information Director (1962-70, 80-96)

A man who helped make Texas Western College/UTEP a nationally-known name, Eddie Mullens served as the institution's sports information director from 1962-70 and again from 1980-96. Mullens, a 1995 El Paso Hall of Fame inductee and to the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, won numerous local, regional and national awards for publications during his time as SID. He was cited by the Football Writers' Association for press box excellence. His writing style in press releases and media guides garnered attention from national media. Mullens spearheaded a six-year drive which culminated with the induction of Don Haskins' induction into the National Basketball Hall of Fame. He also helped Tim Hardaway in being named as the Best Little Man in America (1989.






Men's Track & Field (1967-72)

The man credited with turning the UTEP track & field program into a national power, Wayne Vandenburg served as the head coach of the men's track & field team from 1967-72. He also directed the cross country team from 1968-71, guiding it to the NCAA title in 1969.

Vandenburg led UTEP to seven top-10 finishes at the NCAA Track & Field Championships (four outdoor and three indoor),with second place at 1971 indoors and third place at 1972 outdoors highlighting the showings.  

UTEP won the Western Athletic Conference track & field crown four times, and never finished lower than second at the meet. He mentored eight NCAA champions and 45 WAC individual champions.

Before entering the coaching ranks, Vandenburg attended New Mexico on a track scholarship, competing in the hurdles, high jump and broad jump.





1982 Indoor Track & Field 1982 MEN'S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
NCAA/WAC Champions

Behind national championships in four different events, UTEP ranaway with the 1982 NCAA men's track and field title. Under the direction of interim head coach John Wedel, the Miners tallied 67 points to outdistance second-place Arkansas by a whopping margin of 37. Suleiman Nyambui led the way by sweeping the mile and two-mile run for the third time of his career. Gabriel Kamau (three-mile) and Tore Johnsen (35-lb weight throw) also claimed national titles. George Mehale (2nd in 880y run), Milt Ottey (2nd high jump), Bert Cameron (440y run), Gidamis Shahanga (4th two-mile run) and Fabian Whymns (5th 60y run) earned All-America honors in the UTEP romp. The Miners tuned up for the sport's pinnacle event by securing their eighth consecutive Western Athletic Conference indoor T&F title.







1982 Outdoor T&F 1982 MEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
NCAA/WAC Champions

On the strength of nine All Americans the UTEP track and field team took home the crown at the 1982 NCAA outdoor meet. The Miners tallied 105 points to hold off second-place Tennessee (94) on their way to securing the program's fourth straight NCAA title in outdoor track & field. Suleiman Nyambui capped off his incredible time with UTEP by taking home the 14th and 15th NCAA titles of his illustrious career. He topped the field in the 5,000 and 10,000 run, while Milt Ottey won the high jump. Other standouts at the meet included Bert Cameron (2nd 400), Gidamis Shahanga (2nd 10,000/7th 5,00), Carlos Scott (3rd discus), Zak Barie (5th 10,000), Sam Ngatia (5th steeplechase), who all gained All-America honors. The Miners also took home the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor T&F title that year, their seventh in the past eight years.





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