MINERS
Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame

2009 Inductees
 
ANDY COHEN
Baseball, Head Coach (1963-78)

 

Andy Cohen spent nearly a decade on major and minor league rosters and later served as a manager and coach before returning to the Sun City. He was instrumental in building the baseball program at Texas Western College from the ground up. Cohen served as the Miners' unpaid coach for the first 12 years of the program's history compiling 300 wins. In 1970, Cohen led the Miners to the best season in program history, posting a record of 26-23. He is a  member of both the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame and the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame. Cohen Stadium was named in honor of Andy and Syd Cohen.

 

 

 

BOBBY DOBBS
Football, Head Coach (1965-72)

 

Texas Western College's head coach from 1965-72, Bobby Dobbs compiled a 41-35-2 record with the Miners. He led the Miners to four winning seasons, including two that ended with Sun Bowl victories in 1965 and 1967. In 1967, Dobbs' prolific offense led the nation in passing and scoring as the Miners lost only two games by a total of three points. His teams established nearly 50 records that still stand in UTEP football annals. Dobbs coached several Miner greats including all-Americans Fred Carr, Billy Stevens, Chuck Hughes and Charlie West. His Miners' 68 points scored in a win over Texas-Arlington on Oct. 15, 1966 are the most by a UTEP team in the Sun Bowl.

  

 

 

 

 

HARVEY GABREL
Football (1957-61) 

 

Harvey "Pug" Gabrel was one of the best running backs to ever don a Miner uniform. Gabrel starred at TWC from 1947-50, compiling 2,321 yards on the ground while leading the squad to a pair of appearances in the Sun Bowl. The team finished 8-2-1 in 1948 and 1949 while forging a record of 7-3 in 1950. He earned first team All-Border Conference honors in 1950 after racking up 538 rushing yards and six touchdowns in only seven games. Gabrel's name remains a fixture in the UTEP career record book to this day. He ranks second in rushing touchdowns (27), third in yards per carry (6.45), sixth in yards per game (68.3) and seventh in rushing yards (2,321).

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN WEDEL
Track and Field, Assistant and Head Coach (1962-70, 80-96)

 

John Wedel was a key contributor to the UTEP track and field program's rich tradition and established UTEP as a world-renown  powerhouse. An assistant under the legendary Ted Banks, Wedel was part of three national championship teams and coached seven national champions during the 1974 and 1975 indoor and outdoor seasons. Over two dozen athletes garnered All-American recognition under his tutelage. The long list includes 11 Olympians such as Hans Hoglund, Peter Farmer, and 1976 silver medalist Greg Joy. In 1982 Wedel returned to UTEP to head up the women's program, adding a pair of national champions and 17 All-Americans to his resume. Five records set under his guidance still stand in the UTEP track and field record book.

 

 

 

 

CHARLIE WEST
Football (1965-67)

 

A gifted athlete who could have been a star anywhere on the field, Charlie West made his presence felt in a big way as a lock-down cornerback with the Miner football team from 1965-67. West, who went on to play in the National Football League for 12 years, made a school-record 19 interceptions. He took three of them to the end zone, which ties for the most ever in program history. West owns the outright mark for single-season (11) and single-game (four) picks while rating third for career yardage on interception returns (233). He was a part of three consecutive winning campaigns, and aided the squad to Sun Bowl victories in 1965 and 1967. West also returned punts, and he remains listed in the top 10 in the UTEP record book for career average, returns and yardage. His NFL career spanned from 1968-79, and he played in Super Bowl IV with the Minnesota Vikings.

 

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