2011 Inductees
Football (1946-49)


Jack Curtice was head coach of the Miner football program from 1946-49. The team - then known as Texas College of Mines and later Texas Western College - posted a 24-13-3 record during that period. Curtice led the Miners to the first bowl win in school history with a 33-20 victory over Georgetown in the Sun Bowl on Jan. 2, 1950. Curtice' 1948 and `49 squads each led the nation in rushing.



Rifle (1990-92)


A native of Bangladesh, India, Soma Dutta-Williams fired a UTEP school-record 1,171 en route to capturing the 1991 NCAA smallbore title. Dutta-Williams earned All-American honors for the Orange and Blue in 1990, `91 and `92. Following her successful career at UTEP, she represented India in the 1984, `88, `92 and `96 Olympic games. She became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul, South Korea, taking the silver in smallbore and the bronze in air rifle..



Men's Basketball (1971-74)


A two-time second team All-Western Athletic Conference selection, Jim Forbes is one of the top rebounders in UTEP history. Forbes recorded 20 double-doubles in 61 career games. His 9.1 career average is 6th best in school history and he was the Miners' leading rebounder as a sophomore and again as a senior. Forbes snared 290 rebounds during the 1971-72 campaign, sixth-most in a season in school history. He was a member of the 1972 United States Olympic basketball team.





Football (1928-31)


An all-around athlete at Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy from 1928-31, Thad Steele earned four letters in football, two in basketball and one in baseball. He was a three-time Southwestern All-Star football selection as a center and served as the team's co-captain for three seasons. The Miners lost only three times in 26 games during his last three seasons..



Track (1994-97)


Obadele Thompson was a four-time NCAA champion at UTEP. He established a school-record time of 20.36 to win his first national title in the 200 meters at the 1986 NCAA Indoor Meet. He claimed three NCAA crowns in 1997 - in the 200 meters indoors and outdoors, and the 100 meters outdoors. Thompson was an 11-time All-American during his career. He was a 16-time Western Athletic Conference champion, setting three league records - all of which still stand. Thompson became just the 11th Miner to win an Olympic medal, taking the bronze in the 100m at the 2000 Olympics. He became the first Olympic medalist from Barbados in the process..

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