OSU unveils 2015 Hall of Fame class
CORVALLIS — Two All-American players, a distinguished coach, two individuals who have a legacy of contributions to Oregon State and a ground-breaking College World Series team highlight the 2015 OSU Sports Hall of Fame class.
The 14th class to be inducted Oct. 23 includes gymnast Heidi Anderson, football standout Ken Simonton, former baseball coach Jack Riley, former basketball player and coach Jimmy Anderson, longtime coach, athletic administrator and faculty member Pat Ingram and the 2005 College World Series baseball team.
Simonton is one of the most prolific running backs to ever play in the Pac-10 Conference and led the Beavers' football renaissance that resulted in appearances in the 1999 Oahu Bowl and winning the 2001 Fiesta Bowl. He concluded his career, which spanned the 1998-2001 seasons, second in conference history for rushing with 5,044 career yards.
Riley coached the Beavers from 1973-94 compiling 613 victories, including a .731 league winning percentage. He still stands 14th in conference history for wins and was named the league’s Northern Division coach of the year four times.
Heidi Anderson won the national title on floor in 1982 at Penn State University in the first NCAA women’s gymnastics championships and earned a total of five all-American honors while competing for the Nittany Lions. The native Pennsylvanian then transferred to OSU, competing in 1984 and ’85, capturing the ’84 national championship on beam and would conclude her career with seven all-America honors.
Jimmy Anderson’s association with Oregon State dates back to 1956, when he played for Slats Gill. He earned three letters in basketball from 1957-59 before beginning a coaching career that started at the conclusion of his senior season and spanned until 1995, except for two years when he was the head coach at Newberg High (1963-64). Anderson was the 1990 Pac-10 coach of the year after leading OSU to the co-Pac-10 title.
Ingram was the co-recipient of the 2013 OSU Women of Achievement Award for her contributions to OSU that date back to 1969 as an athletic administrator, coach and faculty member.
Led by current head coach Pat Casey, Oregon State returned to the College World Series in 2005 for the first time since 1952. The team that started a three-year run at the CWS, including back-to-back national titles (2006, ’07), went 46-12 and captured the Pac-10 Conference title at 19-5.