Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inducts three K-State alumni

K-State Alumni Communications
Chuckie Williams, Deloss Dodds and Ed Nealy will be inducted into the 2014 Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. The Induction Ceremony will take place Oct. 5 at the Wichita Boathouse. (Photos: K-State Athletics)

The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame has announced the class of 2014, which includes three former Wildcats: DeLoss Dodds, Ed Nealy and Chuckie Williams. The new class will be honored at an induction ceremony 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Wichita Boathouse in Wichita, Kansas.

DeLoss Dodds
Prior to becoming one of the most influential athletic directors in the nation at the University of Texas, DeLoss Dodds was already a well-known name in Kansas. A native of Riley, Kansas, Dodds was a 440-meter conference champion at Kansas State University in 1959 before being hired as the head track and cross country coach for the Wildcats in 1963. During his 13-year stint as head coach of the K-State track and cross country programs, Dodds’ teams won six Big 8 Conference titles. In 1977, Dodds was named the eighth athletic director in K-State history, a position he held until 1981 when he was named the University of Texas men’s athletic director. Under Dodds’ leadership, Longhorn teams won 14 National Championships and 108 conference titles. Dodds was named the 2002 and 2005 Under Armor Athletic Director of the Year and the 2011 Sports Business Award Athletic Director of the Year. Dodds was inducted to the Kansas State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

Ed Nealey
When Eddie Carl “Ed” Nealy graduated from K-State in 1982, he left behind a legacy that is unmatched in the school’s basketball history. Nealy was the star center for his father’s Bonner Springs High School team and made an immediate impact for the Wildcats. He was a workhorse on the court and when he graduated, he held spots on K-State’s all-time career top 10 for points scored, rebounds, double-doubles, assists, steals, games played, and games started. Nealy is the only player in K-State history to have more than 1,000 points and rebounds for his career, scoring 1,304 points and grabbing 1,069 rebounds. He was named first team All-Big 8 in 1982 and was second-team Academic All-American in both his junior and senior years. Nealy was selected in the eighth round of the 1982 NBA draft by the Kansas City Kings. He played 10 seasons in the NBA with Kansas City, San Antonio, Chicago, Phoenix and Golden State, scoring 1,451 points with 1,799 rebounds. Nealy was recognized as one of K-State’s all-time greatest performers in 2003 when he was named to the school’s 10-man All-Century Team.

Chuckie Williams
One of only three K-State basketball players to be named an All-American two times during their time in Manhattan, Kansas, Chuckie Williams re-wrote the K-State record book. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Williams was a four-year letterman for 1990 Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductee Jack Hartman and led the Wildcats to two Elite Eight appearances and the 1973 Big Eight Conference title. Averaging more than twenty points for both his junior and senior seasons, Williams was an All-Big Eight and All-American selection both seasons. As of 2013, Williams still ranked in the school’s top 10 in 23 different season and career statistical categories, including eighth in all-time scoring. Williams was selected in the first round of the 1976 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Named to the K-State All-Century Team in 2003, Williams jersey was retired by K-State in 2006.

To learn more about the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and to purchase tickets to the 2014 Induction Ceremony, visit http://www.kshof.org/.

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