Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 includes three Wildcats

Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

Three Kansas State University athletes, including Shalee Lehning, have been inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. (K-State Athletics)

Kansas State University has a proud tradition of athletic excellence, and three former student-athletes were recognized on the state level.

The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inducted the members of its Class of 2015 — including three Wildcats — during a ceremony Oct. 4 at the Wichita Boathouse. The 11-person class raises the total number of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductees to 248.

Founded in 1961 by the Legislature as a part of the Kansas Centennial celebration, the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame’s mission is to honor those whose involvement in sports brought pride to themselves, their communities and the entire state of Kansas, and to educate and inspire future generations of Kansans to achieve greatness.

K-State 2015 inductees include Paul Coffman, tight end and three-time Pro Bowl selection of the Green Bay Packers; Kenny Harrison, 1996 U.S. Olympic gold medalist in the triple-jump; and Shalee Lehning, three-time Big 12 Conference basketball selection and K-State’s all-time assist leader.

(K-State Athletics)
 Paul Coffman '82

A native of Chase, Kansas, Paul Coffman starred at K-State before launching an 11-year NFL career that saw him go from undrafted free agent to NFL Pro Bowler. A three-year letter winner at K-State from 1975 to 1977, Coffman earned first-team All-Big 8 honors as a senior tight end in 1977. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Green Bay Packers in 1977. With 1997 KSHOF inductee Lynn Dickey '71 as quarterback for the Packers, Coffman quickly became a favorite passing target as he led the team in touchdown receptions three times and receiving yards seven times. Coffman was a three-time Pro Bowl selection in 1982, 1983 and 1984. For his 11-year career, which spanned seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs and the Minnesota Vikings, Coffman compiled 4,223 receiving yards and 39 touchdowns. Coffman has been honored as an inductee of numerous organizations, including the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 1985, the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Kansas Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame in 2008.

(K-State Athletics)
 Kenny Harrison '88

One of the most decorated athletes in K-State track and field history, Kenny Harrison, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, smashed school, national and world records on his way to earning Olympic gold. Harrison, a long-jump and triple-jump specialist at K-State, earned All-America honors all four years in Manhattan from 1985 to 1988. In total, Harrison racked up four All-America awards in outdoor (two each in the long-jump and triple-jump) and seven All-America awards in indoor (three in long-jump, four in triple-jump). Harrison also won eight Big 8 Conference championships in outdoor and seven Big 8 Conference championships in indoor. Harrison also won an outdoor triple-jump National Championship in 1986 and added two indoor National Championships, one each in the long-jump (1986) and the triple-jump (1988). On the national and international level, Harrison continued to shine, winning four U.S. Championships and one World Championship in the triple-jump in 1991. Harrison represented the United States in the 1996 Olympic games and his gold medal winning triple-jump of 59’4.25” set both the American and Olympic record. Harrison is an inductee of the Kansas State University Athletic Hall of Fame and was inducted to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2013. 

(K-State Athletics)
 Shalee Lehning '09

One of the most highly recruited high school basketball players in Kansas, Shalee Lehning of Sublette, Kansas, went on to star nationally on both the collegiate and professional levels. After leading the Sublette Larks to two undefeated state championships in 2004 and 2005, Lehning held state high school records for career rebounds (1,136), career assists (804), career steals (543) and season assists (245). Selected to multiple All-State teams by various publications, Lehning was named the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year and Miss Kansas Basketball Player of the Year in 2005. Following her stellar high school career, Lehning chose to attend K-State, where she continued to shine as a three-time All-Big 12 Conference performer, including two first-team selections in 2008 and 2009. Lehning left the school with the top four marks in single season assists and as the school’s leader in career assists with 800. Lehning also ranked in the top ten in school history in career steals, career rebounds, career double-doubles, career games played and career games started. Her five career triple-doubles are best in K-State and Big 12 Conference history. Lehning was selected in the second round as the 25th overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Atlanta Dream, where she played three seasons and averaged 3.8 assists per game. Following her final game as a Wildcat, K-State retired her No. 5 jersey.

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