Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 includes three
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|Three Kansas State University
athletes, including Shalee Lehning, have been inducted into the Kansas
Sports Hall of Fame. (K-State
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.
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
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.
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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