Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 28, 2010) - Five individuals and one team will make up the Golden Eagle Hall of Fame Class of 2010 to be inducted during John Brown University Homecoming Weekend. The list of inductees includes Dr. Bill George '48, Dr. Jim Stockton '72, Mr. Dale Akins '71, Dr. Lee Netherton '63, Pastor Cliff Brooks, and the 1962 men's basketball team. The Class of 2010 will be enshrined at a Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held at 5:30 p.m. on October 9 in the Kresge Dining Hall on the campus of JBU. Dr. Bill George graduated from JBU in 1948 with a B.S. degree (cum laude) before earning his M.S. degree in social science from Azusa Pacific. George began working for JBU in 1950, and his assignments included management of six different JBU owned radio stations, Executive VP of Brown Military Academy and Southern California Military Academy, VP of Western Operations for John Brown Schools and the VP of John Brown Schools Foundation. George received the Distinguished Achiever Award by the JBU Board of Trustees in recognition of his outstanding performance while serving as interim president of JBU in 1994. He was awarded a JBU Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 1998. George was elected as a Trustee of JBU in 1954 and continued to serve in that capacity until his death in 2008. He has personified the founding values of JBU and advanced its mission in every possible way and has shown his loyalty to the University's goals and its leadership. In admiration of his faithful service to John Brown University, the new basketball and volleyball arena was named in his honor.
Dr. Jim Stockton graduated from JBU in 1972 and is a member of the JBU Letterman's Club, playing golf for JBU for 4 years (1968-1972) while winning the Ozark Christian Conference Tournament his senior year and medaling in many other matches. Stockton has worked at North Arkansas College in Harrison, Ark. for the past 33 years, with the current title of VP of Institutional Advancement. He has a master's degree from the University of Arkansas and an Ed.D. in higher education administration from Nova Southeastern University.
Dale Akins graduated from JBU in 1971 with a major in physical education and minor in social studies. He played four years of basketball and one year of baseball for the Golden Eagles. During Akins' junior year, the team took third place at the NCCAA tournament. They lost to Azusa Pacific in the semi-finals and won the third place game against host team Temple. One of the biggest wins during Akins' career was against Northeastern State University (Okla.) also during his junior year. He has accumulated over 18 plus hours of graduate hours and has spent the last 40 years in education as a teacher, coach and administrator. He received the "Kurt King" award in 2004 and has received numerous coaching awards throughout his career.
Dr. Lee Netherton graduated from JBU in 1963 with a degree in chemistry and continued his education at the University of Arkansas, earning both his M.S. degree and his Ph.D. He was a three year letterman in basketball, while also lettering in track for two years. He was a member of the 1962 CASC Championship basketball team and ran the 100 yard dash and was on the 220, 440 and 880 relay teams. He served as the Faculty Athletic Representative for two years and was a member of the Faculty Athletic Committee for 10 years. Netherton has worked the basketball score table for 35 years and continues to assist the athletic program on various special event committees. Netherton taught at JBU for over 30 years and retired in 2005 as Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.
Pastor Cliff Brooks retired to Siloam Springs in 1990 from California and found a new home at John Brown University. Brooks met former men's soccer coach Bob Gustavson and was introduced to the men's soccer team and began helping with the swim instruction needed in the physical education area. Brooks volunteered his services of swim instruction and WSI/Lifeguard training and also volunteered as an assistant swim coach for three years. Twenty years later he is still assisting in our academics by assisting in the swimming activity class offered each semester. Brooks is a loyal fan/follower of all our sports and can be seen at most athletic events cheering the teams on. He continues to be a faithful giver to the JBU booster club and a loyal friend to all the coaches and student-athletes. Brooks is a true example of one who "bleeds blue and gold".
Rounding out the group of inductees will be the 1962 CASC (Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges) Men's Basketball Championship Team. In the third year of the JBU basketball program, Coach Sam Starkey led the team to the CASC Championship after travelling across the country to California to defeat Upland College 92-46 and Los Angeles Pacific College (now Azusa Pacific) 67-59 in the championship game. Gary Beaty '63 and Marty Kugel '63 were named to the All-CASC Team and Speedy Branstetter '62 was named Tournament MVP. Other team members included the following: Clark Barnes '63, Mike Castleman '65, Paul Castleman '65, Bill Miller '63, Dr. Lee Netheron '63, Dr. Randall Spear '63, Dick Wilson '63, Dr. Skip Murphy '63, Coach Sam Starkey, and Dr. John E. Brown Jr.
Dr. George will be inducted under the Pioneer category, while Dr. Stockton and Akins will be inducted as Athletes. Dr. Netherton will be inducted for Meritorious Achievement, and Brooks will be an Honorary inductee. The 1962 CASC Championship Team will fall under the Team category.
To be elected, the inductees were chosen from a selection committee made up of former JBU athletes and professors.
To be nominated, the individuals or teams must have been outstanding athletic performers, outstanding coaches, or friends, whose identification with the athletics program has been unique, and who exemplify the ideals and standards of John Brown University.
For more information please contact Sports Information Director Simeon Hinsey at (479) 524-7304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.