PORTALES, N.M. —Eastern New Mexico University athletic director and member of the Hall of Honors committee, Dr. Jeff Geiser has announced that thecommittee has finalized the list of 2011 inductees into the ENMU Athletic Hall of Honors.
This year’s honorees include: Terry Cron (football), Jeff Howard (football), Terry Leatherwood (rodeo), Laci Lee (women’s basketball), Dallas McMann (baseball), Lindsay Schiely (volleyball) and Gary Robbins (support).
The ENMU Hall of Honors was instituted in 1984 and includes 164 (including this year’s inductees) former athletes, coaches and support staff from the Eastern New Mexico University athletic department. This years’ inductees will be honored on Friday, October 28, 2011, with a dinner held at the Campus Union Building. They also will be recognized at halftime of the Greyhound football game against Midwestern State on Saturday, October 29th.
Cron has won state championships at three different levels, with three different schools in Texas, and is the only coach to have registered that accomplishment. He also was listed as one of the top 50 coaches in the state for an incredible span of 50 years. At Eastern, Cron was selected as the “Outstanding Men’s Physical Education of 1972,” in addition to earning the Dewey F. Langston Award and receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the Phi Epsilon Kappa fraternity. After playing tight end and punter for four years at ENMU, he served as a student teacher in Roswell.
Howard is the son of current offensive coordinator, Mike Howard and the husband of co-inductee Laci Lee. Just six years ago, his jersey was retired, following a senior year that culminated in an All-American selection. As a senior, he led the team in tackles and scored two
defensive touchdowns, en-route to an invitation to play in the Cactus Bowl. A pre-med major, Howard was just as strong in the classroom as he was on the field. At the conclusion of Howard’s career, he had compiled three All-America honors, two All-Lone Star Conference South selections and numerous academic honors, including an Academic All-District selection.
Leatherwood competed for the ENMU men’s rodeo team in the 1978-79 season, when he led the squad to a second-place finish in the Southwest Region. In that year, he finished third in the calf roping and team roping. In the subsequent season, Leatherwood led Eastern to a fourth-place finish in the region and won the regional championship in calf roping. At the National Finals Rodeo, he was the runner up in the event. Leatherwood added a second-place finish in team roping to complete the season. When he was not busy practicing, Leatherwood helped coach the women’s rodeo team in their national championship season of 1978-79.
Laci Lee, the wife of co-inductee, Jeff Howard concluded her basketball career at Eastern following the 2004-05 season. Six years later, she is still 17th on the Zia career-scoring list. She was Lone Star Conference South Division All-Academic twice and made the commissioner’s honor roll in 2002-03. As a junior, she made all conference, averaging 14.6 points, seven rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
McMann helped lead the Greyhound baseball team to 81 wins from 2000-03 and was chosen as the Greatest Greyhound following his senior year. After completing his career at ENMU, he played in Amarillo, Texas, at the 1A level. A three-time, First Team All-Lone Star Conference South Division choice, McMann’s name is found throughout the Hounds’ record book, ranking first in career hits, doubles and total bases. He also made the LSC South All-Academic Team and was picked as the division Player of the Week in April, 2003.
Schiely led the Zias volleyball team to the Lone Star Conference semifinals and the NCAA Tournament, following the 2004 regular season. In Eastern’s tournament-opening win against Mesa State, she hit .571 with 25 kills and seven blocks. Schiely followed that performance with six kills and four blocks against top-ranked Nebraska-Kearney. An all-district selection in 2004, she made First Team All-LSC South, First Team Academic All-District 6 and LSC South All-Academic in 2005.
Robbins is a former House Representative, was instrumental in reinstating the Greyhound baseball program in 1992, and has been a strong supporter of the Zia softball program. He has supported ENMU athletics for over a decade.