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hall of fame Inaugural Class 2019

Conference USA commemorates its 25th season in 2019-20. As part of the celebration, the league is proud to establish the C-USA Hall of Fame with the induction of 25 members. C-USA is pleased to introduce the inaugural class which includes 20 student-athletes, three coaches and two administrators.

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inaugural class 2019

student-athlete inductees

courtney blades

southern miss

Softball (1999-2000)

  • 2000 Honda Award (National Softball Player of the Year)
  • Two-time First Team All-American
  • First D1 player to record 600 strikeouts in a season
  • Finished her career as D1 all-time leader in strikeouts
  • Guided Southern Miss to the 2000 regular and postseason titles
  • Led Southern Miss to back-to back College World Series appearances (1999, 2000)

arnau brugues

tulsa

Men's Tennis (2006-09)

  • Four-time C-USA Player of the Year
  • Four-time ITA All-American
  • Led Tulsa to four straight C-USA Championships and three Top 15 national rankings
  • Won 2006 Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championship, marking the first national champion won by a C-USA tennis student-athlete

tori bowie

southern miss

Track & Field (2009-12)

  • Two-time C-USA Field Athlete of the Year
  • Two-time NCAA Long Jump Champion, winning indoor and outdoor titles in 2011
  • NCAA Long Jump Outdoor runner-up in 2012

jon busch

charlotte

Men's Soccer (1994-96)

  • First Team All-American and C-USA Defensive Player of the Year in 1996
  • Two-time First Team All-Conference USA
  • Led Charlotte to a school-record 19 wins and its first College Cup appearance in 1996, posting 12 shutouts

chris douglas-roberts

memphis

Basketball (2005-08)

  • Consensus First Team All-American 2008
  • Honorable Mention All-American 2007
  • 2008 C-USA Player of the Year and two-time First Team All-C-USA selection
  • Led Memphis to the national title game in 2008 and NCAA Elite Eight in 2007 and 2006
  • Won three regular season and three postseason C-USA Championships

jarett dillard

rice

Football (2005-08)

  • 2008 First Team All-American, 2007 Honorable Mention All-American, 2006 Second Team All-American
  • Three-time First Team All-Conference USA
  • 2005 C-USA All-Freshman Team
  • Remains the FBS all-time leader in touchdown catches with 60
  • NCAA FBS record holder with a TD catch in 13 consecutive games
  • Key part of Rice's first bowl team in 45 years and first bowl victory in 54 years in 2008

jake gautreau

tulane

Baseball (1998-2000)

  • First back-to-back C-USA Player of the Year in C-USA baseball history (2001, 2000)
  • Two-time First Team All-Conference USA, 1999 C-USA All-Freshman Team
  • C-USA Baseball Player of the Decade
  • Led Tulane to the 2001 C-USA regular and postseason championships and the league's first College World Series appearance in 2001
  • Member of Team USA in the summer of 2000

tyler henderson

tulsa

Volleyball (2009-12)

  • Three-time C-USA Player of the Year
  • Four-time First Team All-C-USA
  • Three-time Second Team All-American
  • Led Tulsa to three straight regular season and postseason conference championships including the first 20-0 season in league history
  • Led Tulsa to the first three NCAA appearances in school history
  • In 2010, Henderson set NCAA records for kills in a season (710) and a match (45)

deanna jackson

uab

Basketball (1998-2002)

  • 2001 C-USA Player of the Year
  • Two-time All-American
  • 1999 C-USA Freshman of the Year and Second Team All-Conference USA
  • Two-time First Team All C-USA
  • Led UAB to become the first league team to reach the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2000, defeating two ranked opponents
  • First C-USA player to record 2000 points and 1000 rebounds in her career

chandi jones

houston

Basketball (2000-04)

  • Three-time C-USA Player of the Year
  • 2001 C-USA Freshman of the Year
  • C-USA Women's Basketball Player of the Decade and C-USA Female Athlete of the Decade
  • First WBB player to be named First Team All-C-USA in four straight seasons
  • Still remains leading scorer in C-USA history
  • 2003 D1 Scoring Champion and 2004 First Team All-American
  • Led Houston to the 2004 regular season and postseason tournament titles, as well as the second round of the NCAA Championship

case keenum

houston

Football (2007-11)

  • Two-time Sammy Baugh Award winner (top D1 quarterback 2007 and 2009)
  • Two-time C-USA MVP
  • 2008 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year and 2007 C-USA Freshman of the Year
  • Two-time First Team All-C-USA, 2008 Second Team and 2007 All-Freshman Team
  • Led Houston to two C-USA Championship games and four bowl appearances
  • Remains the FBS career leader in pass completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns, games with 300+ passing yards, seasons passing for 5000+ yards and total yards

michael kogan

tulane

Tennis (2000-2004)

  • Four-time C-USA Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference USA
  • Led Tulane to three C-USA titles and four NCAA appearances
  • Four-time NCAA qualifier, national runner-up in 2004
  • 2004 C-USA Male Athlete of the Year
  • C-USA Men's Tennis Player of the Decade
  • Four-time ITA All-American

kenyon martin

cincinnati

Basketball (1997-2000)

  • 2000 Consensus National Player of the Year
  • Only three-time C-USA Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2000 C-USA Player of the Year
  • Two-time First Team All-Conference USA and 1998 Second Team
  • C-USA Male Athlete of the Decade
  • Led Cincinnati to No. 1 ranking the majority of the 1999-2000 season
  • Key part of four consecutive NCAA teams and the league's only No. 1 overall NBA Draft selection

graeme mcdowell

uab

Golf (1999-2002)

  • 2002 Haskins Award winner (most outstanding collegiate golfer)
  • Two-time C-USA Golfer of the Year
  • 2002 First Team All-American and 2001 Second Team All-American
  • Led UAB to three NCAA regionals and two NCAA championship appearances
  • Fourth-place finisher in 2002 NCAA Championship

yulia pakhalina

houston

Swimming & Diving (2002-03)

  • Two-time NCAA Diver of the Year
  • NCAA 1-meter and 3-meter champion in 2002 and 2003
  • C-USA Diver of the Year and Diver of the Championship in 2002 and 2003
  • Won 64 of 66 collegiate diving events in which she entered

anthony rendon

rice

Baseball (2009-11)

  • 2010 Dick Howser Trophy winner (top D1 college player)
  • 2009 National Freshman of the Year
  • 2010 consensus First Team All-American and 2011 Second Team All-American
  • 2010 C-USA Male Athlete of the Year and two-time C-USA Player of the Year
  • Three-time First Team All-C-USA and 2009 C-USA Freshman of the Year
  • Led Rice to 2011 and 2009 C-USA regular season championships and 2011 and 2009 postseason tournament titles
  • Part of Rice's three consecutive NCAA appearances (2009-11)

brooke tull

tcu

Golf (2002-04)

  • 2004 Second Team All-American
  • 2002 C-USA Championship Medalist
  • Led TCU to the 2002 C-USA Championship title
  • Was a key part of three consecutive NCAA Regional teams
  • Four career tournament wins and 21 Top 10 finishes in 42 total events

dwyane wade

marquette

Basketball (2001-03)

  • 2003 C-USA Player of the Year
  • Two-time First Team All-Conference USA
  • Led Marquette to its only C-USA regular season title in 2003 and the league's first Final Four appearance
  • Named NCAA Midwest Regional MVP after recording a triple double in defeating No. 1-ranked Kentucky

deangelo williams

memphis

Football (2002-05)

  • 2005 First Team All-American
  • 2004 Second Team All-American
  • Three-time C-USA Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2005-06 C-USA co-Male Athlete of the Year
  • Three-time First Team All-Conference USA
  • C-USA All-Decade Team
  • C-USA All-Freshman Team
  • Led Memphis to three straight bowl games, including their first bowl in 32 seasons
  • Remains C-USA's all-time leader in rushing yards and currently fifth in FBS history

kevin youkilis

cincinnati

Baseball (1998-2001)

  • Two-time Second Team All-American (2001, 2000)
  • Two-time First Team All-C-USA and Third Team All C-USA
  • C-USA Baseball All-Decade Team
  • Led Cincinnati to a school-record 35 wins during the 2000 season
  • Eighth-round pick in the MLB draft

coach inductees

jeff bower

southern miss

Football (1995-2007)

  • Led Southern Miss to five first place finishes and three outright championships in 12 seasons in C-USA
  • Guided Southern Miss to winning records in all 12 seasons in the league, making 10 bowl appearances including a pair of Liberty Bowl victories
  • 14 straight winning seasons
  • Three-time C-USA Coach of the Year
  • C-USA Football Coach of the Decade

wayne graham

rice

Baseball (2006-18)

  • Five-time C-USA Coach of the Year
  • Led Rice to the College World Series in its first three seasons in C-USA
  • In 12 seasons in C-USA, won the regular and/or postseason tournament championships 11 times, totaling nine regular season titles and seven postseason crowns
  • Led Rice to the NCAA Championship in his first 11 seasons in the league
  • Inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012
  • Won 1173 career games

bob huggins

cincinnati

Men's Basketball (1995-2004)

  • 1997-98 National Coach of the Year
  • Three-time C-USA Coach of the Year
  • C-USA Men's Basketball Coach of the Decade
  • Won a share of eight league regular season titles (five outright) and four postseason C-USA championships
  • Led Cincinnati to the NCAA Championship in each of his 10 seasons in C-USA, advancing to the Elite Eight in 1996
  • UC compiled a 123-33 record in his 10 seasons and a 259-70 overall record; UC was ranked in the Top 25 for 138 of 184 weekly polls, holding down the No. 1 spot 15 times

administrator inductees

gene bartow

uab

Basketball Coach/Athletics Director (1977-2000)

  • Founded the UAB Men's Basketball program and served as head coach for 18 seasons
  • Served as UAB's Athletics Director from 1977 until his retirement in 2000
  • Oversaw growth of UAB football from a club team to the Division I FBS level in 1996 and C-USA member in 1999
  • UAB named its basketball arena in his honor
  • C-USA Men's Basketball Coach of the Year award is named in his honor

mike slive

conference usa

Commissioner (1995-2002)

  • Became the first Commissioner of C-USA when the league formed in 1995
  • Under his direction, Conference USA quickly emerged as one of the nation's top conferences
  • Played a key role on the NCAA Management Council
  • Served as chair of the Board of Directors of NCAA Football USA
  • Founded the Mike Slive Foundation for Prostate Cancer Research upon his retirement from college athletics in 2015
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