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UT ARLINGTON TO HONOR 1977 SOFTBALL TEAM AND THREE FORMER ATHLETES

The 1977 UT Arlington softball team advanced to nationals.
 
The 1977 UT Arlington softball team advanced to nationals.
 

Sept. 11, 2008

ARLINGTON - - The UT Arlington Department of Athletics will induct three former athletes and a regional champion softball team into its Hall of Honor during a ceremony scheduled for Sept. 13 at the Hilton Arlington Grand Ballroom.

Former volleyball player Heather Hoy, football player Gary Lewis, administrator Dr. Bill Reeves and the 1977 women's softball team which qualified for the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women National Tournament will be this year's inductees. UT Arlington began inducting former standout athletes and coaches into the Hall of Honor in 1984. Eighty-four athletes and teams have been honored.

Heather Hoy, Volleyball, 1994-97

A native of Westminster, Colo., Hoy landed in Arlington in the fall of 1994 and made an immediate impact on the Mavericks volleyball squad by earning Southland Conference Freshman of the Year honors. A 6-foot-1 outside hitter who was a former high school state high jump champion in addition to a two-time All-State volleyball player, Hoy finished her freshman season at UT Arlington with a team-high .293 attack percentage, 266 kills and a team-high 120 blocks.

Each subsequent year, Hoy became even better.

By the time she was finished, Hoy held four UT Arlington career records and landed among the leaders in several single-season categories. She was a first-team All-Southland Conference pick in 1995 and 1996. In 1995, she had 42 solo blocks and 150 block assists. Each ranks fifth in a single season at UT Arlington.

Hoy capped her record-breaking career by being named Southland Conference Player of the Year after her senior year in 1997. That season, she led the Southland Conference with 643 kills, which ranks as the second-highest single-season total in UT Arlington volleyball history.

That season was also a good one for UT Arlington in the win column. The Mavericks went 13-5 in SLC play and 19-13 overall.

In Hoy's final two season, UT Arlington went 24-10 in conference play. Hoy currently coaches high school volleyball in Denver, Colo.

Dr. William "Bill" Reeves

Dr. William "Bill" Reeves has been associated with the UT Arlington Department of Athletics for 42 plus years and was recently inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor.

A player for three years in the Arlington State College men's basketball program, Dr. Reeves coached for three seasons in the high school ranks before returning to his alma mater to become an assistant basketball coach in 1966 for head coach Barry Dowd. He later accepted a position as an administrative assistant to the Director of Athletics in 1971.

Two years after finishing his Ph.D. at North Texas in 1973, Dr. Reeves became the Director of Athletics at UT Arlington, serving for 14 years until 1989. During his time, he made the institution a model program for gender equity in college athletics.

Reeves resigned as athletics director in 1989 but remained on campus to serve as compliance coordinator until 1996. From 1996 to September 2007, Reeves served as senior associate athletics director and compliance coordinator. Today, Dr. Reeves is UTA's Deputy Athletics Director/Eligibility Certification Officer. Dr. Reeves was named a UT Arlington distinguished alumnus in 1996 and is a former president of the Arlington Rotary club.

Gary Lewis, Football, 1977-80

Rated as one of the top tight ends in the nation, 6-foot-7 inch, 225-pound football player Gary Lewis - nicknamed "Tick" during his playing days - turned in one of the finest seasons in Mavericks' football history during his senior year in 1980. Already a second-team All-Southland Conference pick during his junior year, Lewis capped his career by catching 32 passes for a conference-leading 711 yards.

His 22.2 yards per catch was also tops in the SLC and led to Lewis being picked on the All-SLC First Team. Lewis finished his Mavericks career with 66 catches for 1,431 yards and nine touchdowns, but even more impressive was his career average of 21.68 yards per catch.

His size and athleticism not only brought a new dimension to UT Arlington's offense, it also lured professional scouts to the newly-built Maverick Stadium. The Green Bay Packers picked Lewis in the second round of the 1981 draft.

A former Daingerfield High School standout, Lewis played four seasons for the Packers from 1981-84 before a leg injury cut his career short. Lewis had 21 catches for 285 yards for Green Bay.

1977 Softball Team

Guided by legendary UT Arlington coach and Hall of Honor member Butch McBroom, the UT Arlington softball team made its second consecutive trip to the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women national tournament - the equivalent to today's College World Series - in the spring of 1977.

McBroom coached both the UT Arlington baseball and softball teams at the time, taking over the softball squad after the departure of Jody Conradt. With leadership from junior standout Brenda Marshall, who is also in the UT Arlington Hall of Honor, the Mavericks expected to have a big spring season after going 25-3 in the previous fall with victories against Baylor, Texas Tech and Texas A&M.

The Mavericks didn't disappoint, advancing to nationals piling up eight more victories.

UT Arlington needed to sweep through the regional tournament held in San Angelo, Texas, in order to qualify for nationals. In the tournament-opening game against Angelo State, UT Arlington set the tone with a 10-2 victory. Consecutive victories against Oklahoma State - including a thrilling 4-3 decision in the regional championship game - earned the Mavericks a spot at nationals.

UT Arlington opened the national tournament with a loss against Arizona before rebounding to defeat Western Illinois, 4-3. The Mavericks spectacular run ended with a loss against Northern Colorado.

Combined in the fall and spring seasons, the Mavericks won 33 games.

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