Sept. 22, 2005
Former football standout Scotty Caldwell, track and field all-American Gwen Clardy-Ross and volleyball All-American Chris Rudiger as well as the 1981 men's basketball team and the 1995 women's track and field team are this year's honorees to be inducted in the 2005 UTA Hall of Honor Banquet, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Arlington, 2401 East Lamar Boulevard in Arlington. There is no admission.
The event is currently scheduled despite the forecast for heavy rains Saturday coinciding with the arrival of Hurricane Rita on the Texas coast.
Formed in 1985, the Hall of Honor recognizes former student-athletes, coaches and administrators for their academic and athletic achievements at UTA. The inductees become the 21st class inducted into the Hall and Caldwell, Rudiger and Clardy-Ross are the 70, 71 and 72nd inductees into the Hall.
Caldwell, a four-year letterman from 1981-84, earned All-Southland Conference honors three times, was an honorable mention All-American one year and played in the East-West Shrine Game in 1984. At UTA, Caldwell is fourth all-time in total offense, second in rushing and second in scoring. He owns the season scoring record with 80 points in 1982 and has the second highest season rushing total of 1,216 yards. He led his team in rushing three years, in pass receiving two years and scoring two years. He rushed for 100 yards or more 14 times during his career.
Clardy-Ross was a four-year letterwinner in track and field from 1993-96. She qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 100- and 200-meter dash for four consecutive years beginning in 1993. Her personal-best marks of 11.44 in the 100 meters and 23.65 in the 200 meters during the 1993 season were the fastest in the nation among freshmen that year. Ross was a member of the record-breaking indoor mile relay and outdoor 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay. She was a four-time Southland Conference individual champion in either the 100 meters or 200 meters and was the top individual scorer in the SLC Outdoor Championships in 1994.
Rudiger was a member of the 1989 volleyball squad that played in the NCAA Division I "Final Four." The outside hitter was a second-team AVCA All-American, a member of the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team and was UTA's "Female Student-Athlete of the Year" in 1989. A four-year letterwinner, Rudiger was named to the NCAA South Regional All-Tournament Team in 1988 and 1989. She ranks in UTA's career top 10 in kills, attempts, hitting percentage, service aces, digs and total blocks. Rudiger lettered one year in basketball in 1989.
The 1981 men's basketball is the only team to advance to postseason tournament play, playing in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) after compiling a 20-8 record under colorful coach Bob "Snake" LeGrand.
The 1995 women's track team won both the Southland Conference Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
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