UTA Hall of Honor to Induct Four New Members

July 22, 2009

ARLINGTON, Texas - Former UT Arlington right-handed pitcher Jeff Burrow, football standout Mike Barnes, javelin All-American Jenny Hockett and former softball player and UTA coach Rayla Allison will be inducted into The University of Texas at Arlington Department of Athletics Hall of Honor, on Sept. 12 at the Arlington Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom.

Jeff Burrow (1988-91) - Baseball
Burrow, an Arlington High School graduate ('87), pitched four seasons for the Mavericks (1988-91) while setting career records for wins (27), innings pitched (333.0), complete games (25) and games started (51).

In 1991, Burrow became one of only seven pitchers in UT Arlington history to win 10 games, leading the Mavericks with a 10-3, 3.89 record, 45 strikeouts in a team best 85.2 inning pitched. Those 10 victories that season led the Southland Conference.

A second team All-Southland Conference selection as a sophomore, Burrow was the team leader in innings pitched and complete games during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

Burrow earned a spot in the Mavericks' rotation as a freshman going 4-2 with a 4.36 ERA in 66.0 innings pitched with four complete games in nine starts. He earned the team's Most Outstanding Freshman Award for his accomplishments in 1988.

As a sophomore in 1989, he led the Mavs in innings pitched (89) and complete games (6), helping UTA to a 33-win campaign. Burrow went 7-5, 3.74 in 13 starts as he recorded 62 strikeouts. The all-conference honoree also threw a seven-hit, complete-game shutout over No. 7 Texas, 2-0 in Austin.

He had continued success as a junior in 1990 going 6-6 with a 3.51 ERA in a team-leading 92.0 innings. Burrow tallied six complete games for the second consecutive season and had 52 strikeouts while making 18 starts. He narrowly missed collecting an Opening Day victory at Texas A&M in a 3-2 loss, despite throwing a four-hit complete game.

Burrow helped lead the Mavericks to their first Southland Conference championship while pitching six innings of two-hit baseball in relief against Sam Houston State in the final regular season game of the season.

Burrow completed his collegiate career logging nine complete games - only the third pitcher in UTA history since 1990 to accomplish that feat - in 14 starts with a 10-3 record with 45 strikeouts during his senior season.

Following the 1991 season, Burrow signed a free agent contract with the Chicago White Sox where he would play three professional seasons making 14 appearances (three starts) with a 2-1 record, 3.89 ERA and 34.2 innings pitched. Burrow will become the seventh individual (sixth student-athlete) from the UT Arlington baseball program to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor.

Rayla Allison (1972-75) - Softball Player (1993-89) - Head Coach
A 1972 graduate of Western Hills High School, Allison was a catcher and team captain for the Mavericks in 1973-74.

After earning her bachelor's degree at UT Arlington in 1975, she was a teacher/girls basketball coach for a year at Plano Senior High and later served as head basketball coach at Texas Woman's University.

As a standout softball player, Allison was a member of the first USA team to compete in China in 1979 and played on the world champion women's professional Connecticut Falcons softball team which won the title four straight years from 1976-79.

In 1977-79, Allison was named head basketball coach of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. She returned to the Metroplex to serve as an exercise physiologist at the Irving Athletic Club for one year.

Allison earned her master's degree from Texas Woman's University in 1983 and has authored a book titled "Complete Softball for Coaches and Players," published in 1979.

In the fall of 1984, Allison was named the fifth head softball coach at UT Arlington where she compiled a 189-152-2 record in five seasons. In her final season she led the Mavs to a 34-19 mark and a first place conference finish.

Allison continued her coaching career at the University of Hawai'i where she served as head softball coach from 1989-91.

Allison then served as executive director of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association from 1991-94 and from 1994-2000 she was the Women's Pro Fastpitch Vice President/league director. Allison earned her juris doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law and began her private practice in Bloomington, Minnesota in 2000.

From 2001-06, Allison served as assistant professor and coordinator of sports management and human performance at Minnesota State University.

Currently, Allison is the chief executive office and lecturer at the University of Minnesota.

Mike Barnes (1964-66) - Football
Defensive back Mike Barnes from Denison, Texas, was a three-year letterman (1964-66) for the Arlington State Rebels where he led the squad in interceptions in consecutive seasons in 1965 and 1966.

His junior season, Barnes finished with five interceptions for 53 yards and was in on 32 tackles. The following year, the senior picked off eight passes for a single-season record. Barnes holds the most career pass interceptions (13) and single-season record (8) in UTA Football history. Barnes also holds the most interceptions in a game (3) against Texas A&I in 1965 and against Abilene Christian in 1966.

Following his senior season, Barnes earned a starting spot in the 1966 Senior Bowl, was an All-SLC defensive player and earned SLC Player of the Week honors after an outstanding performance over Abilene Christian and was a Dallas News All-Texas College honoree. Barnes continued his football career after college and was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Barnes played in 17 games and recovered two fumbles for the Cardinals in his professional career.

Jenny Hockett (1990-93) - Women's Track and Field
Arlington native and 1993 UTA graduate Jenny Hockett finished her Maverick track and field career in the same championship fashion that marked her spectacular stay in Arlington. As a junior and senior, Hockett earned the SLC Outstanding Field Performance award for the long jump and javelin. In 1993, Hockett earned All-American honors after an eighth place finish in the women's outdoor javelin and 100 meters.

During her senior season, Hockett became one of two track and field athletes to be an SLC Individual High-Point Scorer in the long jump, javelin and 400 relay with 26.5 total points. Hockett became UTA's first All-American woman to represent the South team at the U.S. Olympic Festival in San Antonio, placing seventh overall in that event.

Hockett is a nine-time Southland Conference champion that holds UTA records in the long jump (20-53/4) and 55-meters (7.01) and is a member of UTA's best-ever 400 relay team.




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