Jennifer Cron

Volleyball 1993 1994 1995 1996

Played on both Sam Houston volleyball’s NCAA playoff teams in 1993 and 1996 and the NIT squad in 1994. She was a two-time All-Southland Conference selection and received NCAA All-Region honors as a senior. Cron stands as SHSU volleyball’s all-time leader in digs (1,639) and ranks among the top 10 Bearkats in career kills, aces and hitting percentage.

Kathleen Hrozek

Softball 1980 1981 1982 1983

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as an outfielder for the Bearkat softball teams that won the 1981 NAIA World Series and the 1982 NCAA Division II national championship. Her senior season in 1983, the Kats were Division II national runners-up. She played on teams that rolled up a record of 115 victories and only 34 losses. Hrozek ranks as Sam Houston’s fourth all-time leading hitter (.346 career average) and stands third in Kat career stolen bases.

Karin Schardein

Women's Track &  Field / Cross Country 1987 1988 1989 1990

irst Bearkat woman student-athlete to win a Southland Conference track individual championship. She won the league’s indoor two-mile run in 1988 and the Southland outdoor 5,000 meter championship in both 1988 and 1990. Schardein earned All-Southland Conference honors eight times during her career. She won two regular season meets in SHSU’s inaugural cross country season in 1987 and still holds the Bearkat school record in the 5,000 meters outdoors



Brenda Welch-Nichols

Women's Basketball 

 first Sam Houston women's basketball player to earn All-Conference and Southland All-Tournament honors in the same season. The leading scorer for SHSU’s first two Southland women’s basketball teams, she averaged 17.8 points per game, the second highest career scoring average for the Bearkats. In 2006, she returned to her alma mater as head women’s basketball coach. She earned Southland Conference “Coach of the Year” honors after leading the program to its first league title in 2013.




 Joey Foster

Football / Track & Field

 earned All-Southland honors in both football and track in the mid-90s. As a cornerback in football, he totaled 97 career tackles, recovered four fumbles, intercepted three passes and blocked two punts. A sprinter in track, Foster was an NCAA provisional qualifier and Southland Conference 55 meters champion. He set school records in the 200 meter dash and anchored a record-setting 4x100 relay team.



 Stephen Izevbizua

Football 2001 2002 2003 2004
earned All-America honors as the center for Sam Houston’s 2004 Southland Conference football champions. A three-time all-league performer, he made more than 900 snaps while helping lead the Bearkats to the NCAA FCS quarterfinals. He blocked for an offense that ranked second nationally in passing yardage (358.5 yards per game). Sam Houston led the league in passing, total offense and scoring. Izevbizua was a three-year starter and was the backup center on the 2001 Southland championship squad



 Quinton McLeod

Men's Basketball 1993 1994 1995 1996

was a two-sport letterman, earning All-Southland recognition in both men’s basketball and track-and-field. A four-year starter from 1993 to 1996, he ranks as Sam Houston’s 15th all-time leading scorer with 1,156 career points. He also stands 11th in Bearkat career rebounds (558). As a four-time All-Southland competitor in the high jump, McLeod holds the school record both indoors and outdoors. His outdoor best performance of 7’ 1.75” made him an NCAA provisional qualifier in 1997



 Chris Stewart

Track & Field 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
posted 11 All-Southland Conference performances during his track career from 1999 to 2003. He holds school records for the long jump indoors and both the 100 and 200 meter dashes outdoors. In 2003, he earned awards at the Southland outdoor championships as the “Outstanding Men’s Athlete”, “Outstanding Men’s Runner Events Athlete” and “High Point Scorer.” He was a top 16 performer at the 2000 NCAA Championships in the 200 meters and was a finalist at NCAA Regionals in both the 100 and 200 meter dashs in 2003