This year, seven former athletes and one former staff member will be recognized as the newest members of the Sam Houston State Hall of Honor at a ceremony on Nov. 22.
Courtney Boston, Gary Kimble, Shane Stewart and David Mire will represent the men’s inductees and Kimi Davidson, Shelby Hardy and Quantinette Fields will be inducted for the women. Also earning induction into the Sam Houston Letterwinner’s Association Hall of Honor this year is long time athletic trainer Billy “Doc” Wilson.
Wilson was the head athletic trainer for Sam Houston State from 1971 until his retirement in 1991. He played a big role in the transition of Bearkat athletics from an NAIA program to Division I. He helped open several new athletic facilities on campus including Johnson Coliseum and Bowers Stadium. In addition to serving the health needs of the Bearkat student athletes, Wilson was instrumental in training countless students who graduated and worked professionally in high school and college as athletic trainers.
Courtney Boston was a two-sport star for the Bearkats, with his entire athletic career spanning from 1999 to 2004. He was a four-year member of the football team from 1999-2002, helping the Bearkats to a Southland title in 2001 and the school’s first trip to the playoffs in 10 years. In 2000 he led the team in interceptions with three. On the track he was a four-time Southland Conference champion indoor winning the 60 and 200 in 2002 and 2004.His time of 6.75 in the 60 is still the fourth fastest time in school history. Outdoors Boston was a three-time Southland Champion including winning the 100 and 200 in 2002 and was an NCAA Provisional Qualifier in 2002 in the 100-meter dash.
Garry Kimble played football from 1982 to 1984 and was a first-team All-Gulf Star selection in 1984. Kimble is third all-time in career interceptions with 12. Twice he intercepted five passes in a single season which is good for 6thbest on the all-time list. He was an 11thround pick by the Washington Redskins in 1985.
Shane Stewart competed for the track and field team from 1996 to 1999. Stewart was a three-time champion in the pole vault indoors in 1997, 1998 and 1999 and took bronze as a freshman in 1996. His mark of 17-1/2 in 1998 was an NCAA Indoor Provisional qualifying mark and at the time set the new school record. Outdoors he won Southland titles in 1997 and 1998 and took silver in 1999. He twice qualified for the NCAA Championships finishing 12thin 1997 and 18thin 1999.
David Mire played baseball for the Bearkats for two seasons in 1976 and 1977. Mire was a second team NAIA All-American in 1976 when he led the team in hitting with a .392 batting average. He also led the team in hits with 56 and triples with 4. Also, during that 1976 season, he had a stretch of 13 consecutive hits, which still stands as the school record.
Kimi Davidson was the first ever signee for the women’s bowling team and from 2010-2014 she helped the team quickly become one of the top programs in the country. She was an All-American in 2013 and 2014 and led the team in scoring average in 2013. He senior year she anchored a squad that won the 2014 National Championship over Nebraska, the first Division I championship in school history.
Shelby Hardy played four seasons for the women’s golf team from 2009-13. She was a four-time All-Southland selection, earning second team honors he freshman year and was a first-team selection in 2011, 2012 and 2013, leading the team in stroke average all four years. She posted three top 10 finishes at the Southland Championship including the individual title as a senior. She finished her career with six tournament titles which is second-most in school history.
Quantinette Fields was a member of the Bearkat Track and Field team from 2003-06. Indoors she was a four-time all-conference performer, winning the 200-meters in 2006. Outdoor, she was a 10-time all-Southland selection, winning gold in the 400 (2003), the 100 (2006) and the 200 (2005 and 2006). In 2006 she was a member of the NCAA Regional qualifying 4x100-meter relay team.
The Hall of Honor ceremony will be held Nov. 22 in the Orange Ballroom at the Lowman Student Center. The event is open to the public and tickets are $50 per person. The dress for the event is business attire. To register, contact the office of the President by email at email@example.com or by calling 936-294-2415. Please RSVP by Friday Nov. 8.