Eastern New Mexico University is planning to add eight inductees to the school’s Athletic Hall of Honors during halftime ceremonies of tonight’s homecoming football game against Abilene Christian at Blackwater Draw.
They include Monte Best (rodeo 1975-79), Gary Diehm (student athletic trainer 1981-85), Katheryne Hickman (women’s basketball 1997-2001), Charles Howard Gant (football and track 1946-50), Robert Matheny (ENMU president 1983-89 and vice president 1983-84 and 1990-2000), Brent Timm (men’s basketball 1980-84), Les Williams (men’s basketball 1970-74) and Sarah Winfrey (1998-2001).
Brief bios on the inductees:
* Monte Best — Competed in calf roping, steer wrestling and team roping, and represented ENMU in the National Intercollegiat Rodeo Finals in 1978 after finishing as the runnerup in the Southwest Region in calf roping. Best was a member of the 1979 squad which finished second in the Southwest Region. He continues to live in Portales and remains supportive of the rodeo program.
* Gary Diehm — Has been the head athletic trainer since 2001 at Midwestern State in Wichita Falls, Texas. Previously served as head trainer at Morehead State (Ky.) and East Central (Okla.). He served as prsident of the Oklahoma Athletic Trainer Association, and led the way in successfully attaining accreditation of Midwestern State’s athletic training education program. He was honored with a 25-year award from the National Athletic Trainers Association.
* Katheryne Hickman — Currently the women’s head coach at Texas Lutheran University. She led the Zias into the Lone Star Conference tournament in each of her four seasons, earning first-team All-LSC South in 2001 and honorable mention twice. She graduated with a bachelors degree in communications, making the LSC Commissioner’s List from spring 1998 to spring 2001.
* Charles Howard Gant — Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before joining the ENMU football team in 1946, where he earned four letters as a halfback. He set a school record with a 90-yard kickoff return against New Mexico Military Institute and twice earned second-team all-conference honors. He also lettered twice in track, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s in education. He served 22 years as the principal at Gattis Junior High in Clovis before his retirement, and was a member of the NMAA’s Board of Directors.
* Robert Matheny — As ENMU’s president, Matheny was an intregal part of the creation of the Hall of Honors, and is currently a member of the Hall of Honors committee. He also worked behind the scenes during ENMU’s transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division II and the Lone Star Conference in the 1980s, and was a founding member of the school’s Bench Club. Matheny came to ENMU as a freshman in 1950 and eventually earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history at the school before getting his Ph.D. in history at the University of Arizona. He was professor of history at Middle Tennessee State University and Pepperdine University, and is an emeritus-professor in history at ENMU.
* Brent Timm — A four-year starter in basketball for the Greyhounds, Timm scored in double figures in all but five of his 116 games. He is the third-highest scorer in school history with 1,856 points. He played professionally in Germany from 1984-86 and came within one cut of making the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks in 1986. He coached for 10 seasons at Ponderosa H.S. in Parker, Colo., and he owns BT Financial Insurance in Parker.
* Les Williams — Started for ENMU’s basketball team for three years, and graduated in 1975 with a double major in psychology and sociology. He coached basketball at Albuquerque’s Manzano High School from 1975-79, and continues his involvment in college athletics as an official for women’s basketball at the NCAA Division I and II levels, including the LSC. His wife of 33 years, Cynthia Williams, is also an ENMU alum.
* Sarah (Rempp) Winfrey — Was ENMU’s starting catcher during the 2001 season, when the Zias advanced to the NCAA Division II national softball tournament and finished in a tie for fifth in Salem, Va. She was named All-LSC South first team and made the LSC all-tournament first team as well that season, while earning second-team All-South status in 1999 and honorable mention All-South in 1998 and 2000. She also earned numerous academic honors in her time at ENMU, and graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.