PORTALES —Eastern New Mexico University athletic director and member of the Hall of Honors committee Jeff Geiser has announced that the committee has finalized the list of 2012 inductees into the ENMU Athletic Hall of Honors. This year’s honorees include: Heather Brown (women’s basketball), Kenneth Cunningham (rodeo), Mike Llewelyn Dillard (football), and Tracy Jordan (softball).
The ENMU Hall of Honors was instituted in 1984 and includes 168 (including this year’s inductees) former athletes, coaches and support staff from the Eastern New Mexico University athletic department. This years’ inductees will be honored on Oct. 28 with a dinner held at the Campus Union Building. They also will be recognized at halftime of the Greyhound football game against Midwestern State on Oct. 29.
Brown concluded her career after the 2006-07 season and remains third on the Zias career-scoring list. After garnering Lone Star Conference South Division Freshman of the Year and Honorable Mention All-LSC South honors as a freshman, Brown garnered first team honors and LSC South Defensive Player of the Year laurels as a sophomore. As a junior, she was chosen Honorable Mention All-LSC South, with a 12.9 point per game average. As a senior, Brown was chosen Second team All-LSC South and turned in a 22-point, eight rebound performance as the Zias rallied from a 20-point deficit against Cameron, That performance included two three-point baskets and a steal in the final 49 seconds of the game.
Cunningham was ENMU’s first four-year letterman in rodeo,
competing in 1963, 1964, 1966 and 1967. He qualified to the College National Finals Rodeo in the saddle bronc riding in three of his four seasons, becoming Eastern’s first CNFR competitor, in 1963-64. In 1964-65, Cunningham won the Southwest Regional saddle bronc riding championship and was the main contributor
to ENMU winning its first regional championship. He placed fifth in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association standings in saddle bronc riding, for the 1964-65 year and was a regional top-four competitor in 1965-66, when he led Eastern to a second place finish in the Southwest Region, to qualify for the CNFR.
Dillard arrived at ENMU in 1971 and became a two-time (1973 and 1974) NAIA All-District selection at defensive back for the Greyhounds. Over his career, he made six interceptions and returned two for game winning touchdowns, coming against Fort Hays State and Colorado State. Dillard served as team captain during the 1975 season. Following his playing career, he was a graduate assistant under Jack Scott and a defensive backs oach under Dunny Goode. Dillard also served as an assistant coach at New Mexico Highlands, helping to lead the Cowboys to a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title in 1981. He also has served at numerous schools and has made an impact and a positive influence on many lives.
Jordan was a versatile player for the Zia softball team, who excelled at every aspect of the game. She still ranks tenth in home runs, but leads the program in career sacrifice bunts. Jordan was the program’s first Academic All-American and a three-time Academic All-District selection, to go along with numerous other academic honors. A two-time All-Lone Star Conference selection, she earned second team status in 2005, when she drove in 24 runs and belted two homers. Over her career, Jordan had 46 multiple-hit games, despite striking out looking just 16 times. She closed her career strong, registering base hits over her final eight games.