Seven past greats selected for six spots in Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame

Stars of early 2000s join four-time NAIA nationals qualifer

Special to The Flash Today

STEPHENVILLE (December 13, 2017) — Tarleton women’s basketball head coach Misty Wilson headlines a class of seven individuals picked for six spots in the Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.

Competing as Misty Garvin until marrying and completing her career as Misty Wilson, the fourth-year head coach of TexAnns is being inducted as a player, along with past stars Danny Jones, men’s basketball, Steve Kelly, football, Sharon Lister, volleyball, Tab Felts, track and field, and twin sisters Gracie and Marcie Villa, softball.

Selected by the Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame committee and approved by athletic director Lonn Reisman and president Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio, the Class of 2018 was announced Wednesday in a press release published to by the office of athletic communications.

May 4-5 is 2018 Hall of Fame Weekend at Tarleton. The formal induction ceremony and dinner begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in the grand ballrooms of the Thompson Student Center. For ticket information and other details, call the athletics office at (254) 968-9178.

MISTY WILSON (1998-2002), Women’s Basketball

Before beginning her coaching career under fellow Hall of Fame member Ronnie Hearne, Wilson was an all-region point guard for the TexAnns. Competing from 1998-2002, she led the program to its first Lone Star Conference post season appearance in 2001-02. She was named to all-conference teams as a junior and senior and all-region her junior season.

A Burleson native and the 16th individual player from TexAnn basketball selected for induction, Wilson remains in the top 10 of eight career stat lists and in the top 15 on five others. She is second in steals with 326, third in free throws made and attempted at 433-545 ad ninth in four-year scoring average at 13.9 points per game.

Tarleton did not recruit (Garvin) Wilson out of high school, discovering her instead when she participated in a pick-up practice against scholarship players. After being awarded a roster spot by head coach Tammy Moorhead, Wilson was ultimately named team MVP three time in a career ending under head coach Claude Cummings.

DANNY JONES (2001-03), Men’s Basketball

Danny Jones was among the stars who catapulted Texan men’s basketball onto the national stage as a member of its first NCAA tournament team in 2001-02, and as part of the first Tarleton team to host a South Central Region Championship tournament as well as advance to a regional final, or the Division II “Sweet 16,” in 2002-03.

Jones is the first junior college transfer in men’s basketball be enshrined, and has a resume that mesasures up next to anyone’s. He was named to four pre-season three postseason All-America teams as a senior, when Tarleton was ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division II for the first time in any sport.

Jones set school record that still stands with 16 rebounds in a single game. He is in the top five of four single-season stat charts including second and fourth in rebounds with 416 in 2002 and 364 in 2003 and third and fourth in double-doubles with 22 then 21. On career lists, he is No. 1 with 72 double-doubles, No. 4 with 780 rebounds and No. 10 with 72 steals.

Jones and the Texans won 54 games his two seasons with a win-percentage of .818 under Reisman, who is now in his 30th year as head coach. Leading up to the bevy of All-America honors were two LSC Division Player of the Year award and spots on two first-team all-region lists.

STEVE KELLY (1999-2001), Football

Quarterback Steve Kelly was part of the same generation of Tarleton athletic standouts as Wilson and Jones, having competed for Texan football from 1999-2001 as a Division I transfer from the University of Miami (Fla.).  A Burleson native like Wilson, Kelly did for football what Jones did for men’s basketball – helping vault it onto the national stage.

Kelly was quarterback for head coach Todd Whitten in 2001, when Tarleton made the most of its Division II playoff debut by upsetting No. 3 Chadron State in Chadron, Nebraska. The Texans finished 2001 with a record of 10-3 and as co-champs in the LSC, going 8-1 in conference games. It first conference title since joining the NCAA in 1995.

An honorable-mention All-America selection, two-time first-team All-LSC pick and 2001-02 LSC Male Athlete of the Year, Kelly was No. 1 with 8,203 career pass yards until being passed a couple weeks ago by Zed Woerner. Kelly is still first at Tarleton in total offense with 8,621 yards and pass attempts with 1,136. He is in the top five with 51 career TD passes and 234.4 yards per game through the air.

TAB FELTS (1979-82), Men’s Track and Field

Tab Felts was a four-time Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference champion and four-time NAIA nationals qualifier in men’s pole vault.

Competing for Dr. Joe Gillespie from 1979-82, the Pettus native set four school records and was the first Texan to clear 16 feet, a record standing from 1982 until 2005.

Felts was also a triple jumper, earning TIAA silver medals in 1981 and 1982 after winnin bronze in 1980.

SHARON LISTER (1996-99), Volleyball

With Sharon Lister leading the way, Tarleton volleyball won 49 games and was 17-13 in 1999, its first winning season since joining the NCAA and LSC in 1995. Just the sixth inductee from TexAnn volleyball, Lister was a three-time All-LSC selection, two-time academic All-LSC honoree and was twice named Tarleton’s team defensive MVP.

Competing from 1996-99, Lister became the first TexAnn to record at least 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. Some 18 seasons since she graduation, Lister one of only four players on that exclusive list. She is in the top six in four career stat categories including her 4,176 attacks, 1,422 kills, 1,463 digs and sets played.

Lister helped the TexAnns to a 17-13 record in 1999, their first winning season since joining the NCAA. She was a three-time All-LSC pick was twice named academic all-conference, and was twice named team defensive MVP.

RACIE VILLA & MARCIE VILLA (20001-03), Softball

The final two athletes are twin sisters returning to campus to claim one spot.

Bringing the Hall of Fame to its new total of 168 members are Marcie and Gracie Villa, who came to Tarleton in 2000 and led the way to back-to-back 30-win seasons for the first time in the history of the young softball program and to tits first LSC South Division title in 2000.

Gracie Villa, who in 2001 became the second TexAnn ever to be named an All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, ranks among the top 10 at Tarleton with a .612 career slugging percentage, .405 career on-base percentage, .332 career batting average and 20 career home runs. The All-American was also tabbed NFCA all-region and twice named first-team all-conference.

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