By Delmi Menendez
The department Hall of Fame committee has selected three individuals to be inducted in the class of 2017. The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, Feb 11, at 11 a.m. in the Skyview Suite of the Pioneer Cellular Event Center located in Weatherford, Okla.
Joining the SWOSU Athletic Hall of Fame this year will be Cord McCoy, Jet McCoy and Eugene Wilton.
Cord McCoy, a member of the SWOSU Rodeo team from 2000-03. At the College National Finals Rodeo, Cord helped the Bulldog’s top five finishes, placed sixth in Bull Riding in 2000, and seventh in saddle bronc in 2003 at the CNFR.
After graduating from SWOSU with a Business Administration degree, he continued to ride professionally and won five International Professional Rodeo (IPR) World Champion titles.
In 2005 He qualified for the CBR finals, as well as qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo that same year. In 2006 he decided to join the Professionals Bull Riders (PBR,) and qualified six times and was a member of Team USA at the World Cup in Australia. Cord and his brother Jet competed in a television show, The Amazing Race season 16. They were invited back to race in two All-Star seasons, 18 and 24.
Jet McCoy, also a member of the SWOSU rodeo team 1999-02. Helped the Bulldogs complete a very successful era.
He competed in not one, but three CNFR’s for SWOSU, where the bulldogs earned runner-up finish in 2000, and finish fifth in 2001. Jet finished fifth in the all-around individually, eight in bareback and ninth in bull riding in 2000, at that point he took fourth in the all-around in 2001. He tied for sixth in the all-around and claimed seventh place bareback, his senior season.
Before competing in the hit show The Amazing Race in 2003 along with his brother cord, Jet earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications and Psychology from SWOSU.
Eugene Wilton, a four year starter for SWOSU Football team from 1968-71, where the bulldogs won four consecutive Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference (OCAC,) championships. Wilton started at defensive end and served as the Bulldogs kicker, earning three all-conference selections, which included a First Team All-OCAC honor as a senior.
After a very successful season, his senior year Wilton earned the Luttrell Award, which is presented to the most outstanding senior athlete. Wilton earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from SWOSU in 1972, later that year he signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Southwestern Oklahoma State University Athletics Hall of Fame started the program to honor student athletes, coaches and staff who have made a significant impact on the university and the SWOSU Athletics Department.
The committee selection is made up of SWOSU athletics staff, and alumni. One of the members being Brian Adler, he has been part of the honorable committee for 30 years.
“The athletic hall of fame welcomes nominations,” Adler said. Nominations can be made online at swosuathletics.com for more information contact Sports Director Dough Self 580.774.7162.