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    Bill Yeoman to be Inducted into FCA Hall of Champions

    Legendary head coach Bill Yeoman
    Legendary head coach Bill Yeoman

    Oct. 18, 2011

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Former University of Houston football head coach Bill Yeoman recently was named one of three inductees into the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions.

    After bringing FCA to the city of Houston, Yeoman has continued to find ways to minister through sports and FCA for nearly 50 years.

    As the 25-year head football coach at the University of Houston (1962-86), Yeoman became the first representative from UH to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001. He also broke barriers by leading the university to become the first Southwest Conference member to integrate its football team.

    Today, Yeoman continues to work for the university as a development officer in the athletic department.

    The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the world's largest sports ministry, which relies heavily on the work of volunteers, elects several of those individuals into its Hall of Champions each year. Three people who made a tremendous impact on the ministry recently were announced as the Class of 2011.

    In addition to Yeoman, the Class of 2011 includes: Kyle Rote, Jr., former U.S. national soccer player and National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee; and Deb Patterson, Kansas State University's head women's basketball coach;

    FCA's Hall of Champions was established in 1991 to honor individuals who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to Jesus Christ through the ministry of FCA. They are considered volunteer "All Stars" who have given above and beyond the call of duty and have upheld the Four Core Values of FCA: Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence.

    The recipients are determined each year by an FCA Selection Committee following a nomination process that includes staff, volunteers, athletes and the organization's Board of Trustees.

    Each member of the 2011 Class has had an influential impact on FCA as a Huddle leader, volunteer or speaker. They join a prestigious list of 72 other inductees into the FCA Hall of Champions, taking their place among the great individuals who have used the FCA platform to make a dramatic impact on lives.

    Each inductee will be honored with a plaque bearing a sculpture of their likeness that will remain in the Hall of Champions in FCA's National Support Center in Kansas City. A replica will be presented to the honoree at an appropriate special event sometime this year.

    Commenting on the selections, FCA President and CEO Les Steckel said, "These three amazing individuals have all received numerous accolades for their impact on the world of sports. FCA is also pleased to honor them for those accomplishments plus their many years of support for the mission of FCA and consistent stand for Christian values and character."

    The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the heart and soul in sports, is touching millions of lives... one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports ministry in the world and focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering, and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.

    Class of 2011
    Bill Yeoman, Football Coach
    Deb Patterson, Women's Basketball Coach
    Kyle Rote, Jr., Soccer Player

    Class of 2010
    Donn Moomaw, Football Player
    Jim Scroggins, High School Coach and Athletic Director
    Sue Semrau, Basketball Coach
    Ken Smith, Coach/ Pastor

    Class of 2009
    Ken Hatfield, Football Player/Coach
    Bob Lilly, Football Player
    Larry Mize, PGA Golfer
    Dal Shealy, FCA President and CEO

    Class of 2008
    Edward Britton III, Lacrosse Athlete
    Charles Kemble, Volunteer
    Betty Probacso, Golfer
    James "Buck" McCabe, FCA Board Chairman
    Madeline Manning Mims, Track and Field Olympian

    Class of 2007
    Albert Long Jr., Multi-Sport Athlete
    Jimmy Feix, Football Coach
    Dick Harp, Coach

    Class of 2006
    Mike Kolen, Football Player
    John "Bull" Bramlett, Football Player
    John Gordy, Football Player

    Class of 2005
    Jean Driscoll Olympian/Paralympian
    Frosty Westering, Football Coach
    Gary Cuozzo, Football Player
    Prentice Gautt, Football Player

    Class of 2004
    Fisher DeBerry, Football Coach
    Otto Graham, Football Player
    Larry Nelson, PGA Golfer
    Jim Rexilius, Football Coach

    Class of 2003
    Dr. O.K. Bailey, Volunteer
    Ray Hildebrand, Former Staff; Volunteer
    Mike Singletary, Football Player
    Jim Myers, Football Coach
    Joan Cronan, Athletics Director

    Class of 2002
    Carl Erskine, Baseball Player
    John Erickson, FCA President
    Danny Lotz, Basketball Player
    R.V. Brown, Football Player
    Morley Fraser, Athletics Director

    Class of 2001
    Jane Albright, Basketball Coach
    Bobby Bowden, Football Coach
    John Lotz, College Administrator
    Freddy Mitchell, Volunteer
    Tom Osborne, Football Coach

    Class of 2000
    Tony Dungy, Football Coach
    Captain Bill Lewis, FCA Golf Ministry Founder
    Faye O'Dell, Football Coach

    Class of 1999
    Tonya Crevier, Basketball Handler
    "Deacon" Dan Towler, Football Player
    Don Shinnick Football Player

    Class of 1998
    Bunny Martin, Volunteer
    Bobby Richardson, Baseball Player
    Dick Schultz, Volunteer
    Grant Teaff, Football Coach
    Harry J. Lloyd, Volunteer

    Class of 1997
    J.C. Watts, Congressman; Football Player
    John Wooden, Basketball Coach
    Raymond Berry, Football Coach

    Class of 1995
    Steve Largent, Congressman; Football Player
    Branch Rickey, Baseball Executive

    Class of 1994
    Peggy Kirk, Bell LPGA Golfer
    Nick Hyder, High School Coach
    Don McClanen, FCA Founder; Exec. Director

    Class of 1992
    Paul Anderson, U.S. Olympian
    Kay Yow, Basketball Coach
    Jerry Kindall, Baseball Coach
    Betsy King, LPGA Golfer

    Class of 1991
    Tom Landry, Football Coach
    Archie Griffin, Heisman Trophy Winner
    Steve Owens, Heisman Trophy Winner
    Roger Staubach, Heisman Trophy Winner
    James N. Jeffrey, FCA Executive Director
    Dick Lane, Volunteer
    Dan Stavely, Football Coach

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