Connors State Cowboys basketball game with Independence Community College at Melvin Self Field House tonight will be streamed beginning at 7 p.m.
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Connors State head baseball coach Perry Keith has been named the 2013 South Central Region Coach of the Year by Diamond Sports.
Keith, who led the Cowboys to the 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. and a fifth place finish, will be recognized at the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year banquet on January 3, in Dallas, Texas.
Keith has coach at Connors State 28 years compiling a record of 1375-399. He was inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. He was the youngest NJCAA coach to win 1,000 games at the age of 42.
During his coaching career he has had 11 players reach the major leagues in their career.
Connors State College will induct its second class into the CSC Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 26, at the Muskogee Country Club.
A total of 10 former Connors State athletes, along with a leadership award will enter hall in front of friends and alumni by Connors State President Dr. Tim Faltyn and Athletic Director Bill Muse.
The Athletic Hall of Fame now totals 21 members with the induction of the 2013 class.
The new members include men’s basketball Reggie Tinch, Clarence Lynch; women’s basketball Karama Stancil, Dr. Alicia Burke; baseball Julio Lugo, Baine Brooks; softball Dr. Kasye Shrum; football Harold Cagle, Cecil Devine, Harry Jackson and leadership Duwayne Briley, CEO and President of Ironhorse Financial Group, Inc. the parent company of Armstrong Bank of Muskogee and Republic Bank & Trust of Norman.
“The Connors State Athletic Hall of Fame is the highest athletic honor that can be bestowed on a Cowboy and Cowgirl that participated in athletics,” said Muse.
“The newest members of the Athletic Hall of Fame excelled both on and off the athletic courts and playing fields at Connors State College,” said Muse.
Bryndon Manzer, studio basketball analyst for ESPNU and former basketball player at Oklahoma State University, emceed the event.
Reggie Tinch after leaving the University of Georgia after one year, attended Connors State College for two seasons where he led the Cowboys to a 59-5 record and a National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship in 1995.
Following graduation at Connors he returned to the University of Georgia, where he played two seasons and was named to the Southeastern Conference All-SEC Defensive team. He was then the No. 1 draft pick of the Lacrosse Catbirds of the CBA.
After his basketball career was over Tinch returned to Dougherty County School System in Georgia where he coached both basketball and football at his alma mater, Westover High School for two seasons.
Tinch then turned to a new direction, relocating to Atlanta, Ga., where he was employed with the City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation Division, coaching the Atlanta Celtics AAU team. The No. 1 AAU basketball program in the nation, Tinch during his 12-year coaching stint guided the program to several AAU National championships.
Tinch is now employed with AT&T for 15 years. During this time he founded and organized Dream Sports of America and has become an ordained minister six years. Tinch is minister at Champion for Christ Ministries in Riverdale, Georgia.
Clarence Lynch served 33 years at Connors State College as both a teacher and coach that began as a member of the Cowboys basketball team in 1950.
Lynch is the Cowboys first junior college basketball All-American, that honor coming in 1952. Lynch, along with teammate Lou Henson, who was inducted in CSC’s first Athletic Hall of Fame class, led the Cowboys to seventh place in the NJCAA National Tournament at Hutchinson, Kan., in 1952.
Following graduation at Connors, he attended East Texas State, before taking his first coaching assignment as junior high coach at Dustin following a stint in the military. He then took his first high school coaching position in 1958 at Dustin, posting a 28-1 record before moving to Gallup, New Mexico. He led Gallup to a 23-6 record before getting the call from Connors State.
At East Texas State, Cagle earned All-Lone Star Conference first team honors and was named NAIA All-American in 1955, leading the Lions to the NAIA National Championship. He is a member of the East Texas State Hall of Fame.
Cagle returned to Connors State after nine years in 1961 as the assistant football coach and head men’s basketball coach, compiling a 206-87 record in 10 seasons.
He also coached baseball and founded the school’s softball and tennis programs. His men’s tennis teams won four regional titles, while the women won three titles. His softball team was 167-49 and captured two regional championships. He also served as the school’s athletic director.
Dr. Alicia Burke, a graduate of Connors State College in 1986, was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American team in 1986 and was a member of the Cowgirls NJCAA National Championship team 1985.
Burke then moved on to Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1989, and playing two seasons for OSU where she was the NCAA Division I Statistical champion for 3-point shooting connecting on 51.4 percent of her shots in 1989.
Following her graduation she relocated to Los Angeles to begin a teaching career at a private school for girls. During her five years as an educator Burke established the school’s first athletic program supported by a grant from the Olympic Amateur Athletic Foundation.
Dr. Burke then made career decision. In 1994 seeking care from a chiropractor due to sports-related injuries, she began to consider a career path in which she could help others the way she was helped.
She graduated Cum Laude with a Doctorate Degree from Life Chiropractic College West in San Francisco. She was awarded Excellence in Clinic for Outstanding Patient Care throughout her clinic internship and was named Chiropractic Student of the Year in 1997.
Since her graduation Dr. Burke has been in private practice for 14 years, specializing in sports injuries, family wellness care, pregnancy care, as well as auto and work injuries. In addition to her private practice she has been an Associate Clinical Professor at Southern California University of Health Sciences since 2011.
When not taking care of patients, Dr. Burke continues to be active in sports running in marathons and half marathons. She has trained with AIDS Project of Los Angeles (APLA) while also running in Honolulu, Hawaii, Hilo Hawaii, Florence, Italy, Paris France and Los Angeles.
She also enjoys snowboarding, hiking and of course basketball.
Kamara Stancil is one of the most decorated women’s basketball players in Connors State history.
Stancil, who graduated from Connors in 1997, was a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association two time first team All-American in 1996 and 1997. She was also the Rawlings and NJCAA Player of the year in 1997 and led the Cowgirls to the Region II Championship in 1996 and a fifth place finish in the NJCAA National Tournament under head coach Monte Madewell with a 31-4 record.
Following her graduation from Connors State she went on to play at the University of Arkansas where she played on the Lady Razorbacks Final Four team.
Julio Lugo arrived on the Connors State campus in August 1993 to play baseball for Cowboys head coach Perry Keith from Brooklyn, N.Y.
Lugo played two seasons at Connors and was a National Junior College Athletic Association first team All-American in 1995. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 43rd round of the 1994 Amateur draft and signed with Houston following his graduation at Connors in 1995 which led to a Major League Baseball career of 11 years before he retired.
He played for Houston, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston, St. Louis, Baltimore and Atlanta.
Lugo made his major league debut in April of 2000 with the Astros after five seasons in the minor leagues. The shortstop/second baseman had a career batting average of .269, with 80 home runs and 475 runs batted in.
He was also a member of the 2007 World Champion Boston Red Sox.
Baine Brooks from Decatur, Georgia, was a member of the Connors State baseball team in 1985, where he graduated.
Before attending Connors, he attended Georgia State University for a year, fulfilling a dream of playing baseball on the collegiate level with his brother.
During his one year at Connors he was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American team.
Brooks then moved on to the University of Oklahoma where he graduate with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications and was an All-Big 8 Conference center field selection in 1987.
Brooks is currently partner and manager of TwoRows Restaurant in Allen, Texas, where he employs 43 team members.
He is currently on the Allen City Council and is the liaison for Parks and Recreation for the city of Allen. Brooks is past president of Greater Dallas Restaurant Association and served as a Regional Director for the Texas Restaurant Association. He also served on the board of directors for the North Texas Food Bank.
Brooks was awarded the 2013 Community Builder Award for the Allen Masonic Club in Allen. He has been and participated in Allen rotary and has had many involvements with Allen Community Outreach.
During his other various charity activities Brooks has helped raise $150,000.
Dr. Kayse M. Shrum, Provost of Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, is a 1992 graduate of Connors State College, where she attended CSC on a softball scholarship.
While at Connors Dr. Shrum was on the Dean’s honor roll, Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges, member of Phil Theta Kappa Honor Society and was an NJCAA Academic All-American.
Following graduation from Connors, she attended Northeastern State University, University of Arkansas and Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine becoming a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Shrum is currently the provost of OSU Center for Health Sciences, Dean of College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chair and Professor of Pediatrics.
Prior to her current position, Dr. Shrum served as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, Chairman for the Department of Pediatrics, Associate Professor, Assistant Residency Program Director, Co-Course Coordinator for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and a Pediatrician at the Muskogee Children’s Clinic.
Known as an outstanding fundraiser, Dr. Shrum has raised approximately 8 million during her tenure at Oklahoma State for medical development and teaching fellowships.
Her publications and presentations and research total over 50.
In 2001 she was named the Rookie Physician of the year by Saint Francis Health Systems Endowed Chair of Pediatrics, and at Oklahoma State was on the Dean’s Honor Roll, Phil Kappa Phi Honor Society, recipient of the Janet M. Glasgow Academic Achievement Citation and the a member of Sigma Sigma Phil Honor Society.
Cecil “Andy” Devine graduated from Connors State College in 1952, where he played football and baseball following graduating from Westville High School.
Devine was an All-Conference defensive end for the Cowboys before moving on to Northeastern State where he graduated in 1953.
Devine coached for 26 years following graduation from college, both on the high school and collegiate level.
On the high school level he started the football program at Apache High School and won 27 consecutive games.
When he was not coaching Devine officiated high school basketball for 21 years and college basketball for 10 years. Devine was named to the Southwest Officials Hall of Fame, is a member of the Oklahoma Officials Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame, Special Recognition.
Devine also served as Director of Football and Officials of all Sports for the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Athletic Association for 15 years.
While coaching at Southwestern Oklahoma State University he led the Bulldogs baseball team to the 1972 NAIA World Series, placing third. He is also a member of the Northeastern State Athletic Hall of Fame.
Harold Cagle was starting quarterback at Connors State College for two years after graduating from Catoosa High School in 1954.
Cagle transferred to the University of Tulsa following Cowboys football season to take part in the Golden Hurricane’s spring football season. However, following spring drills at TU he left for Northeastern State, where he played two seasons, graduating in 1958 with degree in mathematics and physical education.
He began his coaching career in 1958 at Chetopa, Kan., where he was head football coach and assistant basketball coach for one season.
Cagle then moved to his hometown of Catoosa, where he coached football, basketball, baseball and track. He then took a position at Henryetta before returning to Connors State where he taught math, worked as an assistant football coach before taking over as head coach. He was Dean of Students for a year,
After Connors he made stops at Dodge City Junior College and Berryhill High School before accepting a position as defensive coordinator at Central Missouri University. Cagle then started the football program at Missouri Western University, where he won several conference championships and played in several bowl games. He was the first inductee into the Missouri Western Athletic Hall of Fame.
Cagle then returned to Oklahoma to work and coach at Morris, Beggs, Tulsa Edison, Tulsa Webster and Keifer. He was superintendent at Braggs, Wyandotte and Liberal, Mo.
After retirement he coached one season at Strafford, Okla. and taught golf at Vian High School.
Harry Jackson played football for Connors State in 1949 where he played tackle and also played center on the basketball team.
A graduate of Crooked Oak High School, he left Connors State following graduation to play football at Central Oklahoma and graduated in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in Education.
Jackson coached football and basketball form 1953-56 at Ringling High School, before moving to Checotah High School to coach football, basketball and baseball. He led the Wildcats to an undefeated football season in 1957.
He returned to Connors State in 1959 to coach football and baseball until 1965. He led the baseball team to its first national tournament in 1963.
He was appointed Dean of Students at Connors in 1968 holding the position until 1978. He also served as Athletic Director during that time span. In 1978 he was appointed Academic Dean, serving until he retired in 1988.
Jackson was instrumental in helping establish classes in Muskogee, while serving with three different CSC presidents, beginning with Jacob Johnson in 1959.
He has been involved in many civic activities in Warner and the Muskogee area, including the first president of the Warner Quarterback Club. Jackson served twice as president of the Warner Chamber of Commerce and three times as president of the Connors Alumni Association.
Duwayne Briley, President and CEO of Ironhorse Financial Group, Inc., the parent company of Armstrong Bank of Muskogee and Republic Bank & Trust of Norman is a 1968 graduate of Connors State College.
Before entering the banking world he taught Vocational Agriculture at Bixby Public Schools. He then entered the banking world and soared through the ranks becoming President of Armstrong Bank in 1986 and later CEO.
In 2006 he took the helm of the holding company, Ironhorse Financial Group, Inc. as President and CEO. On November, 2013 he will celebrate 34 years in the Armstrong Bank Family
Briley is active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and also serves on the Executive Board of the Indian Nations Council of Boys Scouts of America and is on the board of directors of Armstrong Bank, Republic Bank & Trust of Norman, Ironhorse Financial Group, Inc. and the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce.
He was elected to the Connors State College Hall of Fame in 2004.