HSU Legends Return for Hall of Honor

HSU Legends Return for Hall of Honor

Henderson State University will honor some of the most legendary figures in the history of Reddie athletics as seven Henderson greats will be inducted into the Reddie Hall of Honor, Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
ARKADELPHIA, AR - Henderson State University will honor some of the most legendary figures in the history of Reddie athletics as seven Henderson greats will be inducted into the Reddie Hall of Honor, Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.

This year’s event will take place in the Garrison Center Day Gym on the Henderson campus.

Those being inducted include long-time assistant football coach George Baker,  football player and coach Rick Minter, multiple-sport athlete Guss Robey, former baseball player Doug Smith, four-sport standout Sue Ehrgood, softball great Kelcie Glidden and  multiple sports athlete, coach and longtime professor Woody Jolley.

Also being presented will be the inaugural Willie Tate Meritorious Humanitarian Award which will be presented to the family of the late Willie Tate.

This new award honors those who truly define the word humanitarian, positively influence the betterment of the community and represent the meaning of the "Reddie Spirit."

Tickets for the event can be purchased by contacting the Henderson State Athletics Department at 870-230-5161. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Rick Minter was a two-year starter at defensive end for the Reddies and was selected  First-Team All-AIC in 1975. He also earned honorable mention honors in 1976. Minter played on three AIC Championship teams (1973, 74 & 75). He also served as a coach with the Reddies in 1977. Minter was Head Football Coach at the University of Cincinnati from 1994 to 2003, where he won more games than any coach in UC history. He led the Bearcats to four postseason bowl games and was co-champion of Conference USA in 2002. Minter spent one season at South Carolina serving as an assistant coach for Lou Holtz. He was also a defensive coordinator at the University of Notre Dame from 2005-07. He then served as defensive coordinator at Marshall in 2008 and 2009. Minter also coached at Kentucky, where he served as the defensive coordinator (2012) and co-defensive coordinator (2011). Minter currently serves as inside linebackers coach with the Philadelphia Eagles.

George Baker served as an assistant football coach from 1974 to 1995 and was a part of four AIC Championships and two NAIA playoff teams. Baker served two years in the U.S. Army and played on the 8th Army Championship team in 1968. After his military tour, Baker returned to OBU and served as defensive coordinator for four years before making the wise decision to join Coach Sporty Carpenter’s staff in 1974. Baker was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1976. After seven years as offensive coordinator, Baker became the Reddie defensive coordinator in 1983. Baker’s tenure at Henderson was second-most among male coaches. Baker is also an author having written a book about Sporty Carpenter entitled “When Lightning Struck the Outhouse.”

Guss Robey played football and baseball from 1963-1967. Robey was a 1966 First-Team All-AIC selection in football. During the 1966 season, Robey had 52 receptions for 825 yards and five touchdowns. Robey currently ranks eighth in career receiving yards at HSU having a total of 1,249 yards on 80 receptions. 

Doug Smith was the 1989 AIC Baseball Player of the Year and a NAIA All-American. He led the AIC in hitting having a .450 average (58-for-129). During that season, Smith totaled 43 runs scored and stole 44 of 49 bases. The second baseman also had a great glove, comitting just eight errors in 37 games played. At one time during the season, Smith had a 14-game hitting streak.

Also spending time in the outfield, Smith earned First-Team All-AIC honors in 1988 after posting a .431 batting average.  He stole 34-of-41 bases including six in a single game against Arkansas Tech. Smith failed to get a hit in just six of 36 games played that season. Smith holds the Henderson career record for batting average with a .432 mark having gone 105-for-243.

Sue Ehrgood was a four-sport athlete at Henderson, playing four years on the Lady Reddie volleyball team, three years as a member of the tennis team, two years on the women’s basketball team, and one year on the HSU swim team. Ehrgood was a vital member of the 1972 State Championship tennis team as well as the 1972 State Championship volleyball team. She started the Elementary Physical Education program at Magnet Cove and taught physical education there for 25 years.  She then became the Elementary School Guidance Counselor for 10 years at Magnet Cove. Ehrgood started the Jump Rope for Heart Program for the state of Arkansas. She served as president of AHPERD (Arkansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) and was also on various committees for the State Department of Education. Sue also served as a volunteer official time keeper for the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Henderson for 35 years. Ehrgood was twice named Arkansas Outstanding Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year (1985 and 1989), received the Honor Award from AHPERD, Jump Rope for Heart  Award, Governor’s Volunteer for Excellence Award, Outstanding Elementary Counselor for the Southwest Region, and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Arkansas Leadership Academy. She was the recipient of the Henderson State Outstanding Physical Education Major Award in 1973, Spencer Holt Award 1973, “H” Award, and Kathy Muse Award.

Kelcie Glidden-HAAK played an important part in building the Henderson State softball program.  A four-time First-Team All-GSC selection, Glidden was named the Gulf South Conference Shortstop of the Decade in the West Division after being a three-time All-Region Selection and 2008 Daktronics All-South Region Player of the Year. Glidden earned All-American Honors in 2008 after having a .419 batting average with15 home runs. She also earned NFCA All-Region honors in 2008.

Glidden holds HSU career records for batting average (.396), and has the career record for hits with 277 in 699 at bats. She also holds records in runs scored (196), doubles (53), home runs (50) total bases (486), RBI (155), stolen bases (105) and slugging percentage (.695). Glidden earned GSC All-Tournament honors in 2006 and was the GSC West Division Hitter of the Week five times.

Woody Jolley was a multiple sport athlete at Henderson State from 1960 to 1963. Jolley was a three-time All-AIC selection in football and was team captain in1963 helping guide the Reddies to an AIC Championship. Jolley also lettered two years in track and two years in swimming.  Jolley later returned to Henderson State to coach the Reddie track and cross country teams. He led Henderson to the AIC and District 17 cross country championship and was named Coach of the Year in 1990. Jolley had great success in the high school coaching ranks at Little Rock Parkview. His teams finished as Class AAAA cross country state runners-up in 1972, 1973, 1975 and 1976. In 1980, Parkview won the Class AAAA  Arkansas State Championship. In 1981, Parkview finished as runners-up at the track and field state meet. Jolley has been an advocate for track and field in the state of Arkansas over the last four decades. He served two years as president of the Arkansas.  Jolley was inducted into the Arkansas Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2012.

WILLIE TATE came to Henderson State in 1990 serving as a football assistant coach under Coach Ken Turner. That same year, Tate made history as the first black head track coach at Henderson State.

Tate was part of the Reddie football staff until 1999 and also served as the head golf coach from 1995 until his retirement in May 2006. Tate earned his Bachelor of Science degree at AM&N College (now University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) in 1968. A football and baseball player, Tate earned All-Southwestern Athletic Conference honors in football. He later earned a Master of Science degree in Physical Education from Henderson State University in 1978. Tate’s first coaching job was in 1968 at Yeager High School and later Hope High School where he served as defensive coordinator and head track coach. It was there that he was rightfully proclaimed “Coach Tate”. He coached in Hope until 1973 before moving on to Arkadelphia to serve as football coach at Goza Junior High School with the legendary Coach John Outlaw. His accomplishments in athletics are many and legendary. Tate spent 15 years as head track coach and defensive coordinator at Arkadelphia High School.  One of the most notable highlights of his life was helping the Badgers win nine district football championships, as well as Class AAA State championships in 1979 and 1987. He also coached three 7AAA championship track teams, and finished second in the Class AAA meet eight different times. He was named Track Coach of the Year on several occasions. Coach Tate was inducted into the Hope Athletic Hall of Fame and in 1988 was selected to serve as part of the coaching staff for the Arkansas High School West All-Star Football Squad.

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