Former University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma baseball coach, L.J. Powell, will be the 2017 inductee into the Drovers’ Athletic Hall of Fame as part of ceremonies planned for Saturday, Jan. 21.
The formal induction will take place at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Mid-America Christian at approximately 5:30 p.m. in the USAO Fieldhouse. A reception will be held for him on campus beginning at 2 p.m. in the Emerson Room in Austin Hall. Later that evening, a special dinner is planned for Powell in the USAO Ballroom beginning immediately following the men’s basketball game at approximatley 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and cost is $15.
“USAO’s Athletic Hall of Fame honors those who’ve made a lasting impact in the university’s sports history,” said Athletic Director Brisco McPherson, a Hall of Fame member himself. “We are glad to welcome Coach Powell into the Hall of Fame Class of 2017. He is very deserving of this honor.”
The USAO Athletics Hall of Fame was started in 1993 as a way to enshrine student athletes, coaches, teams and contributors who have made a significant impact on the university and the athletics department. The Hall of Fame selection committee, comprised of USAO athletic staff and alumni, cheap mlb jerseys free shipping meets each fall to select candidates for induction. A total of 20 individuals and one team have been inducted thus far.
As head coach of the USAO baseball team, Powell won 266 games through 12 seasons including a Red River Athletic Conference Championship and berth in the NAIA Regional Tournament. Powell took over the program in 1998 and built teams that were both nationally-competitive and admired by coaches and university administrators and faculty. Powell’s most successful season was his last, in 2009, when he shared head coaching duties with current Drover coach Mike Ross. USAO set a then school record winning 37 games in the rugged Sooner Athletic Conference that year.
“Coach Mike Ross and family were a godsend in the summer of 1999 when I needed to be lifted up,” said Powell. “He is a loyal, dedicated cohort and friend. He runs the Drover program with integrity and of the highest caliber.”
Powell, who already has eight hall of fames to his credit, said “being inducted into the USAO Athletic Hall of Fame is an extreme honor. Seeing the list of honorees from the past is very humbling because I know how hard they worked and how much USAO meant to them.”wholesale jerseys
“I’d like to give special thanks to President Feaver, Brisco McPherson, Bill Smith and the USAO family for their support. To the student-athletes for choosing the Drover nation to continue their education and play the great game of baseball,” he said.
Powell, a native of Mountain View, spent more than 50 years of his life as a coach and teacher in the state of Oklahoma. A 1954 graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Powells taught and coached at Anadarko and Frederick before finding a home in Chickasha. He spent 38 years at Chickasha High School where he served as baseball coach, softball coach and dean of students at different times throughout his career. The baseball facility at Chickasha High school is named after him.
While Powell’s records and wholesale mlb jerseys honors are lengthy and richly deserved, he takes the most pride in the impact he made with his players, many of whom still stay in touch with him to this day. He said he still gets nearly 100 Christmas cards each year from his former students.
“The relationships that came through my role as a coach and teacher are some of the most valuable ones I have,” Powell said. “People have always made me feel welcome in their lives. I enjoy hearing stories and staying in touch with my former players as they continue to grow professionally and personally in their adult lives.”