ENMU Athletics Hall of Honors Class of 2002 Set for Induction during Homecoming
PORTALES, NM Eastern New Mexico University
will induct seven individuals into the ENMU Athletics Hall of Honors during
ceremonies at Easterns Homecoming game against Midwestern State
University on Saturday, Oct. 19. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. (MST),
with the Hall of Honors ceremony set for halftime. ENMUs Hall of
Honors Class of 2002 consists of Stephanie (Brockman) Behrens, William
Birkhead, Charles Chambers, Wende (Rogers) Fraze, Dr. Jay Gurley, Pete
Hurst and Philip Ndoo.
Behrens, Birkhead, Fraze, Hurst and Ndoo are being inducted as athletes.
Chambers is being inducted as a coach, and Dr. Gurley is being inducted
in the support category.
Stephanie (Brockman) Behrens played guard on the
womens basketball team at ENMU from the 1989-90 season through 1992-93.
She finished her career with a school record 461 assists. She also set
an ENMU record with 162 assists during the 1992-93 season. Behrens concluded
her career with 704 points. She ranks 20th on the Zias all-time
She played on ENMU teams with a combined record of 77-34 (.694). The 1992-93
team earned the best record in ENMU history at 23-5 and won the Lone Star
Conference regular season championship with a 12-2 record. Behrens was
named Second Team All-LSC in 1992-93 and was chosen to LSC All-Tournament
Team in 1990-91. She played in 110 games overall, providing the Zias with
354 rebounds and 208 steals in addition to her scoring and assist totals.
Behrens has been the head girls basketball coach at Panhandle High
School in Texas for six years. She is taking off this season to give birth
to her third child. Her overall record at Panhandle is 125-46 (.731).
She has led her teams to five District titles.
William Birkhead was a quarterback on the ENMU football
team from 1974 through 1976. He was the starting quarterback in 1975,
when he completed 57 of 115 passes for 851 yards and five touchdowns,
and in 1976, when he connected on 83 of 162 passes for 1,156 yards and
11 touchdowns. He helped the Greyhounds achieve records of 7-4 in 1974,
8-3 in 1975 and 7-3-1 in 1976 for a combined three-year record of 22-10-1
He was chosen Greatest Greyhound as the top male athlete at ENMU in 1976-77.
He finished his Eastern career with 2,007 passing yards and 16 touchdowns,
while completing 140 of 277 passes. He also rushed for 321 yards and six
touchdowns on 86 carries.
Birkhead graduated from ENMU in 1977 with a bachelors degree in
Physical Education. He earned a masters degree in Physical Education
from ENMU in 1978. He has been head football coach at Burges High School
in Texas since 1992. He previously was assistant coach at Aztec High School
from 1977-78, junior varsity coach at Alamogordo High School from 1980-81,
and assistant coach in the El Paso Independent School District from 1981-92.
Charles Chambers was a co-coach of the Eastern New
Mexico University mens and womens rodeo teams from 1975 through
1997 and was the head coach from 1978 through 1998. He coached members
of the ENMU rodeo teams to the College National Finals Rodeo during 19
of his 22 seasons. He led the Eastern womens team to national championships
at the CNFR in 1981 and 1983 and to a second place finish in 1992. He
also led ENMU to several Southwest Region titles.
He joined the ENMU faculty in 1972 as an assistant professor of agriculture.
He retired from ENMU in 1998 after receiving the Spirit of Eastern Award
earlier that year. Since retiring, he has received Faculty Emeritus status.
Chambers has remained active in collegiate rodeo since he began coaching
at Eastern. He was directly involved in the building of Lewis Cooper Rodeo
Arena at ENMU, and was a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo
Association Board of Directors from 1980-84. He was the NIRA Faculty President
in 1983-84. He has helped stage the CNFR each season since retiring.
Wende (Rogers) Fraze was a four-year letterwinner
as a guard on the Eastern basketball team. She played for the Zias under
Head Coach Wayne Moore from 1992-93 through 1995-96. She was named First
Team All-LSC in 1995-96, and was an Honorable Mention All-LSC selection
in 1993-94 and 1994-95. She made significant contributions to Easterns
combined record of 66-42 (.629) during her years with the Zias.
Fraze is third all-time at ENMU in scoring with 1,285 points. She played
in 104 games and received 67 starts. She was a freshman on Easterns
1992-93 team that won the LSC regular season title at 12-2 and finished
with a 23-5 overall record.
During her career, Fraze averaged 12.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
In 1995-96, she scored 454 points and averaged 16.2 points per game. She
connected on 176 three-point shots on 450 attempts during her career (39.1%).
She was voted Greatest Zia as the top female athlete at Eastern in 1995-96.
Dr. Jay Gurley was a basketball guard at Eastern
New Mexico University for three seasons from 1958-59 through 1960-61.
He graduated from ENMU in 1962 with B.A. degree, and later received an
M.Ed. and an Ed.S. from Eastern. He earned a Doctorate of Education from
East Texas State University (now Texas A&M Commerce) in 1975.
After completing his undergraduate work at ENMU, he worked in the Clovis
Municipal School District for four years, then became assistant director
of Easterns Upward Bound Project. He worked with Upward Bound until
leaving to work on his doctorate. He later returned to ENMU in 1976 as
a member of the faculty.
He served as Dean of the School of Education at Eastern, was provost at
ENMU-Clovis and was president of Clovis Community College. His work at
ENMU-Clovis and CCC spanned 18 years. Gurley was involved in public education
in New Mexico for a total of 31 years.
He is President Emeritus of CCC. He regularly attends ENMU football and
basketball games, and is active in the ENMU Bench Club.
Pete Hurst was an offensive guard on the ENMU football
team from 1950 through 1953. He was a four-year letterman who played on
teams with an overall record of 24-14-1 (.628). He helped the Greyhounds
go 8-1 in 1951 and 7-1-1 in 1952. He was named All-New Mexico Athletic
Conference in 1952 and 1953.
Hurst received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern in 1954. He was
awarded a Master of Arts degree from ENMU in 1957. After completing his
degrees, he coached football at the high school level in New Mexico and
Texas from 1957 through 1995. He was a head coach for 27 years and was
an athletic director for 17 years. He was the backfield coach at ENMU
under current ENMU Head Coach Harold Bud Elliott in 1996.
As a high school coach, Hurst led teams to the playoffs nine times, including
a State title at Cuero, Texas, in 1987, and a runner-up finish in 1986.
He was South Plains Coach-of-the-Year in 1968 and 1972, and coached the
North team at the 1964 New Mexico High School All-Star Football Game.
He led track and field teams to State titles in 1969 and 1988.
Hurst is retired and lives in Clovis. He remains active in football as
a volunteer assistant coach at Clovis High School.
Philip Ndoo was a cross country and distance runner
at ENMU from the spring of 1973 through the spring of 1975. He graduated
from Eastern during the summer of 1975.
Ndoo helped the Greyhounds claim NAIA National Championships in cross
country in 1973 and 1974. He also contributed to Easterns NAIA National
Championship in outdoor track and field in 1974. He won individual NAIA
track and field national titles in the steeplechase and the 6-mile run
in 1974. He was second in the mile run at the NAIA Indoor Championships
His stellar career at the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships
included top six finishes all three seasons. In 1973, Ndoo was second
in the steeplechase, third in the 3-mile run and sixth in the 6-mile run.
In 1974, he won his two individual national titles and finished second
in the 3-mile run. In 1975, he was third in both the 3-mile run and the
Ndoo also earned a pair of Top 5 individual finishes at the NAIA National
Cross Country Championships. He finished the championship race in second
place in 1974 and crossed the finish line in fifth place in 1973.
He was an NAIA All-American eight times in track and twice in cross country.
He was an AAU All-American in 1973, after placing second in the 25-kilometer
run at the AAU National Meet.