Hardin-Simmons inducted four members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday night as part of the school’s Homecoming weekend.
Darren Allman, Ted Edmondson, Tim O’Leary and Meredith Hare Stone are the 2012 Hall of Fame Class. Allman played football from 1990-1992 for HSU. Edmondson was a football player from 1956-58, O’Leary was a soccer player from 1978-82 and Stone was a standout for the women’s golf program from 1998-2001.
Allman was the first recruit for coach Jimmie Keeling when he revived the program at HSU. Allman, a Odessa Permian graduate, was playing at Texas Tech and transferred to HSU. He was an all-conference defensive back in all three seasons he played at HSU. He had 10 career interceptions.
After his playing career, Allman finished his degree at HSU while serving as a student assistant. He then coached in Cleveland, Brownwood, Temple and Dallas before becoming the first former Panther to return to Permian to coach at the storied high school. He went 38-11 in four years and then moved on to Austin Westlake where he is the head coach and athletic director.
Edmondson played tackle for the Cowboys from 1956-58 and was considered one of the best to ever play the position at HSU. He was an all-Border Conference selection as both a junior and senior and was an honorable mention all-American selection as a senior. Edmondson was named the MBO of the 1958 Sun Bowl. He was drafted by Chicago Cardinals of the NFL.
A native of Roswell, N.M., Edmondson came to HSU from New Mexico Military Institute after one season there. He coached for five seasons at Mason and Quanah High Schools and then worked in the Sears Management Program for the next 28 years in various areas of management.
O’Leary had a stellar career for the Cowboys from 1978-82. He scored 50 goals in his career and had the season record for goals in a season with 26 and both were the most by a player prior to the non-scholarship era. In 1980, he was named first-team all-conference in the Trans America Athletic Conference.
As successful as his career as a player was, he has seen just as much success as a high school coach at Waco Midway. He started the program at Midway in 1983 and has won over 500 games as the school’s head coach. He won the state championship in 2002. They routinely make deep runs in the Texas High School playoffs.
Stone is one of the top players in school history. She played three seasons for the Cowgirls and was named an all-American all three years. She was Division III Freshman of the Year in 1998 and won three tournaments as a freshman leading the Cowgirls to a ninth-place NCAA finish. She was 14 at the NCAA Division II-III meet (it was one event at the time).
She was again an all-American as a sophomore and led the Cowgirls to the first American Southwest Conference title in the league’s history. She finished 11 at the NCAAs and the Cowgirls placed fourth. She played the fall season in 1999 but did not play the spring season.
As a senior, she was a second-team all-American and led the Cowgirls to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Division III Tournament. She set a 72-hole school record at the nationals with a 78-75-75-76—303. She also holds the HSU record for a 36-hole tournament with a 73-74-147 and she is tied for the school’s lowest round with a 71 at Sammons Golf Course in Temple. She was a two-time academic all-American as well.
She is now the Women in Leadership Strategist for the Baptist General Convention of Texas and is working on her PHD in biblical interpretation at Texas Christian. She has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from HSU.
Information provided by HSU athletics department.