LOGAN, Utah – An induction ceremony and dinner honoring Utah State Athletics’ 12th Hall of Fame Class is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m., at the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan.
Reservations for the banquet can be made by contacting the USU Athletics Department by contacting Jimmy Moore, Assistant Athletic Director for Special Projects, at (435) 797-7101, or by registering on-line at www.utahstateaggies.com/HOF.html. The cost is $35 per seat, or $300 for a table of 10. The 2014 inductees will also be recognized in conjunction with Utah State’s home football game against Idaho State on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.
The six inductees include: Cordell Andersen, one of just two wrestlers in school history to be a two-time All-American; Yolanda Arvizu, one of just seven Aggie softball All-Americans; Anthony Calvillo, the most prolific passing quarterback in professional football history; Craig Carter, a two-time All-American weight thrower; Troy Collier, one of the best Aggie basketball players ever; and Dale Mildenberger, one of the longest-employed athletic department members in school history.
A total of 81 individuals and three teams have now been inducted into the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was founded in 1993 with 12 initial members, followed by eight members in 1994 and seven in 1995. The addition of any inductees was stopped until 2006 when five more individuals were added, followed by six recipients in 2007, five in 2008 to go along with a national championship team, the first-ever team inducted. Seven more inductees were added in 2009, followed by six in 2010, five in 2011 plus two more national championship teams, eight in 2012, six inductees in 2013 and six more inductees in 2014.
Located inside the Steve Mothersell Hall of Honor, the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame gives fans the opportunity to view biographical information and watch videos on each of the inducted members. Both the Hall of Fame and the Hall of Honor are located inside the Jim and Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex in the north end of Romney Stadium.
Andersen is one of just two wrestlers in school history to be a two-time All-American along with Alfred Castro. Andersen finished his collegiate career with an overall record of 116-33, which ranks second all-time in school history for wins. Overall, Andersen is one of just 10 wrestlers in school history to win 100 matches. As a senior in 1986, Andersen earned All-American honors for the second-straight year after finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships at 126 pounds. Andersen was also the Pacific Coast Athletic Association Champion as a senior at 126 pounds. During his junior campaign in 1985, Andersen finished sixth at the NCAA Championships at 126 pounds to earn his first All-American honor. As a sophomore in 1984, Andersen had a 16-6 dual record and posted a 24-12 mark as a freshman.
Arvizu was a four-year starter at second base and pitcher for Utah State from 1979-82, earned All-American recognition in 1981 and 1982 and is one of just two softball players in school history to earn multiple All-American honors. Arvizu, who was a first-team All-American as a senior, is one of just nine players to be members of both the 1980 and 1981 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) National Championship teams at Utah State. Arvizu, who also earned all-conference and all-region honors three times during her collegiate career, led USU with a 1.40 earned run average and a .303 batting average in 1979. Arvizu also had 14 stolen bases in 1981 to rank third all-time at USU for a single-season, and she finished her career with 22 stolen bases to rank sixth all-time in school history. Arvizu also spent seven years on the USU softball coaching staff as an assistant and one year as a women’s basketball assistant coach. Following her collegiate career, Arvizu earned first-team Amateur Softball Association (ASA) All-American accolades in 1985 and played on the United States team that traveled to Japan. Arvizu was also a member of the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival, helping them to second and fourth-place finishes and was a member of the San Diego Astros team that won six national championships. Arvizu, who was the youngest person to ever play professional softball when she joined the Santa Ana Lionettes in 1976 at the age of 16, also spent time in Australia playing professionally, helping the South Australia club earn the Team of the Year award in 1991. While in Australia, Arvizu also spent three years as the head coach of the South Australia Sports Institute team. During her illustrious career, Arvizu won 10 national championships as a player.
Calvillo earned second-team all-Big West Conference honors as a senior in 1993 and was named the league’s player of the week twice that season as he led the Aggies to their first conference championship since 1979. As a senior, Calvillo set the then single-season school record for total offense with 3,260 yards as he threw a school record 469 passes and had six 300-yard passing games. Calvillo also had a school-record five touchdown passes in a game twice during his career, including in a 58-56 home win against BYU. Calvillo concluded his career by being named the MVP of the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl as he threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns in Utah State’s 42-33 win against Ball State, its first bowl win in school history. For his career, Calvillo ranked 31st in the history of the NCAA for career total offense per game (265.4 ypg). Following his collegiate career, Calvillo spent 20 years in the Canadian Football League (CFL), including 16 years with the Montreal Alouettes leading the team to the Grey Cup Championship in 2002, 2009 and 2010. Calvillo was named the Grey Cup Most Outstanding Player in 2002 and won the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player Award three times (2003, 2008, 2009), which ties him for second all-time behind Doug Flutie. Overall, Calvillo is the all-time passing leader in all of professional football with 79,816 yards and is one of just five professional quarterbacks to have thrown over 400 career touchdown passes joining Brett Favre, Warren Moon, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino.
Carter twice earned All-American honors at Utah State finishing fourth in the 35-pound weight throw at the 1990 NCAA Indoor Championships and placing seventh in the hammer throw at the 1990 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Overall, Carter was a six-time national qualifier during his USU career. Carter also won four Big West Conference Championships as an Aggie as he claimed the discus title in 1988 and 1989, the hammer title in 1989 and 1990 and was named the Big West Conference Athlete of the Year in 1989. He also won the Wayne Estes Award following his senior season, which was annually given to a student-athlete who exemplified all-around excellence. During his four-year Aggie career, Carter earned all-Big West honors a total of 11 times. Carter still ranks second all-time in school history in the hammer (65.32m/214-04.00) and still holds the fourth-best mark in the weight throw (19.21m/63-00.25). Carter also coached the weight throwers at Utah State for 10 years and had 25 Big West Champions and 53 all-Big West performers, while seven of his athletes qualified for nationals. Carter was also part of five men’s conference championship teams and seven women’s conference championship teams as an assistant at USU. Under his direction at Utah State, Olympian James Parker was an eight-time All-American in the hammer and weight throws and an All-American in the discus throw. Following his collegiate career, Carter continued competing and qualified for the USA Championships for six-straight years (1992-1997). His highest finish was seventh in the hammer throw at the 1996 Olympic Trials. Carter, who has spent the past eight years as an assistant track coach at the University of Arizona, was named the 2011 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) National and West Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
Collier spent just two seasons at Utah State after transferring from Phoenix Junior College. During his Aggie career, Collier was a member of back-to-back NCAA Tournament teams in 1963 and 1964 as he still ranks 27th all-time in school history with 1,109 career points and 14th all-time at USU with 654 career rebounds. Collier scored 616 points during his senior season, which still ranks 11th all-time in school history, while his scoring average of 21.2 points per game ranks 17th all-time. Collier also grabbed 357 rebounds as a senior, which ranks fourth all-time in Aggie history, while his average of 12.3 rebounds per game that season still ranks ninth. Collier also had 15 double-doubles during his senior season to rank tied for ninth all-time at USU and had a career-high 24 rebounds against Michigan State during his junior season, a mark that still ranks fifth all-time in school history. Collier finished his collegiate career averaging 19.8 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, which still ranks sixth and fourth all-time in school history, respectively. Following his collegiate career, Collier was selected in the sixth round of the 1964 National Basketball Association Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers and spent three years touring the world with the Harlem Globetrotters. In 2005, Collier retired after 35 years as Associate Dean of Students at the University of South Florida.
Mildenberger spent 39 years as the Head Athletic Trainer at Utah State University. As a Senior Associate Athletics Director and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, he was responsible for the health of all of USU’s student-athletes, while also overseeing video operations, the strength and conditioning program, the equipment area and teaching and supervising the graduate athletic training program. He received numerous awards during his time at USU, including being inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 1994, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 1998 and being named to the inaugural Utah Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 2003. In addition, he was named the 2004 Utah Athletic Trainer of the Year and most recently received the 2014 American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Distinguished Trainer Award. In 2008, Utah State’s new sports medicine area located inside the Jim & Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex was named in his honor. Prior to coming to Utah State, Mildenberger was an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Arizona (1974-75), assistant athletic trainer at the United States Military Academy (1969-72) and the head athletic trainer for the Harlem Globetrotters (1969, 1973). A 1973 graduate of Colorado State, he earned a master’s degree from Arizona in 1975.
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