July 11, 2013
Alice Falaiye, Ryan Harlan, Cristy McKinney, Jack Turpin, Stahle Vincent and the 2003 National Champion Rice baseball team, who left their marks on Rice Athletics history through team and individual achievements, will be inducted into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October 25. The class will then be honored on Saturday in conjunction with the Owls' football game against UTEP. There will be a tailgate prior to the contest and the class will also be introduced on the field during the game.
Along with the induction of the newest members of the Hall of Fame, the R Association will also honor O.J. Brigance, T. Jay Collins and David Gibbs with the Distinguished R Award, as well as present Mel and Susie Glasscock and Alan Shelby with the Honorary R Award.
Tickets and table sponsorship are available for the banquet, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Northwest-Brookhollow Hotel. Contact R Association Executive Director Jimmy Comerota at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-348-6915 for more information.
2013 Hall of Fame Inductees
Alice Falaiye - Women's Track & Field - 2003
The top long jumper in Rice University women's track and field history, Alice Falaiye attained athletic success both collegiately as well as competing for her native Canada. In her superlative career with the Owls, she earned all-America honors at the 2001 and '02 NCAA Indoor championship meets. Additionally, she was the NCAA runner up in the long jump at the 2002 NCAA outdoor championship and again garnered all-America accolades. She holds the program's long jump record in both indoor (21-4.25) and outdoor track (21-9) and won five conference titles (three indoor, two outdoor) in the event. She was the 2002 Fred J. and Florence Stancliff Award winner as the top Rice women's track and field athlete.
Falaiye found success on the national stage in her long career as well, winning gold medals at the 2003 Pan American Games as well as the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Ryan Harlan - Men's Track & Field - 2004
One of the most versatile athletes in Rice University men's track and field history, Ryan Harlan notched nine conference championships, three program records and the 2004 NCAA outdoor decathlon title. The Hewitt, Texas native swept the WAC Indoor Pentathlon competition all four years, including a program best 4,058 points at the 2003 conference meet. He also won an indoor league title in both the 55m and 60m hurdles and holds the Rice record in the 60m hurdles at 7.85 seconds. In outdoor WAC competition, Harlan won the Decathlon three times, culminating with his record 8,171 points in the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championship, which also brought all-America honors.
Harlan showed off his range as he ranks in the program's top five in the 110m outdoor hurdles (13.86) and high jump (7-0.5, which ranked third in school history at the time), and stands fourth in the javelin throw at 200-4. For his efforts, he won the 2011 and '02 Fred Walcott Award, honoring Rice's most versatile track athlete, the 2001 Fred J. and Florence Stancliff Award for top Rice track and field athlete and the 2004 Emmett Brunson Award, given to the most outstanding Rice senior track and field athlete.
On the national stage, Harlan finished 14th in the decathlon at the 2004 Olympic Trials. In 2011, he placed second in the decathlon at the USA Outdoor Championship.
Cristy McKinney - Women's Basketball Coach
Rice's all-time coaching wins leader, Cristy McKinney amassed a 216-138 record (61.0 winning percentage) from 1994-2005. In 2004-05, her final season at Rice, McKinney led the Owls to the Western Athletic Conference title and a 24-9 record, earning WAC Coach of the Year accolades. In all, McKinney led the Owls to six 20-win seasons, two NCAA Tournament appearances, four WNIT appearances and two WAC titles.
In 2001, Rice posted a win over sixth-ranked Louisiana Tech, which remains the highest-ranked opponent Rice has ever beaten. In 1999, McKinney led Rice to the second round of the NCAA tournament after upsetting fourth-seeded UCSB in the first round. McKinney also served on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Legislative Committee for two years, as well as the WBCA Kodak All-American Committee.
Prior to leading the Rice Owls, McKinney was an assistant coach at Western Kentucky University for nine seasons (1982-84, 1986-93). She helped the Lady Toppers make seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including three berths in the Sweet 16 and a runner-up finish in the 1992 National Championship.
Before going to WKU, McKinney was the head coach at the University of Montevallo from 1984-86, where she was named District Coach of the Year following the 1985-86 season.
McKinney is a 1979 graduate of NC State, where she played four seasons under Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer, Kay Yow. McKinney scored 1,359 points and grabbed 600 rebounds, and still holds the freshman scoring record for the Wolfpack. She shot 78.3 percent from the free throw line during her playing career and was a member of NC State's first ACC regular-season championship team.
Jack Turpin- Men's Tennis 1951
Jack A. Turpin burst on the Texas Tennis scene at age 12 and was one the state's premier junior tennis players before coming to Rice in 1949. He won the SWC Doubles title and National Junior Indoor Doubles Championship as well as earning All American honors in 1950. After earning a B.A. in 1951 and a B.S. in 1952, he joined Westinghouse Electric Corp. where he remained until founding Hall-Mark Electronics Corp. in 1962. Turpin sold Hall-Mark Electronics in 1981, but stayed on as chairman and CEO until 1993. He was inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame in 1989.
Stahle Vincent - Football - 1972
Stahle Vincent was never looking to be a trailblazer, only for the best offer to combine his desire to play football and earn his college degree. But in the fall of 1968, Vincent joined with 2011 Rice Hall of Famer Rodrigo Barnes and Mike Tyler as the first African-Americans to sign football scholarships at Rice. One year later, all three were in action with the varsity and Vincent earned the distinction of becoming the first African-American to play quarterback in the Southwest Conference. He completed 51% of his passes and threw for 556 yards while breaking during his historic sophomore season. He moved to running back in 1970 and went on to rush for 1,675 yards in his career, which ranks 14th in school history. He was the George Martin Award winner as the Owls MVP in 1971 while earning All SWC and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The 2003 National Champion Baseball Team
Rice's 2003 baseball team is the first to be inducted as the full team - a special honor for what has become the most special of groups. From its beginnings in 1913 until 1995 Rice baseball had never won a conference championship, let alone even participated in the NCAA playoffs. But new head Wayne Graham soon made those previously unachievable goals the norm, winning its first SWC title in 1996 and reaching the College World Series for the first time the following year. By 2003, reaching Omaha was no longer a singular accomplishment, and a veteran team was poised to take the program to its ultimate height. With players such as starting pitcher Philip Humber, Vincent Sinisi at first base, shortstop Paul Janish, outfielders Chris Kolkhorst and Austin Davis and catchers Justin Ruchti and Jeff Blackinton returning from a College World Series appearance in 2002, Rice was primed for another run at Omaha. A 30-game winning streak during the year served notice to the nation and a sterling pitching staff led by Philip Humber, Jeff Niemann and Wade Townsend gave opponents. An opening win over Missouri State and a pair of wins over Texas placed the Owls with Stanford in the new best-of-three final format. Kolkhorst's highlight reel catch against the leftfield wall in game one would help spark a dramatic 4-3 win in 10 innings. After the Cardinal bounced back with an 8-3 decision in game two, Rice put it all together with pitching hitting and defense to claim a 14-2 win and the school's first national championship. Philip Humber was brilliant with a complete game victory while the offense banged out 14 hits. The school's first national championship team proved that Rice Athletics can, and will continue, to compete at the highest level and to be the best.
2013 Hall of Fame honorees
A two-time All-Southwest Conference linebacker for the Owls who remains the school's career leader in tackles, Brigance was a team leader on the field and in campus as an Owl and later in both his professional playing career and post-playing career. Most recently, his inspirational fight against ALS while continuing in his front office role with the Baltimore Ravens was cited by the team as a key factor its drive to a second Super Bowl title in 2013.
Despite his accomplishments at Rice, Brigance was undrafted after college and began his pro career in the Canadian Football League where he quickly became a standout and won a Grey Cup Championship with the Baltimore Stallions in 1995. He eventually earned his chance in the NFL, making his debut with the Miami Dolphins in 1996. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001 and earned a Super Bowl ring when the team won Super Bowl XXXV. Two years later he retired as a player and joined the Raven's front office as Director of Player Development and was twice honored by the NFL for his programs to help fellow players with all aspects of managing their career and post-career plans. When he was diagnosed with ALS, Brigance immediately set out to work on research and a cure for the disease, partnering with the Johns Hopkins University Packard Center for ALS Research and becoming their ALS ambassador. He also established his own foundation, the Brigance Brigade Fund brigancebrigade.org), which raises awareness and money for ALS research and patient services. He was honored by Rice University as one of its 2012 Distinguished Alumni as part of the 2012 Association of Rice Alumni 2012 Laureates Dinner.
T. Jay Collins
An All-SWC selection and co-captain for the Owls in 1967, Collins received his Masters in Chemical Engineering from Rice in 1969 then went on to earn his MBA from Harvard in 1972, He entered the business world and rose to become President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Board of Oceaneering International. He is a member of the Rice Board of Trustees and has been a leader in efforts for upgrades to Rice Stadium, including a recent gift that has seen an upgrade in the current weight room, video operations, training room and locker facilities.
A 1970 graduate of Rice University, he is a former Men's Basketball player and current President of David K Gibbs Incorporated. Mr. Gibbs has played a vital role in recent Rice University Athletics efforts and is active on the R Association Board of Directors. Among his many contributions to the Rice community is the Barbara & David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center, which opened in 2009.
Mel & Susie Glasscock
Mel '61 and Susie '62 Glasscock have been actively involved in the Rice University community for many years. Mel earned his BSME from Texas A&M in 1959 and his MS in Mechanical Engineering at Rice in 1961. He is now the President and CEO of petrochemical marketing company, Texas Aromatics. Susie graduated from Rice (Jones College) with a B.A. in Economics in 1962. Mrs. Glasscock has served on the Rice University Board of Trustees and co-chaired the Centennial Campaign. In 2006 the school of Continuing Studies was renamed the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
The graduate of University of Pennsylvania began attending Rice baseball games with friends. On July 22, 2006, he wrote his first Rice Update email. The email was sent to five people and intended to help keep his friends up to date on the Owls Baseball Players playing professional baseball. The (RUBPA) email is now sent daily to 1250 people and covers all happenings of Rice University.