The SMU Athletic Department, in conjunction with the SMU Lettermen’s Association, has announced the newest class of its Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2011 inductees – Craig James, Gene Phillips, Lisa Cole Zimmerman, Luchi Gonzalez, Tommy Bowers Sr. and A.R. Barr – will be honored at a dinner and induction ceremony on Friday, May 6, at the Hilton Anatole.
A brief listing of the class and their accomplishments:
Craig James (1982) – SMU’s third all-time leading rusher (3,743 yards) led the Mustangs to the Southwest Conference (SWC) Championships during the 1981 and 1982 seasons. The three-time All-SWC selection teamed with Eric Dickerson to form the “Pony Express” backfield forming one of the best running back tandems in NCAA football history. The NFL Pro-Bowler was drafted by the New England Patriots and played in the 1985 Super Bowl with the team.
Gene Phillips (1971) – Ranks second in program history with 1,932 career points. Phillips averaged 26.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during his three-season career on the Hilltop. The three-time SWC Player of the Year was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1971 NBA Draft and played two seasons with the ABA’s Dallas Chaparrals.
Lisa Cole Zimmerman (1990) – The 1990 All-American led the team in goals for four straight seasons (1987-90). Cole-Zimmerman scored 34 goals and 24 assists, both single-season highs, during her freshman season. Cole-Zimmerman is SMU’s all-time leading career scorer with 101 goals and 44 assists.
Luchi Gonzalez (2001) – The 2001 winner of the Hermann Trophy, which is presented to the nation’s top men’s soccer player, Gonzalez ranks third in program history with 128 career points. The NCSAA First-Team All-American helped lead the Mustangs to regular season conference championships in each of his years at SMU. Gonzalez ranks fourth all-time in career totals of goals (48) and assists (32).
Tommy Bowers Sr. (1955) – The only baseball player in program history to be named as an All-American, Bowers helped lead SMU to its only share of a league title by tying with Texas for the SWC title in 1953. The three-time all-conference selection played professionally with the Dallas Eagles and was honored as the Texas League Pitcher of the Year in 1957.
Alfred R. “Red” Barr (1971) – As the head coach for SMU swimming from 1947 to 1971, Barr coached his teams to 17 SWC Championships. Barr, who coached fifty All-American swimmers and divers, had SMU’s pool named in his honor. The 1971 Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy recipient coached two Olympians during his career.
The dinner and induction ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Tickets are available for $200; tables of 10 are available for $1,500. Buy tickets online or call 214-768-4314.