HSU Athletics Hall of Fame names new inductees


ABILENE, TX - Hardin-Simmons University Athletics Hall of Fame Committee has selected four former athletes and/or coaches for induction into the Hall of Fame during a Homecoming ceremony on Oct. 15.

Shanna Briggs, Larry Fryer, Jim Nelson and Alan Wartes will all be inducted this year.

Briggs was a standout basketball player and later returned to a successful stint as the head coach of the Cowgirls. Fryer was a standout golfer in the early 1960's that won 17 tournaments. Nelson led the Cowboy basketball team to a conference title as a senior in 1993 and is among the HSU leaders in rebounds and blocked shots. Wartes was the architect of the high-scoring HSU offenses for 21 years after helping bring football back to the Forty Acres.

The following is a brief biographical sketch of each inductee.


COACH - 2002-2013

Shanna Briggs was a three-time all-conference selection, including first-team honors in 1994 and 1995. She was an honorable mention All-American in 1995 and was three times an Academic All-Conference selection. Her teams won three conference titles at HSU and she played in two NAIA National tournaments (1994 and 1995). Brigg scored 1,365 points to rank sixth on the career scoring list and is the school's all-time leader in points scored in a season with 576.

Briggs coached at Hardin-Simmons University from 2002-2013. She left the school as the all-time leader in coaching wins for women's basketball with a record of 224-76. She led the Cowgirls to the NCAA Final Four, the NCAA Elite Eight two times, the NCAA Sweet 16 three times and won two American Southwest Conference titles and four ASC West Division titles.


Larry Fryer was a four-year letterman and a mainstay on the golf team during his tenure at Hardin-Simmons. He was a member of the 1961 team that set the all-time school record for competition for a single round with a 19-under par, 265. He carded a six-under par 65. He was also a member of the last team to compete in the Border Conference. In 1962, Larry won the Texas Independent College Tournament held in Stephenville, Texas. In 1963, he set the individual record at the Abilene Inter-Collegiate Invitational Tournament by winning the medalist crown with a score of 17 under par. In 1963, Fryer placed second in the national small college division of the NCAA Tournament in Springfield, Missouri. During the four years at Hardin-Simmons, Fryer won 17 amateur tournaments throughout Oklahoma and Texas.

In 1967, Larry won the South Central Section PGA Tournament. He played the PGA Tour for the rest of 1967 and 1968. He also qualified to play in the National PGA Tournament in 1968. Fryer returned to Quail Creek in 1969 for a short stint before accepting the head professional position at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas, Texas.

In 1981, Fryer returned to Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City to become the head professional and director of golf. During his tenure at Quail Creek he was the host professional for four Senior PGA Tour events, the 1987-88-89-90, Silver Pages Classic. One of Fryers proudest accomplishments was in 1995 when he brought the Senior PGA Tour members back to Oklahoma City for the Heartland Pro Am at Quail Creek Country Club. The mission was to raise funds to help rebuild the YMCA Day Care Center that was destroyed in the Alfred P. Murrah federal building bombing.

Retiring from the golf business in 1999, Larry continues to compete in local South Central Section senior events. He is lifetime member of the PGA, and is proud to celebrate his 48th year as a member of the PGA.

In 2005, Larry was voted into the Senior Hall of Fame for the South Central Section PGA. In 2011, he was honored at a Legend's Pro Am in recognition for his dedication and contributions to the game of golf in North Texas and Oklahoma.


Jim Nelson played for Coach Kenneth Cleveland at Dimmitt High School, leading the team to the State semifinals three consecutive years.

Nelson led both the TIAA and NAIA District VIII in rebounding in 1991-92 with a 10.6 per game average, good for tenth in the nation. He also averaged 13.4 points and blocked 39 shots while earning first team All-Conference and All-District honors. He scored 25 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in a win at Huston-Tillotson. As a sophomore in 1990-91, he led the TIAA in rebounding with an 11.6 average and also averaged 10.6 points. He was a walk-on member of the Cowboys as a freshman, the last season HSU was a member of NCAA Division I. Nelson was a co-captain his junior and senior year.

Nelson's senior year ended with a conference championship, 23 wins and 6 losses which were an all-time school record for wins in basketball. Nelson was the leading rebounder with 322 rebounds which also led the conference. Nelson was also the conference leader with 51 blocked shots and was named All-Conference.

After graduating from Hardin-Simmons, Nelson received his graduate degree from Southwest Texas State in 1997. He was a research assistant at Colorado State University from 1998-2002 and spent four years as an Agronomist for the USDA-ARS in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since 2006 he has been a scientist at the University of Kentucky with a specialty in Plant Ecology. He has co-authored several books and numerous journal articles.


In 21 seasons with Hardin-Simmons, Alan Wartes and his offense established itself as one of the elite in the nation. He was instrumental in building the program in 1990 and sent teams to the national playoffs 11 times. Two of his teams advanced to the national semifinals in 1993 and 2000.

The Cowboys were in the top 20 in the nation in offense 12 times and on three different occasions led the nation in offense. Coaches from all levels of play take pages out of his HSU playbook and his Air-it-Out passing camps impacted thousands of young men every summer.

His HSU quarterbacks threw 464 touchdown passes and for more than 54,000 yards. Wartes coached four All-American quarterbacks; Tom Enloe, Kevin Beam, Todd Baumann and Dustin Proctor, as well as 10 All-American receivers.

He coached 152 offensive players to all-conference honors at HSU, including nine ASC or TIAA Players of the year.

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