Corey Beck, the 1994 National Team Championship at Arkansas University, is leading a 10-member class that will be inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in April.
Beck will be joined by football players Barry Foster, Matt Jones and Brad Taylor, athletic star Tyson Gay, athlete Basil Shabazz, baseball player Delores “Dolly” Brumfield White and coaches Paul Blair, Tommy Brasher and Tommy Tice.
The class will be honored on April 8 at the 64th Annual Opening Hall of the Sports Hall of Fame in Arkansas at 6:30 p.m. at the Wally Allen Ballroom at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
Beck, 50, played for the Razorbacks in 1992-95 and is in third place in the number of assists in the season (207 in 1994-95) and in his career (483). After being part of the Arkansas national team in 1994 and the second team in 1995, Beck continued to play in the NBA for the Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons.
Foster, 53, helped lead the Razorbacks at the Southwestern Conference Championships in 1988 and 1989, rushing to 1977 yards and 19 touchdowns in Arkansas, placing him sixth on the list of yards throughout the school’s career. In 1990, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the NFL draft and played in two Pro Bowls.
Gay, 39, was the first NCAA champion in Arkansas at the 100 meters, set a school record of 10.06 seconds in 2003 and helped lead the Razorbacks to the national championship. He participated in three Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016) and was a four-time US champion in the 100-meter run.
Jones, 38, of Van Buren, was a three-year-old starter in the Razorbacks (2002-04), led the Razorbacks in two consecutive seasons with nine wins, and in 2003 earned a nomination for the second All-SEC team. drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the NFL draft in 2005 and moved to a wide receiver, it recorded 166 catches at 2,153 yards and 15 touchdowns in four seasons. He also played for the university basketball team.
Shabazz, 50, was USA Today High School All-American and Gatorade National High School Footballer of the Year at Pine Bluff High School. He competed with the Zebras in four sports – football, baseball, basketball and athletics – and experienced his best football season in 1990 with 1,596 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns.
Taylor was a four-year-old correspondent in the Razorbacks quarterback for coaches Hol Holtz and Ken Hatfield from 1981-84. He ended his career with 4,802 yards and 23 touchdowns, two marks that still rank among the top 15 in the school record book.
Blair, who died of prostate cancer at the age of 57 in 2006, was the head coach and owner of the Arkansas Dolphins Swim Team swimming team and the head coach of the University of Arkansas Little Rock Women’s Swimming Program. He coached thousands of swimmers at all skill levels and continued to coach 25 world ranking swimmers, 25 age group champions, 6 Olympic swimmers and an Olympic gold medalist.
Brasher (81) from El Dorada was the defender of the Razorbacks team in 1961-63. He later coached at intermediate, high and professional levels and became a line of defense coach for six NFL teams (New England, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Seattle and Kansas City).
Tice, 69, recorded a record 289-160-6 in 42 seasons at Huntsville and Harrison High Schools and is currently the third most successful coach in the state’s history. During his career, Tice has won state championships and 13 conference championships and made it to the state semi-finals six times.
Brumfield White, who died at the age of 88 in 2020, played for seven years in the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League, which was the basis for the 1992 film “A League of Their Own.” She later worked as a teacher and coach for 40 years and was inducted into the Reddie Hall of Honor at Henderson State University in 1998.
Induction Banquet tickets are available at arksportshalloffame.com. Individual tickets are $ 150 and a 10-member table is $ 1,500.