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BOISE STATE ANNOUNCES INDUCTEES FOR ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

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            BOISE, Idaho Men’s basketball player Robert Bergersen, gymnast Johnna Evans, track and field star Abigail Ferguson, quarterback Bart Hendricks, former University President Dr. John Keiser, men’s tennis player Wesley Moodie, track and field Olympian Jarred Rome and national champion wrestler Kirk White are the newest members of the Boise State University Athletic Hall of Fame, as announced by Director of Athletics Gene Bleymaier.

            These eight individuals will be officially inducted on September 26 (Wednesday) during ceremonies to be held at the Boise Centre on the Grove.  This year’s class brings the total members of the athletic hall of fame to 86.

            Bergersen played for the Bronco men’s basketball team from 1996-99 and was named the 1999 Big West Conference Player of the Year.  He is a two-time first team All-Big West selection at forward, and was also named to the 1999 first team all-district team.  Bergersen averaged 17.3 points per game during his three seasons at Boise State.  Following his senior season, where he averaged 22.2 points per game, Bergersen was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks.  He is currently playing professional basketball in Europe.

            A member of the women’s gymnastics’ team from 1994-98, Evans earned second team All-America honors her senior season after placing 13th at the NCAA National Championships in the all-around.  Evans walked on the team in 1994 and went on to be named the Big West Conference Gymnast of the Year in 1996 and 1998.  She also excelled in the classroom three times earning academic All-Big West and National Coaches Association National Scholar Athlete honors.  In 1998 she was named the state of Idaho’s NCAA Woman of the Year, and was a recipient of a NCAA post-graduate scholarship. 

            Ferguson is a 10-time track and field conference champion competing for the Broncos from 1994-97.  Six of her individual championships came when Boise State was a member of the Big Sky Conference, with the other three in the Big West Conference.  Ferguson won seven triple jump crowns, two in the long jump and one as a member of Boise State’s 4x100-meter relay team.  In 1997 she earned NCAA All-America honors when she placed eighth in the triple jump at the outdoor championships. 

            Hendricks is one of the top quarterbacks in Boise State history.  A finalist for the 2000 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Hendricks was a two-time Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year winning the award in 1999 and 2000.  As a senior, he was the top quarterback in the country leading the nation in passing efficiency with a rating of 170.6, touchdown passes with 35 and points responsible for averaging 22.9 per-game.  He completed his Bronco career completing 650-of-1,142 passes for 9,030 yards, 78 touchdowns and an efficiency rating of 139.0.

            Dr. Keiser served as President of Boise State from 1978 to 1991.  Some of the key events during his career leading the University were the Broncos’ 1980 NCAA I-AA National Football Championship, the school’s only two Rhodes Scholars and arranging the complex financial package that funded the BSU Pavilion (now Taco Bell Arena) which opened in 1982.  In the spring of 1991, Dr. Keiser began exploring the possibility of moving the Bronco athletic program to NCAA I-A football.  That event happened in 1996 when Boise State joined the Big West Conference and played its first season of I-A football. 

            Dr. Keiser, who retired from his position as President of Southwest Missouri State University in 2005, is the third former Boise State president to be inducted into the athletic hall of fame.  Dr. Eugene Chaffee, president from 1936-67, was inducted in 1984, and Dr. John Barnes, who served as president from 1967-77, was inducted in 1988.

            Moodie was an outstanding doubles player for the men’s tennis team from 1998-2000.  Moodie and his playing partner Leif Meineke earned NCAA All-America honors in both of his seasons at Boise State.  In 1999 the twosome tied for third, and finished eighth in 2000.  He was a two-time first team All-Big West performer and helped the Broncos to league team championships in 1999 and 2000.  Since his Bronco playing career ended, Moodie has played on the professional tour and in the summer of 2005 won the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Doubles Championship.

            A six-time NCAA All-American in the shot put and discus, the most by any Bronco track and field athlete, Rome is currently one of the top discus throwers in the World.  He earned his All-America awards from 1997 to 2000 winning three each in both events.  Rome is also a three-time Big West champion in the discus.  In 2004, Rome was the national champion in the discus and qualified for the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece where he placed 14th in the preliminary round.  He is currently ranked fourth in the world in the discus.

            White is one of only five Boise State student-athletes to win an individual NCAA National Championship.  Competing at the 1999 NCAA National Championships, White became the first Bronco to win a national title in wrestling when he captured the 165 pound weight class.  Winning the title as a sophomore, White went on to win two more NCAA All-America awards, the most of any Bronco wrestler in school history.  His career record at Boise State was 114-21 (84.4%), including a 38-1 (97.4%) mark during his championship season of 1999.  An assistant coach for the Broncos, White continues to wrestle freestyle and won silver medals at the 2003 and 2004 Pan American Games.