The Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame committee, Athletic Director Lonn Reisman, and the 15th President of Tarleton State University Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio have announced the next class of former Tarleton standouts to take their rightful place within the Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame.
The class of 2018 will consist of five individuals and a twin sister tandem going in as one from across six different sports - three men's and three women's - and grow Tarleton's Hall of Fame to 168 members. The five individuals being inducted this May will including Tab Felts (Track and Field), Danny Jones (Men's Basketball), Misty Garvin-Wilson (Women's Basketball), Steve Kelly (Football), and Sharon Lister (Women's Volleyball). Tarleton will also induct Gracie and Marcie Villa as its first-ever twin sister tandem for their efforts in establishing the TexAnn Softball program into a conference and regional power in the early 2000s.
Tab Felts enters the Tarleton Athletics as one of the greatest vaulters in the history of Texan Track and Field under former head coach Joe Gillespie. He is the 29th member of the Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame to have competed in track and field and the 27th individual for track and field in the hall of fame.
A native of Pettus, Felts starred for Gillespie's track and field unit from 1979-82 as a four-time conference champion pole vaulter. Over that span, he set four different school records and became the first Texan in school history to clear 16-feet - a record that stood proud from 1982 until 2005. He was a four-time national qualifiers in pole vault and had one top-10 finish at the NAIA national championships.
He was a three-time Tarleton MVP in the field while also earning two conference silver medals in triple jump (1981-82) and one conference bronze medal in the triple jump in 1980. Felts will enter the hall of fame as the 163rd member.
The 164th member of the Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame is a unique entry as the current head coach of TexAnn Basketball was voted into the school's highest athletic honors solely for her career as a student-athlete. Misty Garvin-Wilson will become the 17thmember and the 16th individual of the hall of fame to don the purple and white for the women's basketball team.
Garvin-Wilson proved to be the first true star of TexAnn Basketball in the brand-new NCAA era as she helped transition the TexAnns from a TIAA powerhouse into the new age. She led the TexAnns to 43 wins in four seasons, including the TexAnns' first Lone Star Conference Tournament appearance in 2002.
After showcasing her abilities in a pick-up practice against the scholarship players, Garvin-Wilson earned a spot on the roster for head coach Tammy Moorhead. She was a three-time Tarleton MVP selection and earned all-Lone Star Conference acclaim in 2001 and 2002, as well as all-region honors in 2001.
As a player, Garvin-Wilson goes into the hall of fame ranked in the top 15 in 13 different statistical career categories in TexAnn history including top 10 in eight different categories. She boasts the second-most steals in Tarleton history with 326 and third-most free throws made (433) and attempted (545). She averaged 13.9 points per game over her four-year career, which is ninth-most all-time at the time of her induction.
A star on the hardwood for Texan Basketball's first-ever NCAA regional tournament team will have his name etched into Tarleton history as Danny Jones becomes the 165th member of the Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame.
Jones played two seasons for head coach Lonn Reisman from 2001-03 and led the Texans to 54 wins and an .818 winning percentage. With Jones at the center of the success, Tarleton boasted back-to-back Lone Star Conference Division championships, the first two 20-win seasons as an NCAA school, and the first national rankings in program history. Tarleton made its debut at No. 1 in the nation during Jones' senior season in 2003.
He was a two-time LSC Division Player of the Year, first-team All-LSC, Daktronics all-region first team, NABC all-region first team, and was named to seven different All-America teams. In 2002, he earned All-America acclaim from CoSIDA second-team, NABC third-team, D2 Bulletin, and Basketball Times. He followed up in 2003 with NABC second team, CoSIDA third team, and Basketball Times honors.
At the time of induction, Jones holds the school's single-game record for defensive rebounds in a game with 16 on February 21, 2002. He ranks in the top five of four different single-season statistical categories, including second and fourth-most rebounds (416 in 2002; 364 in 2003) and third and fourth-most double-doubles (22 in 2002; 21 in 2003). He will also be inducted as the school's all-time career leader in double-doubles (43), No. 4 all-time in rebounds (780), and No. 10 all-time in steals (72).
The first quarterback to lead Tarleton onto the field for an NCAA playoff game, Steve Kelly will become the 166th member of the Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame and the 73rd member from Texan Football. He will be the 71st individual in the hall of fame from football, joining 70 previous individuals and the 1977 and 1978 teams.
Kelly came to Tarleton in 1999 and would go on to lead the Texans to 21 wins in three seasons, including their first winning season and first national playoff appearance as an NCAA school. In his senior season, Kelly led the Texans to a 10-3 record, including an 8-1 mark in the Lone Star Conference, to secure the school's first LSC championship. They went on to defeat Chadron State in the opening round of the NCAA playoffs.
He was a 2001 Honorable Mention All-American, a two-time All-LSC first team, two-time LSC Offensive Back of the Year, and the 2001-02 LSC Male Athlete of the Year. He finished his career with 8,203 yards on 622-of-1136 passing with 51 touchdowns. He will go into the hall of fame ranked No. 1 in total offense (8,621), passing attempts (1,136), and passing yards (8,203). He'll also enter ranked in the top five all-time in passing touchdowns (51) and passing yards per game (234.4) over a career.
Sharon Lister will become the 167th member of the Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame and the sixth member to have competed in volleyball for the TexAnns.
Lister led the TexAnns to 49 wins over her career, including the TexAnns' first-ever winning season as an NCAA program with a 17-13 record in 1999. She was a three-time All-LSC selection, two-time academic All-LSC, and a two-time Tarleton Defensive MVP. She was also a member of the LSC Commissioner's Honor Roll in 1998 and graduated Cum Laude.
She was the first player in school history to record at least 1,000 career kills and 1,00 digs and is one of only four players at the time of her induction to reach that mark. At the time of her induction, Lister will be ranked in the top six of four different statistical categories, including attacks (4,176), kills (1,422), digs (1,463), and sets played.
The final inductee of the class of 2018 is another unique one as the first set of twin sisters will go into the Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame as one member (like track and field relay teams and other team inductions), becoming the 168th member and the fourth to have competed in softball.
Marcie and Gracie Villa came to Tarleton in 2000 and led the youngest athletic program to its first back-to-back 30-win seasons and 70 wins in their career. The duo led the TexAnns to an LSC South Division Championship in 2000.
Marcie was a two-time All-LSC second team selection and a member of the 2001 LSC All-Tournament team while Gracie was a two-time All-LSC first team honoree, an NFCA all-region selection, and Tarleton's second-ever NFCA All-American. At the time of their induction, Gracie is ranked in the top 10 all-time in slugging percentage (.612), on-base percentage (.405), home runs (20), and batting average (.332).
Tarleton's annual Hall of Fame induction weekend is scheduled for May 4-5 in Stephenville. The induction ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. in the Thompson Student Center Grand Ballroom on Saturday, May 5.