A group of 11 former student-athletes at Missouri S&T as well as four others with ties to the university’s athletic program were inducted into the Academy of Miner Athletics on Friday, Oct. 12.
The academy recognizes alumni who have brought honor to the university’s athletic department through their accomplishments on the playing field, in their careers and through community leadership. Academy members support the department through coordinated gifts of time, experience and money. The Academy of Miner Athletics was founded in October 2011 with its first induction class of 33 individuals.
New members are listed below:
Wendell “Buddy” Barnes, works in private practice with NWH Americas in Houston, Texas, after a 21-year career in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering management from Missouri S&T in 1973. Barnes was a member of the Miner golf team, receiving the team’s outstanding player award during his career.
Dr. Kim Colter, is a physician in Washington, Mo., and co-founder of Family Health Care, now a division of Mercy Clinic. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1973. Colter was a captain on the Miner football team who earned Academic All-America honors and received an NCAA post-graduate scholarship in 1972. He was inducted into the Miner Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.
Lafayette Gatewood, is an educator and football coach at University City High School in University City, Mo. He earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Missouri S&T in 1988. Gatewood played football for the Miners and was part of the 1983 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship team.
Greg Haug, owns Resource Enterprises, an environmental engineering company in Jefferson City, Mo. He earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1976. Haug finished his career on the Miner football team holding several school records from the quarterback position and was named quarterback on the MSM/UMR Centennial Team in 1993. Haug was inducted into the Miner Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Diana Newman, is vice president of business processes for Perfect Output in Kansas City, Mo. She earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering management in 1984. Newman was a member of the Lady Miner basketball and softball programs, earning the team’s most valuable player honor in 1983 after ranking among the conference leaders in several offensive categories.
Chris Nisbet, is the project director for educational and commercial projects for McCarthy Building Co. in St. Louis. He earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering management in 1984 and played quarterback or the football team and catcher for the baseball team; he earned all-MIAA honors in both sports.
Mike Noble, is a plant manager for General Mills Inc.’s yogurt factory in Carson, Calif. He earned a bachelor of science degree in physics in 1991 and was a four-year starter on the Miner football team. He also competed for a season in track and field. Noble went into the Air Force Academy following graduation as a second lieutenant and spent six years as an aircraft maintenance officer in the Air Force.
Larry Oliver, is part of the project management team involved in the expansion and upgrade of the Ina Road Wastewater Reclamation Facility in Tucson, Ariz. Oliver earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering in 1970 and 1976, and a master of science in engineering management in 1983, all from Missouri S&T. He starred on the football field and set numerous records as a wide receiver. He captained the 1969 football team that is in the Miner Athletic Hall of Fame and was inducted as an individual in 1988.
Roddy Rogers, is manager of water treatment and supply for the City Utilities in Springfield, Mo., for a system that services more than 250,000 people. He earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1981 and 1983, respectively, and earned a master of science degree in engineering management from Missouri S&T in 1990. Rogers was a defensive back on the Miner football team and was part of the undefeated 1980 squad, while also competing for the track & field team as an all-conference competitor in the sprints and relays.
Tim Swinfard, who currently serves as the chief executive officer of the Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers in Jefferson City, Mo., which represents 31 not-for-profit agencies in the state. He earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology in 1990 after competing for the Miner cross country and track & field programs as a distance runner. During his playing career, Swinfard set school records in the 3,000-, 5,000- and 10,000-meter events and qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships in the 10,000 meters.
Darrin Talley, the vice president for marketing and technology for ExxonMobil Corp.’s fuels, lubes and specialties company in Vienna, Va. He earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1988. On the football field, he was an all-conference defensive lineman and two-year co-captain for the Miners and played on the 1983 team that won the MIAA championship.
The four honorary members are:
Dewey Allgood, a retired coach from the university who spent 40 years on the staff coaching with the Miner football, basketball, golf, track & field and cross country programs. He also served as the assistant director of athletics, director of intramurals, department chair for physical education and faculty advisor to the M-Club. Allgood was inducted into the Miner Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996 and as part of a coaching staff of three teams that have also gone into the Hall.
Jerry Bayless, an associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, who earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering from S&T in 1959 and 1962, respectively. He has spent 53 years as a member of the faculty as an instructor, academic advisor and student organization advisor, while also serving as treasurer of the Miner Booster Club.
Roger Dorf, who earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1965 and is retired from Cisco Systems after a 40-yard career as an executive and engineer. He served as president and chief executive officer of Navini Networks before Cisco acquired the company in 2007. Dorf and his wife, Sandy, made a substantial gift to Missouri S&T to help with the construction of the S&T Fitness Center and renovation of the varsity weight and fitness facilities for the intercollegiate athletics program in 2009.
Sarah Moore, who currently serves as the assistant director of athletics, senior woman’s administrator and department chair in physical education and a 34-year member of the S&T staff. Moore has served as a coach for the university’s softball, cross country, women’s track & field and women’s tennis programs and has also served as an advisor for M-Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has also served on the NCAA Track & Field Committee and is a recipient of the NCAA Division II Cross Country Coaches Association’s Distinguished Service Award.