Shahala Hawkins, Alden Mann, Tamyra Mensah-Stock, Mary Williams and Jim Carlisle were all recognized at the ceremony – and they all introduced themselves, except for Carlisle who died in 2020 aged 65 .

Before the five were inducted into the HOH, the WBU took the time to present the Harley Redin Coach Award to Kathy Harston.

“I am so grateful to Flying Queen basketball and to this university. I love you all very much,” Harston said on Saturday morning.

Harston was one of the first members to be inducted into WBU’s Hall of Honor. She was part of the inaugural class in 1992.

Harston was a flying queen who went on to a successful 25-year coaching career. She helped lead Plainview High School to a 5A state championship in 1986-87. Her main stint was at the University of Texas at Austin, where she served as an assistant alongside Jody Conradt for 18 seasons.

Harston becomes the 11e recipient of the Harley Redin Coach award since it was first presented in 2000.

After Harston, every Hall of Honor member has come to accept their place among Wayland’s finest.

Traci Carlisle, Jim’s wife, was the first on stage to accept the award on his behalf.

“Wayland was his pride and his joy,” she said of her husband. “He was very proud of this university.

Jim Carlisle was a 1977 WBU graduate who later became a college athletic assistant. After coaching, Jim moved into on-track officiating. He has had the opportunity to officiate at the highest levels, including the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships, the BIG 12 and SEC championships as well as the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He was inducted into the National Officials Hall of Fame in 2016 and Texas Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2022.

Shahala Hawkins was the next to receive her award. Hawkins was a four-time All-American volleyball player for the Pioneers from 2012 to 2015. She was the Sooner Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year as well as a two-time SAC Hitter of the Year and MVP. She was also named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Tournament Team in 2013 in the WBU National Semi-Final. She still holds all the hitting and blocking records at Wayland.

She attributed the success she had to those around her.

“I trusted our teammates and Jim (Giacomazzi),” Hawkins noted.

Alden Mann was the first All-American for Pioneer Football since the school restarted its program in 2012. He was a two-time All-American in 2015 and 2016. He currently holds the school records in tackles in one single game (25), single season tackles (136) and career tackles (403). Mann was a three-time All-Central States Football League winner and CSFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.

“I never imagined I would be here,” he told the audience. “The trip was amazing. What makes every journey interesting are the ups and downs, especially the downs.

Wrestling champion Tamyra Mensah-Stock was next to take the stage. Some may know her from her Olympic gold medal win at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The win was the first for an African American woman since women’s wrestling was added in 2004. However, prior to the Olympics , Mensah-Stock was a two-time National Women’s Collegiate Association National Champion at Wayland in 2014 and 2017.

When she took the stage, she presented her plaque to her former coach, Johnny Cobb. She told him that the prize, “is the greatest prize I’ve had.” She added earlier that “I wouldn’t be here without your exhaustive diligence.”

The last class induction was Flying Queen Mary Williams. Williams broke the color barrier at WBU. The 1973 graduate was on two AAU Championship teams and four NWIT Championship teams. She was lucky enough to play on the USA Pan Am team and win the Roscoe Snyder Award as WBU’s top senior.

“I was lucky to be at Wayland,” Williams said. “They have been good to me. They welcomed me like I was part of the family, and when I left I still felt like part of the family.

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