Burleson Headlines 2012 Wolf Pack Hall of Fame Class

By: Nevada Email
By: Nevada Email

RENO, Nev. — Former Wolf Pack stars Jennifer Ashcroft, Nate Burleson, Tracey King, Mike Maxwell, Don Price and Angie Yoon will be inducted into the University of Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame in October.

"This year's Hall of Fame class is one of the most talented and diverse classes we have inducted and features six former student-athletes who performed at the highest level individually and as members of Wolf Pack championship teams,” Wolf Pack Director of Athletics Cary Groth said. “All-American and Academic All-American Jennifer Ashcroft was a three-time conference champion in the pole vault, while All-American Nate Burleson is one of the most prolific wide receivers in school history and has gone on to a successful career in the NFL. Tracey King holds the school record for career victories and is the first women’s tennis student-athlete to be inducted into our Hall of Fame, and quarterback Mike Maxwell was the 2004 Big West Offensive Player of the Year and helped the Wolf Pack to a pair of conference titles in his time at Nevada. Don Price was an All-American who led the Nevada baseball team to three NCAA Regional appearances and Big West Conference championships, while Angie Yoon was a two-time Big West Golfer of the Year who led the Wolf Pack to the first NCAA Regional appearance in school history.”

2012 Nevada Hall of Fame Inductees

Jennifer Ashcroft – Track & Field (1999-2002)
Jennifer Ashcroft earned first-team All-America and all-conference honors in the pole vault in 2000 and 2002. She was a three-time conference champion in the pole vault, winning the Big West title in 2000 and WAC championships in 2001 and 2002. Ashcroft set the school record with a vault of 13’ 1 ½” in 2002 and helped the Wolf Pack to the Big West championship in 2000 and second-place finishes at the WAC championships in 2001 and 2002. A three-time academic all-conference selection, she also earned Academic All-America honors in 2000 and was the state of Nevada winner for the 2002 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Ashcroft won Nevada’s Ruth Russell Award as the Wolf Pack’s top senior student-athlete in 2002 and qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials.

Nate Burleson – Football (1999-2002)
Nate Burleson earned All-America honors at wide receiver in 2002 from the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Sporting News and CNN/SI. He also earned first-team All-WAC honors and won Nevada’s Golden Helmet Award as team MVP in 2002 after setting the school record with 138 receptions that year. The Wolf Pack’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2000, he ranks third in career receptions with 248 and fourth in career receiving yards with 3,287 and also checks in at third in single-season receiving yards with 1,629 in 2002 and sixth in career receiving touchdowns with 22. Burleson has gone on to have a standout career in the NFL with Minnesota, Seattle and Detroit and founded the Nate Burleson C.A.T.C.H Foundation is to reach and teach children and their families by providing them with educational tools to succeed as well as enriching their lives by showing them how to care for others, themselves and their future.

Tracey King – Women’s Tennis (1988-92)
Tracey King becomes the first women’s tennis student-athlete to be inducted into the Wolf Pack Athletics Hall of Fame. A four-time first-team All-Big Sky Conference selection, she still holds Nevada’s school record for career victories with 83. She also holds the school mark for single-season victories with 24 wins in 1990-91 and is also third with 22 in 1991-92. King led the Wolf Pack to the 1992 Big Sky championship, the first Big Sky title for any women’s team at Nevada, and won three conference singles titles and one doubles championship. An academic honoree, King was also the state of Nevada winner for the NCAA’s prestigious Woman of the Year award in 1992.

Mike Maxwell – Football (1993-95)
Quarterback Mike Maxwell was named the 1994 Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year. An All-Big West honoree in 1994 and 1995, he helped the Wolf Pack to conference championships in each of his last two years. He won Nevada’s Golden Helmet (MVP) award in 1994 and the team’s Offensive Player of the Year award in 1995 and appears in the Wolf Pack career, season and single-game lists 35 times, most notably ranking seventh in career total offense (7,129), sixth in career passing yards (7,256), fourth in career passing touchdowns (62), sixth in career completions (560) and seventh in career passing attempts (881). Maxwell tied fellow Hall of Fame inductee Chris Vargas’ single-game mark for touchdowns twice with seven TD strikes in games against UNLV and Louisiana-Monroe in 1995, while his 33 TD passes in 1995 rank second all time at Nevada.

Don Price – Baseball (1997-00)
Don Price earned All-America honors from Louisville Slugger in 1999. He earned first-team All-Big West Conference honors in 1999 and 2000 and was second-team selection in 1998. One of the greatest power hitters in school history, he ranks second in school history with 59 career home runs and fourth with 215 career runs batted in. He hit 27 homers with 89 RBI in his best season as a junior (both marks second in the Wolf Pack record book) and had a career batting average of .344. Price appears in the Wolf Pack recordbook eight times and played on three NCAA Regional and Big West Conference championship teams (1997, 1999, 2000).

Angie Yoon – Women’s Golf (1997-2001)
Angie Yoon was named the Big West Golfer of the Year in 1999 as a sophomore and 2000 as a junior. The winner of nine tournaments in her collegiate career, she helped lead the Wolf Pack to the first NCAA Regional appearance in program history in 2001. A four-time all-conference selection (three times in the Big West and once in the WAC), she turned in three top five finishes at the Big West Championships with her best finish being a runner-up showing in 1999. Yoon was featured in Sports Illustrated after winning four consecutive tournaments in the fall of 1999. She also made an NCAA Regional appearance as an individual in 2000 and was selected to play in the Golf Coaches Association of America U.S.-Japan Matches and the U.S.-Ireland Matches.

Including this year’s six honorees, 165 individuals and two teams have been selected for induction in the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame in since its inception in 1973. Plaques honoring each inductee can be found in the Hall of Fame Room at Legacy Hall, which is open to the public during business hours.

The group will be inducted into Nevada's Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 19 at the Hall of Fame Dinner at the Silver Legacy. They will also be recognized at halftime of the Hall of Fame football game against San Diego State on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Mackay Stadium.


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