Hardin-Simmons’ Athletic’s Hall of Fame selection committee has announced its 2013 induction class and the three honorees and one team will be honored at a ceremony on Oct. 12 as part of HSU’s homecoming.
Women’s basketball player Kendra Anderson Hassell, football player Todd Baumann and volleyball coach Jan Briggs along with the 2010 NCAA Champion women’s soccer team have been selected for induction.
Women’s Basketball 2000-03
Hassell, who played basketball at the school from 2000 to 2003 is the most decorated student-athlete in the Division III era of Hardin-Simmons Athletics. She was a two-time Kodak first-team all-American, Verizon Academic All-American and American Southwest Conference female athlete of the year. She was also named ASC and South region player of the year in 2001, 2002 and 2003. She received the 2003 NCAA Texas Woman of the Year honors and was selected to the D3hoops.com all-decade Team in 2007.
Anderson completed her career at HSU ranked second all-time in points scored (1,759) averaging 15.6 points per game. She is the all-time leader in field goals attempted and is tied for the lead with field goals made in a career. She also finished third all-time in rebounds.
In her final season with the Cowgirls she helped lead the team to a conference championship and a 27-1 record as the team advanced to the Sweet 16. HSU was ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of the second semester. Anderson averaged 20.1 points and 10.0 rebounds in her senior campaign. She played in the Women’s Basketball Coaches all-star game in Atlanta against the top Division I players in the nation.
She is the all-time leader in field goals made in a season with 217. In 2002, she scored 38 points against Howard Payne which is tied for the most points in a game for the Division III era. In her four years, the Cowgirls posted a record of 104-11 and claimed four ASC championships. She was named the ASC tournament MVP all four seasons.
Anderson was recently named as the assistant coach at Abilene Christian University where she will work with her former coach Julie Goodenough.
Todd Baumann was the quarterback of the Cowboy offense in 1995 and 1996 when he was named to the NAIA Division II All America team. Both years, he was also named the American Southwest Conference Offensive Most Valuable Player. He was also a two time Academic All American. As a senior he passed for close to 3,000 yards and 23 touchdowns.
He brought national recognition to the school as he was named a Burger King Scholar Athlete. The fast food chain presented Baumann with a special trophy and donated to the school a check for $10,000. Baumann helped lead the Cowboys to wins over three scholarship schools (Prairie View, Mississippi College and Midwestern) as they shared the ASC championship with Sul Ross State. After graduation, Baumann played professionally in Europe before beginning dental school.
Baumann finished his career fourth all- time passing with over 5,000 yards in his career and is fifth all time in total offense (198.2 yards per game).
Baumann is a dentist in Dallas, Texas.
Despite attending Hardin-Simmons University when the school did not have a volleyball program, Jan Briggs had an outstanding career as a volleyball coach. She coached volleyball in Duncanville from 1975 until her retirement in 1998, where she had many successful seasons including a 1995 State Championship. Coach Briggs was named the Texas Girls Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1996, an award that highlighted a 40-year career coaching volleyball.
During her career, she was named District Coach of the Year multiple times and the Kellogg’s Coach of the Year in 1977 and 1978. She also coached the National AAU Junior Olympic Volleyball team in 1976. In addition to the 1995 state championship, Coach Briggs won a state championship in 1968 at Midland Lee high School and was a state runner-up once at Lee and twice at Richardson Berkner High School.
Jan’s accomplishments on the court put her in the upper echelon of volleyball coaches in the state of Texas, but her enduring legacy is in her players who continued on to careers as teachers and coaches. Many of Jan’s former players continue to coach today and instill the life lessons that she taught to hundreds of young women.
2010 Women’s Soccer Team
After coming close in several sports over the years, the 2010 women’s soccer team broke down the national championship barrier for Hardin-Simmons athletics as it became the first team of the Division III era to claim a national championship. The Cowgirls went 24-0-1 and claimed the title with a 2-1 win over powerhouse Messiah.
The Cowgirls had a dominant run throughout the season. They trailed for just 6:04 seconds on the year and outscored opponents 113-6. On the way to the national title HSU defeated the No. 1 (Messiah), No. 3 (Otterbein), No. 6 (Trinity) and No. 7 (Emory) ranked teams.
HSU had seven seniors – Amy Kuykendall, Carlyn Powers, Erin Low, Sarah Stansell, Allison Ray, Becca Gault and Kelsey Byars. Kuykendall spent eight hours in the hospital between Friday’s semifinals and Saturday’s final as she battled dehydration. Kuykendall, Powers and Stansell all earned all-American honors during their career. Katie Kuykendall, Rebecca Roth and Brittany Vacca all claimed all-American honors in the 2010 season.
The Cowgirls pushed its American Southwest Conference undefeated streak to 145 games and won its eighth straight ASC title during the year. The team had a 3.53 GPA as well and Stansell won the prestigious Elite 88 award at the Final Four.
Information for this story provided by HSU Athletics.