LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State Athletics
Director Dr. McKinley Boston, along with the NM State Hall of Fame Committee
and title sponsor US Bank, announced the 2013 US Bank/NM State Hall of Fame
honorees today. This year the Aggies will honor four current hall of fame
members and legendary NM State coaches in Lou Henson, Warren Woodson, Presley
Askew and Gerald ‘Jerry’ Hines.
Presley Askew -
Askew served in the NM State athletics department for 12 years
from 1953-1965, as head coach of both the basketball and baseball teams. On the
basketball court, he led NM State to a Border Conference Championship in
1959-60 and a share of two other titles (58-59 & 60-61) and two appearances
in the NCAA Tournament (58-59 & 59-60).
A member of the Helms Baseball Hall of Fame, Askew was also a
recipient of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Merit award and
NCABC Honor Award. Askew coached two of NM State's most famous student-athletes
who went on to record-setting coaching careers; Lou Henson and Gary Ward.
Askew coached the Aggie men's basketball team from 1953-1965 with
an overall record of 135-146. His most wins in one season came during the
1959-60 season as the team went 20-7, losing in the first round of the NCAA
Tournament to Oregon.
Presley Askew Field was dedicated during homecoming ceremonies on
Nov. 14, 1981, in honor of the former Aggie baseball and basketball coach.
Askew graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma in 1930. He was born in Red Oak,
Okla., in 1909 and died in 1994. Askew is still revered as one of the greatest
coaches in Aggie history.
Warren Woodson –
Woodson is the most
accomplished coach in the history of New Mexico State football. In his 10 years
as head coach (1958-67), Woodson collected a record of 63-36-3, including a
perfect 11-0 season in 1960, as well as a Border Conference Championship. He
also led the Aggies to back-to-back Sun Bowl appearances in 1959 and 1960,
defeating North Texas State 28-8 in 1959 and Utah State 20-13 in 1960.
Woodson was a very notable
American football coach. He was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame
in 1989. His career record at four-year colleges stands 203-95-14 (.673) in 31
seasons, but he won an additional 52 games in junior college and 18 in high
Woodson received a degree from Baylor University in 1924, majoring in Bible and
history, and earned a degree from Springfield College in 1926, majoring in
physical education. He coached four sports at Texarkana College 1927-34 and, in
three of the same years also coached three sports at a nearby high school. He
then moved on to Conway Teachers College (now University of Central Arkansas)
from 1935-1940. In his second year, his team had a perfect 8-0 season. Woodson
accepted the head coaching job at Hardin-Simmons University in 1941, where his
1942 team went 8-0-1.
During World War II,
Woodson served for three years as a lieutenant commander in the United States
Navy. The Hardin-Simmons football program was canceled from 1943-1945. After
Woodson returned, his 1946 team went unbeaten with an 11-0 record. His 1948
team was in three bowls - the Grape Bowl, in Dec. 4, a 35-35 tie with College
of the Pacific; the Shrine Bowl, Dec. 18, a 40-12 victory over Ouachita Baptist
and the Camellia Bowl, Dec. 30, a 49-12 victory over Wichita.
Woodson coached at the
University of Arizona, 1952-56, and New Mexico State, 1958-67. His 1960 team
went 11-0. He was head coach at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas,
1972-73, and later was consultant at New Mexico Highlands.
Gerald ‘Jerry’ Hines –
Hines enrolled at New Mexico A&M in
1922 and majored in horticulture. His
real interest continued to be athletics. Hines captained the basketball team
and was quarterback in football under the fine Aggie coach Robert ‘Cap’ Brown.
He was a four-year letterman in both sports. From 1922-26, Aggie basketball
went 48-31, football 20-6-1.
Graduating in 1926, Hines was slated to
go to South America with an international agricultural company. Instead, he
received and accepted an offer to become head basketball and football coach at
Las Cruces High. He coached the Bulldogs until summer 1929 when he agreed to
return to his alma mater at head basketball and football coach, adding the
duties of athletic director the following year.
Hines’ teams started slowly in the newly
formed Border Conference. Football was 20-20-4 over the period 1929-33 with
basketball at 47-58 from 1930-34. With local support, better facilities, and
recruiting gradually improving, Aggie athletics soon showed a resurgence.
Between 1934 and 1938, football was 31-10-6, and from 1935 to 1940, the
basketball team went 102 and 36. The football team was invited to the first Sun
Bowl in 1936 where they tied the powerful Hardin-Simmons Cowboys 14-14.
But it was basketball that really took
off. Between 1935 and 1940, the Aggies were 102-36, with appearances in the
National AAU Tournament in Denver in 1936 and 1937, the NAIB Tournament in
Kansas City in 1938; and in 1939, the prestigious NIT Tournament in Madison
Square Garden. Over that span, the Aggies won three Border Conference Championships
and tied for a fourth. They defeated UNM 19 times in a row.
Although he returned to campus briefly
as basketball coach in 1946, World War II effectively brought an early end to
Hines’ coaching career. As battery commander of the 120th Combat Engineers, a
New Mexico National Guard unit assigned to the 45th Infantry Division, Hines
and a number of Las Cruces men were among the first called to military duty in
September 1940. They served in Africa, Sicily, and Italy where Hines was
stricken with a heart condition. He returned to the States in 1945 for limited
duty as athletics officer at Ft. Bliss.
Hines ended his coaching career at NMSU
with records of 54-36-10 in football, and 157-108 in basketball. He passed away
in Albuquerque in 1963 at age 59, the victim of a heart attack. Coach Hines
entered the NMSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1970 and will be inducted into the
Aggie Basketball Ring of Honor along with ex-players Jimmy Collins and John
Williamson on January 31, 2009.
Lou Henson –
Former New Mexico State men’s basketball and Hall of
Fame head coach Lou Henson led the Aggies for 17 years when he retired in
2005. He is NMSU’s all-time winningest
coach with 289 wins and he is seventh all-time in career Division I wins with
Henson was named a 2007 New Mexico Distinguished
Public Service Award recipient. The
honor “recognizes unusual contributions to the public service and to the
improvement of government at all levels by both government employees and
In 2008, he was also one of the inaugural inductees in
the NMSU men’s basketball Ring of Honor.
The National Basketball Coaches Association also honored Henson with the
Hillyard Golden Anniversary Award at the 2008 NCAA Final Four in San Antonio,
Henson was a leader for the Aggies on and off the
court. Henson along with his wife, Mary,
demonstrated their commitment to academics and competitive excellence at NMSU
in February 2002, when the Henson family made a generous contribution in the
amount of $100,000 to help establish the Lou and Mary Henson Endowment
Scholarship Fund, in memory of their late son, Lou, Jr. The fund was designed to support deserving
student-athletes at NMSU for their academic and athletic achievements.
Henson, a 41-year veteran of the game is the all-time
winningest coach at two Division I schools (NMSU and Illinois). He is currently third all-time in games
coached with 1,191 and was the 15th fastest coach in history to
reach 700 wins. Henson ranks 12th
all-time in most Division I 20-win seasons with 20 and recorded nine
consecutive 20-win seasons.
The Okay, Okla., native is one of only 11 coaches to
take two different schools to the Final Four.
During his Aggie career, Henson’s teams made 19 NCAA appearances, four
NIT appearances, won two conference championships and produced five
all-Americans. He is a member of the New
Mexico State, Illinois and Hardin-Simmons Hall of Fames. In 2002, New Mexico
State honored Henson by naming the Pan American Center’s parquet floor ‘Lou
The official induction ceremony will be held at halftime of the NM
State versus UT-Arlington men's basketball game on March 9, at the Pan American
The US Bank/NM State Athletics Hall of Fame seeks to recognize New
Mexico State University student-athletes, coaches, special benefactors and
teams who have distinguished themselves in the field of athletics, either by
virtue of their performance on athletic teams representing the university, or
by meritorious efforts on behalf of athletics. The hall of fame is maintained
thanks to the generous support of US Bank.