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37th Annual Burgess Banquet Set for Oct. 31

August 13, 2014
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas— Six Texas A&M athletic greats, two dedicated Aggies and a legendary Brigadier General will be inducted into the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor at the 37th annual Burgess Banquet held Friday, Oct. 31 in the Bethancourt Ballroom inside the Memorial Student Center. A reception begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available at $100 each by calling the Lettermen’s Association (979-846-3024) or at the following link.

Aggie football great and longtime NFL star Brad Dusek ‘73, an 11--time All-American and three-time NCAA champion Simone Facey ‘08 from track and field, softball All-American pitcher and National Player of the Year finalist Megan Gibson ’08, soccer All-American and Hermann Trophy finalist Ashlee Pistorius-Slayback ’08, two-time All-American softball pitcher and current ESPN analyst Amanda Scarborough ’08, and Aggie All-American volleyball player Amber Woolsey Spencer ‘00 are the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees.

Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Alumnus and former 12th Man Foundation President Rod Stepp ’59 and civic leader and 12th Man Foundation Champions Council member W.A. “Buck” Prewitt ’60 are the Hall of Honor inductees for their longtime support and contributions to Aggie athletics.

The most recent award, the Lettermen’s Lifetime Achievement Award, will be presented to Brigadier General Mike Cokinos ‘43, a former diver and basketball letterman, former President of the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association, founding member and Director Emeritus of the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association, vice-president of the Association of Former Students and a Silver Star recipient serving in the United States Army in Germany during World War II.

Brad Dusek was a four-year starter at Temple High School and was a Parade All-American his senior season before signing with Texas A&M. His all-around athletic ability was apparent as he played and started at safety, running back, fullback and linebacker earning three letters (1970-72) in Aggieland. He was recruited and played for Gene Stallings before Emory Bellard took over his senior campaign and Dusek led the Aggie wishbone rushing attack with 549 yards on 124 carries (4.4 average) and scored three touchdowns. Dusek served as a team captain his senior season and was the cover boy for Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine in 1972. He was a third-round NFL draft selection by the New England Patriots and was traded to the Washington Redskins. His eight-year NFL career with the Redskins was highlighted by an All-Pro selection as a linebacker in 1979. He was part of the Redskins’ Over-The-Hill Gang with head coach George Allen, then he played for Washington head coach and former Texas A&M great Jack Pardee before ending his NFL career playing for Joe Gibbs. Dusek is a lifetime member of the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association.

Simone Facey made the most out of her two-year (2007-08) Texas A&M track and field career earning 11 All-America citations for head coach Pat Henry. She helped the program win the school’s first Big 12 women’s indoor track and field championship in 2007 and followed with a repeat performance in 2008. The women’s track and field program also pulled off the outdoor Big 12 championship titles in back-to-back years as well, the first such crowns in school history. With her accomplishments, Facey helped the women’s team to a four-place outdoor finish at the 2007 NCAA Championships and followed with a third-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Championships. Facey claimed the NCAA individual championship in the 200 meters during the 2008 season and was twice a silver medalist in the NCAA 100 (2008) and 200 (2007) meters. She also ran on a pair of Texas A&M’s NCAA winning 4x100 relays in 2007 and 2008. She earned her 11 All-America honors in five different events—the 60 meters, 100 meters (twice), 200 meters (four times), 4x100 (twice) and 4x400 (twice). Facey set Texas A&M school records in the 100 and 200 meters with times of 10.95 and 22.25 seconds. As a member of the first Aggie women’s team to win team championships at the indoor and outdoor Big 12 conference meets, Facey accumulated six conference titles as A&M won four league titles in 2007 and 2008. Facey won three events during the 2007 Big 12 Outdoor meet in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay.

Megan Gibson was a four-year (2005-08) letterman for Coach Jo Evans and the Aggie softball team. Gibson is a rare three-time National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) All-American and one of the most decorated players in Texas A&M softball history. Now an assistant coach at Penn State, in charge of Nittany Lion pitchers, Gibson graduated from A&M with a bachelor’s degree in sport management and a minor in business in 2008. Despite sharing the circle with fellow standout hurler Amanda Scarborough, Gibson had a banner career for the Aggies that culminated in a national runner-up finish for A&M in 2008. With Gibson in the lineup, the Aggies reached the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) for the first time in over 20 years when the 2007 squad went two-and-out in Oklahoma City. To this day, Gibson owns the A&M career records for doubles (48), total bases (447) and walks (172). She also ranks in the program’s top 10 in nine other categories. After her career at A&M, Gibson spent four years in the National Professional Fastpitch League (NPF) and one season in the Japanese Softball Association before taking an assistant position at UTSA as the Roadrunners’ pitching coach. While in the NPF, she also served as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M in the fall of 2008 and a volunteer pitching coach in 2011.

Regarded as one of the top players in school history, four-year letterman (2004-07) Ashlee Pistorius-Slayback was a dominant player in the Big 12 during her time in College Station and still holds the league’s career records for points (194) and goals (81). She earned All-Big 12 honors all four seasons, including First Team in 2005 and 2007 and Second Team in 2004 and 2006. Pistorius-Slayback was recognized as Big 12 Rookie of the Year in 2004 and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2007. Nationally, the Decatur, Illinois-native earned NSCAA All-America honors in in 2006 (Second Team) and 2007 (Third Team) and garnered the prestigious Honda Sports Award for Soccer for the 2007-08 year and she was one of three finalists in 2007 for the M.A.C Hermann Trophy — the Heisman Trophy of college soccer. A winner, she helped guide the Aggies to four Big 12 regular-season crowns and two league tournament titles. She was named to the Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team on four occasions and was tabbed the MVP in 2005.  She was six-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week during her career and three-time Big 12 Newcomer of the Week in 2004. In the classroom, Pistorius-Slayback earned Academic All-Big 12 status (2005-07). Pistorius-Slayback started 92 consecutive games and owns the Texas A&M career records in points (194) and goals (81) and ranks second all-time in game-winning goals (26) and sixth in assists (32).

Amanda Scarborough, a four-year Aggie letterman (2005-08), was a two-time NFCA All-American and is a household name in Division I softball. The right-handed pitcher was immediately a leader on the field for the Aggies, earning First Team All-America honors as a freshman in 2005. On the conference front, the standout impressed her peers and was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and Big 12 Player of the Year, becoming the first in history to accomplish the feat. Scarborough helped the Aggies back to the NCAA Super Regional level as a junior in 2007 and pushed them even farther, to their first Women’s College World Series (WCWS) appearance in over 20 years. Scarborough’s second first-team All-America honor came the same year, and she was named the Big 12 Co-Pitcher of the Year and was a USA Softball National Player of the Year Finalist. The Aggies returned to Oklahoma City in 2008 and fought to the team’s best finish since winning the national title in 1987. Scarborough took a different role with the national runner-up team, leading from the dugout after a career-ending injury forced her to have multiple foot surgeries. After graduating from A&M with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in sport management, she is currently both a successfully self-employed pitching coach and an analyst for the ESPN Networks. Scarborough also recently started Bellalete, an athletics apparel company, with former teammate Savannah Lloyd.

Amber Woolsey Spencer, a four-year (1996-99) Aggie letterman, became the first player in Texas A&M volleyball history to receive All-America first-team honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association after captaining the 1999 Aggies to what still remains the best season in program history. A three-year starting middle blocker for the Aggies, Woolsey Spencer capped her stellar collegiate career by propelling Texas A&M to its first-ever NCAA Elite Eight appearance, an all-time high No. 9 final ranking and a 28-6 record, marking the program’s most wins since 1984. From Chaska, Minn., Woolsey Spencer set what remains the school record for total blocks in a four-set match, posting 13 in A&M’s momentous victory over heavily favored No. 3 Hawaii in the 1999 NCAA Mountain Regional semifinals in Honolulu. Woolsey Spencer also set back-to-back A&M season records for blocks assists in a season, tallying 154 as a senior to break the previous record of 145 which she set as a junior. Woolsey Spencer still holds a combined five A&M career, season and single match records, in addition to the 12 school conference records set while competing in the Big 12 Conference. She also played in the United States Professional Volleyball League as well as playing professionally in Portugal.

W.A. “Buck” Prewitt ’60, a lifetime member of the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association, a member of the 12th Man Foundation Champions Council as well as a Legacy Society Member of the Texas A&M Foundation has been very involved in numerous civic activities and serving on a multitude of charitable foundations and will be inducted into the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association Hall of Honor. He served as mayor of Temple and received a 1990 commendation from the Texas Governor’s Committee for Disabled Persons. Currently living in College Station, Prewitt continues to be involved serving on the Board of the Bryan College Station Homebuilders and chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee and recently elected to the board of the Brazos County A&M Club and served on the board of the Texas A&M Golf Association.

Rod Stepp ’59 has already been recognized by Texas A&M University as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2007 and was recently inducted into the Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor in 2014 and will be inducted into the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association Hall of Honor. Stepp graduated in 1959 with a degree in geological engineering and has continued to serve Texas A&M as a board of trustee member for the Texas A&M Foundation from 2001-07 and served as chairman in 2005. A former president of the 12th Man Foundation as well as serving on the Association of Former Students Board.

Another former Texas A&M student-athlete who went on to earn Distinguished Alumnus honors from Texas A&M University in 1996 was Brigadier General Mike Cokinos ’43 and he will be presented as the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association. Cokinos graduated in 1943 with a degree in science after diving on the men’s swimming and diving team as well as playing men’s basketball. He served in the United States Army in World War II as a second lieutenant in field artillery. While serving in Germany in 1945 as a forward observer, Lt. Cokinos successfully directed artillery fire for a period in excess of 50 hours despite hostile artillery, mortar and small arms fire. He located an aid station and brought up aid, men and litters to evacuate the wounded. When the Infantry Battalion Commander was wounded by mortar fire, Cokinos administered first aid and covered the fallen officer with his own body, using his own helmet to protect the commander’s face until the mortar barrage lessened. This gallantry was above the call of duty and reflects great honor upon himself and the Military Forces of the United States and thus Cokinos was awarded the Silver Star. When he retired from the Army in 1980, he reached the rank of Brigadier General. In addition, Cokinos has served as the president of the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association, vice president of the Association of Former Students and as the 2004 Sul Ross Group President.

2014 Inductees into the Texas A&M University Athletic Hall of Fame

Brad Dusek ’73, Football              

Simone Facey ’08, Track and Field

Megan Gibson ’08, Softball

Ashlee Pistorius-Slayback ’08, Soccer

Amanda Scarborough ’08, Softball

Amber Woolsey-Spencer ’00, Volleyball

2014 Texas A&M Hall of Honor Inductees

W.A. “Buck” Prewitt ’60, Golf

Rod Stepp ‘59

2014 Texas A&M Lifetime Achievement Award

Brigadier General Mike Cokinos ’43, Diving and basketball

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