Former Missouri Tigers football coach Gary Pinkel, legendary Royals scouting director Art Stewart, former Chiefs lineman Tim Grunhard, longtime NFL coach Gregg Williams and Olympic gymnast Terin Humphrey are among 15 honorees who will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield on Jan. 31.
Pinkel, who recently stepped down as head coach at MU, is the winningest coach in Mizzou history, with a 118-73 record in 15 seasons.
Stewart has been part of the Royals since their inception in 1969, working primarily in the scouting department. As a special assistant to general manager Dayton Moore, he remains a key figure with the club.
Grunhard played 11 seasons for the Chiefs (1990-2000). His 169 games played rank 13th all-time in team history, and his 164 games started and 120 consecutive starts both rank fourth.
Williams, an Excelsior Springs native and the defensive coordinator for the Rams, is in his 25th season as an NFL coach.
Humphrey, a native of St. Joseph, is a two-time Olympic silver medalist and two-time NCAA champion on the uneven bars.
Longtime Central Missouri athletic director Jerry Hughes will be honored at the Jan. 31 ceremony as a “Missouri Sports Legend,” receiving a bust alongside those of such greats as George Brett, Len Dawson, Stan Musial and Norm Stewart.
The hall’s enshrinement class of 2016 also features former big-league pitcher Jerry Reuss; retired bull rider L.J. Jenkins; former St. Louis Cardinals linebacker Eric Williams (a KC native and graduate of Central High); Evangel men’s basketball coach Steve Jenkins; former TCU baseball coach Lance Brown; former MU and Olympic track and field standout Natasha (Kaiser) Brown; Missouri Southern men’s basketball coach Robert Corn; St. Louis University High School racquetball coach Joe Koestner; Missouri State sports information director Mark Stillwell; John Burroughs High football coach Jim Lemen; the John Burroughs High football program; and MU’s 1966 Sugar Bowl team.
The enshrinement will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield.
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