KU Duo Inducted into Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
WICHITA, Kan. – Former Kansas standouts Terry Beeson (football) and Tracy Bunge (softball) were inducted into the State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame (KSHOF) Sunday in Wichita.
Beeson and Bunge were part of an 11-member class enshrined in ceremonies at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in the Wichita Boathouse. Joining the KU duo in the 2015 KSHOF class were Ken Berry (two-time Gold Glove winner), Paul Coffman (Kansas State football), Mathew “Chic” Downing (Benedictine College basketball), Kenny Harrison (Kansas State track and field), Lonnie Kruse (Sterling College women’s basketball coach), Shalee Lehning (Kansas State football), Brian Moorman (Pittsburg State football), Troy Morrell (Butler Community College football) and Dick Sanders (Wichita State, football and basketball official).
“My years at KU were so meaningful,” Beeson said. “The wins, the losses, they all built character. I am so grateful to (former KU coach) Don Fambrough; gave me an opportunity to play Big Eight (Conference) football.”
A native of Coffeyville, Kansas, Beeson had one of the most heralded football careers in KU history. Beeson was a four-year letterman at linebacker for the Jayhawks and led the team in tackles in both 1975 and 1976. Following his senior year in 1976, Beeson was invited and played in the Blue-Grey game, the East-West Shrine game and the Senior Bowl. He was an All-Big Eight First Team selection in 1976. Beeson was drafted in the second round (41st pick) of the 1976 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks where he played four seasons, including leading the team in tackles for three seasons from 1977 to 1979. Beeson still holds numerous Seahawks tackle records, including single-season tackles (158) and single-game tackles (18). Beeson also played professionally with the San Francisco 49ers and with the Oklahoma Outlaws and the Jacksonville Bulls of the USFL. After retiring as a player, Beeson became an assistant coach at Coffeyville Community College under 2004 KSHOF Inductee Dick Foster before serving as the Athletic Director at Coffeyville Community College for 10 years.
Bunge, a standout Jayhawk softball student-athlete and later KU coach, thanked the pioneers of the early Title IX era.
“Females in high school and college back then coached and played in an era of low budgets, shared uniforms and bad practice times,” Bunge said. “Because of their perseverance, by the time I arrived at KU things were much improved. As a result I had the opportunity to play with special teammates for some special coaches.”
Originally from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Bunge chose to attend the KU on a softball scholarship in 1982. When she graduated from KU, she left one of the most storied legacies in the history of the program. A four-year letter winner for the Jayhawks from 1983 to 1986, Bunge led the team in home runs each season during her time in Lawrence, as well as leading the Jayhawks in pitching wins and strikeouts in 1983, 1984, and 1985. When Bunge’s career at KU ended in 1986, she held career marks for wins and strike outs as a pitcher and runs scored and walks as a hitter. Bunge was named a three-time All-Big Eight player in 1983, 1985, and 1986, and was a first-team All-American in 1986. Bunge was the head coach of the Jayhawk softball program from 1997 until 2009, posting a career coaching record of 409-345-2 with four appearances in the NCAA Tournament and the 2006 Big 12 Conference Tournament title. Her career coaching wins at KU are the most in program history. Bunge was inducted to the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame following her playing career in 1987.
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