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Northwestern State announces 2014 Hall of Fame class
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Two-time USA Track and Field Olympian Kenta Bell, along with All-America and Academic All-America baseball player Ryan Anholt, headline seven Northwestern State athletic greats who will be honored by the Graduate N Club at its annual Hall of Fame Ceremony on NSU’s Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 11.

Joining Bell and Anholt among the six Hall of Fame inductees are three football standouts: All-American Adrian Hardy, the Demons’ second-leading all-time tackler in Ed Moses, and Ed Orgeron, whose outstanding playing career at NSU has been eclipsed by his coaching accomplishments. Lady Demon track and field great Peggy Lewis, a three-time Southland Conference champion, is also being enshrined.

Former Demon football player Barry Rubin, who has become one of the nation’s most prominent figures in strength and conditioning training and is in his 18th year in the NFL, is receiving the Graduate N Club’s Distinguished Service Award recognizing outstanding accomplishments following his collegiate athletic career.

The 10 a.m. enshrinement ceremony Oct. 11 at the Magale Recital Hall on campus is open to the public at no charge. Induction into the Graduate N Club Hall of Fame is considered the highest athletic honor Northwestern presents to its former student-athletes.

The Graduate N Club is the association of former athletic letterwinners at NSU.

A triple jumper for the USA in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, Bell competed for Northwestern from 1996-200. He was the 2010 USA Outdoor champion in his specialty, and also won the 2003 USA Outdoor title. The runner-up at the 2008 Olympic Trials and at the 2005 and 2006 USA Outdoors and the 2006 USA Indoor Championships, Bell ranked as one of America’s top ten triple jumpers from 2002-11 by Track & Field News. He had two top 10 finishes in the World Championships, highlighted by a sixth place in 2003, was ninth in the 2004 Olympics, and had a career best 57-10 mark.

As a Demon senior, Bell broke the Southland Conference indoor triple jump record and won the long jump to score 20 points at the conference championships. The Kilgore, Texas native, a 2001 NSU graduate, ranks as the Southland Conference’s second-best all-time indoor triple jumper following only 1984 Olympic gold medalist Al Joyner of Arkansas State. He shares the school record outdoors in the long jump at 26-4 ¼.

Anholt pulled off a rare double in his two years with the NSU baseball program. A 1998 All-American shortstop (third-team, American Baseball Coaches Association), he was a 1999 Academic All-American (third team).

The native Canadian was the 1998 Southland Conference Newcomer and Player of the Year under first-year coach John Cohen, when he set a single-season school hits record (88) and batted .417 as a junior college transfer leading NSU to the Southland title. The Demons were 78-41 in his two seasons as he posted a career .368 batting average, fourth all-time in Demon history.

Hardy, Moses and Orgeron all are members of the Top 100 Demon Players of All-Time roster chosen during the 2007 Demon Football Centennial Celebration.

Hardy, an All-America cornerback in 1992 as a senior, was an All-Southland Conference first team in his last two seasons. The New Orleans native became the first Demon to play in the Hula Bowl (when that all-star game was one of the two top ones, along with the East-West Shrine Game). He blocked 10 kicks in his career from 1989-92 under coach Sam Goodwin.

A second-round 1993 NFL Draft pick (49ers), Hardy played in 1994-95 in Cincinnati before his NFL career ended in three seasons due to injuries.

A teammate of Hardy’s, Moses stands second all-time in career tackles at NSU with 431 as a four-year starting linebacker from 1990-93. Nicknamed “Top Cat,” Moses made at least 100 stops each season and forced six fumbles in his career. The New Iberia native was All-Southland and All-Louisiana first team in his last two seasons.

Orgeron is one of college football's more dynamic personalities and highly successful recruiters, most recently earning acclaim for a remarkable job as interim head coach at Southern Cal in 2013. A standout defensive end and tackle for the Demons from 1980-83, Orgeron made 121 tackles, including 17 for lost yardage, in his final two seasons.

The Cut Off-South Lafourche product was the first recipient of the Joe Delaney Leadership Award for Defense in 1983, awarded to the permanent team captain elected by his teammates. After beginning his career as a graduate assistant coach at NSU, his recruiting and coaching has been a big factor in national championships won at Miami and Southern Cal. He had three seasons as head coach at Ole Miss.

Lewis is regarded as the first breakout star in Lady Demon track and field history. She won three Southland Conference shot put titles from 1988-91.

Lewis captured the 1988 Southland Conference Indoor shot put title with a 45-7 ¼ toss, captured 1990 Outdoors at 47-1 ¼, then defended in 1991 with a school record 48-5 ¼ mark that stood for seven years. The Epps native also held the school discus mark (140-0) set at the Texas Relays in 1990. She was All-Louisiana all four years in the shot put.

Rubin, the Kansas City Chiefs’ strength and conditioning coach, has 18 years of NFL experience, including head strength coaching roles with Green Bay and Philadelphia. A Demon tight end and punter from 1978-80, he was one of 14 inaugural inductees in the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003.

A Monroe native, Rubin was also strength coach at Louisiana-Monroe (1982-83, 1987-90 and 1994) and LSU (1984-85). He played running back and punter at LSU in 1976, then transferred to Northwestern, where he set a school record in 1979 with a 75-yard punt.

He was named a Jewish All-America tight end as a Demon.

Selections for the Hall of Fame honors are made by an N Club committee including former athletic lettterwinners, coaches and administrators.
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