Photos: Stone, O'Leary, Allman, Edmondson
Hardin-Simmons University will celebrate the accomplishments of four new members added to the Athletics Hall of Fame. They will be formally inducted during a dinner and ceremony as part of Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the HSU Johnson Building.
Among the foursome are two football players, a former member of the men’s soccer team and the most recent alum, a member of the women’s golf team and a former member of the Logsdon seminary staff.
The 2012 inductees are: Darren Allman ’94, football; Ted Edmondson ’59, football; Meredith Hare Stone ’01, golf; Tim O’Leary ’83, soccer.
Meredith (Hare) Stone
In the three full seasons Stone played at HSU, she was named an All-American each time. She was also named the 1998 NCAA Division III Freshman of the Year, had five career tournament victories, and 18 top-ten finishes.
In 1998-99, Stone led one of HSU’s best golf teams to win the first ASC Championship in women’s golf and finish 4th at the NCAA Division II/III championship. Stone’s best individual finish at nationals was 4th in 2001. She was also a two-time Academic All-American and three-time academic all-ASC.
Stone is the former coordinator of recruiting services at HSU’s Logsdon Seminary. She now works with Texas Baptists’ Women in Ministry.
A native of Long Island, New York, Tim O’Leary came to HSU in 1978 and quickly raised the expectations of the Division I program.
He holds pre-Division III era records for most goals in a season (26) and in a career (50). In l980 he was first team all-conference in the Trans America Athletic Conference while earning academic awards in the Irvin School of Education.
Named Most Valuable Player in 1982, in 1983 O’Leary started the boys’ soccer program at Waco Midway where he won over 500 games, including the 2002 UIL State Championship.
In 2009 he was named Super Centex Coach of the Year, and Regional and State Coach of the Year, leading Midway to a 23-2-1 record. In 2010 Midway advanced to the regional semifinals. In 2012 they posted a 27-1-1 record. O’Leary has also been a strong recruiter for HSU and the Men’s Soccer program.
Darren Allman was among the first recruited players during the resurrection of HSU Football.
As a Safety and Captain on three Cowboy teams, he recorded 178 career tackles and 10 interceptions. He received All-Conference honors three times and was twice named Conference Player of the Week.
The 1993 HSU team reached the National Semi-Finals with Allman serving as Defensive Backs Coach. He graduated from HSU with a B.A. in Education and was awarded the HSU Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.
Ted Edmondson, Cowboys tackle from 1957-1959, was considered among the best to ever play that position at HSU, excelling on both defense and offense.
Edmondson made All Border Conference his junior and senior years and Honorable Mention All American player his senior year.
Drafted by the Chicago Cardinals, he was heavily recruited by the New York Titans, coached by his college coach, Sam Baugh. HSU Coach Baugh tabbed Ted as the finest tackle in the Border Conference his senior year.
The coaches named him as the best defensive player in 1959. He was one of the leaders of the team that won the Border Conference in 1959, and was runner-up for the Most Valuable Player in the Sun Bowl against the University of Wyoming.
Edmondson married HSU ex Georgie Bohannon, and they have two children, Cathey and Teddy, and five grandchildren.