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Former players, coaches headed for McNeese Hall of Fame

Last Modified: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:55 AM

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LAKE CHARLES — Player of the Year, all-conference and all-Louisiana honors are among the superlatives associated with the collegiate careers of the five McNeese State honorees selected for induction into the university’s 2013 Hall of Fame class.

Football’s Lonnie Collins and Doug Fruge, baseball’s Charlie Phillips, soccer’s Kamryn Koch and former track coach Wayne Hanson be inducted at halftime of the opening home football game between McNeese and Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sept. 7.

Basketball’s Demond Mallet, a member of the 2012 class but could not attend the event last year due to a knee operation, will attend and be honored.

Collins and Fruge both played on McNeese’s Independence Bowl teams and were first team all-Southland Conference three straight years.

A native of Baytown, Texas, Collins played offensive tackle from 1979-1982 and earned both all-SLC and all-Louisiana honors three straight seasons.

He help the Cowboys achieve bowl berths in 1979 and 1980 and also conference SLC titles.

He was a pre-season all-America selection, named the team’s outstanding lineman, was an SLC all-academic team and received the Jim Downing Memorial Trophy as the senior with the top grade point average.

He later received a master’s degree and now serves as a business manager for a large firm in Texas.

Fruge, a native of Port Barre, was a four-year letterman playing linebacker and leading the team in tackles in 1978 with 156. It is the third highest single-season total in school history.

His 325 career tackles rank eighth on the school’s all-time list.

He was named the team’s outstanding defensive player in 1978.

In 1976, when the Cowboys won the inaugural Independence Bowl game and won his first all-conference honor.

Following graduation, Fruge begin a career in oily and serves as sales manager for an independent oilfield environmental services company and lives in Humble, Texas.

Phillips, a Lake Charles native, was a three-time first team all-SLC infielder, playing from 1987 to 1990. He led a conference championship team in 1988.

At one time, he held McNeese’s single-season and career record for doubles.

A representative of Balfour in graduate sales, Phillips lives in Lake Charles and has become a successful coach in Little League, taking the 2008 team to the World Series.

Koch is the only female athlete to have her number retired by McNeese.

The Breaux Bridge native left with 15 school records, seven for career marks, five for season-highs and three for a single game.

She led the Cowgirls to the SLC tournament title in 2006 and its only NCAA tournament appearance and a share of the 2007 regular season title. She was three-time all-SLC, all-Louisiana, SLC all-tournament team and all-SLC academic squad. She was named McNeese’s athlete of the year in 2009.

Hanson was the school’s first track and field and cross country coach, starting the program in 1953. He joined the university as a chemistry professor and was awarded the coaching role when he approached then president Lether Frazar about starting the sport.

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