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Nevada announces Wolf Pack Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2021

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Nevada announces Wolf Pack Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2021 (Nevada athletics)

Nevada Athletics will induct two-time men’s golf coach of the year Tom Duncan, softball star Britton Murdock Nunn and men’s basketball standout Eathan O’Bryant into the Wolf Pack Athletics Hall of Fame this fall, the athletics department announced today.

In addition to this year’s class, Nevada Athletics will also honor six 2020 inductees at this year’s dinner: Luke Babbitt (Men's Basketball/2008-10), Dellena Criner (Women's Basketball/2005-09), Armon Johnson (Men's Basketball/2007-10), Colin Kaepernick (Football/2006-10), Dontay Moch (Football/2006-10) and Vai Taua (Football/2006-10).

“Not only are Tom Duncan, Britton Murdock Nunn and Eathan O’Bryant some of the most accomplished coaches and student-athletes in Wolf Pack history, they have also continued to serve northern Nevada as successful business owners and community leaders since leaving the University of Nevada,” said athletics director Doug Knuth. “After having to postpone last year’s dinner, we are so excited to be able to bring the Hall of Fame Dinner back and honor our 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame inductees this fall.”

Both the 2020 and 2021 classes will be officially inducted at the Hall of Fame Dinner on Friday, Sept. 10 at the Reno Ballroom and the class will be honored at halftime of the Wolf Pack's football game against Idaho State on Sept. 11.

Nevada will also recognize its Silver and Blue Service Award winners at this year’s dinner: Paul Stuart (2021) and Tony Marek (2020). Stuart spent 18 years as Nevada’s sports information director from 1981 until his untimely death in 1999, overseeing media relations, serving as a radio commentator and sideline reporter and handling promotions, marketing and advertising sales for the department. Marek served as Nevada’s head athletic trainer from 1985-98, developing the academic athletic training program for undergraduate students and the implementation of the graduate athletic training program.

The Hall of Fame Dinner is open to the public, and tickets are $75 with tables of 10 for $750. To purchase tickets, click HERE, or call 775-348-PACK (7225). For more information, call (775) 682-6981.

Since its inception in 1973, the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame has inducted 219 individuals and five teams.

2021 University of Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

Tom Duncan – Men’s Golf Coach (1994-2004)

Served as Nevada’s men’s golf coach from 1994-2004 was named coach of the year twice in his career was the 1997 Big West Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Wolf Pack to a second-place finish and coaching the conference player of the year in Justin Peters earned the honor again in 2002 in the Western Athletic Conference turned Nevada men’s golf into a consistent top 50 national program, including a No. 1 national ranking the second week of the 2000 season after capturing the Northwest Collegiate tournament title led the Wolf Pack to four NCAA Regional appearances (1996, 1998, 2001 and 2002) coached a pair of All-Americans in Peters and Rich Barcelo and a total of 13 all-conference selections Nevada won four tournaments during his 11-year career his 1997-98 team finished in the top 10 of 10 of 11 outings and saw three players win tournament medalist honors, a feat unmatched in the country that year started his college career as a baseball player at Arizona State but transferred to Nevada and played three years for the Wolf Pack club as a catcher and third baseman has purchased numerous golf courses in the area, including Wolf Run Golf Course in 2003, and continues to refurbish and run courses all over the community did play by play for Wolf Pack men’s basketball broadcasts and has remained a season ticketholder for years has continued to give back to the northern Nevada community, including starting a junior golf program and working to keep golf prices affordable for the community.

Britton Murdock Nunn – Softball (2008-11)

Four-year starter for the Wolf Pack softball team earned second-team All-WAC honors in 2008 and Louisville Slugger All-West Region honors in 2009 helped lead the Wolf Pack to WAC regular-season championships and NCAA Regional appearances in 2008 and 2009 was part of the winningest team in Wolf Pack softball history in 2008, turning in a 44-18 record, ranking as high as 17th in the nation and going undefeated at home (11-0 at Hixson Park) also helped Nevada beat top-ranked Arizona in 2008, the only defeat of the No. 1 ranked team in Nevada softball history and one of the biggest upsets in school history in all sports was also named a team captain hit a three-run homer to lead Nevada to a 3-0 win over Purdue in 2008, the first NCAA Tournament win in school history ranks among Nevada’s career leaders in 15 categories (home runs, RBI, runs scored, total bases, stolen bases, doubles, sac flies, walks, HBP, hits, slugging percentage, on base percentage, starts, at bats and games played also earned WAC All-Academic honors and was active in community service stayed on in the department after graduating and was awarded the Dick Trachok Scholarship while she earned her master’s degree started and owns the Biggest Little Fashion Truck in Reno with a goal to empower women through confidence in clothing.

Ethan O’Bryant – Men’s Basketball (1993-95)

Earned first-team All-Big West honors in 1995 and second-team accolades in 1994 came to Nevada after two seasons at Dixie College remains one of the most popular players in school history averaged 11.2 points and 7.6 assists per game in his career ranks second in school history in career assists per game, tied for third in career assists (438) and sixth in career assists (140) after just two seasons tied the school record with 16 assists vs. UC Irvine in 1994 led the Big West and was fourth in the country with 227 assists in 1993-94 also led the Big West in steals that season (2.6) went on to have a long professional career as an ambassador of the game, playing in 14 countries for the Harlem Globetrotters for 10 years and spending time with teams in Bratislava and Austria has visited thousands of schools, inspiring children across the country continues to give back to the northern Nevada community and now runs the Nevada Basketball Academy briefly coached the Reno Sharpshooters, an ABA team currently serves on the board of the Wolf Pack Athletic Association.

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