Raymond Bright, the late former University of Central Arkansas coach, will be among 11 inductees and one team that will be the latest honorees to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in February.
UCA basketball coach Corliss Williamson will be part of the ceremonies as the 1994 NCAA champion Razorback basketball team that will be the second team inducted into the Hall for special achievement. The 1964 Razorback national championship football team was inducted two years ago. Williamson was MVP of the NCAA tournament that year.
Bright excelled as a football coach and track coach at Conway High School and UCA. After playing on UCA’s 1947 championship football team, Bright began his coaching career in 1949 at Conway Junior High School and was later the athletic director, head football coach and head track coach. He went to what was then Arkansas State Teachers College in 1958. Bright was the head football coach at UCA from 1965-71. His 1965 and 1966 teams both earned shares of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championship. Bright left coaching following the 1971 season. He later served as UCA’s director of housing. Bright previously was inducted into the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame and the UCA Sports Hall of Fame.
The banquet will be will be Feb. 3 at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.
One of the individual inductees in the Class of 2012, meanwhile, is Lee Mayberry, who joined with Todd Day to lead Arkansas to the 1990 Final Four in Denver, where the Hogs lost in the national semifinals to Duke. Day was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.
The Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will consist of six people from the regular category, three from the senior category and two from the posthumous category.
In addition to Mayberry, those being inducted from the regular category are former Oaklawn Park track announcer Terry Wallace, former Newport High School head football coach Bill Keedy, former Razorback basketball player U.S. Reed, former Razorback football player "Light Horse" Harry Jones and Little Rock native and former Oklahoma State University head football coach Pat Jones.
Those being inducted from the senior category are former Forrest City star athlete Elmer "B" Lindsey, former college coach and NFL scout Bob Ford of Wynne and former Southern Arkansas University women’s basketball coach Margaret Downing.
Those being inducted from the posthumous category are Raymond Bright and 1892 Kentucky Derby winning jockey Alonzo "Lonnie" Clayton.
The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1959. Andrew Meadors of Little Rock is the organization’s president, and Ray Tucker serves as the executive director.