Coyote Hall of Fame to honor five Sept. 25 Five individuals closely associated with The University of South Dakota will be inducted into the Coyote Athletic Hall of Fame Friday, Sept. 25 on the USD campus. The Coyote football team will take on Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Dakota Day game.
The 1998 Hall of Fame class consists of Karrie Wallen (women's basketball), Don Maryott (track and field), Jeff Nannen (basketball), John Mehlhoff (football) and Jerry Pollard (football).
Wallen (Britt, IA) played for the Coyotes from 1980-84 and graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,595 points. A three-time all-NCC selection, Wallen also set the school record for points in a season with 521. Maryott (Bassett, NE) was a two-time all-American for USD in 1976 and 1977, and he still holds USD's indoor (24-10 1/4) and outdoor (25-0 3/4) records in the long jump set in 1978. Nannen (Syracuse, NE) was a three-time all-NCC center for the Coyotes and graduated as USD's career scoring leader with 1,782 points from 1976-80. Nannen was also a three-time selection to the academic all-conference team.
Mehlhoff (Eureka, SD) and Pollard (Clarks, NE) were key players on the line of scrimmage for the Coyotes when they won three straight NCC championships in 1972, 1973 and 1974. Mehlhoff starred as a defensive tackle (1972-74) and was named to the all-conference team in 1974. Pollard, who was one year behind Mehloff, was a standout offensive guard and tackle for the Coyotes (1973-75) and also earned all-NCC honors in 1974.