Clarksville, Ark.-Jerry Wagoner and Johnny Johnson will be inducted into the University of the Ozarks Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 12, 2011.
Wagoner, a 1958 Ozarks graduate, was a four-year starter and three-time All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference football performer. He coached football and track at Ozarks for more than 30 years and also served as a professor of physical education and chair of the physical education department. He passed away on June 14, 2010.
Johnson is the winningest coach in the history of the men’s basketball program, compiling a record of 173-126 in 11 seasons at Ozarks from 1990-2001. His teams won 20 games three times, and he was named conference coach of the year three times. He currently serves as the athletic director for the Little Rock School District.
“I was taken back when I heard the news,” said Johnson. “It is really neat to go in with someone that was so important to me. Coach Wagoner was a special person. He, along with Jack Jones and Lonnie Qualls, made coaching at Ozarks fun. All three of those guys helped me along the way and I owe a lot to them.”
The induction ceremony will take place following the women’s basketball game in Mabee Gymnasium that day. Current members of the Hall of Fame will also be introduced during the induction ceremony. A lunch honoring Wagoner and Johnson will be held in the Seay Student Center at 11:00 a.m. February 12.
To RSVP for the lunch, please call the alumni office at (479) 979-1234.