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Five Rams greats to join CSU Sports Hall of Fame

September 22, 2011

Former football standout Ray Jackson heads a class of five inductees that will join the CSU Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 14.

Lefty Straub, who led the Rams to their only College World Series appearance in 1950, is one of five Ram greats being inducted into the CSU Sports Hall of Fame.Ray Jackson, who helped the CSU Rams win their first Western Athletic Conference championship and Holiday Bowl berth, heads a class of five former student-athletes who will be inducted into the CSU Sports Hall of Fame.

Jackson will be joined by volleyball great Courtney Cox, cross country and track star Gary Glyde, softball standout Teri Klement and baseball pitcher Don “Lefty” Straub, who led CSU to its only appearance in the College World Series.

Former CSU star and six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken will be the master of ceremonies Oct. 14 at the Fort Collins Marriott for the annual Ram Alumni Athletes Association (RAAA) Banquet when the athletes will be officially inducted.

Jackson, who grew up in Denver and attended Montbello High School, graduated as CSU’s all-time leader with 20 interceptions, including seven in 1994 when he helped lead the Rams to a 10-2 record, their first conference championship in more than 40 years and the first of three Holiday Bowl berths. Jackson went on to play five seasons in the NFL with Cleveland and Buffalo before landing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he works as the team’s director of player development.

Cox was a three-time all-Mountain West setter for the CSU volleyball team during her stellar career 1998-2001, helping the Rams win two league titles and earn four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths. She was also an all-District VII selection in 2000-01.

Glyde was CSU’s first All-American in cross country, finishing third in 1960 and 10th in 1961 at the NCAA Championships. He set school records in the two-mile run, and led the Rams to a fifth-place finish in the NCAA cross country championships.

Klement was a three-time all-WAC shortstop for the Rams, leading them to a pair of conference titles while earning Academic All-America honors in 1991. Klement, who still holds season and career records for batting average, played for Team USA in the 2001 World Games and was an alternate on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team.

Straub was a four-sport athlete at CSU, participating in basketball, football and swimming before finding his niche in baseball on the pitcher’s mound. In 1950 he set school records for wins (9) and strikeouts (102) while leading the Rams to the Skyline League championship and a berth in the first College World Series in Omaha, Neb., which has served as the event’s permanent home since that season.

The RAAA Banquet is open to the public. Tickets are $50 and available by calling CSU Events at (970) 491-4601. The deadline to RSVP is Oct. 10.