Gerald Myers Nominated for Texas Sports Hall of Fame
Texas Tech Athletic Director Emeritus, conference winning basketball coach and stand-out basketball player Gerald Myers has been included on the final ballot for the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016.
Myers is one of 20 finalists nominated by the selection committee which is made up of media members from around the state.
Myers is a three-time letter winner for the Red Raider basketball team, earning letters from 1956-59. He is second on the all-time free throw percentage list connecting on 86.9 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe.
After beginning his coaching career at Houston Baptist, Myers took over the helm of the Tech basketball squad for the final 13 games of the 1971 campaign, a position her held for 20 seasons.
Myers lead Tech to two regular-season Southwest Conference Championships, and four NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the Sweet 16 in 1976.
Myers is still the all-time winningest coach in Red Raider history earning a 326–261 record at Tech.
Under Myer’s leadership as Athletic Director, Tech’s athletic budget grew from $12 million to over $50 million in 2010.
The facilities at Tech grew tremendously during the Myers administration.
Not only were the United Spiirt Arena and Marsha Sharp Center for Student-Athletes completed, major renovations to Jones AT&T stadium increased capacity to over 60,000 including the addition of club seats and luxury suites on both the east and west sides of the stadium.
Myers served on several NCAA national committees during his tenure as AD. He was recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches with the Metropolitan Award for his contributions to college basketball, and the All-American Football Foundation being awarded the Gen. Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award.
Myers is already a member of the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Honor, the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame and the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame.
The class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame will be announced in September. The class is typically comprised of eight new inductees six from the primary ballot and two from the veteran’s ballot.
The Texas Sports Hall of Fame is located in Waco.