McAlester will have six new plaques in its Hall of Fame this year.
Kim Thomas — the first woman elected to the Hall — Tom Craig, Kyle Rosebure, Brian Shackelford, Don Smitherman, and Quinn Wooldridge were selected for McAlester Athletic Hall of Fame’s incoming class of inductees.
“We’re stoked about it,” McAlester Athletic Director John Homer said of bringing back the Hall of Fame. “It’s a great bunch and I was here with several of them. I didn’t coach them all, but had most of them in class and it’s a great bunch coming in.”
Homer said he has contacted all the members of the incoming class — “they’re all excited and very appreciative” — and confirmed they will all be in attendance for the induction ceremony Sept. 23 at halftime of the McAlester football home game against Noble.
After a meet-and-greet with the inductees prior to the game, the ceremony will follow the McAlester High School band’s halftime performance and will re-introduce the newest Hall of Fame members to the fans.
McAlester started its athletics Hall of Fame in 1995 and inducted new members periodically until 2002 before the newest class was chosen by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors — a committee comprised of the athletic director (a non-voting member except in the event of a tie) and five community leaders (all McAlester graduates with ties to the athletics program).
The bylaws state this year’s class was to include 10 new members, but the Board of Directors decided to limit the 2016 HOF Class to six. The bylaws also state the incoming class for the next three years will include five members, followed by Hall classes of three members for each following year.
Categories for this year’s class included student-athlete, coach, team and community leader, but only athletes were selected this year.
Current members of the McAlester Athletics Hall of Fame include: Class of 1995: Clester Harrington (1954), Glen Stone (1953), Jerry Lee (1964); Class of 1996: Carl Allison (1951), Fred Ashmore (1951), Tom Borland (1951); Class of 2000: Bennie Davis (1946), Bob Craig (1964); and Class of 2002: Tom Poor (1921), Jack Lee (1958), David Bryant (1964).
The following is information on members of the McAlester Athletic Hall of Fame 2016 Class of Inductees:
Tom Craig, 1969
Craig won two state pole vault championships at McAlester before going on to earn All America honors as a pole vaulter at the University of Oklahoma in 1971.
While at McAlester, Craig won the state pole vault title in 1968 and 1969 after placing fourth at state to help the Buffs claim the 1967 state team championship and holds the school record at 14 feet.
He then went to OU on scholarship and set the program outdoor pole vault record at 17-feet-one-inch — Tim McMichael set the current record at 18-6.25 in 1989 — on his way to All America honors in 1971.
Craig was also the Oklahoma track team captain and the High Point Man for 1972-1973.
Kyle Rosebure, 1987
Rosebure is a four-time wrestling state champion for McAlester and finished his career with a near-perfect record at 117-1 overall.
He won the 115-pound division title in 1984, took the 123-pound crown in 1985, won the 130-pound division in 1986, and won the 136-pound class in 1987. He also won four state championships in junior high.
Rosebure wrestled at the University of Oklahoma before transferring to the University of Central Oklahoma, where he graduated with a degree in general studies.
He was a partner at Rosebure, Bailey and Craig until 2011 and is currently employed with Bancfirst Insurance Services in Shawnee — where he is also a member of the Kiwanis Club, YMCA board and Shawnee Chamber of Commerce — and owns three Boomerang restaurants.
Rosebure and his wife, Brittyn, have two children: Keaton, 24, and McKenna, 21, and he was a Shawnee Elementary wrestling club coach from 1996 to 1999, and has helped conduct wrestling camps at McAlester throughout the years.
Brian Shackelford, 1994
Shackelford lettered four years in baseball and three years in football while at McAlester.
He was named all-district punter, and was selected to the All-State baseball team, MVP of the Southeastern All Stars Tournament, and the Jr. Sunbelt Classic all-tournament team during his senior year at McAlester.
After high school, Shackelford played four years at the University of Oklahoma, where he is still the program’s career leader in runs batted in (251), doubles (67) and extra-base hits (132).
He was named to the Collegiate Baseball and Mizuno Freshman All America Teams in 1995, before being selected to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers All America Third Team in 1997.
Shackelford — who also walked on to the football team and started at punter — helped OU to the the Big 12 baseball tournament championship, going 12-for-24 with three home runs and 13 RBIs on his way to being selected as the tournament MVP.
He was drafted in the 13th round of the 1998 amateur draft by the Kansas City Royals, converted to pitcher after being traded to the Cincinnati Reds and made his Major League Baseball debut on June 26, 2005, and finished his MLB career with a 2-0 record and 4.11 earned run average.
Shackelford now lives in Oklahoma City, where he is the baseball instructor for D-Bat Academies.
Don Smitherman, 1985
Smitherman lettered all four years at McAlester in baseball, and three years for football and basketball before going on to win a national championship at the University Oklahoma and enjoy a successful law career.
In his senior year at McAlester, Smitherman had 152 carries for 1,221 yards and 16 touchdowns on his way to being named to All State teams by the Oklahoma Coaches Association and the Tulsa World in both football and baseball, and was named to the Region Six All Star team.
He finished his McAlester career with 457 carries for 3,386 yards and 36 touchdowns before going to OU.
Smitherman — who also played a reserve role for OU baseball — played special teams on Oklahoma’s 1985 national championship team and finished his five-year college football career with 23 carries for 137 yards.
He graduated with a BBA in Finance in 1989 and earned his Juris Doctor from the OU College of Law in 1992.
Smitherman was an adjunct professor at Rose State College and a staff attorney for Congressman Watts (95-98), and is now a general practice attorney with Moricoli, Kellogg & Gleason in Oklahoma City.
He and wife Carla have been married for 26 years, and the couple has two children: daughter Lauren is a freshman and plays soccer at the University of Illinois, and son Phillip is a freshman in high school.
Kim Thomas, 2000
Thomas is the first woman selected to the McAlester Athletic Hall of Fame after setting school records and winning state championships at McAlester and running track at the University of Oklahoma on full scholarship.
She lettered all four years at McAlester in track and cross country, won three state titles in the 800 meters, won two state titles in the 1,600 meters, helped McAlester win two state championships apiece as part of 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams, and twice finished second in the state 400 meters.
Thomas also holds McAlester track records in the 800 meters (2:15), the 1600 meters (5:28), and the 400 meters (55 seconds).
After high school, Thomas joined the OU track team and graduated with a bachelor’s in microbiology with two minors (chemistry and African American studies) in 2005, earned her PhD. in 2014 and has taught several summer classes in biology and zoology.
In addition to consulting with biotech companies, Thomas is also a youth director for her local children’s church and comes to speak at least once a year to classes at McAlester.
Quinn Wooldridge, 1994
Wooldridge ranks third on McAlester’s all-time career basketball scoring list with 1,513 career points and is making a name for himself as a college coach.
He held the Buffs’ record for most points in a season (750), highest single-season scoring average (28 points per game) and scored 30 or more points in 16 of his 27 games during his senior season.
Wooldridge was named the Area Player of the Year during his senior year, was the leading scorer at the OCA All-State Game, and was selected to the Faith Seven All-Star game.
After high school, Wooldridge played four years at Oklahoma Baptist University and was named to the school’s Hall of Fame in 2012.
He finished his playing career at OBU with 1,886 career points — third on the school’s all-time list — and is the all-time leader in all three-point categories and games played.
Wooldridge has coached for 16 years and became the head men’s basketball coach at Oklahoma Baptist University in 2015. He served as head coach at McAlester (2003-2005) and Edmond North (2011) high schools, as well as University of the Southwest (2008) and Southwest Christian University (2012-2015), along with several assistant stints before taking over at OBU.