LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech Athletics Director Emeritus Gerald Myers will be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame next April, the organization announced Wednesday as part of its official unveiling of the 2018 class.
Myers, a former student-athlete, coach and Athletic Director at Texas Tech, will be enshrined on April 7, 2018, at the Waco Convention Center, not far from the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Museum on the Baylor campus.
Myers is joined in the 2018 induction class by former Texas A&M quarterback and NFL head coach Gary Kubiak, seven-time MLB All-Star selection Michael Young, former Texas quarterback Vince Young and Mary Hardin-Baylor football coach Pete Fredenburg. The class also consists of former Texas A&M running back Johnny Bailey along with University of Texas volleyball and basketball standout Nell Fortner, Duncanville High School coach Cathy Self-Morgan and Olympic medalist Jill Sterkel (swimming).
Myers has dedicated most of his adult life to Texas Tech as he was a basketball student-athlete in the 1950s, a basketball coach in the `70s, `80s and `90s, and an administrator in the new millennium. He has spent over 50 years at Texas Tech and continues to actively serve the university on a daily basis as Athletics Director Emeritus.
During his tenure as Director of Athletics from 1996-2011, Myers oversaw tremendous growth in the department, increasing the annual budget from $12 million in 1996 to $50 million in 2010. Tech's increase in revenue allowed the university to boast some of the best facilities in the country.
United Supermarkets Arena and the Marsha Sharp Center for Student-Athletes were both built during Myers' tenure while significant upgrades were made to Jones AT&T Stadium, raising the capacity to over 60,000 seats with the addition of club and luxury suites on both the east and west sides of the stadium.
Myers' success at Texas Tech resulted in national recognition and responsibilities as well. He served as a member of the NCAA men's basketball selection committee, as president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, on the NCAA golf committee and on the NCAA men's basketball rules committee.
Myers was also a recipient of the Gen. Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award by the All-American Football Foundation and the Metropolitan Award by the NABC for his contributions to college basketball.
Prior his success in athletics administration, Myers spent 20 years leading the Red Raider basketball program where he remains the winningest coach in school history. After taking over midway through the 1970-71 season, he posted a 326-261 record and led the Red Raiders to 16 winning records, two conference championships and four NCAA Tournament berths during his tenure.
Myers also earned three letters as a member of the Texas Tech basketball team from 1956-59. His 86.9 free throw percentage in 1957-58 is still second in the all-time Texas Tech career record book. He earned his degree in education from Texas Tech in 1959 and a Master's Degree from Tech in 1965.
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.