Nov. 16, 2004
The Southern Illinois University athletic department announced its 2005 Hall of Fame Class Tuesday. The seven-person class, which will be inducted in a ceremony on Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, features Francisco "Pacho" Castillo (Men's Tennis, 1962-1964), Donnell Daniel (Football, 1982-83), Terry Finn (Wrestling, 1962-64), Bill Hancock (Men's Track, 1972-75), Kasia McClendon (Women's Basketball, 1994-97), Mike Reis (Voice of the Salukis, 1978-Present) and Gary Wilson (Men's Basketball, 1975-79).
Francisco "Pacho" Castillo (Men's Tennis, 1962-1964) helped lead the Salukis to the College Division National Championship in 1964 and runner-up finish in 1963. He was named All-American in 1964 as the Salukis posted a perfect 16-0 record, winning their last three matches against Indiana, Northwestern and Notre Dame. Castillo, a native of Bogota, Columbia, played primarily at #2 singles and compiled a 39-10 career record. The left-hander was the IIAC Conference Singles Champion at #1 in 1962. Currently, Castillo lives in Miami, Fla., where he helps design and construct tennis courts.
Donnell Daniel (Football, 1982-83) was a star cornerback for the Salukis' 1983 I-AA National Championship team. He was an Associated Press All-American in 1983 and the Missouri Valley Conference "Defensive Player of the Year." In 1983, he had seven interceptions and returned three of them for touchdowns. A dynamic athlete, he also returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown in 1983. Daniel ranks fourth in career interceptions at SIU with 11. After his career with the Salukis, Daniel played two years in the United States Football League (USFL) with New Jersey and Los Angeles. When his playing career ended, he spent three years in the United States Air Force. Currently, he is the athletic director at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Terry Finn (Wrestling, 1962-64) was a three-time national champion wrestler back in an era when fans packed Davies Gym to see the Saluki grapplers. Finn won the NCAA College Division championship in the 123-pound weight class in 1963, the NCAA College Division championship in the 115-pound weight class in 1964, and the NCAA University Division championship in the 115-pound weight class in 1964. Finn was a member of SIU's IIAC championship team in 1962 and finished sixth in the University Division meet. Finn currently resides in Tustin, Calif., where he owns and manages a mail and packing store.
Bill Hancock (Men's Track, 1972-75) was a star decathlete for the Salukis in the 1970s. He made world history by becoming the first decathlete to clear 7'0'' in the high jump. He earned All-American status in 1975 by finishing fifth at nationals in the indoor high jump with a mark of 6'11''. A testament to his enduring legacy, many of Hancock's marks from 30 years ago still rank among the best in school history. He ranks fifth in the indoor high jump (7'1'' in 1975). fifth in the outdoor high jump (7'2'' in 1975) and eigth in the outdoor 110m high hurdles (14.34 in 1975). Hancock currently lives in Canton, Ill. where he is a safety inspector for the U.S. Department of Labor.
Kasia McClendon (Women's Basketball, 1994-97) is perhaps the finest defensive player in school history. She was a three-time MVC Defensive Player of the Year (1995, 1996, 1997) and ranks first in career steals at SIU and in the MVC with 366. In 1997, she led the nation in steals. McClendon was a First-Team All-MVC selection in 1996 and 1997, and honorable mention All-MVC in 1995. She ranks 11th in career scoring at SIU with 1,167 points and third in career 3-pointers with 103. McClendon lives in Merrillville, Ind., and works as a job and family permancy specialist.
Mike Reis (Voice of the Salukis, 1978-Present) has described the action of many of the greatest sports moments in school history as the Salukis' play-by-play announcer for the last 26 years. A 1978 graduate of SIU's radio & television program, Reis calls the action for Saluki football, men's basketball and baseball. He also serves as host of radio call-in shows and is a frequent emcee at Saluki athletic functions. His distinctive delivery, impressive insight and passion for Saluki sports make listening to a game a rich experience. A resident of Carbondale, Reis is a sports icon in southern Illinois.
Gary Wilson (Men's Basketball, 1975-79) was a key member of the Salukis' first NCAA Tournament team, which advanced to the Sweet 16 in 1977. Wilson was a First-Team All-MVC pick in 1978 and a Second-Team All-MVC selection in 1979. His career statistics are remarkable. He ranks eighth in career scoring with 1,513 points, sixth in career rebounding with 841 and fifth in career blocks with 99. He led the team in rebounds all four years he played. During his career, he averaged 14.0 ppg and led the team in scoring in 1977-78 with 19.0 ppg. He was drafted by the Kansas City Kings in the 10th round in 1979, though he did not play in the National Basketball Association. Sadly, Wilson passed away in September after a heart attack. The Columbus, Ga. native was 47. He will be represented at the induction ceremony by his brother-in-law and long-time friend, Oscar Dixon, who is the pro basketball editor at USA Today.