Four Former Athletes and a Former Coach to Enter BYU Athletic Hall of Fame

PROVO -- Frank Fredericks, K.C. Cline Lemon, Courtney Nelson-Murrell, Andy Toolson and Karl Tucker will be inducted into the Brigham Young University Athletic Hall of Fame Tuesday, July 31st, in ceremonies held by the BYU Cougar Club at LaVell Edwards Stadium's Cougar Room.

The four former athletes and former coach join nearly 140 athletes, coaches and administrators who have received the university's highest athletic honor since the first induction banquet was held in 1975.

Frank Fredericks has established himself as one of the best sprinters in history. As a BYU athlete and since leaving the university, he has brought honor to himself, his homeland, and his alma mater at the highest levels of international competition.

While at BYU, Frank was a three-time national champion, claiming NCAA titles in the outdoor 100 and 200 meters and the indoor 200 meters. As a Cougar he earned 11 All-American awards and helped to establish BYU as a national track power.

On the international track circuit Frank is one of the most respected and successful athletes ever. A four-time silver medalist in the 100 and 200 meter events at the Olympic Games, Frank recorded the second-fastest time in history in the 200 meters at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

He was also the 200 meter world champion at the 1992 World Championships in Stuttgard, Germany, and has been ranked as the world's best 200 meter runner in the world rankings, a position he has regularly exchanged with Michael Johnson.

Currently Frank holds the world records for the indoor 100 meters and the indoor 200 meters, and he holds the African records for the outdoor 100 meters and 200 meters as well.

Off the track Fredericks earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and an MBA from BYU. Namibia's Goodwill Ambassador, Frank has used his time and means to help the youth of his homeland reach new heights in education and athletic success.

K.C. was without question one of the most outstanding swimmers ever to attend BYU. She finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships four times and won five All-American awards as a Cougar.

During her freshman year the Tacoma, Washington, native set a new BYU record in the 100 back stroke and finished seventh at the NCAA Championships. It was merely an indication of great things to come.

In 1990 K. C. was honored as the Pacific Northwest Swimmer of the Year. During her career she broke school records 22 times. It was only last year that her records in the 50 backstroke and the 400-medley relay were surpassed, and her incredible marks in the 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke still stand as BYU records.

K.C. was the conference's most dominant backstroker, winning the 100 backstroke and being named All-Conference each of her four years. By the end of her eligibility, she had received a total of 11 All-Conference honors and been named the 1991 Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year.

Away from the pool she earned a bachelor's degree at BYU in health and a secondary education certificate; she was also honored by the Cougar Club as the 1991 recipient of the Leona Holbrook Spirit of Sport Award for personifying the true spirit of sport in competition and in life.

In 1990 Courtney won the NCAA's first platform diving title. The next year she defended her title, earning her second consecutive national crown at the 1991 NCAA Championships with a score of 595.0 points, a mark that still stands as a BYU record.

While competing for the Cougars, Courtney tallied seven All-American awards to become the most-decorated diver in BYU history. Courtney was an All-American on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards as well as the platform. She was also a three-time HCAC champion and was named to the All-Conference team each year she competed

Courtney was a member of the U.S. National Team and received the Phillips 66 Performance Award as the outstanding competitor at the U.S. Outdoor National Championships. She also placed fifth on the 3-meter springboard at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

The recipient of a bachelor's degree in health sciences from BYU and a master's degree in exercise physiology at San Jose State, Courtney has traveled widely and used her hard work and influence to raise thousands of dollars for charitable causes.

Andy Toolson's exploits are part of BYU Basketball's legacy of success. He still holds BYU records for the most career 3-pointers made (141) and the most 3-point baskets in a season (74). He ranks second for consecutive games with a 3-pointer, third in career 3-point percentage (.437), and 11th in career points scored with 1,388.

Playing three seasons for Ladell Anderson and one for Roger Reid, Andy helped BYU bring home two WAC Championships and to advance to the NCAA Tournament twice. He was part of the 1988 team that won 17 consecutive games and was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation.

His senior year Andy averaged 18.3 points to help lead BYU to the 1990 WAC title. That season he was named a GTE Academic All-American and his 51 percent shooting from the floor, including 49 percent on 3-point attempts, placed him on the All-District Team.

Andy played professional basketball in Europe, where he made the ULEB All-Star Team and won the league's 3-point shooting contest. He also played for the NBA's Utah Jazz and in the CBA. He earned a bachelor's degree in international relations from BYU in 1990 and completed a master's degree in social science from Syracuse in 1999.

In 31 years at BYU, Karl Tucker became a legendary coach. The success and notoriety the BYU Golf Team merited under his direction shaped the future of BYU Athletics. With Karl at the helm the team racked up 19 Western Athletic Conference titles, 170 team championships, 117 match play wins, and the 1981 NCAA Title, the first outright NCAA Championship by any BYU team.

A list of Karl's former players reads like a veritable "Who's Who" of the PGA with players: Johnny Miller, Keith Clearwater, John Fought, Bobby Clampett, Pat McGown, and many others passing through the BYU ranks and then moving on to even greater success on the professional tour. An amazing 69 of Karl's players were named All-Americans.

Recognized as WAC Coach of the Year 13 times, Tucker was voted 1981 NCAA National Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). His name is associated with some of the highest awards to be found in golfing circles and the state of Utah including: the GCAA Golf Coaches Hall of Fame, the Utah Sports Hall of Fame, the Utah Golf Hall of Fame, Dale Rex Memorial Award, the Utah Golf Association Gold Club Award, the Bob Polsen Award, the Rolex Honor Award, and many others.

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