El Paso, TX — Gus Bailey, Gloria Estrada, Harry Flournoy, Wayne Hansen and Greg Joy will be enshrined in the UTEP Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night at the Larry K. Durham Sports Center.
They will also be honored at halftime of the Miners’ football game against Tulsa on Saturday night.
This is UTEP’s 12th Athletic Hall of Fame class.
Bailey and Hansen will be recognized posthumously. Bailey and Flournoy hail from the Miner men’s basketball program, Estrada from women’s basketball, Hansen from football and Joy from track & field.
About UTEP’s 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Class
Gus Bailey (Men’s Basketball, 1971-74)
Gus Bailey was born in Gibson, N.C., but graduated from Burges High School in El Paso while his parents were stationed at Fort Bliss. He was a two-time All-Western Athletic Conference swingman during his three years at UTEP, leading the squad in scoring as a junior and senior. His career averages were 12.3 points and 5.8 rebounds with 12 double-doubles. Don Haskins said Bailey was of the best defensive players that he ever coached, despite playing on a left leg that he broke three times as a young boy. In the summer of 1973, right before his senior year, he participated in the World University Games in Moscow, Russia. He started every game for the gold-medal winning squad while playing alongside such greats as North Carolina State’s Tom Burleson and David Thompson and Indiana’s Quinn Buckner. He was chosen by Houston in the second round of the 1974 NBA Draft, and played five seasons in the league with the Rockets, New Orleans Jazz and Washington Bullets. After his pro career ended in 1980, Bailey returned to UTEP to complete work on his degree before moving back to New Orleans. His life was cut short way too soon on Nov. 28, 1988, but he leaves a lasting legacy as one of the greatest players in UTEP Basketball history.
Gloria Estrada (Women’s Basketball, 1974-77)
After averaging nearly 40 points per game her senior year at Fabens High School, Gloria Estrada took her talents to El Paso and joined the Miners for their inaugural women’s basketball season in 1974-75. Estrada played at UTEP for three years, and was the team’s leading scorer as a junior and senior. Her vast offensive repertoire enabled coach Carol Ammerman to build much of the scoring attack around her. Estrada is still tied for second in school history in made field goals with 14 versus New Mexico State in January of 1977. After graduating from UTEP in 1979, Estrada spent over three decades working at San Elizario, Fabens and Canutillo High Schools. She not only excelled as an educator, but as a volleyball and girls basketball coach as well. Estrada presided over teams that captured district titles and earned berths in the state finals. Although she stopped coaching in 1996, she continued to teach Language Arts until June of this year, before announcing her well-deserved retirement. Gloria Estrada has always taken the winning road, and now she’s free to reflect on a lifetime of achievement forged on dedication, skill and hard work.
Harry Flournoy (Men’s Basketball, 1963-66)
Harry Flournoy was the leading rebounder and a team captain on the 1966 Texas Western national championship squad. Ironically, he didn’t start playing organized sports until high school. But he attracted the interest of college coaches, including Don Haskins. “The Bear” visited Flournoy’s hometown of Gary, Ind. to recruit Orsten Artis, but he left with two names on his list. Flournoy and Artis moved 1,500 miles to play for the future Hall of Famer. Flournoy appeared in 83 games for the Miners, averaging 6.8 points and 10.1 rebounds. He had 221 rebounds as a sophomore, 306 as a junior and 309 as a senior. He joins Jim Barnes as the only Miners to register 300 rebounds in two separate seasons. He ranks fourth in school history with 836 boards, and his career rebounding average rates third in school annals. Flournoy recorded 16 double-doubles in a Miner uniform. After graduation, he became a teacher and basketball coach at an elementary school in El Paso, and later worked as a business executive. He is currently retired and living in McDonough, Ga.
Wayne Hansen (Football, 1947-49)
Wayne Hansen anchored the offensive line as the Texas Western football team led the nation in rushing twice in the late 1940’s. The Miners averaged a school-record 375 yards per game on the ground his junior year, and 333 his senior year of 1949. Hansen played both center and nose tackle, earning All-Border Conference honors as a senior. He opened holes for stars like Fred Wendt, who ran for 1,546 yards in 1948 – a school record that would stand for over 60 years. Hansen was instrumental in the Miners posting a 21-7-3 record over three seasons with back-to-back Sun Bowl appearances in 1949 and 1950. He had a 51-yard kickoff return in the 1950 Sun Bowl as Texas Western beat Georgetown 33-20. After being drafted by the Chicago Bears, Hansen was immediately inserted into the starting lineup. He played offensive guard, defensive tackle and center before moving to linebacker in 1955. He made the Pro Bowl in 1956, 1957 and 1958 and was also the Bears’ defensive captain. After playing for the Cowboys from 1961-62, he served as an assistant coach at Texas Western, Oklahoma and Stanford. Wayne Hansen passed away on Aug. 24, 1987, and is survived by two daughters, a son, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Greg Joy (Track & Field, 1975-77)
Greg Joy was born to Canadian parents in Portland, Ore., and later grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. He began high jumping at age 15 and cleared six feet six and three quarter inches in his first competitive year. In grade 11, he broke the seven-foot barrier and placed second at the Canadian national championships. He joined the UTEP track and field team for the 1975 season. Joy won the high jump title at the 1975 and 1977 NCAA Indoor Championships, and was a four-time All-American in the event. He was also a five-time conference champion with the Miners. In 1976, he was chosen the “Canadian Male Athlete of the Year” after winning a silver medal at the Olympics. He became Canada’s first Olympic medalist in the high jump since 1932. In 1978, Joy reached the pinnacle of his career, setting a world indoor record with a jump of seven feet seven inches. Later that year, he captured another silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton. He added another silver medal at the 1982 Canadian Commonwealth Games. He retired in 1984 and currently works as an adjudicator at Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Board.