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2014 Crimson Club Hall of Fame class includes 5 former athletes, 1 coach, 1964 football team (7 items)

By , Deseret News

May 24, 2014

Six individuals with a long list of accolades and one team that set a standard for future Ute squads make up the 2014 class of the University of Utah's Crimson Club Athletics Fund Hall of Fame.

They will be enshrined into the hall of fame on Sept. 5 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Among those being honored are Kevin Dyson (football), Andre Miller (men's basketball), Elaine Elliott (women's basketball coach), Amy Kofoed (women's soccer), Kim Turner (women's volleyball), Sandy Woolsey (women's gymnastics) and the 1964 Liberty Bowl football team.

Here's a look at the five players, one coach and the ’64 football team.

1 of 7. Kevin Dyson

Dyson played wide receiver for the Utah football team from 1993-97, grabbing a school-record 192 receptions and 18 touchdowns. His 2,726 receiving yards are the second-most in school history. Dyson was also a two-time first-team All-WAC selection (1996, 1997).

Tennessee drafted Dyson, who prepped at Clearfield High, with the 16th overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft, and he played for the Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV. Over his six-year pro career, Dyson had 178 receptions for 2,325 yards and 18 touchdowns while playing for the Titans and Carolina Panthers.


2 of 7. Andre Miller

Miller, who played at Utah from 1995-99, earned national honors while leading the Runnin' Ute basketball team to the national championship game in 1998. He was named the Basketball Times National Player of the Year in 1998-99 and was also a consensus first-team All-American. The Utes have retired Miller's No. 24, one of seven men's basketball players to earn that honor.

Miller is the Utes' all-time leader in assists (721) and steals (254), and his 1,618 points ranks 11th in Utah history. He averaged 12.1 points, 5.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game during his Utes career, which included four WAC championships and four trips to the NCAA tournament.

He was selected eighth overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1999 NBA draft, and during his ongoing, 15-year pro career, Miller has averaged 13.3 points, 6.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game.


3 of 7. Elaine Elliott

Elliott led the Ute women's basketball team to the NCAA tournament 15 times during her head coaching career, including two trips to the Sweet 16 (2001, 2006) and one Elite Eight appearance (2006). She led Utah to a 582-234 record in 27 seasons at Utah before retiring in 2010; during that time, Elliott had 17 players earn All-America honors and four drafted in the WNBA.

In 2001, she was named the John and Nellie Wooden National Coach of the Year, and Elliott was named the WBCA District Coach of the Year five times. She also earned MWC Coach of the Year honors four times and WAC Division Coach of the Year honors three times.


4 of 7. Amy Kofoed

Kofoed is the all-time leader in goals (46) and points (108) for Utah soccer. She started in 55 of the 59 games she played for the Utes' soccer team from 1998-2000, including 16 her freshman season. In 2000, Kofoed earned second-team SoccerBuzz all-West region honors, and she was a three-time first-team all-MWC selection.

Kofoed scored 14 game-winning goals in her Utah career and led the Utes to a share of the 1999 MWC championship, the first in school history.


5 of 7. Kim Turner

Turner picked up a pair of firsts in her four-year Ute volleyball career. In 2003, she became the first Utah volleyball player to earn AVCA All-America honors when she was named to the third team. In 2001, Turner and the Utes made their first trip to the NCAA's Sweet 16. Utah made the NCAA tournament all four years she was with the Utes.

The middle blocker was also the MWC Co-Player of the Year twice and left as Utah's all-time leader in kills (1,620) and total blocks (670). In 2000, Turner was named the MWC Freshman of the Year.