Six named to Se Athletics Hall of Fame

DURANT–Southeastern athletics has announces Lori Alexander, Eric Babers, Bud Bahner, Raymond “Cotton” Jordan, Mark Milligan, and Brandi Robinson as members of the 20th induction class of the Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame.

The 2018 Hall of Fame Class will be enshrined on Aug. 18 with the ceremony slated for a noon start at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on Southeastern’s campus.

Alexander starred on Southeastern’s earliest softball teams, playing from 1996-97 as the Savages were making the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II and joining the Lone Star Conference.

She was an All-American selection her senior season in the NAIA while alternately helping her squad to an LSC Championship. Her junior year she took home both Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference and LSC honors at first base and was named an NAIA All-Southwest Region selection.

Alexander holds five single season offensive records overall and is tied or holds two of the biggest marks in the record book with 19 home runs in a single season, a record she holds alongside Kelly Baker, while also connecting on a career-high 37 homers. She also holds the career mark for batting average at .413.

Babers helped ignite a men’s basketball renaissance as a four-year member of SE’s teams from 2003-2007.

As a freshman he took home Lone Star conference Freshman of the Year honors in 2003 and only built on those honors as his career progressed, earning All-LSCN recognition the following year before adding back-to-back LSCN Player of the Year honors in 2006 and 2007. He was a two-time all-region selection and closed out his career by taking home NABC and Daktronics All-American honors, while also leading his team to an NCAA DII Regional Finals appearance in 2007.

Babers is one of just 12 members of SE’s 1,000-point club and is fourth on the all-time list with 1,883 points. He also joins only Dennis Rodman in Southeastern history with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, with Babers hauling in 1,030 boards over his career which is second all-time. He is also the program’s all-time leader in blocked shots with 221, while also being ranked in the top-five in assists and steals.

Bahner was a four-year standout for Southeastern and capped his career as the program’s second ever All-American in the 1955 season and was the only first team All-American from 1950 until 1988.

Over his four seasons he starred across the offensive line, playing center, guard, and tackle, ultimately earning All-American recognition as a center his senior season. He was a two-time All-OCC selection in 1954 and 1955.

Bahner will receive this honor posthumously as he passed away on Sept. 29, 2007 in Ardmore.

Jordan came to Southeastern for the final two seasons of his career after starting out at Murray State and was one of the first African American athletes on campus before ultimately becoming the first black athlete to graduate, earning his degree in 1968.

He would earn first team all-conference honors on the defensive side of the ball in 1967 and 1968 and was a member of the team’s 1967 Oklahoma Collegiate Conference championship team.

Jordan would continue on with a career in football, moving into the coaching ranks. His first stop was as a junior high coach at Wewoka before moving on to Beggs, where he would win his only state title. He would follow with stops at the collegiate level at Northeastern State and Mississippi Valley State before returning to the state to coach the final 15 years of his career at Vian before retiring following the 1999 season after 32 years of coaching combined.

Milligan played four seasons of Southeastern tennis under hall of fame coach Clarence Dyer and put together a memorable career highlighted by a pair of All-American honors in 1970 and 1972 while helping those teams to NAIA National Team Runner Up finishes thanks in part to a national doubles runner-up finish of his own in 1972 with teammate and hall of famer Kimm Ketelson.

He joined the Savage tennis program as Oklahoma’s top-ranked junior player and would win a pair of Oklahoma Collegiate Conference doubles championships and twice finished as OCC singles runner-up. He helped guide his teams to OCC team championships in each of his four seasons.

Milligan continued his tennis success as a coach, taking over as the coach at Ardmore HS in 1973 and making stops at Muskogee HS, Henryetta HS, Altus HS, and McAlester HS over his 30 year coaching career. Over that span he coached 12 All-State athletes and 11 individual State Champions, while adding one team state title and one team state runner-up finish. In 2018 he was inducted into the Oklahoma Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Robinson played her final two seasons at Southeastern and left her mark on the program by leading the Savages to an NCAA Division II National Runner-Up finish her senior season during the 2002 playoffs.

That season she took home NCAA All-American honors and was named the Region MVP for her efforts which would also garner her Female Athlete of the Year honors from Southeastern and the Lone Star Conference. She was the LSCN Player of the Year in 2002 and an all-conference pick in both her seasons while guiding SE to the NCAA DII playoff appearances both years.

The sister of Southeastern Hall of Famer Crystal Robinson, she too put her stamp on the record book and is one of 12 players to join the 1,000 point club. She’s ranked sixth all-time in scoring with 1,178 points and has the fourth-best single season scoring mark in program history as well as the ninth.

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