COLLEGE STATION, Texas— Six Texas A&M athletic greats and one dedicated couple will be inducted into the Texas A&M Letterman’s Association Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor at the 33rd annual Burgess Banquet. The banquet will be held Friday, Sept. 10 at the Zone at the north end of Kyle Field. Aggie softball standout Pattie Holthaus, football running back and kick returner extraordinaire Leeland McElroy, tenacious cover cornerback in football Ray Mickens, righthanded workhorse pitcher Mark Ross, all-time sack leader from the Wrecking Crew linebacker Aaron Wallace and the ultimate backstop for soccer goalkeeper Melanie Wilson are the 2010 Hall of Fame inductees. Carolyn and Tommie Lohman ’59 will be inducted into the Hall of Honor for their longtime support and contributions to Aggie athletics.
Holthaus, who currently lives in LaPlace, Louisiana, was a four-year letter winner in softball helping the Aggies win two national championships (AIAW in 1982 and NCAA in 1983) and reached the NCAA title game her senior year in 1984. She signed with former head coach Bill Galloway and was solid for head coach Bob Brock. When the Aggies competed in their first NCAA College World Series in 1983, Holthaus was named to the CWS All-Tournament team. She left as the all-time leader in at-bats (787), runs (105), hits (208) as well as triples (14). Her record of 787 at-bats still stands. After graduating with a degree in physical education, Holthaus served as an assistant coach at Texas A&M in 1986 and 1987 helping the Aggies to the College World Series in both years and won another national championship in 1987.
McElroy, who currently hails from Garland, Texas, grew up in Beaumont and attended Central High School. He was recruited by current Aggie head coach Mike Sherman and earned letters in football in 1993, 1994 and 1995 helping head coach R.C. Slocum become the winningest coach in Aggie and Southwest Conference history. An unselfish player, McElroy split time in the Aggie backfield with two Aggie Hall of Famers Greg Hill and Rodney Thomas. As a redshirt freshman, McElroy broke onto the scene with three kickoff returns for touchdowns in 1993 including back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns against Rice and a 100-yard return against Texas to lead the Aggies to the Southwest Conference championship. He was named the National Special Teams Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated. McElroy earned first-team All-America honors in 1994 and 1995 and was a second-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 1996. McElroy earned his degree in management and left Aggieland with 2,442 yards rushing and is fourth all-time in A&M annals with 4,186 all-purpose yards (645 yards in receptions, 1,099 in kickoff return yards and 10 yards in punt returns).
Mickens, who lives in South Lake, Texas, played his high school football at Andress High School in El Paso and helped Coach R.C. Slocum and the Aggies win the Southwest Conference championship in 1992 and 1993 as well as post an undefeated record in 1994. Mickens earned All-America honors as a senior and was named a team captain by his teammates. Despite standing 5-8, Mickens played the majority of time in man-to-man coverage at cornerback. He was drafted in the third round of the 1996 NFL draft by the New York Jets and played 11 years in the league with the Jets, the Cleveland Browns and the New England Patriots before retiring after the 2006 season. In 1998, the cornerback earned All-Pro honors as selected by Sports Illustrated. Mickens, born in Frankfurt, Germany, earned his degree in accounting from Texas A&M.
Ross, a righthanded starting pitcher for head coach Tom Chandler and the Aggies, played for Mt. Carmel High School in Houston before coming to Aggieland and earning four letters (1976-79) for the Aggie baseball team. Ross earned All-SWC honors in 1977 and 1979. Along with lefthander Mark Thurmond, the dynamic duo guided the Aggies to back-to-back SWC Championships in 1977 and 1978 and helped the Aggies reach the NCAA playoffs in 1976-77-78. Ross was a co-recipient of the Wally Moon Award, for most improved player, along with Kyle Hawthorne in 1977. Ross was named the Marion Pugh MVP of the team in 1979. After earning his degree in finance, Ross was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 1979 Major League Baseball draft. He made his major league debut in 1982 for the Astros and pitched for his hometown club in 1982, 1984 and 1985. He would play two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1987, 90) sandwiched around one season with the Toronto Blue Jays (1988). He left Aggieland as the all-time record holder for wins (34), innings pitched (397) and holds a record which may never be broken with 26 complete games. In fact, he is still the school record holder in all three categories and finished with a career ERA of 2.54. Ross is currently a professional baseball scout for the Astros and lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Wallace, the all-time leading sack leader in Aggie football history with 42 sacks, played his high school football at Roosevelt High School in Dallas and was recruited by R.C. Slocum and played for head coaches Jackie Sherrill and Slocum. Wallace earned four letters in football (1986-89). The outside linebacker was a three-time All-SWC performer and earned All-America mention in 1988 and 1989. He was a Lombardi Award semifinalist in 1989 and helped the Aggies win the SWC Championship in 1986 and 1987. Wallace and his teammate and Aggie Hall of Fame member John Roper were referred to as the “Blitz Brothers” with each coming off of the ends of the formation. A key member of the “Wrecking Crew”, Wallace caused six fumbles in 1987. After earning his degree in agricultural development, Wallace was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in the second round of the 1990 NFL draft. He recorded nine sacks in 1990 and played eight years, all with the Raiders’ organization. He currently lives in DeSoto in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
Wilson, who currently resides in Douglasville, Georgia, came to Aggieland to play for head coach G. Guerrieri and earned four letters (1996-1999) in goal for the Aggies. Coming to A&M from Memphis, Tennessee, she helped the Aggies win the 1997 Big 12 regular season title as well as the 1997 Big 12 Soccer Championship Tournament. The Aggies would advance to the NCAA playoffs each year and reached the Sweet 16 in 1999, her senior year when she earned second-team All-America honors. She was a Freshman All-American in 1996 and earned the team’s defensive MVP award that same year, as well as her senior season in 1999. Because of her outstanding play, she was named to the Big 12 Women’s Soccer 10th Anniversary team. She is still the career record holder for shutouts with an average of 32.3. She is #2 in career saves with 289 stops and #2 in minutes in goal with 7,621 minutes and the second-best goals against average (0.92). Upon graduation, Wilson played with the Denver Diamonds (2000), the Atlanta Beat (2001-04) and the Atlanta Silverbacks (2005-07). She was named the Goalkeeper of the Year in the W-League in 2007.
Carolyn and Tommie Lohman ’59 can be found at almost every Aggie sporting event and banquet, at home and abroad. The Lohman’s have contributed to the 12th Man Foundation and Aggie athletics in many ways throughout the years including a leadership gift to the new Cox-McFerrin Basketball facility. They have sponsored more than 100 women’s basketball tickets for students who participate in the Learning Community in the Brazos Valley. This past spring the Lohman’s sponsored the Texas A&M CHAMPS Banquet that honors the academic achievements of the Aggie student-athletes who posted a 3.0 or better during the calendar year and that figure included more than 400 A&M student-athletes. The couple also facilitates cooperation between the College of Education and Human Development and the expanding of academic choices in those areas. Tommie is a past chairman of the board of the 12th Man Foundation and served as a trustee for six years.
2010 Inductees into the Texas A&M University Athletics Hall of Fame
Pattie Holthaus ‘84, Softball
Leeland McElroy ‘96, Football
Ray Mickens ’95, Football
Mark Ross ’79, Baseball
Aaron Wallace ’90, Football
Melanie Wilson ’00, Soccer
Carolyn & Tommie Lohman ’59, Hall of Honor