Three Texas A&M legends named to Texas Sports Hall of Fame ballot

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas— Three Texas A&M legends—Kelly Krauskopf, Shane Lechler and Jackie Sherrill—were named to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Ballot for the Class of 2020, the entity’s selection committee announced Wednesday. The class of 2020 is inducted on March 28, 2020.

Krauskopf played basketball at Texas A&M from 1980-83 before she embarked on a successful career as a basketball executive. Krauskopf is currently the assistant general manager of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, helping the team to the No. 5-seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs during her first season in her role. Previously, the Corpus Christi, Texas native spent 17 seasons as the general manager of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, leading the team to 13 playoff appearances, including three WNBA Finals appearances and a WNBA Championship in 2012. She was honored as A&M’s SEC Women’s Legend in 2013.

Lechler, who punted at Texas A&M from 1996-99, is widely regarded as one of the best at his position in football history. He ended his Aggie career with school career records in punting average (44.7), net punting average (44.7), total punts (268), punting yardage (11,977) and most punts without a block. The East Benard, Texas native went on to an 18-year career in the NFL with Oakland and Houston, earning seven Pro Bowl selections and setting the NFL record for career punting average (47.6). He was inducted into the Texas A&M Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

Sherrill was the head football coach at Texas A&M from 1982-88, leading the Aggies to three Southwest Conference Championships and three trips to the Cotton Bowl. Sherrill famously implemented Texas A&M’s famed 12th Man Kickoff Team and compiled a 52-28-1 record in College Station—which ranks fourth among Texas A&M coaches in career wins. He earned Southwest Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1985, 1986 and 1987, posting a 26-4 conference record in his final four years at A&M. He compiled a 180-120-4 career record, including his other stops at Mississippi State and Pitt.