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Tulsa Recognizes its' 28th Athletic Hall of Fame Class

Basketball All-American Shea Seals speaks at the 2011 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
Basketball All-American Shea Seals speaks at the 2011 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

Oct. 15, 2011

Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa inducted its 28th class into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night. The inductees will be recognized at halftime of tonight's Tulsa-UAB football game at H.A. Chapman Stadium.

Former Head Football Coach John Cooper, basketball All-American Shea Seals, baseball All-American Mike Sember and the 1991 Missouri Valley Conference Soccer Champions comprise the class of 2011 inductees.

John Cooper (1977-84) served as the Golden Hurricane football coach for eight seasons and compiled an overall record of 57-31 and 31-6 league mark. His teams won five straight Missouri Valley Conference Championships (1980-84) and had seven winning seasons. Cooper also served as the school's director of athletics.

Basketball All-American Shea Seals (1993-97) stayed in his hometown after a brilliant prep career at Tulsa McLain High School and ended his career with his jersey (21) being retired. He led Tulsa to four-year record of 93-34 and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including the school's first-ever "Sweet Sixteen" appearance in 1994 and duplicating that feat a year later in 1995.

Mike Sember (1971-74) came to Tulsa from Hammond, Indiana's Bishop Noll High School on a football scholarship, but ended his collegiate career as one of the top baseball players in school history. He had a .352 career batting average with 22 home runs and 100 RBI, while earning all-Missouri Valley Conference honors for three straight seasons.

This year's Hall of Fame Honor Team is the 1991 Men's Soccer Team. Tulsa won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles that year, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament while finishing the season with a 14-3 record and national ranking of 17th.