The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame will host its first enshrinement in Independence, at noon Nov. 12, at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, and Eastern Jackson County will be well represented.
Former Oak Grove head wrestling coach and activities director Bob Glasgow, William Chrisman graduate and former O’Hara, St. Teresa’s and Lee’s Summit West volleyball coach Lori Hanaway and longtime Raytown swimming coach Jim Aziere join former Chicago Cubs Gold Glove outfielder and Raytown South grad Bob Dernier and former Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl defensive tackle Bill Maas in the class of 18 inductees.
Many of the inductees gathered Wednesday afternoon at Stoney Creek to talk about the upcoming induction ceremony and what it means to them to join the ranks of Missouri Sports Hall of Famers.
• Heading into this season, Hanaway’s teams owned 724 victories and eight state championships. She was also played on Chrisman’s 1983 state championship team.
She won one state championship at St. Teresa’s and seven at O’Hara. She is currently the head volleyball coach at Lee’s Summit, after serving as the head coach at crosstown rival Lee’s Summit West five seasons.
“I look around and wonder what I’m doing here,” said Hanaway, sharing a common theme among the high school inductees. “To be honored in my home state, and to have the induction ceremony in my home town is very special.
“It has been such an honor to work with female high school athletes, and who knows, maybe have a girl I’ve coached be the next great athlete and be honored by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.”
• Glasgow is a coaching legend, with membership in the Missouri Wrestling Hall of Fame, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and now the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
“This was the only big one I was missing,” joked Glasgow, who was honored along with an Oak Grove wrestling program that has turned out a state record 17 state championships, three four-time inidvidual champions, 19 undefeated champions and 31 top-four finishes.
Glasgow coached at Oak Grove 25 years, his teams never finished below fourth place and they won 12 state championships.
“It’s a joy to look around the room and see more than one friend,” said Glasgow, who spent time as the Raytown School District activities director after leaving Oak Grove. “It’s an honor to share this with Coach Aziere, who I have admired for many years and was able to work alongside in the Raytown School District, and Lori and I have had the opportunity to visit many times over the years.
“It’s just a great honor to share this with all the amazing people in this room.”
• Aziere began coaching the boys swimming team at Raytown in 1974 and his teams have won more than 500 dual meets. He is still coaching the team 43 years later.
“It’s an unbelievable honor to be here today and to be a part of this Hall of Fame class,” said Aziere, who is also an alderman in Raytown. “I am so honored to share this award with Bob Glasgow and to be able to have the opportunity to talk about all the fine young men I have coached, and how special the Raytown School District has been to be for many, many years.”
• Dernier, who credits Raytown South basketball coaching legend Bud Lathrop for showing him how to compete and how to play any game the right way, graduated from South and played 10 years in the major leagues from 1980 to 1989. He was part of the Philadelphia Phillies’ 1983 National League championship team and was a teammate of former Van Horn High School graduate Rick Sutcliffe on the Chicago Cubs 1984 National League championship team.
“The only game I play now is golf,” said Dernier, who lives in Lee’s Summit. “This is humbling, a great honor and I am so thankful.”
• Maas, one of the most dominating nose tackles in the mid 1980s and early 1990s, was a standout for Chiefs from 1984 to 1992. He led the Chiefs to four playoff berths (1986, 1990, 1991, 1992) and was the NFL Rookie of the Year his first season.
“What an honor to be here today,” said Maas, a real estate agent in the metro area who lives in Lee’s Summit. “It’s about time they got to my (nominating) letter. I’ve been sending it every year for the past 10 years.”
• Sponsorship tables of 10 for the Nov. 12 induction are available for $1,500. Individual tickets are $150. For more information call 417-889-3100.