QB Anthony Calvillo, trainer Dale Mildenberger among Utah State's Hall of Fame class
Utah State athletics announced its latest Hall of Fame class Wednesday afternoon, honoring six Aggies including one of the most prolific football players ever and one of the department's longest-tenured support staff.
The Class of 2014 includes quarterback Anthony Calvillo, trainer Dale Mildenberger, wrestler Cordel Andersen, softball player Yolanda Arvizu, track and field athlete Craig Carter and basketball player Troy Collier. They will be inducted on Friday, Sept. 5 ahead of Utah State's first home game against Idaho State, the school announced in a news release.
Calvillo may be one of the best-known names to younger Utah State fans. The California native quarterbacked the Aggies to their first-ever bowl win at the Las Vegas Bowl over Ball State in 1993. He set a school record with 3,260 offensive yards, a mark later broken by Chuckie Keeton.
After his Utah State days, he went on to become one of the best players in Canadian Football League history. A three-time Grey Cup winner and three-time recipient of the CFL's Most Outstanding Player award, he threw for 79,816 yards in career which is the most of any professional football player. He also is one of only five players to throw for more than 400 touchdowns in his career.
Any athlete who spent time in the training room in the last 40 years will remember Mildenberger, the head trainer at Utah State for 39 years before he retired at the end of last season. He's a member of of three Halls of Fame for athletic training, and was named Utah Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2004. His legacy will last well beyond his tenure, as the sports medicine room in the Laub Complex bears his name.
Of the other four honorees, three were All-Americans in their disciplines.
Andersen was a two-time All-American who went 116-33 in his wrestling career. He finished sixth nationally in the the 126-pound weight class in 1985 and 1986.
A second baseman and pitcher, Yolanda Arvizu was a All-American in 1981 and 1982. After her college carer, she was an Amateur Softball Association All-American, and played on 10 national championship teams. She served as a softball assistant coach for seven years and a basketball assistant for one year.
Carter honored as an All-American in both indoor and outdoor track in 1990 in his best event: the hammer throw. He was an 11-time all-Big West honoree, and was the conference discus champion in 1988 and 1989, and the hammer champion in 1989 and 1990. His 214-foot, 4-inch hammer toss stands as the second best mark in school history. After his playing days, he was a weight throwing coach at Utah State for 10 years.
Collier was junior college transfer to Utah State, but he had two great seasons for the Aggies, averaging 19.8 points (No. 6 all-time) and 11.7 rebounds (No. 4 all-time) per game in his career. He averaged 21.2 points and 12.3 rebounds during his senior season in 1964. Collier was selected in the NBA Draft by the L.A. Lakers in 1964, and went on to play with the Harlem Globetrotters.
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