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March 31, 2014

PSU pair to get MIAA honor

Former Pittsburg State football coach and athletics director Chuck Broyles and former NFL player Kendall Gammon highlight a class of 10 to be inducted into the 2014 MIAA Hall of Fame.

Lincoln men’s basketball coach Don Corbett, Washburn women’s basketball player Shelley (Foster) Duffey, Missouri Western men’s golfer Brice Garnett, Central Missouri baseball coach Brad Hill, Central Missouri baseball player Rick Ledjevich, Emporia State women’s track and field athlete Heather Leverington, Southwest Baptist’s men’s tennis player Michael Obertop and Central Missouri and Missouri Western softball coach Rhesa Sumrell also will be inducted Thursday, June 5 at the Kansas City Public Library in Kansas City, Mo.

Broyles led the Pittsburg State football program to the 1991 NCAA Division II national championship and an MIAA record 198 victories during his 20-year stint as the Gorillas head coach from 1990-2009. A Mulberry, Kan., native, Broyles earned NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year honors in 1991, 2004 and 2008. He directed the Gorillas to four national title game appearances, nine MIAA titles and 15 trips to the playoffs. In 1999, Broyles became the first collegiate coach since the 1890s to reach 100 wins in less than 10 full seasons.

In addition to coaching, Broyles was Pittsburg State’s athletics director for 14 years. He also served as the chair of the NCAA Football Rules Committee from 2004-06.

Gammon, an offensive lineman, earned NCAA Division II first-team All-America honors as a senior for Pittsburg State in 1991. That season, Gammon helped the Gorillas to a 13-1-1 record and the national championship. He earned first-team all-MIAA honors from 1989-91 and helped the Gorillas to three consecutive MIAA championships during that span.

While being a high caliber offensive lineman for Pittsburg State, Gammon made his mark in the NFL as a long snapper. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 11th round of the 1992 NFL Draft and went on to play 15 years professionally for the Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs. Gammon competed in Super Bowl XXX with the Steelers and was named to the 2004 Pro Bowl as a member of the Chiefs.

Retired from the NFL, Gammon serves as a reporter for the Chiefs’ radio broadcasts and as director of development for intercollegiate athletics at Pittsburg State University.

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