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2024 Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Class Announced
By Brandon Tadtman
Copyright: MSC Sports
07/01/2024

The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame have announced the 2024 class with the 12 individuals set to be inducted on October 13th in Topeka. 

  • Dave Bingham - NAIA National Champion baseball coach at Emporia State & head coach for College World Series participant Kansas. 

  • Erik Kynard – Olympic Gold Medalist High Jumper at Kansas State. 

  • Melvin Lister - National Champion in the Long Jump at Leavenworth high school, Butler County Community College, and Arkansas. 

  • Mark Mangino - National Assistant Football Coach of the Year at Oklahoma & Head Coach for Kansas when they won the Orange Bowl. 

  • Ron Neugent - Swimming Gold Medalist in World University Games & American Record Holder at Kansas. 

  • Kelly Rankin - The only American to be the head starter for two Olympic Games. 

  • Scott Russell - NCAA Champion and Olympic qualifier for Canada in the Javelin at Kansas. 

  • Kevin Saunders - Bronze Medalist and record holder for U.S. in Paralympic Games. 

  • Will Shields - Native Kansan, 14-year NFL veteran for the Kansas City Chiefs. Member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and NFL Hall of Fame. 

  • Sean Snyder - Consensus All-American punter and National Special Teams Coach of the Year at Kansas State. 

  • Mark Turgeon - All-State basketball player at Topeka-Hayden, four-time NCAA Tournament qualifier at Kansas, Wichita State and Big Ten Champion (Maryland), Coach and Conference Coach of the Year.

  • Annette Wiles - Two-time NAIA Basketball All-American and NAIA Tournament Most Valuable Player at Fort Hays State. 

The 2024 class puts the total number of inductees to 340 with the first class dating back to 1961 which included Dr. James Naismith and Mike Ahearn. 


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