The Class of 2015 consists of eleven members: University of Kansas and Seattle Seahawk linebacker Terry Beeson from Coffeyville; Topeka native and two-time Gold Glove Award winner Ken Berry; University of Kansas All-American softball player and the school's all-time softball coaching wins leader Tracy Bunge; Kansas State University tight end and three-time Pro Bowl selection of the Green Bay Packers, Paul Coffman from Chase; two-time Benedictine College All-American and four-time state basketball championship coach Mathew "Chic" Downing of Atchison; 1996 U.S. Olympic gold medalist in the triple-jump Kenny Harrison from Kansas State University; 12-time KCAC women's basketball Coach of the Year at Sterling College Lonnie Kruse from Sterling; three-time Big 12 Conference basketball selection and Kansas State University's all-time assist leader, Shalee Lehning of Sublette; 14-time All-American in football and track at Pittsburg State University and two-time Pro Bowl selection Brian Moorman from Sedgwick; three-time National Championship coach and two-time National Coach of the Year at Butler Community College Troy Morrell from Buhler; three-sport athlete from Wichita State University and long-time major conference official in football and basketball Dick Sanders from Wichita.
No coach had ever dominated their respective conference quite like Troy Morrell, a native of Buhler, Kansas. After a playing career that saw him earn All-American status as a lineman at Butler Community College in 1991 before finishing his playing career at Fort Hays State University, Morrell began a coaching career that is envied by coaches across the country. Morrell served as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for two National Championships at Butler Community College in El Dorado in 1998 and 1999 before being promoted to head coach of the Grizzlies in 2000. Over the next fifteen seasons, Morrell racked up twelve KJCCC titles and three NJCAA National Championships in 2003, 2007, and 2008. In addition, Morrell coached the Grizzlies to four other National Championship game appearances. For his career, Morrell posted a record of 154-22 with a win percentage .875, the highest winning percentage in junior college football history and Morrell coached an amazing 70 players All-Americans. Morrell earned National Coach of the Year honors twice in 2002 and 2007 to go along with five KJCCC Coach of the Year selections. Morrell was inducted to the Buhler High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
The induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Wichita Boathouse. The eleven-person class raises the total number of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductees to 248. The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame is in its 54th year of operation. Tickets for the 2015 Induction Ceremony go on sale on Aug. 3.