JONESBORO, Ark. (7/7/17) – The Arkansas State Lettermen's Club will induct four new members into the A-State Hall of Honor during its annual banquet Friday, Sept. 15, at the Woodard McAlister Family Club inside the Johnny Allison Tower of Centennial Bank Stadium.
Former A-State volleyball all-conference performer Beth Cochran Thomas, women's basketball all-conference standout Adrianne Davie, football letterman and Super Bowl champion Ron Meeks and baseball All-American Josh Yates have been selected as the 2017 inductees.
The Hall of Honor Banquet is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased by contacting the Red Wolves Foundation at 870-972-2401. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a social gathering, followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.
Tables seating eight people are available for $400, while single tickets cost $50. Access to the Woodard McAlister Family Club can be gained by entering the main gate (west side) of Centennial Bank Stadium and taking the elevators to level two.
Cochran, a four-year letterwinner from 1996-99, is one of five players in school history to earn Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year honors as she earned the distinction in 1996. She is one of just six players to be named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, receiving that honor in 1999. She is a three-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection (1997, 1998, 1999) and was selected to the AVCA All-Region Team in 1999. She finished her career with school records of 474 block assists, 602 total blocks, 39 kills in a single match and a .346 career hitting percentage. She ranks No. 2 all-time with 1,636 kills. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology and is currently teaching in Manteca, Calif.
Davie shined for the women's basketball team from 2004-07. She was a four-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection, earning first team honors twice. She helped A-State to three appearances in the WNIT and a Sun Belt Conference East Division Championship. She finished with school records in free throws (523), rebounds (1,147) and blocks (132) while ranking top five in points (3rd – 1,978) and field goal percentage (4th - .491). She averaged a double-double during the 2004-05 season. Davie earned her bachelor's degree in marketing management and now resides in Little Rock as general manager of C&M sales, a division of Central & Moon distributing.
Meeks earned three letters in his time at A-State, two in football (1975, 1976) and one in track and field (1974). A walk on to the A-State football team who later earned a scholarship, Meeks blocked four kicks in his career, second-most in school history. He had three blocked kicks in 1976 along with five interceptions and 46 tackles. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and is now retired in Charlotte, N.C., after serving as an NFL assistant coach/defensive coordinator from 1991-2012. Meeks was the defensive coordinator for Super Bowl XLI Champion Indianapolis Colts.
One of just two A-State baseball players to earn All-America recognition twice, Josh Yates played for A-State back in 2006 and 2007. He earned ABCA First Team All-South Central Region honors in 2006 along with First Team All-Sun Belt Conference distinction. He finished his career with a .357 batting average to rank third in school history and held a .435 on-base percentage, fifth-best all-time. He hit safely in 23 consecutive games late in 2006 and into the 2007 season for the second-longest streak in program history. His 24 career home runs rank fourth while he holds the highest slugging percentage (.683). He holds multiple top-10 single-season records including No. 1 in doubles (23 in 2006), No. 2 in total bases (139 in 2006), No. 3 in RBI (62 in 2006) and No. 4 in home runs (13 in 2006). Yates earned his bachelor's degree in accounting and now resides in Memphis as a pastor.