Cox was the first truly prolific passer for the Rams and held the majority of Angelo State’s passing records until 2010. He threw for 7,833 yards in his career and was an honorable mention selection on the 1985 Associated Press All- America Team. In his four years at quarterback, he led the Rams to 26 wins and the 1984 Lone Star Conference title. His 475 yards passing versus Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1986 still stands as the top single-game total in team history. He also had four games of at least 200 yards passing and held the ASU season records for completions (180) and touchdowns (22) until 2009.
Gaines was ASU’s first baseball All-American and was also a two-time All-LSC selection. In 2006, he earned all-conference, all-region and All-America honors while helping ASU to a LSC South Division title in just the second year of the program’s existence. He hit .417 as a senior with 13 doubles and four home runs, and he led the team with 66 runs scored and 59 RBIs. He went on to play professionally in the Chicago White Sox organization and for the San Angelo Colts. He has since become a fixture in the San Angelo community through his establishment of the West Texas Elite Youth Baseball program, mentoring and teaching hundreds of young people.
Paul “Buddy” Horne
Football & Basketball, 1953-54
Multi-Sport Coach, 1958-70
Dean of Men/Students, 1971-97
Horne started his football playing career at San Angelo College in 1953, earning second team all-conference honors and helping the Rams to a conference title. As a sophomore in 1954, he was selected to the second team of the all-conference basketball team. He was the only student-athlete to win the Nathan Donsky Sportsmanship Award for both basketball and football. After his collegiate career, Horne started teaching and coaching at ASU in 1958, serving as assistant football coach (1958–70), assistant basketball coach (1958–64), head tennis coach (1964–66) and head baseball coach (1967–68). He then moved into the administration, first as dean of men from 1971–74 and then as dean of students from 1974–97.
Kennard was a dominating defensive force for the Rams. A defensive tackle, he twice earned first team All-LSC honors and was named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) first team All- American in 1976. Following his ASU career, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Oilers and played seven seasons in the NFL (1977–83), all with the Oilers. As a rookie he recorded three sacks and one safety against the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 20, 1977. During the 1981 season, Kennard recorded 91 tackles at nose tackle, which stood at the seventh-most in a single season in Oiler history until the early 1990s. His career ended in 1983 after a knee injury.
McLaughlin scored over 1,000 points in just two seasons with the Rams. He finished second in the LSC in scoring with 25.1 points per game in 1975, the same year he scored 45 points versus Howard Payne that stood as the Rams’ single-game record until 1990. He had another 40-point game versus Texas A&M-Commerce later that season and still holds the school record for 30-point games with 14. He also led the Rams in assists with 138 in 1975–76 and was named the conference MVP. He later moved into the teaching and coaching ranks at Carthage in the late 1970s.
Track & Field, 1982–84
In 1984, Seldon had one of the most outstanding seasons in the history of the Rambelles track and field program. She won the NCAA Division II national championship in the long jump with a meet record of 21’-2.50” that stood until 2013. She posted an LSC and ASU record of 21’-9” and still owns the top three jumps in ASU history. She also received an invite to compete at the 1984 Olympic Trials. She was inducted into the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003.