April 4, 2001
SALT LAKE CITY - Four former athletes will be inducted into the University of Utah's Crimson Club Hall of Fame on Monday, April 16 at the Little America Hotel. The banquet, sponsored by Workers Compensation Fund and KJZZ-TV, also honors graduating Ute senior athletes. Tickets are available to the public for $30. Reservations can be made by calling (801) 585-8837. There will be a social hour at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. Softball player Charmelle Green, football player and community leader Ron Coleman, gymnast Linda Kardos and baseball player George Theodore are this year's Hall of Fame inductees.
Green was one of the best softball players to ever play at Utah. She led the Utes to the 1988 and 1991 Western Athletic Conference softball titles. The 1991 team also captured the NCAA Regional Championship to earn a trip to the College World Series. Her .341 career batting average is third best in Ute history.
Green was a first-team All-America selection in 1990 and was named to the second team in1991. She was a four-time first team all-conference selection, was named the WAC Player of the Year and won the Occie Evans Award as the U.'s Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year in 1991. She graduated in 1991 with a degree in mass communication.
After graduation she spent time in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she played pro softball and was a social worker for the New Zealand Children and Young Persons' Service. A former assistant softball coach at Utah and Colorado State, Green is in her second season as an assistant at Syracuse University. A native of San Diego, Green was inducted into the Utah Softball Hall of Fame in 1998 and was also a nominee for Utah's Female Athlete of the Century.
As a running back, Coleman led the 1964 Utah football team to a tri-championship in the Western Athletic Conference and a trip to the Liberty Bowl. Coleman helped the Utes to a 32-6 victory over West Virginia and was named the "Outstanding Back of the Game." Coleman was named first team all-conference as Utah finished 9-2 on the season.
Coleman received two degrees from Utah, a B.S. in 1966 and his Ph.D. in 1980. He has been employed at the U. since 1973 in many different capacities. He currently is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. He also served as Associate Vice President for Diversity and Faculty Development for 10 years, as Coordinator of the Ethnic Studies program and as Director of African-American Studies.
Coleman has been one of the champions of diversity in the State of Utah for many years. He has received many honors, including the 2000 Utah Humanities Council Governor's Award. He also was named the Albert B. Fritz Civil Rights Worker of the Year by the NAACP in 1991. Coleman is the son of Gertrude Coleman Hughes and is married to Paula Coleman. He is also the father of three children and has one granddaughter.
Kardos has been involved in every aspect of gymnastics. As a competitor for the Utes from 1981-84, she helped Utah to four national team championships. She was also named All-America nine times and twice finished in the top six in the all-around at the national championships. Prior to coming to Utah, Kardos was a three-year member of the USA National Team. In 1979, she finished sixth in the all-around, second in the floor and third in the beam competition at the USA Championships. She was captain of the 1979 Pan American Team and was an alternate on the 1979 World Championship Team.
After completing her athletic career Linda became a gymnastics judge. She has judged many international and national competitions, including the 1994 Goodwill Games, 1995 Pan American Games and all USA Championships, World Team Trials and Olympic Trials during that six-year span. Her last six years of judging (before retiring in 2000) she received a Brevet rating, the highest rating possible.
While at the U., she was twice named to the Dean's List and graduated with a degree in mass communication. She now works as a coach and choreographer for various gyms around the country. She and her husband, Ken Wood, reside in Brentwood, Tenn.
Theodore, called "The Stork" because he was built like a bird, attended the U. from 1965-69. He played two years of basketball and four years of baseball for the Utes. As a freshman outfielder he hit .495. He was named to the all-Western Athletic Conference baseball team in 1969.
After graduating in 1969 with a B.S. degree in psychology, Theodore signed a pro baseball contract with the New York Mets. In 1971 he led the California league in RBI's with 113 and also finished second in runs and third in hitting and home runs. In 1973 and 1974 he played in the majors. In the middle of the `73 season Theodore suffered a dislocated hip. He got back just in time to play in the World Series against Oakland, where the Mets lost in seven games.
After his pro baseball career ended he returned to the U., earning a Master's degree in social work in 1978. Since 1978 he has been employed as an elementary school counselor and social worker in the Granite School District. A native of Salt Lake City, George attended Skyline High School where he was named all-state in both basketball and baseball. He served as the president of the Utah Chapter of the Major League Alumni Association form 1993-95. He and his wife, Sabrina, are the parents of one son, Alexander.