April 10, 2000
SALT LAKE CITY - Three former athletes and a longtime coach and administrator will be inducted into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame on Monday, April 17. The banquet, which also honors graduating Ute senior athletes, will be held at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Fern Gardner, longtime women's basketball coach and senior associate athletic director, will join swimmer Robynn Masters, track star Scott Bringhurst, and basketball player and community leader Tyrone Medley as this year's Hall of Fame inductees.
Gardner was not only one of the first, but one of the most prominent collegiate female administrators ever. She was also one of the first great female collegiate coaches in the country, racking up 319 wins while directing women's basketball teams at Utah State and Utah. In eight years as the women's basketball coach at the University of Utah, Gardner averaged an amazing 22 wins a season. She also made eight trips to the national tournament and was named Region 7 Coach of the Year three times.
Gardner was one of the finest fast pitch softball players ever produced out of the state of Utah and was a star pitcher on one of the top amateur teams in country, the Utah Shamrocks. As an outstanding student-athlete at Utah State, she starred on the Aggie basketball, softball, tennis and volleyball teams.
When Gardner came to Utah in 1975, she served in the dual role of women's basketball coach and women's athletic director. In 1983 she gave up the coaching reigns and became a full-time assistant athletics director. In 1991 she was named associate athletics director and in 1993 was elevated to senior associate athletics director. An excellent administrator, her abilities were also recognized nationally as she served on a number of NCAA committees.
Gardner retired from the University in 1996 but has still keeps active in sports. She won the gold medal in golf for her age group at the 1997 and 1998 Senior Games. She has served as president of the Sunbrook Ladies Golf Association and helped the Sunbrook team win back-to-back city golf league titles. A native of Deweyville, Gardner now resides in St. George.
An outstanding swimmer for the University of Utah from 1979-82, Masters served as team captain, was a finalist in the national AIAW Championships and received All-America honors. She also qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team trials.
Masters attended Salt Lake's East High School, where she became the first female high school swimmer in Utah history to be named a prep All-American. After graduation in 1977, she spent two years as a member of the U.S. National Swim Team. During that time she held a world top 25 ranking in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle events. Masters has continued competitive swimming and is currently the masters division world record holder in the 400-meter individual medley. She also holds the national masters record in the 1,650-yard freestyle. She has been named a masters All-American from 1994-99 and has been the national champion in all masters distance events since 1995.
Masters took up nordic ski racing in 1984 and has been among the top competitors for her age group ever since. Masters has also been involved in mountain bike racing, in which she has won numerous races and was the Utah state mountain bike champion in the women's pro class from 1992-94. In 1985 she competed in the World Ironman Triathlon Championship in Hawaii, where she won the swim segment.
Masters currently is a personal fitness trainer and has also founded and runs "Off the Leash," a company targeting outdoor adventures for women. She and her husband, Mark Overfelt, reside in Salt Lake.
Scott Bringhurst was one of the most accomplished runners to ever don a Utah track uniform. A three-time All-American at Utah, Bringhurst competed in both cross country and track for the Utes.
As a cross country runner, he was named All-America in 1967 and 1970 at the NCAA Championships. He was named All-America in track in 1971, when he finished fourth in the six-mile run at the national championships. In 1968 he finished fifth in the 5,000 meters in the NCAA Championships and qualified for the Olympic Trials, where he finished ninth. Bringhurst dominated his sport in the Western Athletic Conference, winning four individual conference titles and setting several conference records in the process. As a senior in 1973, besides winning three conference crowns in the two, three and six mile runs, Bringhurst also captured first place in the six-mile run in the prestigious Drake Relays. Later that year he finished fourth in the AAU National Championships and was chosen a member of the USA Track Team that competed in Italy, the Soviet Union and Africa. He still holds Utah school records in the two, three and six mile events, as well as the 10,000 meters.
After graduation from the "U." in 1973, Bringhurst began a career as a school teacher, but also continued his running. In 1975 he finished second in the National AAU Cross Country Championships and qualified to represent the United States in the World Cross Country Championships in Morocco, where he finished 29th.
Bringhurst currently teaches health at West Lake Junior High School in West Valley. He and his wife, Julie, are the parents of three children: Tyson, Mark and Allison.
Medley, a native of Camden, N.J., played for the Ute basketball team three years from 1971-74. At the time he played, freshmen were not eligible for varsity competition. An outstanding point guard, he averaged 16.4 points and 4.9 assists per game as a senior. That year he led the Utes to a 22-8 record and the championship game of the NIT. An excellent student, he was named a second team Academic All-America in 1974.
After graduation, Medley was drafted by both the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA and Memphis Tams of the ABA. However, he spurned the pro basketball offers to attend law school at Utah, graduating in 1977. He started his law career as a research attorney in the Third Judicial District Court, and then spent two years a Deputy Salt Lake County Attorney. After a three-year stint in private practice, he was appointed a Third Judicial District Circuit Court Judge in 1984, the first African-American to be appointed judge in the history of the state of Utah. In 1993, he was appointed to his present position as Third Judicial District Court Judge.
Medley is very active in legal and community affairs, and is currently the co-chair of the Utah Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts, a member of the Utah Sentencing Commission, and a member of the Intermountain Health Care Urban Central Region Board. He has also served on a myriad of other boards and committees.
An accomplished marathon runner, he completed the 100th running of the Boston Marathon in 1996. He is married to the former Yvonne Gutierrez.