Feb. 10, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah will induct two former Ute athletes and a pair of former coaches into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame on Monday, April 23 at Energy Solutions Arena. Honored at the 2012 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be Norma Carr (softball and volleyball coach/administrator), Bente Dahlum (skiing), Ron McBride (football coach) and Keith Van Horn (basketball).
Ute senior student-athletes will also be honored. Tickets to the banquet, which starts with dinner at 7 p.m., are available to the public for $75. For more information and reservations, call Tracey in the Crimson Club office at 801-581-8519.
Instrumental in the implementation of the women's varsity athletics at the University of Utah, Norma Carr was the school's first head coach in both softball and volleyball. She was also an assistant women's athletics director during her career at Utah from 1975-1989.
The winningest softball coach in school history, Carr had a 372-244-3 (.603) record in 14 seasons. She led the Utes to the AIAW College World Series in 1976 and the NCAA College World Series in 1982 and 1985. The Utes were frequently ranked among the top 15 teams in the country from 1982-89, and won five High Country Athletic Conference titles. Carr was named the region coach of the year once and the conference coach of the year twice.
As the women's volleyball head coach from 1975-79, Carr led Utah to a 77-58 (.570) overall record--including a pair of 20-win seasons--and a 39-22 (.639) mark in conference play. She was a two-time conference coach of the year. Carr left the U. in 1989 to become the athletics director at Salt Lake Community College, becoming the first woman in the state to oversee both men's and women's programs. She was named NACWAA's National Administrator of the Year in 2009. Among her other roles in athletics, Carr has officiated and supervised officials on the high school and college levels.
One of the most decorated skiers in Norweigan and University of Utah history, Bente Dahlum was a two-time individual NCAA champion and led the Utes to back-to-back national titles in 1983 and 1984.
The Lillehammer, Norway, native earned All-America honors in the alpine events all three years of her Utah career from 1982-84. She captured a pair of individual national titles as a senior, sweeping the women's slalom and giant slalom events in 1984.
Before coming to the United States, Dahlum was a seven-time Norwegian national champion from 1975-81 and the overall winner of the 1979 Europa Cup. As a member of Norway's national team from 1974-81, she helped lead Norway to a World Championship in 1978. She was also a member of Norway's Olympic Training Squad in 1976 and 1980. Following her career at Utah, Dahlum returned to Europe and competed on the Women's Professional Ski Racing Tour for three years. She earned Ski Racing Magazine Rookie of the Year honors in 1985. Dahlum coached club teams from 1996-2007.
As the Utes' head football coach from 1990-2002, Ron McBride turned a program that had enjoyed only sporadic success during its history into a consistent postseason qualifier and a conference contender. In 13 seasons, McBride directed the Utes to 88 wins--the second-most in school history--six bowl appearances and a pair of conference championships.
After working at Utah twice as an assistant coach in the late `70s to mid `80s, McBride was hired as Utah's head coach in 1989. He was charged with revitalizing a program that had played in just two bowl games in 97 years.
In his third season in 1992, McBride led the Utes to their first bowl appearance since 1964. His 1994 team was one of the best in school history, finishing with a 10-2 record and a No. 8 ranking in the coaches poll following a Freedom Bowl win over Arizona. McBride led the Utes to a share of the WAC championship in 1995--the school's first league title in 31 years--a piece of the Mountain West Conference title in 1999, and Las Vegas Bowl victories in 1999 and 2001.
Most recently, McBride served as the head coach at Weber State from 2005-11, leading the Wildcats to the 2008 Big Sky Conference title and a pair of appearances in the NCAA FCS Playoffs, before retiring at the end of this past season. His career record in 20 years as a Division I head coach was 131-101.
Keith Van Horn
A runner-up for National Player of the Year honors in 1996-97 and a two-time All-American, Keith Van Horn finished his career as the all-time leading scorer and second-leading rebounder in Utah basketball history.
Van Horn scored 2,542 points and grabbed 1,074 rebounds from 1993-97. He led the Utes to 98 wins and three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Sweet 16 in 1996 and the Elite Eight in 1997. Utah won Western Athletic Conference regular-season titles in 1995, '96 and '97, and captured league tournament crowns behind MVP performances from Van Horn in 1995 and 1997.
Van Horn became the first player in WAC history to be named player of the year three times in 1995, '96 and '97. He was one of only two four-time first team all-WAC selections in league history. As a senior, Van Horn was named a consensus All-Americans and was the runner-up to Tim Duncan for the Wooden, Naismith and RCA National Player of the Year awards.
Van Horn was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and was traded immediately to the New Jersey Nets. He played five seasons with New Jersey and spent three more years in the NBA with Philadelphia, New York, Milwaukee and Dallas. Van Horn averaged 16.0 points and 6.8 rebounds over the course of his career, and played in the NBA Finals with New Jersey in 2002 Dallas in 2006.