Ryan Cox Inducted Into SIUE Hall of Fame


Published on July 17 2017 6:51 am
Last Updated on July 17 2017 6:51 am
Written by Millie Lange

EDWARDSVILLE. – Seven individuals and three teams will be inducted into the SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 on Saturday, Oct. 14, at SIUE's Meridian Ballroom located in the Morris University Center.

This year's honorees include Ryan Cox (baseball), Alicia (DeShasier) McConnell (softball/women's track and field), Laurie (Foederer) Rinderer (women's tennis), John Meisel (Jean McDonald Service Award), Patty (Tiddy) McWhite Albert (women's tennis), Dr. Vaughn Vandegrift (special recognition), and Katie (Waldo) McKown (softball). The teams inducted this year are 1984 women's tennis, 1985 women's tennis and 2007 softball.

This is the 13th class to be inducted since the SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame started in 2005. The Hall of Fame seeks to recognize the achievements of former student-athletes, coaches, administrators and teams that have participated in the intercollegiate athletics programs at SIUE as well as to celebrate the history of the institution. A complete listing of Hall of Fame members is available at siuecougars.com.

Reservations for the event can be made by contacting SIUE Athletics at 618-650-3155. Tickets are $40 and include a social for the inductees to be held at 5:30 p.m. followed by the induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m. This year's event is presented by the Cassens & Sons Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler and the Missouri Athletic Club.

Ryan Cox, Baseball (Stewardson, Illinois) -- A 1997 All-American, he led the Cougars to a fifth-place finish at the Division II College World Series and an NCAA Regional Championship. He completed his collegiate career with 26 victories, tying Hall of Famer Pete Delkus and Doug Fox for the all-time lead.

He is SIUE's career leader in strikeouts with 261. Cox was drafted in the fifth round of the 1999 MLB June Amateur Draft by the San Francisco Giants and played in the minor leagues from 1999 to 2003.