Baker to induct four into hall of fame
The induction of four former Wildcat athletes into the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame and a reunion for the university's most successful athletes will highlight Homecoming Day activities on Saturday.
New inductees into the Hall of Fame are Kenneth D. Jones, Harold L. Reade, Steve R. Sublett, and Dale Gene Williams. The induction will take place during a luncheon at Collins House. After lunch it's Wildcat football as Baker takes on Graceland College at 2 p.m. at Liston Stadium. The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at halftime, along with the results of student homecoming week competitions.
Kenneth D. Jones, a 1970 graduate, was a four-year starter as center on the football team. During his 21-year coaching career, Jones coached five state championship wrestling teams, five state runner-up wrestling teams, two third-place teams, and 17 individual state champions. His honors include being selected as Kansas Class 4A Wrestling Coach of the Year four times and Kansas Wrestling Coach of the Year two times. Jones currently resides in Columbus.
Harold L. Reade, a 1928 graduate, lettered in football all four years and received All-League honors for three years. As a coach, he led the Nevada (Mo.) High School football team to four Southwest Missouri League Championships before moving to Shawnee Mission Rural High School, where he coached football, basketball and golf. His championships include eight Northeast Kansas League titles in football and two Kansas State Class 2A Championships in basketball. Reade passed away March 5, 1974.
Steve R. Sublett, a 1958 graduate, played football for four years and ran track for one year during his time at Baker. For 33 years, he was a teacher and coach at Lawrence High School. His achievements include coaching 24 individual state champions in track and cross-country and leading his teams to five state championships. His honors include the 1977 Meritorious Teaching Award from the Westinghouse Science Foundation, 1979 Kansas Track Coach of the Year for girls track, and the recipient of the 1989 National High School Coaching Award from Scholastic Coach Magazine. Sublett currently resides in Lawrence.
Dale Gene Williams is a 1958 graduate of Baker and lettered in football all four years. He has coached seven different sports including basketball, football, track, baseball, softball, volleyball and
tennis. His achievements include 14 conference championships and six district championships. His honors include being selected 13 times as Conference Coach of the Year and being recognized by the Independence Examiner as Coach of the Year for girls' sports. Williams currently resides in Blue Springs, Mo.