Fuhrer to be inducted into McNeese State hall of fame

LAKE CHARLES — Baseball’s Shanie Dugas, basketball’s Anthony Pullard, Bob Fuhrer from football, David Kohrs from track and field and longtime athletic trainer Jim Murphy have been selected for induction into the McNeese State Hall of Fame.

The induction will take place at halftime of the McNeese-Sioux Falls football game September 17 with university presi-dent Dr. Philip C. Williams and athletic director Tommy McClelland presiding.

A reception hosted by the Cowboy Club for the honorees, their families, guests and friends will be held at 5:30 p.m. prior to the game in the Cowboy Room.

The addition of the five will bring to 125 the number now in the Hall which is being relocated to the new Jack V. Doland field house.

Dugas, a native of New Iberia, played shortstop for the Cowboys from 1977 to 1980, earning all-Southland Conference honors in 1979 and 1980 and being named the team’s most valuable player in 1980 when he led the team in batting aver-age with a .327 mark and in RBIs with 32.

He slamed 25 career home runs (10th on the all-time list), hit 29 doubles (20th on the list), drove in 109 runs (13th), scored 133 runs (8th on list) and collected 164 base hits (13th).

Dugas posted a career batting average of .293 and was drafted by the Cleveland Indians, playing 10 seasons of profes-sional baseball, seven in Class AAA with teams in the Cleveland and Los Angeles Dodger organization. His professional baseball career totals had him batting .259 with 127 home runs and 500 RBIs and he was named to an all-star team three times.

Since retiring from baseball he has been in the oilfield business. He has two daughters, Ashley Peterson and Megan.

The 6-9 Pullard led the Cowboys to a conference tournament title and into the NCAA playoffs in 1989 and then to a sec-ond place showing in the league standings in 1990 when he was named the SLC’s player of the year.

Three times he was an all-conference selection and twice he was named McNeese’s most valuable player (1988 and 1990). He was a four year starter for the Cowboys and scored 1,767 points (15.6 avg.) and pulled 798 rebounds (7.1 avg.)

He signed with Milwaukee out of college, spending two years with the Bucks and then played seven years in Spain, earning numerous all-league honors.

Pullard works in local industry and is also an ordained minister, currently seeking a church.

He and his wife Tracie have five children, Lacey, Anthony Jr, Yana, Trevon and Fantana.

Fuhrer was a standout defensively for Cowboy football teams from 1967 to 1970, earning all-conference honors as both a defensive guard and as a linebacker. He played at 6-1 and 190 pounds for most of his career and had arrived at McNeese as a walkon, earning a scholarship in his first season.

The Franklin native was credited with 175 tackles during his four year career along with a pass interception, a blocked PAT and six fumble recoveries.

Besides the two all-conference honors, he was also named to an all-decade team for the 1960s.

Furher graduated from McNeese in 1971 with a degree in accounting and earned a law degree from Loyola of New Orleans in 1975. He is a criminal defense lawyer practicing in Morgan City and has two sons, Jeremiah and Taylor.

Kohrs, who competed for the Cowboys from to 1979, is considered to be one of the best distance runners in McNeese his-tory. He continues to hold six records, the school outdoor steeplechase record of 8:53.24, the school indoor three mile record of 13:53.4, the McNeese track records of 3:49.20 in the 1500 meters and 14:31.21 in the 5000 meters and Cowboy Relay records of 3:49.20 in the 1500 meters and 14:31.30 in the 5000 meters.

A native of Madison, WIS, Kohrs was named the Southland Conference track athlete of the year in 1979 when he won both the steeplechase and the 1500 meter run at the conference meet. That year he was also named the McNeese team MVP.

Besides the steeplechase and the 1500 meter run titles he won in 1979, Kohrs also won league cross country championships in 1977 and 1978, helping the Cowboys to the team title in 1978.

He earned both his bachelor and master degree from McNeese, worked in the private sector after graduating and then spent 13 years as head of human resources at the university. He is now an engineer tech with DOTD.

Kohrs and wife Vi have a daughter Farah.

Murphy is now in his 31st season as the director of sports medicine at McNeese. A licensed physical therapist, he is a graduate of the Texas Medical Center in Galveston, TX.

The native of Springdale, PA has been inducted into the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame and has received the prestigious Jim Finks award for his accom-lishments in sports medicine.

Two years ago he was named athletic trainer of the year by the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association.

Murphy and wife Debby have six children (Beth, Mandy, Tim, Stephanie, Megan and Brian) and two grandchildren.

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