Three Inducted Into HSU Athletic Hall of Fame

Three Inducted Into HSU Athletic Hall of Fame

ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' Athletic Hall of Fame Committee inducted three players into the Hall of Fame in an on-campus ceremony on Friday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Johnson Building. 

Stacy Shanks Bryan, a women's tennis player from 1988-1992, Mollie Porter Pehl a women's soccer player from 2001-2004 and David Salas a men's soccer player from 2003-2006 were this year's nominees.

The following are brief biographical schedules of each of the honoree.

Stacy Shanks Bryan
Women's Tennis
1988 - 1992

As a freshman, Stacy Shanks made an immediate impact on the women's tennis program at Hardin-Simmons. She played in the number one position and had a spring singles record of 15-5 as she claimed the District 8 singles and doubles titles. As a sophomore, she repeated as champion in both singles and doubles as she went 20-4 in solo competition and along with teammate Diana Lowery posted a 15-6 record in doubles competition.  Shanks qualified for the NAIA National Tournament in both singles and doubles and advanced to the third round in both events. In her junior season, she finished the year ranked 40th in the nation as she was 15-5 and won the District 8 Singles title. In doubles Shanks again teamed up with Lowery to go 13-5 and claim the District 8 Doubles crown. 

In her final season, Shanks had a singles record of 18-2 and finished the year ranked 25th in the Volvo Tennis/ Collegiate Rankings for NAIA schools. She advanced to the third round of the NAIA National Tournament and was named to the 2nd Team All-America. In doubles, Shanks and Lowery finished the year ranked 12th in doubles and advanced to the third round of the NAIA National Tournament.

After graduating from HSU, she has been a coach at several high schools in the area. She has coached at Wylie High School and is the head coach at Abilene High School, where she has been since 2005.

Mollie Porter Pehl
Women's Soccer

Porter was the first All-American under head coach Marcus Wood. She brought a physicality to the team that few teams could match and she led a defense that was virtually impossible to score upon. As a senior, her defense allowed just five goals the entire season. She also had more of an offensive role on set pieces as a senior and had 14 goals and 10 assists as a senior. She had 25 goals and 12 assists in her career. She was a three-time ASC defensive player of the year selection. She was a first-team all-American and was named first-team all-ASC four times. She was a three-time NSCAA all-region selection and two-time NSCAA academic scholar. She was also a three-time CoSIDA academic all-district selection. She was part of three ASC titles.

She has had a successful career as a police officer in Midland.

David Salas
Men's Soccer

David Salas is without a doubt the most dominant player in the non-scholarship era of men's soccer at Hardin-Simmons. He ranks first all-time in goals scored (46), assists (23), points scored (115), game-winning goals (17), shots (285) and shots on goal (140). He was a dominant player in every sense of the word and often fought through double and triple teams and was always at his best when his team needed him most. He scored the game-winning goal in the ASC final as a both a junior and senior and his goal from near midfield against Trinity in the NCAA Tournament is still one of the most talked about goals in school history. He was the freshman of the year in the conference, was a four-time first-team all-conference selection and was the MVP of the ASC as a senior. He twice was named the MVP of the ASC Tournament in 2005 and 2006 when he led the Cowboys to ASC titles and he was a three-time all-region selection. 

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