Midwestern State legend Dr. Gerald Stockton is set for enshrinement in the National Association of Athletic Directors Hall of Fame Friday afternoon during the organization's annual convention.
Stockton was a staple in the MSU's athletics department not only as the director of athletics (1969-84), but also as the leader of the men's basketball program from 1970-94.
Under his direction on the hardwood, Stockton led his teams to 493 victories which included 15 20-win seasons, a pair of 30-win campaigns, eight trips to the NAIA Tournament, three Final Four showings and a national runner-up finish in 1974.
The playing surface at D.L. Ligon Coliseum was officially named Dr. Gerald Stockton Court in 2002.
The NAIA inducted Stockton in its Hall of Fame in 1995 for his storied coaching career, but Stockton proved to be much more than a great basketball coach.
Midwestern State athletics grew under his mentorship as he guided the Indians from the NAIA into NCAA Division II in the early 1980s.
Stockton added men's soccer in 1972 and baseball in 1974. He also played a role in the addition of women's sports into MSU intercollegiate athletics, starting women's basketball and volleyball in the mid-1970s and added softball in 1982.
Other members of the 2013 NACDA Hall of Fame Class include Dot Casey (Wake Forest), Bob Goin (Cincinnati, Florida State, California (Pa.)), Jim Harris (Alabama-Huntsville, Utah State, Rice, Ohio State, Bowling Green), Jack Martin (College of Morris), Arthur J. McAfee, Jr. (Morehouse) and Larry Schiner (New Jersey City).
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