ARKADELPHIA, AR (HSUSports.com) - Gus Malzahn will be one of seven inductees into Henderson State University's Reddie Hall of Honor on Oct. 6.
This year's event will take place at the Garrison Center Day Gym on the Henderson campus with festivities beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets can be obtained by contacting the Henderson Athletic Department at 870-230-5161.
The 16th Hall of Honor class includes some of the most prolific athletes and professionals to compete at Henderson State.
Category I (football and basketball) inductees include Malzahn, and football player Joe Carroll. Category II (other sports) inductees include track athlete Raymond Cheatham, and former rifle team member Boyd Goldsby. From Category III which includes all women's sports at HSU, the inductees are basketball standout Yvonne Neal and volleyball and tennis player Lou Ann Chandler-Howell. Selected from the Heritage Category was three-sport athlete Harold Tilley.
A two-year letterman, Malzahn averaged 35.3 yards per punt his first year at Henderson, and 37.7 yards his senior year including a long of 64 yards. He also caught 24 passes for 288 yards for an average of 12.0 yards per catch. He earned All-AIC Honorable Mention honors in 1989.
Malzahn got his start in coaching as the defensive coordinator at Hughes High School in 1991. He became head coach in 1992 and in 1994 Hughes reached the state championship game with an upset of Pine Bluff Dollarway.
Malzahn's success at Hughes and his wide-open attack landed him a head coaching position at Shiloh Christian in 1996. From 1996-2000, he transformed Shiloh Christian into one of the most dynamic offensive prep squads in the nation.
In 1998, Shiloh Christian set a national record with 66 passing touchdowns for the season. Malzahn guided the Saints to back-to-back state championships in 1998 and 1999. In 2001, Malzahn took over at Springdale High School. Malzahn led the program to two state championship game appearances, winning the title in 2005. Malzahn's 2005 squad at Springdale went 14-0, easily won the state's Class 5A championship, outscored its opponents 664-118, including a 54-20 victory over West Memphis in the state championship game, and was consistently ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation.
Malhzahn joined the University of Arkansas staff in 2005 and helped the Razorbacks win the 2006 SEC West Division Title. He then went to Tulsa where he spent two seasons as offensive coordinator before taking over as offensive coordinator Auburn, where he helped lead the Tigers to the National Championship. He received the 2011 Broyles Award. In 2011, ESPN selected Malzahn as one of the best recruiters in the Southeastern Conference. Malzahn is now head coach at Arkansas State.