The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has announced the three inductees that will comprise the 2018 Trojan Hall of Fame class.
Simon Gould, Gary Hogan, and Wyn Norwood have each had an indelible effect on the Little Rock Athletic Department and will officially take their place during the Hall of Fame festivities Feb. 2-3, 2018.
Little Rock will hold an induction ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 3, as part of the Trojans’ basketball doubleheader against Georgia State during Letterman’s Weekend. A Letterman’s social will be held Friday, Feb. 2, in the Legends Room at the Jack Stephens Center. Prior to Saturday’s doubleheader, former letterwinners will be treated to a pregame reception and receive complimentary tickets to the games.
“There is a rich history in Little Rock Athletics and this year’s class is another example of foundation builders and the legacy they have in our department’s history,” Director of Athletics Chasse Conque said. “A highly-decorated student-athlete and two former coaches and administrators round out what is another deserving class. Our university is indebted to these individuals for the impact they have had on our campus and in our department. We look forward to celebrating and inducting our 2018 class in February during what will be a very special weekend on our campus.”
With the addition of Gould, Hogan. and Norwood, the Little Rock Athletics Hall of Fame now consists of 63 individuals and four teams.
Simon Gould was a two-time All-American who helped the Trojan water polo team become one of the nation’s best, ranked seventh nationally in 1988 and eighth in 1989. A four-time Southern Water Polo Conference Championship MVP, Gould was named the 1988 NCAA Eastern Intercollegiate Water Polo Championships MVP, helping the Trojans win the championship in the process. After being the top goal scorer for three out of four seasons, Gould went on to play with the Australian National Team. Gould also excelled in the classroom, received the Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence and Sporting Achievement from 1987-89. Gould was inducted in the Albury/Wodonga Sporting Hall of Fame and the College Water Polo Association Hall of Fame in 2013.
A name synonymous with Little Rock Athletics, Hogan directed the Little Rock baseball program from 1986-1996, compiling 276 wins, which is the most in program history. One of the most memorable of those victories was the win over top-ranked Oklahoma State in 1987. Since stepping away as head coach, Hogan has been the driving force in the rebuild of what is now known as Gary Hogan Field, bringing in support north of $500,000. As an administrator, he has helped Little Rock grow exponentially as he has forged partnerships with many Little Rock businesses. Outside of the program, Hogan is an award-winning broadcaster when he worked for KTHV and WTVM stations. He also spent two years in the Chicago Cubs organization.
A six-time Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, Norwood oversaw the men’s and women’s golf teams for 13 seasons before moving into an Athletic Administration role for three years, working as Little Rock’s associate athletic director to help raise funds for the Trojan Athletic Association. Norwood helped guide the Trojans to a pair of Sun Belt Conference championships during his tenure. A member of the Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame, Norwood is a past president of the Arkansas State Golf Association, Mid-South Golf Association, and Southern Golf Association while also serving on the United States Golf Association Committee for 20 years. Norwood served as captain of the United States golf team in 1995 for the Simon Bolivar Cup played in Venezuela before coaching the United States golf team in the 2011 World University Games played in Shenzhen, China.