A former Houston educator and his college teammates were recently inducted into the Missouri Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dick Loman was a freshman lineman on the 1961 Missouri Valley football team that went undefeated. The team was enshrined Oct. 24.
Loman, who was from Boonville, was teammates on the Viking team with Gary Hunt of Montauk. Hunt was a sophomore back on the team.
Under the direction of coach Volney Ashford, the ’61 Vikings went 9-0-1 as his last undefeated team. The Vikings were the M.C.A.U. conference champions and ranked 19th in the NAIA. Eleven players were named all-conference and seven have been inducted into the college’s hall of fame.
Ashford coached 34 years at Missouri Valley and compiled a 197-55-12 record. From 1941-’47, MVC reeled off a 41-game winning streak with Ashford at the helm that ranks fifth all-time for all divisions of college football. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Other members of the 2011 hall of fame class included the 1991 women’s soccer team and Bobby Lashley, a four-time wrestling all-American who later starred in World Wrestling Entertainment and currently competes in mixed martial arts.