The UIW Hall of Fame added a longtime university tennis coach and a soccer player who excelled on the field and in the classroom at halftime of the first football game Sept. 3.
Coach John Newman and former soccer player Ricardo “Kiki” Lara are the newest members of the hall, which now has 16.
Since 1991, Newman has been the face of Incarnate Word tennis, both men’s and women’s. Over those now 20 years of coaching at the UIW, his teams have rolled up a cumulative mark of 411-256-1.
“Those remarkable numbers break down almost in the middle as the men have won 202 matches while the UIW women have been victorious 209 times,” UIW Sports Information Director Wayne Witt said.
Newman has coached nine All-Americans at UIW and won two national championships. In 1993 he had a singles player win the NAIA national championship and then team up to capture the national title in doubles.
Lara, a native of Las Cruces, N.M., played four years on the soccer pitch for the Cardinals and two of those seasons UIW advanced to the regional finals of the NCAA Division II national tournament. And three of those years, Lara achieved All-American status as a midfielder. Over his four years, UIW was a cumulative 58-15-6. And two times, before he graduated in 2004 magna cum laude in mathematics, he was an Academic All-American.
Those who enter the hall must meet the criteria, Witt said.
“Criteria includes a UIW degree, having completed competition at least five years ago, having been a coach or administrator for a minimum five years, or be a significant factor in the development of Incarnate Word’s athletic department,” Witt said.