Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass has announced that Dr. Kay Burrus will be one of six new members inducted into the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame in September. She was an emerita faculty member and the former Associate Dean of the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington when it was the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Burrus passed away in June 2018 at the age of 80.
Burrus was known by many for her enormous contributions as a faculty member and administrator in IU’s School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation for nearly 40 years. She was one of the pioneers for women’s intercollegiate athletics on campus and around the country.
After coming to IU in 1962 and joining the Women’s Physical Education program, Burrus started the women’s field hockey team and served as its coach from 1962-74 and then again from 1975-76. In addition to those responsibilities, she also served as the basketball coach for the women’s extramural team from 1963-67, which was the first IU-associated women’s basketball team to travel and compete against teams from other universities.
“Each of these Hoosier legends made an indelible mark on Indiana University Athletics and their respective programs, and we are thrilled to welcome them into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame,” said IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass. “Indiana University has a rich history of success in all of its sports, which is evidenced by this class that represents six sports across five decades. These individuals separated themselves with elite contributions during their time at IU and are very deserving of inclusion in a body that represents the very best of IU and IU Athletics.”
The IU Athletics Hall of Fame, established in 1982 by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics in conjunction with the Varsity Club and the I-Association, recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the prestige of IU both on and off the field of competition.
In addition to Burrus, Eric Anderson (Men’s Basketball, 1989-92), Chris Gartner (Football, 1970-72), Jeff Overton (Men’s Golf, 2002-05), Rose Richmond (Women’s Track and Field, 2000-03) and Donnie Thomas (Football, 1972-75) will all be officially inducted at the annual Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, Sept. 20.
The inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the University of Connecticut football game at Memorial Stadium the following day. The six individuals comprise the 38th class, bringing the roster of inductees to 237.