February 17, 2023 @ 5:00:pm-8:00:pm
BOZEMAN, Montana – Eight all-time athletes and a national championship head coach earn induction into the Bobcat Athletics Hall of Fame on February 17, Montana State Director of Athletics Leon Costello announced.
Four Bobcat football All-Americas enter the Hall of Fame this year. Caleb Schreibeis, the 2012 Buck Buchanan Award winner as the top defensive player in the FCS, joins 2012 Big Sky Defensive MVP Jody Owens and 2009 All-America Jeff Hansen as football inductees. Two-sport standout Lonnie Burt is also a 2022-23 inductee as an All-America defensive lineman on the school’s 1984 National Championship squad and a Big Sky wrestling champion.
In addition to Burt, Jim Lockwood represents the Bobcat wrestling program with his induction. Part of MSU’s 1960s wrestling dynasty, Lockwood won individual conference championships three times and helped lead the Cats to Big Sky Championships from 1964-66.
A pair of MSU track and field standouts also join the 2022-23 induction class. Javelin thrower Emily Tyrrell earned All-America honors in 2012, winning the league championship that season, while pole vaulter John Wurtz won indoor Big Sky Championships in 1995 and 1998, and outdoor crowns in 1994 and 1995.
Bobcat women’s basketball star Katie Bussey, an Honorable Mention All-America as a senior and currently an MSU assistant coach, scored 1,710 points in the Blue and Gold, second-most in program history. She remains MSU’s career three-point field goals record-holder (254) and stands 10th in Bobcat history in assists and fifth in games played.
Legendary rodeo coach John Larick led the Bobcats to five national championships (four by the men’s team and one in women’s competition) during his 18 seasons at Montana State (1983-2000). Outstanding individual performances drove MSU’s team success during Larick’s time, with seven Bobcats winning individual event national titles (six men and one woman) and four men gathering all-around championships.
The 2022-23 Bobcat Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremonies begin with a no-host social at 5:00 pm. Dinner begins at 6:00 and the program at 7:00, with the event taking place in the Strand Union Building’s Ballrooms.
Tickets for the event are SOLD OUT.