Trio to be inducted into Mississippi State Sports Hall of Fame including Richard Williams

By Miss. State Media Relations

STARKVILLE – The Mississippi State department of athletics announced Tuesday that Harvey Hull, Richard Williams and Kellie Wilkerson have been chosen as the 2010 class of the Mississippi State Sports Hall of Fame.

The three will be recognized prior to the Mississippi State-Georgia game on Sept. 25.

Hull, a four-year football letterwinner, was an All-American linebacker for the Bulldogs from 1973-76. Earning second-team All American honors in 1976, Hull was also an All-SEC performer in 1974, 1975 and 1976. As a freshman, Hull helped the Bulldogs to a 1974 Sun Bowl victory over North Carolina. The Kosciusko, Miss.-native recorded 454 career tackles which ranks second all-time at MSU. He was selected to play in the 1976 North-South Shrine Game and the 1977 East-West Shrine Classic.

Hull was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the 10th round of the 1977 NFL Draft. He currently resides in Waynesboro, Miss. with his wife Sytrecia.

A 12-year head coach for the Maroon and White men’s hoops squad, Williams ranks second all-time in basketball wins as a head coach at Mississippi State. From 1986-98, Williams and the Bulldogs won 191 games as he guided the Bulldogs to five postseason tournament appearances. Among those were three trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a 1996 appearance in the NCAA Final Four.

Williams, a native of Oceanside, Calif., is a 1967 graduate of Mississippi State.

Kellie Wilkerson was a four-year All-American from 1999-2002 for the Mississippi State softball team. Also a four-year first team All-SEC selection, Wilkerson held a career .429 batting average while at Mississippi State. Wilkerson is the NCAA’s leader in career saves with 32. She also tops the MSU career list in doubles, home runs, total bases, slugging percentage, walks and games played.

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Wilkerson is currently an assistant softball coach at Portland State University.