NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The 2013 Stephen F. Austin Hall of Fame class, consisting of Connie Cole (1986-90), James Noble (1982-85) and Joey Wylie (1992-95), were inducted during a special ceremony hosted Saturday afternoon in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. The trio was later recognized at halftime of the Homecoming football game verse Nicholls State.
The 2013 class included two former Lumberjack football players, and a Ladyjack basketball player who guided their respective teams to four conference titles, four NCAA Championship appearances, six top-25 national rankings, five first-team all-conference honors, received two All-Americans honors, two top-10 finishes and a combined .771 winning percentage.
A four-year letterwinner, Cole played for some of the premier Ladyjack squads in school history. A two-time first-team All-Southland Conference selection, SFA recorded a 112-18 (.862) overall recorded, which included a 49-3 (.942) Southland mark. During Cole’s four seasons in Nacogdoches SFA won three SLC Championships, earned three top-25 national rankings, three NCAA tournament appearances, one WNIT appearance and one top-10 ranking.
The Ladyjacks advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships during Cole’s final three seasons picking up wins over LSU, Washington and Long Beach State along the way. As a freshman, Cole helped guide SFA to the third round of the WNIT.
Cole’s name still appears at, or near, the top of several career records. She remains the school’s all-time leader for field goals, and is second all-time in field goal attempts. Cole is also among the school’s all-time top 10 in points (1,975 - 4th), rebounds (979 - 6th) and points per game (15.6 - 9th).
One of the school’s all-time great receivers, Noble was a two-time first-team All-Gulf Star Conference selection who ended his career by earning Kodak All-America honors in 1985. Noble guided the Lumberjacks to four consecutive winning seasons, culminating in the 1985 Gulf Star Conference title. That season the `Jacks tied a school record for wins, ending the year with a 9-2 overall record.
Noble graduated from SFA as the school’s all-time leader in receptions (166), receiving yards (2,935), touchdown receptions (32) and single-season touchdown receptions (14). Despite having not donned the SFA uniform in nearly 30 years, Noble still ranks among the school’s top five in all four categories, and remained the school’s career leader until this past season when he was surpassed by two-time All-American Cordell Roberson. Following his SFA career, Noble spent two seasons in the NFL playing for the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins.
The Lumberjacks posted a 29-14-1 (.670) record during Noble’s four seasons on campus.
Wylie anchored one of the nation’s top offensive lines during his senior season. The ‘Jacks averaged more than 400 yards of total offense, including just under 200 yards rushing per game in 1995. Wylie helped lead the Lumberjacks to an NCAA I-AA semifinal appearance, and a No. 4 national ranking that season. It marked the third consecutive top 25 national ranking for the Lumberjack football team.
The 1995 squad set a program record for best winning percentage during the regular season. The team’s 11 wins in 1995 still ranks as the second-best season at SFA, and is one of only four double-digit win campaigns in program history.
Following his senior season, Wylie earned first-team All-Southland honors and was named to the American Football Coaches Association, and AP I-AA All-America squads.