Here’s what Clint Bowyer, Roy Williams and Kendall Gammon have in common

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Ten-time NASCAR Cup Series winner Clint Bowyer from Emporia and former Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball coach Roy Williams headline the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction Class of 2022.

Also among the 10-member class of sports personalities who are from Kansas or have strong ties to the state are former Chiefs Pro Bowl center Kendall Gammon, famed groundskeeper George Toma and baseball executive, author and historian Bill James.

The class will be inducted on Oct. 2 at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane.

The 2022 class:

Clint Bowyer, NASCAR, Emporia

Won more than 200 races in motocross, became a full-time Cup driver in 2006 and won the 2008 Xfinity Series championship. Bowyer retired from racing in 2020 and current works as an anaylst for Fox NASCAR.

Emily Bloss Carpenter, basketball, Wellsville High, Emporia State

2001 MIAA and NCAA Division II player of the year. She led Emporia State to four straight MIAA regular season and conference championships.

Tara Holloway Churchill, basketball, Moundridge High, Emporia State

2000 MIAA and NCAA Division II player of the year. Led Hornets to four straight NCAA tournaments.

Elwood “Bingo” DeMoss, baseball, Topeka

Slick-fielding shortstop for the Topeka Giants in 1905, then played second base for the Indianapolis ABCs and Chicago American Giants of the Negro Leagues. Hit over .300 four seasons and later became a player-coach for the Detroit Stars.

Kendall Gammon, football, Rose Hill High, Pittsburg State

Three time All-MIAA football player helped Pittsburg State win 1991 NCAA Division II championship. Played 15 NFL seasons as a long snapper, his last seven with the Chiefs and was named to a Pro Bowl.

Bill James, baseball author, executive, Mayetta High, Kansas

Wrote and published Bill James’ Baseball Abstract among other works and helped create statistical categories based on anayltics. James served as the Boston Red Sox’s senior advisor for baseball operations during a team’s run to four World Series titles.

Jesse Nelson, basketball coach, Olpe High

As the girls basketball coach at Olpe High, Nelson won 951 games over 44 seasons, the most by a girls or boys coach in state history. His teams won four state championships, including his last one in 2021, which finished 25-0.

George Toma, groundskeeper, Kansas City

Groundskeeper for more than seven decades, Toma started with the Kansas City A’s in 1957 and was a fixture with the Royals and Chiefs. He’s been the head groundskeeper for more than 50 Super Bowls.

Gordon Vadakin, bowling coach, Wichita Southeast High, Wichita State

Shockers head coach from 1977-2019, Vadakin won 18 bowling national championships, and 11 individual champions. He was a member of the Team USA bowling staff from 1-2008.

Roy Williams, basketball coach, Kansas

Williams succeeded Larry Brown as the KU men’s coach in 1988, and in 15 seasons led the Jayhawks to nine conference championships and four Final Fours. When he left for North Carolina in 2003, Williams had amassed a 418-101 record in Lawrence.