Three men who have played a role in USAO athletics were admitted into the Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend, including one who never attended the university or played sports for USAO.
Kyle Kester, Adrian Anderson and long-time Drover supporter and USAO administrator Bill Smith were honored at the induction ceremony, which took place at halftime of the USAO men’s basketball game on Saturday. (Click here for a gallery of photos from the Hall of Fame.)
Bill Smith Many years ago, Smith lettered in baseball, basketball and football at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and Midwestern University. But that’s not why he was honored Saturday.
Smith, who was given a special contributor honor, is the namesake of the USAO Baseball stadium. Smith helped bring the program back after an 18-year hiatus and even donated his baseball memorabilia to rally for funds.
The war hero offers an annual award, the Bill and Pat Smith Scholar-Athlete Fund, which honors students with scholastic and athletic achievement. He has served on the USAO administration for more than 37 years.
Additionally, Smith was inducted into the same Hall of Fame his grandson was inducted into three years ago. Jay Moore played baseball for the Drovers.
Kyle Kester The soccer team was happy to have Kyle Kester, who graced the cover of the 1999 Drover Soccer Media Guide.
During his time at USAO (1998-2000), he helped the team reach a record of 33-17, scoring 35 goals for the Drovers.
Kester was named an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention and currently holds an USAO record for most career points with 113. He is also second in career multiple-goal games with nine and in career assists with 43.
He’s currently living in Chickasha and manages Premier Oil Service in Oklahoma City.
Adrian Anderson Anderson was an instrumental part of the 2001 USAO basketball National Championship Runner Up team.
He was honored with being named an All-Conference representative in two different conferences as a Drover – first named First Team All-Red River Conference in 1999 and then Second Team All-Sooner Athletic Conference in 2001. He was also an NAIA All-American in 2001.
Anderson had a knack for giving up the ball to his teammates, as he currently holds the second place school record for season assists with 182 for the 1999-2000 season and is No. 5 with 150 assists the following season. He’s third in school history in total career assists with 332.
The former basketball player is a counselor and coach at Star Spencer High School.