UTRGV Welcomes New Hall of Fame Class
EDINBURG - When in competition, the goal is to win, and keep winning.
But what happens when your time as an athlete is over? An opportunity to become a hall of famer rises.
Over the weekend UTRGV held the athletics hall of fame induction ceremony, where six former athletes and coaches were recognized for their greatness.
"It's such an honor," said Jacklyn Riley. "I always had such an amazing experience here as a student athlete at PanAm. I enjoyed my time as an athlete, getting to have that competitive spirit that the city helped instill in me. It's such an honor and a pleasure to be recognized for it, and I am so happy to be back."
Jacklyn Riley played volleyball from 2000-2003.
She was a career record holder in kills, kills per set, digs, and sets played.
She was a four time all independent first team selection, two time UTPA Female student athlete of the year, and 2001 Independent Offensive player of the year.
(JACKLYN RILEY: "It feels like just yesterday that I was playing here," said Riley. "I graduated in the 2003-2004 school year, I didn't think this much time had gone by, it flew by so quickly. I was very happy and very humbled by it."
Another inductee was Rob Hubbard.
"Truly humbling," said Ron Hubbard. "A lot of great athletes have come through here and great coached. And to be considered in that group is truly humbling."
Hubbard a tennis player from 1975-1978.
He participated in the NCAA singles and doubles championship in 1977.
He was a two-time USTA National champion and was selected to represent the United States in the Italia Cup; just to name a few of his accomplishments.
But these athletes didn't get to where they are now by being mediocre, and have some advice for current athletes of all ages.
"It's important to always follow your dreams, hard work does pay off," said Riley. "This didn't come easy. Through a lot of sweat and tears and practices, and loops around the covered hallways in 90 to 100 degree heat definitely paid off. You always have to keep your end goal in mind.")
"Whatever you do, whether it is an athlete or whatever you do, have a passion for what you're doing, said Hubbard. "If you have a passion then you are going to be able to max out whatever your potential is in that sport, or that particular field in your career."
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