The Howard Payne University athletic department announced Monday that former Yellow Jacket greats Dan McGhee and Greg Nixon will be inducted into the HPU Sports Hall of Fame Homecoming weekend.
Men’s basketball player Dan McGhee and men’s track athlete Greg Nixon will be formally inducted into the HPU Sports Hall of Fame during the Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at 6 p.m. Friday. The event will be held in the Mabee University Center’s Beadel Dining Hall, with doors opening at 5:45 p.m.
Tickets for the Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet are $30 and can be purchased at http://www.hputx.edu/alumni/homecoming2016 or by calling 325-649-8044.
Now residing in California, Greg Nixon was an All-American sprinter and football standout for the Howard Payne athletic program.
In his junior year of 2005-06, Nixon started running track in college part-time to help keep his speed for football. With only a few months of training, he became the NCAA Division III national champion in the 200 meters. In his senior season, Nixon won the national championship in the 100 and 200 meters, making him a four-time All-American in the sprints.
Along with conference championships in the 100 and 200 meter sprints, Nixon was named the American Southwest Conference Athlete of the Year at the end of his senior season.
After college, Nixon was convinced to run the 400 meters and went on to claim the 2007 U.S. Indoor National 400 meter title only having run the race four times in his career.
Qualifying for the U.S. Outdoor National Championships later that year, Nixon also made his first USA team participating in the Pan Am games earning a silver medal in the 4x400 meter relay.
In 2008, Nixon won a gold medal in the 2008 World Indoor Championships on the 4x400 meter relay and also made it to the finals in the U.S. Olympic trials, placing seventh.
In 2009, he led the world in the indoor 400 meters, 200 meters and 300 meters.
In 2010, Nixon made another U.S. Indoor World team, winning a second gold medal. Also in 2010, Nixon won the U.S. Outdoor National title in the 400 meters (44.61) with a world leading time of 44.61. He went on the next year to run with for Team USA in the 4x400 relay, helping claim the 2011 World Outdoor Championship.
Nixon’s career highlights after Howard Payne include:
n 2010 USA Outdoor 400 meters champion (44.61) — fastest time in the world at the time
n 2007 USA Indoor 400 meters champion (46.75)
n 2011 World Outdoor 4x400 gold medalist (2:59.31)
n Two-time World Indoor 4x400 relay gold medalist — 2008, 2010
n 2007 Pan Am Games 4x400 relay silver medalist
Dan McGhee, from Bloomfield, Ind., was a four-year letterman and four-time All-Lone Star Conference selection for some of the best teams in Howard Payne history.
With 1,694 career points during 1967-68, 68-69, 69-70, 70-71 season, McGhee scored a career high 40 versus Southwest Texas State on Feb. 24, 1968 and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds versus Roseland March 29, 1970.
McGhee tallied 651 career field goals, 392 career free throws and 775 career rebounds, and all three are still in the top 10 all-time at Howard Payne.
McGhee was drafted on Jan. 23, 1971 by the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association (ABA), a 17th round pick (#165 overall). The Dallas Chaparrals later became the San Antonio Spurs.
McGhee lived in Brownwood for many years after college but now resides in Brenham.