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University of Utah women's basketball coach Elaine Elliott, BYU men's basketball great Devin Durrant and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. highlight the Utah Sports Hall of Fame's class of 2016.
Those three, plus Utah State volleyball star Annette Cottle and NCAA steeplechase champ Farley Gerber, will be inducted at the annual Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony on Oct. 18 at the Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.
Elliott, a Boise State graduate, coached the University of Utah women's basketball team for 27 seasons with a 582-234 record. In 20 of those years, her teams won 20-plus games. The Utes made 15 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including an Elite Eight run in 2006.
Durrant, from Provo High School and BYU, completed his college basketball career in 1984 with 2,285 points and was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the No. 25 NBA overall pick. He also played for the Phoenix Suns before launching a European career.
Huntsman, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, is being recognized in the USHOFF's newly created contributor category. He is a longtime benefactor of the University of Utah athletic program, as recognized by renaming of the basketball arena as the Jon M. Huntsman Center and the recent construction of the Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Facility. He also pioneered the annual Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George (1987) that annually draws over 11,000 competitors.
Cottle, a graduate of Cottonwood High School and Utah State University, was a key player for the Aggie volleyball team that won the 1978 AIAW national championship. She became a top age-group performer in USA Volleyball and coached the Utah Predators of the professional National Volleyball Association.
Gerber, from Bingham High School and Weber State, was the 1984 NCAA steeplechase champion and finished fourth in the U.S. Olympic Trials that summer. His U.S. collegiate record in the steeplechase stood until 2013.