FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2013
Contact: Alan Hoskins
1976 WORLD SERIES TEAM FIRST INTO KCKCC SPORTS HALL OF
Stephanie Brown, Steve Burleson other Feb. 23 inductees
The 1976 Blue Devil baseball
team that earned a berth in the NJCAA World Series will
be the first team to be inducted into the Kansas City
Kansas Community College’s Sports Hall of Fame.
The team will be joined by track Olympian Dinsdale
Morgan, basketball All-American Stephanie Brown and
long-time baseball coach Steve Burleson in induction
ceremonies Saturday, Feb. 23.
Fittingly, the induction ceremonies will come on the
same day KCKCC opens its new baseball field with a 1
p.m. doubleheader against Hutchinson. The inductions
will be held between games of KCKCC’s basketball
doubleheader with Labette which will tip off at 6 p.m.
Under the direction of head coach Dave Klein and
assistant Mike Haen, the Blue Devils reached the World
Series by winning the Jayhawk East Conference
championship and advancing through three straight
elimination rounds. After sweeping four straight in the
Region VI playoffs, the Blue Devils came from behind to
take a two-of-three East-West playoff series from
Western Division champion Hutchinson and finally a
four-team Central Division championship. Ranked No. 8
nationally entering the World Series, KCKCC fell 4-2 to
St. Claire, Mich., in the opening game and then was
eliminated by Albermele, N.C. 6-0 and finished the
DINSDALE MORGAN – One of the world’s
premier 400-meter hurdlers in the late 1990s, Morgan was
a nine-time All-American and Track Athlete of the Year
at both KCKCC and Pittsburg State in his collegiate
career. A native of Jamaica, Morgan was selected to the
Jamaica Olympic team in 1996 and was a 2000 Olympic
semifinalist. Ranked No. 4 in the world in the 400
hurdles in 1998, he set records in the Central American
and Caribbean championships in both 1997 and 1998.
The Jamaica Track Athlete of the Year in 1999 and one of
Jamaica’s Top 10 male athletes from 1996-2001, Morgan
currently coaches track at Blue Valley Southwest where
he’s coached 26 athletes to the state meet. In addition,
he’s involved in numerous track and field camps,
organizations and other avenues in promoting track in
the Kansas City metro area.
STEPHANIE BROWN – As a freshman in
2003-04, Brown swept every award – Jayhawk Conference
Freshman of the Year, Player of the Year, first team
All-Jayhawk East, first team All-Region VI and honorable
mention on the NJCAA Division I All-American team.
Averaging 22.4 points and 12 rebounds, she led the
conference in both categories.
As a sophomore, she repeated as a member of the
All-Jayhawk East and All-Region VI first teams and
earned Kodak All-American Honorable Mention after
averaging 21.2 points and 10.5 rebounds. Second on the
all-time KCKCC list in single season and career scoring
and rebounding lists, Brown holds the all-time record
for field goals in a game (19) and most free throws in a
season and career. She continued her playing career at
UMKC and currently is a case manager for Ozanan
Residential Facilities in the Kansas City area.
STEVE BURLESON – In his 34th year as
head baseball coach at KCKCC, Burleson has been named
Jayhawk Coach of the Year six times, won seven Jayhawk
East championships, three Region VI titles and become
only the second coach in the Jayhawk East to win 1,000
games (March 6, 2012).. Two of his players, David Segui
and Kevin Young, had lengthy major league careers, and
88 percent of the players he’s coached earned
scholarships to four-year colleges.
His contributions, however, extend far beyond wins and
losses. A co-founder of the Jayhawk Baseball
Association, Burleson wrote the original constitution, a
document that still exists. He’s also served as chairman
of three NJCAA committees, held the position of
secretary and treasurer and in 1987, was head coach of
the North team which won the Gold Medal in the U.S.
Olympic Festival. In 1991, he coached an NJCAA All-Star
team to fourth place in the Tournament of the Americas
played in Havana, Cuba.