NORMAN — Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione is headed to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame announced its seven-member class at its leadership luncheon on Monday. Others in the class with OU ties are former football offensive coordinator Larry Coker and former Sooner center Ken Mendenhall.
BMX rider Mat Hoffman, famous rodeo cowboy Bill Pickett, longtime Jenks high school football coach Allan Trimble and former Oklahoma State baseball star Robin Ventura will also be inducted.
Castiglione has spearheaded OU’s athletic surge since his hire in 1998. The Sooners have won 17 national championships in his tenure — the second-longest among ADs in school history.
Castiglione was recently named to the College Football Playoff committee and also served on the NCAA men’s basketball tournament selection committee. He helped spur massive facility upgrades across the OU athletic landscape, several of which are still ongoing.
Coker, who was born in Okemah, served as OU offensive coordinator from 1990-92 and eventually won a national championship as the Miami Hurricane head coach.
Mendenhall, from Enid, was an All-American in 1969 and blocked for Steve Owens, who won the Heisman Trophy that season. Mendenhall was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 1970 but spent 10 seasons with the Baltimore Colts.