Kirkham to be inducted into Colorado Mesa Hall of Hono
COLORADO SPRINGS - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs athletic director Stephen Kirkham will be inducted into the Hall of Honor at Colorado Mesa University (formerly Mesa State College) in a ceremony in Grand Junction, Colo., on Sept. 30.
Also being inducted during the ceremony, which will be held at Colorado Mesa's University Center Ballroom, will be the Mavericks' 1982 football team.
Kirkham coached the school's women's basketball teams from 1988-2004, amassing a 299-157 record. He retired as the winningest women's basketball coach in Mesa State College and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference history. Including stints at the high school and junior college levels as well as one season as the interim coach at UCCS, Kirkham's career record is 438-254.
"It is an amazing honor for a first-generation college graduate who never intended to coach women's basketball," said Kirkham. "I immediately think of all the great ladies who played at Colorado Mesa University during my sixteen years there and their dedication, effort and ability.
"I smile a lot thinking also of their personalities and the experiences we shared. It was a terrific journey."
Kirkham led the Mavericks to four RMAC Championships, seven consecutive RMAC West Division Championships and one RMAC Tournament title. Under his guidance the team recorded 15 winning seasons, advancing to 10 consecutive RMAC Shootout Tournaments.
During Kirkham's tenure, his teams set a league record for 10 consecutive winning seasons and were the first RMAC team to host an NCAA Regional Tournament (2002). MSC led the nation in Field Goal percentage Defense (33%) in 2000 and Rebound Margin (+13.5) in 1999. His teams still hold 28 Mesa State school records.
Kirkham coached 46 RMAC All-Conference players, three All-Americans, one Region Player of the Year and two NAIA District Player of the Year. He coached RMAC and Mesa State Hall of Fame honoree, Tonya Stites.
In his 16 years at the helm he had a 100% senior graduation rate and numerous National Academic Top 25 teams.
Kirkham was instrumental with increasing the female participation in the Mesa State Basketball Camps from 800 campers to over 2,000 female campers.
Tickets for the event will go on sale September 1 and can be purchased online at HERE or by calling the Alumni office at 970.248.1871 [Call: 970.248.1871]
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