Six to be inducted into BA Athletic Hall of Fame in fall of 2020
The athletic director who created the Broken Arrow Athletic Hall of Fame, Broken Arrow Tigers winningest wrestling coach, a soccer player-turned coach-turned district administrator, two two-sport athletes, and the first official “Friend of Athletics” make up the BA Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2020.
The 2020 inductees are Ken Ellett, Shawn Jones, Chuck Perry, McKenzie (Adams) Mills, Matt Klimas and Dusty Dilldine.
Ellett served as BAPS Director of Athletics for 29 years before being named Executive Director of Student Activities in the spring of 2018. He retired from the district in December 2019. Ellett created the school’s athletic hall of fame in 1995. One of his many accomplishments included overseeing 51 state championships. Prior to Ellett’s arrival, Broken Arrow had won 11 state championships in 85 years of athletics. Ellett was named the 2009 Oklahoma Athletic Director of the Year. He also was named Region 7 Athletic Director four times. Ellett introduced sixth hour athletics to Broken Arrow in the early ‘90s. Prior to coming to Broken Arrow, Ellett coached at North Dakota State University (where he also played football), the University of Wisconsin and the University of Tulsa.
Jones amassed a 148-30 dual record, the most wins in school history, during his 14 seasons at the helm of Tiger wrestling. Broken Arrow’s wrestling teams won five team state championships and four dual state titles under Jones’ tutelage. Twenty-four of Jones’ wrestlers combined to win 37 individual state championships. In eight of his 14 seasons, Jones’ teams were ranked in the top 50 nationally by Intermat Wrestling. Jones was twice – 2008 and 2010 – named the Tulsa World’s Wrestling Coach of the Year.
Perry, the district’s Associate Superintendent of Student Services, was a standout soccer player for the Tigers from 1985 to 1987. He returned to his alma mater as a head coach in 1993. During his five-season tenure as head soccer coach, he took Broken Arrow to the school’s first state championship game. The Tigers played in the championship game twice and the semifinals once under Perry’s leadership and won four Frontier Valley Conference titles. His teams compiled a 56-13-2 record during his coaching career in BA. As a player, Perry led BA to the state semifinals as a junior and was team captain his senior season. He played college soccer at the University of Tulsa, where he was a two-time letter winner and was the squad’s Defensive Player of the Year as a redshirt freshman.
Mills, a 2014 graduate, was a three-year starter in softball and four-year track athlete for the Tigers. She was the 2014 Wendy’s High School Heisman Winner and named All-State as a senior in softball. She earned Academic All-Conference recognition three times and was twice named All-District. In track, she qualified for the state tournament in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. She went on to play softball at Wichita State University and earned First Team All-Conference honors in 2017. She finished her college career with a .342 batting average and .378 on base percentage.
Klimas, a 2005 graduate, was a three-year letter winner in football and baseball, but it was baseball where he excelled as a Tiger. He earned All-State and All-Region honors his senior season. He was a two-time All-Conference pick and played in the Sunbelt Series in 2004. He was selected in the 36th round of the Major League draft by the Kansas City Royals out of high school, but choose to play junior college baseball for Texarkana College. During two seasons there, he was named NJCAA All-Conference and All-Region. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the eight round of the 2006 MLB Draft. Kilmas played professional baseball in the Giants organization for four years. He then earned his degree from Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga. He coached baseball at Thomas Jefferson Academy in Louisville, Ga., and was twice named Region Coach of the Year. In 2016 he coached the Jaguars to a Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association State Championship.
Dilldine, a 1978 graduate and Broken Arrow Public Schools Payroll Director, is the first official “Friend of Athletics” inductee. Dildine has been with the district for 33 years. During that time, he has been “loyal in attendance to all BA sporting events.” As a student, Dilldine wrestled on the BA junior high team and was kicker for Tiger football his senior season. He attended NEO A&M and Oklahoma State University, where he earned a degree in accounting. Dilldine has not only been a great supporter of Tiger Athletics, but was also an active booster as a Pride and Cheer parent. Dilldine remains involved with his graduating class, serving as treasurer for the BA Alumni Class of 1978.
The 2020 Broken Arrow Athletics Hall of Fame Induction ceremony is scheduled for halftime of the Sept. 4 home-opening football game against Union.