2020 - 2021 Hall of Fame
Ken 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.
Dusty 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.
Shawn 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.
Matt 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.
McKenzie (Adams) 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.
Chuck 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.
Andrea Avery-Cheatham was a guard on Broken Arrow’s first girls state championship basketball team in 1983. During the six-on-six era, Avery led the team in steals and blocked shots, as a senior. Coach Jerry Waymire described “Andy” as “very quick and a great ball handler.” She was a four-year starter in softball, and hit a combined .350 during those four seasons. The four-year starting shortstop and leadoff hitter eventually signed with Northeastern State University, where she started as a freshman.
Derek Blackburn, now the executive director of student services, was an all-state football player for the Tigers in 1989. He also earned All-Conference and All-Metro First Team recognition that season. Blackburn played four seasons at Pitt State University and was a member of one National Championship team and two runner-up squads. In 1993 he earned All-District Academic and MIAA All-Academic honors and was an all-conference defensive player.
Trey Cobb, along with being a high school All-American, was a two-time Louisville Slugger honoree and was a starting pitcher for the 2011 State and National Champion Tiger baseball team. Cobb was a four-year letter winner at Oklahoma State University and was drafted in the eighth round by the New York Mets.
Rick Myers - A three-year starter as a kicker, punter and receiver, Myers was named the 1989 Tulsa Tribune Player of the Year, Daily Oklahoman “Elite 24” kicker and OSSAA All-State. He set a school record with a 49-yard field goal that lasted until 2004. Myers was also a three-year soccer letter winner. He was a 1990 All-State Soccer Midfielder and earned All-State Honorable Mention in 1989. He kicked collegiately at Oklahoma State University, leading the team in scoring in 1991.
Zac Veatch was a two-way starter for Broken Arrow’s 2011 state runner-up football team. He was named All-State tight end by the Oklahoma Coaches Association and All-State defensive end by The Oklahoman. He was ranked by SuperPrep as No. 39 among prospects in the Midlands region, No. 10 overall in the state of Oklahoma by Rivals, and No. 48 by Scout among all tight ends in the country. Veatch was a three-year starter at four different positions at Oklahoma State.
“Friends of Athletics”
Larry Clark served as “the voice” of Broken Arrow Tiger Football for more than 20 seasons, beginning at Kirkland Field and continuing his Friday night public address work at BA Memorial Stadium. He continues to serve as public address announcer for the Pride of Broken Arrow, basketball, baseball, softball, track and wrestling.
Linda Gipson was an English teacher at Broken Arrow’s North Intermediate High School from 1991 to 2007. She and her late-husband Russ have been Tiger football season ticket holders since 1988. Since her retirement, Gipson has served the athletic department in several areas, including football season ticket sales and game-night Varsity Club events. She also is a long-time member of the Athletic Hall of Fame committee.
Richard Mosby has been a part of Broken Arrow athletics for more than 50 years, starting his career as a teacher, junior high football, wrestling and track coach and bus driver. When Memorial Stadium opened in 2000, Mosby, who retired the year before after more than 30 years, came back to the athletic department part time as an event manager. He was responsible for things such a visitor bus parking, completion of event workers’ paper work, opening visitor and officials’ locker rooms and informational sign posting on game days.