2010 Braves Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Posted by Paula Paine on February 10, 2011 in Alumni, Athletics, BAHOF, "The College"

Kim Hendrix

’79 Kim Hendrix was a four-year letterman in football at the University from 1975 to 1978 and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1979. In 1976, he was selected to the All Heart of America Conference (HAC) Second Team. He accounted for 56 percent of receiving yards, 48 percent of receptions, and 33 percent of touchdown receptions. He also had the longest pass reception of the season at 79 yards.

In 1977, Hendrix was again selected to the All Heart of America Conference Second Team, with similarly impressive stats. He accounted for 43 percent of receiving yards and 71 percent of touchdown receptions; he averaged 25.2 yards per kick return and 27.5 yards per punt return.

During the 1978 season, Hendrix was selected to the All Heart of America Conference First Team, Academic AHAC First Team, All District 10 First Team, and was an All American Honorable Mention. He set the OU single season record in yards receiving (1,083) and tied the OU single season record in touchdown receptions (16). Hendrix ranked second nationally in touchdown receptions, fourth nationally in yards per game, and seventh nationally in scoring per game.

Ottawa University completed the 1978 season tied for second in the HAC, which was the best conference record since 1971. Hendrix accounted for 42 percent of the team’s receptions and 56 percent of the team’s receiving yards. He had 70 percent of the team’s touchdown receptions and 34 percent of the total team offensive yards gained. He also caught the longest pass reception (82 yards).

Hendrix’s football career at Ottawa University consisted of 2,267 yards receiving, 27 touchdowns and a 20-yard average per reception.

Hendrix is a regional operations manager for AT&T, where he has been honored with the President’s Quality Award and selected to serve on the Council of Leaders. He and his wife, Betsy, reside in Overland Park, Kansas. They have three daughters: Elizabeth and her husband Brian and two grandsons, Braden and Kipton; Erin and her husband John; and youngest daughter Emily. Kim and Betsy have enjoyed coaching their daughters in various sports and volunteering for various church, school and civic activities.

Lou Coppoc ’57

During his college career, Lou Coppoc participated in three sports between 1953 and 1957. He graduated from Ottawa University in 1957 with a degree in education. Coppoc played football for one year and was a four-year letterman in basketball. The 1954-1955 basketball team took first in the KCAC and the 1953-1954 team took second.

Coppoc also lettered in track all four years at OU. The 1956 and 1957 track teams took the KCAC title. Coppoc was the KCAC pole vault champion for three years – 1955, 1956 and 1957 – and he set a new pole vault record for the Doan Relays in 1957. The vaulting pole at that time was steel (the invention of the fiberglass vaulting pole led to the breaking of these records).

While in college, Coppoc served as president of the sophomore class and received the Tom Trigg ’47 Award his senior year at OU.

Coppoc retired in 1995 following a 38-year career at Williamsburg High School in Williamsburg, Kansas, where he taught biology, physiology, sociology, psychology, physical education, and drivers’ education. During his career, he was recognized as Teacher of the Year in West Franklin #287 and received an Honorary Chapter Award from the Williamsburg Chapter of FFA.

Coppoc also coached a variety of sports while at Williamsburg, including football, basketball, track, and cross-country. Several of those he took to state championships.

Even after retirement, Coppoc returned to Williamsburg High to assist Roger Driver with coaching track. In March 2009, his dedication to athletics was recognized by the City of Williamsburg, which named their football field the “Coach Louis Coppoc Field.”

Coppoc has been actively involved with several organizations and clubs throughout his career and retirement. He has served as the president of the OU Alumni Association and three-time president of the Lions Club. Coppoc has held many offices with the Methodist Church and served on the Board of the Community Library. In 2009, he was named Volunteer of the Year by the City of Williamsburg.

Coppoc and his wife Frances have been married for 56 years. The couple resides in Williamsburg and has two sons, Jack and Bill, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

More than 30 of Coppoc’s relatives have attended Ottawa University.