|J.M. "Johnnie" Burnett
Burnett served as Executive Director of the Arkansas Activities Association from 1946-1974 and was instrumental in building a sound activities program for high schools in the State of Arkansas.He was elected into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1995.He was a member of the first National Federation Track & Field Rules Committee.
As head coach of the Pine Bluff High School Zebras, Butler led his teams to 10 state track & field championships.During the decade of the 1980's, Pine Bluff captured 8 of 10 state track & field championships including four in a row from 1985-88.
Cound was the first NAIA national champion for University of Central Arkansas, winning the 1962 NAIA 880 yard run in 1:51.3.A week later, he ran the fastest half mile ever by an Arkansan, posting a 1:50.3.Cound won the Venezuela National Time Trials in 1:49.0, the fastest 800 meter performance ever in that country.He competed in two A.A.U. national championships and finished 5th in the 1967 semi-final 880 in 1:50.3.He was head track & field coach at Hendrix from 1969-75 and was selected NAIA District 17 Coach of the Year one time.
Falcon was one of the most versatile distance runners in NCAA history, winning seven individual NCAA national championships over distances from 1500 meters through 10,000 meters while representing the University of Arkansas.He was a member of the Razorbacks world record setting distance medley relay team in 1989.Falcon set a collegiate record of 7:46.42 in the indoor 3000 meters in 1989 and posted other personal bests of 3:35.42 for 1500 meters and 28:34.20 for 10,000 meters.
Grove was one of the first inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.Grove was born in Denver, CO and came to the state to coach at the University of Arkansas.He joined the staff at Hendrix College in 1924 where he remained until his retirement.Coach Grove was an all-conference college athlete in football, basketball, baseball and track & field and brought his love of athletics into his coaching.
Hall served as the Associate Director of the Arkansas Activities Association from 1970-1996.He served twice on the National Federation Rules Committee from 1974-78 and 1986-90.In 1995, Hall was among the first inductees into the Arkansas High School Coaches Association-Arkansas Officials Association Hall of Fame.
This Little Rock native has served Arkansas athletics through the media four nearly four decades.He covered high school sports for the Arkansas Gazette for 25 years before becoming sports editor of the Pine Bluff Commercial.He is currently Director of Public and Media Relations for the Arkansas Activities Association.