Published: 3:52 pm, Sun. Dec. 16th, 2018Updated: 3:52 pm
Former Artesia High School Bulldog basketball coach and Clovis High and Texas Tech standout player Bubba Jennings was announced Saturday as one of six new inductees into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame.
Jennings made a name for himself that has spanned the decades as a Clovis Wildcat. He was named New Mexico Player of the Year in 1980 and earned All-American and Academic All-American team honors from the National High School Coaches Association.
Jennings led the ‘Cats to a state championship in his junior season and went on to become a stat leader at Texas Tech, scoring 1,727 points as a Red Raider.
He was also famously honored with the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, a national award given to the best men’s collegiate basketball player standing 6 feet or shorter.
Jennings spent nine seasons at the helm of the Runnin’ ‘Dogs, leading Artesia to state titles in 1995 and 1997. He went on to coach at Lubbock Coronado before taking an assistant coaching position under Bobby Knight at Texas Tech.
Also announced as inductees were longtime New Mexico basketball coaches Jim Murphy and Mike Brown, former New Mexico Highlands football player Charley Cowan, Los Lunas distance runner Chuck Aragon, and former University of New Mexico softball coach Susan Craig.