NSU to induct three into Athletic Hall of Fame

TAHLEQUAH - Robert Jackson, Zdena Rebekova and Rodger Lefler will enter the Northeastern State University Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 5.

Class XXVI will be inducted on Saturday, Feb. 5. Tickets are $20 for the 11 a.m. banquet in the Senator Herb Rozell Ballroom in the NSU University Center. Reservations are required and must be purchased no later than Wednesday, Feb. 3, at noon.

Robert Jackson was a four-year football letterman for the Redmen (1958-1961) and started every game for four seasons. Jackson played on both sides of the ball -- quarterback, halfback and defensive back --- and earned All-Oklahoma Collegiate Conference honors four consecutive seasons. The captain of the 1959, 1960 and 1961 teams, Jackson helped lead the Redmen to the 1958 NAIA National Championship as a freshman. He graduated from NSU in 1963.

After graduation he embarked on prolific coaching career. Jackson was a football and track coach at Bel Air and Eastwood high schools in El Paso, Texas. He also served as head football coach and athletic director at Parkland High School and was the offensive coordinator at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas.

Zdena Rebekova was a four-year letter winner for the Women's tennis team (1996-2000) and turned in one of the best careers in NSU history. She graduated from NSU in 2000.

Rebekova was honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as a Singles All-American in 1997, 1998 and 2000, as well as a Doubles All-American in 1997 and 1998. She also excelled in the classroom and earned Academic All-American honors in 1998, 1999 and 2000. A four-time All-Conference performer and the Lone Star Conference Player of the Year in 2000, Rebekova is Northeastern State's only recipient of the prestigious ITA Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.

Rodger Lefler was a four-year letterman for the Redmen in basketball where he became a three-year starter and captain of the 1961-62 squad. Lefler was chosen All-Oklahoma Collegiate Conference in 1960-61 and 1961-62 and led the team in scoring and rebounding as a senior in 1961-62. He graduated from NSU in 1962

Following his graduation Lefler began a career in education as a teacher and coach in the Tulsa area. His coaching career was highlighted by leading East Central High School to a baseball state championship in 1970. Later, Lefler was honored as the Tulsa All-City Baseball Coach of the Year and by the Oklahoma Coaches Association as Basketball All-State Coach of the Year in 1977. 

Published: 1/31/2011 2:49:16 PM

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