J.V. Haney owes his success to the two years he spent as a student-athlete at Northeastern A&M College.
The former catcher went on to successful careers, first as a coach and now in broadcasting and banking.
“What I have in life, I owe to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and the faculty … I have great memories,” said Haney, who was among the inductees in the NEO Athletic Hall of Fame.
“Someone will ask me ‘Puddin (his nickname), where did you go to college?’” Haney said. “I went to college at Northeastern A&M in Miami. ‘No, where did you get your certificate to teach?’ I got that at Tahlequah, but I went to college at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla.”
Also honored during Saturday’s ceremony in the Carter Student Union Ballroom were Gay Ivey Benson, NEO’s first female all-American former Norse player, assistant coach John Tiger, 1963 NJCAA football All-American Richard Haynes, former Norse head football coach Glen Wolfe, former Norse men’s basketball coach Larry Gipson, contributor Bill Smith and the 1953 Golden Norse football team.
The 1959 national championship football team was also recognized for being inducted into the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame.
Haney is impressed with what he’s seen of NEO under current president Dr. Jeff Hale.
“Dr. Hale is bringing back what Dr. Carter (Dr. Bruce G. Carter, NEO president from 1943-69) built,” Haney said. “We went through a period of time up here — I was an outsider, but I didn’t think that compassion was here. It is back.”
A Big Cabin native, Haney broke into coaching in 1956 at Adair. He also served stints at Owasso and Seminole before settling in for a 20-year run as a coach in Tulsa, first at Webster and then at Edison.
He finished with 313 wins.
He got into radio and television work as a hobby.
“Ron Blue, a legend in radio in the state of Oklahoma, asked me to fill in one time (on the KRMG sports call-in show “Sportsline”),” Haney said. “Gosh, it was fun. We ran the board and played the commercials. We did the whole nine yards. It just went from there.”
He teamed with Bill Land (now the TV voice of the San Antonio Spurs) to broadcast University of Tulsa basketball games.
At the time, Nolan Richardson had just been hired as the Golden Hurricane coach.
Richardson, who went on to win an NIT title at Tulsa and the NCAA championship at Arkansas, is back in Tulsa, this time with the WNBA Tulsa Shock.
“I go to his practices about twice a week,” Haney said. “He is excited. He is rejuvenated. The kids are buying what he is selling. He’s going to win the WNBA, maybe not this year, but next year he will.”
He also did sideline reports for Golden Hurricane broadcasts in football.
Haney stepped down prior to the 2007 football season.
Now he’s an analyst on Cox Communications’ telecasts of Tulsa-area high school football and basketball games.
Haney hosts four coaches’ shows and is an executive with SpiritBank of Tulsa.