MIAMI — Bill Yocum knows what it is to be a Norseman.
Yocum, who played on a national champion football and coached football and wrestling at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, will be inducted into the NEO Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 15.
He’s one of eight individuals and one team that will be honored during a 12:30 p.m. luncheon at the Calcagno Family Ballroom in the Carter Student Union.
Other inductees will be Mike Butcher, baseball; Ronnie Lowe, football; “Downtown” Terry Brown, men’s basketball; Dallas Kirk Lewis, women’s basketball; Kayce Grigg, softball; Bennie Crossland and Jim Ellis, contributors, and the 1986 NJCAA national champion football team.
Yocum already is in the hall as a member of the ’69 national championship team, which was inducted in 2014.
After graduation from Bartlesville High School, Yocum attended NEO from 1969-1970, where he played football for hall of fame coach Chuck Bowman.
Yocum was a member of the 1969 national championship team and was the captain of the 1970 team.
He was named National Junior College Athletic Association and Gridwire All-American and was selected as one of the Outstanding College Athletes in America in 1970.
After NEO, Yocum lettered at Texas A&M.
Yocum returned to NEO as head wrestling and assistant football coach from 1977-80, where his 1978 wrestling team had a Top 10 finish at the NJCAA national tournament and the 1980 football team won the NJCAA national championship with a perfect 10-0 record.
He is one of only two NEO athletes to play and coach on a national championship team.
His NEO record as a player and coach is 51-7-1.
Yocum is retired and resides in Lewisville, Texas.
The inductees will also be honored at the half of NEO’s football game against Trinity Valley.
Kickoff is at 6 p.m.
Tickets for the event are on sale now.
For more information about the NEO Athletic Hall of Fame, contact Nancy Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 918-540-6327.