The Wayland Baptist Athletics Hall of Honor will grow by five this fall when Rosemary Brown Bowser (basketball), Alexey Carvalho (basketball), Johnny Cobb (wrestling), Brett Cook (baseball) and Andrew Williamson (golf) will be inducted into the prestigious group.
The induction is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 in McClung University Center.
Bowser played for the Flying Queens for two seasons from 1974-76. During that time, she was a two-time AAU All-American as well as an NWIT All-American. She played on WBU’s last AAU national champion team as well as an AAU national runner-up team and also played on the 1975 USA All-Star Team.
Carvalho played for the Pioneers for four years from 1987-91, finishing as the No. 7 all-time scorer in program history with 1,761 points. A native of Brazil, he was District 8 Player of the Year, First Team NAIA All-District 8 and in 1991 an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American.
Cobb was one of the catalysts behind the beginning of WBU wrestling and went on to serve as its head coach for four years. He recruited future Olympic gold medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock, later helping coach her as she trained for the Tokyo games. Cobb has an endowed scholarship and Wayland’s most prestigious wrestler award is named in his honor.
Cook was an NAIA First Team All-American and an All-Sooner Athletic Conference second baseman who held eight Pioneer batting records at the end of his career in 2009. He still reigns as the Pioneers’ all-time batting leader and ranks second in runs, third in hits, and sixth in homers. After completing his three-year playing career in 2009, Cook has served as graduate assistant, assistant coach and currently associate head coach.
From 2014-18, Williamson was a four-time NAIA All-American – just the second in WBU golf history. The South Africa native claimed two tournament wins and nine runner-up finishes and as a senior was the NAIA’s second-rated golfer and tied for sixth at NAIA Nationals. He was SAC Freshman of Year and SAC Player of Year and was a three-time finalist for NAIA’s Jack Nicklaus Award. He earned numerous academic honors including CoSIDA Men’s At-Large College Division National Academic All-America of the Year and won the Roy McClung Award as WBU’s top senior student-athlete.
The addition of the 2023 inductees will increase membership in the WBU Athletics Hall of Honor, which was started in 1992, to 118.