Albin, 1999 Ranger football team to be inducted into Sports Hall of Fame Feb. 14

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Albin, 1999 Ranger football team to be inducted into Sports Hall of Fame Feb. 14

Northwestern Foundation Release
January 14, 2009

The 2009 class of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Sports Hall of Fame will include Tim Albin of The Plains, Ohio, and the 1999 NAIA National Championship Ranger Football Team.

This year’s class will be honored at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, and will be formally inducted at halftime of the Ranger men’s basketball game with Lubbock Christian University that afternoon. The women’s game will tip off at 2 p.m. and the men’s game at 4 p.m.

The luncheon is open to the public, but reservations are required. The cost is $20 per person, and reservations need to be made with the Alumni Association Office, (580) 327-8593, by 5 p.m. Feb. 2. The event is generally held in the Student Center Ballroom but because a large crowd is anticipated, it might be moved to the University Cafeteria by Coronado Hall.

Tim Albin

Tim AlbinAlbin, originally from Woodward, was a player and coach for the Rangers. He was a first-team All-Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference selection as a wide receiver for three seasons and was the Rangers’ first player to earn All-District IX three times. He racked up 1,811 yards on 109 receptions from 1985-88.

After a coaching stint at Northeastern Oklahoma State University, Albin returned to Northwestern in 1994, when he served as the offensive coordinator. Albin was named the head coach in 1997 and served in that capacity through the 1999 championship season.

Albin turned out a 25-8 record in his three years as the head coach of the Rangers and was named the 1999 NAIA Football Coach of the Year by Rawlings and American Football Coach Magazine as he coached Northwestern to an undefeated 13-0 record.

Currently, Albin is in his fourth season as the offensive coordinator at the University of Ohio.

1999 NAIA National Championship Team

1999 NAIA Championship Ranger Football TeamThe 1999 NAIA Championship Football Team won the school’s first NAIA National Championship, as they did so in a 34-26 win over Georgetown College (Ky.) on Dec. 18, 1999, at Jim Carroll Stadium in Savannah, Tenn. Despite trailing 20-0 at the half, Northwestern put up 34 unanswered points to come from behind and take the win.

Six players from the squad earned NAIA All-American honors. The team was ranked first in the nation in rushing offense with 325.6 yards per game and second in total defense (219.0 yds./game) and rushing defense (37.5 yds./game).

Northwestern’s perfect 13-0 record proved to be the best in school history.

Coach Albin has asked Daryl Richardson and Brandon Christenson to speak on behalf of the team. Richardson and Christenson were the defensive and offensive captains for the 1999 NAIA Football Champions.

Players, coaches and trainers from the 1999 team should immediately contact Lizabeth Richey in the Alumni Association office at lrrichey@nwosu.edu or (580) 327-8594.

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