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Former Aggies to be inducted into intercollegiate athletic hall of fame

Three former New Mexico State student-athletes will be inducted into the Citizens Bank NMSU Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame Jan. 26 at halftime of the NMSU-North Texas men's basketball game.

Rich Beem (Men's Golf), Jim Miller (Football) and Anita Maxwell-McGee (Women's Basketball) will join 78 former student-athletes as they are inducted into the NMSU Hall of Fame.

Beem, a 1988 graduate of Las Cruces High School, was a member of the Aggie men's golf program from 1989-92. Beem finished in the top 25 in 14 tournaments while at New Mexico State and played for NMSU Hall of Fame coach Herb Wimberly. Beem also carted four top 10 individual finishes while at NMSU including medalist honors at the 1991 NMSU Classic.

Beem is a member of the PGA Tour and, in 1999, he captured his first tour title at the Kemper Open with a 10-under par 272. In 2001, Beem collected five top-20 finishes including a ninth-place finish at the Touchstone Energy Tucson Open and a seventh-place finish at the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill.

Beem will join four other Aggie men's golfers in the Hall of Fame including his father and current head coach of the NMSU men's golf team Larry Beem.

Jim Miller, a 1984 graduate of Roswell High School, was an all-purpose football player for the Aggies from 1984-87.

In his first three seasons with New Mexico State, Miller was the Aggies' starting quarterback. Miller led the Aggies in total offense in 1985 with 2,246 yards and in 1986 with 1,478 yards. He still ranks in the top-10 in three different career passing categories, passing attempts (6th - 628), pass completions (5th - 320) and completion percentage (6th - .510).

In his last season of play, Miller made the jump to the other side of the ball where he started at free safety. Miller recorded a team leading four interceptions and was second on the team in tackles with 100. Miller would sign a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys following his senior year.

In 1998 he was named the head football coach at Las Cruces High School. He led the Bulldawgs to consecutive New Mexico State High School championships in 1999 and 2000 and has a career record of 45-8. Miller is the 33rd football player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Anita Maxwell-McGee, a 1992 graduate of Dallas Lake Highlands High School, is arguably the greatest women's basketball player ever at New Mexico State. She is the only New Mexico State basketball player, male or female, to have her number retired (40).

From 1992-96, Maxwell-McGee scored 2,601 points, averaging 21.6 points per contest. Maxwell-McGee owns nine individual career records including points, scoring average, rebounds, steals, free throws made, field goals made and field goals attempted.

Maxwell-McGee also led the team in scoring, scoring average, field goals made and field goals attempted all four seasons. She was no stranger to awards. In her four years she was named as an honorable mention Kodak All-America three times, she earned Kodak All-District team three times, earned Big West Player of the Year three times and was Big West first team four times. She was named Big West Freshman of the Year in 1993, was named to three Big West All-Tournament teams and collected 13 Big West Player of the Week honors.




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