Zimmerman headlines new class entering Hopkins Hall of Fame

April 10, 2013 | WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD — Johns Hopkins University will induct nine new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, April 20. The nine-member class is the 19th to be inducted since the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame was formed in 1994 and raises the total number of members to 150.

The group will be honored at induction ceremonies scheduled to take place at 6:30 pm in the Newton White Athletic Center on the Johns Hopkins campus. Festivities will include a cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm, the induction ceremony at approximately 8 pm and a post-induction reception.

Individuals interested in attending the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies can contact Lewis Williams in the Blue Jays Unlimited office to secure a reservation. Williams can be reached by phone (410/516-6132) or email (lwill132@jhu.edu).

Below is a look at the nine individuals who comprise the 2013 class of inductees for the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame.

Krissy Brinsley – Class of 2002
Women’s Swimming
(Krissy Brinsley will not be able to attend this year’s induction ceremony and will be honored with the 2014 induction class. She is officially a member of the 2013 Hall of Fame class).

The Johns Hopkins women’s swimming program has ranked among the elite in Division III for more than 30 years. In a program with such national acclaim, Brinsley is, quite simply, the most decorated performer in school history.

Competing in an array of individual events and relays, Brinsley remains the school record-holder with 23 All-America honors and is one of just four individuals in JHU history to earn All-America honors 20 or more times.

Brinsley held nine school records at the end of her career, including marks in the 50 free, 100 back, 200 back and 200 IM. In addition, she was a member of five relay teams that held school records when she graduated.

A steady performer throughout her career, Brinsley was at her best when the lights went on at the NCAA Championships as she earned the maximum seven All-America finishes as a sophomore and six each as a junior and senior. She finished in the top nine in the nation in all 11 of her individual swims at the NCAA Championships, with one runner-up finish and a pair of third, fourth and fifth-place finishes to her credit. In addition, six of her 12 relay All-America finishes were first team (top eight).

A CoSIDA Academic All-District and MACDA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient as a senior, Brinsley also won 11 conference titles (eight individual • three relay) in her career, garnered UAA Co-Swimmer-of-the-Year honors as a freshman and earned Johns Hopkins’ Catherine P. Cramer Award as the top senior female athlete in 2002.

Brinsley’s individual successes were key elements to the team’s overall success during her career. Johns Hopkins placed 11th, eighth, fifth and fifth at the NCAA Championships during her career and added three straight runner-up finishes at the UAA Championships. The back-to-back fifth-place finishes as the NCAAs remain two of the three top-five finishes in school history.

Kelly Carver – Class of 1993
Women’s Lacrosse

In an era when the Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team was regularly making appearances in the NCAA Division III Championships with a high-scoring offense, Kelly Carver was leading an equally dominating Blue Jay defense. Carver was a four-year starter and remains one of the most decorated defensive players in school history.

Carver helped lead Johns Hopkins to a four-year record of 41-18, one Middle Atlantic Conference Championship, three MAC West titles, two trips to the NCAA Tournament and one appearance in the Final Four.

A two-time team captain, Carver totaled one goal, 49 caused turnovers and 70 ground balls and led the team in ground balls (26) as a sophomore and caused turnovers (17) as a junior. Carver’s exploits weren’t just noticed by her coaches and teammates at Johns Hopkins, she also grabbed the attention of opposing coaches, who were quick to honor her with an array of post-season honors.

Carver earned Third Team Brine/IWLCA All-America honors as a junior, when she also grabbed First Team All-Region and First Team All-MAC West honors. She closed her career in 1993 by earning First Team All-America honors from two different organizations – the IWLCA and USWLA – and repeated as a First Team All-Region and All-MAC West selection.

Now 20 years since her career ended, Carver remains one of just three defenders in the history of the Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse program to earn First Team All-America honors.

John Del Monaco • Class of 2000
Men’s Soccer

The Johns Hopkins men’s soccer program enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990s and one of the great four-year runs in school history took place from 1996-99. One of the leaders during this run of national prominence for the Blue Jays was John Del Monaco, among the most versatile players ever to don the Columbia Blue and Black.

Del Monaco, who set a then school record for career games played (78), totaled 20 goals and 17 assists in his career, but numbers hardly tell the story of his career.

Del Monaco developed into one of the top forwards in the Centennial Conference early in his career and earned Second Team All-Centennial honors there as a sophomore. Demonstrating his all-around ability and team-first mentality, he went on to earn First Team All-Centennial honors in each of his final two seasons – as a defender!

His transition to defense was so smooth that he earned First Team All-Region and Second Team All-America honors as a junior and senior. He remains one of just five players – and the only defender – to twice earn All-America honors.

Del Monaco helped the Blue Jays to a 64-11-4 record during his career, including a 32-3-1 mark in the Centennial. He helped Johns Hopkins to the Centennial Conference title in 1996 and 1998 and an ECAC title in 1999. The Blue Jays also advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first three seasons and made a stunning run to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 1998; only a triple-overtime loss kept the Blue Jays from making a trip to the national semifinals that year.

While his exploits on the field are well documented, Del Monaco was also one of the top student-athletes in the nation as well. He received the William Howard Award as the Johns Hopkins senior athlete who most excelled in athletics and academics and earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship as a senior. He remains one of just three Johns Hopkins men’s soccer players to earn one of these prestigious awards.

Dave Eikenberg • Class of 1991
Men’s Basketball

He came to a basketball ghost town; sold on Homewood by a new coach with the opportunity to help build something out of the Blue Jay basketball program. Four years after arriving as a member of head coach Bill Nelson’s first recruiting class, Dave Eikenberg and his classmates had put the Johns Hopkins men’s basketball program on the map.

Eikenberg was the glue of Nelson’s early teams as he was the starting point guard from the time he arrived on campus and helped the Blue Jays compile a 68-40 record during his career – the 68 wins exactly matching the number Johns Hopkins had accumulated in the nine previous years combined.

Eikenberg graduated as Johns Hopkins’ career leader in assists (399) and steals (181) and no player in the last 20 years has come within 150 assists of his record and only one has come within 50 steals of his mark in that time. He remains the only player in school history with 100 or more assists in two different seasons (145, 113) and the only player with 55 or more steals in two different seasons as well (59, 58). He led the team in assists and steals three times each during his career and finished his career ranked second in games (105) and minutes played (2,634).

To say that Eikenberg left the basketball program better than he found it would be an understatement. In addition to the 68 wins the Blue Jays amassed during his career, he helped JHU to a Middle Atlantic Conference title as a senior and a runner-up finish as a junior. The MAC title was the first for Johns Hopkins since 1974. He also led JHU to the first two of what would eventually become five consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. Included is the program’s only trip to the Sweet 16 (1990).

A.J. Haugen • Class of 2000
Men’s Lacrosse

One of the most creative, elusive and dangerous midfielders in school history, A.J. Haugen enjoyed a career matched by few midfielders in the storied history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program.

Haugen earned First Team All-America honors as a sophomore (1998), junior (1999) and senior (2000) and is one of just four players in school history to earn First Team All-America honors three times as a midfielder; the others include Rick Kowalchuk, Del Dressel and Paul Rabil. In a span of 18 years (1989-2007), Haugen was the only Johns Hopkins player to earn All-America honors three times (regardless of position)

Haugen finished his career with 85 goals and 23 assists for 108 points. He ranks third in school history in career goals scored among players who played exclusively midfield and punched up 23 or more goals in each of his final three seasons, including a career-high 27 as a sophomore and senior.

Johns Hopkins posted a 40-15 record during Haugen’s career and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals in each of his final two years. In the final game of his career against top-ranked Syracuse in the 2000 national semifinals, Haugen tied the Johns Hopkins record for most goals scored in a semifinal game as he netted a career-high five before the Blue Jays fell late to the Orange. The effort remains one of Hopkins’ top individual performances in an NCAA Tournament game.

Haugen capped his career at Johns Hopkins by being awarded the C. Gardner Mallonee Award, which is presented annual to the senior male who has made the most outstanding contribution in athletics.

George Kennedy
Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coach

One of the most successful head coaches in Division III swimming history, George Kennedy recently completed his 28th season as the head coach of the Johns Hopkins men’s and women’s teams.

Kennedy’s men’s team has compiled a record of 180-106 (.629) and didn’t lose a dual meet to a Division III opponent from November 19, 1989 – February 4, 2006. The Blue Jays have won 15 conference titles under his guidance, including 11 UAA, two Middle Atlantic Conference and two ECAC championships.

The Blue Jays have routinely parlayed the success of the regular season and at the conference championships into top finishes at the NCAA Championships. Including the recently completed 2012-13 season, Kennedy has guided Johns Hopkins to 25 top-10 finishes, 13 top-five finishes and three national runner-up showings.

In all, Kennedy has coached Blue Jay men’s swimmers to 14 individual and relay national championships, while there have been 301 individual All-Americans and 123 All-America relay teams.

Kennedy has enjoyed similar success with the Johns Hopkins women’s team, which has compiled a dual-meet record of 156-138-2 (.522) while competing against a national schedule that has included numerous Division I opponents.

Like the men, the women have also had a run of success at the conference and national level. Johns Hopkins has won nine conference titles under Kennedy, including five Blue Grass Mountain titles and four UAA Championships.

The Blue Jay women’s team has compiled two individual national championships, one relay national title, 161 individual All-Americans and 95 All-America relay teams.

Kennedy and his coaching staff have earned national coaching staff of the year honors six times since he arrived at Homewood and the success of both programs has not been limited to the pool. Members of the men’s and women’s teams have combined to earn seven NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships and 10 CoSIDA Academic All-America nods. In addition, four of Kennedy’s former swimmers have been inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame, including fellow 2013 inductee Krissy Brinsley.

Steve Milo • Class of 1999

Steve Milo was a four-year standout on the baseball team for head coach Bob Babb and helped the Blue Jays to a four-year record of 115-47-1 (.709). Johns Hopkins won two Centennial Conference titles (1997, 1998), two UAA titles (1998, 1999) and made two trips to the NCAA Tournament (1997, 1998) during his career. The 115 wins he and his classmates were a part of were, at the time, tied for the third most in school history.

Among the great pure hitters in school history, Milo concluded his career among Johns Hopkins’ all-time leaders in batting average (.367), hits (160), home runs (20), doubles (35) and RBIs (126).

While there have been some truly remarkable individual seasons in school history, few compare with the one Milo enjoyed as a junior in 1998. That year he hit .456 with 72 hits, 18 doubles, 57 RBIs and 53 runs scored. His 18 doubles that season were a school record at the time and his marks for batting average, runs scored and triples (4) were all among the top totals in school history at the time.

Milo still holds one school record that has rarely been challenged in the time since he graduated as his 32-game hitting streak – the seventh-longest in NCAA Division III history at the time – remains a Johns Hopkins record.

In helping the Blue Jays to a 36-4 record, the Centennial Conference and UAA titles and a top five national ranking in 1998, Milo earned First Team ABCA All-Region, First Team All-Centennial, First Team All-ECAC and Second Team All-UAA honors. The Blue Jays were the top seed in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship and finished the season ranked 25th in the nation.

Sarah Parola • Class of 2001
Women’s Soccer

The Johns Hopkins women’s soccer program was still in its infancy when Sarah Parola arrived on campus in 1997. The Blue Jays had broken through and grabbed their first-ever Centennial Conference title the year before, but Parola’s arrival provided the Blue Jays with one of the top goal-scoring threats in the nation and JHU quickly transformed from a young program to a regional power.

Parola burst on the scene as a freshman, setting then school records for goals scored (20) and points (49) in a season. How unique were her efforts that season? Her mark for goals scored stood as a Johns Hopkins record until 2012, while her 49 points were the standard until 2011.

Despite injuries that brought two of her four seasons to a premature end, Parola concluded her career as Johns Hopkins’ career leader in goals scored (46) and points (105); those records held until 2011 and she remains one of just two players in school history to score 15 or more goals and total 34 or more points in two different seasons.

Parola’s individual success went hand-in-hand with the elevation of the program. She helped the Blue Jays to a four-year record of 60-15-4 (.785) with one Centennial Conference title (1997), one ECAC title (2000) and two trips to the NCAA Tournament (1997, 1998). The Blue Jays’ appearance in the 1997 NCAA Tournament was the first in school history.

With her breakout performance as a freshman in 1997, Parola was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year; she remains the only player in league history to grab this honor as a freshman. She earned All-Centennial honors three times, including first team nods as a freshman and sophomore, and First Team All-Region honors in each of those years as well. She was the first player in school history to earn First Team All-Region, remained the only two-time first team selection in school history until 2010 and was the only JHU freshman to earn top regional honors before 2011.

Parola is the first Johns Hopkins women’s soccer player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame strictly because of her efforts on the soccer field.

Don Zimmerman • Class of 1976
Men’s Lacrosse (Player and Coach) • Men’s Soccer Coach

One of the most successful coaches in the storied history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program, Don Zimmerman guided the Blue Jays to a seven-year run that ranks among the best in school history, even by the lofty standards of the most successful program in college lacrosse history.

Leading the Blue Jays from 1984-90, Zimmerman compiled a remarkable 73-15 (.830) record, won three national championships (1984, 1985, 1987) and guided the Blue Jays to the NCAA Tournament in each of his seven seasons. JHU also advanced to the national championship game in 1989 and Zimmerman was the first head coach in college lacrosse history to win an NCAA title in his first season. JHU was nearly unbeatable at Homewood Field during his reign as the Blue Jays compiled a remarkable 40-7 (.851) record in the home whites under his guidance.

In addition to the national titles and NCAA Tournament appearances the Blue Jays compiled under his guidance, the team also collected numerous individual awards during Zimmerman’s tenure.

Johns Hopkins players compiled 21 First Team All-America honors, 47 overall All-America nods, two National Player of the Year, two Midfielder of the Year, three Defenseman of the Year and four Goalie of the Year awards under Zimmerman.

Zimmerman graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1976 after playing his final two years under legendary coach Henry Ciccarone. He earned Honorable Mention All-America honors as a midfielder as a junior and helped Johns Hopkins to the NCAA Semifinals.

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