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Former Oriole Manto elected to International League Hall of Fame

Posted on 28 January 2014 by WNST Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 28, 2014

The International League announced today that former League MVP Jeff Manto, current Scranton/WB RailRiders manager Dave Miley, and current Toledo broadcaster Jim Weber will be inducted into the circuit’s Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2014. The three men were elected to the IL Hall by a vote of living Hall of Famers, longtime executives, broadcasters, and members of the media.

Members of the Class of 2014 have been added to the International League Hall of Fame plaque display. The inductees will be presented with “The Curtain Call” statue during individual enshrinement ceremonies to take place during the coming season. The IL Hall of Fame plaque display does not have a permanent home, but rather serves as a traveling testament to the storied legacy of the International League.

Former infielder and outfielder Jeff Manto hit .275 with 125 home runs with seven different IL clubs between 1992 and 2000. He was the League’s Most Valuable Player in 1994, a season split between Norfolk and Rochester. He was a star of the Buffalo teams that won the American Association title in 1997 and the Governors’ Cup in 1998, later becoming just one of three players in Bisons history to have his uniform number retired.

Winner of well over 1,000 games in the League, Dave Miley earns induction in the midst of a distinguished career as an IL manager. Miley, who also piloted the Cincinnati Reds for parts of three seasons from 2003 to 2005, is a two-time IL Manager of the Year. He was at the helm for the only Governors’ Cup titles in the history of both the Louisville and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchises.

Rounding out the Class of 2014 is the first broadcaster elected to the IL Hall of Fame, Jim Weber, who was honored this past season for calling his 5,000th consecutive game for the Toledo Mud Hens. Weber also works on the club’s television broadcasts and has served as Toledo’s traveling secretary since 1984.

Only three IL Hall of Famers have ever spent time in the League in an on-field capacity after their induction, one player (Rocky Nelson) and two managers (Tommy Thomas and George Toporcer). Dave Miley will join this list in 2014, along with Class of 2013 inductee Larry Parrish who is returning to Toledo as manager.

The IL Hall of Fame, established in 1947, was dormant from 1964 until the League’s 125th Anniversary season in 2008. Following a three-year transition period (2008-10) in which a total of 50 individuals were inducted after having been selected by a committee, the Class of 2014 was the fourth chosen by what will continue to serve as the annual election process. Each year the top three vote-getters who also receive a vote on the majority of ballots returned will be elected.

Complete statistical data and biographical information on all 113 members of the IL Hall of Fame, along with a copy of the International League Hall of Fame policies, procedures, and guidelines are available at www.ILBaseball.com.

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UMBC hosts Hartford for Hall of Fame Day Saturday

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

SET THE SCENE: The UMBC Retrievers (5-14, 1-5) try to salvage the final game of a three-game homestand when they face the Hartford Hawks (10-11, 4-2) on Hall of Fame Day at the RAC Arena. The Saturday, Jan. 25 nightcap of a hoops doubleheader gets underway at 3:30 p.m. Gary Stein and Troy Green have the call, live streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv. Streaming is also now available on most mobile devices.

RETRIEVER UPDATE:  UMBC played the two undefeated teams in America East, Vermont and Stony Brook, in a span of three days, and dropped both decisions. The Retrievers are mired in a shooting slump – the squad has not surpassed 40 percent shooting from the floor in the last five games. FR G Rodney Elliott (13.8 ppg) has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 games, while SR F Chase Plummer coming off a 21-point effort versus Stony Brook.

HAWK UPDATE: Taylor Dyson’s short baseline jumper as he fell to the floor with 2.3 seconds left boosted Hartford to a 56-54 victory over Binghamton on Thursday night. Wes Cole led the Hawks (10-11, 4-2 America East) with 24 points, and the junior guard has buried 18 treys in his last two outings. JR F Mark Nwakamma leads UH in scoring (15.2) and rebounding (6.0). Hartford has won three straight, two of which have been on the road and the Hawks are 5-6 in road games in 2013-14.

Who’s Up Next: UMBC hits the road next week for contests at Binghamton (Jan. 29) and at Maine (Feb .1).

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Mussina falls well short of induction to Hall of Fame in first year on ballot

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Mussina falls well short of induction to Hall of Fame in first year on ballot

Posted on 08 January 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 BBWAA Electees Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas to join Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre in Cooperstown at 2014 Hall of Fame Weekend Induction Ceremony

For only the second time since the first National Baseball Hall of Fame class in 1936, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America elected three players in their first year of eligibility to the Hall of Fame in balloting verified by Ernst & Young.

Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and designated hitter-first baseman Frank Thomasall cleared the 75-percent plurality threshold to gain election to the Hall of Fame and will be inducted in ceremonies July 25-28 at Cooperstown, N.Y.

Maddux was the leading vote getter with 555 votes of the 571 ballots, including one blank, cast by senior members of the BBWAA, writers with 10 or more consecutive years of service. That represented 97.2 percent of the vote. Glavine received 525 votes (91.9 percent) and Thomas 478 (83.7). It marked the first time that three first-ballot nominees were elected sinceNolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yountin 1999.

Craig Biggio missed the 75-percent cutoff point of 429 by two votes, tying Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin in balloting history. Traynor was elected in 1948. Fox was in his last year on the ballot and was subsequently elected by the Veterans Committee in 1997. It was Biggio’s second year on the ballot. Players may remain on the ballot for up to 15 years provided they receive five percent of the vote.

Pitcher Jack Morris received 351 votes (61.5) in his final year on the ballot and will be eligible for the Expansion Era Committee consideration in the fall of 2016. Players receiving sufficient support to remain on the BBWAA ballot were first baseman Jeff Bagwell (54.3), outfielder Tim Raines (46.1), pitcher Roger Clemens (35.4), outfielder Barry Bonds (34.7), relief pitcher Lee Smith (29.9), pitcherCurt Schilling (29.2), designated hitter-third baseman Edgar Martinez (25.2), shortstop Alan Trammell(20.8), pitcher Mike Mussina (20.3), second baseman Jeff Kent (15.2), first baseman Fred McGriff(11.7), first baseman Mark McGwire (11.0), outfielder Larry Walker (10.2), first baseman Don Mattingly(8.2) and outfielder Sammy Sosa (7.2).

Maddux and Glavine are the first pair of Hall of Fame classmates both to record voting percentages in the 90th-percentile since 2007 with Cal Ripken Jr. (98.5) and Tony Gwynn (97.6). Overall it is the fifth time in Hall of Fame voting history that classmates have recorded 90th-percentile totals, joining 1936 (Ty Cobb 98.2 Honus Wagner 95.1, Babe Ruth 95.1, Christy Mathewson 90.7); 1989 (Johnny Bench96.4, Carl Yastrzemski 94.6); 1999 (Ryan – 98.8, Brett – 98.29) and 2007.

Thomas is the first Hall of Famer to have played a majority of games at the DH position. He appeared in 2,322 career games, with 1,310 coming as a DH, (56.4%). Paul Molitor, who was elected in 2004, played 44 percent of his games as a DH.

Maddux and Glavine are the first pair of 300-game winners elected in the same year since 1973 –Warren Spahn (363) and Mickey Welch (307). The only other time two 300-game winners were elected in the same year was in 1936 when the BBWAA chose Walter Johnson (417) and Christy Mathewson (373). Maddux and Glavine are the first pair of living 300-game winners elected to the Hall of Fame in the same year.

The election of Maddux and Glavine marks the first time since 1992 that two former big league starting pitchers entered the Hall in the same class. That year Tom Seaver was elected by the BBWAA and Hal Newhouser by the Veterans Committee. The last time two former big league starting pitchers were elected in the same year by the BBWAA was 1991 – Ferguson Jenkins and Gaylord Perry. Jenkins and Perry were also prior members of the same rotation to be elected together, having pitched albeit for only part of each season with the Texas Rangers in 1975 and 1980. The last time two big league starters that pitched at least one whole season in the same rotation were elected to the Hall of Fame was 1946; Jack Chesbro and Rube Waddell took regular turns in the Pittsburgh Pirates rotation in 1900. Another member of the Class of 1946, Eddie Plank, was in the Philadelphia Athletics rotation with Waddell from 1902-07.

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Cottle headlines new Loyola Hall of Fame class

Posted on 12 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Eleven Named To Loyola Athletics Hall Of Fame Class Of 2014

 

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland’s Atheltics Hall of Fame Committee has chosen 11 former Greyhounds student-athletes and coaches who will form the Class of 2014 induction class and will be enshrined on Friday, May 2, 2014.

The class, which is Loyola’s first induction class in more than 10 years, features nine former student-athletes:  Joseph Barger ’89 (men’s soccer), Mark Gallagher ’98 (men’s swimming & diving),  Kerri Johnson ’97 (women’s lacrosse), Timothy McGeeney ’95 (men’s lacrosse), Michelle Meyer ’96(women’s lacrosse), John Mohler ’50 (men’s lacrosse, men’s swimming and diving, wrestling), Michael Morrison ’07 (men’s basketball), Dania Thompson ’76 (men’s basketball, women’s lacrosse), Nancy Turnblacer ’02 (women’s tennis). Two former coaches, Dave Cottle (men’s lacrosse) and Bill Sento (men’s soccer), will be inducted, as well, honoring their service to Loyola athletics.

“We are pleased to congratulate these 11 women and men as our Class of 2014 to the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame,” said Jim Paquette, Loyola’s assistant vice president and director of athletics. “Each made outstanding contributions to Loyola athletics, and we are excited to welcome them to a prestigious group.”

A two-year captain for the men’s soccer team, Joe Barger is one of the program’s greatest defenders. A two-time all-conference player, he helped Loyola to a 30-game unbeaten streak over two seasons and the NCAA South Atlantic Championship in 1986 and 1989. During his senior year, Barger also competed for the men’s lacrosse team which reached the NCAA Quarterfinals. He is a member of the Fallston and Maryland Soccer Halls of Fame.

Dave Cottle is the winningest men’s lacrosse coach in Loyola history, posting an overall record of 181-70 from 1983-2001. Cottle guided Loyola through its transition to NCAA Division I and led the Greyhounds to 18 consecutive winning seasons and 14 straight NCAA tournament berths. In 1988, he was named the NCAA Coach of the Year, and in 1990 guided his squad to the NCAA Championship Game. He is a member of the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and he also holds a spot in Salisbury University’s Athletics Halls of Fame. Cottle is currently the head coach and president of Major League Lacrosse’s Chesapeake Bayhawks.

Mark Gallagher led Loyola to it’s first-ever men’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship in 1995. The 1997 MAAC Swimmer of the Year, Gallagher was a four-time conference champion in the 50-yard freestyle, and he graduated with numerous individual and team program records. His 50-meter freestyle record still stands to this day.

An outstanding student-athlete and leader, Kerri Johnson led Loyola women’s lacrosse during an era of unprecedented success. A three-time All-America selection, Johnson helped lead her teams to three NCAA Semifinals appearances, including an appearance in the 1997 NCAA Championship Game. Johnson received Loyola’s prestigious Ernest Lagna Award, which is awarded to Loyola’s top female student-athlete, and She went on to serve as both and assistant and head coach at Loyola and was a member of the United States National team. She is also a member of the Perry Hall High School and Greater Baltimore Chapter of US Lacrosse Halls of Fame.

Regarded as one of Loyola’s greatest men’s lacrosse goaltenders, Timothy McGeeney was a four-year starter for the Greyhounds. He anchored his team to four NCAA tournament appearances, receiving All-America accolades in 1992, 1994 and 1995. His 810 career saves still ranks atop Loyola’s all-time records. He also ranks first in single season saves with 245 during 1995 season. Tim went on to be a USCLA All-Club performer and win an MLL championship as a member of the Baltimore Bayhawks. 

Michelle Meyer was three-time All-America selection, two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and the 1997 National Midfielder of the Year. She is Loyola’s all-time leader in draw controls and ranks 7th in total points, leading her team to three NCAA semifinal appearances and the 1997 national championship game. A member of the 1997 US National team, she is also inducted to the Baltimore Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Together with her husband, Matt Dwan, Meyer is part of the only husband-wife duo in Loyola’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

John Mohler was a three-sport student-athlete on the Evergreen campus. An honorable mention All-America in lacrosse, he also led Loyola to back-to-back swimming and diving Mason-Dixon Conference Championships in 1947 and 1948. Mohler graduated and eventually became the lacrosse program’s head coach, before his untimely death at the age of 29 in 1956. Mohler’s legacy has been carried on at Loyola through the naming of the John Mohler Award, which is presented annually to the top senior male student-athlete. Mohler is also a member of the Maryland Lacrosse Club and Mount Saint Joseph High School Athletic Halls of Fame.

A standout for the men’s basketball team from 1985 to 1989, Michael Morrison is the school’s lone player of the Division I era to be selected in the NBA (Phoenix Suns, 1989, 51st overall). The program’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,697 points, Morrison was a two-time first team All-Northeast Conference selection who was named to the NEC’s 25th Anniversary All-Time Team in January 2006. The Takoma Park, Md., native went on to enjoy a 13-year professional playing career in the NBA and overseas. He returned to Loyola after retiring from the game to complete his degree in 2007.

Bill Sento holds the distinction of Loyola men’s soccer’s all-time winningest coach with an overall record of 255-112-40 as the program’s head coach from 1980-1999. and an overall record. Prior to entry into the MAAC, Sento led his teams to four ECAC Metro Champions and two-time NCAA South Atlantic Regional Champions. His teams earned eight MAAC regular-season championships, eight conference tournament championships, and they earned three NCAA tournament appearances. Two of Sento’s NCAA teams advanced to final eight; he was also named MAAC Coach of the Year in 1999.

Dania Thompson was a standout student-athlete during the formative years of women’s athletics at Loyola. An All-State selection in women’s basketball, she was the program’s leading scorer at the time of her graduation and helped he team to three winning seasons; she also excelled in lacrosse and tennis. In 1975, she helped her team to a first place finish in the Maryland Collegiate Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. Thompson graduated from Loyola with honors with a degree in Biology with Cum Laude honors.

Nancy Turnblacer was a three-time captain of the women’s tennis program. Playing No. 1 singles all four years, she led the Greyhounds to four consecutive MAAC Championships and NCAA appearances, as well as an 80-14 overall record. She set records for most singles wins in a career at  No. 1 (58) and most victories at No. 1 in a season (21).  Turnblacer was also a tremendous student, earning Academic All-America Second Team honors and three MAAC All-Academic selections, as well as the Loyola Medal of Merit award.

The induction ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. in Loyola’s McGuire Hall. Additionally, the inductees will be recognized the following at the Loyola-Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse game at the Ridley Athletic Complex.

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Former Orioles Mussina, Benitez, Palmeiro, Sosa on HOF ballot

Posted on 27 November 2013 by WNST Staff

(Cooperstown, NY) – Pitchers who won a combined seven Cy Young Awards and position players who totaled three Most Valuable Player Awards are among 19 new candidates on the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot that is being mailed this week to more than 600 voting members of the BBWAA.

Pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Eric Gagne, first baseman-designated hitter Frank Thomas and second baseman Jeff Kent join 17 holdovers from the 2013 balloting that failed to produce a winning candidate for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., for the first time since 1996.

Craig Biggio, who totaled 3,060 hits and was a seven-time All-Star while playing three positions (catcher, second base, outfield), topped the 2014 ballot with 388 votes – 39 shy of the 427 required for election. His total reflected 68.2 percent of the electorate, which consists of BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of Major League Baseball coverage.

Players must be named on 75 percent of the ballots cast to earn election. Other players named on more than half the ballots were pitcher Jack Morris (67.7 percent), first baseman Jeff Bagwell (59.6), catcher Mike Piazza (57.8) and outfielder Tim Raines (52.2). Players may remain on the ballot for up to 15 years provided they receive five percent of the vote in any year. This is the 15th and final year of eligibility for Morris.

Maddux won four consecutive National League Cy Young Awards from 1992-95 and a record 18 Gold Glove Awards in a 23-season career in which he compiled a 355-227 record with a 3.16 earned run average and 3,371 strikeouts in 5,008 1/3 innings combined for the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. The righthander led the NL in ERA four times and won at least 15 games for 17 straight seasons, another record.

Glavine, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner (1991 and ’98) and 10-time All-Star, was 305-203 with a 3.54 ERA over 22 seasons combined with the Braves and New York Mets. The lefthander was a five-time 20-game winner and won four Silver Slugger Awards. Gagne had 55 saves and a 1.20 ERA in 77 appearances with the Dodgers in his Cy Young Award season.

Thomas, who won consecutive American League MVP Awards with the Chicago White Sox in 1993 and ’94 and placed in the top three in the voting five times overall, finished his 19-year career with 2,468 hits, including 521 home runs. He drove in 1,704 runs, scored 1,494 and had more walks (1,667) than strikeouts (1,397).

Jeff Kent, the NL MVP in 2000 with the San Francisco Giants, also played for the Mets, Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros in a 17-season career during which he slammed 377 home runs, 351 of which were as a second baseman, a major league record. The five-time All-Star had at least 20 homers and 100 RBI in eight seasons, the most by any second baseman in major-league history.

Hideo Nomo, the 1995 NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year winner and the owner of two no-hitters; and two World Series heroes, outfielders Moises Alou (1997 Florida Marlins) and Luis Gonzalez (2001 Arizona Diamondbacks), are also on the ballot for the first time. Joining them are righthander Mike Mussina, who had a .638 winning percentage (270-153) over 18 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees; lefthander Kenny Rogers, whose perfect game for the Texas Rangers in 1994 was the highlight of a 20-year career; reliever Armando Benitez, the 2001 Rolaids Relief Man of the Year and first baseman J.T. Snow, a six-time Gold Glove Award winner. Other newcomers are relievers Todd Jones and Mike Timlin, first basemen Sean Casey and Richie Sexson, second baseman Ray Durham, catcher Paul Lo Duca and outfielder Jacque Jones.

Among others returning to the ballot are first basemen Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro; outfielders Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Larry Walker; pitchers Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Lee Smith; shortstop Alan Trammell and third baseman-DH Edgar Martinez.

Writers must return ballots by a Dec. 31 postmark. Votes are counted jointly by BBWAA secretary-treasurer Jack O’Connell and Ernst & Young partner Michael DiLecce. Results will be announced at 2 p.m., EST, Wednesday, January 8, 2014, on MLB Network and the web sites of the Hall of Fame and the BBWAA.

The ballot: Moises Alou, Jeff Bagwell, Armando Benitez, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Sean Casey, Roger Clemens, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Tom Glavine, Luis Gonzalez, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Jeff Kent, Paul Lo Duca, Greg Maddux, Edgar Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Kenny Rogers, Curt Schilling, Richie Sexson, Lee Smith, J.T. Snow, Sammy Sosa, Frank Thomas, Mike Timlin, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker.

 

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Former hoops star Greene to be inducted to UMBC Hall of Fame

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC Athletics is pleased to announce that seven former student-athletes and one current beloved staff member will comprise its 2014 UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame class.

The inductees will be; Justin Bronson, ’09 (men’s swimming & diving), Cindy Kubiet (Director of Sports Medicine, 1978-present), Kelly Fiorani, ’06 (women’s lacrosse), Jay Greene, ’09 (men’s basketball), Ray Ignacio, ’87 (men’s lacrosse), Alessandra Pedergnana, ’06 (women’s tennis),Kristie Pickeral, ’06 (softball) and Brian Rowland, ’03 (men’s soccer).

The UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and inductions will take place on Saturday evening, Jan. 25, 2014 at the Southeast Club Level of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  The inductees will also be honored at halftime of the UMBC men’s basketball game versus Hartford that afternoon. Ticket information will be announced later this month.

Justin Bronson earned five gold medals in America East Championship competition in individual races and three golds in relay events, in addition to numerous silver and bronze medals. He was selected as the America East Conference Swimmer of the Week once as a freshman, twice as a junior and three times in his senior year. The native of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada still holds the school record in 500-yard freestyle.

Kelly Fiorani currently ranks third on UMBC’s all-time scoring list in lacrosse with 189 points. She scored 140 goals and added 49 assists from 2003-06. Fiorani was a member of UMBC’s Northeast Conference champion and NCAA Tournament team in 2003. She was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year in 2003 and received America East First Team honors and All-Championship Team honors in 2004 and 2006. She also received two letters in soccer and ranked second in points (10) for the 2004 squad. Fiorani was named UMBC’s Outstanding Female Senior Athlete in 2006.

Jay Greene has played the most basketball games, 122, and logged the most minutes, 4,192, in Retriever basketball history. A current assistant coach with UMBC, Greene dished out 683 assists, the most in school history, the third-most ever in America East Conference history and the third-most of any NCAA Division I player in the state of Maryland. He was named the Reggie Lewis Most Outstanding Player in the 2008 America East Tournament, leading the Retrievers to their first tournament title and NCAA berth. In his junior season, he was the lone player in the nation to be ranked in the top five in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio and assists per game.An America East All-Rookie team member in 2005-06, Greene earned First-Team All-Conference honors in 2007-08 and Second Team honors in his senior campaign.

Face-off specialist Ray Ignacio earned Honorable Mention All-American in 1987. He is currently tenth in NCAA history in face-off winning percentage (63.4%) and his 69.6% mark led the nation in 1987. Ignacio is UMBC’s single season leader in draws and is the current leader with 450 face-offs won. He is a member of the UMBC All Time Lacrosse Team, was the 1987 UMBC Lacrosse team captain and played in the 1987 North-South All-Star Game.

Cindy Kubiet has served UMBC as its Director of Sports Medicine since 1978. She has established a training program which includes recruitment, educational forums, clinical experiences and a career development and mentor program. Her holistic approach toward working with student-athletes led to the creation of a life skills program at UMBC in 1986. Kubiet was awarded the Board of Regents’ University System of Maryland Staff Award for her outstanding service to students in an academic or residential environment in 2007.

Alessandra Pedergnana becomes the first women’s tennis player selected to the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame. As a freshman in 2003, she won 27 matches and was named All Conference in both singles and doubles in the Northeast Conference. She earned All-America East honors in 2004 and played at No. 1 singles for her final two seasons. As a senior, she won her 100th career match and finished the campaign with an impressive 13-4 record. She was named UMBC’s co-Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 2006.

Kristie Pickeral was the 2002 Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year, helping UMBC reach the NCAA Championships. A year later, she earned NEC Player of the Year with a .387 batting average, 12 HR’s and 59 RBI. The third baseman is currently UMBC’s all-time hits leader with 263 and she slugged 40 home runs. She is also the all-time leader in RBI (179), games played and started (242), total bases (416) and walks and was the 2005 UMBC Most Outstanding Female Athlete.

Brian Rowland holds UMBC’s single season (11, 2002) and career shutouts record (25) as a goalkeeper in men’s soccer. He earned First Team All-Northeast Conference honors in his senior season of 2002. He is currently seventh in school history with 227 saves and has played professionally both indoors (Baltimore, Milwaukee, Orlando) and outdoors (Crystal Palace USA, Toronto Lynx). Rowland is currently an assistant men’s soccer coach at the University of Maryland.

The hall of fame inductions, which have been a biennial event for UMBC Athletics for more than a decade, will revert back to becoming an annual event on the athletics’ calendar.

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Former Morgan RB Kelly named to Black College Football Hall of Fame

Posted on 23 October 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – Former Morgan State running back Leroy Kelly is among seven inductees for the Black College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.

The newest members were selected from a list of 25 finalists who had been determined earlier by the Black College Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee comprised of commentators Roscoe Nance (Chairman), Donald Hunt, Ty Miller, Charlie Neal and Lloyd Vance former NFL General Managers Ernie Accorsi and Gil Brandt, long-time NFL scouts Charles Bailey and Charles Garcia, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Lonnie Bunch, and historian Michael Hurd.

Others in the Class of 2014 are Robert Brazile (Jackson State University), John Stallworth (Alabama A&M University), Michael Strahan (Texas Southern University), Willie Totten (Mississippi Valley State University), Doug Wilkerson (North Carolina Central University) as player inductees and Marino Casem (Alcorn State University) as a coach inductee.

These men will be honored at the Fifth Annual Enshrinement Ceremony, presented by the Atlanta Falcons on March 1, 2014. The event will take place at the Loews Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia in conjunction with Black College Football weekend.

“The history of Black College Football is compelling and must be shared,” said Atlanta Falcons Owner & Chairman Arthur Blank. “We are proud to support the Black College Football Hall of Fame and congratulate the Class of 2014.”

In 1962, when the Bears won the CIAA Championship, Leroy Kelly led the team in rushing, scoring and punting. In 1963, Kelly was selected by the press as Morgan’s Most Valuable Player in the Orange Blossom Game during a season in which he averaged better than 5 yards a carry for Morgan.

When Kelly was signed by the Cleveland Browns, Morgan’s Coach Earl Banks said, “Leroy is one of the finest backs I have ever coached. He has everything it takes to be Morgan’s next pro.”

Kelly was an eighth-round pick of the Browns in the 1964 draft after a fine four-year career at Morgan State. For his first two years, he was an understudy to Jim Brown, the most prolific ground-gainer in history up to that time. When Brown retired just before the 1966 campaign, Kelly filled the void in a manner seldom seen in pro football circles.

For the next three years, he rushed for 1,000 yards, winning All-NFL honors each year and being selected as a starter in three straight Pro Bowls. Kelly also played in three other Pro Bowls following the 1969, 1970 and 1971 seasons, and earned first-team All-NFL in 1969 and 1971.

During his career, he won four individual statistical championships, including NFL rushing titles in 1967 and 1968. In 1965, he won the NFL punt return title, an honor he repeated in the AFC in 1971.

Kelly was enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 30, 1994.

The Black College Football Hall of Fame was established to honor the greatest football players, coaches and contributors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).   Each inductee’s college or university will receive a $5,000 grant to support continuing academic and athletic opportunities at their respective institutions.

To learn more, visit… www.BlackCollegeFootballHOF.org, www.Twitter.com/BCFHOF, www.Facebook.com/BlackCollegeFootballHallofFame

About the Black College Football Hall of Fame

Since inception (2010), 44 members have been inducted and over $172,000 in scholarships has been awarded to Historically Black Colleges & Universities. The Black College Football Hall of Fame is based in Atlanta, Georgia and was founded by Black Quarterback NFL Pioneers James “Shack” Harris and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams.

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Navy coach Niumatalolo named to Polynesian football Hall of Fame

Posted on 09 October 2013 by WNST Staff

POLYNESIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME HISTORIC INAUGURAL CLASS ANNOUNCED

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Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Inaugural Enshrinement Ceremony to be held January 23, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

 

October 9, 2013 (Honolulu, HI) – The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced its Inaugural Class today. Seven Inductees were selected from a list of 25 Finalists who had been determined earlier by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

 

The Inaugural Class includes Kurt Keola Gouveia (Hawaiian ancestry), Olin George Kreutz (Hawaiian ancestry), Kevin James Mawae(Hawaiian ancestry), Tiaina Baul “Junior” Seau, Jr. (Samoan ancestry), Jack Thompson (Samoan ancestry), Herman John Wedemeyer(Hawaiian ancestry) as player inductees and Ken Niumatalolo (Samoan ancestry) as a coach inductee.

 

Inductees will be honored on January 23, 2014 (prior to the NFL Pro Bowl) at the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame’s Inaugural Enshrinement Ceremony to be held at the Hawai’i Convention Center in Honolulu. ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Neil Everett and former NFL player, Philadelphia TV News Anchor Vai Sikahema will serve as Masters of Ceremonies.

 

The Selection Committee was comprised of former college head football coaches Dick Tomey (Chairman), LaVell EdwardsRon McBride, ESPN Sportscaster Neil Everett, NFL player personnel expert Gil Brandt and Honolulu TV Sportscaster Robert Kekaula.

 

INAUGURAL INDUCTEES

 

KURT KEOLA GOUVEIA (Player)

Linebacker … Brigham Young University … Led his high school team to three consecutive State Titles and named Player of the Year (Offense & Defense), first in Hawai’i history … Hawai’i Sports Hall of Fame … 1984 NCAA Champion … Washington Redskins (1986-1994 & 1999), Philadelphia Eagles (1995), San Diego Chargers (1996-1998) … 13 seasons … Selected by Redskins in 8th Round, 213th player overall (1986 NFL Draft) … Two time Super Bowl Champion (1987, 1991) … Born September 14, 1964 in Honolulu, HI.

 

OLIN GEORGE KREUTZ (Player)

Center … University of Washington … All-State and SuperPrep All-American … Hawai’i Sports Hall of Fame … First Team All-Pac 10 … Morris Trophy winner (1997) … Consensus All-American (1997) … Chicago Bears (1998-2010), New Orleans Saints (2011) … 14 seasons … Selected by Bears in 3rd round, 64th player overall (1998 NFL Draft) … Six Pro Bowls (2001-2006) … Four times named All-Pro (2001, 2004-2006) … 2000s NFL All-Decade Team … Born June 9, 1977 in Honolulu, HI


KEVIN JAMES MAWAE (Player)

Center … Louisiana State University … LSU Sports Hall of Fame … Seattle Seahawks (1994-1997), New York Jets (1998-2005), Tennessee Titans (2006-2009) … 16 seasons … Selected by Seahawks in 2nd round, 36th player overall (1994 NFL Draft) … Six Pro Bowls (1999-2004) … Eight times named All-Pro (1998-2002, 2004, 2007 & 2008) … Ed Block Courage Award (2009) … 2000s NFL All-Decade Team … All-Time Jets Four Decade Team … First Polynesian to serve as NFLPA President (two terms) … Born January 23, 1971 in Savannah, GA.

 

TIAINA BAUL “JUNIOR” SEAU, JR. (Player)

Linebacker … University of Southern California … Unanimous First Team All-American … San Diego Chargers (1990-2002), Miami Dolphins (2003-2005), New England Patriots (2006-2009) … 20 seasons … Selected by Chargers in 1st round, 5th player overall (1990 NFL Draft) … 12 Pro Bowls (1991-2002) … 10 times named  All-Pro (1991-2000) … Walter Payton Man of the Year Award Winner & AFC Player of the Year (1994) … 1990s NFL All-Decade Team … Chargers 40th & 50th Anniversary Teams … Chargers Hall of Fame … Number 55 is retired by Chargers … Born January 19, 1969 in San Diego, CA … Died May 2, 2012.

 

JACK THOMPSON (Player)

Quarterback … Washington State University … Three times named All Pac-10  … Named First Team, Second or Honorable Mention All-American three times … Finished Ninth in 1978 Heisman Trophy voting … Graduated as most prolific passer in NCAA History (7,818 yards) … Led NCAA in nine different offensive categories (1976) … Cincinnati Bengals (1979-1982), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1983-1984) … Six seasons … Selected by Bengals in 1st round, 3rd player overall (1979 NFL Draft), highest Polynesian ever selected … Number 14 is retired by WSU … Nicknamed The Throwin’ Samoan … Born May 19, 1956 in Tutuila, American Samoa.

 

HERMAN JOHN WEDEMEYER (Player)

Halfback … Saint Mary’s College … Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame … Consensus All-American … Finished Fourth in 1945 Heisman Trophy voting … First Polynesian to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1979) … Los Angeles Dons (AAFC) 1948, Baltimore Colts (AAFC) 1949 … Two seasons … Selected by Dons in 1st round, 9th player overall (1947 AAFC Draft) … Led AAFC in punt return yardage (1948) … Later starred as Sergeant/Detective “Duke” Lakela in television series Hawaii Five-O … Nicknamed Squirmin’ HermanFlyin’ Hawaiian & The Hula Hipped Hawaiian … Born May 20, 1924 in Hilo, HI … Died January 25, 1999.

 

KEN NIUMATALOLO (Coach)

Head Football Coach, United States Naval Academy (2007-present) … Seven seasons, 70 games … Regular season record: 43-27 … Five Bowl Appearances … First person of Samoan ancestry to be named a collegiate Head Coach and winningest Polynesian FBS Head Coach in history … 40 wins in first 5 years are most in Navy History … First Service Academy coach to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy in his first two years as Head Coach …  Attended the University of Hawai’i … Born May 8, 1965 in Laie, HI.

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Ogden to be honored in hometown Friday

Posted on 19 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Canton, Ohio – Sept. 13, 2013 – Pro football legend Jonathan Ogden will be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Sept. 20, as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers™,” a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sport’s greatest coaches, players, and contributors with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.

“’Hometown Hall of Famers™’ has been warmly embraced by communities and Hall of Famers alike,” said George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises president and CEO. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Allstate to bring the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities across the country and congratulate Jonathan Ogden and St. Albans School on bringing a piece of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to Washington, D.C.”

An 11-time Pro Bowler and former high school standout at St. Albans School, Ogden will be presented with his “Hometown Hall of Famer™” plaque during a special ceremony at 8:45 a.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 20, in the school’s gymnasium, where the plaque will live permanently to serve as an inspiration for the school’s students and athletes. The presentation will be made by Ogden’s former athletic director from St. Albans School, Oliver ‘Skip” Grant.

“To be part of a program that brings the prestige and tradition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities like Washington, D.C., is an honor for Allstate, our agents and employees,” said Lisa Cochrane, Allstate’s senior vice president of marketing.

The ceremony will be attended by St. Albans School students, faculty, staff, alumni and Ogden’s family members and close friends. Vance Wilson, St. Albans School headmaster, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

In addition to the plaque, a commemorative Jonathan Ogden “Hometown Hall of Famers™” road sign will be on display in Washington, D.C.

An Outland Trophy Award-winning tackle from UCLA, Ogden was the first-ever first-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 1996 NFL Draft. The consensus All-Rookie pick helped the Ravens climb to the top of the NFL during his 12 seasons in Baltimore. A great pass protector and run blocker, Ogden helped lead the Ravens to their first-ever Super Bowl in 2000 where they beat the New York Giants in a 34-7 victory in Super Bowl XXXV.

Ogden was named the NFL’s Offensive Lineman of the Year by the NFL Alumni in 2002. He received firstteam All-Pro honors six times and All-AFC honors nine times, and was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s. Ogden was inducted into the Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor in 2008 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

In 2013, Ogden became the first longtime member of the Ravens franchise to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Fans can visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame website for more information on the “Hometown Hall of Famers™” program, and can view event videos at www.youtube.com/allstate.

 

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Towson to induct new class to Athletics Hall of Fame

Posted on 19 September 2013 by WNST Staff

BADER, NIEBERLEIN, PRESUTTI, SHEPARD TO BE INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME

50th Anniversary Event To Be Held In West Village Commons

 

TOWSON, Md. –   Long-time Assistant Football Coach Rich Bader, All-American tackle Karl Neiberlein, ’95, record-setting gymnastKristen Presutti Callihan, ’03 and former tennis standout Jim Shepard, ’89 will be inducted into the Towson University Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, October 11 in the Ball Room of the West Village Commons. The cocktail hour will start at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Bader Nieberlein, Presutti and Shepard are the 50th anniversary class of the Towson University Athletics Hall of Fame.

In addition, the 1993 and 1994 football teams, which had a 16-4 two-year record, will be honored as Teams of Distinction.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be the highlight of Tiger Honors Night. At the same time, 19 of Towson’s finest student-athletes will be honored.

A look at this year’s class of Hall of Famers:

RICH BADER (Assistant Football Coach):  The first assistant coach in any sport to be inducted into the Towson Hall of Fame, Bader was a member of the Tiger football coaching staff from 1970 to 2008. He joined the coaching staff in the second season of Tiger football whenCarl Runk was the head coach. He also served as an assistant coach during Phil Albert’s 20 seasons as head coach and was an assistant toGordy Combs during his 17-year tenure.

Bader, who served as the team’s offensive line coach, defensive line coach, defensive coordinator and associate head coach during his tenure, helped the Tigers to success at three different levels of the NCAA. In 1974, he was an assistant coach for the undefeated team in 1974 and the Tigers’ Division III national runner-up squad in 1976. He also served as a   coach for the Tigers’ three NCAA Division II playoff teams in 1983, 1984 and 1986. At the Division I-AA (now FCS) level, Bader contributed to the Tigers’ nationally-ranked teams in 1993 and 1994.

A native of New Hyde Park, N.Y., Coach Bader was the Tigers’ Associate Head Coach from 2001 to 2008. He was the Tigers’ offensive line coach from 1970 to 1986. He became the Defensive Line Coach in 1987, a position he held until 1996. When Towson became a member of the Patriot League in 1997, he was named as the team’s defensive coordinator.

During his years as the offensive line coach, he worked with All-Americans Stan Eisenhooth, Terrance Brooks, Greg Boller and John Gaburick.

Coach Bader, who resides in Pikesville, Md. with his wife Joan, was a member of the Tigers’ coaching staff for 39 seasons.

Currently an assistant coach at Stevenson University, Bader is the father of two children, Ryan and Shaeleen, who are both graduates of Gettysburg College. Ryan is an Emmy Award-winning television producer in New York City who has done extensive work for ESPN and the Madison Square Garden Network. He currently works for NHL.com. Shaeleen is a teacher and former girls’ lacrosse coach in Howard County.

 

KARL NIEBERLEIN, ‘95 (Football):  One of the top offensive tackles ever to play for the Tigers, Nieberlein was a four-year starter for the Tigers. During his career, he was a key performer for a team that improved dramatically. As a freshman, he started for a team that posted a 2-9 record. In 1991, Towson had a 1-10 mark. In his junior year, the Tigers improved to 5-5 with some memorable come-from-behind wins. As a senior, he helped the Tigers to their best record at the NCAA FCS (Division I-AA) level. In 1993, the Tigers posted an 8-2 record with wins over Connecticut and Delaware.

As a senior, Nieberlein earned third team All-American honors from The Sports Network. He was the leader of an offensive line that blocked for All-American Tony Vinson, ’94, the leading rusher in the nation. Vinson ran for 2,016 yards in 10 games to lead the nation and he also scored an NCAA-leading 23 touchdowns. With Nieberlein leading the way, Vinson set and NCAA I-AA record with 364 rushing yards in one game, a win over Bucknell.

With the help of Nieberlein, the 1993 Tigers established 46 school records. The offensive line allowed only four sacks all season. Nieberlein was honored as Towson’s Outstanding Lineman of the Year award winner in 1993.

A 1995 graduate of Towson with a degree in sports management, Nieberlein was a member of the Baltimore Stallions in 1994. He was a reserve tackle for the new Canadian Football League team that reached the Grey Cup finals in its first season of existence.

Currently a sales representative for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, he is very active in coaching youth soccer and basketball teams. He resides in White Hall, Md. with his wife Wendy and their three children, Alek, Kayla and Gabby.

KRISTEN PRESUTTI CALLIHAN, ‘03 (Gymnastics):  The only gymnast in program history to record two perfect 10.0 scores, Presutti was a record-setting gymnast for the Tigers from 2000 to 2003.

Honored as the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Gymnast of the Year in 2002 and 2003, she became the first gymnast ever to earn the award in back-to-back years. Honored as the NCAA Southeast Regional Gymnast of the Year, Presutti finished her career with 1,787.40 points and is the third-leading scorer in Towson gymnastics history.

There have been four perfect 10.0 scores in the history of Tiger gymnastics, and Presutti is responsible for two of them. On March 6, 2002, she earned a perfect 10.0 on vault in a meet at William & Mary. In her final home meet, on March 21, 2003, she had a 10.0 score on floor exercise.

A native of Toms River, N.J., Presutti owned school records on vault and floor exercise. She also set school records by averaging 9.83 on vault in 2001 and 9.91 on floor in 2003. In her career, she also set school records with 23 vault titles, 17 floor titles and 23 all-around titles. In her career, she had 12 vault scores over 9.90 and 14 floor scores above 9.90. In her career, she had all-around scores over 39.00 23 times.

The only student-athlete in Towson history to be named as the Female Athlete of the Year three times, she earned All-EAGL first team honors in the all-around, vault and floor three times. She was also a first team All-EAGL honoree on beam as a junior and senior.

After graduating from Towson, she coached at Devlin Gymnastics Club for one year before becoming an account executive at Capitol Office Solutions. She also worked as a sales representative at Phillips for four years. In that role, she sold Sonicare electric toothbrushes to dental professionals and training new hires. From 2009 to 2012, she was the region sales manager for UroMed.

She has been married to former Towson ice hockey player Dan Callihan. They are the parents of an infant son, Dean.

JIM SHEPARD, ‘89 (Men’s Tennis):  The winningest player in the history of the Tiger men’s tennis program, Shepard compiled a 71-11 record as a singles player for an .866 winning percentage. As a senior, he set a record by posting a 31-1 singles record while leading Towson to the East Coast Conference championship and a 24-2 record.

During his career, he won the ECC number one singles championship three times. He was also part of the ECC champion number one singles team in 1988. As a junior, Shepard helped Towson finish as ECC runner-up. He compiled a 38-5 record as a doubles player in his final two collegiate seasons.

A 1989 graduate with a degree in business administration, he began his coaching career in 1989 when he served as the head coach of the Towson women’s tennis team

From 1990 to 2001, he coached at the 4-Star Tennis Program. He served as the assistant director of the junior program for six years before becoming the director of the junior program in 1996.

Since 2006, the Reston, Va. resident has served as the Director of Tennis at The Edgemoor Club in Bethesda, Md. He has also been the co-director of the Elite Tennis Academy in Falls Church, Va. since 2001.

In 2011, he was selected as one of the top five tennis professionals in the Washington area by Washingtonian Magazine. He also won the Men’s Mid-Atlantic 40’s Clay Court championship two years ago.

TEAMS OF DISTINCTION – 1993 and 1994 Tiger Football Teams:  In 1993, the Tigers were starting their seventh season as an NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS) program. They were still looking for their first winning season at the I-AA level.

Under the direction of Coach Gordy Combs, the 1993 Tigers had high hopes. In 1992, Towson had posted a 5-5 record, staging a pair of late comebacks to pull out improbable wins over Indiana (Pa.) and Northeastern.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tiger football, the Tigers got their season off to a great start, posting a 42-7 win over Central Connecticut and a 31-14 victory over Delaware State. In the win over DelState, Brian McCarty and Tony Vinson each ran for more than 100 yards, marking the first time the feat had ever been accomplished at Towson. McCarty ran for 159 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns while Vinson piled up 149 yards on 29 carries with one TD Towson upped its record to 3-0 when Dan Crowley threw four touchdown passes in a 52-14 victory over Charleston Southern.

Vinson scored four touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 28-27 win at Connecticut, upping their record to 4-0. Only a last-second touchdown pass by Jay Walker of Howard prevented the Tigers from improving to 5-0 as Howard rallied for a 44-41 win. After the Tigers bounced back with a 38-14 win at Buffalo, they dropped a 40-12 decision at nationally ranked Hofstra.

The following week, Towson posted its most impressive win of the season when the Tigers edged No. 14 Delaware, 32-30. Vinson tied a Delaware Stadium record by scoring four touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown with 10 seconds left. In his final home game, Vinson broke the NCAA I-AA rushing record with 364 yards in a 49-21 win over Bucknell. That set the stage for the season finale, a 56-12 victory at Morgan State. In his final game, Vinson ran for 327 yards and scored five touchdowns.

The Tigers, who were ranked 24th in the final I-AA poll, were hoping for an at-large bid to the NCAA playoffs. However, they were overlooked.

Vinson, who earned All-American honors, led NCAA Division I-AA in rushing yards (2,016), all-purpose yards (2,023) and touchdowns (24). The 1993 Tigers finished the season with an 8-2 record and set 46 school records.

The 1994 season was almost a carbon copy of the 1993 campaign as the Tigers finished with an 8-2 record for the second year in a row. The Tigers rolled to season-opening wins over Buffalo, Delaware State and Charleston Southern. However, the Tigers lost back-to-back games at Bucknell and Howard. They wouldn’t lose again in 1994.

A win over American International gave the Tigers a 4-2 record before they upset undefeated Hofstra, 24-21. Crowley led the way by throwing a 27-yard touchdown pass to Amadi Eze and an 80-yard TD pass to Shawn Ward. In a win over Kutztown, Crowley passed for a career high 449 yards and three touchdowns.

The following week, the Tigers posted their second shutout of the season in a 48-0 victory over Southern Connecticut. Towson closed out the season with a 42-7 victory over Morgan State.

The 1994 Tigers found their own place in the history books as they passed for more yards and scored more touchdowns than any team in school history. Crowley finished his record-setting career with 8,900 yards and 81 TD passes.

For ticket information, call (410) 704-3284. Anyone wishing to register on-line should visit www.tutigertracks.com/tuhof13   and click on the link for the 2013 Hall of Fame on the home page.

Teams of Distinction Honored by the Athletic Hall of Fame

1933-34 Men’s Basketball team……………………..…………………………………………………………………… 1986

1968 Women’s Gymnastics team (AIAW National Champions)………………..…………………………… 1992

1974 Men’s Lacrosse team (NCAA College Division National Champions)………………..…………. 1998

1981-83 Men’s Swimming and Diving team (29-meet winning streak) …………………………………. 1999

1954-56 Men’s Soccer teams…………………….………………………………………………………………………. 2000

1976-77 and 1977-78 Men’s Basketball teams (Nationally-ranked in NCAA Division II) ……….. 2001

1938 Men’s Soccer team……………………..…………………………………………………………………………….. 2002

1969 Women’s Basketball team (Played in Women’s National Invitational Tournament)…….. 2003

1974 Football team (Lone undefeated team in school history) ………………………………………….. 2004

1983-1984-1986 Football teams (Lambert Award winners) ……………………………………………….  2006

1958 Men’s Lacrosse team (1st team in program history)………………….………………………………. 2007

1990 Gymnastics team (Finished 9th in the nation) ………………………………………………………….  2008

1976 Football team (NCAA Division III runners-up) …………………………………………………………..  2009

1980 Women’s Lacrosse team (USWLA Division II runners-up) …………………………………………..  2010

1989-90 and 1990-91 Men’s Basketball teams (NCAA Tournament teams) ………………………….  2011

1989, 1990, and 1991 Men’s Soccer teams (East Coast Conference champions)………………..…. 2012

1993 and 1994 Football teams (nationally-ranked) …………………………………………………………….. 2013

Doc Minnegan Scholarship Award Recipients

Ramin Kazemi, ’98 (Men’s Tennis)…………………..………………………………………………………………….. 1997

Richie Moller, ’99 (Men’s Soccer) ………………………………………………………………………………………. 1998

Bridget Harthausen, ’00 (Women’s Soccer/Women’s Lacrosse)………………………………………….. 1999

Brian Barber, ’01 (Men’s Basketball) ………………………………………………………………………………….. 2000

Gregg Davies, ’02 (Baseball)………………..……………………………………………………………………………… 2001

Aaron Krause, ’04 (Men’s Swimming)………………………………………………………………………………… 2002

Brian McKenna, ’04 (Baseball)………………..…………………………………………………………………………. 2003

Jennifer Irby, ’05 (Women’s Swimming)…………………………………………………………………………….. 2004

Becky Trumbo, ’06 (Women’s Lacrosse)……………………………………………………………………………. 2005

Nigel Marples, ’07 (Men’s Soccer)…………………..………………………………………………………………….. 2006

John Webb, ’08 (Football) ………………………………………………………………………………………………..  2007

Alea Murphy, ’09 (Track and Field) …………………………………………………………………………………..  2008

Tommy Appel-Schumacher, ’10 (Men’s Soccer) …………………………………………………………………  2009

Brandi Gervais, ’11 (Cross Country/Track and Field) ……………………………………………………………  2010

Erika Griffith, ’12 (Cross Country/Track and Field) ………………………………………………………………  2011

Zach Fisher, ’13 (Baseball) ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 2012

      The Towson University Athletic Hall of Fame was conceived in 1963 and developed by Dr. Donald “Doc” Minnegan and alumnus George Henderson to provide recognition for outstanding alumni athletes who excelled in sports while at Towson and are successful in their life. It was also their purpose to cite those members of the athletic and sports staff at Towson who had materially and significantly contributed to the total development of successful alumni athletes. In 1974, the Athletic Hall of Fame was incorporated into the Alumni Association Awards program.

      To be nominated, an individual must be a Towson alumna/us or an athletics staff member for at least 10 years. For selection, an alumna/us must have made a significant contribution to the college community through excellence in athletics, achieved marked success in life after leaving Towson, and be an active supporting member of the community. An athletics staff member must have clearly demonstrated athletic proficiency, and a high personal regard and respect for alumni and students.

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

TOWSON UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME MEMBERSHIP

 

Members (Cl.)             Inducted

* Phil Aaronson, ’30……… 1976

Phil Albert  (Football Coach) 1994

John Andrade, ’85………… 1997

Vince Angotti (Basketball Coach)  1995

Mike Arbutina, ’95 ………..  2011

Joe Ardolino, ’74 …………. 1992

Teresa Arnold Yapps, ’82 1994

Fred Arnold, ’62 …………… 1978

Dan Austerlitz, ’39………… 1975

Rich Bader (Asst. Football Coach) ………… 2013

Danielle Barry, ’94……….. 2004

Mary Bartel, ‘80…………… 2000

Aaron Bates, ’94…………. 2007

Kurt Beathard, ’87………… 1999

Carl Beernink, ’92 ………… 2010

Vicki Benhardt Epps, ’94 2007

Mike Bennett, ’76………….. 1995

Bill Binder, ’56……………… 1980

Betty Lou Bischof Andrade, ’86………………. 1997

John Blatchley, ’93……… 2004

Jeff Boller, ’83………………. 1996

Devin Boyd, ’93……………. 2004

Jennifer Breakey, ’94…… 2005

Terrance Brooks, ’91 …….. 2001

Mike Bruno, ’76 …………… 2009

Leigh Buck Bradley, ’75… 1993

Ron Cadorette, ’70……….. 1989

Colleen Cahill Smith ’90 . 2003

Teri Campbell Travers, ’91 2005

Michael Carroll, ’69 ……… 1990

Wendy Chalmers, ’95….. 2008

Skip Chase, ’77……………… 1990

Dale Chipps ’89……………. 2003

Dick Clem, ’58 ……………… 1975

* Mel Cole, ’36………………. 1966

Gordy Combs, ’73 ………….  2011

John Como, ’81 ……………. 1999

* Luther Cox, ’40 …………. 1964

Dorothy Crocker Hyman, ’71 1993

Dan Crowley, ’01 …………… 2010

Jim Darcangelo, ’75……… 1986

* Jerry Denaburg, ’30……. 1973

* Russ Denison, ’32 ………. 1966

Lindsay Dixon, ’92 ………. 2002

Al Dodds, ’71…………………. 1985

Dick Edell, ’67……………….. 1980

Jack Edwards, ’61…………. 2006

Steve Farling, ’95………… 2006

David Farmer, ’73………….. 1988

Maggie Faulkner (Lacrosse Coach)…………… 1997

* Joe Ferrante, ’75……….. 1983

Miguel Ferrer, ’83 …………. 1993

Bunky Ford, ’61……………… 1978

John Gaburick, ’89………. 2006

Jim Garland, ’70……………. 1985

Jim Gede, ’53……………….. 1964

Bob Griebe, ’75…………….. 1986

John Grubb, ’70……………. 1988

* Tom Goedeke, ’57………. 1969

Tom Grem, ’80……………… 1999

Larry Gross, ’69……………. 1990

Marty Guolo, ’82……………. 1997

Ruth Gutridge Lavelle, ’86  1999

Wayne Harman, ’57……….. 1967

* Jack Hart, ’48…………….. 1970

* Kathleen Hart (Honorary) 1990

George Henderson, ’63 … 1974

Todd Hicks, ’96…………….. 2012

Susan Hill Hutson, ’78…… 1994

Donald Hofler, ’57 ………… 1994

Andrew Hollingsworth, ’01 2012

Ruth Ann Holter Derrenbacher, ’88                                                           1998

Mark Holtschneider, ’82.. 2002

Steve Hornish, ’80………… 1994

Jim Hottes, ’52 …………….. 1974

Janet Houck Kines, ’80 … 1995

Don Hughes, ’57…………… 1980

Ed Humm, ’61………………… 1977

Stacy Humphries, ’96….. 2007

Bill Hunter (Baseball Coach, Athl. Dir.)                                                      1998

Lance Johnson ’93………. 2003

Nancy Kearns, ’00 ………… 2010

Jeff Jones, ’77………………. 1996

Norma Kelly, ’84…………… 1996

Bucky Kimmett, ’51……….. 1964

Kevin King …………………..  2002

Ron Klausner, ’89…………. 1999

Tandy Knight, ’91………….. 2001

Craig Lafferty, ’66…………. 1983

Sean Landeta……………….. 2005

Tim Langton, ’96 ………..  2008

* Carville Lauenstein, ’40 1975

Joe Layfield, ’92  …………  2002

Kurk Lee, ’90  ……………… 2000

Carrie Leger, ’96 …………  2009

Mitch Lekas, ’76  ………….. 1998

Bill Leonard, ’87  ………….. 1997

Henry Lichtfuss, ’58  ……. 1973

Chuck Lightening ’92  …. 2003

Gabby Linarducci Frezza, ’94  2004

Reece Livingston, ’54……. 1975

Jay Logwood, ’95 ……….  2007

* Ed Lorenz, ’61 ……………. 1974

John Lowe, ’51……………… 1989

* Ron Luette, ’63…………… 1981

Debbie Lynn Brinkman, ’94 2006

Bill Maczis, ’57……………… 1980

Steve Mahieu, ’70………….. 1983

Mike Mahoney, ’63………… 1976

Tim Mahoney, ’71…………… 1985

* John McCleary (Tennis Coach)                                                                 1983

Courtney McClelland Gonzalez,’96                                                          2006

Ed McCue, ’92…………….. 2004

Lisa McCullen McPhee, ’97 2007

* Don McGhay, ’63………… 1977

George McGinty (Gymnastics Coach)                                                          1991

Pat McKinley, ’80………….. 1993

* Joseph McMullen (Athl. Director)                                                            1984

Ron Meehan, ’04………….. 2006

Tom Meinhardt (Athl. Director, Coach)                                                     2003

Frank Mezzanotte, ’73….. 1989

* Donald Minnegan (Athl. Dir., Coach)                                                       1963

Kathleen Mohr Dolan, ’91/93 2001

Kerrin Mohr O’Neill, ’89… 1999

Tom Morgan, ’81……………. 1994

Audrey Morse, ’75………….. 1991

John Murphy, ’65………….. 1981

Sean Murphy, ’87………….. 1997

Jim Myers, ’67/’73……….. 2004

Karl Nieberlein, ’94 …….. 2013

Dana Novotony, ’93……… 2005

Tom Nelson, ’77…………… 2004

Candi Normile Klopp, ’71.. 1993

Terry O’Brien, ’75………….. 1992

Thomas O’Brien, ’87…….. 2000

Mark Orlando, ’95 ……….. 2009

* Bill Owings, ’57…………… 1982

Jeff Peek, ’87 ……………….. 1997

Rich Pellegrini, ’94  …….. 2005

Carl Perkins, ’73  …………… 1991

Cindy Phillips, ’85  ……….. 1995

Lisa Pollock, ’01 ……………. 2012

Kristen Presutti Callihan, ’03 ……………….. 2013

Gina Profili Hormes, ’91  . 2002

Dennis Psoras, ’54  ………. 1984

* Carroll Rankin, ’28  ……. 1965

* George Rankin, ’35  …… 1974

John Reister, ’85  ………… 1995

Bob Remeto, ’71  ……………. 1991

Stephanie Roche Willson, ’80  1993

Ann Rogers Ridenour, ’57  1984

Ray Riordon (Swimming Coach)………………. 2002

* Bud Ritter, ’50  ………….. 1972

Tara Rottet Blackburn ’93  2003

* Al Rubeling, ’32  …………. 1971

Gary Rubeling, ’85  ………. 1995

Carl Runk (Football/Lacrosse Coach)…….. 2007

Lori Salindong Greis, ’90  2000

Jim Sandusky, ’75  ……….. 1992

* Jim Saxon, ’68 ………….. 1983

Rob Shek, ’94  …………….. 2005

Gil Schuerholz III, ’85 …… 1995

John Schuerholz, ’62  ….. 1974

* Don Schwanebeck, ’35  1970

Maureen Shaneman Hall .. 2010

Erin Shanley Cherneski, ’97   2007

Jim Shepard, ’89 ………… 2013

John Shock, ’41  …………… 1967

Lloyd Sigler, ’69  ………….. 1985

Bill Silverthorn, ’64  ………. 1981

Jules Siskind, ’79  ………… 1996

Glenn Smith, Jr., ’91  …….. 2001

Meilani Smith Snellenberger, ’96 ……………. 2009

Rodney Smith, ’90……….. 2000

* Ted Snyder, ’26………….. 1975

John Sothoron, ’73………. 1989

Janine Spezio Eikenberg, ’93 2003

Eugene Spurrier, ’53…….. 1984

Dick Stack, ’62………………. 1982

Tina Steck,’01 ……………….. 2012

Ed Stephenson, ’94………. 2001

Barry Stitz, ’92 ……………… 2011

* Howard Stottlemyer, ’40 1981

* Don Sudbrink, ’59………. 1973

Anne Sugden Wolff, ’92.. 2002

Wendell Thomas, ’75…….. 1989

Quinton D. Thompson, ’42 1968

Joe Tischer, ’59……………. 1998

Terry Truax (Basketball Coach)……………….. 2004

James Vallillo, ’96   …….  2008

Margo VerKruzen (Coach) 1990

Don Vetter, ’59  …………… 1980

Tony Vinson, ’95  ………… 2005

* Ernst von Schwerdtner (Coach)…………….. 1980

Bobby Washington, ’78  . 2000

Don Washington, ’86  …… 1998

* Bob Watson, ’52  ……….. 1978

Wendy Weaver Kwiatkowski, ’92  ……………. 2002

Jen Weaver Steczak, ’96   2006

John Wheeler, ’38  ……….. 1982

* Josh Wheeler, ’36  …….. 1966

Liane Williams, ’99 ………… 2011

Bill Woolston, ’31  …………. 1977

Dave Yingling, ’57  ……….. 1967

Glenn Zimmerman, ’58  … 1977

* deceased

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