Towson to induct new class to Athletics Hall of Fame

September 19, 2013 | 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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