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Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame
Class of 2003

Reid Jackson (CC, ’95)

Jackson, one of the best lacrosse players in Rutgers history, lettered for the Scarlet Knights from 1991 through 1994. He was a three-time All-American at Rutgers, earning honorable mention honors in 1992, second team honors in 1993 and first team accolades in 1994. Jackson was a two-time captain (1993, 94) at Rutgers and was the team MVP in 1994. Jackson was also RU’s Coursen Award winner in 1994. As one of the nation’s top defensive players, Jackson received the William C. Schmisser award from the USILA, honoring the nation’s best defenseman at the Division I level. He also played in the North/South All-Star game following his senior season and later won a gold medal with the United States National Team in 1998. He earned All-Club honors in the USLCA for three-straight years and also starred as a charter member of Major League Lacrosse, playing with the New Jersey Pride for two seasons before retiring in 2002. He also played with the Long Island Lacrosse Club in the USLCA, winning three national championships while earning All-Club honors four-consecutive years.

Janet Koontz

Koontz was an instrumental figure in the establishment of women’s sports at Rutgers University. She initially served on the University’s committee to study and ultimately plan the initial women’s sports program at RU, which included seven sports at its inception. Koontz then served as the primary administrator for the women’s teams, dealing with issues such as budget, facilities, equipment, sports to be included, personnel, financial aid and scheduling. She served on the University’s Committee for Women’s Athletics for eight years and was active on both the state and national level, assisting with the inauguration of the Association of Women’s Collegiate Athletics Administrators of New Jersey.

Norm Kramer (RC, ‘33)

Norm Kramer was one of the most successful swimmers in Rutgers history and one of the earliest national champions for the Scarlet Knights. In 1931, Kramer earned two first-place finishes at the NCAA Championships, winning both the 400-yard relay (3:39.4) and the 300-yard medley relay (3:09.4) while taking second in the preliminaries of the 100-yard freestyle. In 1933, Kramer returned to NCAA Championship competition and once again took first in the 400-yard relay, registering an identical 3:39.04 time. He also advanced to the semifinals in the 100-yard freestyle, placing him among the top 20 in the country in that event. Kramer also recorded three first-place finishes at the Eastern Collegiate Swimming Association (ECSA) Championships in 1932, winning the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard relay and the 300-yard relay. He repeated that performance in 1933 as well, sweeping all three events. After completing his collegiate career, he was a major supporter of the men’s and women’s programs at Rutgers, donating the current record boards at the Sonny Werblin pool. Kramer passed away in 2000.

David Whinfrey (RC ‘50)

A four-year letterwinner and two-time captain of the Rutgers wrestling team, David Whinfrey was the 1950 Coursen Award recipient, capping a brilliant scholastic career on the Banks. Whinfey was the MAC heavyweight champion in 1947, the same year he earned the inaugural Nist-Sachel Trophy as the team’s most improved grappler. A year later, he captured the MAC championship at 175 pounds and was a finalist in the 174-pound weight class at the United States Olympic trials. He took silver at the 1949 New Jersey AAU Championships at 195 and the Metro NY AAU Championships before claiming a bronze medal at the 1950 ECWA meet. That same year, Whinfrey won the National AAU Championship at 191 pounds and was named a First Team All-American – the first in RU wrestling history. Whinfrey posted a 33-3-1 dual meet record at Rutgers and, including his 45-5-0 tournament record, finished his career with a 78-8-1 mark, which still ranks as the best all-time winning percentage in program history (.902).

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