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Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame
Class of 2008

Lino DiCuollo (1986-89)

Lino DiCuollo
DiCuollo
Recognized as one of the nation’s premier forwards, DiCuollo was a 1989 First Team All-America choice following a year in which he was also named Atlantic 10 East Division Player of the Year. DiCuollo scored 17 goals and added six assists his sophomore season in 1989 to lead Rutgers to its first-ever Final Four appearance and first ever 20-win season. In his four years, he led Rutgers to a 71-15-8 record, including three NCAA?Tournament appearances and two Final Fours. He is currently third on the Rutgers career points list with 122, fourth on the goals scored list with 48 and fourth on the assist list with 26. DiCuollo is one of eight Rutgers players to have had his jersey number retired. A high school standout at nearby Scotch Plains-Fanwood, DiCuollo was a three-time Star Ledger First Team All-State selection and led his team to the 1987 Group III state title. Chosen as one of the ‘Players of the Decade” (1990-99) by the Star Ledger, DiCuollo’s 105 career goals rank among the top 30 in state scholastic history. Following his career at Rutgers, DiCuollo played professionally in Germany before attending law school, and is currently an executive

Alexis Jemal (2000-03)

Alexis Jemal
Jemal

One of the most decorated fencers in Rutgers history, Jemal captured the 2003 individual national championship in saber in Colorado Spring, Colo. as a senior. She was a three-time All-American and a member of the U.S. National Team. Jemal was named New Jersey’s “NCAA Woman of the Year” in 2003. A team captain, Jemal finished her senior season 33-2 and ranked as the No. 5 fencer in the nation. She finished 10th at the 2002 NCAA Fencing Championships her junior season. Her success in competition was equaled in the classroom as she achieved a 4.0 grade point average her senior year.  She was the 2003 recipient of the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey (CAANJ) Division I Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year as well as a First Team Verizon Academic All-America University Division At-Large selection. Jemal was a distinguished member of several prestigious academic clubs, including the International Honor Key Society and Phi Beta Kappa. She was also honored with the President’s Award at Rutgers. During her time at Rutgers, she worked as a coach and a mentor to the Peter Westbrook Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing inner-city minority youth into the sport of fencing and encouraging academic success.

 

John Hanley (1966-69)

Hanley’s name is etched throughout Rutgers’ record book in track. A 1969 team captain, the sprinter was a member of both the 4x200 and 4x400 school-record relay team that qualified for the NCAA Championships. His team’s mark in the 4x200 relay stood as a school-record for 35 years. Hanley was the 1968 and 1969 Metropolitan Conference Champion in the 400-meter hurdles. He was also a member of the 4x400 relay team that captured the “Met” title in both 1968 and 1969. The sprinter was an IC4A and NCAA finalist in the 400-meter hurdles in 1968 and was crowned an IC4A champion in the event in 1969. He was also a member of the 4x400 relay team that qualified for the NCAA Championships in 1968. Hanley was named a First Team All-American after a blistering school-record time of 50.9 in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships in 1969 – a record which still stands, 39 years later.        

 

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