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Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame
Class of 1995

Debbie Deutsch

Debbie Deutsch was a three-time All-American for the Lady Knights track team. In 1978 and 1979, she was the AIAW National Indoor Champion in the 60-yard hurdles. Deutsch was also an 11-time national championship (AIAW/NCAA) qualifier. The three-time Eastern Champion holds four Rutgers indoor records and two Rutgers outdoor records. In 1981, she was the Most Valuable Player of the track team as well as the team's scholar-athlete. The four-year letterwinner was a finalist in the 100-meter huddles at the 1980 United States Olympic Trails.

Kelly Gallagher

Kelly Gallagher was an outstanding pitcher for the Rutgers softball team and was the Lady Knight Most Valuable Player in 1988. An All-Northeast Region choice in 1986, the former pitcher holds six Lady Knight career records (most wins, shutouts, complete games, strikeouts, inning pitched, and saves) and holds four single season records (wins, shutouts, complete games, and strikeouts). She won Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors in 1988 and an Atlantic 10 All-Tournament player in 1986. In 1986-88, Gallagher was Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference choice as well as the Lady Knight scholar-athlete.

Pete Hall

Pete Hall is one of only two Scarlet Knights to twice earn All-American honors (1961 and 1962) in baseball. During his three-letterwinning years (1960-62), the Scarlet Knights were 40-14-1. The former third baseman holds fifth place on the career batting average chart (.384) and second place on the career slugging average chart (.612) in the Scarlet Knight record book. Hall was a 1961-draft pick of the New York Yankees. Hall was the Upstream Award winner in 1962. In 1961, he led the team in hitting (.397), runs (21), hits (31), RBI (30) and made just five errors in starting every game.

George Kojak

George Kojak was perhaps the pioneer recordsetter for Rutgers swimming and never lost a race in a dual meet in his college career. Primarily a freestyle and backstroker, he was the National Collegiate 100-yard freestyle champion in 1931, he established nine school records in the 1928-29 season. In 1930, he broke four of those same records. He was the Intercollegiate Swimming Association 100 and 200-yard freestyle champion in 1931. Kojak was the world and intercollegiate record holder in the 440-yard freestyle, 440-yard relay, and the 300-yard medley relay. Kojak served as team captain in 1929-31 when Rutgers was 24-5 in dual meets.

Paul Pesthy

Paul Pesthy was a four-year letterwinner on the Rutgers fencing team and a two-time All-American in 1964 and 1965. Pesthy received international acclaim by competing in four Olympics. During the 1964 Olympics, he was a silver medallist in the team modern pentathlon and competed in the individual modern pentathlon and the team and individual epee. In the 1968, 1976, and 1980 Olympics, he competed in the team and individual epee.

Elliot Quow

Elliot Quow was a three-time All-American and held the American record in the 300-meters. In 1983, he was the NCAA Champion in the 200 meters and the Athlete of the Year by Eastern Track. At the World Championships in 1983, he was a silver medallist. Quow finished fourth at the 1983 TAC Championships and was a double gold medallist at the 1983 Pan Am Games. He was an Olympic Trials qualifier, who was at one time ranked fourth in the World in 1983. In 1984, he placed fifth in the Olympic Trial. The three-time IC4A Champion holds four Rutgers indoor records (one relay) and three Rutgers outdoor records (one relay).

Al Twitchell

Al Twitchell was a two-sport athlete and a legendary coach "On the Banks." An standout football player, he was also an All-American in lacrosse in 1935 and won the Donald Leslie Coursen Award. In 1967, he was elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. In 1950-61, he was served as the head coach of lacrosse and compiled an 86-39-1 record. Also an assistant director of athletics, he was the Rutgers' Director of Athletics form 1961-73. Twitchell served as the president of U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Coaches Association, and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics as well on the Executive Committee of Eastern Colleges Athletic Conference. His other professional accolades in include the United States Athletic Directors Hall of Fame 1973, the James J. Corbett Award from Athletic Directors in 1974, the Lynath Trophy, the highest ECAC Award of contributions to college sports in America, and the Touchstone Award as the national lacrosse Coach of the Year in 1959. Twitchell retired from Rutgers in 1975.

Ralph Schmidt

Ralph Schmidt was a rare five-sport letterwinner. He earned two football letters, two lacrosse letters, two track and field letters, one basketball letter, and one wrestling letter for a total of six varsity letter awards. In 1942, he was the Coursen Award winner. He was awarded honorable mention All Eastern as a wrestler was a lacrosse first-team All-American. As a senior, he was a co-captain of the football team and was the undefeated meddle Atlantic College Champion as a wrestler. Schmidt was also a National YMCA wrestling champion. As a wrestler he won international honors. At the 1951 Pan Am Games, he won the silver medal. He also placed fourth at the 1948 & 1952 Olympic Trials.

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