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Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame
Class of 1998


A 31-year veteran of the coaching ranks at Rutgers, Frank Elm was recognized as one of the finest swimming and diving coaches in America. Three times he was named to the coaching staff of the U.S. Olympic team; twice as an assistant (1968 and 1976) and in 1980 he was named head coach of the U.S. team, the largest American swimming and diving team assembled at that time. He also coached the 1967 U.S. Pan American Games team, and two U.S. National Teams that toured Japan in 1975 and the Soviet Union in 1981. At Rutgers, Elm can best be described as the driving force in the development of the swimming and diving program. He developed 10 Olympic swimmers- two gold medal winners, several Pan Am Games swimmers, five of whom won gold medals. He also tutored several individual and national championship swimmers as well as national relay champions. He oversaw the development of the women's swimming and diving program at Rutgers, a team that went undefeated from 1973-75. Near the end of his career, he was able to help oversee the construction of the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center, one of the finest swimming and diving facilities in America. Elm received the Master Coaches Award from the Swimming Coaches' Association of America in 1973 and was bestowed with the honor of Loyal Son in 1992 by the Rutgers Alumni Association.


Elizabeth Ferrara excelled for the Knights as both a field hockey and lacrosse player. As a field hockey goalie, she was named College Field Hockey Association Regional All-American in 1984, as well as South Jersey College Player of the Year after leading the Scarlet Knights to the NCAA Final Eight. Also in 1984, she set the school record with 13 shutouts and was named to the Mitchell & Ness All-Region Mid-East Team. Ferrara was also named to the U.S. Under-21 National team in 1980 and participated in the National Sports Festival in 1982. A four-year letterwinner in lacrosse, she was named team MVP as a junior. She was either first or second on the team in goal scoring all four of her years, finishing with 88 career goals which is among the all-time top 10. Twice she was named to the U.S. National Women's lacrosse team, in 1985 and 1986 (reserve).


Three-time All-American and 1991 National Player of the Year, Alexi Lalas has become one of the most recognizable American athletes in the world. In his four years as a Scarlet Knight, he led RU to three NCAA tournaments, including a National Semifinal in 1989 and National Championship game in 1990. In his four seasons, Rutgers compiled a record of 71-15-8. In 1989 and 1990, he was named Third-Team All-American and in 1991, he was recognized as the nation's finest college soccer player winning the Hermann Award and the Missouri Athletic Club Trophy. That year, he was also named First-Team All-American. He was also a four-time Mid-Atlantic Region choice as well as three-time Atlantic 10 selection.


A 1967 All-American in the high jump, Elijah Miller is the sixth men's track and field star to be named to the Olympic Sports Hall of Fame. In 1967, Miller finished fourth in the NCAA High Jump Championships, earning his All-America status. In 1967 and '68, he won the indoor and outdoor IC4A Championships in the high jump. He was also the first Rutgers athlete to high jump seven feet.


A 1987 First-Team All-American and runner-up for National Player of the Year, Vermes put together one of the finest careers in Rutgers sports history. He currently ranks seventh in all-time points (89), sixth in goals scored (35), ninth in assists (19) and second in game-winning goals (17). In 1987, he earned First-Team All-America honors after scoring 21 goals, 15 assists for 52 points and leading Rutgers to the Region Finals of the NCAA Tournament. He went on to star for the U.S. National team as a member of the 1988 Olympic team and the 1990 World Cup team. He was also named 1988 U.S. Male Soccer Player of the Year. As a professional soccer player, Vermes was the first American to play in both Holland's and Hungary's First Division. He now plays for the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer.

SASKIA WEBBER - A 1992 First-Team All-American and National Goalkeeper of the Year, Webber is the first women's soccer player to be chosen for the Hall of Fame. A finalist for the National Player of the Year honors in 1992, Webber still holds Rutgers records for career shutouts with 30 and saves with 413. She helped lead Rutgers to four consecutive ECAC Tournaments and three ECAC Championships (1990-92). She was a two-time All-Region choice as well as a finalist for National Goalkeeper of the Year in 1991. A Member of the U.S. National team in 1990 and 1992, Webber currently plays professionally in Japan.

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