Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame
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The Rutgers Department of Intercollegiate Athletics welcomed the newest members of the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame. Members of the Class of 2013 at on November 2, 2013 at halftime of the Rutgers-Temple football game. The newest members include, women’s basketball, WNBA All-Star and WNBA champion Tammy Sutton-Brown, baseball record holder Bobby Brownlie, football standout Tom Holmes, three-time track & field All-American Sam Segond, two-time All-American and Olympian women’s rower Maite Urtasun and the 1970 men’s track & field sprint medley national championship team. The Class of 2014 inductees will be announced shortly and will be honored at the November 15th football game between Rutgers and Indiana.

Class of 2013
Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Class of 1988 Inductees
William W. Austin - Football
A first-team All-American in 1958, Austin, though diminutive at 5-11, 170, amassed 2,073 yards and scored 204 points as he led the Scarlet Knights in rushing for three years from his single-wing tailback spot. His 32 touchdowns ranked second among the all-time scorers and he had 13 interceptions. Austin was also a two-time honorable mention lacrosse All-American at Rutgers.
William Pellington - Football
A versatile player for the Scarlet Knights for two years, Pellington earned major acclaim as a 12-year member of the Baltimore Colts. Pellington was the Colts’ starting inside linebacker in the famous 1958 NFL Championship game, which saw Baltimore defeat the Giants in overtime at Yankee Stadium. Also a member of the 1959 World Champion Colt squad, he played through the 1964 season, when the Colts again went to the title game, however, losing to Cleveland.
Homer H. Hazel - Football
Hazel was elected to the National Football Hall of Fame in 1951. He won All-America honors in 1923 as an end and repeated in 1924 as a fullback. The father of three children, “Pop” was an honor society member, President of his class and performed Bunyan-esque feats on the field. Hazel was elected posthumously and the Rutgers Team MVP is named in his honor.
Paul L. Robeson - Football
A 12-time letter winner at Rutgers, Robeson was chosen an All-American in 1918 by Walter Camp, who called him the greatest end to “ever trod the gridiron.” The second-highest ranking student in his graduating class, he was the first Rutgers player chosen a first-team All-American. After receiving a law degree from Columbia, Robeson went on to become a world-renowned singer, athlete and social leader.
Alexander Kroll - Football
An All-American at center and linebacker in 1961, Kroll led the Scarlet to its first undefeated season in 1961 (9-0) and spearheaded a two-season mark of 17-1. He was known for his smarts, toughness and savvy in the trenches. A Henry Rutgers Scholar with a perfect grade-point average, Kroll was the president and CEO of Young and Rubicam, the world's largest advertising agency.
Nathaniel Toran - Football
A third-team All-American in 1975, Toran was a second team choice in 1976 and a Kodak first-team All-American when he led the Scarlet Knights to an undefeated season. He captained a defensive unit that topped the nation in three defensive categories and his 52 sacks in three seasons is still a school record.
George E. Little – Athletic Administrator
Little was inducted into the coaching ranks of the National Football Hall of Fame in 1955. He coached at four colleges, including Michigan and Wisconsin, before coming to Rutgers where he was the dynamic force in the construction of the original Rutgers Stadium. Little was elected posthumously.
David A. “Sonny” Werblin – Special Contributor
The former president of the Rutgers Foundation, Werblin launched his business career as a freelance newspaper reporter while still a student and went on to become president of the Music Corporation of America from 1952 until 1965. After serving as president of the New York Jets until 1968, he was the guiding light of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority for seven years and then took over the leadership of Madison Square Garden in 1978.
Robert A. Nash – Football
Known as “Nasty,” Nash was named to Walter Camp’s 1914 second-team All-America list during his junior season and went on to a superb, 10-year professional career. In 1921, he was traded by Akron to Buffalo in the first such NFL transaction and later had the distinction of being the first captain of the New York Giants in 1925. Nash was elected posthumously.
Class of 1989 Inductees
Henry Benkert - Football
A consensus newspaper All-American in 1924, “Heinie” led the East in scoring with 100 points. Also a second-team All-American in lacrosse, Benkert gained 2,124 yards during his career, which was the sixth-best figure in Rutgers history. He served on the Rutgers football staff between 1944 and 1949 and played professionally with the New York Giants and three other pro teams.
William J. Leggett - Football
Leggett served as captain of the first Rutgers football team. While many of the Rutgers and Princeton players were socializing before the inaugural game on November 6, 1869, Leggett and the Princeton captain, William S. Gummere, developed the afternoon’s rules of play. Under Leggett’s leadership and tactical guidance, the Scarlet eked out a 6-4 victory. Leggett later became a distinguished clergyman of the Dutch Reformed Church.
Frank Burns - Football
The winningest coach in Rutgers football history, “Flinging Frank” quarterbacked the Scarlet Knights to a four-year, 27-7 record in the late forties. An honorable mention All-American, he was named the MVP of the 1949 College All-Star game, amassing 17 tackles as a linebacker against the New York Giants. As head coach between 1973 and 1983, he recorded a masterful 78-43-1 mark.
Harry Rockafeller – Football, Athletic Administration
“Rocky” recorded a 33-26 overall mark. One of the founders of the Eastern Intercollegiate Lightweight Football League, he coached the 150-pounders between 1933 and 1937, posting a 22-3-1 record. Associated with the university in various capacities for nearly 40 years, the 1915 All-American end served as director of athletics between 1953 and 1961. He is a member of the National College Football Hall of Fame.
Dr. Hyman B. Copleman – Athletic Administrator/Special Contributor
“Copey” gained the respect and admiration of thousands of Rutgers athletes in his 50 years as team physician. One of the nation’s most highly-decorated physicians of World War II, the humanitarian and philanthropist became known as the Dean of Sports Medicine in New Jersey. “Copey” received the Rutgers Medal and the Loyal Son of Rutgers Medal and established the Copleman Scholarship Fund for scholar-athletes majoring in the biological sciences and pre-medical studies.
George Foster Sanford – Coach, Football
Sanford was elected to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1971. A legend for his innovations and strategies, he also coached at Columbia at the turn of the century and is remembered with a plaque at Rutgers Stadium for his lasting influence on the character of his players. From 1913-1923, he led Rutgers to a fine 56-32-5 record. This period is recognized in Rutgers sports lore as the “Sanford Era.”
John “Jack” Grossman - Football
A prototype triple-threat tailback, Grossman received honorable mention All-American recognition in 1931 and went on to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the NFL for four seasons. He also played professional baseball and soccer in Latin America. Grossman captained the 1931 Rutgers squad.
Howard Parker Talman - Football
“Tal” captained the 1915 Rutgers squad and scored a single-game record of 48 points on six touchdowns and 12 extra points against RPI. That season, he scored 138 total points, at the time, a Scarlet Knights record. On various All-America teams, Talman was recognized as a guard in 1913, as a halfback in 1914, and as a fullback in 1915. The versatile athlete played professionally for the Detroit Heralds and the Massillon Tigers.
James “JJ” Jennings - Football
This crunching runner led the nation in scoring in 1973, tallying 128 points, earning All-America honors and establishing Rutgers records with 2,935 career yards, 605 attempts and 33 touchdowns. He also owns the single-game marks of 40 attempts, and held the record of 230 yards for nearly 20 years. Jennings, who played professionally with the Memphis Southmen and the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League, was the league’s Rookie of the Year in 1974.
Class of 1990 Inductees
Thomas Turner Barr - Football
Judged too small to play football at Rutgers after a tryout as a freshman, he became a manager of the team as a senior in 1913. Upon his death in 1949, Barr bequeathed much of his estate to Rutgers. The fortune was held in trust for his wife with the stipulation that, upon her death, the money would go to the university to provide football scholarships. Mrs. Barr died in 1966. In 1967, the first Barr scholarships were awarded to four student-athletes - Murray Bakst, Steve Ferrughelli, Leo Smith and Kevin O'Connor.
Edward Jones - Football
The Middletown (NJ) HS graduate still shares the Rutgers all-time interception record with 14. A co-captain of the 1974 squad, Jones was an AP Honorable Mention All-East selection in 1972 and a second-team AP All-East choice in 1973. He led the Scarlet Knights squad with seven interceptions in 1974 and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the ninth round in 1975. He started at strong safety for the Buffalo Bills in 1975 and continued his brilliant career in the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos and the British Columbia Lions from 1976 until 1985. He led the league with 11 interceptions in 1980.
David T. Bender - Football
A native of Bethlehem, PA, Bender entered Rutgers in 1921 and played four years of football and lacrosse. He was a tackle and center on the famed 1923 and 1924 squads, which posted identical 7-1-1 records. He received All-America recognition in lacrosse in 1924. He later became an assistant coach at Rutgers under both Harry Rockafeller and Harvey Harman. The David Bender Trophy has been awarded each year since 1947 to the squad's top offensive and defensive linemen.
James F. Monahan - Football
“Mighty Mo,” who was named to the first-team All-East squad in 1951 by Collier’s Magazine and by the American Football Coaches Association, captained the 1951 Rutgers team and was the squad’s leading rusher in 1950 and 1951. His 81-yard run against Temple in 1951 remains the longest run from scrimmage in Rutgers football history. The West Haven, CT, native earned three letters in baseball and helped Rutgers post a 17-5 record in 1950, when the diamond squad won the District 2 title and finished as co-runner-up in the NCAA Tournament.
John DeWitt - Football
DeWitt captained the 1884 football squad and earned seven letters in two periods of play. The New Brunswick native played on the 1883 to 1886 teams, and, returning from railroad work in Iowa to become a mathematics instructor and an assistant in English composition, playing again between 1889 and 1891. DeWitt gained fame as a runner and drop kicker and starred in the first game on Neilson Field in 1891.
Richard F. Policastro - Football
A first-team All-East selection in 1969, he tossed 14 touchdown passes that season and led Rutgers to a 29-0 victory over Princeton in the nationally-televised Centennial Game, celebrating the 100th anniversery of football. A year earlier, in his first season after transferring from VMI, Policastro established six passing marks - 15 touchdown passes, 994 yards, four TD passes in a game, 17 completions and 30 pass attempts in a game, and 309 yards in a game. In 1969, the Highland Park native threw a record five TD passes against Colgate.
James Dumont - Football
A third-team All-American linebacker in 1983, he was a co-captain of the 1983 Rutgers football team and received AP first-team All-East honors in 1982 and 1983 after receiving honorable mention All-East recognition in 1981. He was an honorable mention All-American in 1982. His career produced 405 tackles, a Rutgers record until broken by Tyrone Stowe in 1986. Drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1984, Dumont played in 17 games for the Browns that year and then with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL in 1985.
Robert Simms - Football
Simms led the Scarlet Knights in reception yardage for three consecutive seasons, gaining 180, 468 and 345 yards for the years between 1957 and 1959. In 1958, Simms caught a single-season record nine touchdown passes, making his 64 points ranking 10th in the nation, finishing second on the charts with 13 touchdown receptions for his career. A first-team All-East selection that year, Simms was a ninth-round draft choice of the New York Giants as well as a fourth-round choice of Houston of the AFL, in 1960.
Harvey J. Harman – Coach, Football
A native of Selingsgrove, PA, Harman was a four-year starter as a tackle for Pittsburgh (Class of 1922) teams under Glenn "Pop" Warner. He arrived at Rutgers in 1938 and produced a 25-7-1 record in his first four seasons before receiving a commission as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve and serving in several sea campaigns in the Far East. Harman returned to Rutgers in 1945 as head football coach and, in the next 10 seasons, posted a 48-37-1 mark. Overall, his record for 14 seasons at Rutgers was 73-44-2.
William Tranavitch - Football
Known as “Big Train,” the Norwood, Massachusetts, native captained the 1939 Rutgers team and was the nation's third-leading scorer with 90 points that year. He was the author of numerous memorable performances and was responsible for scoring the first Rutgers touchdown in the celebrated 20-18 victory over Princeton in the Rutgers Stadium Dedication Game in 1938. The Knights went on to post a 7-1 record, the best-ever at that point in Rutgers football history.
Class of 1991 Inductees
Andrew Baker - Football
Known as “Shake and Bake,” the Trenton native graduated as the all-time record holder for reception yardage (2,268) and receptions (127). Baker, an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American and first-team All-East selection in 1984, received the Homer Hazel Trophy as the team’s most valuable player that year. His 857 receiving yards in 1983 was second all-time in a season. Baker was known for the acrobatic, leaping catches that he routinely made.
Mike Kushinka - Football
Kushinka was the first recipient of the David Bender Trophy, as the top lineman on the 1948 squad. An All-East selection in 1947, he played on teams that combined for a 22-5 record during his successful career. His ties to Rutgers run deep throughout his family as his wife has a Rutgers doctorate and two daughters have master's degrees from the State University.
John Bateman – Coach, Football
Bateman directed the Scarlet Knights to an 8-1 record in his first season and followed that with an unblemished 9-0 mark in 1961, the first undefeated season for Rutgers. In his 13 seasons as head coach, Rutgers posted a mark of 73-51. Fondly known as “Dr. John,” Bateman had a storied coaching career, which was highlighted by the 1969 Centennial Game victory over Princeton.
Mike Stang – Athletic Administration
Stang was revered for his concern for the athletes under his care. Stang coached baseball at St. Peter's High School and was also a highly-respected and well-known official for many years. Retiring in 1966, he was twice given testimonial dinners attended by hosts of former Rutgers athletes.
Philip M. Brett - Football
Brett captained the 1892 Rutgers team and later served as acting president of the University in 1930-31. A longtime Trustee, he was, at one time, identified as the author of the famous statement, “I'd die for dear old Rutgers.” Brett embraced the University and was singularly influential in major decisions made by the State University
Vinnie Utz - Football
Utz captained the 1941 Rutgers squad and was an honorable mention All-American that season, when he led Rutgers in rushing and keyed a 7-2 season. One of the most colorful of Rutgers athletes, “The Wizard of Utz” was also a member of the 7-1-1 team in 1939. A decorated war hero, he remained a flamboyant follower of Rutgers football during his professional career at Johnson & Johnson.
Al T. Garrett - Football
Garrett captained the 1919 Rutgers squad and starred at several positions on both offense and defense. Tabbed a “human bullet” by his coach, George Foster Sanford, Garrett was a third-team Walter Camp All-American in 1916. He later played and coached at the professional level and taught at Rutgers-Newark for 20 years while also gaining fame as an official.
Bruce Van Ness - Football
Van Ness was the ECAC Football Sophomore of the Year in 1967 and played sensationally at five different positions for the Scarlet Knights. He accounted for 2,216 all-purpose yards during his collegiate career, which was capped by his selection as the most valuable player in the 1969 North-South All-Star game. Van Ness was named Rookie of the Year in the Canadian Football League in 1970 and enjoyed an outstanding career with the Montreal Alouettes.
William “Bucky” Hatchett – Football
Hatchett established records in football, basketball and track and is considered one of Rutgers’ greatest all-around athletes. Hatchett was the first basketball player to score over 1,000 points, a record-setter in the high hurdles and high jump, and shared the record with three touchdown receptions in a game for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the Rutgers Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994.
Class of 1992 Inductees
John Alexander - Football
Alexander achieved honorable mention All-America honors in 1975. A first-team All-East selection in 1976, he teamed with Hall of Famer Nate Toran to head a Scarlet defense which was first in the nation in rushing defense, total defense and scoring defense. Alexander played on teams that amassed a 33-10-1 record, including the 11-0 mark in 1976. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins, but he had a short-lived professional career due to injuries.
Bryant Mitchell - Football
Mitchell led Rutgers in rushing and scoring for three consecutive seasons and gained 2,286 career rushing yards, running 495 times, scoring 21 touchdowns and scoring 132 points, all marks still among the top 10 in Scarlet history. A first-team AP All-East selection in 1968, he was the Homer Hazel Trophy winner as a senior. In 1968, Mitchell gained over 100 yards in nine of 10 games, averaging an even five yards a carry and completing his career with a 4.6-yard average.
Jack Emmer - Football
Emmer once held the single-game, season and career records for receptions at Rutgers and his 237 receiving yards in the 1966 Holy Cross game remains a Rutgers record. Emmer, recently retired as the lacrosse coach at Army, was a second-team lacrosse All-American in 1967 and was an All-East selection in football, as well as the team captain and MVP in 1966.
Leon Root M.D. - Football
The recipient of the David Bender Trophy twice as the team's leading lineman, Root was named the senior athlete of the year in 1950 and was presented with the Donald Leslie Coursen Award. An honorable mention All-East selection in 1950, Root played in the 1950 North-South Shrine game. Considered one of the nation’s top centers after beginning his career as a running back, Root was also a top-notch linebacker. He served as president of the Class of 1950 and captained the 1950 squad.
Dr. Joel Fertig – Athletic Administrator
A fixture on the Rutgers athletic scene for nearly a half-century, Fertig entered the Hall of Fame for his impact on the program. A Mississippi State graduate, he is credited with being the first dentist in the East to introduce mouthpieces to high school athletes. He endowed a football scholarship and was a past president of the Touchdown Club.
Ed Steward - Football
Steward was an AP honorable mention All-American and a first-team All-East pick in 1978 as a middle guard. A veteran of Desert Storm, he had two key interceptions in the victory over Tennessee in 1979 and also had 15 tackles in the Garden State Bowl game against Arizona State in 1978. In his three seasons, Rutgers posted a 25-9 record as he contributed 222 career tackles and 13 quarterback sacks.
Herman Hering - Football
Hering led the Scarlet Knight rushers in 1946 and 1947, a period known as the “Golden Era” of Rutgers football. He gained 510 and 528 yards in back-to-back seasons and was named an honorable mention All-East tailback in 1947. His 80 points in 1946 ranked third-best in the East ahead of both of Army’s Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside tandem of Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard. A four-year letterwinner as a baseball outfielder, he won 11 games as a pitcher, including two victories in the 1950 College World Series.
Walter Winika - Football
He was considered one of the East’s top ends during the 1930’s and was a member of the all-time All-Rutgers football team which was selected in 1940. He scored the only touchdown allowed by the celebrated 1933 Princeton team and was credited with winning, virtually single-handedly, the Boston University game in 1935. Compared often to Paul Robeson, Winika was killed in a plane crash at Trinidad in 1942, the first varsity athlete from Rutgers to perish in World War II.
Dino Mangiero - Football
Mangiero co-captained the 1979 Scarlet squad and was a key force in the celebrated victory at Tennessee that season. A third-team Associated Press All-American and a first-team All-East pick, Mangiero contributed 288 career tackles and 26 quarterback sacks, figures that rank eighth and third, respectively, on the all-time lists. He went on to play with four NFL teams in Kansas City, Seattle, San Francisco and New England.
Class of 1993 Inductees
James Bailey – Men’s Basketball
James Bailey is number three on the Rutgers all-time scoring list (2,034), and just behind Phil Sellers in rebounding (1,047). The 6-9 Bailey was the freshman center on the 1975-76 Final Four team and went on to capture All-America honors from UPI and The Sporting News in 1978. Bailey, whose number 20 was retired in 1992, played nine NBA seasons with the Seattle Supersonics, New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns. Known as “Jammin’ James,” he was the recipient of the prestigious Coursen Award and the Widmer Trophy.
Ethelyn Meyer – Special Contributor
The formation of the Cagers Club in 1979 was largely due to the efforts of one of the most dedicated and enthusiastic supporters in the history of Lady Knight Basketball. Ethelyn Meyer’s organizational abilities and tireless efforts resulted in the establishment of the Cagers Club and in its becoming one of the pivotal organizations supporting the Lady Knight Basketball program. In the beginning, she provided the backbone of the Cager organization while playing a crucial role in the initiation of many of the events that surround the women’s basketball program at Rutgers. The Annual Awards Dinner and the special awards that are presented to 1000 point scorers and rebounders are her legacy./td>
Deron Cherry - Football
A second-team AP All-East selection in 1979 and 1980, a 1980 co-captain and the Homer Hazel Award winner as the team MVP in 1979, Cherry recorded nine career interceptions and punted for a record 39.4 career average. His 12-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs was highlighted by six Pro Bowl appearances, all as a starter. His commanding presence made the Chiefs’ secondary the NFL’s top unit. The Palmyra native received the Byron White Humanitarian Award for his distinguished service to his team, community and country.
Nancy Mitchell – Athletic Administrator/Special Contributor
A true visionary, Nancy Mitchell recognized the need for the establishment of intercollegiate athletics for women at Rutgers University. In her role as administrator and advisor at Douglass College, her commitment to the implementation of women’s intercollegiate athletics on a University-wide level was outstanding. She was instrumental in the establishment of women’s basketball on a national level. Mitchell then became one of the most ardent supporters of women’s basketball and remained active through her involvement as the faculty representative to the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women where she served on numerous national and regional committees. Until her retirement in 1992, she also served as the Chairperson for the President’s Athletic Advisory Committee at Rutgers.
The Coyle Twins: Mary and Patty – Women’s Basketball
Mary Coyle, now Klinger, was the first in a long line of distinguished point guards directing the Lady Knight offense. Second on the all-time assist chart with 604 and ninth in steals with 181, she was named the team’s Most Valuable Player following the 1981-82 season. A four-year starter, Coyle-Klinger played in 124 games, the seventh highest for a Lady Knight, while also competing for both the National Sports Festival East Team and the U.S.A. National Junior Teams, each time capturing the gold medal (1979). Patty Coyle , the other half of the Coyle duo, registered 1,209 career points, the eleventh highest total in Lady Knight history, collected 382 rebounds, 198 steals and 394 assists in a record 129 career games. A three-year starter, she gained All-EIAW Regional honors in 1981 and was named the Lady Knights’ Most Valuable Player in 1980-81. A highlight of her career was a 30-point performance against Texas in the AIAW National Championship game for which she was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
June Olkowski – Women’s Basketball
June Olkowski is Rutgers only four-time Street & Smith All-American and four-time EAIAW All-Region honoree. Her number 45 was the first Rutgers women’s basketball jersey to be retired in program history back in 1988. Olkowski, who came to Rutgers from Philadelphia, Pa., finished her career with 1,500 points and 780 rebounds and remains among RU’s all-time leaders in scoring at 14.6 points per game and rebounding at 7.6 boards per game. In 1982, as the Scarlet Knights captured the AIAW Championship, Olkowski was the recipient of the Rutgers Headley-Singer Award as RU’s top graduating female athlete and a First Team Kodak All-American. She was a Wade Trophy candidate in both 1981 and 1982. One of the first Scarlet Knights involved with USA Basketball, Olkowski was a member of the gold medaling U.S. World University Games Team, U.S. Junior National Team and National Sports Festival East Team in 1979 and four-time member of the U.S. Select Team.
Kathy Glutz – Women’s Basketball
Kathy Glutz was a four-year starter and two-time captain for Rutgers. The Pottstown, Pa. native was the second Rutgers women’s basketball player to score over 1,000 career points and ended her career with 1,415 points along with 835 rebounds. She remains one of RU’s all-time leaders in career rebounds having averaged 7.3 per game. Named the Most Valuable Player of the 1977-78 season after averaging 16.5 points per game that season, she ended her career with a 12.3 points per game average during her 115 career appearances for the Scarlet Knights.
1982 Women’s Basketball Team
It was this team that put together a 25-7 record, remained in the Top 10 all season and captured the only national championship in Rutgers’ basketball history. The team silenced critics that felt that the loss of All-American center Kris Kirchner and Wade Trophy finalist Joanne Burke, in addition to the uncertainty of June Olkowski’s knee injury, would be too much for the team to handle.
Harvey Grimsley - Football
The leading scorer with 168 points for four varsity seasons during the “Golden Era” between 1946 and 1949, Grimsley tallied eight touchdowns in three of his four seasons, when the Scarlet Knights posted a 28-8 record. In 1947, the 26-year old Army veteran averaged over five yards per carry and scored 48 points for the third time in an outstanding career. He capped his career by racing 63 yards in characteristic fashion for a touchdown against Fordham in his final contest. He scored two or more touchdowns in a game 11 times, and had 28 touchdowns for his career.
Samuel Picketts - Football
A tri-captain of the 1971, Scarlet Knights, Picketts won first-team ECAC linebacking honors in 1970 and 1971, along with second-team AP notice that year. The Homer Hazel Trophy winner in 1971, he was a prototype of the modern linebacker and he made the width of the field his province. He recorded seven career interceptions and led the team with five in 1971. He returned a theft 54 yards for a score against Harvard and also blocked a punt for a safety in a 9-0 victory over Lehigh in 1970.
Frank Hill – Men’s Basketball
The late Frank Hill (head coach, 1915-43), recorded a 223-165 record. During much of this same period, he also coached at Seton Hall and St. Benedict’s Prep, where he was 191-80 (18 seasons) and 209-28 (16 seasons), respectively. He also enjoyed a long and successful career as an official and worked 16 Final Fours. His Rutgers squads posted 19 winning seasons and his 1919-20 squad was a finalist in the National AAU Tournament.
John Powers – Athletic Administrator
Powers enjoyed a Rutgers career that encompassed four athletic directors and eight head football coaches. Considered “an institution of the University” by the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, he was a one-man staff proud of the services he warmly provided to thousands of athletes. His close relationships with coaches and players and his continuing interest in Scarlet Knight football endeared him to all as a gentle man in all respects.
Denise Kenney – Women’s Basketball
Denise Kenney was the first Rutgers women’s basketball player in history to score over 1,000 career points. The Philadelphia, Pa. product concluded her career with 1,103 points and was among RU’s all-time assists leaders with 263. Kenney was also the first women’s basketball player in Scarlet Knight history with over 100 career steals in a season. She captured 104 steals in 1978, a school record that stood for 16 years. She also set an RU record with 10 steals against St. Joseph’s on Feb. 16, 1978. A three-year letterwinner, she led Rutgers in assists all three seasons and captained the team in both the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons.
Phil Sellers – Men’s Basketball
Phil Sellers was the leader of the 1975-76 Final Four team. This aggressive athlete set the tone for the 31-2 Scarlet Knights that season. Sellers is Rutgers’ all-time scoring and rebounding leader with 2,399 points and 1,115 rebounds. A 6-4 forward, Sellers was a two-time Haggerty Award winner as the Metropolitan New York area’s top performer. He was a first-team AP All-American in 1976. He later returned to Rutgers as an assistant coach for four seasons. His number 12 was Rutgers’ second to be retired in basketball history, in 1988.
Bob Lloyd – Men’s Basketball
Bob Lloyd was the first Rutgers All-American in 1967 (UPI first-team and AP second-team) and was the first Scarlet Knight to score over 2,000 points, this in an era when varsity athletes were limited to three seasons. Averaging an astounding 26.6 points a game for his career, he amassed 2,045 career points and led the nation in free throw percentage (.921) in 1966-67. He and fellow Hall of Fame inductee, Jim Valvano, led the 1966-67 Scarlet Knights to a third-place finish in the NIT. His number 14 was the first to be retired, in 1987, in Rutgers basketball history.
Arnold “Arnie” Truex - Football
An honorable mention All-American and an All-East selection in 1934 as a triple-threat tailback, he went on to a remarkable 39-year teaching and coaching career in New Jersey. One of the nation's top punters and field goal experts during his playing career, Truex posted a 137-51-6 scholastic coaching record with six undefeated seasons and six state and conference titles. Co-founder of the Shore Conference, he also coached basketball, profoundly influencing thousands of students and athletes.
Ed McMichael - Football
McMichael was a second-team AP All-East selection in 1980 after receiving honorable mention All-East honors in 1979. He engineered the stunning 1979 victory over Tennessee and established new passing marks in a two-year career. Also at the helm in the 1980 thriller against Alabama, McMichael passed for 3,584 yards and completed 292 passes for 61.6 completion percentage. A 1980 squad captain, he threw for 20 career touchdowns, four of which came in the 1980 Princeton game, the last scheduled against the Tigers. He also played briefly for the New Jersey Generals in the USFL.
James “Jim” Valvano – Men’s Basketball
The late Jim Valvano co-captained the 1966-67 squad with Bob Lloyd and was known as “Mr. Defense.” Named the Rutgers Senior Athlete of the Year in 1967, Valvano scored 1,122 points, then the sixth-best scoring figure in history. Following two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, this charismatic personality later held head coaching positions at Johns Hopkins, Bucknell and Iona, before moving on to North Carolina State. He guided the 1982-83 Wolfpack squad to the national title. The recipient of the Rutgers Medal in 1983, Valvano owned a 346-212 record for his 18-year head coaching career. He later gained even more national acclaim as a sportscaster with ABC and ESPN. His final triumph came toward the end of his glorious life when he announced the formation of The V Foundation for Cancer Research at the 1993 ESPY Awards. Founded by ESPN and Jim Valvano, The V Foundation was established to carry out Jim’s final, unmet dream—to soundly defeat cancer.
Class of 1994 Inductees
Gregg Anderson – Swimming
Anderson is a two-time All-American in swimming, winning the honor in the 200-yard backstroke in 1968 and 1969. Both of Anderson’s times were ranked in the nation’s Top 10 to accord those honors. The Coursen Award recipient as the school’s outstanding graduating male athlete in 1970, he was the Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League’s champion in the 200 backstroke in 1968-69 and the 500 freestyle in 1969. He lost only once in the 200 backstroke during dual meets in his three-year career. During his time at Rutgers, he held four individual school marks (500 and 1000 freestyle and 100 and 200 backstroke) and he was the team captain his senior season. In his sophomore year, he won the James Reilly Trophy for leadership and loyalty and in 1970, he was the August Heinzman Trophy winner for competitive spirit and sportsmanship. A native of Sacramento, CA, Anderson Scored 105 points in his senior year with 15 dual meet wins and 10 more finishes in the top three. He was selected as a Loyal Son of Rutgers in 1991.
Lori McCauley – Women’s Track & Field
McCauley was a seven-time All-American in middle distance races and won the AIAW indoor 440 in 1982. McCauley’s other top achievements were a second-place finish at the 1983 indoor NCAA championships in the 600 and a fourth-place in the 1983 NCAA outdoor championships in the 400 meter intermediate hurdles. McCauley also held the American record in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. The Hilltown, PA native was a seven-time Eastern champion was also a 14-time qualifier for either the NCAA or AIAW championships. McCauley was an alternate for the 1984 Olympic team in the 400 IM hurdles, which she missed by .02 seconds.
Alan Andrews - Football
A second-team AP All-American selection as a tight end in 1984 and a second-team AP All-East choice in 1983, his 106 career receptions were the eighth-best mark all-time. He also caught nine touchdown passes, which was tied for the 11th-best total in school history. His 48 receptions in 1983 was tied for the ninth-best mark. A co-captain of the 1984 team, Andrews came to Rutgers as a quarterback and was also a fine punter.
Elizabeth “Liz” Ann McGuire – Field Hockey
McGuire was an honorable mention All-American in 1984 and a two-time Most Valuable Player for the Lady Knight field hockey team. She held the career scoring record from 1984-1993 with 47 points and still holds the career assist mark with 26. A member of the Mitchell & Ness All-Regional Mid-East squad in 1982, McGuire participated in the National Sports Festival in 1982 and was a USA National Team member in 1984. A tri-captain in both 1982 & 1984, McGuire who hails from Easthampmton, NY, was the 1984 recipient of the Rutgers Outstanding Senior Female Athlete (Headley-Singer) Award in 1985. Her uniform jersey (#4) was retired on March 4, 1989.
Joanne Burke – Women’s Basketball
Although Joanne Burke played only two seasons for the Scarlet Knights, she has etched her name into Rutgers history. A two-time Street & Smith All-American, Burke was Rutgers women’s basketball first ever Wade Trophy candidate in 1980. She earned EAIAW All-Region team honors and was named RU’s women’s basketball Most Valuable Player in 1980 as she led the Scarlet Knights with 15.8 points per game. Additionally, Burke led the team in steals in her two seasons “on the banks”. She set a single season record in free throw percentage, connecting at a .849 clip, for a record that stood for 11 years. Following her career at Rutgers, Burke, who hailed from Pennsauken, N.J. played professionally overseas in Austria and England.
Dr. Judy Melick – Women’s Swimming
Melick was the first woman at Rutgers to swim in NCAA competition with the men’s varsity before the start of the women’s program. An All-American in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1975, she was a finalist in the 100 breaststroke at the Munich Olympics in 1972. She was the initial recipient of the Rutgers Outstanding Senior Female Athlete (Headley-Singer) Award in 1976. A semifinalist for a Rhodes Scholarship, she won letters in the first two years of the existence of the women’s swimming program. In 1975 and 1976, the Lady Knights were 20-0 in regular season meets and were the champions of the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women championships in 1976. Melick, the first women to serve as a captain of Lady Knight’s swimming (1976), placed second at the IAIAW meet in the 100 breaststroke and as a member of the 200 and 400 medley relays.
Renee Clark – Softball / Field Hockey
Clark was an All-Northeast region choice in both softball and field hockey. She is generally regarded as a true two-sport star in Lady Knight Athletics. She won the 1988 Headley-Singer Award as the top graduating female student-athlete. Formerly the holder of five Lady Knight softball records, she earned All-Atlantic 10 Conference honors four straight years -- 1984-87. Clarke, a native of Hatboro, PA, was also an all-tournament selection in 1986. In field hockey she still holds four records (most shots saved in a game, in a season and in a career and highest save percentage for a career) and was the team’s defensive player of the year in 1986. She was the Player of the Year in 1987, when she won all-region honors.
Steve Mormando – Men’s Fencing
Mormando is nationally and internationally-recognized as a world-class fencer. A three time Olympian and (1984, 1988, 1992) in the sabre, Mormando was the 1987 national champion in that weapon. A member of the U.S. national team in 1989, 1990 and 1992, he finished second at the U.S. championships in 1991 and third in 1990. He won a gold medal and two silver medals in his four appearances in the Pan American games. At Rutgers, he was a two-time Konicoff Trophy winner as the team’s Most Improved Fencer in 1978 and 1979. He qualified for the 1979 NCAAs and placed 12th. Also a four-time qualifier for the U.S. World Championships squad, Mormando, a native of Toms River, NJ, was twice a member of the U.S. World University Games teams. An honored veteran of the U.S. Olympic Festival, his ledger includes four gold, four silver and two bronze medals in seven appearances in this prestigious event.
Larry Christoff - Football
An honorable mention All-American in 1972 as a tight end, he shared the Homer Hazel Award that year with “JJ” Jennings as team’s Most Valuable Player. He was a first-team AP All-East selection in 1972, and hauled in 68 career passes, and snared eight touchdown passes in 1970. He also caught three touchdown passes vs. Holy Cross. He signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Colts in 1973.
Samuel “Sam” H. Mudie - Football
Mudie passed for 23 touchdowns in three seasons. He began his career as a single-wing tailback for two years; he also punted and was the leading pass defender with six interceptions. Mudie was the Homer Hazel Award Winner in 1961, and was president of his junior class and president of Phi Gamma Delta. He was the 1962 Coursen Award winner and also served as co-captain of the 1961 lacrosse team.
William “Bill” Foster – Coach, Men’s Basketball
Bill Foster ushered in the first truly successful era in Rutgers basketball history. His eight teams posted a 120-75 record, following a 22-7 mark in 1966-67 with a 21-4 mark in 1968-69. That 1966-67 team earned a third-place finish in the NIT, becoming the first Rutgers basketball team to reach post-season play. Eight of his players are currently in the top 50 in all-time scoring, including Bob Lloyd, Rutgers’ first All-American, first 2,000-point scorer, and the late Jim Valvano. Both were members of the inaugural Hall of Fame class. In 1971-72, Foster became the head coach at Utah and then went on to Duke where he led the Blue Devils to the 1978 NCAA Championship game. Foster also had head coaching stints at South Carolina and Northwestern and has served as the associate commissioner of the Southwest Conference. His commitment and dedication epitomizes the true meaning of college basketball and he was honored by his colleagues as president of the National Association of College Basketball Coaches in 1976-77. Foster also served as the first vice president of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Eugene Norman – Men’s Track & Field
Norman is Rutgers’ only four-time All-American in track and field. He was an Olympic Trails qualifier in 1984. His specialties were the 55-meter and 100-meter hurdles. Norman, originally from Syracuse, NY, placed third at the 1984 NCAAs in the 55-meter hurdles and was fourth at the Atlantic Congress national indoor meet that year. A two-time IC4A champion in the 55-meter hurdles, he was twice ranked in the top 10 in the United States. His career best time of 7.10 was, at the time ranked sixth in the world, was run at the TAC meet at Madison Square Garden. His personal best in the 110-meter hurdles was 13.62. Still the holder of the Rutgers records in the 55-meters indoors and the 110-meter hurdles outdoor, he won three Metropolitan titles in the 110-meter hurdles.
Lawrence “Larry” Gordon – Men’s Basketball
Larry Gordon scored 1,213 points in a three-year period, which places him 20th on the all-time list. When he graduated from Rutgers, Gordon was second on the all-time list. Gordon’s 19.0 ppg. scoring average is still the fifth highest all-time, his 321 converted free throws are ninth all-time and his 534 free throw attempts is sixth best all-time. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Gordon became a top executive in the international petroleum research area at Shell Oil Company, where he was employed from 1956-1991. A native of Elizabeth, N.J., he was an All-State selection at Thomas Jefferson (now Elizabeth) High School before becoming a Scarlet Knight.
Tom Price – Rowing
Price was part of Rutgers’ precedent-setting pairs without coxswain crew at the 1952 Olympics. Teamed with fellow Scarlet oarsman Chuck Logg, the college freshman and his partner shocked the rowing world with victories in the American Olympic Trails and the Games in Helsinki. Generally considered the two best oarsmen of their time at Rutgers, their accomplishment is still singular among all pairs without coxswain in U.S. rowing annals. They were the first Olympic medal winners in Rutgers crew history.
Dan Gray - Football
A defensive tackle, Gray won the David Bender Trophy, emblematic of the team's top lineman, in 1977. He was an integral member of the 1976 undefeated team. His 29 career quarterback sacks are second-best all-time and his 224 yards lost on those sacks is also second-best. He totaled 80 tackles in his senior season, including seven quarterback sacks. A durable performer, Gray started all 33 games over his last three seasons.
Henry T. Pryor - Football
Pryor was one of the top players in the late 1940’s, the “Golden Era” of Rutgers football. He played and won a letter in 1946, left school for the 1947 season and returned to play in 1948 and 1949. He entered Rutgers after serving two years in the Marines. He averaged 6.1 yards and led the team with 340 yards in 1948. He ran back 24 punts and six kickoffs for total of 643 yards, averaging 21.3 yards on runbacks, and led team in scoring with 36 points.
William “Bucky” Hatchett – Men’s Basketball
William F. “Bucky” Hatchett was Rutgers’ first 1,000 point scorer. Hatchett is still ranked 18th on the all-time list with 1,245 points. His scoring record stood until 1965-66. He averaged 12.6 ppg. in his freshman year, 18.3 ppg. as a sophomore, 17.2 ppg. as a junior, and averaged 14.4 in his senior year. A 1991 inductee into the Rutgers Football Hall of Fame, Hatchett won10 letters in three sports (football, basketball, track). After graduating from Rutgers, Hatchett became a legend in the Eastern Professional Basketball League. During his pro career, he served as an executive with RCA.
Mike Roche – Men’s Track & Field
Roche earned international acclaim in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. A member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic team in Montreal, he also earned All-American honors in his specialty in 1975 with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Roche was also the IC4A 3,000 meter steeplechase titlist in meet record time of 8:41.0 in 1975. His personal best time was 8:40.0 (all time best 8:30) The holder of several school marks, Roche was the first Scarlet track and field team member to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Winner of both the most improved and the most valuable performer awards in both cross country and track, he was ranked in the top 10 in the U.S. with third being his highest position.
Regina Howard – Women’s Basketball
The “Sticks” half of the formidable “Wicks and Sticks” combination, Regina Howard remains near the top of RU’s all-time scoring and rebounding charts. She finished her career with 1,807 points and was the first women’s basketball player in RU history to haul in over 1,000 career rebounds ending with 1,036 boards. Additionally, Howard remains one of the Scarlet Knights’ all-time leaders in steals with 216, including averaging 2.8 per game during the 1986-87 season, and led Rutgers in field goal percentage in each of her four years. During her senior season, which saw Howard named as a Wade Trophy Candidate and voted Player of the Year by the New Jersey Coaches & Sportswriters Association, she set a school record with 15 free throws made on 24 attempts against Temple on Feb. 19, 1987. Also as a senior in 1987, she captured the Most Valuable Player Award at the NCAA East Regional and shared the Lady Knight MVP with Sue Wicks as Rutgers advanced to the NCAA East Region finals. Howard was a two-time Atlantic-10 All-Tournament Team member, including earning MVP honors in guiding the Scarlet Knights to the 1987 championships. She was a member of the 1984 Atlantic-10 All-Rookie Team and was named First Team All-Atlantic-10 in 1986 and 1987. Following her career the Babylon, N.Y. native played professionally overseas in Spain.
Herb Schmidt – Men’s Soccer
Schmidt is the first two-time soccer All-American in Rutgers history. A stalwart scorer from 1950-1961, he also served as the team’s captain in his senior year and was an All-Mid Atlantic choice. The Sasser Award winner in 1961 he was also a two-time All-American midfielder in lacrosse. Considered the premiere scorer of his time, he tallied 81 career goals, 23 in his sophomore year, 27 as a junior and 31 as a senior. He tallied four goals against Stevens and Wagner as a junior. In 1960, Rutgers finished the regular season undefeated at 11-0 but lost a 3-2 overtime decision to Maryland in the NCAA playoffs. As a student, the Summit, NJ native was a member of the Crown and Scroll honor society.
Eddie Jordan – Men’s Basketball
Eddie Jordan was the point guard and catalyst of the great Rutgers teams of the mid-1970’s. “Fast Eddie” was the on-court general for the 1975-76 Scarlet Knights, who fashioned a perfect 26-0 regular season mark, reached the Final Four, and wound up with a record of 31-2. Jordan’s name remains prominent in the RU record books. He is the all-time assist leader with 585 and steals leader with 220. Jordan is also the seventh-all-time leading scorer with 1,632 points. Drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the third round of the 1977 NBA draft, Jordan was later a member of the 1982 Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA Championship team. In a career which also included stints with the New Jersey Nets and Portland Trailblazers, Jordan played in 420 NBA games, scored 3,414 career points and had a per-game average of 8.1. Jordan served five seasons as an assistant coach at Rutgers before later serving as head coach of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers. On April 23, 2013, he was named the 18th head coach in the history of the Rutgers men’s basketball program.
Lee Schneider - Football
A rugged linebacker, Schneider served as co-captain of the 1969 team and played in the famed Centennial Game vs. Princeton. He was a defensive mainstay for three years “On the Banks.” He was an honorable mention AP All-East selection in 1969 and winner of the 1969 Touchdown Trophy Award. He later played with the New York Giants and the New York Titans (later the Jets) of the AFL. Schneider served as an assistant coach at Rutgers from 1970 to 74.
Robert “Bob” E. Kelley – Men’s Lacrosse, Football
Kelley was a three-time All-American in lacrosse, earning first-team honors in 1955 and 1956 as a midfielder. He is still ranked in the top 10 in career goals with 100 and tallied 39 goals in both 1954 and 1956. His best single-game effort was an eight-goal outburst against Syracuse in 1955. He captained the lacrosse and football teams in his senior seasons. He came to Rutgers from New Canaan, Conn., and was selected for the North/South All-Star game in 1956, captaining the North squad. An outstanding student, he also won the Marinelli Scholar-Athlete Award for the highest cumulative average among multiple sport participants. Versatility was a forte as he also was named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, was an outstanding ROTC Cadet, was a distinguished military graduate and was a member of both Cap and Skull and Crown and Scroll honor societies. The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association elected him to its Hall of Fame in 1985. A highly-decorated lieutenant-general in the U.S. Air Force, he was named a Rutgers Loyal Son in 1984 and an honorary Air Force Thunderbird in 1982.
Anthony Michael Surage - Wrestling
Surage is the only two-time All-American in Rutgers wrestling history. He finished seventh at 142 pounds at the NCAA Tournament in 1983, including a victory over highly-regarded Nate Carr of Iowa State, and seventh at 150 pounds in 1980. His 111-18-1 career mark places him in fourth on the all-time victories chart, but first in winning percentage among wrestlers with 100 or more wins at .858. The 1983 Coursen Award winner as the outstanding graduating male senior athlete, he was a three-year captain for the Scarlet Knights and two-time MVP. He was the Eastern Regional titlist at 150 as a sophomore in 1980 and as a junior in 1982. His dual meet marks were 10-2, 11-2, 16-0-1 and 16-1. Surage, a native of Paterson, was the team’s scholar-athlete in his freshman year.
Frank Kelley - Football
Kelley was a third-team Walter Camp All-American in 1918 and was an honorable mention choice on the mythical Rutgers Athletic Roll of Honor by the Committee of Six. He scored 10 touchdowns in 1917, including four in one game. One of those scores was a six-year sneak through center in a tough, exciting 7-7 Neilson Field tie with West Virginia. He transferred to Yale in 1920 but returned in 1921 to become an assistant coach at Rutgers under George Foster Sanford.
Jeffrey A. Torborg – Baseball
Torborg was a 1963 All-American and set the school record for season batting average (.540) that year. His slugging percentage that year (1.032) is also a single-season standard. In 1963, he led the team with 21 RBI and six home runs. A draft choice of the Los Angeles Dodgers he played 10 seasons in the majors, seven with the Dodgers and three with the California Angels. He caught three no-hitters, Bill Singer and Sandy Koufax with the Dodgers and Nolan Ryan with the Angels; and was the backstop in Don Drysdale’s record fifth straight shutout in 1968. He was a successful manager with the Chicago White Sox and the New York Mets. In his three-year career from 1961-63, the Westfield, NJ native batted .390, which still ranks third in Rutgers baseball annals. His number (#10) was retired in 1992. Playing in the Northeast when shorter seasons were common, he still holds the career slugging percentage mark of .684. During his career the Knights were 15-4-1, 14-4 and 11-5 for a three-year mark of 40-13-1 (.741 winning percentage).
George Latimer – Men’s Lacrosse
Latimer was the first and only three-time first-team All-American for Rutgers lacrosse. He and Joseph “Frenchy” Julien dominated the collegiate attack position from 1930-32. In that time, Rutgers compiled a 20-7-1 mark. In fact, the 1932 team was selected to participate in the Olympic Trials. Latimer was elected into the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the sport’s highest honor, in 1972 with Julien preceding him in 1965. Latimer was the first recipient of the Coursen Award for the outstanding male graduating student-athlete. He was also a letterwinner in football from 1929-31.
Tom F. Ulan – Men’s Track & Field
Ulan was the first Rutgers track and field athlete to reach international stature. He was a three-time All-American and was a nationally-recognized middle distance runner. He won the Coursen Award in 1971 as Rutgers’ outstanding graduating male athlete. The 1971 NCAA Indoor Championships winner at 400 yards, Ulan was the World University Games titlist in 1970. An IC4A Champion at 600 yards in 1971, he was a 1972 Olympic Trials finalist in the 400 meters. Still the Rutgers record-holder in the indoor 600 yards (1:08.5) at the IC4As and the 400 meters outdoors (:45.7) at the World University Games in Turin, Italy, Ulan, who was born in Westhampton, NY, also shares the school mark in the outdoor 4x200 meter relay (1:25.3). He was also the recipient of the McManus Award in 1970.
Henrietta Leitner – Special Contributor, Women’s Basketball
A true friend of Lady Knight Basketball, Henrietta Leitner enriched the lives of those associated with the women’s basketball program during her 14 years as women’s basketball secretary. Her enthusiasm, loyalty and dedication to women’s basketball throughout her career at the State University was truly noteworthy and meaningful to all whose lives she touched. She provided the behind-the-scenes support that kept the day-to-day operations running smoothly.
Sue Wicks – Women’s Basketball
The only Rutgers player to garner three Kodak All-American selections and Lady Knight Most Valuable Player awards, Sue Wicks is the most highly-decorated player in the history of Scarlet Knight basketball. Wicks was a three-time Kodak All-American and 1988 Naismith and U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Player of the Year as a Scarlet Knight and still owns RU career records for points, rebounds, scoring average, rebounding average, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, and blocked shots. Her scoring and rebounding totals are records in both the men’s and women’s history books. Wicks is also a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni and only the second Scarlet Knights on the women’s side to have her jersey retired. As a senior, Wicks established single-season records for points, field goals made, free throws made and scoring average, while as a junior she set the rebounding and blocked shots standards. A three-time Atlantic-10 Conference Player of the Year (1986-88), she led Rutgers to a 105-21 (.833) record, two Atlantic-10 Tournament titles (1986-87). The Center Moriches, N.Y. native was named the MVP of the 1986 and 1988 Atlantic-10 Tournaments, the co-MVP in 1987, and a member of the 1986 and 1987 NCAA All-East Regional Teams. Wick’s accomplishments were not limited only to Rutgers. A gold medalist at the 1987 Pan-American Games, she spent more than 15 years playing professionally overseas. When the WNBA was formed in 1997, she was the first-round selection of her hometown New York Liberty, where she played for six seasons before announcing her retirement in April of 2003. The Liberty won four Eastern Conference titles as Wicks averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game and became the Liberty’s all-time leader in blocked shots and rebounds. Wicks was also named a 2000 WNBA All-Star and was presented the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award at the conclusion of the 2000 season
Charles “Chuck” P. Logg, Jr. – Rowing
Logg is a member of the only U.S. pairs without coxswain crew to win an Olympic gold medal. Logg, the son of Rutgers crew coach, was a senior when he was paired with Tom Price, A Scarlet freshman, in the 1952 Olympic trials. Considered the best oarsmen at Rutgers, Logg and Price surprised the American rowing scene by winning the trials. Their dream performance was capped by an Olympic gold medal in Helsinki. While Logg and his partner, Price, were outstanding collegiate rowers, their pinnacle achievement was worldwide recognition at the Olympics. While “On the Banks”, Logg was the 1953 winner of the Rutgers Rowing Trophy.
Class of 1995 Inductees
Alton “Al” Adler – Men’s Basketball
Al Adler, a 1931 Rutgers graduate, played for the Scarlet Knights from 1928-1931. He was the second-leading scorer on the 1928-29 team, which compiled a 10-5 record. Known as an aggressive defensive player, the Bayonne, NJ native was one of the top players for Rutgers in the 1920’s. In fact, the current Rutgers defensive player of the year award is named after Adler. Adler was a member of the 1928-29 team, which was the first Rutgers team to defeat CCNY, a team that was coached by the legendary Nat Holman. Following his playing career, Adler became a prominent fixture in the Rutgers athletic scene. He served on the Board of Trustees for 20 years, was a member of the President’s Council, was president of the Rutgers Alumni Association and served as the treasurer of the class of 1931.
George Kojak – Men’s Swimming
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.
Mike Dabney – Men’s Basketball
Mike Dabney, who played at Rutgers from 1972-76, was a silky, smooth guard who starred for the great Rutgers teams of the mid 1970’s. The East Orange native was the second-leading scorer on the Scarlet Knights’ Final Four team in 1975-1976. That season, Dabney averaged 19. 1 points per game and was named honorable mention All-American. Teaming with backcourt mate Eddie Jordan, Dabney led the team in steals with 110. He was known for his grace and quickness on the court. The image most Rutgers fans have of Dabney probably centers around his many fast break layups, many of which came off steals. The fourth-leading scorer in school history with 1,902 points, he was a third-round draft choice of the Los Angeles Lakers.
John “By” O’Hearn - Football
O'Hearn was rated as one of the East's outstanding linemen. The sturdy 6-0, 210-pounder was an honorable mention AP All-American as a center in 1954. O'Hearn was a Colliers’ first-team All-East pick in 1954 and was the winner of the David Bender Trophy, emblematic of the team's top lineman. He served as co-captain of the 1954 team and played three years at guard before switching to center as a senior. The Maplewood, NJ native was also a key cog in the Rutgers defense from his linebacker position and was regarded as a powerful, aggressive player.
Debbie Deutsch – Women’s Track & Field
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 held 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 hurdles at the 1980 United States Olympic Trails.
Paul Pesthy – Men’s Fencing
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.
Scott R. Erney - Football
The most prolific passer in Rutgers football history, Erney was an honorable mention AP All-American in 1988. This Mechanicsburg, PA native was a three-time Homer Hazel Award winner and a co-winner of the Leslie Coursen Award. Erney holds every Rutgers major passing category record - yards (7,188) and completions (614). He holds the school record with 436 yards passing vs. Vanderbilt in 1988. He threw for more than 300 yards in a game on four occasions. He is also the single-season leader in attempts (374 in 1989), completions (208 in 1989) and yards (2,536 in 1989).
Allan Elliot Quow – Men’s Track & Field
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).
Kristen Foley – Women’s Basketball
Kristen Foley made her mark “on the banks” both on the court and in the classroom. A three-time scholar-athlete, Foley was a member of the 1987 Atlantic-10 All-Academic Team, earned honorable mention on the 1986 GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American Team and received a NCAA post-graduate scholarship in 1987. On the court, she finished with 1,051 career points and ranks among RU’s all-time leaders in career assists with 455, including leading the squad in 1985 at 2.8 assists per game. Foley earned Atlantic-10 All-Rookie team honors as a freshman in 1983 and went on to help RU to the Atlantic-10 finals and NCAA regional finals as a junior in 1986. During the 1985-86 campaign, she earned Honorable Mention All-American status by Street & Smith and NCAA Tournament All-East Region honors. A captain both her junior and senior seasons, Foley won the Headley-Singer Award for Rutgers Most Outstanding Female Athlete in 1987 after helping to guide Knights to their first Atlantic-10 Championship and on to the NCAA regional finals. During her career, Foley, a Peabody, Mass. native, helped RU to a combined record of 92-26 (.780) in her four seasons.
Ralph Schmidt – Wrestling, Football, Men’s Lacrosse, Men’s Track & Field, Men’s Basketball
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, and was a lacrosse first-team All-American. As a senior, he was a co-captain of the football team and was the undefeated Middle 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.
Kelly Anne Gallagher – Softball
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.
Kennan R. Startzell - Football
A reliable placekicker who combined great accuracy with tremendous leg strength, Startzell parlayed these assets into becoming Rutgers’ all-time leading scorer with 261 career points. The Levittown, PA native is also the school's all-time leader in field goals with 46. His field goal percentage of .590 (46-of-78) is sixth-best all-time. Startzell led the Scarlet Knights in scoring in 1976 and 1978 and was the Touchdown Trophy recipient in 1979, a year where he was named first-team AP All-East. The four teams he played on posted a combined record of 36-9.
Bob A. Greacen Jr. – Men’s Basketball
Bob Greacen was a dominant player during a career which saw the Scarlet Knights soar to previously unprecedented heights. The 6-7 native of Merchantville played a prominent role on the 1967 team, which earned a third-place finish in the NIT. An excellent leaper, Greacen is 24th all-time in scoring with 1,154 career points. He averaged 21.3 points per game on the 1968-69 team, the 10th-best single season average in school history. That 1968-69 team went 21-4 and beat NYU in the first round of the NIT. Greacen was a second-round draft choice of the Milwaukee Bucks and was a member of the 1970-71 Bucks’ NBA Championship team.
John Toohey - Football
Toohey was an All-American defensive tackle in 1914, a season which saw him serve as captain of the Rutgers team. Toohey played both offensive and defensive tackle and excelled on both sides of the line. He was selected to the Rutgers Athletic Hall of Fame by the Committee of Six. Toohey was named to the Rutgers All-Time Football Team in the 1940’s along with fellow Rutgers Hall of Famer Bob Nash.
Pete Hall – Baseball
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.
Sandy Tupurins – Women’s Basketball
Known for her rebounding prowess, Sandy Tupurins set the single season rebounding average record when she averaged 13.7 rebounds during the 1977-78 season, eclipsing her own record from the year before. Tupurins was a dominating force in the paint for Rutgers during her four years, finishing with 944 rebounds, 9.6 boards per game average and setting the single game rebounding record, swiping 26 in one game against William Paterson in 1977. She also recorded 107 career rejections as the first RU women’s basketball player with over 100 career blocks. Tupurins led the Scarlet Knights in rebounding her three of her four seasons “on the banks” and captained the team during the 1979-80 campaign. Following her Rutgers career, Tupurins played professionally in Venezuela.
Roy Hinson – Men’s Basketball
Roy Hinson was a dominating defensive force throughout his Rutgers career, which spanned from 1979-1983. The 6-9 Hinson, who graduated from nearby Franklin High School, came to Rutgers as a raw, thin athlete and left as a first-round NBA draft choice. Hinson is the Scarlet Knights’ second all-time leading shot-blocker with 356. The 1983 Rutgers graduate added a little bit to his game each season at Rutgers, improving his scoring averages from 9.7 as a freshman to 16.6 as a senior. His 1,525 career points are 10th on the all-time list and he is the fifth-leading rebounder in school history with 860. Hinson was a first-round draft choice of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 14.2 points per game in an NBA career, which included stints with the 76ers and Nets. His NBA career ended after the 1991 season due to a knee injury.
Al Twitchell – Men’s Lacrosse, Football, Coach, Athletic Administrator
Al Twitchell was a two-sport athlete and a legendary coach "On the Banks." A 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 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.
James “Jim” R. Hughes - Football
A Verona, N.J., native, Hughes was an honorable mention AP All-American selection in 1976 and was a first-team ECAC selection in 1976 and 1978. He was the co-captain of the team in 1977 and had 10 career interceptions for 222 yards. Hughes’ 113 tackles made him the leading tackler on the undefeated 1976 team and he added five interceptions (eighth-best single-season mark) for 133 yards. The 1976 Scarlet defense led the nation in total defense, rushing defense and scoring defense. He was named the ABC Defensive Player of the Game in the season-ending win over Colgate.
Class of 1996 Inductees
Fred Borchelt – Rowing
Borchelt was a member of the Varsity Eight men's heavyweight crew from1974-1976. A member of three United States Olympic Teams, he won a silver medal in the eight-oared crew at the 1984 Summer Games at Los Angeles. His crew also set a world record that same year. He also placed 11th at the 1976 Olympic Games at Montreal and was a member of the 1980 Olympic Team. While at Rutgers, Borchelt placed 6th at the 1976 Eastern Sprints and 5th at the 1976 IRA Regatta. He also was a recipient of the ECAC Merit Medal for excellence in academics and athletics in 1976. Borchelt rowed on crews that won medals at the World Rowing Championships in 1979 (bronze), 1981 (silver) and 1982 (bronze). He was named Outstanding Male Rower by the U. S. Olympic Committee in 1981 and 1982.
Earl Read - Football
A stalwart, starting offensive guard on the "Golden Era" teams, Read won three letters from 1947-49. During that time the Knights compiled a sterling 21-6 record when he blocked and opened holes for the likes of Frank Burns, Herm Hering, Harvey Grimsley and Hank Pryor. During the 1947 season, Rutgers won eight games by a margin of over three touchdowns per contest. His speed and power earned him an All-East selection by nationally-known writer Stanley Woodward. A Merchant Marine veteran and a native of Phillipsburg, he was captain of the 1949 Scarlet squad.
Elmer “Toady” Bracher - Football
A halfback for his three years, Bracher also played baseball and basketball before the First World War cut short his career. The diminutive Bracher, at 5-5, 140-pounds totaled 11 touchdowns in 1913. In 1915, he carried 183 times for 1,021 yards (for seven TDs), which stood as the Rutgers single season mark for 52 years until broken by Bryant Mitchell in 1968. That 1915 total still stands as the fifth-best single season and garnered him All-American mention. He held the school single-game rushing record which he set with 220 yards against Stevens in 1915.
Peter “Pete” K. Schuder – Men’s Track & Field
Schuder was a two-time team captain in men's track who was, in 1968, the first Rutgers runner to place at the NCAAs when he finished 7th in the 400 meters. He was a member of the first relay team (4x400) to qualify for the NCAA championships in 1967. Also that year, Schuder was the Metropolitan champion in the 600, and both the indoor and outdoor 440. He went on to defend each of those titles in 1968 when Rutgers won the team title. The winner of the 1968 Coursen Award, given to the top male graduating senior, Schuder placed second in the IC4A meet in both the 400 meters and 4x400 relay in 1967 and 1968 and was fourth in the 400 in 1968. In both of those seasons, Rutgers finished third as a team at the IC4A meet. A gold medal winner at the 1971 Hapoel Games in Israel in the 400 meters, he was a three-time AAU All-American in the 600-yard run in 1971 and as a member of the silver-medal winning national 4x440 relay team in 1969 and 1970.
Arthur “Art” Brinkmann – Men’s Soccer
Brinkmann became the first ever Rutgers men's soccer All-American in 1954. A three-time All-East selection, Brinkmann scored 49 goals in his Scarlet Knight career. He also holds the Rutgers single game scoring record with six goals in one game. In addition to being team captain his junior and senior years, Brinkmann was named the Alfred Sasser Award winner and appeared in Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities in 1954 and 1955. Brinkmann was an alternate member of the 1952 United States Olympic soccer team that competed in the Summer Games at Helsinki, Finland. He was also a member of the Eintracht Football Club that won the 1956 national championship. In 1995, he was chosen by the College Soccer Association of New Jersey for its Hall of Fame.
Patty Sikorski – Women’s Basketball
Patty Sikorski scored 1,284 points in her career at Rutgers helping her teams to two EAIAW Tournament and AIAW National Tournament appearances, including a Final Eight finish in 1980. The Allentown, Pa. native was at the time the top freshman scorer in history, averaging 15.8 points per game during her rookie campaign. Sikorski finished her career with 624 rebounds, 545 field goals and 1,265 field goal attempts. She also shot .764 from the charity stripe during her time “on the banks” and led RU in assists in 1977 at 4.6 per game. In 1980, Sikorski was named the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete.
Hollis Copeland – Men’s Basketball
Hollis Copeland was a standout on the great Rutgers teams of the mid-1970’s. This uncommonly graceful 6-6 forward is the fifth-leading scorer in Rutgers history with 1,769 points. His 850 rebounds is sixth-best on the all-time Rutgers charts. Possessor of a lithe physique which featured extremely broad shoulders, this high-jumping native of Ewing Township enjoyed his best statistical season as a junior, when he averaged 16.1 points per game, to go with 8.1 rebounds per outing. His career average was 14.6 points per game and 7.0 rebounds an outing. As a sophomore, he played a significant role and was an integral member of the 1975-76 Final Four team. His teams qualified for post-season play in all four of his years “On the Banks,” with a pair of NCAA and NIT appearances. A honorable mention All-American in 1977, Copeland was a third-round pick of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets. His 93-game NBA career also included a stint with the New York Knicks.
Stephan “Steve” Simms - Football
A two-time honorable mention All-American, Simms was a first-team All-ECAC selection in 1960 and a first-team AP All-East choice. He led the 1960 and 1961 teams in rushing. Described as the East’s best fullback in his senior year, his best asset was his power running ability. He paced the 1960 team in scoring with six TDs. He scored the go-ahead touchdown vs. Columbia to preserve the undefeated season in 1961. With 205 career rushes, he gained 1,240 career yards for an astounding 6.0 yards per attempt.
Terry Dorner – Women’s Basketball
A transfer from Mercer Community College, Terry Dorner played just two years for Rutgers, but made a major impact at the time. Dorner was a Kodak District II Honorable Mention All-American and EAIAW All-Region Team selection in 1982. She led the team in scoring at (19.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.9 rpg) in helping the Scarlet Knights win the 1982 AIAW National Championship. Additionally, in 1981 she helped guide Rutgers to the AIAW Final 16. A native of Williamsport, Pa., Dorner remains one of RU’s all-time leaders in scoring having averaged 15.0 points per game in her career along with a career average of 8.9 rebounds per game. Following her career “on the banks”, Dorner played professionally overseas in Sweden, Spain and Italy.
Julie Smithers – Women’s Track & Field
Smithers was a three-time All-American in women's track. She twice placed in the top three at the AIAW Nationals, finishing second in the 60-yard hurdles in 1978 and third in the same event in 1979. In 1980, she placed sixth in the 60-yard hurdles in the Indoor Nationals. A four-year letterwinner and two-time Eastern Champion, Smithers was a seven-time national qualifier (both AIAW and NCAA) and a member of the 1982 Olympic Sports Festival East team.
George Mackaronis – Men’s Basketball
George Mackaronis was a fixture on the Rutgers men’s basketball scene for more than 50 years. An All-State player at New Brunswick High School, he became one of the best college players in the East, competing well against All-Americans the likes of NYU’s Dolph Schayes, Seton Hall’s Bobby Wanzer and Princeton’s Butch Van Breda Kolff, to name a few. In 1942, due to World War II, he became the first Rutgers freshman to ever play on the varsity. From 1943-45, he served in World War II, was involved in the D-Day invasion and earned five battle stars. He returned to Rutgers in 1946 and started every game over the next three seasons, leading the 1945-46 team in scoring with as 15.0 average. The team captain in 1948, Mackaronis was the winner of the Loyal Son Award and was considered to have one of the best set shots in Rutgers history. A leader on various committees, Mackaronis founded the Court Club in 1956 and served as president for 30 years. He was the first president of the Rutgers Basketball Players Association and sponsored the Rutgers Basketball Scholar-Athlete Award, which is named in his honor.
John M. Valestra – Men’s Lacrosse
Valestra was a three-time All-American in men's lacrosse. In 1996, he became the 10th Rutgers player or coach to gain entry into the prestigious USILA Hall of Fame. He currently ranks tied for sixth on the single-season points list with 70 in 1964, which was done in just an 11-game season. That same year, he dished off 39 assists, an average of 3.5 per game, which is tied for mark in Rutgers history. Valestra is also ninth in all-time assists with 86. He recorded eight assists in a game vs. Colgate in 1964 and seven in a game vs. Harvard in 1962. He was also responsible for the game-winning goal in a thrilling 11-10 victory over Johns Hopkins on May 2, 1964. Following his senior year, Valestra was selected to play in the prestigious North/South All-Star game and went on to play in club lacrosse in California for 18 years.
David Masur – Men’s Soccer
Masur was the first Scarlet Knight men’s soccer athlete to be named All-American back-to-back ans served as a three-time team captain from 1982-84. During those three years, the Maplewood, N.J. native keyed the Scarlet Knights to a 35-14-6 combined record. The 17-1-2 mark in 1983 garnered Rutgers its first NCAA Tournament berth in 22 years. Masur won the Bob McNulty MVP Award in 1982 & 1983 and was a participant in the 1984 Senior Bowl. He graduated among Rutgers’ all-time leaders in assists (14) assist leaders and points (30). His success as a Scarlet Knight player was rewarded with his jersey retirement in 1989. A second round selection by the Chicago Sting in the second round of the Major Indoor Soccer League draft, Masur followed his Rutgers career with 10 years in the professional ranks. He later joined the coaching ranks serving as an assistant “on the banks” for two years and leading Montclair State to three NCAA post-season tournaments. Masur became the head coach at St. John’s University in 1991 and was named the NCAA Division I Coach of the Year in leading the Red Storm to the 1996 NCAA national championship.
Raymond E. Van Cleef, Jr. – Baseball
Van Cleef was a two-time All-American in baseball, garnering first-team accolades from the American Association of College Baseball Coaches in 1950 and 1951. In the process, he became the first Eastern player to repeat as an All-American. A veteran of two NCAA Tournaments, he was the starting centerfielder on the 1950 Rutgers team, which advanced to the College World Series. He batted .458 (11-24) in the series en route to MVP honors, while leading the Knights to a co-runner-up finish. Van Cleef batted .404 that season, his junior year, and followed it up with a .378 mark in 1951. He currently ranks fourth in career batting average at Rutgers. He set the Rutgers single season record for triples with seven in 1950 and stands third in career with 13. Van Cleef is also fifth in career slugging percentage with a .606 mark. The Knights were 50-21-2 his three varsity years. He also won three letters in basketball and one in soccer.
Timothy “Tim” M. Odell - Football
A honorable mention All-American and first-team AP All-East pick in his record-setting senior season of 1980, Odell was also a honorable mention All-East selection in 1979. In 1980, he set a then school mark with 49 catches (for 718 yards). His 112 career receptions stands sixth-best on the all-time list and his 1,702 career receiving yards is fifth. At the finish of his career in 1980, he was the career leader in receptions and receiving yards. A four-year starter, the Summit, NJ native was The New Jersey Sports Writers Association’s Amateur Athlete of the Year in 1980.
Ellen Wallace-Turnbull – Women’s Swimming
Wallace-Turnbull was a four-year All-American in women's swimming. She received the accolades in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke and the 200 and 500 meter freestyle. She was a member of the United States Pan American Team and reached the finals of the 1975 Pan American Games in the 200 freestyle and backstroke, the same year she reached the finals of the World Championships in the 200 backstroke. She barely missed a spot on the 1976 United States Olympic Team finishing fourth at the Olympic Trials (top three advance). An Eastern Champion and AIAW finalist in several events, Wallace-Turnbull received the Headley-Singer Award, given to the top female graduating senior, in 1980. The holder of Eastern and Rutgers records, she was a member of the club team that broke the world record in the 800 meter freestyle relay.
William “Bill” G. Pickel Jr. - Football
Pickel won four letters at Rutgers from 1979-82. He earned honorable mention AP All-East honors in his junior year (1981), despite missing five games with a back injury, but still recorded 58 tackles and four sacks. The winner of the David Bender Trophy as the team's best lineman in 1982, the Cronin Trophy (most improved) in 1980 and the Touchdown Club Trophy in 1982, he ranks sixth in career sacks with 16 as well as 10th on the career unassisted tackles list with 160. A starter with the Raiders and Jets during his 13-year career, he is the owner of a Super Bowl championship ring with the Raiders in 1984.
Tom Young – Coach, Men’s Basketball
Tom Young, the winningest coach in Rutgers men’s basketball history (.671), presided over the greatest era in Scarlet Knight basketball history. From 1973-1985, his teams won 239 games and lost just 117. The pinnacle of his career was the 1975-76 season when the Scarlet Knights raced out to a perfect 26-0 regular season, eventually going 31-0 and reaching the Final Four. The final record of 31-2 is the best in RU history. He was the 1975-76 UPI National Coach of the Year. He led Rutgers to four NCAA Tournament and five NIT’s. His 1978-79 team reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament and his 1977-78 team reached the Final Four of the NIT at New York’s Madison Square Garden. He coached eight All-Americans at Rutgers and recruited seven of them. Twelve of his players, including 11 that he recruited, were drafted by the NBA. He coached 10 of Rutgers’ top 11 all-time scorers and 15 of the top 50. Young was especially noted for teaching the center position as he helped groom the All-American careers of RU Hall of Famers James Bailey and Roy Hinson.
Class of 1997 Inductees
Robert Amabile – Men’s Track & Field
Amabile was considered to be one of America’s top javelin throwers in his time at Rutgers. In 1987, he finished fourth at the NCAA Championships, earning All-America status. That effort capped a year in which he was ranked as the top javelin thrower in college. Also in 1987, he won the javelin event at the prestigious IC4A Championships and the Penn Relays Carnival. He was a four-time Metropolitan Champion as well as a three-time All-East performer. Amabile also won the 1984 Pan American Junior Championships. Amabile, who collected a host of meet championships throughout his career, held the school record in the javelin for nearly a decade. Amabile’s best throws were 246’11” (old javelin) and 238’7” (new javelin).
Robert Nugent - Men’s Swimming
Nugent, a 1952 graduate, was one of the most versatile and successful swimmers in Rutgers history. He was a three-time All-American, and AAU National Champion and two-time All-East performer. In the 1948-49 season, Nugent won the AAU National Freestyle 100 yard Championship in the outdoor event, and placed fifth in the 100-yard freestyle in the NCAA Championships, which earned him All-America honors. He set the ECAC record in the 50-yard and was an All-East performer in the 50-and 100-yard at the ECAC Championships. In the 1950-51 season, Nugent placed second in the 50-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships, earning All-America status; he also won the ECAC Championships in the 50-yd. and 100-yd. with record-setting performances to earn All-East honors. In the 1951-52 season, Nugent earned All-America honors in two events by placing third in the 100-yd. free and fourth in the 50-yd. free. Nugent, the team captain in 1952, also won the 50-yd. and 100 yd. freestyle, and the 100-yd. back at the ECAC Championship.
Telicher Austin – Women’s Basketball
Telicher Austin enjoyed a brilliant career at Rutgers as she established herself as one of the Knights’ all-time greats. She captured 1,789 points in her career and is one of RU’s all-time leaders in assists with 371. Austin, who played with the Hall of Fame duo of Wicks and Sticks (Sue Wicks & Regina Howard), was a four-year starter on teams that won two Atlantic-10 Tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all four seasons. During her freshman and sophomore campaigns, Rutgers advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Austin began her career by becoming the first Scarlet Knight women’s basketball student-athlete to earn conference freshman player of the year honors by being named the Atlantic-10 Freshman of the Year along with a nod to the Atlantic-10 All-Freshman team in 1986. Austin, a native of Patterson, N.J., went on to be named Second Team All-Atlantic-10 as a junior in 1988 and capped off her career with First Team All-Atlantic-10 and Honorable Mention Kodak District II All-American honors as a senior in 1989.
Harding Peterson – Baseball
Peterson, the backstop for the 1950 Rutgers College World Series team, was a second-team All-America selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association and a first-team District II choice that year as well. Known for his defensive ability, Peterson made just two errors in 27 games in 1950 while hitting .276 (27-98), with 21 runs, 23 RBI (2nd on team), 4 doubles and 2 triples. His best season as a collegian was in 1948, when he hit for a .312 average (10-32) in 1948 with 7 RBI and three doubles. In his three varsity seasons, Peterson led his teams to a combined 57-16-2 record, highlighted by a third-place finish in the 1950 College World Series. Following his career at Rutgers, Peterson signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1950 but had his career interrupted by Korean War service. Following the war, Peterson played four years with the Pirates until a broken arm suffered in a home plate collision hastened his retirement. A well-respected baseball man, Peterson spent over 30 years with the Pirates, including stints as a player (4 years), manager (9 years), farm director and scouting director. He was named VP for Player Personnel in 1976 and named Executive VP in 1979, and is possibly best known for the trade of C Manny Sanguillen to the Oakland A’s for manager Chuck Tanner in 1976. His dealings helped bring the Pirates their World Series Championship in 1979. Peterson also spent two years with the Yankees, including one as a co-General Manager in 1990; he also spent two years with San Diego as a scout.
John Battle – Men’s Basketball
John Battle enjoyed a brilliant Rutgers career from 1981-1985 before going on to a long and productive career in the NBA. Battle, a 6-2 guard from Washington D.C. came to Rutgers as a lightly-recruited player who was the sixth man on his high school team as a senior. He played sparingly in his freshman year and then saw his role begin to expand late in his sophomore season, as he provided a spark which helped the 1982-83 Scarlet Knights gain a berth in the NCAA Tournament. That Rutgers team, which featured 1995 RU Hall of Fame inductee Roy Hinson, defeated Southwestern Louisiana in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Beginning in his junior year, 1983-84, Battle exploded, averaging 21 points per game in both his junior and senior seasons. A tremendous leaper and dangerous three-point threat, Battle scored 608 points in his senior year, 1984-85, and finished his career with 1,385 points. That point total places him 15th all-time at Rutgers (it was 10th when he graduated ). Battle was a fourth-round draft pick of the Atlanta Hawks in 1985. He played with the Hawks from 1985-1991 and played for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1991-96. In the NBA, Battle scored more than 5,000 points and dished off more than 1,200 assists.
Larry Pitt – Special Contributor
Pitt was elected to the Hall of Fame for his impact on Rutgers Athletics, specifically as a historian for the Olympic Sports. A two-time letterwinner in lacrosse (1938, ‘39), and a 150-lb. varsity football participant, Pitt has been involved with Rutgers Athletics for the past five-plus decades. His impact on the Rutgers athletic programs is far-reaching, and came in a wide variety of areas ranging from broadcasting men’s and women’s basketball games to serving as the public address announcer for softball games. Pitt has also written a history on Rutgers football. Aside from working with the Rutgers programs, Pitt was the guiding force behind the formation of the Interscholastic Lacrosse Association out of Pennington Prep. He also served as the AAU Chairman of the New Jersey Junior Olympics. For over 37 years, Pitt officiated swimming events from the local to the national levels, coached swimming at Kean College, and was a longtime lacrosse assignor and official.
Glen Gardner – Baseball
Gardner, one of the most prolific hitters in Rutgers baseball history, was elected after a stellar three-year career (1986-88), which saw him earn two All-America awards as well as collect a host of offensive records. Gardner, one of New Jersey’s top all-time athletes, came to Rutgers from Immaculata High School, where he was a first-team All-State choice in both football and baseball. Following his freshman season, Gardner was named Freshman All-America by Baseball America. He was drafted after his sophomore season by the San Diego Padres in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur draft. He chose to stay at Rutgers for his junior season and that year set nine single-season offensive records and earned All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball. He was a three-time Atlantic 10 choice and a three-time New Jersey College Baseball Association honoree. Following his junior season, Gardner was drafted by the Atlanta Braves and he began a professional career in that organization. Gardner ended his career as the Rutgers all-time leader in six offensive categories and ranked in the top 10 in four others.
Eugenie Defrays Randazzo – Women’s Swimming
Randazzo, who was also known as Tiny Condrillo during her days at Rutgers, turned in perhaps the finest performance by a Rutgers athlete in the NCAA Championships by earning All-America honors in the 50 and 100 yard backstroke, 200 and 400 yard medley relay teams, and 400 yard freestyle relay team in 1975. Also that year, Randazzo won the 200 yard medley relay and the 400 yard medley relay at the Eastern Championships. In winning the 200, she set the school record, one of five school records she owned. At the national AIAW Championships she took first place in the 100 yard backstroke and was a part of the third place 200 yard medley relay team and the fourth place 400 yard medley relay team. Randazzo followed that year with back-to-back All-America honors as part of the 200 yard medley relay team in 1976 and 1977. Her 200 yard and 400 yard medley relay teams both finished second in the Eastern Championships in 1976, while she finished second in the 50 yard backstroke at the same meet. A 1976 team captain, Randazzo was twice honored with the University’s Athletic Excellence Award.
Edward Haugevik – Men’s Lacrosse
Haugevik was one of a very few two-time First-Team All-America honorees in Rutgers history. He earned the back-to-back honors in 1972 and 1973. He was a 1973 team captain and William Miller Trophy recipient, awarded to the team’s most outstanding player. He led Rutgers to a 30-17 record in his four years. Following the 1973 season, Haugevik was selected as one of the top college athletes in America and was also honored by the university for his outstanding achievement. Haugevik also participated in the North/South All-Star game and was the North Team captain and the Defensive MVP for the squad as well. In 1974, he was a member of the USA Team World Champions that competed in Melbourne, Australia. In 1990, he was elected to the Long Island Metro Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Jim Reilly – Coach, Swimming
The first coach to be elected to the Olympic Sports Hall of Fame, Reilly was the first Rutgers swimming coach and held the position for 41 years. In his career, he led Rutgers to 223 wins compared to just 83 losses for a .729 winning percentage, one of the best in Rutgers history. Aside from the impressive record, Reilly coached many national champions and Olympians and is included in the class with one of his finest pupils, Walter Spence. Also in the Hall of Fame is another Reilly pupil, George Kojac, who was inducted in 1995. In his honor, the Rutgers Swimming program’s loyalty trophy is named after him.
Anton “Tony” Hoeflinger - Football
An All-East ECAC 1st team member in 1963, he was the team captain that year and the recipient of the David Bender trophy as the team’s top lineman. He started in all but three games in his three-year career (27) and was a Williamson All-America. Hoeflinger advanced from a fifth-string freshman fullback to become a starting right guard on the 1961 undefeated team. Also a linebacker on defense, this history major’s speed was his best attribute on the playing field.
Desiree Scott – Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country
Scott is one of the finest women to don the Scarlet in Rutgers athletic history. In her four-year career, she qualified for the NCAA Championships 11 different times. A four-year letterwinner in indoor and outdoor track and cross country, Scott was Rutgers’ first Penn Relays Champion with a win in the 3000 meter event at the 1987 Carnival. In her career at Rutgers, she set 12 school records. She was a five-time Metropolitan Champion and a two-time ECAC Champion in the 1500m and the 5000m. In 1984, Scott was the District II Cross Country Champion. Following her career at Rutgers, Scott participated in the 1987n U.S. Olympic Festival and was a 1988 Olympic Trials qualifier in the 3000m and 5000m.
Marge Howes – Special Contributor
Marge Howes was a pioneer in women’s basketball, organizing the first team at Douglass College in 1958. Howes was a physical education teacher with a vision to provide women with intercollegiate athletic opportunities. Her players came from the physical education classes and in the first year finished with a record of 3-0. She coached six seasons and compiled a varsity record of 47-13 (.783). Howes’ commitment to women’s athletics reached far beyond Rutgers. She was the state chair of the Division of Girls and Women’s Sports in New Jersey and Connecticut where she was instrumental in implementing the “rover” concept in New Jersey. Women’s basketball today is a reflection of Howes’ solo efforts in the sport nearly 40 years ago.
Walter Spence – Men’s Swimming
Spence, elected posthumously, could have had the most fascinating career of any Rutgers athlete in school history. Spence came to America from British Guiana as a 25-year-old with no professional training in technique and before all was said and done, he set new standards in swimming all over the world. In his first year of competitive swimming (1925), he broke five world records, set the U.S. record in the 300 IM, and boasted the highest point total in the U.S. at the National Championships. A tremendous natural swimmer, Spence won the U.S.National AAU Championship in the 200 yard breaststroke that same year, defeating the 1924 Olympic gold medalist in the process. In both 1928 and 1932, Spence earned a spot on the Canadian Olympic team in the 200 breaststroke and 100 freestyle, and won the swimmer’s pentathlon in the U.S. nationals, beating Johnny Weismuller in the process. He entered Rutgers as a 30-year-old freshman in 1930 and set the collegiate record in the 100 yard free and won the NCAA High Point Trophy in 1934 for his performance in the National Championships. Also in 1934, Spence broke the world record in the 300 medley (no butterfly at that time). After his career at Rutgers, Spence continued to set standards in swimming, beating Weissmuller in the 100 freestyle exhibition at the age of 38 in under the 51-second world record time. In 1939, Spence broke the world record in the 100 yard freestyle during a New York Athletic Club exhibition.
Glen Kehler - Football
An AP All-East (HM) selection in 1978 as a fullback, Kehler gained 2,567 rushing yards in his is career (the most by a RU fullback). Kehler was a three-year starter, and helped lead Rutgers to a 28-6 mark over that span. He was the team’s leading rusher in 1976, 1977 and 1978. He ranks fifth in career carries with 537, and averaged 4.8 yards per career in his career. This sturdy back had five 100-yard games in his career. Kehler was a star player at a vaunted Westfield High School program where his father, Gary, was the legendary coach.
Elnardo Webster - Football
A first-team All-BIG EAST, AP All-East and ECAC All-Star as an outside linebacker in 1991, Webster was also the Homer Hazel Award winner in 1991, the Bender Trophy winner (defense) in 1989 and 1990. He also earned honorable mention All-East honors from AP in 1991. Webster was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the ninth round in 1992, and made the team before his career was ended with a knee injury. A co-captain in 1991, Webster led the team in tackles in 1990 and 1991. A four-year letterwinner, his hometown is Jersey City, where he played at St. Peter’s Prep.
Kevin Kurdyla - Football
An Associated Press All-East selection in 1978, 1979, and 1980, Kurdyla is one of only two offensive linemen in the modern era to win three All-East accolades. In addition, he was an honorable mention Associated Press All-American in 1980, winner of the David Bender trophy in 1979 and 1980, and a four-year letterwinner. The Scarlet Knights were 32-13 in his time as a player. Following his career, he was a free agent for the NY Giants. He is a product of Newark East Side High School, where he earned all-county, all-city, and all-state honors.
John “Mike” N. Wittpenn Jr. – Football
A halfback and end who was characterized as an “outstandingly effective” player, Wittpenn continues to hold the interception return record of 99 yards against Stevens Institute in 1915. He earned four letters from 1913-1916, served as an assistant coach in 1917, a volunteer assistant coach from 1918-20 and coached the freshmen team from 1925-27 under Jack Wallace, and was a member of Harry Rockafeller’s varsity staff in the late ‘20’s and early ‘30’s. A Rutgers Loyal Son recipient, he came to Rutgers from Newark Central HS.
Austin “Bus” Lepine – Men’s Basketball
Austin “Bus” Lepine played in a highly successful era of Rutgers basketball. A 1937 graduate, Lepine was a catalyst and floor leader on the great 1936-37 team, which, to that point in history, was the most successful and decorated Rutgers team ever. An All-State selection at New Brunswick High School, Lepine averaged a team-best 11.8 points per game for the 13-2 Rutgers team of 1936-37. Lepine was also the leading scorer on the team as a junior, and second-leading as a sophomore. Lepine played for coach Frank Hill, a member of the inaugural Rutgers Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 1993. Rutgers raced out to an 8-0 start in 1936-37 before dropping a pair of late season games, one of which was a 39-38 decision to national power NYU.
Class of 1998 Inductees
Abdel Anderson – Men’s Basketball
Abdel Anderson enjoyed a brilliant Rutgers career from 1975-79. In his four seasons, Anderson played on teams which made two NCAA and two NIT appearances. Those teams were a combined 95-28, the best four-season mark in school history. He was an unsung contributor as a freshman to the Scarlet Knights’ magical 1975-76 season. Coming off the bench as the sixth man, the lithe 6-7 Anderson averaged 9.4 points per game during that 31-2 season when the Scarlet Knights won their first 31 games and finished the season ranked fourth in the nation. Anderson, employing a distinctive and unorthodox jump shot, was the consummate team player. As a sophomore, he tallied 15.2 points per game when the Knights went 18-10 and made the NIT. His junior year, the Belleville, N.J. native averaged 12.3 points an outing in helping to lead the Scarlet Knights to a 24-7 record and to a third-place finish in the NIT. He capped his career by averaging 11.8 as a senior, second on the team to All-American James Bailey, as the Knights compiled a 22-9 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Anderson’s 1,459 career points ranks him 12th on the all-time Rutgers University scoring list.
Lawrence “Larry” Pitt – Special Contributor
In 1969, to commemorate the centennial of college football, Pitt literally "wrote the book,” putting the finishing touches on a highly-informative 163-page piece of work entitled Football at Rutgers, A History, 1869-1969. His passion for Rutgers University and its athletic teams is unparalleled and he was a noted speaker and historian for Rutgers football. A charter member of the Football Hall of Fame committee, Pitt was a varsity letterwinner in 150-pound football and lacrosse.
Frank Elm – Coach, Swimming and Diving
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.
Ken Smith - Football
Smith was a key performer on Frank Burns’ highly-successful teams from 1977-1980. Smith played an integral role in helping the Scarlet Knights achieve a record of 32-13 and four winning seasons and played in the 1978 Garden State Bowl. Smith was one of the best defensive backs in school history, and consistency was his hallmark. Smith was a 1981 First-team AP All-East selection and 1979 honorable mention AP All-East choice.
Elizabeth Ferrara – Field Hockey/Lacrosse
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).
Tyronne Stowe – Football
One of the most accomplished players in Rutgers history, Stowe was named AP All-American (HM) in 1985 and 1986. In addition, he was a 1st-team AP All-East choice as an inside linebacker in 1985 and 1986, a first team All-ECAC choice in 1986 and a 2nd team AP All-East selection in 1984. Stowe was a two-time Homer Hazel Award winner as team MVP in 1985 and 1986 and was a 1986 Blue-Gray game participant. He holds the single game tackles mark with 27 vs. West Virginia in 1986 and is the Scarlet Knight career leader in tackles with 533. He also holds single season marks for total tackles (157 in 1985), assisted tackles (81 in 1986) and is second in unassisted tackles (106 in 1985). Stowe played 10 seasons in the NFL.
Alexi Lalas – Men’s Soccer
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.
Charles Hoyt “Bus” Terrill - Football
Terrill was a four-year letterwinner (1921, 23-25) and helped lead teams to a 7-1-1 record in both 1923 and 1924. He was regarded as a dangerous punt and kickoff returner and a reliable punter and was named honorable mention New York Herald All-East in 1923, and 1st-Team New York Sun All-East in 1924. In 1923, he had 997 return yards and averaged more than 8 yards per carry (50 carries, 407 yards).
Elijah Miller – Men’s Track & Field
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.
Peter Vermes – Men’s Soccer
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.
Vicky Picott – Women’s Basketball
Vicky Picott was one of the Scarlet Knights’ most prolific players in history as a three-time Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-America and Kodak District II All-American as a senior.  During her career “on the banks”, the Hightstown, N.J. native led Rutgers to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and one Atlantic-10 Tournament title. A sleek and mobile forward, Picott finished her career with 1,792 points, 1,029 rebounds, leading the team in the category in three of her four years, and remains among RU’s all-time leaders with 257 steals. Averaging 14.6 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per contest over her career, Picott finished her time “on the banks” among the Scarlet Knights’ best in free throws (378) and free throw attempts (542).    Picott, who served as team captain as a junior and senior, was the 1988 Atlantic-10 Freshman of the Year, named second team all-conference as a sophomore and first team as a junior and senior. Sharing MVP honors with Lyn Ust as a junior and senior, she helped the team to a 94-29 record in four seasons. During her senior campaign she accumulated 549 points and averaged 18.3 points per game en-route to being named the New Jersey Basketball Coaches & Sportswriters Association Player of the Year.  Picott won silver and bronze medals at the Olympic Festival and played for the USA Junior National Team.
Saskia Webber – Women’s Soccer
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 then went to play professionally in Japan.
Class of 1999 Inductees
Jack Daut – Men’s Lacrosse
Jack Daut was one of the pioneers of Rutgers lacrosse, earning three letters from 1955-57. Daut was a two-time First Team All-America selection (1955, 1957), and received the Turnbull Trophy in 1957 as the nation’s best attackman. Daut burst onto the scene in 1955 by scoring 41 goals en route to earning All-America honors (first team). He was an honorable mention All-America choice in 1956, before his outstanding senior campaign. Daut tallied 43 goals in 1957, which tied for the nation’s lead, and represented Rutgers in the North/South All-Star game. When he graduated, his 43 goals in ‘57 was a single-season Scarlet Knight record, and was the fourth-best effort in Rutgers lacrosse history at the time of his induction. Currently, he is tied for fifth on the single-season goals list and ranks sixth on the Rutgers career goals list with 113. The Scarlet Knights posted a 24-5-1 record during his three-year career. In 1991, he was elected to the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Mal McLaren – Special Contributor
Mal McLaren served as Rutgers’ NCAA Faculty Representative for 23 years and worked tirelessly to promote Rutgers athletics, with a particular emphasis on Title IX and gender equity. During McLaren’s tenure, Rutgers was at the forefront of promoting equal opportunity for women’s athletics, and he was a pioneer in helping to build the women’s program at Rutgers. In addition to serving as the NCAA Faculty Representative, McLaren also served as a representative for the Atlantic 10, BIG EAST and College Football Association. Also a tremendous booster to the Rutgers Sports Medicine program, McLaren was a letterwinner in football at Rutgers in 1948 and 1949.
Bobby Joe Esposito – Men’s Soccer
Bobby Joe Esposito was one of the most prolific scorers ever to don a Scarlet Knight uniform, leading Rutgers in goals, points and game-winning goals in each of his four seasons. Esposito finished his career with 50 goals and 125 points, both of which put his name second on the school’s all-time list. A durable and dependable player, Esposito started all 76 games in his Rutgers career and recorded 16 multiple-goal games and 17 game-winners during that time. His brilliant career began with a 17-1-2 overall record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1983, the first berth for Rutgers in the national tournament in over 20 years. His career also ended on a positive note, as Esposito was a first team All-America selection in 1986 after scoring 15 goals and recording four assists. A standout in the classroom as well, Esposito was named Academic All-America in 1986 and received the Coursen Award in 1987. Following his standout career at Rutgers, he played professionally for 13 seasons at the time of his induction.
Nancy Seeger-Jones - Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
A former team MVP and captain of the cross country and track and field teams at Rutgers, Nancy Seeger-Jones was an outstanding runner from 1978-1981. Seeger-Jones was a five-time New Jersey state champion in cross country and outdoor track and earned EAIAW All-East honors seven times during her collegiate career. During her senior season in 1981, Seeger-Jones was an AIWA All-America selection in cross country, and set the school record in the 10,000 meters outdoor event, as well as the 5,000 meters indoor and outdoor records. Following her career at Rutgers, Seeger-Jones qualified for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon.
James “Jim” Guarantano - Football
Guarantano was a standout for Rutgers for 1989-92, and finished his career with 158 catches, second on Rutgers all-time list. Guarantano was a two-time All-BIG EAST performer for Rutgers. He was a first-team All-BIG EAST selection in his senior year (1992) after hauling in 56 passes for 755 yards (13.5 yards per catch) and six touchdowns. He was also a first team All-East selection (Associated Press), and was a honorable mention All-America selection by UPI following his outstanding senior campaign. Guarantano came to Rutgers after an outstanding scholastic career at Lodi High School.
Eric Young – Baseball
Eric Young was a two-sport standout (football, baseball) at Rutgers, earning three letters in baseball (1987-89). Young batted over .300 in each of his three seasons, including a career high .337 as a senior in 1989. During his career on the diamond, Young was a two-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection and led Rutgers to an Atlantic 10 Championship and NCAA berth in 1988. Young graduated from Rutgers as the career leader in runs, and triples, as well as stolen bases, also establishing a then single-season mark with 28 thefts in 1989. At the conclusion of his Rutgers career, Young was the recipient of the Coursen Award in 1989 and was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1989 amateur draft. Young made his major league debut with the Colorado Rockies in 1993 and was selected to the 1995 All-Star game. At the time of his induction, Young was in the midst of a stellar professional baseball career, having put together a .289 career average through nine seasons. Entering the 2000 season, Young was a member of the Chicago Cubs of the National League.
Jennie Hall – Women’s Basketball
Jennie Hall helped brand Rutgers as one of the nation’s elite teams during her four-year career. A Street & Smith All-American in 1983, the Norristown, Pa. product led Rutgers to a 99-28 in four years, including a 25-7 slate in 1982 when Rutgers won the AIAW national championship. In that national title run, she led the team with 24 points and five rebounds against Villanova in the semifinal game and was named to the AIAW All-Tournament team for her efforts. Hall served as co-captain as a senior while she earned First Team All-Atlantic-10 honors, as well as team MVP accolades. In 1983, Hall earned the most prestigious award at Rutgers, the Headly-Singer Award given to the top graduating female student athlete. Hall averaged 15.2 points per game during her career along with racking up 1,104 points, 419 rebounds, 279 assists and 206 steals. After her Rutgers career, Hall went on to win a silver medal in the World University Games in 1985 and was an Olympic team invitee in 1984 and 1988. Hall became the first American woman to play professionally in Finland. She spent seven years playing professional ball overseas and was named to the National All-Star Team three seasons. After serving as an assistant coach for eight years, Hall was named the 1999 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year as the head coach at Coppin State.
The 1975-76 NCAA Final Four Men’s Basketball Team
The story of the 1975-76 team has been told and re-told for 20 years. The number of people who claim to have been in the 2,800-seat College Avenue Gym on March 1, 1976, the night RU sealed the perfect season with an 85-80 win over St. Bonaventure, is in the hundreds of thousands. As was the case so many times before, paint chips fell from the ceiling that night, caused by the tremendous, vibrating noise and the heat generated in the building. The names on that team still resonate within the minds of all Rutgers fans; Sellers, Dabney, Copeland, Jordan, Bailey, Anderson, Conlin, Hefele, Scherer, Klienbaum, Palko and Nance. That team pressed and ran opponents right out of the gym on a nightly basis. In an era without the three-point shot, the team broke the 90-point barrier 25 times, the century mark on 11 occasions. The constant defensive pressure applied would often dictate an opponent mistake and an ensuing long pass and, ultimately, an open layup. Sellers to Dabney to Jordan - A blur of uniforms streaking to the hoop. That team won its first 31 games, made an appearance in the NCAA Final Four in Philadelphia, featured a National Coach of the Year and included five of the seven leading scorers in Rutgers history. It was a magical time, a magical season. The achievements of that team have been well-told. They will be told again and again.
Heather Jones – Field Hockey
One of the most versatile and gifted female athletes ever to attend Rutgers, Heather Jones (1990-95) was a two-sport standout in field hockey and lacrosse. At the conclusion of her outstanding dual sport career, Jones was the all-time leading scorer for the Scarlet Knights in both field hockey and lacrosse following her career and had amassed seven All-America honors between the two sports. She began her athletic career by earning Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year honors in field hockey following the 1990 season. Jones was a two-time honorable mention All-America (1990, 1992) selection in field hockey and a three-time All-Conference pick. She graduated as the all-time leading scorer in Rutgers field hockey history with 111 points, and was named a first team All-America in 1993. On the lacrosse field, Jones was a two-time All-Region selection and a four-time All-America choice. At the time of her induction, she held the single-season record for most goals scored in a season with 60 and was ranked third on the all-time lacrosse points list.
Class of 2000 Inductees
Robert Andrews - Men’s Lacrosse
Robert Andrews, a lacrosse standout at Rutgers during from 1954-56, was a two-time Second Team All-American who was widely regarded as the one of the nation's top players during his career. Andrews won the William Miller Trophy in 1955 and 1956, and the Alfred Sasser Trophy in 1954, 1955 and 1956. The Coursen Award winner in 1956, Andrews played in the North-South All-Star game that season and, at the time of his graduation, held five school records, including points (174, currently ninth) and assists (111, currently tied for fourth). He captained the team to a 9-1 record in 1956, and a No. 3 final national ranking. Perhaps his greatest effort came during the 1955 season, when he scored four goals and added eight assists in a 23-19 win over national-power Syracuse, which featured future NFL All-Pro running back Jim Brown. In 1990, Andrews was inducted into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Jennifer Dore-Terhaar – Women’s Crew
After a successful career at Kearney High School, Dore-Terhaar came to Rutgers and was a three-year varsity letterwinner and key contributor to the Scarlet Knights' nationally-ranked women's crew team. Dore-Terhaar first made the United States National Rowing Team and competed in the World Championships right after graduation, winning a silver medal in the women's 8-oared event. She won her second World Championship medal, another silver, in 1994 in the women's eight and won her first World Championship in 1995 when she stroked the U.S. Women's Eight to a gold medal. In 1996, Dore-Terhaar became the first Rutgers oarswoman to compete in the Olympics, placing fourth in the women's eight. In 1997, Dore-Terhaar took up sculling and made the National Team that year. She helped the 1999 team to a fourth-place finish at the World Championships and competed in her second Olympics in Sydney, Australia, as a member of the Quadruple Scull Team in 2000. Dore-Terhaar has won five national titles at the U.S. National Rowing Championships and has won numerous medals at other international events, including the '98 Henley Royal Regatta, the Goodwill Games and the Lucerne Regatta.
Caroline DeRoose – Women’s Basketball
Caroline DeRoose was a two-time Kodak District II Honorable Mention All-American that helped the Scarlet Knights to an impressive 88-25 record (.779), four straight NCAA Tournament berths and two Atlantic-10 titles during her career. DeRoose closed out her career as one of RU’s all-time leaders in scoring with 1,762 points and 14.9 points per game. She set a school record with seven three-point field goals against West Virginia on March 7, 1992 and closed out her career as RU’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made (205). Her name is also listed among the Scarlet Knights’ career leaders in free throw percentage and by hitting at a .883 clip from the line in 1992, DeRoose set an school record for single season free throw percentage. She also finished ranked among the top-10 in assists (359), field goals made (630), field goals attempted (1,430), free throws made (297) and free throws attempted (356). DeRoose was featured as an All Atlantic-10 honoree throughout her career with third team honors as freshman in 1991, a nod to the second team in 1992 and earning two Atlantic-10 First Team accolades a junior and senior in 1993 and 1994. She was named the New Jersey Basketball Coaches & Sports Writers Association Player of the Year in 1993 and as a senior in 1994, she was named the Atlantic-10 Player of the Year, Tournament MVP, All-Academic Team member and the Headley-Singer Award winner for Rutgers’ most outstanding female athlete. Following her time “on the banks”, DeRoose played professionally in her home country of Belgium.
Alex “Al” Treves – Men’s Fencing
A two-time All-American at Rutgers, Al Treves earned national acclaim during the 1949 and 1950 seasons as a member of the fencing team. Treves won the NCAA Champion in the sabre both years, establishing himself as one of the top collegiate fencers in the country. A three-year letter winner (1947, 1949, 1950), Treves was undefeated in his three years of collegiate competition and later earned a spot on the 1951 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team. Treves enjoyed a successful post-Rutgers fencing career as well, earning a World Military Sabre Championship and Italian University Sabre Championship in 1953 and 1954.
Albert Kosup - Football
Kosup came to Rutgers in 1973 from nearby J.P. Stevens High School in Edison. He was one of the top quarterbacks to ever play for Rutgers and was the starting signal-caller in one of the most successful eras in Scarlet Knight history. Kosup was at the controls during the “Perfect Season” of 1976 when Rutgers posted an unblemished 11-0 record and finished the year ranked No. 17 in the country. As a sophomore in 1974, he threw for over 1,000-yards and guided Rutgers to that season’s NCAA high of 781 yards total offense (against Colgate).
Kelvin Troy – Men’s Basketball
Kelvin Troy was a 6’5, 195-pound forward at Rutgers from 1977-1981. During that period, the Scarlet Knights posted a record of 76-46, which included a 24-7 record in 1977-78 and a third place finish in the NIT, and a 22-9 mark in 1978-79 and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. In his junior year, 1979-80, Troy posted team-leading numbers in points (18.9), rebounding (8.3) and steals (51) and was an Honorable Mention All-American. In addition, he earned All-Eastern Eight, All-Metropolitan Area and All-New Jersey honors. Upon his graduation, Troy was eighth all-time in scoring at Rutgers (he is now 13th) with 1,458 points in 119 games and seventh all-time in rebounding with 703 (now 10th). For his career, he averaged 15.9 ppg. and 5.9 rpg. In addition to his offensive and rebounding prowess, Troy also crafted a well-earned reputation of a rugged, defensive standout. Sports Illustrated named him one of the nation’s top 10 best defensive players prior to the 1979-80 season. A fifth-round draft pick of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, Troy played professionally in Ireland.
Francis “Peaches” Heenan - Football
Heenan was a three-year letterwinner for Rutgers (1931-33) and was an “ironman” offensive and defensive end in a time when Rutgers ran the ball 99% of the time. Heenan very rarely left the field and played virtually every minute of every game from 1931-33. Incredibly, he was on the field for all 600 minutes of the 1932 season. A rugged 180-pounder, his teams were 18-9-3 during his three varsity seasons. A native of Perth Amboy, he prepped at St. Mary's High School, and later returned to coach at St. Mary's for four years after his pro career.
Darrin Winston – Baseball
Darrin Winston was a four-year letterwinner at Rutgers from 1985-88, and concluded his collegiate career as one of Rutgers' all-time winningest pitchers. A left-hander, Winston was a three-time team MVP, and led the Scarlet Knights to two berths in the NCAA Tournament as well as the 1988 Atlantic 10 Championship. He was an All-Region selection in 1988 after posting a 10-4 record with a 3.74 ERA, and was the MVP of the Atlantic 10 Tournament that year. At the time of his induction, Winston was the Rutgers leader in several statistical categories, including career wins (26), career innings pitched (278), career strikeouts (176), career complete games (8) and single-season wins (10). Originally from Woodbridge, N.J., Winston was drafted by the Montreal Expos and later pitched in the major leagues for the Philadelphia Phillies. He later became a member of the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League.
Boris Pendergrass – Men’s Track & Field
As a member of the University's track and field team, Boris Pendergrass was one of the dominant hurdlers in the East during his career. Pendergrass was a three-time NCAA qualifier and semifinalist. He captured three IC4A championships in the 110 meter hurdles, and also captured one IC4A championship in the 55 meter hurdles. At the Metropolitan Championships in 1985, Pendergrass took first place in the 55 hurdles with a record-setting time of 7.0 seconds. In addition, Pendergrass was a key member of the school's hurdle relay team that set indoor and outdoor school records. The indoor mark, at the time, was the fifth fastest time in history, while the outdoor mark was the third fastest time in the world that year. While still at Rutgers, Pendergrass was invited to the 1984 Olympic Trials and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 110 hurdles with a personal best of 13.7 seconds. He also captured the 1982 USA Junior National Championship in the 110 hurdles and finished fourth at the Junior Pan American Games that same year. Pendergrass was also a standout wide receiver for the Rutgers football team, hauling in 53 passes in his career, including a combined 47 receptions as a starter during his junior and senior seasons.
Class of 2001 Inductees
Jeffrey Klepacki – Rowing
Klepacki was captain and team MVP of the crew team during his senior year as well as a finalist for the Coursen Award, given annually to Rutgers University’s top male student-athlete. Klepacki first made the United States National Rowing team in 1989 and was a three-time Olympian (1992, 1996, 2000) finishing fourth in the eight-oared event at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He won his first World Championship in 1994, stroking the U.S. Eight to a Gold Medal. That same year, he was named the 1994 US Rowing Male Athlete of the Year and also was a semifinalist for the James E. Sullivan Award, given to the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete. He has won two additional World Championships in 1998 and 1999 as well as two bronze medals in 1993 and 1995. He won Gold and Bronze Medals at the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia and was a two time champion at the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar Del Plata, Argentina.
Jennifer Heggie Blackwell – Women’s Track & Field
Heggie Blackwell holds four Rutgers school records in track and field – outdoor 1500m, indoor 800m, outdoor 800m and sprint medley – and is a two-time NCAA All-American. She finished third in the outdoor 1500m with a school-record time of 4:19.19 at the 1994 NCAA Championships, and ran the sixth fastest U.S. collegiate time in 2:07.07, also a school-record. Heggie was a three-time All-East selection and a three-time Metropolitan Champion, and also served as a team captain for the Scarlet Knights during her successful career. She was also Rutgers’ Cross Country Scholar-Athlete in 1994 as well as a USATF Championship Qualifier in the 1500m that same year.
Matthew J. Bolger – Head Coach, Baseball
Bolger spent 22 years at the head coach of the Scarlet Knights baseball team, compiling a record of 288-245-7 during his career. He led Rutgers to three NCAA Tournaments in a five-year span from 1966-1970, and posted his best season in 1961, when the Scarlet Knights finished with a 15-4-1 record. A two-time Coach of the Year honoree by the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association, Bolger mentored several major league draft picks, including former first-round pick Jeff Torborg. A past President of the American Association of College Baseball Coaches, Bolger is a member of the AACBC Hall of Fame, as well as the Newark Hall of Fame and the St. Benedict’s Prep Hall of Fame. Bolger, who coached at Rutgers from 1961 through 1983, was the school’s all-time winningest coach in any sport at the time of his retirement.
Doug Patton – Men’s Basketball
Doug Patton was one of the most prolific scorers in Rutgers basketball history. The 6-0, 165-pound native of Red Bank, N.J. became just the fourth Scarlet Knight to ever score 1,000 points, a feat even more impressive given that he played in an era where athletes could only play three varsity seasons. At the time of his graduation in 1961, Patton was the third-leading scorer in school history. In his first varsity season, as a sophomore in 1958-59, Patton averaged 15.1 ppg. In his junior season, he scored a career-high 495 points and averaged 19.8 per game, which was the second-best figure in school history upon his graduation. He was a first-team All-East selection as a senior in 1960-61 when he averaged 18.3 ppg. Behind Patton’s leadership, the 1960-61 team fashioned an 11-10 record, becoming the first Rutgers team in 12 years to record a winning season. In addition to his prolific scoring, Patton led Rutgers in steals three years in a row. Nearly 40 years since his college basketball career ended, Patton’s 1,180 career points ranks 21st in school history.
Charles Gantner – Men’s Swimming
Gantner won varsity letters in both track and swimming during his four years at Rutgers. A four-year letter winner in swimming, Gantner won the 200m breaststroke, 300m medley relay, and the 400 freestyle relay at the 1942 and 1943 Eastern Collegiate Championships, and placed third in the 200m breaststroke at the 1942 NCAA Championships. In 1943, he again excelled in the 200m breaststroke, becoming a National AAU and Eastern Intercollegiate Champion in the event. He also set a world record in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1943 with a time of 0:58.00. A Marine Corps veteran who served at Okinawa, Gantner was also a two-year letter winner in track, specializing in sprints.
Steve Tardy – Football
Steve Tardy arrived at Rutgers in the fall of 1985 after a standout scholastic career at nearby Hillsborough High School. Following a red-shirt season, he turned in a productive and durable Scarlet Knight career from 1986-89. He was a standout guard on some of the finest offensive teams in Scarlet Knight history that were led at quarterback by fellow RU Football Hall of Fame member Scott Erney. Quiet and unassuming, the 6’5’’, 273-pound Tardy was a perfectionist both on the football field and in the classroom. He was a 1988 AP All-American (honorable mention), and earned All-East honors from 1987-89. Tardy won the David Bender Trophy in 1987 and 1988 as the team's top offensive lineman, and in 1988 and 1989, he won the Upstream Award as the team's top student-athlete. A civil engineering major, his efforts were also recognized on the national level as he was a CoSIDA-GTE second-team Academic All-American in 1989 and a 1989 National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete.
Theresa Shank Grentz – Head Coach, Women’s Basketball
When Theresa Shank Grentz was hired at Rutgers in August of 1976, she became the first full-time women’s basketball coach in the nation. In her 19 seasons at Rutgers she amassed a 434-150 (.584) record, winning six Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season and four tournament titles. She led the Lady Knights to the 1982 AIAW Tournament national championship and nine consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament (1986-94) as 14 of her 19 teams won 20 or more games. She coached three Kodak/WBCA All-Americans while “On the Banks” -- Kris Kirchner (1981), June Olkowski (1982) and Sue Wicks (1986-88). Wicks went on to earn National Player-of-the-Year honors in 1988. Grentz was named the Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year in 1986, 1988, 1993 and 1994. The Newark Star Ledger named her the Coach of the Year in 1986. An eight-time New Jersey Coaches/ Writers Association Coach of the Year, the Metropolitan Women's Basketball Association named her the Coach of the Year in 1993, and she earned her second Kodak District II Coach-of-the-Year award that same season. Inducted into the Nike Hall of Fame in 1992, Grentz also was named the 1987 Converse National Coach of the Year following a season which found her Lady Knights finish with a 30-3 record. Her extensive international coaching experiences while at Rutgers were capped by her selection as the head coach of the 1992 Olympic Team. She led the United States to a bronze medal at the Games in Barcelona. Grentz added to her selection to the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame by her induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame just six weeks later.
Eric Young - Football
A standout receiver and special teams performer during his career, Eric Young was among the top offensive players in the East during his Rutgers career from 1985-88. In four seasons, Young caught 109 passes for 1,380 yards and nine touchdowns. He graduated as the third-leading receiver in school history and, at the time of his induction, was seventh all-time. He led the Scarlet Knights in receiving yards as a junior with 364 yards and as a senior with 592, which was the fifth-highest total at the time of his graduation. On special teams, Young returned 64 punts, which served as the top mark at the time. He also graduated fourth on the all-time all-purpose yardage list with 2,928 and, at the time of time of his induction, ranked eighth. A two-time All-East selection as a wide receiver, Young was also a standout baseball player at Rutgers, earning all-conference honors on two occasions. Young moved on to professional baseball and broke into the Major Leagues in 1992 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. A National League All-Star in 1996, Young became a member of the San Diego Padres.
Class of 2002 Inductees
Balazs Koranyi – Men’s Track & Field
Koranyi was a track and field standout at Rutgers from 1993 through 1997. He was a four-time All-American and three-time BIG EAST Champion in the 800 meters, while also winning five Metropolitan Championships. He set the school record in both the indoor (1:47.93) and outdoor (1:46.53) 800m run. Koranyi was a First Team Academic All-American in 1996 and earned the 1997 Leslie Coursen Award as Rutgers’ outstanding senior male athlete. Beyond his collegiate competition, Koranyi competed at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics for his native Hungary, reaching the semifinals of the 800m run each year. He was a national record holder in Hungary as well with a time of 1:45.39. His induction came in his first year of eligibility.
Andrew “Abe” Sivess - Athletic Administration
Sivess (B.S. ’49; M.A., Education, ’50) was a long-time member of the Rutgers University athletic department, serving on the athletic training staff from 1946 to 1984. He was appointed the head athletic trainer in 1965 and worked with the football program during the 1960’s and 1970’s, including the team’s undefeated seasons in 1961 and 1976. As a student-athlete at Rutgers, Sivess earned 10 varsity letters (two in football and four each in basketball and baseball), helping the basketball team to a 13-7 mark in 1945-46 and the football team to a combined 12-4 mark in 1945-46. A native of South River, he also served as the golf coach at Rutgers from 1973-1982, guiding the team to an undefeated season in 1979. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Heidi Faith – Field Hockey/Lacrosse
Faith competed in both field hockey and lacrosse at Rutgers and is widely considered one of the first standout female student-athletes. She was a New Atlantic All-College First Team selection as a freshman field hockey player in 1973 and earned a spot on the All-College Field Hockey First Team in 1975. She holds the school record for most goals in a game (6) and was the team’s leading scorer in each of her final three seasons, including a career-high 13 goals and six assists as a senior in 1976. She played with the US National Team in 1980 and 1981 and earned a Bronze Medal at the 1981 US Olympic Sports Festival. In lacrosse, Faith led her team in scoring all four seasons, scoring 97 career goals (26 as a senior in 1977, along with 16 assists). She was a First Team Central Section pick in 1974 and earned an invitation to the US team trials in 1976. In 1977, Faith played for the central All-Star team in an exhibition game vs. Australia and served as the head coach at Stanford University from 1986-92.
Tom Sweeney – Men’s Lacrosse
Sweeney was a four-time honorable mention All-American in lacrosse at Rutgers, graduating in 1980 as the second-leading scorer in the history of the program with 191 points and the top-goal scorer with 141. Currently, he ranks sixth all-time in points and third in career goals. Sweeney also owns the single-season record with 50 goals, registered in 1978. A two-time team captain, Sweeney enjoyed his most productive day during the 1978 season, scoring 10 goals and three assists in a 24-7 win over CW Post on April 18. The goals are tied for the best single-game effort in school history, while the points rank second. The William Miller Trophy winner in 1978 and the Knight Cup recipient in 1980, Sweeney capped his collegiate career by participating in the 1980 North/South All-Star game.
Tanya Hansen - Women’s Basketball
Tanya Hansen averaged 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds during her career, leading the Scarlet Knights to four consecutive berths in the NCAA Tournament.. A defensive standout from Albany, N.Y., her 245 career blocks still rank among the best at RU, including the 75 rejections during her senior year which is among the all-time best in the single-season record books. As a senior, she averaged a whopping 20.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest on her way to being named the New Jersey Basketball Coaches & Sportswriters Association Player of the Year and earning a spot on the Kodak All-District II First Team. She twice competed at the U.S. Olympic Festival as a member of the East Team, winning a silver medal in 1989 and a gold in 1990. A 1990 Second Team All-Atlantic-10 section and 1991 and 1992 First-Team All-Atlantic-10 honoree, she played professionally in Spain following her days "on the banks."
Shawn Williams – Football
Williams was an All-BIG EAST as well as All-East (Associated Press) selection at outside linebacker following his senior season in 1992. A captain that year, Williams helped lead Rutgers to a 7-4 record, including a 4-2 mark in BIG EAST play. He began his career in 1989, and was in on 34 tackles, the most by a freshman that season. As a sophomore in 1990, he was third on the team with 60 tackles, including a career-high 16 in a win over Army. In 1991, Williams was among the top linebackers in the East, registering 79 tackles, second-best on the team, and leading the BIG EAST with 13 sacks for minus 78 yards. As a senior, Williams capped his standout career with 69 tackles, giving him 242 in his career which, at the time of his graduation, ranked him among the top linebackers to ever play at Rutgers. His 21 career quarterback sacks rank fourth in school history.
Jim Monahan – Baseball
Monahan was a key member of the 1950 Rutgers baseball team which advanced to the College World Series for the first and only time in school history. Monahan was among the offensive leaders in five categories in 1950, while his best season came in 1952. That year, Monahan earned First Team All-East and First Team All-America honors after hitting .400 with a team-high 17 stolen bases and 18 RBI, second-best on the team. Rutgers enjoyed a 41-19-1 record during his four seasons, including a 17-4-1 mark during that memorable 1950 campaign.
Class of 2003 Inductees
Dick Hale – Special Contributor/Football
Hale was a long-time supporter of Rutgers Athletics and the building which houses the football locker rooms, athletic training room, coaches’ offices and strength and conditioning facilities bears his name. He also served as an advisor to University President Richard L. McCormick as a member of the Board of Overseers and was also a member of the President's Council executive committee. He received the George H. Cook Award in 1997, Cook College's highest alumni recognition for outstanding achievement and was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni that same year. Hale, who passed away in 2004, was also a veteran of two wars, serving in both World War II and the Korean War, receiving the Silver Star and two Bronze stars for bravery in combat.
Janet Malouf - Women’s Basketball
Janet Malouf, from nearby Milltown, N.J., was one of the greatest point guards in Rutgers history, leading the Scarlet Knights to four NCAA Tournament berths and two Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament championships. Starting 125 of RU’s 129 games during her career, she established the Rutgers career assists mark by dishing the ball out 718 times in her four seasons “on the banks”. The team’s assists leader all four of her seasons, including amassing 209 assists during the 1986-87 season, Malouf also captured 202 career steals. A selection to the 1986 Atlantic-10 All-Freshman Team, after averaging 5.6 assists per game as a rookie, she later was a 1989 Atlantic-10 All-Third Team selection. Malouf won a gold medal with the 1986 U.S. Select Team at the Jones Cup Tournament in Taiwan.
Reid Jackson – Men’s Lacrosse
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 (William Miller Trophy recipient) 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.
Eric Riggins – Men’s Basketball
As his career progressed, Eric Riggins developed into a virtually unstoppable offensive force. The extremely quick 6-8, 205-pound Riggins blended an assortment of crafty, low post moves with an uncommonly soft touch. He scored 1,604 career points, which ranks eighth on the all-time Rutgers scoring list. In 1986-87, his senior season, Riggins put together one of the finest offensive seasons in school history. That year, he averaged 24.7 points per game, fifth all-time in RU history. He finished the season with 692 points, the fourth-best single-season total ever at Rutgers. He scored 20 or more points in a game 21 times that season, eclipsed the 30-point mark eight times and finished his RU career by scoring 20 or more points in 14 consecutive games. His 245 made field goals in 1986-87 are sixth all-time. His 200 free throws made and 256 attempted are both second all-time. On the afternoon of February 21, 1987, he poured in 51 points vs. Penn State at the RAC, to tie fellow Hall of Famer Bob Lloyd for the most points ever scored by a Rutgers player. His 19 made field goals that day also tied a school record.
Janet Koontz – Athletic Administration
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.
Harry Swayne - Football
Swayne played for the Scarlet Knights from 1983-1986, and was a starting defensive tackle for three seasons. His best season came as a senior in 1986, when he registered 51 tackles, five sacks, nine tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries. Swayne was taken in the ninth round of the 1987 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and proceeded to play 15 seasons in the NFL. He played with the Bucs (1987-90), Chargers (1991-96), Broncos (1997-98), Ravens (1999-2000) and Dolphins (2001). He captured three Super Bowl rings (two with Denver, one with Baltimore) during his career and also won an AFC Championship with the Chargers.
Norman “Norm” Kramer – Men’s Swimming
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 – Wrestling
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 won the 1949 Eastern Regional AAU Championships at 175 pounds before winning the 1950 Championship at 191 pounds. 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).
Class of 2004 Inductees
Travis Broadbent - Football
Broadbent anchored an offensive line that helped the 1992 Scarlet Knights achieve a 7-4 record, led by a high-powered offense that averaged 31 points per game, which was 12th in the nation. Following the 1992 campaign, the Tyrone, PA native was named First Team All-ECAC and All East (Second Team) by the Associated Press. A year earlier, the 6-2, 280-pound Broadbent earned Second-Team All-BIG EAST honors in the conference’s inaugural year. He also earned All-East (First Team) honors from the Associated Press, and All-ECAC honors in 1991.
Pedro Lopes – Men’s Soccer
Lopes, a two-time All-American and two-time recipient of the Bob McNulty Award as the team’s Most Vaulable Player, played in four NCAA Tournaments, including two Final Fours during his storied collegiate career. He was named the Atlantic-10 Player of the Year in 1994 when Rutgers advanced to the Final Four for the third time in five seasons. He spearheaded a defense that allowed just 10 goals in 1990, 93 and 94. He scored the game-winning goal in the 1993 Atlantic 10 Championship game and started all 86 games in his collegiate career. Upon graduation, he played professionally with the NJ Imperials and served as an assistant coach at Rutgers for eight seasons before taking over as the head men’s soccer coach at NJIT in 2003.
Carla Camino – Softball
Camino was the 1993 Headley-Singer Award winner as the university's top female student-athlete, culminating a career that included three, Atlantic-10 All-conference selections and a 1993 All-America selection, when she finished fourth in the nation in hitting with a .487 average and was ranked among the top ten nationally in doubles. At the conclusion of her exceptional career, Camino was first at Rutgers in career batting average, hits, singles, doubles, triples, RBI and stolen bases, as well as the single-season leader in average, hits, singles, doubles and stolen bases. Camino, who led Rutgers to four Atlantic 10 tournament appearances from 1990-1993, was also named the 1993 Northeast second team shortstop and led the team in RBI in 1992 and 1993.
Bob Naso – Men’s Lacrosse
Naso won three varsity letters in lacrosse (1957, 58, 59) and football (1956, 57, 58) and was a three-time lacrosse All-American during his career at Rutgers. A co-captain in 1959, he won the Miller Award in 1958 and 1959 and served as co-captain of the North team in the 1959 North/South Senior All-Star game. In addition, Naso served as the head lacrosse coach at Rutgers from 1962-74, posting a 95-60-1 mark, while leading the 1972 and 1974 squads to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. He also served as an assistant football coach from 1961-79 and then moved on to become the head football coach at Columbia University from 1980-84. He was inducted into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1990 and the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1999.
Elizabeth “Liz” Hanson – Women’s Basketball
Liz Hanson set the RU record (men or women) for steals in a season with 117 during the 1993-94 campaign. Hanson finished her career with 1,413 career points and is among the Scarlet Knights’ all-time leaders in career assists with 474 and steals with 287. On the stat sheet, Hanson was one the Scarlet Knights’ most accurate outside shooters and she led her team in steals and assists in three of her four seasons “on the banks”. Hailing from Sparta, N.J., she helped to lead her teams to two Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament titles (1993-94) and a pair of NCAA Tournament berths during her time "on the banks”. Hanson earned First-Team All-Atlantic 10 honors as a sophomore in 1994 and was a member of the 1994 and 1995 Atlantic-10 All-Tournament Teams. She twice was a member of the Atlantic-10 All-Academic Team (1994-95), earned a spot on the 1994-95 Atlantic-10 All-Second Team, and won a bronze medal at the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival as a member of the East Team.
Pete Zoccolillo – Baseball
When Pete Zoccolillo left Rutgers in 1999, he held 10 career and single-season records, including career hits, RBI, home runs and total bases. A four-year starter, he earned All-BIG EAST honors each year and was a two-time All-American, leading Rutgers to the 1998 BIG EAST Regular Season and Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament berths in 1998 and 1999. As a senior in 1999, he set the school and BIG EAST single-season record with 72 RBI, while hitting .418. Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1999, he made his Major League debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2003 and was a AAA All-Star in 2004 as a member of the Oklahoma City Red Hawks. He has since signed a free agent contract with the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals.
Class of 2005 Inductees
Eugene “Gene” Armstead – Men’s Basketball
Eugene Armstead was an imposing and productive force on both ends of the floor throughout his Rutgers career. The first high school All-American to play basketball at Rutgers, the 6’9’’ Armstead was, at the time, the tallest player in Scarlet Knight history. At the conclusion of his career, Armstead, was ranked first in RU history in blocked shots, second in rebounding and 10th in points. His .555 career field goal percentage was a Rutgers record that stood for 29 years. Nicknamed “The Dominator” because of his ability to intimidate the opposition around the basket, Armstead poured in 1,046 points in a three-year career as freshmen were not eligible to play varsity in his era. The Media, PA native helped lead Rutgers to three winning seasons, an overall record of 45-29 and an appearance in the 1973 NIT. Armstead was the second-leading scorer on the 1970-71 team with a 16.1 average and pulled down a team-leading 11.8 boards in helping RU achieve a 16-7 record. He averaged 13.4 points and 11.8 rebounds in helping to lead the 1971-72 team to a 14-11 mark as a junior. He then averaged 13.7 and 9.4 rebounds per game his senior year for the 1972-1973 team which finished with a 15-11 record.
Ron Speirs – Men’s Track & Field
A 1975 All-American in the mile, finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships, Speirs helped lead Rutgers to the Metropolitan outdoor team title in 1975, finishing second in the mile and 880-yard runs.  Still the owner of the indoor (4:05.9) and outdoor (4:00.8) mile records “On the Banks,” Speirs was an all-IC4A honoree in 1975, finishing as the runner-up (4:00.8) to Eamon Coghlan, the future world record holder.  Speirs also helped lead Rutgers to a Metropolitan cross country title in 1974, and was awarded the Robert Collett Award as team MVP in 1973 and 1974.  He was an all IC4A cross country honoree in 1974, and a three-time competitor in the NCAA Cross-Country Championships, finishing 31st in 1973, the highest ever by a Scarlet Knight.  While obtaining his Master’s Degree at Rutgers and serving as graduate assistant track and field coach, Ron went on to run  3:56.9 in the mile in 1977, the fastest time ever run by a Rutgers graduate.  A finalist at the 1976 British Olympic Trials, Speirs went on to found and serve as president of RU FAST (Friends and Alumni of Scarlet Track), and founded the Lester C. Wallack, Jr. Scholarship for men’s track.
Pam Fearon – Women’s Tennis
The all-time winningest doubles player in Rutgers history, Fearon was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) Regional Senior Player of the Year in 1989. Also the Atlantic 10 Conference Senior Player of the Year, she achieved the highest national ranking ever for a Lady Knight, climbing to ninth with partner Kim Curcuru. The winner of the Headley-Singer Award, given annually to Rutgers’ top senior female student-athlete, Fearon was the team’s Most Valuable Player and co-captain, earning all-conference honors in both singles and doubles and reaching the ITA Regional doubles final. She later served as an assistant coach at her alma mater.
Terrell Willis - Football
The leading rusher in Rutgers football history, Terrell Willis boasted an explosive combination of blazing speed, uncanny moves, and uncommon balance. From 1993-1995, the Orange, NJ native rushed for 3,114 yards on 588 carries and 20 touchdowns. With a knack for eluding would-be tacklers with an array of swift spin moves, Willis burst onto the national scene with a brilliant redshirt freshman season in 1993, amassing 2,026 all-purpose yards, which not only shattered the NCAA freshman record previously held by Georgia's Herschel Walker, but was also second in the nation. In 1993, Willis was named Rookie of the Year by the BIG EAST, Sports Illustrated, UPI, ECAC and Football News. He was named first-team All-BIG EAST as a running back, second-team All-BIG EAST as a return specialist, and was named ECAC Rookie of the Week six times. In 1994, Willis ran for 1,080 yards on 216 carries with five TDS and again earned first-team All-BIG EAST honors. In 1995, he gained another 773 yards on 177 carries and two TDs. On November 12, 1994, Willis rushed for a school-record 232 yards on 35 carries and two TDs.
Robert Kaehler – Rowing
A 10-time U.S. National Team member and three-time Olympian, Kaehler won four World Championship gold medals, the most ever by an American male rower, as a member of the U.S. Men’s Eight. Kaehler was captain and team MVP of the crew team during his senior year, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1986. A three-time letterwinner “On the Banks,” Kaehler raced at the 1987 and 1989 World University Games and won the 1990 U.S. Single Scull National Team Trials. After finishing his master’s degree in physical therapy at Columbia University, Kaehler returned in 1991 to earn a seat on the U.S. Quadruple Scull, and remained a member of the National Team for 10 years from 1991 to 2000. In 1994, he switched to the Men’s Eight, and went on to win four World Championship gold medals (1994, 1997, 1998, 1999). In addition, his Eight won the Grand Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in 1994 and 1995, as well as the gold and bronze medals at the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1995, Kaehler earned two gold medals at the Pan American Games in Argentina. As US Rowing’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1998, he finished eighth in the Quadruple Scull at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and fifth in the Men’s Eight at both the 1996 Atlanta Games and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
1999-2000 NCAA Final Four Women’s Basketball Team
The 1999-2000 Scarlet Knights advance to the team’s first ever Final Four berth in the NCAA Tournament, posting a 26-8 overall record and a 12-4 mark in the BIG EAST Conference to finish tied for third place in the regular-season standings. The Scarlet Knights advanced to the final of the BIG EAST Tournament before receiving a second seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament, and the right to host the first two rounds of the national tourney. Rutgers dispatched No. 15 Holy Cross 91-70 and No. 10 Saint Joseph’s 59-39 in Piscataway before moving on to the West Regional in Portland, Ore. RU defeated No. 11 UAB 60-45 in the semifinals, then upset top-seeded Georgia 59-51 in the regional final, punching the team’s ticket for the Final Four in Philadelphia. The Scarlet Knights’ dream season ended with a 64-54 loss to Tennessee.<
Dr. Emil Perona – Wrestling
The only Rutgers wrestler to ever win three Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) titles, Perona placed fourth at the 1952 NCAA Championships at 157 pounds to earn All-America honors. Named to the EIWA Hall of Fame in 2002, Perona won the 165-pound crown in 1950 and the 157-pound title in 1951 and 1952. A three-year letterwinner (1950-52), he arrived at Rutgers after winning a state high school title in 1948, and led the RU freshmen to a win against the varsity squad in 1949. Perona served as the team captain in 1952, and later instituted the Perona Trophy, still given to all Rutgers EIWA champions.
Class of 2006 Inductees
Chris Brantley – Football
Chris Brantley, originally from Teaneck, NJ, enjoyed a standout career for the Scarlet Knights, catching 144 passes, including 17 for touchdowns, from 1990-93. Brantley gained 1,914 yards through the air (13.3 yards per catch). Brantley was an All-BIG EAST selection as a senior, when he caught 56 passes for 589 yards and seven touchdowns. Following his senior season, he was selected in the 1994 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams and later played for the Buffalo Bills. Brantley will long be remembered for his outstanding performance in the Scarlet Knights' memorable 50-49 come-from-behind win over Virginia Tech in the 1992 Homecoming Game. The talented, sure-handed receiver hauled in eight passes for 124 yards and four touchdowns, but none more important than the 15-yard reception from QB Bryan Fortay deep in the right end zone as time ran out, giving Rutgers the victory.
Christine Lacy – Women’s Field Hockey/Lacrosse
A 1986 graduate of Cook College, Lacy was a two-sport standout during her Rutgers career, starring in both field hockey and women's lacrosse. Lacy was bestowed one of the highest honors in Rutgers Athletics when she received the Headley-Singer Award in 1986, awarded annually to the outstanding female student-athlete. Lacy was primarily a defender, excelling as a four-year starter in both field hockey and women's lacrosse from 1982-1986. In field hockey, she earned a spot on the USA Under-21 and Under-23 National Team and participated in the United States Olympic Festival. A 1985 Honorable Mention All-American, Lacy also guided the Scarlet Knights to the Final Eight in the 1984 NCAA Tournament. She was a two-time scholar-athlete and captained the field hockey squad her senior season. Lacy, an Environmental Science major, also excelled in the classroom, finishing with a cumulative grade point average above 3.7, while posting a 4.0 GPA during her final semester.
David Collins – Rowing
Collins was a three-year varsity letterwinner for men's crew, captaining the lightweight team both his junior and senior years. During his standout career as a member of the Scarlet Knights, he led the lightweight eight to a fifth place performance at the EARC Championships in each of his three years with the program. As a senior in 1991, Collins led RU to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship, winning the pair event. He was honored with the Outstanding Athletic Achievement Award from Rutgers in recognition of his national title. Following his stellar Rutgers career, Collins, who graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering, was selected to compete on six United States National Rowing teams. He won a bronze medal at the 1991 World Championships and represented the National Team in the 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995 World Championships. Collins won a total of seven United States National Rowing titles, including a gold medal in the lightweight eight at the 1995 Pan-American Games in Argentina. In the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Collins' lightweight four won the bronze medal, becoming the fourth Rutgers rowing Olympian to have won a medal at the Olympic Games.
Albert Ray – Men’s Lacrosse
A two-sport standout in both lacrosse and football during his Rutgers career, spanning 1979-83, Ray earned four varsity letters in lacrosse and three in football. Ray was one of the top lacrosse players in the nation throughout his career "On the Banks," earning All-America honors in three of his four years. He was an honorable mention selection in 1980 before receiving first and second team laurels as a junior and a senior. In 1982, the midfielder was selected to participate in the prestigious North/South All-Star Game, featuring the nation's top players. Ray was awarded one of Rutgers' Athletics top honors when he received the Coursen Award in 1982, as the Most Outstanding Male Student-Athlete. He was also the recipient of the William Miller Trophy, honoring the lacrosse team's most outstanding player that season. On the gridiron, Ray was the team's top rushing leader for three seasons from 1979 through 1981 and earned All-East honors. Upon graduation, Ray served as the Assistant Director of the NCAA Volunteer Youth Program. He was invited to try out with the Denver Broncos as a free agent. Ray led the Franklin High School (Somerset, NJ) football team to a pair of state championships as the Warriors' head coach, and also served as head lacrosse coach at Bridgewater West High School. Five years ago, Ray was inducted into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He is the eighth member of the men's lacrosse program to be inducted into the Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame.
Cheryl Cop – Women’s Basketball
Cheryl Cop, a native of Elizabeth, N.J., helped lead the Scarlet Knights to four NCAA Tournament berths (1990-1993), the 1993 Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament title and started 87 of a possible 94 games during her career. She finished her career among the top ten all-time in free throw percentage (.766) and a career average of 7.9 points and 3.2 assists per game. Cop led RU in assists at 3.5 per game in 1991 and in 1993 at 3.1 per game. A member of the 1990 Atlantic 10-Freshman Team and Bell Atlantic Holiday Tournament Team in 1990, Cop was also a standout in the classroom, Cop was a three-time Rutgers Scholar-Athlete (1991, 1992, 1993) and was named to the Atlantic-10 All-Academic Team in 1991. Captaining the Scarlet Knights during her junior and senior years, Cop was labeled as “Most Courageous” for returning from a season-ending knee injury and Type I diabetes diagnosis during her freshman year. In 1993, she won the Headley-Singer Award, given annually to the most outstanding graduating female athlete at Rutgers.
Jeff Zaun – Men’s Soccer
An All-American and National Player of the Year candidate during his time "On the Banks," Zaun has truly made his mark on the Rutgers soccer program. He starred at Rutgers from 1989-1993, leading the Scarlet Knights to a pair of Final Fours, including the NCAA Championship match in 1991. In that 1991 season, Zaun recorded four game-winning goals, guiding the Scarlet Knights to a 19-3-1 record. A three-time captain, Zaun earned a pair of NSCAA All-Region selections as both a back and a midfielder in the 1990 and 1991 seasons. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Scarlet Knights, starting 77 games during his career. In his rookie campaign, the former New Jersey High School Player of the Year was named the Atlantic-10 Freshman of the Year in 1989. He went on to earn several All-Atlantic 10 laurels the following years. Rutgers enjoyed a 76-15-4 record during his four seasons with the Scarlet Knights. Upon graduation, Zaun continued his soccer career at the professional level, playing a total of four seasons in the MLS as a member of the New York/New Jersey MetroStars and the Chicago Fire. He also spent time at Drew University and Rutgers as an assistant coach. Zaun was the seventh men's soccer player to be inducted into the Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame.
Alex Falcinelli – Football
Alex Falcinelli was one of the greatest kickers to ever play for the Scarlet Knights, leading the team in scoring for three consecutive seasons (1980-82). Known for possessing a strong and accurate leg, Falcinelli boomed three 51-yard field goals, and a 50-yarder, as a senior in 1982. Falcinelli earned All-East honors as a senior, hitting 12-of-15 field goals and adding 16 extra points. Originally from Belvidere, NJ, Falcinelli finished his career with 168 points in three seasons as the Scarlet Knights' kicker. His 38 field goals made during that time rank third in Rutgers history. Falcinelli converted 38-of-49 field goals, a percentage of .776, which ranks first in school history.
Class of 2007 Inductees
Marco Battaglia - Football
Marco Battaglia concluded his career as one of the most decorated players in Rutgers football history. As a senior in 1995, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound tight end from Queens, N.Y., was a consensus All-America, earning First-Team recognition from a number of organizations, including the Associated Press, and the Football Writers Association of America. Battaglia led the nation's tight ends with 69 catches for 894 yards and 10 touchdowns in his memorable senior season, and was named the "Offensive Player of the Year" in the BIG EAST Conference. As a junior, Battaglia was the BIG EAST's leading receiver with 58 catches for 779 yards. Battaglia appeared in all 44 games in his career (1992-95); making 32 starts, and hauled in 171 passes for 2,221 yards and 16 touchdowns. Battaglia went on to play eight-years in the NFL, and was a member of the 2004 Carolina Panthers' Super Bowl team. He was an All-New York City and All-State player at St. Francis Prep, and played on three consecutive New York City Catholic League championship teams. Battaglia currently resides in Queens with his wife Maria and children Ava and Marco, and remains a fixture on the sideline at all Rutgers home games
Kim Cucuru-Schild
Curcuru, a 1990 graduate of Rutgers, was one of the top tennis players in the program’s history. During her career, Curcuru amassed a record of 101-65. She was a four-time All-Atlantic 10 honoree and was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year as a senior in 1990, when she was ranked regionally in singles. In addition to her stellar singles career, Curcuru also excelled in doubles competition. She compiled a 95-50 career record and was selected to the Atlantic 10’s All-Conference team for four years. Curcuru and doubles partner Pam Fearon, a Hall of Fame inductee in 2005, achieved the highest ranking ever for a Rutgers doubles team when it was ranked ninth nationally in 1990. Curcuru was the ECAC first doubles champion, the Eastern Collegiate first doubles champion and captured a first doubles title at the Syracuse Invitational. Curcuru was named the team’s Rookie of the Year in 1987, and was also selected Most Improved Player and Most Valuable Player during her career.
Darren Fenster – Baseball
Fenster was a two-time All-American shortstop for the Scarlet Knights who went on to play six years in the Kansas City Royals' organization. The program’s all-time leader in several offensive categories, including career hits (315), single-season hits (101) and career doubles (65), Fenster was a four-year starter (1997-2000). A 2000 graduate, he re-joined the baseball program as Director of Operations in 2006. He has been part of three BIG EAST Conference Regular Season and Tournament championships, winning the 1998 and 2000 titles as a player and achieving the feat again in 2007 as a member of the staff. Fenster has also been a part of four NCAA Tournament appearances, including three as a player. As a senior in 2000, Fenster was a consensus First Team All-American, hitting .433. That year, Rutgers posted its first-ever 40-win season and was ranked as high as No. 14 nationally. The 2000 BIG EAST Player of the Year, NCBWA District II Player of the Year, and captain and MVP of a team that featured three future Major Leaguers and a first round draft choice, Fenster was also a finalist for the prestigious Dick Howser Trophy, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate player. He was also a three-time All-BIG EAST selection. Drafted in the 12th round by the Kansas City Royals in 2000, Fenster advanced to the Double A level in the Royals system before he suffered a career-ending injury.
Chris Sagnella – Men’s Track & Field
A three-time NCAA First Team All-American in the javelin, Sagnella set a school-record throw in the javelin of 244-10. An Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A), Penn Relays and BIG EAST Champion, Sagnella established a one-time meet record at the BIG EAST Championships in the javelin. He was a two-time Metropolitan Conference Champion. Sagnella also competed at the 1996 United States Olympic Trials where he secured an eighth-place finish. Sagnella was the United States’ ninth-ranked thrower in 1996 by Track and Field News, which included both collegiate and professional javelin throwers.
Arthur Gottlieb – Football
Regarded as a triple threat performer during his Rutgers career (1937-39), Arthur Gottlieb will long be remembered for the role he played in the Nov. 5, 1938, victory over Princeton, which dedicated Rutgers Stadium. It was Gottlieb's memorable 13-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to "Moon" Mullen that propelled Rutgers to a come-from-behind 20-18 victory over its in-state rival before a sold-out crowd. Gottlieb was known as one of the top passers of his era, and was also an accomplished runner and kicker. In the day of the "two-way" player, Gottlieb played nearly 60 minutes every game, as a tailback and defensive back. In his three seasons on the varsity, Gottlieb led Rutgers to a combined 19-6-1 mark (including 14-2-1 in 1938-39) and earned All-East and All-Middle Three honors. Gottlieb, who also played baseball while at Rutgers, went on to play for two seasons with the Buffalo Indians of the American Football League, before settling in as a coach and teacher at New Brunswick High School.
George "Swede" Sundstrom – Men’s Basketball
George “Swede” Sundstrom is recognized as one of the greatest rebounders in Rutgers basketball history. Swede’s career average of 17.1 rebounds per game is the all-time best for the Scarlet Knights, and at the time of his induction into the Rutgers Basketball Hall of Fame, his 942 rebounds over his 55-game career spanning three seasons is No. 3 all-time. The 6’5’’ Sundstrom averaged 20.6 rebounds per game as a senior in 1953-54, after pulling down 17.3 per contest as a junior the previous season. Those two rebounding averages are the top two single season marks in Rutgers history. Twice in his career, he pulled down 30 rebounds in a single game – against Johns Hopkins in 1953 and Army in 1954, also Rutgers single game records. Sundstrom grabbed an incredible 26 or more rebounds in eight games during his career, and owns or shares the top four single game rebounding records in Rutgers history. Sundstrom averaged 10.7 points with 588 career points, and was second on the team in scoring as a senior, averaging 13.8 points per game. The efficient big man, a native of Elizabeth, NJ also showed a good touch from the foul line, as he converted 73 per cent of his free throws (214-of-293) during his career.
Kenneth Rendall - Football
Rendall a two-time captain, was a stalwart at right tackle for the Rutgers football team during his career (1914-17). He was known as a rugged performer who was nicknamed "Thug" for his physical style of play. Rendall's teams compiled a 22-7-4 record during his career, including an outstanding 7-1 season as a senior when he played alongside All-America end Paul Robeson. Rendall's 1915 team proved to be an offensive powerhouse, scoring 351 points, the most of any Eastern team, and posted a 7-1 record. Two years later, the Rutgers eleven capped off Rendall's outstanding senior campaign with a season ending 14-0 win over highly regarded Newport Naval Reserve, which featured some of college football's top players during this war-era contest. Rendall was selected to the Boston Herald's All-East squad following his senior year, and also earned all-star recognition from other leading newspapers of the time, including the New York Tribune and the New York Sun.
Tomora Young – Women’s Basketball
Tomora Young helped lead the Scarlet Knights to back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths, including a showing in the Elite Eight in 1999 and the Sweet Sixteen in 1998. The Red Bank, N.J. native, earned All-BIG EAST honors in three of her four season, including becoming RU’s first-ever First Team All-BIG EAST award winner. Earning first team accolades as a junior in 1998, she was also a second team honoree as a senior in 1999 and third team recipient as a sophomore in 1997. In addition, Young was selected BIG EAST All-Tournament in 1998 and also named the Co-Player of the Year by the Metropolitan Writer's Association. A 5-10 guard, Young was one of the most efficient three-point shooters to wear the Scarlet. Young concluded her career with 1,344 career points in knocking down 180 shots from beyond the arc. In leading RU to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament in 1998, she set a single season record for three-point field goals made (71) and a Scarlet Knight best .901 clip from the free throw line.
Class of 2008 Inductees
Ronald “Ron” Allen - Football
Allen, a standout member of the Rutgers secondary and return specialist from 1988 to 1991, was inducted into the Rutgers Football Hall of Fame in 2008. Allen was a three-year starting cornerback for the Scarlet Knights program as they embarked on their first season in the BIG EAST Conference in 1991. Allen earned First Team Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Star Honors as a senior with a team-high three interceptions and seven passes defended in seven games. That season, he helped guide RU to a 6-5 record in its inaugural season in the BIG EAST Conference. Nicknamed “Rocket,” Allen also served as a return specialist where he averaged more than 25 yards per return to rank 14th in the nation his junior season in 1990. He had three career touchdowns on kickoff returns. Against West Virginia as a freshman in 1988, he returned a kickoff 92 yards and later that season, returned a kickoff 94 yards against Cincinnati for a touchdown. During his junior season in 1990, Allen returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown against Colgate. Allen received First Team Associated Press All-EAST honors along with First Team ECAC All-Star laurels as a return specialist his junior season. The versatile athlete was the recipient of the program’s 12th Man Award as a junior, honoring him as the special teams player of the year. More than 15 years later on the eve of his induction into the Hall of Fame, Allen still ranked fifth in Rutgers history with 1,283 career kickoff return yards, and seventh with 51 career kickoff returns.
John Hanley – Men’s Track & Field
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.
Lino DiCuollo – Men’s Soccer
Recognized as one of the nation’s premier forwards, Lino 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 wrapped up his Rutgers career among the Scarlet Knights’ all-time leaders in games played (92), points (122), goals (48), assists (26) and game-winner (15). 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 and had his Rutgers jersey number retired.
Natasha “Tasha” Pointer- Women’s Basketball
Tasha Pointer led the Scarlet Knights to their first-ever Final Four appearance as a junior captain in 2000. The Chicago native earned a number of accolades during her time at RU including being named the 1998 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and garnering All-BIG EAST first team honors in 1999 and 2001. In 2001, Pointer was also tabbed an Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention. Pointer was named to two NCAA all-tournament teams, selected to the 1999 Midwest Region to the 2000 West Region squads. At the conclusion of her career, the point guard set Rutgers' all-time assists and steals records - men's and women's - with 839 assists and 292 steals, respectively. In addition, Pointer scored 1,456 career points. She recorded the first triple-double in Rutgers basketball history against Providence during her senior campaign. Pointer had four triple-doubles in her illustrious career, which was the most in BIG EAST history. Following her time “on the banks”, Pointer was drafted by the WNBA’s Portland Fire in 2001 and in 2003 she was named to the BIG EAST 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Team.
Alexis Jemal - Women’s Fencing
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.
Shawnetta Stewart – Women’s Basketball
Shawnetta Stewart is one of the most prolific players in Rutgers basketball history. She concluded her career as the 10th all-time leading scorer despite playing only three years. Stewart compiled 1,346 points and 629 rebounds while also nailing 144 career three pointers. Stewart was named All-BIG EAST following her junior and senior seasons in 1999 and 2000. She led the team in scoring, rebounding and steals in each of those campaigns. Over her final two seasons, the Philadelphia, Pa. native averaged 14.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game as the Scarlet Knights combined for a 55-14 record. In 2000, Stewart was named an honorable mention Associated Press All-American selection and named the NCAA Tournament West Region Most Valuable Player. In addition, she was chosen Player of the Year by the New Jersey Collegiate Basketball Coaches Association and the Metropolitan Basketball Writers' Association The previous season, she was named to the Midwest Region All-Tournament team and was tabbed the MWBA Player of the Year. She was selected a member of both the 1999 and 2000 BIG EAST all-tournament teams. Stewart was the first player to commit to C. Vivian Stringer's first recruiting class at Rutgers and was drafted by the WNBA’s Orlando Miracle in the third round in 2000.
Class of 2013 Inductees
Bobby Brownlie - Baseball
A consensus All-American during his career at Rutgers from 2000-02, Brownlie was one of the top pitchers to ever wear a Scarlet Knight uniform. He is painted throughout the RU record books, having owned the school record for career strikeouts (235), career shutouts (7), single-season wins (10 in 2000), single-season complete games (8 in 2000) and single-season shutouts (4 in 2000). Brownlie finished his RU career ranked second in career complete games (20) and third in career wins (22), single-season starts (15 in 2000), single-season innings pitched (102.1 in 2000) and career innings pitched (265.1). In Brownlie’s three years at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights posted a 116-57-1 record, advancing to the NCAA Championships twice and capturing the BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles in 2000. The right-handed pitcher posted a 22-10 record on the mound. Brownlie joined the Scarlet Knights in the fall of 1999 from nearby Edison High School, where he was a First Team All-State selection and NJ Pitcher of the Year as a senior. After being selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 26th round of the 1999 draft, Brownlie opted for Rutgers and earned BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and Third Team All-America honors after posting a 10-1 record as a freshman in 2000. As the team’s top starter, Brownlie was the MVP of the 2000 BIG EAST Tournament, hurling a nine-inning shutout to propel Rutgers to a 1-0 win over Seton Hall in the championship game. He posted a perfect 7-0 mark in BIG EAST play as a freshman en route to All-American accolades by Baseball America, Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball. Brownlie fired eight complete games and recorded an earned run average of 2.55 during his first season “On the Banks” – the fourth-lowest among all freshmen in the nation. He was on the mound when Rutgers clinched the 2000 BIG EAST Regular season title. Prior to the 2002 season, Brownlie was featured on the cover of the Baseball America’s college preview issue and named the Louisville Slugger Preseason Player of the Year. Brownlie was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the 21st overall pick of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft and decided to forego his final season of eligibility to begin his professional career. He spent seven seasons in Major League Baseball as a member of the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves organizations, reaching the AAA level with the Cubs, Nationals and Braves. He was a AA All-Star selection with the Washington Nationals in 2008.
Tammy Sutton-Brown - Women's Basketball
Sutton-Brown averaged 9.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during her career, finishing her time “On the Banks” ranked third in field-goal percentage (.577), fifth in blocked shots (148), seventh in free throws made (304), 14th in rebounds (685) and 20th in scoring (1,246). A member of the Canadian Junior National Team in high school, Sutton-Brown made an immediate impact at Rutgers, leading the squad in field goal percentage and blocks as a freshman. As a sophomore, Sutton-Brown earned Third Team All-BIG EAST honors, as she shot over 67 percent from the floor, setting an RU single-season field goal percentage record in the process. Sutton-Brown, also known as “Simba” to fans and teammates, was named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team as a junior. Over the course of the tournament’s three games, Sutton-Brown logged 39 points and hauled in 17 rebounds. As a senior, Sutton-Brown was a Third Team All-BIG EAST selection and candidate for the Naismith National Player of the Year Award. Altogether she helped lead the Scarlet Knights to four NCAA Tournament berths, including an Elite Eight finish in 1999 and a Final Four bid in 2000. Sutton-Brown went on to be the 18th overall pick of the Charlotte Sting in 2001. The 12-year WNBA veteran was a two-time WNBA All-Star, becoming the fifth player in league history to reach 3,000 points, 1,500 rebounds and 400 blocks. Sutton-Brown was also the third Scarlet Knight to help her team to a WNBA championship trophy in 2012 with the Indiana Fever. She was also a member of the 2000 Canadian Olympic team.
Tom Holmes - Football
Tom Holmes was a four-year letterwinner for the Rutgers football team earning Honorable Mention Associated Press All-East honors and First Team ECAC accolades in 1974. He led the team in tackles during the 1974 and 1975 seasons, with 124 and 96 respectively. In 1974, 90 of those tackles were unassisted. Serving as the Scarlet Knights’ co-captain as a senior in 1975, he was invited to play in the Blue-Gray Classic. Holmes was also awarded the Donald Leslie Coursen Memorial Award, given to the outstanding male senior athlete across all Rutgers sports who has contributed most to his team. He was selected as the honoree for the Paul Robeson Award, given by the Rutgers Touchdown Club, and awarded to the senior whose performance, leadership and dedication on and off the field, during his varsity career, had the greatest impact on Rutgers Football. Following his career on the gridiron, he served as a graduate assistant under Frank Burns with the 1976 undefeated Scarlet Knights while pursuing his master’s degree “On the Banks.” Holmes lost his struggle with ALS on September 29, 2013.
Maite Urtasun – Women’s Rowing
Maite Urtasun was a two-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-American in 1999 and 2001 and helped the Rutgers women’s rowing team to two NCAA appearances. As a freshman, Urtasun rowed in the 1997 NCAA Rowing Championships in the second varsity eight that finished fourth. During her senior year in 2001, she helped the varsity eight go 11-4, which included winning the Raritan Cup by ten seconds over Cornell and UPenn. At the BIG EAST Championships, Urtasun’s boat finished second in the varsity eight while at the Eastern Sprints, she led Rutgers to a win in the petite finals, which earned the Scarlet Knights a spot in the NCAA Rowing Championships. At the NCAA’s, Urtasun and her teammates finished in 14th. Urtasun, who made six consecutive National Teams from 1999 to 2004, won the 2002 World Championships as a member of the U.S. Women’s Eight and was a member of the 2004 bronze medal- winning Olympic team in Athens, Greece. Additionally, she won a bronze medal in the straight four at the 1999 World Championships.
Sam Segond – Men’s Track & Field
Sam Segond was a three-time NCAA First Team All-American in the discus and took home six BIG EAST championships for the Rutgers men’s track and field team during his Scarlet Knight career. He led RU to its first ever BIG EAST Outdoor Championship and IC4A Indoor and Outdoor Team Championships in 2005. Segond brought home eight All-BIG EAST honors, including winning four BIG EAST discus titles and earning conference titles in the shot put and weight throw. He also earned All-East recognition eight times as a three-time IC4A discus champion and IC4A shot put title holder. During his career, Segond set the school record in the shot put (61’ 8.25”) along with RU, BIG EAST and IC4A records in the discus (199’ 8.5’’).
1970 Men’s Track & Field Sprint Medley Team
John Herma, Jim Smith, Tom Ulan and Robert Kerr comprised the Rutgers sprint medley relay team that captured the Scarlet Knights’ first track national championship. In 1970, the Scarlet Knight quartet won gold at the AAU Championship at Madison Square Garden. Coached by the late Les Wallach, the Scarlet Knights captured the winning time of 1:53.4, surpassing competitors that included former Olympians, post-graduates and non-collegiate track runners. Tom Ulan ran the 440 yard leg, John Herma ran the 100 yard leg, Jim Smith ran the 220 yard leg and Rob Kerr ran the 300 yard leg. In the same year, the Rutgers relay team also captured the mile relay title at the prestigious Baltimore Sun Paper Games Indoor Track Meet.