PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 7, 2013) -- The Rutgers Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will welcome the newest members of the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 2nd, when the football team takes on Temple. Members of the Class of 2013 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.
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.
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.
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 and will be inducted into the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame posthumously.
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’’).
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.
1970 Men’s Track and 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.
The Class of 2013 will be formally inducted at halftime of the November 2nd football game when Rutgers hosts Temple at noon. For tickets to the game, call 866-445-GORU or visit tickets.scarletknights.com.
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