“The committee has done an admirable job of selecting those who truly reflect the type of excellence we strive to achieve at Rutgers, both during their time here and beyond,” said Director of Athletics Robert E. Mulcahy III.
Balazs Koranyi (’97) was a track and field standout at Rutgers from 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 currently holds 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 is the national record holder in Hungary as well with a time of 1:45.39. His induction comes in his first year of eligibility.
Heidi Faith (’77) 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.
Jim Monahan (‘52) 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.
Tom Sweeney (’80) 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, a record that still stands at the time of his induction. 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 points and goals are the best single-game efforts in school history. 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.
The Olympic Sports Hall of Fame, located in the Louis Brown Athletic Center, has 67 members since its inaugural class in 1994.