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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.
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.
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