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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 record-setter 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, N.J., 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 medalist 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 medalist. Quow finished fourth at the 1983 TAC Championships and was a double gold medalist 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.
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