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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 a 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 postseason 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, N.J., 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.
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