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Class of 1998 Inductees
Abdel Anderson - Men's Basketball
Abdel Anderson enjoyed a brilliant Rutgers career from 1975-79. In his four seasons, Anderson played on teams which made two NCAA and two NIT appearances. Those teams were a combined 95-28, the best four-season mark in school history. He was an unsung contributor as a freshman to the Scarlet Knights' magical 1975-76 season. Coming off the bench as the sixth man, the lithe 6-7 Anderson averaged 9.4 points per game during that 31-2 season when the Scarlet Knights won their first 31 games and finished the season ranked fourth in the nation. Anderson, employing a distinctive and unorthodox jump shot, was the consummate team player. As a sophomore, he tallied 15.2 points per game when the Knights went 18-10 and made the NIT. His junior year, the Belleville, N.J., native averaged 12.3 points an outing in helping to lead the Scarlet Knights to a 24-7 record and to a third-place finish in the NIT. He capped his career by averaging 11.8 as a senior, second on the team to All-American James Bailey, as the Knights compiled a 22-9 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Anderson's 1,459 career points ranks him 12th on the all-time Rutgers University scoring list.
Lawrence "Larry" Pitt - Special Contributor
In 1969, to commemorate the centennial of college football, Pitt literally "wrote the book," putting the finishing touches on a highly-informative 163-page piece of work entitled Football at Rutgers, A History, 1869-1969. His passion for Rutgers University and its athletic teams is unparalleled and he was a noted speaker and historian for Rutgers football. A charter member of the Football Hall of Fame committee, Pitt was a varsity letterwinner in 150-pound football and lacrosse.
Frank Elm - Coach, Swimming and Diving
A 31-year veteran of the coaching ranks at Rutgers, Frank Elm was recognized as one of the finest swimming and diving coaches in America. Three times he was named to the coaching staff of the U.S. Olympic team; twice as an assistant (1968 and 1976) and in 1980 he was named head coach of the U.S. team, the largest American swimming and diving team assembled at that time. He also coached the 1967 U.S. Pan American Games team, and two U.S. National Teams that toured Japan in 1975 and the Soviet Union in 1981. At Rutgers, Elm can best be described as the driving force in the development of the swimming and diving program. He developed 10 Olympic swimmers- two gold medal winners, several Pan Am Games swimmers, five of whom won gold medals. He also tutored several individual and national championship swimmers as well as national relay champions. He oversaw the development of the women's swimming and diving program at Rutgers, a team that went undefeated from 1973-75. Near the end of his career, he was able to help oversee the construction of the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center, one of the finest swimming and diving facilities in America. Elm received the Master Coaches Award from the Swimming Coaches' Association of America in 1973 and was bestowed with the honor of Loyal Son in 1992 by the Rutgers Alumni Association.
Ken Smith - Football
Smith was a key performer on Frank Burns' highly-successful teams from 1977-1980. Smith played an integral role in helping the Scarlet Knights achieve a record of 32-13 and four winning seasons and played in the 1978 Garden State Bowl. Smith was one of the best defensive backs in school history, and consistency was his hallmark. Smith was a 1981 First Team AP All-East selection and 1979 Honorable Mention AP All-East choice.
Elizabeth Ferrara - Field Hockey/Lacrosse
Elizabeth Ferrara excelled for the Knights as both a field hockey and lacrosse player. As a field hockey goalie, she was named College Field Hockey Association Regional All-American in 1984, as well as South Jersey College Player of the Year after leading the Scarlet Knights to the NCAA Final Eight. Also in 1984, she set the school record with 13 shutouts and was named to the Mitchell & Ness All-Region Mid-East Team. Ferrara was also named to the U.S. Under-21 National team in 1980 and participated in the National Sports Festival in 1982. A four-year letterwinner in lacrosse, she was named team MVP as a junior. She was either first or second on the team in goal scoring all four of her years, finishing with 88 career goals which is among the all-time top 10. Twice she was named to the U.S. National Women's lacrosse team, in 1985 and 1986 (reserve).
Tyronne Stowe - Football
One of the most accomplished players in Rutgers history, Stowe was named AP All-American (HM) in 1985 and 1986. In addition, he was a First Team AP All-East choice as an inside linebacker in 1985 and 1986, a First Team All-ECAC choice in 1986 and a Second Team AP All-East selection in 1984. Stowe was a two-time Homer Hazel Award winner as team MVP in 1985 and 1986 and was a 1986 Blue-Gray game participant. He holds the single game tackles mark with 27 vs. West Virginia in 1986 and is the Scarlet Knight career leader in tackles with 533. He also holds single season marks for total tackles (157 in 1985), assisted tackles (81 in 1986) and is second in unassisted tackles (106 in 1985). Stowe played 10 seasons in the NFL.
Alexi Lalas - Men's Soccer
Three-time All-American and 1991 National Player of the Year, Alexi Lalas has become one of the most recognizable American athletes in the world. In his four years as a Scarlet Knight, he led RU to three NCAA tournaments, including a National Semifinal in 1989 and National Championship game in 1990. In his four seasons, Rutgers compiled a record of 71-15-8. In 1989 and 1990, he was named Third-Team All-American and in 1991, he was recognized as the nation's finest college soccer player winning the Hermann Award and the Missouri Athletic Club Trophy. That year, he was also named First-Team All-American. He was also a four-time Mid-Atlantic Region choice as well as three-time Atlantic 10 selection.
Charles Hoyt "Bus" Terrill - Football
Terrill was a four-year letterwinner (1921, 23-25) and helped lead teams to a 7-1-1 record in both 1923 and 1924. He was regarded as a dangerous punt and kickoff returner and a reliable punter and was named Honorable Mention New York Herald All-East in 1923, and First Team New York Sun All-East in 1924. In 1923, he had 997 return yards and averaged more than 8 yards per carry (50 carries, 407 yards).
Elijah Miller - Men's Track & Field
A 1967 All-American in the high jump, Elijah Miller is the sixth men's track and field star to be named to the Olympic Sports Hall of Fame. In 1967, Miller finished fourth in the NCAA High Jump Championships, earning his All-America status. In 1967 and 1968, he won the indoor and outdoor IC4A Championships in the high jump. He was also the first Rutgers athlete to high jump seven feet.
Peter Vermes - Men's Soccer
A 1987 First Team All-American and runner-up for National Player of the Year, Vermes put together one of the finest careers in Rutgers sports history. He currently ranks seventh in all-time points (89), sixth in goals scored (35), ninth in assists (19) and second in game-winning goals (17). In 1987, he earned First Team All-America honors after scoring 21 goals, 15 assists for 52 points and leading Rutgers to the Region Finals of the NCAA Tournament. He went on to star for the U.S. National team as a member of the 1988 Olympic team and the 1990 World Cup team. He was also named 1988 U.S. Male Soccer Player of the Year. As a professional soccer player, Vermes was the first American to play in both Holland's and Hungary's First Division.
Vicky Picott - Women's Basketball
Vicky Picott was one of the Scarlet Knights’ most prolific players in history as a three-time Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-American and Kodak District II All-American as a senior. During her career “On the Banks”, the Hightstown, N.J., native led Rutgers to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and one Atlantic-10 Tournament title. A sleek and mobile forward, Picott finished her career with 1,792 points, 1,029 rebounds, leading the team in the category in three of her four years, and remains among RU’s all-time leaders with 257 steals. Averaging 14.6 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per contest over her career, Picott finished her time “on the banks” among the Scarlet Knights’ best in free throws (378) and free throw attempts (542). Picott, who served as team captain as a junior and senior, was the 1988 Atlantic-10 Freshman of the Year, named second team all-conference as a sophomore and first team as a junior and senior. Sharing MVP honors with Lyn Ust as a junior and senior, she helped the team to a 94-29 record in four seasons. During her senior campaign she accumulated 549 points and averaged 18.3 points per game en route to being named the New Jersey Basketball Coaches & Sportswriters Association Player of the Year. Picott won silver and bronze medals at the Olympic Festival and played for the USA Junior National Team.
Saskia Webber - Women's Soccer
A 1992 First Team All-American and National Goalkeeper of the Year, Webber is the first women's soccer player to be chosen for the Hall of Fame. A finalist for the National Player of the Year honors in 1992, Webber still holds Rutgers records for career shutouts with 30 and saves with 413. She helped lead Rutgers to four consecutive ECAC Tournaments and three ECAC Championships (1990-92). She was a two-time All-Region choice as well as a finalist for National Goalkeeper of the Year in 1991. A Member of the U.S. National team in 1990 and 1992, Webber then went to play professionally in Japan.
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