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Class of 1999 Inductees
Jack Daut - Men's Lacrosse
Jack Daut was one of the pioneers of Rutgers lacrosse, earning three letters from 1955-57. Daut was a two-time First Team All-America selection (1955, 1957), and received the Turnbull Trophy in 1957 as the nation's best attackman. Daut burst onto the scene in 1955 by scoring 41 goals en route to earning All-America honors (first team). He was an honorable mention All-America choice in 1956, before his outstanding senior campaign. Daut tallied 43 goals in 1957, which tied for the nation's lead, and represented Rutgers in the North/South All-Star game. When he graduated, his 43 goals in '57 was a single-season Scarlet Knight record, and was the fourth-best effort in Rutgers lacrosse history at the time of his induction. Currently, he is tied for fifth on the single-season goals list and ranks sixth on the Rutgers career goals list with 113. The Scarlet Knights posted a 24-5-1 record during his three-year career. In 1991, he was elected to the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Mal McLaren - Special Contributor
Mal McLaren served as Rutgers' NCAA Faculty Representative for 23 years and worked tirelessly to promote Rutgers athletics, with a particular emphasis on Title IX and gender equity. During McLaren's tenure, Rutgers was at the forefront of promoting equal opportunity for women's athletics, and he was a pioneer in helping to build the women's program at Rutgers. In addition to serving as the NCAA Faculty Representative, McLaren also served as a representative for the Atlantic 10, BIG EAST and College Football Association. Also a tremendous booster to the Rutgers Sports Medicine program, McLaren was a letterwinner in football at Rutgers in 1948 and 1949.
Bobby Joe Esposito - Men's Soccer
Bobby Joe Esposito was one of the most prolific scorers ever to don a Scarlet Knight uniform, leading Rutgers in goals, points and game-winning goals in each of his four seasons. Esposito finished his career with 50 goals and 125 points, both of which put his name second on the school's all-time list. A durable and dependable player, Esposito started all 76 games in his Rutgers career and recorded 16 multiple-goal games and 17 game-winners during that time. His brilliant career began with a 17-1-2 overall record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1983, the first berth for Rutgers in the national tournament in over 20 years. His career also ended on a positive note, as Esposito was a first team All-America selection in 1986 after scoring 15 goals and recording four assists. A standout in the classroom as well, Esposito was named Academic All-America in 1986 and received the Coursen Award in 1987. Following his standout career at Rutgers, he played professionally for 13 seasons at the time of his induction.
Nancy Seeger-Jones - Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
A former team MVP and captain of the cross country and track and field teams at Rutgers, Nancy Seeger-Jones was an outstanding runner from 1978-1981. Seeger-Jones was a five-time New Jersey state champion in cross country and outdoor track and earned EAIAW All-East honors seven times during her collegiate career. During her senior season in 1981, Seeger-Jones was an AIWA All-America selection in cross country, and set the school record in the 10,000 meters outdoor event, as well as the 5,000 meters indoor and outdoor records. Following her career at Rutgers, Seeger-Jones qualified for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon.
James "Jim" Guarantano - Football
Guarantano was a standout for Rutgers for 1989-92, and finished his career with 158 catches, second on Rutgers all-time list. Guarantano was a two-time All-BIG EAST performer for Rutgers. He was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection in his senior year (1992) after hauling in 56 passes for 755 yards (13.5 yards per catch) and six touchdowns. He was also a First Team All-East selection (Associated Press), and was a Honorable Mention All-America selection by UPI following his outstanding senior campaign. Guarantano came to Rutgers after an outstanding scholastic career at Lodi High School.
Eric Young - Baseball
Eric Young was a two-sport standout (football, baseball) at Rutgers, earning three letters in baseball (1987-89). Young batted over .300 in each of his three seasons, including a career high .337 as a senior in 1989. During his career on the diamond, Young was a two-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection and led Rutgers to an Atlantic 10 Championship and NCAA berth in 1988. Young graduated from Rutgers as the career leader in runs, and triples, as well as stolen bases, also establishing a then single-season mark with 28 thefts in 1989. At the conclusion of his Rutgers career, Young was the recipient of the Coursen Award in 1989 and was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1989 amateur draft. Young made his major league debut with the Colorado Rockies in 1993 and was selected to the 1995 All-Star game. At the time of his induction, Young was in the midst of a stellar professional baseball career, having put together a .289 career average through nine seasons. Entering the 2000 season, Young was a member of the Chicago Cubs of the National League.
Jennie Hall - Women's Basketball
Jennie Hall helped brand Rutgers as one of the nation's elite teams during her four-year career. A Street & Smith All-American in 1983, the Norristown, Pa., product led Rutgers to a 99-28 in four years, including a 25-7 slate in 1982 when Rutgers won the AIAW national championship. In that national title run, she led the team with 24 points and five rebounds against Villanova in the semifinal game and was named to the AIAW All-Tournament team for her efforts. Hall served as co-captain as a senior while she earned First Team All-Atlantic-10 honors, as well as team MVP accolades. In 1983, Hall earned the most prestigious award at Rutgers, the Headly-Singer Award given to the top graduating female student athlete. Hall averaged 15.2 points per game during her career along with racking up 1,104 points, 419 rebounds, 279 assists and 206 steals. After her Rutgers career, Hall went on to win a silver medal in the World University Games in 1985 and was an Olympic team invitee in 1984 and 1988. Hall became the first American woman to play professionally in Finland. She spent seven years playing professional ball overseas and was named to the National All-Star Team three seasons. After serving as an assistant coach for eight years, Hall was named the 1999 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year as the head coach at Coppin State.
The 1975-76 NCAA Final Four Men's Basketball Team
The story of the 1975-76 team has been told and re-told for 20 years. The number of people who claim to have been in the 2,800-seat College Avenue Gym on March 1, 1976, the night RU sealed the perfect season with an 85-80 win over St. Bonaventure, is in the hundreds of thousands. As was the case so many times before, paint chips fell from the ceiling that night, caused by the tremendous, vibrating noise and the heat generated in the building. The names on that team still resonate within the minds of all Rutgers fans; Sellers, Dabney, Copeland, Jordan, Bailey, Anderson, Conlin, Hefele, Scherer, Klienbaum, Palko and Nance. That team pressed and ran opponents right out of the gym on a nightly basis. In an era without the three-point shot, the team broke the 90-point barrier 25 times, the century mark on 11 occasions. The constant defensive pressure applied would often dictate an opponent mistake and an ensuing long pass and, ultimately, an open layup. Sellers to Dabney to Jordan - A blur of uniforms streaking to the hoop. That team won its first 31 games, made an appearance in the NCAA Final Four in Philadelphia, featured a National Coach of the Year and included five of the seven leading scorers in Rutgers history. It was a magical time, a magical season. The achievements of that team have been well-told. They will be told again and again.
Heather Jones - Field Hockey
One of the most versatile and gifted female athletes ever to attend Rutgers, Heather Jones (1990-95) was a two-sport standout in field hockey and lacrosse. At the conclusion of her outstanding dual sport career, Jones was the all-time leading scorer for the Scarlet Knights in both field hockey and lacrosse following her career and had amassed seven All-America honors between the two sports. She began her athletic career by earning Atlantic-10 Freshman of the Year honors in field hockey following the 1990 season. Jones was a two-time Honorable Mention All-American (1990, 1992) selection in field hockey and a three-time All-Conference pick. She graduated as the all-time leading scorer in Rutgers field hockey history with 111 points, and was named a First Team All-American in 1993. On the lacrosse field, Jones was a two-time All-Region selection and a four-time All-America choice. At the time of her induction, she held the single-season record for most goals scored in a season with 60 and was ranked third on the all-time lacrosse points list.
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