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Class of 2002 Inductees
Balazs Koranyi - Men's Track & Field
Koranyi was a track and field standout at Rutgers from 1993 through 1997. He was a four-time All-American and three-time BIG EAST Champion in the 800 meters, while also winning five Metropolitan Championships. He set the school record in both the indoor (1:47.93) and outdoor (1:46.53) 800m run. Koranyi was a First Team Academic All-American in 1996 and earned the 1997 Leslie Coursen Award as Rutgers' outstanding senior male athlete. Beyond his collegiate competition, Koranyi competed at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics for his native Hungary, reaching the semifinals of the 800m run each year. He was a national record holder in Hungary as well with a time of 1:45.39. His induction came in his first year of eligibility.
Andrew "Abe" Sivess - Athletic Administration
Sivess (B.S. '49; M.A., Education, '50) was a long-time member of the Rutgers University athletic department, serving on the athletic training staff from 1946 to 1984. He was appointed the head athletic trainer in 1965 and worked with the football program during the 1960's and 1970's, including the team's undefeated seasons in 1961 and 1976. As a student-athlete at Rutgers, Sivess earned 10 varsity letters (two in football and four each in basketball and baseball), helping the basketball team to a 13-7 mark in 1945-46 and the football team to a combined 12-4 mark in 1945-46. A native of South River, he also served as the golf coach at Rutgers from 1973-1982, guiding the team to an undefeated season in 1979. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Heidi Faith - Field Hockey/Lacrosse
Faith competed in both field hockey and lacrosse at Rutgers and is widely considered one of the first standout female student-athletes. She was a New Atlantic All-College First Team selection as a freshman field hockey player in 1973 and earned a spot on the All-College Field Hockey First Team in 1975. She holds the school record for most goals in a game (six) and was the team's leading scorer in each of her final three seasons, including a career-high 13 goals and six assists as a senior in 1976. She played with the US National Team in 1980 and 1981 and earned a Bronze Medal at the 1981 US Olympic Sports Festival. In lacrosse, Faith led her team in scoring all four seasons, scoring 97 career goals (26 as a senior in 1977, along with 16 assists). She was a First Team Central Section pick in 1974 and earned an invitation to the US team trials in 1976. In 1977, Faith played for the central All-Star team in an exhibition game vs. Australia and served as the head coach at Stanford University from 1986-92.
Tom Sweeney - Men's Lacrosse
Sweeney was a four-time honorable mention All-American in lacrosse at Rutgers, graduating in 1980 as the second-leading scorer in the history of the program with 191 points and the top-goal scorer with 141. Currently, he ranks sixth all-time in points and third in career goals. Sweeney also owns the single-season record with 50 goals, registered in 1978. A two-time team captain, Sweeney enjoyed his most productive day during the 1978 season, scoring 10 goals and three assists in a 24-7 win over CW Post on April 18. The goals are tied for the best single-game effort in school history, while the points rank second. The William Miller Trophy winner in 1978 and the Knight Cup recipient in 1980, Sweeney capped his collegiate career by participating in the 1980 North/South All-Star game.
Tanya Hansen - Women's Basketball
Tanya Hansen averaged 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds during her career, leading the Scarlet Knights to four consecutive berths in the NCAA Tournament.. A defensive standout from Albany, N.Y., her 245 career blocks still rank among the best at RU, including the 75 rejections during her senior year which is among the all-time best in the single-season record books. As a senior, she averaged a whopping 20.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest on her way to being named the New Jersey Basketball Coaches & Sportswriters Association Player of the Year and earning a spot on the Kodak All-District II First Team. She twice competed at the U.S. Olympic Festival as a member of the East Team, winning a silver medal in 1989 and a gold in 1990. A 1990 Second Team All-Atlantic-10 section and 1991 and 1992 First-Team All-Atlantic-10 honoree, she played professionally in Spain following her days "On the Banks."
Shawn Williams - Football
Williams was an All-BIG EAST as well as All-East (Associated Press) selection at outside linebacker following his senior season in 1992. A captain that year, Williams helped lead Rutgers to a 7-4 record, including a 4-2 mark in BIG EAST play. He began his career in 1989, and was in on 34 tackles, the most by a freshman that season. As a sophomore in 1990, he was third on the team with 60 tackles, including a career-high 16 in a win over Army. In 1991, Williams was among the top linebackers in the East, registering 79 tackles, second-best on the team, and leading the BIG EAST with 13 sacks for minus 78 yards. As a senior, Williams capped his standout career with 69 tackles, giving him 242 in his career which, at the time of his graduation, ranked him among the top linebackers to ever play at Rutgers. His 21 career quarterback sacks rank fourth in school history.
Jim Monahan - Baseball
Monahan was a key member of the 1950 Rutgers baseball team which advanced to the College World Series for the first and only time in school history. Monahan was among the offensive leaders in five categories in 1950, while his best season came in 1952. That year, Monahan earned First Team All-East and First Team All-America honors after hitting .400 with a team-high 17 stolen bases and 18 RBI, second-best on the team. Rutgers enjoyed a 41-19-1 record during his four seasons, including a 17-4-1 mark during that memorable 1950 campaign.
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