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Class of 2003 Inductees
|Dick Hale - Special Contributor/Football
Hale was a long-time supporter of Rutgers Athletics and the building which houses the football locker rooms, athletic training room, coaches' offices and strength and conditioning facilities bears his name. He also served as an advisor to University President Richard L. McCormick as a member of the Board of Overseers and was also a member of the President's Council executive committee. He received the George H. Cook Award in 1997, Cook College's highest alumni recognition for outstanding achievement and was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni that same year. Hale, who passed away in 2004, was also a veteran of two wars, serving in both World War II and the Korean War, receiving the Silver Star and two Bronze stars for bravery in combat.
|Janet Malouf - Women's Basketball
Janet Malouf, from nearby Milltown, N.J., was one of the greatest point guards in Rutgers history, leading the Scarlet Knights to four NCAA Tournament berths and two Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament championships. Starting 125 of RU's 129 games during her career, she established the Rutgers career assists mark by dishing the ball out 718 times in her four seasons "on the banks". The team's assists leader all four of her seasons, including amassing 209 assists during the 1986-87 season, Malouf also captured 202 career steals. A selection to the 1986 Atlantic-10 All-Freshman Team, after averaging 5.6 assists per game as a rookie, she later was a 1989 Atlantic-10 All-Third Team selection. Malouf won a gold medal with the 1986 U.S. Select Team at the Jones Cup Tournament in Taiwan.
|Reid Jackson - Men's Lacrosse
Jackson, one of the best lacrosse players in Rutgers history, lettered for the Scarlet Knights from 1991 through 1994. He was a three-time All-American at Rutgers, earning honorable mention honors in 1992, second team honors in 1993 and first team accolades in 1994. Jackson was a two-time captain (1993, 94) at Rutgers and was the team MVP (William Miller Trophy recipient) in 1994. Jackson was also RU's Coursen Award winner in 1994. As one of the nation's top defensive players, Jackson received the William C. Schmisser award from the USILA, honoring the nation's best defenseman at the Division I level. He also played in the North/South All-Star game following his senior season and later won a gold medal with the United States National Team in 1998. He earned All-Club honors in the USLCA for three-straight years and also starred as a charter member of Major League Lacrosse, playing with the New Jersey Pride for two seasons before retiring in 2002. He also played with the Long Island Lacrosse Club in the USLCA, winning three national championships while earning All-Club honors four-consecutive years.
|Eric Riggins - Men's Basketball
As his career progressed, Eric Riggins developed into a virtually unstoppable offensive force. The extremely quick 6-8, 205-pound Riggins blended an assortment of crafty, low post moves with an uncommonly soft touch. He scored 1,604 career points, which ranks eighth on the all-time Rutgers scoring list. In 1986-87, his senior season, Riggins put together one of the finest offensive seasons in school history. That year, he averaged 24.7 points per game, fifth all-time in RU history. He finished the season with 692 points, the fourth-best single-season total ever at Rutgers. He scored 20 or more points in a game 21 times that season, eclipsed the 30-point mark eight times and finished his RU career by scoring 20 or more points in 14 consecutive games. His 245 made field goals in 1986-87 are sixth all-time. His 200 free throws made and 256 attempted are both second all-time. On the afternoon of February 21, 1987, he poured in 51 points vs. Penn State at the RAC, to tie fellow Hall of Famer Bob Lloyd for the most points ever scored by a Rutgers player. His 19 made field goals that day also tied a school record.
|Janet Koontz - Athletic Administration
Koontz was an instrumental figure in the establishment of women's sports at Rutgers University. She initially served on the University's committee to study and ultimately plan the initial women's sports program at RU, which included seven sports at its inception. Koontz then served as the primary administrator for the women's teams, dealing with issues such as budget, facilities, equipment, sports to be included, personnel, financial aid and scheduling. She served on the University's Committee for Women's Athletics for eight years and was active on both the state and national level, assisting with the inauguration of the Association of Women's Collegiate Athletics Administrators of New Jersey.
|Harry Swayne - Football
Swayne played for the Scarlet Knights from 1983-1986, and was a starting defensive tackle for three seasons. His best season came as a senior in 1986, when he registered 51 tackles, five sacks, nine tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries. Swayne was taken in the ninth round of the 1987 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and proceeded to play 15 seasons in the NFL. He played with the Bucs (1987-90), Chargers (1991-96), Broncos (1997-98), Ravens (1999-2000) and Dolphins (2001). He captured three Super Bowl rings (two with Denver, one with Baltimore) during his career and also won an AFC Championship with the Chargers.
|Norman "Norm" Kramer - Men's Swimming
Norm Kramer was one of the most successful swimmers in Rutgers history and one of the earliest national champions for the Scarlet Knights. In 1931, Kramer earned two first-place finishes at the NCAA Championships, winning both the 400-yard relay (3:39.4) and the 300-yard medley relay (3:09.4) while taking second in the preliminaries of the 100-yard freestyle. In 1933, Kramer returned to NCAA Championship competition and once again took first in the 400-yard relay, registering an identical 3:39.04 time. He also advanced to the semifinals in the 100-yard freestyle, placing him among the top 20 in the country in that event. Kramer also recorded three first-place finishes at the Eastern Collegiate Swimming Association (ECSA) Championships in 1932, winning the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard relay and the 300-yard relay. He repeated that performance in 1933 as well, sweeping all three events. After completing his collegiate career, he was a major supporter of the men's and women's programs at Rutgers, donating the current record boards at the Sonny Werblin pool. Kramer passed away in 2000.
|David Whinfrey - Wrestling
A four-year letterwinner and two-time captain of the Rutgers wrestling team, David Whinfrey was the 1950 Coursen Award recipient, capping a brilliant scholastic career on the Banks. Whinfey was the MAC heavyweight champion in 1947, the same year he earned the inaugural Nist-Sachel Trophy as the team's most improved grappler. A year later, he captured the MAC championship at 175 pounds and was a finalist in the 174-pound weight class at the United States Olympic trials. He won the 1949 Eastern Regional AAU Championships at 175 pounds before winning the 1950 Championship at 191 pounds. That same year, Whinfrey won the National AAU Championship at 191 pounds and was named a First Team All-American ' the first in RU wrestling history. Whinfrey posted a 33-3-1 dual meet record at Rutgers and, including his 45-5-0 tournament record, finished his career with a 78-8-1 mark, which still ranks as the best all-time winning percentage in program history (.902).