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Class of 2015 Inductees
|Gary Brackett - Football
Gary Brackett, a nine-year NFL veteran and a native of Glassboro, N.J., earned a spot on the Scarlet Knights' roster as a walk-on at middle linebacker. A two-time recipient of the Homer Hazel Award as the MVP of the Rutgers football team (2001, 2002), Brackett was also honored with the 12th Man Award following the 2000 season as Rutgers' top special teams' player.
As a senior in 2002, Brackett was Rutgers leading tackler with 130 stops. Brackett was also the second leading tackler in the BIG EAST Conference as a senior. Elected captain of the Scarlet Knights in both the 2001 and 2002 seasons, Brackett finished his Rutgers career with 274 tackles.
Bracket played with the Indianapolis Colts from 2003 to 2011 after being signed as an undrafted free agent. He helped guide the Colts to a pair of Super Bowl appearances, winning a Championship ring in Super Bowl XLI. In 2009, Brackett was the 11th annual recipient of the Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award, presented to an NFL player "whose contributions to the community and charitable organizations are especially outstanding." He won the award for his work with the IMPACT Foundation, a charity he founded in the spring of 2007.
|Keith Cromwell - Men's Lacrosse
Keith Cromwell played at Rutgers from 1998 to 2001, posting one of the most accomplished careers in Rutgers lacrosse history. Cromwell is the leading scorer in school history, totaling 152 goals and 266 points. He also recorded 114 assists, which is third in program history. He totaled at least 65 points in three seasons, while scoring 42 and 44 goals in his sophomore and junior campaigns. All of those marks rank among the top-10 single season performances in Rutgers history.
The Hicksville, N.Y., native was a three-time USILA Lacrosse All-American, capping his career with First Team All-American honors in 2001 after Second Team and Honorable Mention selections the previous two seasons. He was a two-time team captain and four-time winner of the team's William Miller Trophy, given to the player who made the greatest contribution to the team during the season. Cromwell also earned the Coursen Award (Outstanding Male Athlete) from the Rutgers athletic department in 2001.
After his collegiate career, Cromwell was the seventh overall selection in the inaugural Major League Lacrosse Draft. He was named MLL Rookie of the Year in 2001 and went on to play 12 seasons in the league, ranking in the top five all-time in assists. He also has spent years as a lacrosse coach, including spending the 2011-12 season as an assistant at Rutgers. In 2013, he was inducted into the Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
|Fred Hill - Coach, Baseball
A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame, Fred Hill earned 1,089 career victories at the collegiate level over 37 years, including 941 in 30 seasons leading the Scarlet Knights. Hill retired from Rutgers ranked 32nd in college baseball history in wins, having earned his 1,000th career victory April 17, 2010 against USF in front of a record crowd of 1,124 fans at Bainton Field. Overall, Hill led RU to 11 NCAA Regional appearances, 12 regular season conference championships and eight conference tournament titles during his tenure in Piscataway.
Rebuilding the team into a northeast baseball power, he won eight straight Atlantic 10 regular season titles starting in 1986 to advance RU to the NCAA Tournament five times in that stretch. Hill continued that success after the program moved to the Big East and became the second-winningest coach in conference history, with 267 victories in the league over 19 seasons. His first championship in the Big East came in 1998 as he earned Coach of the Year honors and won both the regular season and tournament title. That started a stretch of five NCAA berths in six years that included hosting an NCAA Regional in 2000, a rarity for a northeast school. The 2007 team was among the best for Hill, as it tied the school record with 42 wins and won both the Big East regular season and tournament titles. Named ABCA East Region Coach of the Year, the Scarlet Knights earned the No. 2 seed in the Charlottesville Regional. A school-record six players off that team were selected in the ensuing MLB Draft.
During his career, Hill sent over 70 players to professional baseball - with Todd Frazier and David DeJesus both currently in the major leagues - and developed 20 All-America selections. His No. 24 was retired at Bainton Field May 10, 2014.
|Dick Lloyd - Special Contributor, Men's Basketball
Dick Lloyd, a Loyal Son of Rutgers, served the university in many capacities for 50 years, including the 23 seasons (1992-2015) in the booth as men's basketball radio analyst. Lloyd arrived "On the Banks" as an assistant men's basketball coach in 1965 under Bill Foster, worked as head coach from 1971-73, and served with the Rutgers University Foundation and Alumni Relations for many years during his tenure.
Lloyd directed the freshmen and was the assistant varsity coach under Foster from 1965-71, before serving as head coach for two seasons. With his brother Bobby, the first All-American in Rutgers history, and Jim Valvano manning the backcourt, he helped the Scarlet Knights to a 22-7 record and a third place finish in the National Invitation Tournament in 1966-67. As head coach, he compiled a 29-22 mark with Dick Vitale and John McFadden as assistant coaches and recruited the freshmen class that would eventually lead the Scarlet Knights to the 1976 Final Four as seniors.
Lloyd transitioned to the University side in July 1973, initially serving as Staff Assistant in the Office of the Secretary for the University, before working as Director of Alumni Relations for 10 years. He joined the Rutgers University Foundation in 1984 as Director of the Annual Fund before serving as Director of Corporate Relations. Lloyd concluded his full-time career with Rutgers as Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations in 2003, the same year he received the Rutgers Alumni Federation's Meritorious Service Award.
|1990 Men's Soccer Team
Building off a final four appearance the previous season, the 1990 Rutgers men's soccer team advanced all the way to the national championship game that resulted in a penalty kick shootout. The Scarlet Knights ended the season at 20-3-2 as they knocked off previously unbeaten and No.1 ranked Evansville to reach the championship match. A first-half goal by Mike Miller would be the only scoring in the match, but also the 15th shutout of the year for the Scarlet Knights and the second number one team to fall to Rutgers in 1990. The Scarlet Knights also dominated top-ranked UCLA in the MetLife Classic and followed with 600 minutes of shutout soccer to close out the regular season.
The 20 victories earned by the team under head coach Bob Reasso, which included a win over Penn State to claim its first Atlantic 10 title, still remain an RU record. Steve Rammel, the team's leading scorer with 43 points and ninth-ranked Scarlet Knight with 84 career points, was the runner-up for the Hermann Award and goalkeeper Bill Andracki was named an All-American after shutting out Dartmouth, Evansville and UCLA in the year's final three contests. Alexi Lalas, who recovered from a ruptured appendix early in the season, and Jeff Zaun were All-Region selections from a defense ranked second nationally in goals allowed, as was David Mueller, the Scarlet Knight that scored the game-winner in the Atlantic 10 championship game. Lino DiCuollo, who assisted on Miller's game-winner that gave the Scarlet Knights a chance to play for a national title, was an All-Atlantic 10 selection.