June 12, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame will enshrine 13 new members this fall, with 11 former student-athletes and two coaches among the honorees. The class will be inducted Sept. 26 at a dinner and will be introduced to the public at halftime of the Ohio State home football game against Cincinnati Sept. 27.
The 2014 class includes Tessa Bonhomme (women’s hockey), Nancy Darsch (women’s basketball coach), Boaz Ellis (fencing), Rosalind Goodwin (women’s track and field), Ralph Guarasci (men’s golf), Russ Hellickson (wrestling coach), Becky Kim (synchronized swimming), Tami Smith (women’s track and field), Troy Smith (football), Bob Vogel (football), Antoine Winfield (football), Ralph Wolf (football) and Jeremy Wurtzman (men’s tennis).
The hall of fame was created in 1977 and has inducted 277 men through 2013. Smith, Vogel, Winfield and Wolf will bring the total football players in the hall to 113, while Ellis will be the third men’s fencer inducted. Guarasci is the 15th men’s golfer headed to the hall of fame, men’s tennis will bring its total to five with Wurtzman and Hellickson will be the first former wrestling coach to be enshrined.
Women were first inducted into the hall in 1993, with 106 outstanding student-athletes, coaches and administrators enshrined through 2013. Bonhomme will be the second women’s hockey player enshrined and Kim will be the 10th synchronized swimmer to join the elite group. Goodwin and Smith will be the 10th and 11th track and field athletes to be inducted and Darsch becomes the second women’s basketball coach to be enshrined.
The Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner, which will be a joint dinner for the men and women, will be held in the Archie M. Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union Sept. 26. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails; dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $75, with tables of eight available for $600. Tickets will go on sale July 1. Registration information will be available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com later this month.
Women’s Hockey (2004-05, 2007-08)
Tessa Bonhomme played four seasons for the Buckeyes as a defenseman, her collegiate career starting in 2003 and ending in 2008. Bonhomme is Ohio State’s only AHCA First Team All-American after receiving the honor in 2008. She was a Second Team All-American in 2007 and is a two-time Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award finalist, which is given annually to the top women’s collegiate hockey player. A three-time All-WCHA selection, Bonhomme was voted the WCHA Player of the Year during her senior season in 2008.
Bonhomme, who was voted captain by her teammates for the 2007-08 season, holds multiple school-records at Ohio State including career points by a defenseman (128) and most points in a season for a defenseman (45). She ranks sixth overall all-time in career scoring, third in career assists (86) and 10th in career goals (42). Bonhomme was selected to the WCHA All-Tournament team in 2007 after helping lead the Buckeyes to the conference semifinals.
A native of Sudbury, Ontario, Bonhomme competed with the Canadian National Team throughout her time at OSU, redshirting the 2005-06 OSU campaign to centralize with the Canadian team and ended up being one of the last cuts off the final Olympic roster in 2006. She played a vital role in Canada’s gold-medal winning run at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
In 2010 Bonhomme was selected first overall by Toronto in the first Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) draft, where she is still playing today. She recently helped lead the Furies to the 2014 Clarkson Cup championship. She graduated from Ohio State in 2008 with a degree in speech pathology.
Women’s Basketball Coach (1986-97)
Darsch coached the women’s basketball program from 1986-97, amassing a record of 234-125 in her 12 seasons as head coach. She led the Buckeyes to four Big Ten championships and seven NCAA tournaments, including three “Sweet Sixteen” appearances, one “Elite Eight” and a national runner-up finish in 1993. Darsch also helped lead the USA Women’s Basketball team to gold medals in 1984 and 1996 as an assistant coach.
Darsch, a 1973 graduate of Springfield College, mentored three All-Americans during her Ohio State tenure in Tracey Hall (1987 , 1998), Nikita Lowry (1989) and Katie Smith (1993, 1996), three Big Ten players of the year and 10 first team All-Big Ten selections.
Darsch is most remembered as the coach who led Ohio State to its only Final Four appearance in 1993. That season the Buckeyes finished 24-3 in the regular season and 16-2 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes entered the NCAA tournament that year as the No. 1 seed in the East Region, defeating two No. 2 seeds in Virginia in the East Regional final and Iowa in the national semifinal. Ohio State’s dream of a title came to an end, however, at the hands of Sheryl Swoopes and the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 84-82, in the national championship game in Atlanta.
Darsch went on to coach professionally in the WNBA, starting with the inaugural season in 1997 with the New York Liberty, where she coached for two seasons. She led the Liberty to a 36-24 record during her tenure and guided the team to the WNBA finals in 1997. Darsch also coached the Washington Mystics for two seasons (1999-2000) before becoming an advance scout with the team for three seasons. She later joined the Minnesota Lynx as an assistant coach from 2003-2005. In 2006 and 2007 Darsch served as an assistant coach at Boston College.
Men’s Fencing (2004-06)
Boaz Ellis was a three-time NCAA champion in foil, joining a select group of Buckeyes who won three individual NCAA titles in their careers. A three-time All-American, Ellis was a major contributor during the Ohio State fencing program’s first national championship in 2004. He won the NCAA title as a freshman in 2004, and repeated as champion as a junior in 2005, posting an 18-4 ledger that season. In 2006 he was 20-1 overall and claimed his third NCAA title. . He also led the squad to three-consecutive Midwestern Conference Championships winning the conference crown in men’s foil in 2004 and 2006. He was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten and three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree.
A native of Tzippori, Israel, Ellis joined the Israeli national fencing team at the age of 16. He is a five-time Israeli National Champion and won the silver medal at the World Cup in 2000 and 2001.
Women’s Track and Field (2002-05)
Rosalind Goodwin was a two-time All-American in the triple jump as a collegiate athlete at Ohio State, placing fifth at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championships and sixth at the 2004 championships. A six-time Big Ten champion, Goodwin won the Big Ten indoor triple jump and long jump titles in both 2004 and 2005, while also winning the 2004 outdoor triple jump and 2005 outdoor long jump crowns.
Goodwin still holds Ohio State records in the outdoor triple jump (13.50m/44-3.50), the indoor triple jump (13.37m/43-10.50) and the indoor (6.32m/20-9.00) and outdoor (6.39m/20-11.75) long jump. She was a 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials triple jump qualifier and the ninth-place finisher in the triple jump at the 2005 USA Track and Field Championships.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Goodwin is currently in her second season as associate head coach at Ohio State and sixth season overall with the women’s track and field team. She returned to coach at her alma mater in July of 2008 as an assistant coach after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Auburn University.
In five seasons with the Scarlet and Gray, Goodwin has worked closely with the Buckeyes’ horizontal and vertical jumpers. In 2013, Abie Ehimwenman won a bronze medal in the long jump at the Big Ten indoor championships, while Adenike Pedro placed fourth in the long jump at the conference outdoor meet. Two years earlier Kelcey McKinney won the Big Ten outdoor triple jump title and, along with Ashley Galbraith, qualified for the NCAA East preliminaries. Galbraith would go on to compete at the NCAA championships, where she earned Honorable Mention All-America honors with an 18th-place finish in the high jump.
Men’s Golf (1975-78)
Ralph Guarasci was a four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain during Ohio State’s four consecutive Big Ten championships from 1975-78. The run was the start of five straight conference titles overall and 13 out of the next 15 for Ohio State. Guarasci played on three NCAA Top 10 squads, including two as team captain in 1977 and 1978. The Buckeyes racked up 35 team victories during Guarasci’s tenure.
Individually, Guarasci’s finest season came in 1976 when the Columbus native was named a First Team All-American after seizing Big Ten medalist honors. Additional members of the `76 All-America First Team included fellow golf legends: Curtis Strange, Jay Haas, Mark O’Meara, Scott Simpson, Peter Jacobson and Keith Fergus. Guarasci also competed in the Sun Bowl that year, the oldest and most prestigious collegiate golf tournament in the country. He earned First Team All-Big Ten recognition in back-to-back years (1976, 77). His four career individual tournament medalist performances rank ninth all-time in school history. Guarasci totaled a dozen top-10 finishes while donning the Scarlet and Gray.
The marketing major graduated from The Ohio State University in 1978 with a 3.5 cumulative grade point average. His excellence on the course started at Columbus Bishop Waterson High School where he pulled off both the individual and team state championships three-peat (1972-74).
Wrestling Coach (1986-2006)
Russ Hellickson helped usher in a new era of wrestling at Ohio State. Hired in 1986 to take over a program that was in his 67th year, Hellickson produced three All-Americans, including NCAA champion Mark Coleman, in just his second season at the helm of the Buckeyes. In all, the two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (1991 and 2002) mentored 41 All-Americans. Of the list of All-Americans who were coached by Hellickson, five earned the pinnacle of success by winning an NCAA title in their respective weight class, including two-time champions Kevin Randleman (1992 and 1993) and Tommy Rowlands (2002 and 2004). In 2004, Hellickson and the Buckeyes etched their way into the Ohio State records book when five All-Americans – J.D. Bergman, John Clark, Blake Kaplan, Jeff Ratliff and Tommy Rowlands – wrestled to a third-place finish at the NCAA championships. The Top 3 placing was a Buckeye all-time high and Ohio State’s five All-Americans in one season remains a Buckeye best. Throughout his 20-year Ohio State career, Hellickson coached seven wrestlers to 12 Big Ten titles. Additionally, Hellickson-led teams still hold the Ohio State record for most wins (20), consecutive wins (15) and most Big Ten wins (7).
A fierce competitor at Wisconsin and internationally, Hellickson won 10 national freestyle titles for Team USA, three Pan American Games Gold Medals (1971, 1975, 1979) and a silver medal (1979) and bronze medal (1971) at the World Championships. At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Hellickson was a silver medalist for the U.S. Olympic Freestyle Team and was named captain of the U.S. squad for the 1980 Games in Moscow. Hellickson is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Wisconsin Wrestling Hall of Fame, University of Wisconsin Hall of Fame and Midlands Open Hall of Fame.
Synchronized Swimming (2004-06, 2009)
Four-time U.S. Collegiate All-American Becky Kim won six U.S. Collegiate championships, ranging from duet, trio and team titles, during her Ohio State career. Additionally, during her span as a Buckeye, Kim was instrumental in helping Ohio State win a pair of U.S. Collegiate National titles in 2004 and 2009. The 2009 United States Synchronized Swimming Collegiate Athlete of the Year, Kim was pivotal in leading the Buckeyes to their first U.S. Senior National title in program history as a senior in 2009. Kim and Meghan Kinney paired up in the duet routine and finished first en route to the historic moment.
An active member of the U.S. Team I and Team II National squads throughout her career, Kim achieved a momentous feat when she was named a member of the U.S. Olympic Team for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Women’s Track and Field (2000-03)
Tami Smith was a five-time Big Ten champion, two-time First Team All-American and school record-holder in the high jump during her time on the Ohio State women’s track and field team from 2000-04. She is co-owner of the OSU indoor record (6-0.00) and is the only Buckeye to reach that same height during the outdoor season.
The Columbus native and Westland High School product won three consecutive indoor Big Ten titles from 2001-03 and added back-to-back outdoor titles in 2002 and 2003. Smith earned First Team All-America status in 2002 during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. She placed sixth at the 2002 NCAA indoor championships with a jump of 5-9.00 and followed it up with an eighth-place finish at the 2002 NCAA outdoor championships with a jump of 5-8.75. She competed at the 2003 NCAA outdoor championships as well, narrowly missing the cut for the final round with her jump of 5-7.25.
A three time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Smith graduated with a degree in communication during the spring of 2003.
Smith, Ohio State’s seventh Heisman Trophy winner in 2006, was 25-3 as a starter during his career and posted a 3-0 mark against rival Michigan. He led the Buckeyes to two Big Ten championships and a spot in the 2006 BCS National Championship game.
Smith redshirted as a freshman in 2002 and saw limited action the following year, appearing in 10 games at slash back and returning kickoffs. The talented sophomore broke into the starting lineup in 2004 in week seven and led the Buckeyes to a 4-1 record down the stretch, including a 37-21 win over Michigan in which he accounted for three touchdowns and 386 yards in total offense.
In 2005, Smith guided the Buckeyes to a 10-2 record that included a thrilling come-from-behind victory at Michigan and a decisive win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. Smith threw for 16 touchdowns and rushed for 11 more in his first full season as a starter.
But the Cleveland native saved his best for last, leading the No. 1 ranked Buckeyes to a 12-0 regular-season record and a spot in the national championship game as a senior in 2006. With one remarkable performance after another, he threw for a school single-season record 30 touchdowns and became just the second quarterback in Ohio State history to post a 3-0 record against Michigan as a starter. In a see-saw 42-39 win over the Wolverines, Smith threw four touchdown passes and topped the 300-yard mark in total offense for the third-consecutive year.
Following the regular season, the consensus All-American was a landslide winner in the Heisman Trophy voting, recording the second-largest margin of victory ever in the balloting. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft, where he played for three seasons. He also played with the San Francisco 49ers in 2010.
Bob Vogel played football for Ohio State from 1959-1962, serving as team captain in 1962, and he was a three-year Varsity O letterwinner (1960, 1961 and 1962).
Vogel, considered one of college football’s best offensive tackles, was an outstanding player for Woody Hayes’ teams that went 7-2 in 1960, 8-0-1 in 1961 and 6-3 in 1962. The 1961 team won the national championship, as voted on by the Football Writers’ Association of America, as well as the Big Ten title with a 6-0 mark. After a 7-7 tie with Texas Christian to open the season, the Buckeyes won eight consecutive games and capped the national championship season with a rousing, 50-20, victory over Michigan. The team finished second that year, behind Alabama, in both the AP and UPI polls.
Following his Buckeye football career, Vogel was the fifth player chosen in the NFL Draft. He went to the Baltimore Colts, where he played through 1972 as a tackle, protecting Johnny Unitas’ blind side. In his 10 years playing with the Colts, he missed only a single game. He was named to the Pro Bowl five times and played in Super Bowls III and V, beating the Dallas Cowboys in the latter game.
Born in Columbus, his family later moved to Massillon where he was named all-state as a Massillon Washington Tiger tackle.
Winfield, a team captain as a senior, was one of the all-time great cornerbacks in Ohio State history. A two-time All-American, he was a consensus choice as a senior in 1998. He was the first Buckeye to win the Thorpe Award as the nation’s outstanding defensive back; the first non-linebacker (and only the fifth player total) to record at least 200 solo tackles; the first defensive back in Ohio State history to be voted team MVP (following the 1997 season); and the first cornerback in recorded history to lead the team in tackles when he did so in 1997.
A two-time all-Big Ten Conference selection, Winfield closed his career with 278 tackles, including 224 solo stops, 22 tackles-for-loss, 29 pass breakups and three interceptions. He played in four bowl games, including the 1996 Citrus Bowl when he came in as a true freshman and recorded seven tackles. He played in 50 career games, starting 29 times. As a senior in 1998, he was one of five finalists for the Football News Defensive Player of the Year Award. He was named first-team All-America by the Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp, the Football Writers and the Football News and was named the Buckeyes’ Bill Willis Defensive Player of the Year award winner. He totaled 75 tackles, including nine solo tackles in a win over Michigan to close the season.
As a junior, Winfield was voted by his teammates as the 1997 MVP after a season in which he totaled 100 tackles, 12 pass break-ups and two interceptions. He had 82 solo tackles, the fifth-highest solo tackle total in school history, and made the Football Writers and Football News All-America teams. He led the team in tackles five times, including a magnificent 10-tackle performance against Michigan and a career-high, 13-tackle effort against Missouri.
A first-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1999, the hard-hitting Winfield was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, playing five seasons with the Bills and nine with the Minnesota Vikings from 2004-2012. He retired from the NFL in 2013.
Ralph Wolf played center on offense and along the defensive line for Ohio State between 1935-37, and he was a two-year Varsity O letterwinner. A two-time team MVP (1936 and 1937), Wolf was also a team captain for coach Francis Schmidt’s 1937 team that posted a 6-2 record and was second in the Big Ten Conference with a 5-1 mark. He was also a member of the 1935 Ohio State team that was 7-1 and won the Big Ten with a 5-0 record, and the 5-3, 1936 team that was second in the Big Ten with a 4-1 mark.
A first-team All-American in 1937, Wolf was also named to the Big Ten’s all-conference first team that year. His play helped the Buckeyes win three games over rival Michigan, all by shutout ( 38-0 in 1935; and 21-0 scores in the 1936 and 1937 games, respectively). Another big win that Wolf was a part of was the 1937 win over Northwestern, 7-0, which represented Ohio State’s first victory over a nationally-ranked team.
Wolf was an excellent student, maintaining close to a 4.0 GPA in the engineering program and he was president of the junior class.
Men’s Tennis (2002-04)
Jeremy Wurtzman was a 2004 All-American and three-time All-Big Ten selection, becoming just the first Ohio State men’s tennis player to receive the honor since current head coach Ty Tucker in 1991. Wurtzman was the first Buckeye to win an ITA National Championship, capturing both the 2003 and `04 singles crowns. He finished his senior campaign ranked No. 3 in the nation.
Wurtzman, a letterwinner for the Buckeyes from 2002-04, ended his career in the Top 10 in career singles victories with 108 and in the Top 15 in career doubles victories with 74. His 42 wins in 2004 ranked second at the time and his 30 doubles wins that season were in the Top 3 at that time. He is currently 12th in combined wins, a mark that was second when he completed his Buckeye career.
During his junior campaign, Wurtzman was the first Buckeye to win the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor championship in singles along with the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional championship in singles in 2003. He was awarded the ITA/Farnsworth National Senior Co-Player of the Year and the ITA Region IV Senior Player of the Year in 2004.
Aside from individual accolades, Wurtzman and his doubles partner Joey Atas advanced to the NCAA Doubles Championship and closed the year ranked No. 29 in the country in 2004.
Wurtzman returned to Ohio State as an assistant coach and was a finalist for the 2009 National Assistant of the Year honor. During his professional career, Wurtzman ranked as one of the Top 30 U.S. professional players in the world from 2004-2006 and amassed 10 career professional titles with notable wins over Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish. Wurtzman, who completed his degree in human ecology in 2008, became the associate head coach at the University of Michigan in 2013.