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June 26, 2001

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame will add 14 new members to its ranks this fall. The Class of 2001, which is comprised of 10 men and four women, was announced today by Jeff Logan and Holly Cush, respective presidents of the Men’s and Women’s Varsity “O” Associations.%^$

%^$The newest members of the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame are: Chuck Brinkman (baseball), John Brockington (football), Mike Finneran (diving), Alice “Lefty” Hohlmayer (club sports), Thomas “Pepper” Johnson (football), Clark Kellogg (basketball), Bill McKenzie (hockey), Pete Perini (baseball, football), Jude Skove (wrestling), Katie Smith (basketball), Cheryl Stacy (golf), Steve Tovar (football), Marc Waldie (volleyball) and Leisa Wissler (volleyball).%^$

%^$The newly elected members will be inducted Friday, Sept. 14, as part of the festivities surrounding the San Diego State-Ohio State football game on Sept. 15. They will then be introduced to the Ohio Stadium crowd during halftime of Saturday’s game.%^$

%^$”This is an extremely strong and impressive class,” said Logan. “We have national champions, All-Americans, Big Ten and league MVPs and record holders, and we have representatives from a wide variety of sports. I want to congratulate the Varsity “O” Board on its thoroughness.”%^$

%^$Noted Cush, “We have had larger classes I am sure, but I don’t know if we have ever had one with the credentials that this group brings to the table. This is truly a remarkable group of women that we have chosen to honor. When you read their resumes, you are just overwhelmed at what they were able to accomplish.”%^$

%^$In addition to selecting this year’s class for the Hall of Fame, the Men’s Varsity “O” Association also has awarded an Honorary Varsity “O” to Mike Dolan and Steve Snapp, both longtime members of the Department of Athletics. Both of the latter will be part of the ceremony on Sept. 14, as well as the halftime activities at the football game.%^$

%^$Friday’s induction for the men will take place at the Woody Hayes Athletics Center. The women’s ceremony will be at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Caf©.%^$

%^$Biographical information on each of this year’s honorees follows:%^$

%^$Chuck Brinkman (1964-66) – Considered the finest catcher in Ohio State history … lettered three years (1964-66) and was captain of the Buckeyes’ 1966 National Championship team … helped OSU to a three-year record of 78-29-1, two Big Ten titles and two appearances in the College World Series … named to the College World Series all-star team in 1965 and ’66 and to the College World Series All-Decade team … was a second-team All-America in 1966 … lifetime .335 hitter … brilliant defensive catcher, whose OSU teams set school records for fewest earned runs (63 in 1964) and lowest ERA (2.11 in 1966) … later played nine years in the majors, including five seasons with the Chicago White Sox … currently lives in Bryan, Ohio.%^$

%^$John Brockington (1968-70) – Part of the “Super Sophs” who helped lead the Buckeyes to the 1968 National Championship, three Big Ten titles and a combined record of 27-2 … just the second player in OSU history to rush for 1,000 or more yards, amassing 1,142 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns in 1970 … First-Team All-Big Ten and All-America as a senior, helping the Buckeyes to a 9-0 regular-season record … 42 rushing attempts against Northwestern in 1970 set a record at the time and still ranks second in the OSU records book … first-round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers and the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1971 … was the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 or more yards in each of his first three years in the league.%^$

%^$Mike Finneran (1968-69, `71) – Won the Big Ten one-meter title as a sophomore in 1969 and went on to take fourth place at the NCAA Championships in that event to earn All-America honors … also won All-America honors on the three-meter board in 1969 with a fifth-place finish … won both Big Ten spring boards titles as a senior in 1971, and also captured the one-meter title at the NCAAs …also second on the three-meter at the 1971 nationals … capped off a fine 1971 season by winning a gold medal at the Pan Am Games … was a member of the 1972 USA Olympic Team on both the three and the 10-meter boards … his wife, Carrie, is a member of the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.%^$

%^$Alice “Lefty” Hohlmayer (1943-49) – Competed for Ohio State before there were varsity sports for women, but must still be considered one of the finest and most versatile athletes ever to play for the Buckeyes … was a member of the “Varsity” field hockey, volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, fencing, badminton, archery and mixed tennis teams during her stay at OSU … in 1946, she pitched and played first base in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (The movie “A League of Their Own” chronicled her exploits) … set a league record with 21 put outs at first base … was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1988.%^$

%^$Thomas “Pepper” Johnson (1982-85) – Four-year letterman and three-year starter at linebacker for the Buckeyes … won First-Team All-Big Ten honors as a junior and senior and was a First-Team All-America pick as a senior . . . led the Buckeyes in tackles in each of his last two years and wound up his career with 379 total stops . . .still fifth on the all-time tackle list at OSU … had 140 tackles as a junior and a career-high 141 tackles as a senior, when OSU won the Big Ten and played in the Rose Bowl . . . elected co-captain as a junior and senior and was the team’s defensive MVP each of those years . . . played in four bowl games during his career, winning three of those …went on to an outstanding professional career, twice winning Super Bowls with the New York Giants and twice being named to the Pro Bowl.%^$

%^$Clark Kellogg (1980-82) – Three-year starter for the Buckeyes … an outstanding all-around player who could play any position on the floor … led Ohio State in both scoring and rebounding as a sophomore and again as a junior … won All-Big Ten honors as a junior and was named winner of the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Basketball as the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player …started as a freshman and averaged 11.6 points and 8.0 rebounds … upped those averages to 17.3 and 12.0 in a super sophomore campaign … finished his MVP junior year with averages of 16.1 points and 10.5 rebounds … left school after his junior year to pursue a career in professional basketball, but came back after his career was over and received his degree, and has since been a Commencement speaker at his alma mater … scored 1,285 points and pulled down 872 rebounds in his 86 games at Ohio State, helping the Buckeyes to a pair of NCAA appearances … 42 points against Northwestern as a junior was his career high …currently a college basketball analyst and studio host for CBS.%^$

%^$Bill McKenzie (1970-72) – Was a three-year starter in goal for the Buckeyes and is still considered by many to be the finest goal tender in school history … helped lead the 1972 Buckeyes to their very first Central Collegiate Hockey Association championship … during his three years in net, Ohio State posted a combined record of 63-21-1, including a 24-5 record in 1972 … still holds the Ohio State records for season shutouts (four in 1972) and career whitewashings (10) … also holds OSU records for career wins with 54, as well as the marks for single-season (2.25 in 1972) and career (2.74) goals against average … after his career at Ohio State, he played eight years in the NHL (most of that with Detroit) … following his playing career, he returned to Ohio State as an assistant coach, spending 18 seasons in that capacity.%^$

%^$Pete Perini (1946-50) – Earned eight varsity letters at Ohio State – four in football and four in baseball … is primarily known for his baseball accomplishments, including being the only pitcher to lead Ohio State in wins and innings pitched in each of his four years as a starter … compiled a career record of 30-13 and still ranks second in school annals in terms of total victories … fashioned a school-record 1.45 earned run average as a freshman and a career mark of 2.88, both of which were school records at the time of his graduation … still ranks second in career innings pitched with 344 … was a punter and linebacker on the football team and played on the 1950 Rose Bowl championship team … drafted by the Boston Braves following graduation, but then drafted by the military during the Korean Conflict … played professional football with the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns after the war, but his career was cut short by a knee injury.%^$

%^$Jude Skove (1982, 84-86) – Four-year letterman and three-year regular for the Buckeyes …ended a 20-year Ohio State drought by winning the 1986 NCAA individual title at 158 pounds … just the eighth Ohio State wrestler to claim a national title … compiled an impressive career record of 131-31-3 and still ranks third in career wins at OSU … is also ninth in career winning percentage with a .803 figure … won a career-high 40 matches his senior year on the way to the NCAA title … also in the Ohio State records book in several other categories including career pins (fourth place with 33) … very intense competitor, whose accomplishments helped keep the Ohio State wrestling program in the national spotlight.%^$

%^$Katie Smith (1993-96) – Arguably the finest women’s basketball player in the history of the Big Ten … helped lead Ohio State to a Big Ten championship and the NCAA title game her freshman year … was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and National Freshman of the Year … also named to a First-Team spot on the Kodak All-America team that year (the first freshman since Cheryl Miller to be so honored) … scored 2,578 points during her amazing career and is the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer … totaled a school-record 745 points as a senior … won All-Big Ten honors in each of her last three years and was a First-Team All-America pick as a senior … also the Big Ten MVP as a senior … averaged 20.8 points per game for her career … a member of the 2000 USA Olympic Team which won Gold …also an excellent student, winning Academic All-America honors … currently playing in the WNBA.%^$

%^$Cheryl Stacy (1983-85) – One of the best women golfers in Ohio State history, Cheryl Stacy won back-to-back Big Ten titles in 1984 and ’85. Stacy placed fifth at the 1984 NCAA championships, was a two-time All-Big Ten pick and won First-Team All-America honors during her senior season. She also was a three-time Ohio State MVP, won the Ohio Amateur title in 1984 and ’85 and was runner-up at the 1985 U.S. Women’s Amateur championships. Her 72.4 season average set during the 1983-84 season is currently the lowest in OSU history.%^$

%^$Steve Tovar (1989-92) – A three-year starter at middle linebacker and a prime time player all four years that he played for the Buckeyes … a three-time All-Big Ten pick and a First-Team All-America selection in 1991 and ’92 … co-captain as a senior … also selected as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by the league coaches as a senior … led Ohio State in tackles for three consecutive years, joining another outstanding linebacker, Marcu Marek, as the only OSU players ever to accomplish that feat … wound up his career with 408 tackles and is still fourth on OSU’s all-time list … recorded a career-high 128 stops as a senior … 31 career tackles for loss … played with the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Diego Chargers after graduation.%^$

%^$Marc Waldie (1974-77) – Outstanding middle blocker who helped lead the Buckeyes to a four-year record of 89-18, three Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association titles and three NCAA tournament appearances (the first three in the school’s history) … OSU made the NCAA semi-finals in both 1975 and ’76, advanced to the championship game in 1977 and posted a three-year record of 73-11 during that span … was a three-time all-league pick and the MIVA Player of the Year in 1976 … also a three-time All-NCAA Tournament selection … went on to play on the U.S. National Team and win a Gold Medal with the 1984 USA Olympic Team that competed in Los Angeles.%^$

%^$Leisa Wissler (1988-91) – The Alaska Sportsperson of the Year as a high school senior, she made an immediate impact on the collegiate level by winning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 1988 …talented middle blocker who went on to be a three-time All-Big Ten pick and a consensus First-Team All-America as a senior … led the Buckeyes to their first-ever Big Ten title and NCAA appearance in 1989, followed by two more trips to the NCAAs and another Big Ten crown before graduation …named Big Ten Player of the Year and Ohio State Athlete of the Year as a senior, when OSU advanced to the national semi-finals … following her playing days, she was an assistant coach at Northern Michigan, Boise State and now Michigan.%^$

%^$Mike Dolan – Is Ohio State’s Assistant Athletics Director for Facilities … now in his 33rd year at OSU … heads up all major construction projects, including the renovation of Ohio Stadium that will be completed this year … oversees all the physical facilities and is in charge of game preparation for football … spent 10 years as Stadium Superintendent at Crosley Field in Cincinnati before coming to Ohio State … will retire in January.%^$

%^$Steve Snapp – In his 28th year at Ohio State … currently serves as Assistant Athletics Director for Communications and oversees Athletic Communications and the Publications and Video Departments … helped draft the by-laws for the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame and chaired the committee that oversaw the installation of the Hall of Fame in the Jerome Schottenstein Center … also chairs the Department’s Public Affairs Task Force and was a member of the committee that designed the current Athletics Department logo … has won several national publication and writing awards.