COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nine former Ohio State student-athletes will be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame the weekend of Sept. 24-25 the Men’s Varsity O Alumni Association and the Women’s Varsity O Alumnae Society announced Monday. The class will be officially inducted Sept. 24 during a ceremonial dinner and introduced to the public at halftime of the Ohio State home football game against Eastern Michigan Sept. 25. Ticket information for the ceremony will be released at a later date.
The 2010 class includes: Men – Angel Aja (volleyball), Mark Balen (golf), Jamie Natalie (gymnastics), Fred Norton (baseball, basketball, football and track), Fred “Curly” Morrison (football) and David Camaione (wrestling); Women – Regina Oliver (lacrosse), Shandelier Boyd (track & field) and Stacey Gordon (volleyball).
2010 Inductee Bios
Men’s Volleyball 1997-2000
A two-time AVCA and Volleyball Magazine All-American, Angel Aja holds the Ohio State career records for assists (6,797) and assists per game (18.52). A four-time All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association selection and the league’s player of the year as a senior, Aja holds nine of the Top 10 single-match and three of the Top 4 single-season assist marks in Ohio State history. The MIVA tournament’s most valuable player in 2000 when he led the squad to the conference title, he was named to the NCAA all-tournament team after leading the Buckeyes to a runner-up finish his senior season. He ranked in the Top 3 in the nation in assists per game each of his last three years and he was first nationally as a junior (19.59). Aja was part of two outright MIVA regular-season championship squads and the team shared the title his junior campaign. Aja, who received the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor as the outstanding male senior student-athlete at Ohio State, was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice.
Women’s Volleyball 2001-04
A four-time All-American, Stacey Gordon was named 2004 AVCA Co-National Player of the year and 2004 ASICS/Volleyball Player of the Year. She still holds Ohio State career records for kills, kills per game, digs, points and points per game. The 16-time Big Ten Player of the Week is the Big Ten’s all-time leader and ranks third in NCAA history with 2,978 kills and 7.08 kills per game. Gordon, a four-time All-Big Ten honoree, was the 2001 AVCA National Freshman of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year in 2002 and 2004. She was named Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year in 2002 and 2005. Gordon also did an excellent job in the classroom as she was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, five-time Dean’s List student and was named Academic All-Big Ten three times. Professionally, Gordon has played six seasons of volleyball in Turkey, Spain and Puerto Rico and has made three all-star teams in those six seasons. She was also a member of the Canadian National Team from 2004-2008.
“Being recognized in the company of great athletes who have come from The Ohio State University is definitely an honor. I don’t know if it’s a reminder of how old I actually am – or that I can be reminded of all the achievements during my time in the program. I am grateful to have played with such amazing teammates, coaches, and in front of the best fans for four wonderful years. The memories I have at Ohio State are with me every day and this honor makes me even more proud to be a Buckeye. I look forward to coming back on campus in September.”
Women’s Lacrosse 2002-05
Regina Oliver, a two-time All-American, ended her Ohio State career as one of the most decorated players in the women’s lacrosse program’s history. As a standout midfielder, Oliver concluded her career in 2004 with the career caused turnover record (201) and owns the Top 4 spots in the single-season totals from each of her four seasons. In addition to All-America honors from each major publication, she was a finalist for the 2004 Tewaaraton Trophy, as well as the 2003 American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year after earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2002. It is without surprise the most successful years of Buckeye lacrosse coincide with Oliver’s career. As a sophomore, she helped lead the Buckeyes to a 12-11 victory over the then-eight time defending national champion Maryland March 31, 2002 in College Park, a win which stands among the program’s biggest and factored into its first appearance in the NCAA tournament. During that postseason run, Oliver took part in the Buckeyes’ first NCAA tournament advancement after upsetting fourth-ranked Duke, 10-7, May 8, 2003 in Durham, N.C. Oliver is a member of the US National Team, helping the squad to the 2009 World Cup Championship and earning All-World Team honors in the process. She also has been the assistant coach of the Duquesne women’s lacrosse team for the past four seasons.
“I was honestly in complete shock when I found out I had been selected for the Hall of Fame. It will always be a special moment because I found out from [Hall of Famer] Megan Mirick, who was a senior when I was a freshman and is someone I always looked up to and respected so much as a teammate and as a coach. I am grateful to her for the nomination. I am also extremely grateful for having a loving family who has supported me throughout my life as a Buckeye and continues to support me. I am so blessed and excited to become part of this distinct group and humbled to know that people think so highly of me and my accomplishments.”
Track & Field 1994-97
Shandi Boyd, a seven-time Big Ten champion and four-time All-American, set school records in the 100-meter hurdles (12.98) and triple jump (13.21 meters) her senior season. Boyd was a Big Ten champion in the triple jump, long jump, 55-meter hurdles and 100-meter hurdles and was named All-American three times in the triple jump and once in the 100-meter hurdles. The four-time All-Big Ten selection participated in the triple jump at the 1996 Olympic Trials and the 100-meter hurdles at the 1997 USATF Outdoor Nationals. Boyd ranked fourth nationally in the 100-meter hurdles and set the ninth-best U.S. record time in the event in 1997. The 1997 winner of the Alex Shumate Award for outstanding student leadership with the “Majority of One” minority student-athlete program, Boyd ran professionally for a year before beginning a career at Humana Healthcare in Louisville, Ky., where she has worked for the last 11 years.
“I must first give honor where honor is due and that goes to God for the ability and opportunity afforded me. With great respect for those who guided me along this journey, I would not have had the privilege to be mentioned among the highly distinguished Hall of Famers of this prestigious University. Hopefully my journey has and will continue to motivate and inspire others to excel, whether on or off the track. Being part of a great heritage and tradition is what being a Lady Buckeye is all about. I am truly humbled.”
Men’s Golf 1976-79
Mark Balen is one of just three Buckeyes to earn four All-America honors, while also collecting three first team All-Big Ten selections. He helped lead the Buckeyes to four-consecutive Big Ten championships and three Top 10 NCAA championship finishes, capped off with a national championship his senior season. In 1979, Balen was selected to the prestigious Walker Cup team. He ranks sixth on the Ohio State individual tournament wins list with five in his career. He was the Big Ten individual champion in 1977 and won the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate his freshman season of 1976. In that freshman campaign, Balen won the Les Bolstad Award for the Big Ten’s lowest stroke average. Balen joins coach Jim Brown (91), John Cook (1986) and Joey Sindelar (1992) from the 1979 NCAA championship squad as inductees into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. Balen pursued a professional career after his time at Ohio State and has continued to play on the Champions Tour.
“Obviously, this is a great honor. I feel like it has come full circle. Entering the Hall of Fame with my other teammates, it is a culmination of my Ohio State experience. I had a good career at Ohio State and the team played well, but mostly I appreciate all the friends I met there. The Columbus community really supports the (Ohio State) athletics program, so to know I am going to be in the Hall of Fame is a humbling experience. “
Men’s Gymnastics 1998-2001
Jamie Natalie, a two-time Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year, won three NCAA individual titles during his time at Ohio State, claiming the all-around crown in both 2000 and ’01 and winning floor exercise in 2000. He earned seven All-America honors during his career, finishing in the Top 8 at the NCAA championships on four events as well as in the all-around. Natalie, a three-time first team All-Big Ten choice, was a three-time Big Ten champion (2000 – floor exercise, 2001 – all-around and horizontal bar) and was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year in 2001. He led the Buckeyes to NCAA and Big Ten titles during 2001 en route to winning the Nissen-Emery Award given to the most outstanding senior gymnast in the country. Natalie was an alternate for the 2000 United States Olympic Team and won the U.S. national high bar title in 1999 and 2000. Natalie was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and GCA Academic All-American Scholar-Athlete, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and the recipient of the 2001 Big Ten Medal of Honor as the top male senior student-athlete at Ohio State. A 2010 inductee into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame, Natalie finished a residency at Ohio State in physical medicine and rehabilitation and is a physician at Chillicothe Veterans Hospital.
“I love Ohio State and the time I spent there was truly amazing. To be part of such a distinguish group is one of the greatest honors I have ever received. I think it’s everyone’s dream to retire on a high note and winning the NCAA title (2001) on our home floor in front of our home fans is the ultimate accomplishment.”
Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track 1914-17
The first four-sport varsity letterwinner at Ohio State (baseball, basketball, football and track), Norton was a member of the 1916 championship football team as a blocking back for Chic Harley and was the baseball team’s most valuable player in 1917. Norton led the 1917 baseball Buckeyes with a .442 batting average and once scored six touchdowns in one half against Indiana on the gridiron in 1916. After graduation, Norton enlisted in the United States Air Force as a fighter pilot and died in combat less than a year after graduating from Ohio State. He was inducted into the Sphinx Honorary, the oldest and most prestigious honorary at Ohio State.
“Fred Norton’s athletic performance, coupled with his faithful service, made him a perfect hall of fame candidate,” Tony White, Men’s Varsity O president, said. “As the first letterwinner in four different sports at Ohio State he has been noted by members of the press as the ‘greatest all-around athlete’ in Ohio State history. Perhaps because he was lost in battle just a year after his graduation he has not received the fanfare many of the other outstanding athletes have been afforded. We are pleased he will now be enshrined in the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.”
Fred “Curly” Morrison
Fred “Curly” Morrison, a four-year letterman, was Ohio State’s star offensive performer during the 1950 Rose Bowl game vs. California. Morrison helped lead the Buckeyes to their first Rose Bowl win, rushing for a game-high 127 yards on 24 carries en route to being named the game’s MVP, the first-ever Buckeye Rose Bowl MVP. Earlier that season, Morrison rushed for a career-high 134 yards against Southern California. Morrison led the team in scoring with nine touchdowns. After his college career, Morrison went on to play professionally for the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns.
“Since learning of being selected for this wonderful honor I am still up in the clouds. I am hoping many of my teammates from the 1950 Rose Bowl team will be able to be there to accept this honor with me. I am extremely flattered. This will give me the opportunity to express how grateful I am for my wonderful experiences as a student at The Ohio State University.”
A Big Ten champion at 123 pounds in 1960 and subsequently the conference championship’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, David Camaione finished his three-year career with a 41-9 record and a .820 winning percentage, ninth-best all-time at Ohio State. A two-time team captain his junior and senior seasons, Camaione led the Buckeyes in wins in each of his three seasons, recording at least 10 victories each year. He also was considered a Top 2 wrestler for his weight class by Amateur Wrestling News during his senior campaign. He went on to become a professor of sport, leisure and exercise science and has written multiple books on the science of wrestling.
“My emotions have been on a high since finding out. This is a wonderful, wonderful honor and it comes at the 50th anniversary of earning my degree, so it comes at a special time. The fact that my entire family will be in attendance – my wife Judi, three daughters and their husbands and seven grandchildren – makes it a special feeling. I have been fortunate to receive a number of honors and awards, but this is by far tops of all of them. This is my third hall of fame, but to be chosen by my school is as good as it gets. I received all three of my degrees at Ohio State and met my wife here, so the Scarlet and Gray is significant to me and my family.”