Below, you will find biographical summaries of each Hall of Fame inductee, organized alphabetically by last name.
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.
Diana “Didi” Albrecht was a member of the rowing team from 2002-05. During her letterwinner seasons, Albrecht was named First Team Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-America twice (2004 and 2005). Additionally, Albrecht was a First Team All-Central Region and First Team All Big Ten selection during those seasons. The Buckeye 2005 team captain and most valuable player, Albrecht collected CRCA National Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten laurels in 2003, `04 and 05. The Dresden, Germany, native added a 2005 Big Ten Medal of Honor finalist recognition to her list of scholastic and athletic awards.Of note, Albrecht was part of an NCAA squad that finished fourth as a team at the 2005 NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Albrecht’s accomplishments as a student-athlete have helped her tremendously in her current role as the assistant coach of the Ohio State rowing team, a capacity she has held since 2006. To date, one of Albrecht’s greatest coaching achievements was guiding the Second Varsity Eight to a runner-up finish at the 2008 NCAA Championships. Majoring in political science and communication, Albrecht graduated from Ohio State in 2006. She is currently working on her master’s degree in public policy and management.
Track & Field 1936-38
David Albritton was one of the Buckeyes’ many track greats of the 1930s. He was a three-time All-American high jumper and three-time National Champion. Albritton won a Silver Medal in the 1936 Olympics. During his freshman year at Ohio State, he established the school high jump record and followed with a world record as a sophomore.
Karen Alsbrook led Ohio State to the Big Ten Championship in 1977 and second-place finishes in 1976, 1978 and 1979. The four-time OSU Scholar Athlete was a member of the OAIAW state championship team in 1977 and was a first-team All-American in 1979. As a senior, Alsbrook-Smith received the Schottenstein Post-Graduate Scholarship.
Warren Amling was a two-time All-American at guard and team captain of the football team in 1946. Equally adept on offense and defense, Amling was a starter on the 1944 undefeated Big Ten Championship team. A two-sport star, Amling played guard on the 1946 basketball team that won the Big Ten Championship and finished third in the NCAA tournament. In 1947, Amling won the Big Ten Medal of Honor for academic and athletic excellence.
Captain of the 1947 swimming and diving team, Miller Anderson competed in three Big Ten and three NCAA championships. He won 16 major championships during his career, including five National, three Big Ten and eight NAAU titles. He competed in both the 1948 and the 1952 Olympics and won two medals in the 1951 Pan Am Games.
Tim Anderson was a three-year starter in the Ohio State defensive backfield. A member of the renowned “Super Sophomore” recruiting class, Anderson helped Ohio State to a 27-2 record, two Big Ten championships, a victory in the 1969 Rose Bowl over USC, and national titles in both 1968 and 1970. Anderson earned first-team All-America honors and as a senior in 1970 when he totaled 49 tackles and eight pass break-ups. He played six years in both the NFL and CFL after being chosen in the first round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
Yvette Angel is one of the best pure point guards ever to play for Ohio State. She was a three-time all-Big Ten selection and 1985 honorable mention All-America. She played on four Big Ten Championship teams, including the 1985 team that advanced to the NCAA regional finals. Angel’s quick hands and unselfish play helped her set Ohio State single game and career records in both steals and assists. At the end of her career, she had amassed 167 assists and 115 steals.
Steve Arlin is considered one of the top pitchers in Ohio State baseball history. The two-time all-Big Ten and All-American posted a 24-3 record in two years with the Buckeyes. He struck out 294 batters and finished his career with a winning percentage of .889. Arlin posted an 11-1 record in 1966 and earned College World Series MVP honors while leading the Buckeyes to the National Championship.
A seven-time Big Ten champion, Armstrong was an All-American in 1986 and All Big Ten from 1985 to 1988. She was the conference champion in the 100-yard butterfly all four years. Armstrong still holds the OSU record in the 100 butterfly.
Four-time letterwinner … indoor All-America in 1982 … named Big Ten Athlete of the Championship (outdoor) in 1982 … set Ohio State outdoor shot put record 68-8.5 in 1982 … won Big Ten Conference outdoor individual shot put championships in both 1981 and ’82.
Phyllis Bailey championed women’s athletics during her 39-year career at Ohio State. In 1965, she helped elevate women’s athletics from their intramural status to establish the first and largest women’s intercollegiate athletic program in the Big Ten. Bailey served as the first administrator over women’s athletics and coached the women’s basketball team for four years, leading them to a 28-10 record. Bailey will always be known as a coach, teacher, mentor, role-model and pioneer.
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.
Four-time All-American Marcie Ballard is one of the most decorated swimmers in Big Ten history. Ballard was the 1982 AIWA 50-yard backstroke champion and won 14 Big Ten titles during her OSU career. A master in the 100-yard backstroke, she won the event four consecutive years. On the national level, Ballard helped guide Ohio State to a tenth-place finish in the 1983 NCAA Championships. Ballard also was a four-time all-Big Ten and three-time Academic all-Big Ten selection.
Swimming/Diving Coach (1963-67)
OSU letterwinner 1949-51 … A member of three Big Ten championship teams (1949-51) and two national championship teams (1949-50) … Named first team All-America in 1949 … Head swimming coach at Kenyon College, 1952-54, and Ohio University, 1954-59 … Was an assistant coach at OSU from 1959-63, where he helped OSU win a national championship in 1962 … Appointed head swimming and diving coach in 1963 … Became an official at the annual Big Ten and NCAA championship meets, a capacity in which he still serves … Awarded the Distinguished Coach Award from the College Swimming Coaches Association in 1974 … Created the Ohio State University Faculty/Staff Fitness Program in 1975, which he directed until 1989 … President of the OSU Faculty Club in 1984-85 .
Volleyball/Coach 1969, 1972-74
All-American Doug Beal helped lead the 1969 Buckeyes to a 24-0 record and their first MIVA title. In 1972, he coached Ohio State to the MIVA Championship. During his three years as coach, his teams posted a combined record of 52-15. After leaving OSU, he gained national recognition as coach of the 1984 United States Gold Medal Olympic Team. Beal is a driving force behind amateur volleyball in America.
A three-year letterwinner for Ohio State from 1992-94, Matt Beaumont went 11-1 and led the Big Ten in strikeouts (104) en route to First Team All-America honors in 1994. He was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year in 1994 and First Team All-Big Ten in 1993 and 1994. Beaumont became the first Buckeye to record more than 100 strikeouts in a season since Joe Sadelfeld accomplished the feat in 1967. He tossed a complete game to pick up the win in the Buckeyes’ 6-1 win over BYU in the 1994 Atlantic II Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., and helped the Buckeyes to a Big Ten Tournament championship in 1994.Beaumont, from Rittman, Ohio, ranks ninth all-time at Ohio State in strikeouts (245), 10th in wins (25), 13th in ERA (3.71) and 17th with 249.2 innings pitched. Beaumont was selected in the fourth round of the 1994 amateur draft by the California Angels. He made it to Triple-A before ending his minor league career in 2001.
Track & Field 1935-37
Charles Beetham was considered to be one of the top half-milers in the country during the 1930s, setting a world record in the 800-meter run. He was a three-time Big Ten outdoor 880-meter champion, winning the event in 1934, 1935 and 1936. In 1935, he was the recipient of the Gold Track Shoe Award. A two-time All-American, Beetham was the NCAA outdoor 800-meter champion in 1936 and captain of the 1936 Ohio State team.
William M. Bell
William Bell was a three-time letterwinner in football and was named to the all-Big Ten team as a senior. The honorable mention All-American guard was the first African American to play football for Ohio State. Bell went on to serve as a professor and a distinguished career in the United States Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
LeCharles Bentley was a four-year letterman on the football team who won every major award possible as a collegian and then went on to a professional career that included two Pro Bowl selections before an injury ended his playing days. A Cleveland native and from St. Ignatius High School, Bentley was a three-year starter along the Buckeye offensive line and a consensus All-American as a senior in 2001. His senior campaign also included his winning the top two offensive lineman awards for a center: he was named the Big Ten Conference’s offensive lineman of the year and he was the first Buckeye to ever win the Rimington Award as the nation’s outstanding center. He was drafted in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft by New Orleans and was named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s all-rookie team. He spent four seasons with the Saints and two more with the Cleveland Browns before retiring. Bentley received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State in 2010 through the school’s Degree Completion Program.
OSU’s star outside hitter led the Buckeyes to four Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) championships (1975, ’76, ’77 and ’78) and four appearances in the NCAA Final Four (1975, ’76, ’77 and ’78) … the 1977 team was the first non-West Coast team to advance to the championship game … OSU finished third in the nation three times and second once … team went 105-14 in his four years … was the MIVA Player of the Year in 1977 and ’78 and was a three-time All-MIVA First Team selection (1976, ’77 and ’78) … two-time NCAA all-tournament team selection (1977 and 1978) … Volleyball Magazine All-American in 1977 and 1978 … starting outside hitter for the 1984 USA Olympic gold medal team … a member of the U.S. women’s coaching staff at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta … the volleyball team’s third inductee.
Three-time all-Big Ten selection Lisa Bettio led the team in aces in 1983 and kills in 1984. A four-year starter and team leader, she was captain of the 1984 and 1985 teams. The 1985 team compiled a 27-11 overall record and finished third in the Big Ten with an 11-7 mark. Bettio closed out her career with a school record 207 career aces. She also set school records for average aces per game and average aces per season.
Raj Bhavsar, the 2002 OSU Male Athlete of the Year, won two NCAA individual titles during his time at Ohio State, claiming the parallel bars crown in 2001 before becoming the all-around champion in 2002. He earned nine 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. Bhavsar, a four-time first team All-Big Ten choice, was a four-time Big Ten champion (2002 – all-around, pommel horse and floor exercise, 2003 – parallel bars) and was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year in 2002. He helped lead the Buckeyes to an NCAA title in 2001 as well as conference championships in both 2001 and 2002.In 2008, Bhavsar claimed a bronze medal with the U.S. Olympic Team in Beijing, China. As a member of the U.S. National Team, Bhavsar was an alternate on the 2004 Olympic Team and helped the U.S. squad win a silver medal at the 2001 and 2003 World Championships. Nationally, the Houston, Texas, native was the 2004 rings and 2003 vault national champion. Bhavsar finished second in the all-around at the 2008 Winter Cup Challenge. At the 2008 Visa Championships, he tied for third on vault and still rings and placed fifth in the all-around. Bhavsar was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, a 2003 CGA Academic All-American Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, earning his degree in business administration. Bhavsar, who retired from competitive gymnastics in 2010, has been a part of the Cirque Du Soleil show as a performer this past year.
Ernie Biggs was Ohio State’s head football and basketball trainer from 1945 until 1972. Nationally known for his contributions to athletic training, he could predict the severity and the duration of most injuries and held a patent on a knee brace he designed. He was president of the National Athletic Trainers Association. The Ernie Biggs Athletic Training Facility is named in his honor.
Diving 1945, 1948-50
Hobie Billingsley swept the NCAA one and three-meter boards championships as a freshman diver in 1945 and went on to win All -America recognition three more times before graduating in 1950. Billingsley achieved his greatest fame as the diving coach at Indiana University. His many accomplishments with the Hoosiers included 115 National Champions, two Olympic Gold Medalists, four Pan Am Gold Medalists and 18 Big Ten Champions.
Hugo Boisvert, a three-year letterwinner for the Ohio State men’s hockey team, is the first two-time All-American in program history. A two-time First Team All-CCHA selection, he was a First Team All-American in 1998, earning Second Team All-America accolades in 1999 when he was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Boisvert was the Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year in 1998 after leading the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in scoring with 47 points. A member of the 1997 CCHA All-Rookie Team, Boisvert ended his three-year Buckeye career with 147 points, with 58 goals and 89 assists.Boisvert, from St. Eustache, Quebec, helped Ohio State reach both the NCAA tournament and NCAA Frozen Four for the first time in 1998 and was a part of the squad that returned to the national tournament the next year. The 1998 team, which won 18 of its last 21 games, advanced to the CCHA championship game before falling to No. 1-ranked Michigan State in double overtime, but then beat the Spartans in overtime in the NCAA West Regional to earn a spot in the Frozen Four. He was a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten selection. Boisvert left Ohio State after his junior year to sign a contract with the NHL Atlanta Thrashers. He spent the 1999-00 season with the Canadian National Team before competing in the IHL and AHL the next three campaigns. Boisvert then moved to Germany, where he continues to play. He skated for the Dresden Ice Lions the last three years.
National champion in 1946 in the heavyweight class … Named to the All-America team in 1946 … Won Big Ten championship titles in the heavyweight class in 1945 and ’46 … Helped the Buckeyes to fourth place finishes in the Big Ten both years he competed, the highest any OSU team had finished in nine years.
Louise Bond-Williams lettered for the Ohio State fencing team in 2002-04, earning All-America honors in sabre all three seasons. She helped the Buckeyes to their first combined national championship in program history as a junior in 2004, taking bronze and finishing as a First Team All-American for the second time. Her first run came as a freshman in 2002 when Bond-Williams took silver, a feat she followed with a fourth-place finish in 2003.Bond-Williams, a member of the Great Britain Olympic Team for London 2012, made her Olympic debut at Athens 2004 where she finished 16th in women’s sabre. Prior to her appearance in Athens, she was a member of the semifinalist squad at the 2003 European Championships and an individual quarterfinalist at the 2002 World Championships. Following the 2004 Games, Bond-Williams returned to Ohio State to finish her degree in history and serve as an undergraduate assistant coach.
Hockey, 2004-05, 07-08
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.
Four-time All-American Janelle Bosse won the NCAA 400 individual medley championship in 1987. She finished second in the event at the 1988 NCAA Championships. Winning a total of 12 Big Ten Championships, Bosse was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year in 1985 and 1988. Bosse was also a four-time all-Big Ten selection.
Led OSU to the NCAA Regional and its first-ever Big Ten Championship (1990). A third team All-American in 1991. Named first team All-Great Lakes Region in 1990 and 1991. A three-time Academic all-Big Ten and four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete Currently serves as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes.
Shandelier Boyd Pleasant
Track & Field 1994-97
Shandelier Boyd Pleasant, 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-Pleasant 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-Pleasant 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-Pleasant ran professionally for a year before beginning a career at Humana Healthcare in Louisville, Ky., where she has worked for the last 11 years.
Gary Bradds was a two-time All-America, Big Ten MVP and all-Big Ten choice. In 1964, he was named National Player of the Year, averaging 30.6 points a game and putting together an incredible string of six straight games in which he scored 40 or more points.
Mark Bradshaw won the NCAA three-meter diving title in 1983. A specialist on both the one-meter and three-meter boards, Mark Bradshaw earned All-America honors all four years he competed at Ohio State. Considered one of the top divers in the world, Bradshaw was also a two-time Olympian.
A member of the 1988 and 1978 Big Tne title teams, she was an All-American her senior year and ranks 16th on the school’s career scoring list (1,137 points) and fourth in career rebounds (829). She still owns the record for blocks in a game (12, vs. Michigan State, 1976). She will enter her fifth season as head coach of the University of Washington this fall.
A long-time friend of the University, John Bricker was first appointed a University Trustee of OSU in 1948. He served as Governor of Ohio from 1939 to 1945 and as a United States Senator from 1947 to 1959. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1916 and a bachelor of laws degree in 1920, both from Ohio State. Bricker was a star catcher on the Buckeye baseball team in 1915-1916.
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.
Part of the “Super Sophs” who helped lead the Buckeyes to the 1968 National Championship, three Big Ten Titles (1968, ’69 and ’70) and a combined record of 27-2 … the second player in OSU history to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season, amassing 1,142 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns in 1970 … First Team All-America and All-Big Ten as a senior, helping the Buckeyes to a 9-0 regular season record … 42 rushing attempts against Northwestern in 1970 set the record at the time and is second all-time in the OSU record books … a first-round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers, Brockington was the National Football League’s (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.
An unsung hero on some great Ohio State defenses, Aaron Brown lettered in football from 1974 through 1977 and was a part of Big Ten championship teams in 1974 and 1975. Described as soft-spoken and respected by all his teammates, Brown was a three-year starter for head coach Woody Hayes at nose tackle and currently ranks No. 15 all-time with 314 career tackles. Brown also added 32.0 career tackles for loss. In Brown’s senior season of 1977, in which he was a captain for the Buckeyes, he was named a First Team All-American and closed his career with 14 solo tackles against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Brown still ranks 10th in program history in career tackle for loss yards with minus 181 and second in single-game TFL yards (minus 42 vs. Minnesota in 1976).
A member of four teams that won at least a share of the Big Ten title, Brown played in two Rose Bowl games along with an Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The teams he was a part of had an overall record of 39-8-1 with a 29-3 mark in conference play. Brown was drafted in 1978 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and went on to have a 10-year career with the Bucs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and Winnipeg of the Canadian Football League. In 2000, he was selected to the Ohio State All-Century Team by the Columbus Dispatch.
Between 1973 and 1998, Jim Brown led the Ohio State golf team to 16 Big Ten Championships, 26 NCAA Tournament appearances and six top-five finishes at the NCAA Tournament. In 1979, his team won the National Championship. Brown was National Coach of the Year in both 1979 and 1986. Before coaching, Brown played both basketball and golf for OSU, earning six letters.
The legendary Paul Brown was Ohio State’s head football coach from 1941 to 1943, leading the Buckeyes to the Big Ten Championship and their first National Championship in 1942. Brown left Ohio State to coach in the NFL. After a highly successful career with the Cleveland Browns, he founded the Cincinnati Bengals and coached the team from 1968 to 1975. During his tenure at Ohio State, he coached Les Horvath, Ohio State’s first Heisman Trophy winner.
Men’s Track and Field, 1967-70
Richard Bruggeman ran track for the Buckeyes from 1967-1970. He won the Big Ten 400-meter hurdle championship in 1968, finishing as the conference runner-up twice, and earned Indoor All-America status in 1970 in the 600-meter run. Bruggeman won the 400-meter hurdle championship at the 1972 AAU meet on his way to competing in the 1972 Olympics. A muscle injury hindered his 1972 Olympic run, but he continued to compete, making a trip to China in 1975 with USA Track and Field. His lifetime best time in the 400-meter hurdles is 48.6, which was the fourth fastest time ever recorded at the time. He also owned the Ohio State 600-meter and indoor mile relay records. Bruggeman retired in 1976 to pursue a career in real estate.
A two-time all-Big Ten pick and 1976 All-American, Bob Brudzinski had a career total of 209 tackles, ranking him as one of the greatest defensive ends in OSU history. Brudzinski played in three Rose Bowls and the Orange Bowl and was named the team’s MVP his senior year. He was a first-round draft choice of the Los Angeles Rams in 1977.
Coaching, Football, 1979-87
Went 81-26-1 (.708) in nine years as head football coach at his alma mater … led the Buckeyes to an 11-1 season in his first year … named Big Ten and National Coach of the Year in 1979 … coached Ohio State to three Big Ten titles (1979, 1981, 1984) … led the Buckeyes to eight bowl games, including appearances in the 1979 and 1985 Rose Bowls and the 1980 and 1983 Fiesta Bowls … member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Men’s Soccer (2005-07)
Eric Brunner led the Buckeyes on an historical run in 2007 that culminated in an appearance in the NCAA College Cup Final after winning the Big Ten Conference championship.
The first Buckeye to earn First Team All-America honors, Brunner was a 2007 MAC Hermann Trophy candidate and a First Team All-Big Ten honoree in addition to making the 2007 College Cup All-Tournament team.
A Dublin, Ohio, native, Brunner was the first Buckeye to make the United States National Team (2008). He was drafted by the New York Red Bulls and played in 103 Major League Soccer games. As a Buckeye, the 2007 captain appeared in 89 games, starting 79.
The 1985 NCAA and Big Ten Champion, Clark Burroughs was a four-time all-Big Ten selection and won nine tournaments while competing at Ohio State. He set a school record with seven tournament victories as a senior, when he won All-America honors. Burroughs played in the prestigious Masters tournament in 1984 as junior and was a member of the 1985 Walker Cup Team. He also had the low-stroke average in the Big Ten in 1985.
Four-year football letterman from 1982-85 … 1985 team co-captain … First-team All-America and Big Ten Most Valuable Player as a junior in 1984 … Finished as runner-up in 1984 for the Heisman Trophy after rushing for a then school-record 1,764 yards and 22 touchdowns … Led nation (1984) in rushing, scoring (144 points).
Men’s Track and Field 1974-76
The 1974 USA champion in the 1,500m run, Tom Byers lettered for the track and field team at Ohio State from 1973-76. Byers, a stellar mid-distance athlete, owns a plethora of top marks in Ohio State history. A three-time indoor All-American in the 1,000-yard run, Byers still owns the school record in the 1,500m run with a readout of 3:37.50 that he ran inside Ohio Stadium in 1974. Later that year in the mile, Byers clocked a time of 4:00.10 to set the school record at that time in the event. After his years of competing for the Scarlet and Gray, Byers was a commonplace in meets hosted by Ohio State. In 1978, he returned to French Field House and set the 1,500m facility record with a time of 3:44.00. Over five years later in 1983, the star-studded athlete returned to Ohio Stadium and set the facility record in the mile with a time of 3:57.15. Byers was a three-time Big Ten indoor champion in the 1,000 yard run, sweeping the title in three straight years from 1974-76. In 1974, his winning time of 2:06.60 in the event set the Big Ten record and it will never be challenged after being retired. 1974 was an unforgettable year for the sophomore in Columbus as he was an indoor All-American and Big Ten indoor champion, but arguably his biggest accomplishments came on the national stage that year. Byers swept titles in the 800m and 1,500m run at the USA Junior Championships and later that summer he was the USA Outdoor champion in the 1,500m run. His time of 3:42.8 he clocked at the junior national meet that summer is still a meet record.
Synchronized Swimming 1979-82
Karen Callaghan was a member of OSU’s 1979, 1980 and 1982 National Championship teams. A four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, Callaghan competed on the winning duet and trio teams at Collegiate Nationals in 1980 and the winning trio team in 1982. She was a member of the US National Team in 1979 and 1980 and competed in the Pan-Am Games in 1979. She also received the Big Ten Medal of Honor and the prestigious Honda Broderick Award in 1982.
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.
Synchronized Swimming 1979-81
Tara Cameron was a member of the 1979 and 1980 National Championship teams. She was also a member of the 1979 US Pan-Am Team and a member of the 1980 USSSI National Championship duet and trio squads. In 1981, Cameron was the USSSI National solo Co-champion. Cameron was selected to the USSSI All-America team three consecutive years.
Howard “Hopalong” Cassady
“Hopalong” Cassady was one of the magical names of the game during the early and mid-1950s. A four-year starter for the Buckeyes, Cassady won the Heisman Trophy in 1955. In 1954, OSU won all ten of its games en-route to the National Championship. During his OSU career, Cassady rushed for 2,466 yards. He was a two-time consensus All-American and, after graduation, was the first-round draft pick of the NFL’s Detroit Lions.
Ohio State’s career leader in goals scored with 49 from 1980-83 … career leader in points with 108 (49 g, 10 a) … goals-scored totals of 20 in 1982 and 14 in 1983 are the Top 2 single-season totals in program history … three-time season goal- and points-scoring leader (1981-83) … holds the two highest single-season points totals with 42 (20 g, 2 a) in 1982 and 31 (14 g., 3 a.) in 1983 … against Wittenberg Sept. 5, 1983, scored a school single-match record five goals … set school single-game record for points (10) and shots (14) in the same match … four-year letterwinner … first men’s soccer player to be inducted into OSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Caught 168 passes for 2,725 yards and 27 touchdowns in three seasons as a starter … set a Rose Bowl record with nine receptions for 127 yards in 1985 … ranks second among Ohio State leaders in career receptions per game (4.5) and career touchdowns (27) … ranks third in career receptions with 168 and in career yardage with 2,725 … First Team All-Big Ten selection in 1985 and ’86 … received First Team All-America accolades in 1986 to become the first Ohio State wide receiver to win such acclaim … selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles … received the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 1999 … named to the OSU Football All-Century Team in 2000.
Dan Cheney was a three-year letterwinner for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team from 1957-59. A co-captain as a senior in 1959, he picked up USILA Honorable Mention All-America accolades and a spot on the Midwest All-Star First Team. Cheney, a midfielder, had a career-high 20 goals, adding three assists for 23 points, his last campaign, including four tallies in a win over Kenyon.He was a member of the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division in the Army. He served as the brigade dental surgeon for more than 6,000 men and was the only dentist to command a medical company during the war in Vietnam. Cheney earned decorations including the Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Bronze Star and Presidential Unit Citation. He has continued to serve in the Army Reserves and carries the rank of Colonel. Cheney graduated from the Ohio State College of Dentistry and is an oral surgeon who has practiced in Washington since 1972. He has been honored for his work with a dental outreach program in Guatemala.
An All-American in both football and baseball, Chonko started in the defensive backfield for the football team from 1962 to 1964. He played first base and was captain of the OSU baseball team which finished second in the 1965 College World Series. In 1964, he became the first All-American defensive back in Buckeye history. Chonko was an all-Big Ten and academic all-Big Ten selection his senior year.
A two-sport star, Galen Cisco earned All-America and all-Big Ten baseball honors and was co-captain of the 1957 National Championship football team (9-1). As a pitcher for the Buckeyes, Cisco compiled a career record of 12-2. He went on to pitch for three teams in the major leagues and was pitching coach for the 1994 World Champion Toronto Blue Jays.
Boyd Cherry, a Columbus, Ohio, native, was a three-year football letterman – 1912-14 – who played on the first Big Ten Conference (then called the Western Conference) football team in school history in 1913. Ohio State was admitted into the Western Conference in 1912, but couldn’t compete until 1913. The 1912 Ohio State team, of which Cherry was a part, won the last Ohio Athletic Conference championship in school history.
One year after that historical first season of conference play in 1913, Cherry, an end, earned the first All-America honor for the Ohio State football program while helping the Buckeyes to a 5-2 season and a 2-2 record in the conference. He earned the distinction of being the first Ohio State all-conference player in 1914, as well. Ohio State was 15-7-1 in Cherry’s time with the program. Cherry was also a three-year letterman in basketball and a member of the baseball program (1913-15), serving as team captain for both teams as a senior. He graduated in 1915.
Considered one of the best divers in Ohio State history, three-time All-American Earl Clark won three National Championships, six NAAU Championships and the 1941 Big Ten Championship. Clark won the NCAA three-meter as a junior in 1940 and in 1941 swept the one and three-meter crowns.
A pitcher/first baseman, Clark was the school’s only two-time All-American selection (1993-94). She was a four-time All-Big Ten honoree and led the Buckeyes in batting average in 1993 and ’94. She still owns career records in doubles (58), triples (17) and walks (118).
Mitch Clark lettered for Ohio State from 1994-98. It was in 1998 Clark delivered one of the most impressive individual seasons in Ohio State wrestling history under former head coach Russ Hellickson. As a senior, the Canton, N.Y., native won the NCAA title (177 pounds) after finishing second the previous season. En route to winning the Buckeyes’ eighth individual national title, Clark defeated Vertus Jones by a technical fall (2:58) in the first period of the championship match, becoming the first wrestler in NCAA history to accomplish such a feat.A two-time All-American, Clark finished his collegiate career with a 119-27 record. His 119 victories were good for seventh place all-time at Ohio State upon the conclusion of the 1998 season. As well, the two-time Big Ten champion and two-time All-Big Ten recipient (1997 and 1998) owned the eighth-best Buckeye winning percentage (.815) following his senior season.
In 1998, Clark was named team captain for the second consecutive year and went on to lead the squad in wins with 39 vs. one loss. With a .975 win percentage during the 1998 campaign, Clark finished third at Ohio State in that category. Additionally, he set a program season record in team points with 181.5, bringing his career total to 454.5, also an Ohio State record.
The ninth wrestler to be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame and fifth in the past 11 years, Clark graduated from Ohio State with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. After his championship season, Clark began the first of eight years as a volunteer and assistant coach for the Scarlet and Gray in 1999.
Jim Cleamons was one of the finest leaders Ohio State ever produced. He was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, leading the team to the 1971 Big Ten title as a senior. As team captain, Cleamons was a unanimous choice as the Big Ten’s MVP. Cleamons was the first-round draft choice of the Los Angeles Lakers and played nine years in the NBA. Cleamons went on to become a head coach in the NBA.
Richard Cleveland won eight National Championships and competed in the 1952 Olympics while an athlete at Ohio State. The world record holder in both the 100-yard and 100-meter freestyle was the first swimmer in history to utilize heavy weight training as a form of conditioning, revolutionizing conditioning for the sport. The three-time All-American is also a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Cleveland helped lead the Buckeyes to three Big Ten Championships.
One of the most decorated in Ohio State women’s basketball history, Cline helped guide the Buckeyes to three Big Ten Championships and a berth in NCAA ‘Sweet 16’ all four years of her career … earned Kodak All-America Honorable Mention in 1989, the same year she was named the Big Ten Player of the Year … was conference freshman of the year (1985-86) and a four-time All-Big Ten selection (first team in 1989 and second team ’86, ’87 and ’88) … member of the USA Select Team in 1988 and ’89 … participated in the 1987 Olympic Sports Festival … among the Top 10 in seven statistical categories at OSU including third all-time in assists for a career … her 11 steals at UCLA (12/30/88) are a single game record for the Buckeyes … Cline currently works for the Central Ohio YMCA and serves as the Corporate Challenge Director.
Three-year Varsity “O” football letterwinner … Played on powerful Ohio State teams between 1944-47 … In 1944, his blocking helped Les Horvath become the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner … Led Buckeyes to 1944 Big Ten Championship with an undefeated (9-0) record and a No. 2 final ranking (behind Army) in final Associated Press Poll.
While at Ohio State, Bob Clotworthy won five Big Ten, three NAAU and one National Championship. The three-time All-American competed in the 1952 Olympics and returned in 1956 to win an Olympic Gold Medal on the three-meter board.
An All-American and two-time First Team All-Big Ten selection, Neal Colzie is in the Buckeye Top 10 for interceptions in a season and career, interception yards in a game, interception returns for a touchdown in a season and career, career punt return yards, punt returns in a game, season and career, and punt returns for touchdowns in a season and career. Colzie remains the record holder for punt return yards in a game (170) and season (679), both set in 1973. Drafted in the first round of the 1975 NFL draft, Colzie went on to a nine-season pro career in which he played for the Raiders, Dolphins and Buccaneers. In his first season, he recorded 655 punt return yards, an NHL rookie record. He won Super Bowl XI with the Raiders, with four punt returns for a Super Bowl record of 43 yards, including a 25-yard return to set up a Raiders touchdown and a 12-yard return that set up a field goal. Colzie passed away in 2001.
Men’s Basketball 2007
Mike Conley Jr. helped guide the Buckeyes to the NCAA championship game as a freshman in 2007. Conley earned first team All-Big Ten honors and started a wildly successful postseason performance, earning 2007 Big Ten Tournament Most Valuable Player honors, the first of four Buckeyes to claim the award in the Thad Matta era. Conley, who averaged 11.3 points per contest in his only season and owns the Ohio State single season overall and freshman record for assists with 238, followed the Big Ten Tournament effort with the 2007 NCAA South Regional Most Outstanding Player Award. He averaged 6.1 assists a game, the second highest average in Ohio State history, and is credited with six career games with at least 10 assists, second all-time behind Shannon Scott with eight (2012-15). A native of Indianapolis, Conley recorded 87 steals, the third most overall and the most by a freshman in Ohio State single season history. In Ohio State’s freshman record book, Conley Jr. ranks No. 8 in scoring (441 pts.), No. 8 in field goals made (160), No. 9 in field goal percentage (.518/160-309), No. 5 in made free throws (100), No. 1 in assists (238) and steals (87). Three times he credited with five steals in a single game to tie the Ohio State rookie record for thefts in a game. His six games with 10 assists are tied for fourth. Conley was part of an Ohio State team that won a school record 35 total games, won the Big Ten regular season and postseason tournament titles and advanced to the 2007 NCAA National Championship game. He was the second of three Buckeyes selected in the first 21 overall picks of the 2007 NBA Draft. Conley Jr. went No. 4 to the Memphis Grizzlies. High school and Ohio State teammate Greg Oden went No. 1 to the Portland Trailblazers and fellow OSU rookie Daequan Cook was selected No. 21 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.
During his career at Ohio State, John Cook was the 1978 US Amateur Champion, a three-time All-American and a two-time Big Ten Medalist. In Cook’s three seasons with the team the Buckeyes won three Big Ten Championships. He was co-captain of the 1979 NCAA Championship golf team. Cook won six tournaments during his career at Ohio State and was a member of the 1979 Walker Cup Team. He has won multiple tournaments since joining the PGA Tour in 1979.
Men’s Soccer 2000-02, 2004
Justin Cook was a 2004 All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year, leading the Buckeyes to their first Big Ten regular season title as a senior. The four-time All-B1G selection, Cook concluded his career ranked second in career goals (33) as well as the team’s career shots leader (191), season shots leader (71) and tied for first in career assists (18). He was one of the first two players in Big Ten history to be awarded both Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year accolades.
Football Coach 1988-00
John Cooper, a previous inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, now enters Ohio State’s Athletics Hall of Fame after a coaching career that included guiding Ohio State to 111 victories and five Top 10 national finishes between 1988-2000.Explosive offenses and excellent defenses were the hallmarks of Cooper’s 13 years as Ohio State head coach. The only coach to win Rose Bowls as coach of a Pac-10 school (Arizona State in 1987) and a Big Ten school (Ohio State in 1997), Cooper’s Buckeye teams still own the top three single-season passing totals in school history and four of the Top 5 total offense totals.
Individually, Cooper produced 22 First Team All-Americans at Ohio State, 16 first-round draft picks with Dan Wilkinson and Orlando Pace both selected No. 1 overall, Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George, seven NFF Scholar-Athletes and two handfuls of major award winners, including Lombardi (Pace), Outland (Pace), Butkus (Andy Katzenmoyer), Thorpe (Antoine Winfield), Biletnikoff (Terry Glenn) and Draddy (Bobby Hoying) honorees. The All-Americans and greats he coached also feature Korey Stringer, Mike Vrabel and Shawn Springs.
He led the Buckeyes to three Big Ten championships – his three teams combined for nine total conference titles – and his 1996 Ohio State team defeated Arizona State in the 1997 Rose Bowl and finished 11-1 and No. 2 in the nation. His 1998 team also finished 11-1 and No. 2 with a win in the Sugar Bowl.
Cooper grew up in the Knoxville, Tenn., suburb of Powell. He spent two years in the U.S. Army after graduating and then went to Iowa State University where he played on the football team and served as a team captain as a senior. He graduated in 1962.
Cooper was named the Associated Press national Coach of the Year in 1986 and he earned similar honors from the Sporting News, Football Writers Football News and the Pac-12 Conference during his 39 years as a collegiate coach. He has an overall record of 192-84-6. Cooper, who served as president of the American Football Coaches Association, is a scout for the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals.
James “Doc” Counsilman
Swimming 1943, 1946-47
As a Buckeye freshman in 1942, Jim Counsilman captured the NAAU indoor and outdoor 200-meter breaststroke title. In his sophomore year, Counsilman won the Big Ten Championship and missed the world record by half a second. The two-time National Champion and All-American was captain of the 1946 and 1947 teams that won the Big Ten, NCAA and NAAU titles. Counsilman later went on to an outstanding coaching career at Indiana University.
A two-time All-America and three-time all-Big Ten selection, Tom Cousineau set an Ohio State record for career tackles with 569 during his three years as a starter. Cousineau also set school records for solo (16) and assisted (20) tackles in a single game and total tackles in a season (211). After leaving Ohio State, Cousineau was the first player chosen in the 1979 NFL draft.
Track and Field 1999-02
Katy Craig was a three-time All-American and four-time Big Ten champion for the Buckeyes from 1998-2002. A two-year captain, Craig still ranks among the top performers all-time at Ohio State in the weight and hammer throws, including the second-best mark in school history in the weight throw in 2002 at 69-3. She previously held Big Ten and meet records in both the weight and hammer throws upon graduation and was the Big Ten champion in both events in 2001 and 2002. She was a two-time All-American in the weight throw (2001-02) and hammer (2002).Craig also excelled in the classroom as a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and OSU Scholar-Athlete. She has remained involved in track and field after graduation, serving as a volunteer assistant at OSU, throws coach at a local middle school and private coaching. Craig is married to former Purdue thrower Nick Swathwood and resides in Hilliard, Ohio, with their two sons, Abraham and Isaac.
Track and field, Cross-Country 1988-91
Varsity “O” letter winner 1988-91. 1989 All-American in cross-country. Two-time Outdoor All-American in 3,000-meter steeplechase. Big Ten Outdoor champion in 3,000-meter steeplechase (1990 and 1991). Winner of the 1991 Jumbo Elliott Award, symbolic of top male or female collegiate track athlete. Croghan set OSU records in 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:10.69) and indoor record for 1,000-meter run (2:26:04). Competed in 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics. Co-captain of 1991 team. A former OSU assistant coach.
Football 1941-42, ’46
All-American tackle Chuck Csuri was voted the football team’s Most Valuable Player during Ohio State’s 1942 National Championship season. Behind Csuri’s blocking, the team’s running backs rushed for 281.2 yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry. Ohio State averaged an amazing 33.7 points per game that year. After graduation, Csuri became a national leader in the field of computer graphics.
A two-sport star, Harold “Cookie” Cunningham was all-Big Ten in basketball and an All-American in football. The 6-4 Cunningham played center on the court and end on the field. After graduation from Ohio State, Cunningham played professional basketball.
Pete Cusick, a three-year starter for the Ohio State football team from 1972-74, was a First Team All-American and team captain as a defensive tackle in 1974. A First Team All-Big Ten selection in 1973 and 1974, Cusick helped lead the Buckeyes to three-consecutive Big Ten championships and three-consecutive Rose Bowl appearances. Ohio State went 29-4-1 in Cusick’s three seasons as a starter and, incredibly, its defense allowed only 64 points in the 1973 campaign.Cusick recorded 242 career tackles, including 22 tackles-for-loss in his three seasons. He played in the Hula Bowl following his senior season before going on to play a season for the New England Patriots in the National Football League. In 2000, Cusick was selected to the Ohio State football All-Century Team by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.
Linda Daniel dedicated herself to healing injured athletes and opening doors for women trainers. She started her Ohio State career as an student trainer in 1971 when female trainers could only work with female athletes. In 1975, Daniel became the first woman to achieve the highest score in the nation on the National Athletic Trainers Association certification test. She went on to become Co-Head Athletic Trainer and develop an educational program designed to produce women trainers.
Jim Daniell was affectionately known as “Big Jim” throughout his life. He was big as any other football player during his playing days, at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, and he used his size, skill and aggressive determination along the offensive and defensive lines to forge an impressive playing career that started in high school at Mt. Lebanon (Pa.) High School and The Kiski School, included three years as a Buckeye (1939-41) and culminated in the National Football League with a year playing for the Chicago Bears and one for the Cleveland Browns.Daniell played on Ohio State teams coached by Francis Schmidt (1939 and 1940), and he was a senior for Coach Paul Brown’s first Ohio State team in 1941. He played on the 1939 Big Ten Conference championship team that went 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the league, and he was a standout on Brown’s initial Ohio State team that went 6-1-1 overall and set the foundation for the 1942 team’s run to the National Championship. Daniell was named an All-American by the Central Press Association after the 1941 season.
Daniell’s achievements as a college football player were recognized with the ultimate honor in 1977 when he was inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. His older brother, Averell “Li’l Abner” Daniell, is also in the Hall of Fame. “Big Jim” is one of just 24 Buckeyes in the Hall of Fame.
Daniell was a 12th round NFL draft pick in 1942, but he was pulled into the Navy after graduating from Ohio State. His football playing continued, though: Daniell played for Paul Brown with the Great Lakes Service Team.
His military duties included serving as a Naval Lieutenant on a destroyer in the Pacific during World War II. His actions led to his earning the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and a Presidential Citation. His Silver Star inscription is “cool and capable under fire,” attributes that Daniell later said came from his experience as a football player at Ohio State.
After the war, Daniell played for the Chicago Bears in 1945 and for Coach Brown – for a third time – in 1946 with the Cleveland Browns. He was not only one of the first-ever Cleveland Brown players, but he was the organization’s first captain.
Daniell then embarked on a career in the steel industry. He was a president of a steel company by age 39 and he worked out union issues at one time with a young senator named John F. Kennedy. His career in steel included work with another senator who would become a president – Gerald Ford – and he later was a board member for President Ronald Reagan’s Physical Fitness Council.
Daniell passed away in 1983.
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.
A four-time member of the All-Big Ten team and the first Buckeye to be named an All-American in singles competition, Kristy Dascoli rewrote the Ohio State record books during her time as a Buckeye. She was named the team’s most valuable player four times and was the conference’s first back-to-back recipient of the Big Ten Player of the Year award. Dascoli won 31 singles matches as a senior in 2001 to set the OSU single-season record. She was the first Buckeye to qualify for the NCAA singles championship and appeared in both the singles and doubles tournaments all four years. As a senior, Dascoli reached the national quarterfinals in both singles and doubles, earning All-America accolades. Dascoli, who played at No. 1 singles and doubles throughout her career, still holds the Ohio State career record for most singles wins with 104. She was named the Tennis Player of the Century at Ohio State.
Women’s Basketball, 2004-07
Ohio State rode the coattails of Jessica Davenport back to the top of the Big Ten Conference and into national prominence during her four years as a Buckeye. The only three-time Big Ten Player of the Year at the time, Davenport helped the Buckeyes to a 108-22 record (.831) from 2004-07. Ohio State’s first three-time All-American captained the Buckeyes to three-consecutive conference championships.A consumer affairs graduate, Davenport ended her career with 48 career double-doubles and Ohio State’s only pair of triple-doubles in points, rebounds and blocked shots. Davenport amassed 2,303 career points, which currently ranks third all-time on the Ohio State all-time list. Davenport also pulled down 1,094 rebounds to rank in the top 3. In 2007, Davenport became the first player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocked shots in a career.
Davenport capped her career in grand fashion in 2007. She not only garnered her third conference player of the year award and third All-America honor, but etched her name in both the Big Ten and Ohio State record books while leading the Buckeyes to a 28-4 overall mark and fourth NCAA tournament bid in as many seasons. She topped the conference in scoring at 20 points per game and ranked second in the league in rebounds (9.6) and field goal percentage (.597). At the conclusion of the regular season, Ohio State was 26-2, the best regular campaign in Ohio State annals.
Just weeks after completing her career as the most decorated Buckeye in program history, Davenport was selected No. 2 overall in the 2007 WNBA Draft. Davenport helped the New York Liberty reach the 2007 WNBA playoffs and is currently a member of the Indiana Fever.
Davenport also attacked her duties in the classroom. She was a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and also an Academic All-Big Ten honoree en route to earning her bachelor’s degree in March 2007.
Women’s Diving 2007-08, 2010
A national champion in 2008, Chelsea Davis had a phenomenal career as a diver at Ohio State. Her national title on three-meter was the fourth diving championship in the history of the women’s program and first since 2003. Davis was an All-American diver in 2008 as well as 2010, the same year she was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor. She is one of two members of Ohio State’s women’s swimming and diving program to be awarded the most prestigious academic honor the Big Ten has to offer. An Academic All-American, four-time OSU Scholar Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Davis was named the NCAA Tri-Diver of the Year after her national championship-winning performance. She competed at the 2008 Olympic Trials on three-meter springboard, finishing tenth. A Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, she won a Big Ten Championship on three-meter and was an All-American in 2006 at Northwestern before transferring to Ohio State.
Track & Field 1956-59
Glenn “Jeeps” Davis set a world record in the 440-yard dash at the 1958 Big Ten Championships and went on to win the same event at the NCAA Tournament. In the summer of 1958, Jeeps competed on a United States Track Team that toured Europe and Russia. On the tour, Davis won nine of ten races in a 14-day span and set a world record in the 400-yard hurdles. He also won Gold Medals at the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games.
Named national player of the year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association in 1994, Davis was a two-time first-team All-American. Other honors included being named All-Big Ten for four years. The OSU teams on which she played went 104-22 and advanced to the school’s first two NCAA national semifinals. She is the career leader in assists (5,483). Davis trained for a spot on the U.S. Olympic women’s volleyball team.
Van Ness DeCree
Van Ness DeCree was a two-time All-American, two-time all-Big Ten pick and a three-year starter at defensive end for Ohio State. During his career, OSU won three Big Ten titles, played in three Rose Bowls and posted a combined record of 29-4-1. DeCree had 61 tackles as a sophomore, 63 as a junior and a career high 65 as a senior.
Tom De Leone
An All-America center in 1971, co-captain De Leone also garnered team Most Valuable Player honors … anchored the offense on teams that won the 1970 National Football Foundation National Championship and a trip to the 1971 Rose Bowl … won three letters with the football team … named All-Big Ten in 1970 and 1971 … OSU won the Big Ten Championship twice (1969 and 1970) while he competed … member of the OSU All-Century team … played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 years … spent first two years with the Cincinnati Bengals, the team that drafted him, before playing his final 11 years for the Cleveland Browns … as a member of the Browns, De Leone went to two Pro Bowls … currently resides in Park City, Utah, working for U.S. Customs.
Frank Dempsey was another of Mike Peppe’s great divers. Dempsey was the one-meter and three-meter NCAA diving champion in 1942 and 1943. The two-time All-American also won the one-meter Big Ten diving title in 1942 and 1943. As a senior, Dempsey helped lead the Ohio State swimming and diving team to the NCAA Championship.
Director of Track and Field and Cross Country (2003-present)
One of the most respected names in the track and field community, Karen Dennis joined the Ohio State staff in 2003. She spent four seasons as an assistant track coach (2003-06), served as the women’s track and field/cross country head coach from 2006-14 and was named the Buckeyes’ director of track & field and cross country prior to the 2014-15 campaign.
Dennis has had outstanding achievements thus far in her career at Ohio State. Under her direction, the Buckeyes have won eight Big Ten Championship team titles, including the women’s 2020 indoor conference title and 2018-19 indoor and outdoor sweep. The women’s program won their first conference indoor title and first outdoor title in 42 years. The men’s program swept both the indoor and outdoor conference titles in 2018, making Dennis the first woman in Big Ten history to lead a men’s team to a title in any sport. Since coming to Ohio State, Dennis has coached athletes to over 60 individual B1G titles, more than 50 First and Second Team All- Americans and has coached athletes to five national championships.
Dennis’s coaching has caught the eye of fans and athletes all over as she has been called a ‘Trailblazer’ throughout her career. The veteran coach is a seven-time USTFCCCA Regional Coach of the Year and a four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year. She has been inducted into the USTFCCCA and Michigan State Athletic hall of fames. Dennis was the head coach of the women’s 2000 Olympic Team, 1989 World University Games coach, 1991 Pan American Games coach and coached in the World Championships in 1995. She is an advocate on the USATF International Competition Committee and is a past president of the Athletic Congress Women’s Track Coaches Association.
Men’s Basketball, 2002, 2004-06
Terence Dials, the 2006 Big Ten Player of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten selection, finished his career No. 14 all-time in scoring at Ohio State with 1,566 points. He ranked No. 4 in career field goal percentage and No. 5 all-time with 876 career rebounds as a Buckeye. He led his teammates in rebounding in 2004, 2005 and 2006. The two-time captain earned Ohio State most valuable player honors as both a junior and senior. The Chicago Tribune named him the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player in 2006, his final campaign in Columbus.
Women’s Soccer 2004-07
Lara Dickenmann, who played women’s soccer at Ohio State from 2004-07, is tops on Ohio State’s career assist list with 35 and third with 89 points. A second team NSCAA All-American and Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2004 and a two-time All-Great Lakes Region selection, Dickenmann led the Buckeyes in assists all four seasons and tallied a team-high 13 goals in 2004. Dickenmann has appeared in over 100 international matches for the Swiss National Team, including participating in the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
Women’s Soccer 2008-10
Cassie Dickerson was a three-year letterwinner for the Ohio State women’s soccer team from 2008-10. Now a volunteer assistant coach and director of player development for the Buckeyes, Dickerson battled back from multiple knee injuries to captain the Buckeyes three times. Dickerson garnered NSCAA First Team All-America and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year laurels in 2010, when she started all 24 matches, anchoring a defense that recorded 12 shutouts, while helping the Buckeyes to a Big Ten Championship and the NCAA College Cup for the first time in program history. The Kalamazoo, Mich., native was named First Team All-Big Ten and NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region in 2009 and 2010 and was a 2010 semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. Dickerson also was a winner of the 2010 Big Ten Medal of Honor, which recognizes the athlete in the graduating class who has attained the greatest proficiency in both academics and athletics, and was subsequently the Big Ten’s nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year.
All-American in 1990 … two-time All-Big Ten (1989-90) … team captain in 1990 … three-year starter as setter, 1988-90 … member of Ohio State’s first Big Ten championship team in 1989 … assistant coach 1994-97, including for the 1994 team that won the Big Ten and advanced to the NCAA national semifinals … member of Canadian National Team, 1992-93.
Wrestling 1989-91, 1993
Three-time All-American with three Top 6 finishes at the NCAA championships … placed third at the national meet in 1993, fourth in 1991 and sixth in 1990 … four-time letterwinner … team captain in 1990, ’91 and ’93 … third in career wins with 138 … second in career takedowns with 646 … fourth in career team points with 419.75 … 1989-90 had the most wins on the team with 30 … 10th in season wins with 41 … second in takedowns in a season with 223 (1991) … 15th in team points in a season with 131.75 (1991).
Women’s Diving 2001-03
Natalia Diea was Ohio State’s first platform diving champion in program history, capturing the national title at the 2003 NCAA Championships. Diea, a native of Austin, Texas, made headlines in her first season with the Buckeyes, winning the platform diving event at the 2001 Big Ten Championships. The accumulation of Diea’s efforts came to fruition during her senior season when she scored a 476.65 on the platform dive at the 2003 NCAA Championships, becoming the first Buckeye to win an NCAA swimming or diving national title since 1988.
Dobest was a First Team All-American in 1986 and earned second team honors in 1987 and ’88. She had three Top 10 finishes in the NCAA Championships and two second-place finishes in the Big Ten Championships (1986, ’87). Dobesh won two individual titles (1988-89) in the Midwest Collegiate Conference. She led the 20-1 team to league and NCAA regional titles her senior year. The squad mounted a record of 79-18 in her four years as a letterwinner and in her final campaign she steered the Buckeyes to a 20-1 record, with league and NCAA regional championships. Dobesh was the Junior National Champion in 1986 and the Junior Olympic National Champion in 1987. She was selected OSU Fencer of the Decade in 1990.
Mike Doss, a three-time first team All-American, was co-captain of the 2002 National Championship team and was chosen as Defensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl, where Ohio State captured its first consensus national championship since 1968 with a thrilling 31-24 double-overtime victory over Miami. A three-year starter from Canton, Ohio, Doss became just the seventh three-time All-American in Ohio State history. During his career, Doss played in 50 games, starting 40 of those contests and colleting a combined total of 331 tackles. Doss started the last two games of his freshman season and from that point on, he was a regular starter. As a sophomore, he finished the season with a team-best 94 tackles and was named to a first-team berth on The Sporting News All-America team. He also led the team in tackles as a junior with 87 total stops and was again named to a first-team spot on The Sporting News team, as well as the Walter Camp squad. As a senior, Doss collected a personal high 107 tackles and was named to first-team All-America berths on the Associated Press, Football Writers, Football Coaches, Sporting News and Walter Camp teams. A three-time All-Big Ten selection, Doss was named the 2002 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. In each of his last two years, he was a leading candidate for the Thorpe Award as the best defensive back in college football.Following his time at Ohio State, Doss went on to play six seasons in the NFL on three teams, including the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals. Doss was a part of the 2006 Indianapolis Colts team that won Super Bowl XLI.
Doss, who earned his degree in communication, and his wife Jasmine, who also graduated from Ohio State, are raising his 8-year-old brother, Anthony Kick Jr. Doss created the Michael A. Doss Foundation and was honored with the Canton Jaycees Distinguished Service Award in 2010.
Part of the early tradition of Ohio State wrestling, George Downes lettered for the Buckeyes from 1938-40 and served as team captain in 1938 and 1940. Downes became Ohio State’s first national champion in wrestling and just the third Buckeye All-American in 1940 when he won the heavyweight title. Out of four matches, Downes recorded a pair of falls against two of his opponents en route to the championship. The title won by Downes helped the Buckeyes finished tied for fourth at the NCAA championships.
Greg Drown was a four-time letter winner on the Buckeye rifle team from 1981-84. He received the NRA gold medal three times and the silver medal twice while leading the Buckeyes to four Big Ten titles. At the Big Ten Championships, Drown won a pair of individual titles and earned First Team All-Big Ten honors four times. After captaining the Buckeyes as both a junior and senior and posting a pair of NRA Inter-Collegiate Sectional wins, Drown earned himself a tryout for the 1984 US Olympic Team. He went on to compete across the country after earning his surveying and engineering degree in 1985 and won the Ohio State Championship in 1985, 1996 and 1999. Drown then began to develop neurological problems with his back and legs. After major back surgery in 2001, the problem was diagnosed as multiple sclerosis. Undeterred because of his strong faith and constant support from friends and family, Drown returned to competitive shooting in 2006 and has since won a total of 14 Ohio State shooting titles. In 2009, he won the small bore, 3 position, any sight, National Championship. He then claimed bronze at the 2010 US Individual Smallbore Rifle Championship and silver in 2011. That led to him receiving the NRA Distinguished Rifle award and most recently he was a member of 2017-18 US National Paralympic Development Team. Drown has continued to mentor and encourage young shooters and has been a tremendous ambassador for the sport.
Track & Field 1946-49
Lloyd Duff was a member of the Ohio State track team that claimed three Big Ten Championships. Individually, Duff won Big Ten Championships in the long jump and 70-yard high hurdles in the 1948 indoor meet. Duff was also an All-American in the decathlon in both 1946 and 1947.
Dean Dugger was an offensive and defensive star at end on the Buckeye football team of the early 1950s. The three-year starter earned All-America honors in 1954. Dean followed his brother, Jack, who was inducted into The Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1979. The Duggers were the second brother pair inducted into the Hall of Fame.
A two-sport star, Jack Dugger was known primarily for his gridiron accomplishments. A starter on the 1942 National Championship team, Dugger was captain of the 1943 squad and earned All-America honors in 1944. He was voted MVP on the 1942 basketball team and was a starter in 1944 when the Buckeyes won the Big Ten Championship and advanced to the NCAA Final Four.
Andy Dumpis finished his career at Ohio State as a two-time All-American (1978 and 1980) and a three-time first-team Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association selection. The co-MIVA Most Valuable Player of the Year in 1980, Dumpis was a part of the Buckeye 1977 and ’78 MIVA championship teams and assisted the squad to unblemished home records of 12-0 in 1977 and 13-0 in 1980. He also helped Ohio State become the first non-West coast team to reach the NCAA championship final in 1977.
Track & Field 1942-43, 1947
Two-time All-American Dallas Dupre was the Big Ten and NCAA Long Jump champion in 1942. In 1943, he was the Big Ten Champion in the 100-yard dash, the 220-yard dash and the Long Jump. During his years at Ohio State, Dupre was considered the best collegiate long jumper in the United States. In 1942, he helped lead the team to the Big Ten indoor and outdoor championships.
Varsity “O” letter winner 1989-91. 1991 second team All-America by Baseball America and third team All-America by Collegiate Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association. First team All-Midwest Region and All-Big Ten in 1991. Two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten in 1990. 1991 team co-captain. Member of 1991 OSU Big Ten championship team. Second round draft choice of the Minnesota Twins.
Drew Durbin was a six-time All-American gymnast and three-time national champion on pommel horse. A four-year letterwinner, Durbin was named All-Big Ten each of his four seasons and Big Ten Gymnast of the Year in 1994, his freshman season. In 1996, Durbin was a member of the Buckeyes’ national championship squad. That same season Durbin set the program record on pommel horse, recording a 9.975 at the NCAA East Regional. The next season, 1997, Durbin and his teammates set the OSU team record on pommel horse with a score of 39.000. In his career, Durbin won five Big Ten individual championships, two each on pommel horse and parallel bars and one in the all-around.
William (Tippy) Dye
Two-sport star William “Tippy” Dye was a stand-out on Ohio State’s football and basketball teams of the mid-1930s. An excellent passer and runner, the 145-pound Dye helped guide Ohio State to three straight victories over Michigan. In the 1935 38-0 thumping of the Wolverines, he returned a punt 73-yards. After graduation, Dye went on to a successful career in athletic coaching and administration. He finished his career at Northwestern University.
A two-sport star, Paul Ebert was an All-American in both baseball and basketball in 1954. Ebert was a starting pitcher for three seasons, winning 21 of 28 games. As a sophomore in 1952, he posted a spotless 7-0 record. A three-time all-Big Ten selection in basketball, he was voted MVP of the basketball team all three seasons and was captain his senior year.
Four-time letterwinner … two-time first team All-Big Ten selection (1996, ’97) … member of two Big Ten regular-season championship teams (1994, ’95) and three Big Ten playoff winners (1994, ’95, ’97) … served as team co-captain in 1997 … ended career in the Top 10 in program history in career batting average (.367), runs batted in (156), at-bats (657), hits (241), doubles (43), home runs (34) and runs scored (172) … led the Buckeyes in batting average, hits, at-bats and runs scored in 1996 … batted .439 in 1996, the highest OSU batting average in 36 years, to rank second in program history.
John Edwards was a stand-out catcher for the baseball team in 1958. That season, he made only three errors behind the plate, compiling a fielding percentage of .973. Edwards also led the team in hits with 24. He went on to have a successful 14-year career in the major leagues, where he was a three-time All-Star (1963-65) and two-time Gold Glove winner (1963-64) at catcher. Edwards competed in two World Series, 1961 with the Cincinnati Reds and 1968 with the St. Louis Cardinals. The 1969 season with the Houston Astros was Edwards’ best as he garnered votes for the National League MVP award.
Field Hockey 1994, 1996-1997
Member of the German Junior National Team, 1988-1990 … 1994 OSU Coaches Award Recipient … 1994 Second Team All-Big Ten selection … missed the 1995 season because of injury … 1996 First Team All-Region, First Team All-Big Ten and Second Team All-America selection … 1997 First Team All-America, First Team All-Region and First Team All-Big Ten pick … three-time letterwinner.
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.
Two-sport star Ann Emmencker was a five-time Big Ten medalist, winning the 50 and 100-yard freestyle in 1973 and 1975 and the 200-yard freestyle in 1974. She was also a member of the inaugural women’s golf team in 1976. After graduation, she served as a coach and administrator in high school athletics. Emmencker was named Ohio Coach of the Year three times during the 1980s.
Annabelle Fago was a four-time All-American for the women’s rowing team from 2004-2007 and the 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. As a senior, Fago earned First Team All-America honors after Ohio State finished third and the first varsity eight placed second at the NCAA championships. In 2006, Fago helped Ohio State to its second Big Ten title and the varsity eight championship. The Buckeyes were four-time Central Region champions during Fago’s time in Columbus, with the varsity eight capturing gold in 2004 and 2005.
Football/Coach 1942, 1949-58
Gene Fekete was both a fullback and kicker on Ohio State’s 1942 Big Ten and National Championship team. He won all-Big Ten honors in 1942 when he led the conference in scoring with 92 points and rushed for a record 910 yards. After his playing days at Ohio State, Fekete went on to serve as an assistant coach from 1949 to 1958.
At 6-1 and 220 pounds, Bob Ferguson was the consummate Ohio State fullback. A two-time All-American, Ferguson led Ohio State in rushing each of his three years as a starter He was the Maxwell Award winner and runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1961. He helped lead the Buckeyes to the 1961 National Championship with a 8-0-1 record.
Ernie Fernandez won three Big Ten singles titles and one doubles crown during his career. A three-time team MVP, Fernandez was named all-Big Ten four straight years, making him the first member of Ohio State’s tennis team to accomplish that feat. In 1980, he was named an All-America and advanced to the semi-finals of the NCAA Tournament. He finished his career at OSU with an impressive singles record of 109-33 and won a Bronze Medal at the 1979 Pan Am Games.
Football/Coach 1928-30, 1947-50
Wes Fesler was Ohio State’s second three-time All-American and served as team captain his junior and senior years. Fesler was the Ohio State and the Big Ten MVP in 1940. Fesler returned to OSU as head football coach from 1947 through 1950, leading the Buckeyes to a 17-14 win over California in the 1950 Rose Bowl. Fesler is a member of the National Football Hall of Fame.
A four-time letterwinner, she was an All-American in the 50, 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events, taking fourth in the 200, as well as All-America status in the 400-yard medley relay (in 1983 and 1985) … an All-Big Ten selection all four years, she also was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Month in 1983 on her way to taking individual conference titles in the 50, 100 and 200-breaststroke and the 200 and 400-medley relays … OSU won the 400 relay from 1983-86 … also was a runner-up in seven events at the conference meet .. OSU’s Most Valuable Swimmer in 1983 and ’84 … most inspirational swimmer in 1986 … co-captain in 1985 and ’86 … set program records in six events … still has top time in the 50-yard breaststroke (OSU and Big Ten mark) and the 200-yard medley relay … participated in the Olympic Trials.
Diving 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.
2002 Most Valuable Rower Karla Fiserova led the Buckeyes to the program’s first Big Ten Championship. A 2003 First Team CRCA All-American, she was a two-time First Team All-Central Region and First Team All-Big Ten selection. She was a two-time CRCA National Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree, as well as three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. Fiserova was also a member of the Czech Rowing Team in 1995-2000, participating in the world championships and world regattas.
Two-time letter winner in 1950 and 1951, Lou Fisher played on Woody Hayes’ first Ohio State football team. After graduation, Fisher continued his proud association with Buckeye football. A successful businessman after graduation, Fisher donated more than $500,000 in 1971 for the installation of artificial turf in Ohio Stadium.
Football/Basketball 1939-1941, 1945
Two-sport star Dick Fisher is probably best known for his accomplishments in football. He was an all-Big Ten selection in 1941, after ranking 10th in the nation in rushing and leading the team in passing. Fisher was also a member of the 1939 team that went 6-2 and won the Big Ten Championship. In basketball, he led the Big Ten in free throws made in 1942. Fisher later served as an assistant football coach at OSU.
All-America and all-Big Ten pick Dave Foley was a key member on Ohio State’s 1968 National Championship team. The massive offensive tackle helped the offense rack up an impressive 440 yards and 32 points per game on the way to a 10-0 record in 1968. A three year starter, Foley was also a three-time Academic All-American. After graduation, Foley was drafted by the New York Jets.
Women’s Basketball Coach 2002-13
Jim Foster coached 11 seasons at Ohio State from 2002-13. He put the women’s basketball program back on the map, making the NCAA Tournament in 10 of his 11 seasons. Foster and the Buckeyes also enjoyed a run of six consecutive Big Ten Championships and four Big Ten Tournament titles. His .772 winning percentage (279-82) is the highest of any women’s basketball coach in school history.
Foster helped develop some of the best players in the program’s history. Jessica Davenport (2004-07) was the program’s first three-time All-American. She scored 2,303 points and grabbed 1,094 career rebounds. Jantel Lavender was also a three-time All-American and became the first player, male or female, in the Power 5 conferences to be named conference player of the year four times. Samantha Prahalis was a four-time All-Big Ten point guard. She scored more than 2,000 career points and still holds the Big Ten record with 901 assists which is 11th in NCAA history.
Foster, a Pennsylvania native, also coached at Saint Joseph’s, Vanderbilt and Chattanooga where he amassed 903 career wins which currently ranks seventh in NCAA history. He is the only coach to take four different programs to the NCAA Tournament. Foster was elected to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2013 and in 2018, after 40 years on the bench, he announced his retirement.
Tim Fox, a 1975 All-America and all-Big Ten selection, was a three-year starter at defensive back. He played in four Rose Bowls, starting in three. In 1975, Fox led the team in punt returns with 12 for a total of 182 yards and one touchdown. Fox averaged an impressive 15.2 yards per return. That same year on defense, Fox collected 44 tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown. Fox was also team captain in 1975.
While at Ohio State, John Frank distinguished himself both as a football player and scholar. Frank ranks third on the all-time Ohio State receiving list with 121 catches. His reception total is a school record for a tight end. Frank was a two-time Academic All-American and Rhodes scholar nominee. He was also the co-captain in 1983. After his Ohio State career, he went on to star in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and earn a medical degree from Ohio State.
Aris Franklin was a standout performer on Ohio State’s 1943 Big Ten Championship tennis team. Franklin also won the Big Ten singles title in 1945 and teamed with his twin brother Alex to win the Big Ten doubles title that same year. After leaving OSU, Franklin went on to a distinguished career in medicine.
Robin Freeman ranks as one of the most exciting players ever to wear the Scarlet and Gray. He was one of the first great jump shooters in basketball and the first Buckeye to include the jump shot in his offensive repertoire. OSU’s first two-time basketball All-American, the 5-11 guard earned conference MVP honors while leading the Big Ten in scoring as a senior with an average 32.5 points per game.
Lettering all four years at Ohio State from 1996-99, Justin Fry holds the Ohio State career records for wins (36), innings pitched (419.2) and strikeouts (382). He was named a First Team All-American and Big Ten Pitcher of the Year in 1999 after posting an 11-2 record with a 3.70 ERA. He was the 1997 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year after a 10-3 campaign.
He is one of only three Buckeyes to post double-digit win totals in multiple seasons after winning 10 in 1997, earning him Second Team All-America honors. Fry struck out over 100 batters three consecutive seasons (101 in 1997, 113 in 1998, 104 in 1999) and tossed 24 complete games in his career, which is third-most in school history. He was selected in the 26th round of the MLB Draft and played three seasons in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
Diving, 1983-84, 86-87
One of three Buckeye divers to earn All-America honors in all four years of competition (1983, 1984, 1986 and 1987) … was a four-time finalist at the Big Ten championship meet as well as the NCAA championships … recurring injury forced her to retire from platform and concentrate on springboard after the 1984 season … won the three-meter Big Ten Championship in 1984 … claimed a NCAA individual title in the three-meter dive at the 1987 meet … was a member of the U.S. Diving National Team from 1981 through 1984 and again from 1986 through 1988 … finalist at the U.S. Olympic trials in 1984 and 1988 … finalist at the pre-Olympic meet in Seoul, South Korea, in 1988 … member of the international diving circuit in 1987 where she won the Springboard Champion Spring Swallow Meet in Rostock, Germany.
Olympian Amanda Furrer prepped for the competition against the world’s elite as a Buckeye for four seasons. She captured five All-America honors as a member of the Ohio State rifle team and thrice qualified as an individual for the NCAA Championships. Furrer placed Top 10 nationally in all three appearances, finishing as high as seventh. The Spokane, Wash., native finished 15th at the 2012 Olympic Games and also won multiple medals at the national championships.
On the conference level, Furrer’s five Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference titles lifted the Buckeyes to three WIRC team crowns.
Joseph Gailus played the game when many players played both offense and defense, and his quickness, versatility and strength enabled him to do just that. A three-year starter, he opened holes on offense and was solid tackler on defense, also making several interceptions. Gailus, a team co-captain with Sid Gillman in 1933, was a two-time All-American for the Buckeyes in 1932 and 1933 and he was named All-Big Ten those two years as well. He was chosen to play in the East/West Shrine all-star game following his senior season. The Buckeyes had a three-year record of 17-5-2 during his tenure. Galius was from Vandergrift, Pa. When he and Gillman were co-captains in 1933, it marked just the second time in school history that two players served as co-captains for a season.
Joey Galloway, a four-time letterman, played in 36 games, started 27 times and finished as one of the great receivers in Ohio State history with 108 receptions for 1,894 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree and a third-team Associated Press All-American in 1993. Outstanding as a student, he was honored with a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholarship in 1994 and he was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He played 15 years in the NFL and amassed 701 receptions for 10,950 yards and 77 touchdowns.
Cross Country/Track and Field 1992-95
Six-event All-American Robert Gary won the Big Ten Outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase title in 1994 and still holds the Ohio State and Big Ten records for the 3,000-meter run. A three-time All-Big Ten selection and member of three Big Ten championship teams (1992 outdoor, and 1993 indoor and outdoor), Gary went on to compete on three U.S. World Championship distance teams, qualifying for 12 U.S. world cross country teams, and competed in the 1996 and 2004 Olympic Games in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Gary joined the Ohio State coaching staff in 1996 and took over the helm as the head coach in 2006. Under Gary, the Buckeyes enjoyed a historic season in 2007-08 as the cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field teams all finished in the Top 3 at their respective conference meets for the first time in more than 65 years.
1995 Heisman Trophy winner … also won the Doak Walker Award, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year honor and Big Ten MVP accolades … named team MVP as a senior while serving as team co-captain… first team All-American and All-Big Ten in 1995 … ended career as second-leading rusher in OSU history (3,668 yards) … set Ohio State single-game rushing record with 314 yards vs. Illinois in 1995 … program-record 1,927 rushing yards in 1995 … second in rushing attempts in a single game (39 vs. Northwestern in 1994) and in a career (683) … 24 rushing touchdowns in 1995 ranks second in program history and ended his career third in career rushing TDs (44) … played in East-West Shrine Bowl all-star game … first-round draft choice of the Houston Oilers and named 1996 NFL Rookie of the Year.
Ivan Gilbert was a first-team All-American in foil in 1942. He helped lead the Buckeye fencing squad to the 1942 national title, the program’s first national championship and the second overall national title for a team at Ohio State. A three-year letterwinner from 1941-43, Gilbert was named Ohio State’s Male Fencer of the Century by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.
Fletcher Gilders was the National Champion on the one-meter springboard in 1954 and 1955. He led the Buckeyes to Big Ten titles all three years he competed. Also a member of the track, gymnastics and soccer teams, Fletcher is the first four-sport letterman in Ohio State’s modern history, winning a total of 10 letters. He went on to coach at Kenyon College, where his divers won 14 consecutive National Championships. Gilders is a three-time NCAA Division III Coach of the Year.
Sid Gillman is considered one of the finest offensive football minds in football history. In 1933, Gillman was captain of the football team and earned all-Big Ten and honorable mention All-America honors. He coached at the University of Cincinnati for several years before moving to the professional ranks with the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles. He is a member of the National Football Hall of Fame.
Two-time All-America and three-time all-Midwest selection Terry Gilmore was the 1978 MVP of the Midwest Lacrosse Association. He was also a three-time team MVP for the Buckeyes. Gilmore helped lead OSU to a 14-1 record and Midwest Lacrosse Association Championship in 1978. During his career, Gilmore scored a school record 250 points, including 90 his senior year.
Synchronized Swimming, 1989-91
Three-time All-American … member of the Venezuelan National Team and competed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games … helped OSU to three national titles … national champion in the solo event at the 1989 and 1991 Collegiate National Championships … won the national title in duet in 1990 and 1991 and a championship in the trio event in 1990 … also part of the Buckeye squad that won the team event for three-consecutive years at the national championships … three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
A 1914 football letter winner, Ernie Godfrey is best known for his service as an assistant football coach for the Buckeyes. Coaching at OSU from 1929 until 1961, Godfrey worked under seven different head coaches during his colorful career. He served as line coach for 19 years, defensive backfield coach for four years and head freshman football coach for nine years. While line coach, he developed 11 All-Americans.
Three-time Big Ten champion in 1991 (100-meter butterfly, 400-meter freestyle relay and 800-meter freestyle relay) … member of 1991 400-meter freestyle relay conference champion that still holds school record for fastest time … 1990 All-Big Ten … two-time All-American … two-time Academic All-American … three-time Academic All-Big Ten … Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor winner … graduated Summa Cum Laude with 3.88 GPA.
Diving and Gymnastics 1959-61
Varsity “O” letter winner 1959-61 in diving and gymnastics. Three-time first team All-American Bronze medallist in 10-meter diving at the 1964 Olympic Games, missing gold medal by two points. National runner-up in three-meter diving competition in 1959. Led OSU to national runner-up finish in 1959. NCAA gymnastics champion on the trampoline in 1961. Three-time All-American in gymnastics. Currently a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors.
Francisco Gonzalez won the Big Ten singles champion in both 1975 and 1976. The 1976 All-American was a three-time all-Big Ten selection. He advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament as a sophomore and the quarterfinals as a senior. After graduation, Gonzalez turned professional and played Davis Cup competition for Paraguay.
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.
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.
Susan Gottlieb, a three-time All-America and all-Big Ten selection, was the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year in 1990 and 1991 Gottlieb set school records in four events and was a six-time Big Ten Champion during her impressive Buckeye career.. She was also the Ohio State Athlete of the Year in 1991.
Randy Gradishar is considered one of the most versatile, mobile and complete linebackers ever to play college football. He was a two-time All-American, three-time all-Big Ten choice and was a member of two consecutive Big-Ten Championship teams. He led the team in tackles in 1973 with 134. Gradishar won Academic All-America honors in 1973, the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1974 and is a member of the GTE Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
Few Hall of Famers have served Ohio State athletics in more ways and for a longer period than Jack Graf. Voted football MVP in 1941, Graf led the Buckeyes in scoring and rushing, while at the same time playing guard and serving as captain of the basketball team. In 1943, he began a 26 year career as an Ohio State assistant basketball coach. During that time, OSU teams won a National Championships, nine Big Ten titles and appeared in eight NCAA tournaments.
Campbell (Honus) Graf
Campbell “Honus” Graf was a starting fullback on the football team, a starting guard in basketball and a starting outfielder on the baseball team. He earned a total of nine letters and became a student assistant coach after losing his eligibility. Graf played in Ohio State’s first official Big Ten game against Indiana in 1913 and went on to serve as team captain of the 1914 team. A life-long Buckeye fan, Graf served on the Athletic Council and his two sons played football for the Scarlet and Gray.
Two-sport star Don Grate was an overpowering pitcher with impressive totals of 95 strikeouts and just 25 walks in 89 innings during the 1944 and 1945 seasons. As a basketball standout, Grate was a two-time all-Big Ten selection and earned All-America honors in 1944 after scoring 272 points in 21 games. He was also captain of the 1944 team, leading OSU to a 10-2 Big Ten record and the conference championship.
Track & Field 1987-90
Joe Greene won the NCAA long jump title in 1989. That same year, he broke Jesse Owens’ 54-year-old Big Ten Championship long jump record with a leap of 27′ 7.25″ inches. In 1988, Greene swept the long and triple jump competition at the Big Ten indoor and outdoor championships. After leaving Ohio State, Greene won a Bronze Medal in the long jump at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games.
Cornelius Greene was the Big Ten MVP in 1975. During his three years as starting quarterback, he led the team to a 31-3-1 record. He was a member of four Big Ten Championship teams. In 1973, Greene led Ohio State to an undefeated season and a second place finish in the polls. He was MVP of the 1974 Rose Bowl. Greene was a two-time all-Big Ten pick and led the conference in total offensive as a senior.
Archie Griffin was college football’s first two-time Heisman Trophy winner. A three-time All-American, he was a member of four Big Ten Championship teams and is the only player to start four Rose Bowl games. Griffin won two UPI Player of the Year Awards, two Big Ten MVPs, the Maxwell Trophy and the Walter Camp Award. He finished his career with a school and Big Ten record of 5,589 rushing yards. Griffin was a first-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1976.
Ray Griffin, a three-year starter and four-year Varsity O letterwinner for the Ohio State football team from 1974-77, was a First Team All-American and team captain as a safety in 1977. A First Team All-Big Ten selection in 1977, Griffin helped lead the Buckeyes to four-consecutive Big Ten championships, two Rose Bowl appearances, one Sugar Bowl appearance and an Orange Bowl appearance.Ohio State went 29-6-1 in Griffin’s three seasons as a starter, allowing only 102 points in the 1975 campaign. Griffin recorded 192 tackles in his three seasons in the OSU defensive backfield. He played in the Hula Bowl following his senior season before going on to play seven seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals in the National Football League. Griffin is the younger brother of former two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin.
A team leader on Ohio State’s dominant women’s tennis teams of the late 1970s, LeAnn Grimes set school career records in both singles and doubles wins . She posted a 68-18 singles record and a 92-21 doubles mark during her outstanding career as Buckeye. Grimes was also an excellent student, earning scholar-athlete honors three straight years.
First-Team All-American in 1972 and 1973 … honorable mention All-American in 1971 … three-time All-Big Ten (1971-73) … shot tournament-low score of 218 to earn medalist honors at 1972 Kepler Intercollegiate, an event won by the host Buckeyes … three-year letterwinner … works as PGA Head Professional at Champions Golf Course in Columbus.
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).
Track & Field 1924-26
George Guthrie was one of the foremost hurdlers of his era,. During his career at Ohio State he won four Big Ten titles and numerous NCAA and NAAU crowns, including the 1926 NCAA 120-yard hurdles title. Guthrie competed on the 1924 US Olympic Team.
As a starting guard in 1943 and 1944, William Hackett gained a reputation as a superior blocker and a strong defender. In 1944, he earned All-America honors while helping lead the undefeated Buckeyes to a Big Ten Championship. An inspirational leader, Hackett helped Paul Brown organize the Cincinnati Bengals and later became a board member for the team.
Tracey Hall was a three-time all-Big Ten choice and a two-time All-America while at Ohio State. She helped lead the Buckeyes to three Big Ten Championships and four consecutive NCAA appearances. The team advanced to the final eight in 1985 and 1987. Hall was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1985. She closed out her career with 1,912 points, 1,115 rebounds and a field goal percentage of .60.
Track & Field 1940-42
Ralph Hammond was the first African-American captain of an Ohio State track team. The team won every indoor and outdoor dual meet in 1942. That same year, Hammond won the 100 and 200-yard dashes and ran a leg of the winning mile relay in every dual meet. He completed his Ohio State track career by leading the team to its first Big Ten Championship in 1942, when the team swept both the indoor and outdoor titles.
A two-time All-American, Allison Hanna was also the 2001 Big Ten Freshman of the Year as well as the Big Ten Player of the Year and Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year in 2004. She was a three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection and won the 2003 Big Ten Championships individual title. Hanna, a two-time team captain, was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. A member of the All-NCAA West Regional Team in 2004, Hanna ended her career with the lowest scoring average (72.58) in program history. She turned professional in 2004 and posted her best LPGA finish with fourth place at the 2006 Sybase Classic.
Men’s Volleyball Coach 1985-2019
Pete Hanson, who began his Buckeye life in 1985, captured three NCAA Championships and was named the National Coach of the Year four times. He steered the Buckeyes to national titles in 2011, 2016 and 2017. The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) not only selected Hanson as their National Coach of the Year in 2000, 2011 and 2016, but also inducted him into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2015 (one of just 75 members at the time of enshrinement). Volleyball Magazine bestowed its national coaching honor to Hanson in both 1998 and 2011.
Hanson concludes his career with an overall winning percentage of .665 (712-359) and conference mark of 312-102 (.754). The 712 wins rank third all-time in NCAA history. His Buckeyes were crowned Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) regular season champions in over half (18) of his seasons. Hanson added 13 MIVA Tournament titles as well.
More than 200 Academic All-Big Ten honors have come through the doors under Hanson. Five student-athletes took it a step further and were selected as Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients. In the last 10 years, 65 percent (139 of 214) of the program’s members have earned OSU Scholar-Athlete recognition.
Not only was Bruce Harlan a prominent member of the OSU diving team, he lettered twice with the gymnastics team. The versatile athlete was a four-time All-American and helped the Buckeyes to three Big Ten and NCAA team swimming and diving championships. During his brilliant career he won 18 major titles, including a Gold and Silver Medal at the 1948 Olympics.
Charles “Chic” Harley
Football 1916-17, 1919
The legendary Chic Harley was Ohio State’s first three-time football All-American and was the man responsible for much of the football mania that currently exists in Columbus. Harley first won All-America honors as a running back in 1916 and 1917. He led the Buckeyes to their first-ever Big Ten title in 1916, a repeat championship in 1917 and a second-place finish in 1919. During his three seasons at OSU, the Buckeyes posted a combined record of 21-1-1.
During his career at Ohio State, Don Harper was a three-time National Champion in diving and two-time National Champion in gymnastics on the trampoline. A three-time diving and two-time gymnastics All-American, Harper was also a member of the 1956 US swimming and diving Olympic team, winning a Silver Medal at Melbourne, Australia. During his career as a diver, Harper won five Big Ten titles.
Star lacrosse player and coach … Three-year letterwinner between 1955-57 … First Buckeye All-America in program history in 1957 … That year he led team in scoring with 43 points and in goals with 38 and was named All-Midwest Lacrosse League … His 38 goals scored that season were an OSU single-season record that stood for six years.
Field Hockey 2005-08
Linda Haussener is one of the most decorated field hockey players in Ohio State history. On the field, her career culminated in 2008 when she was named a First Team All-American. It was the third such honor of her career, following second and third team honors in 2007 and 2006, respectively. The 2008 Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first team all-conference selection, Haussener scored 52 points as a senior in 2008, sixth most in single-season program history. In 2006, as a sophomore, Haussener helped lead the Scarlet and Gray to the Big Ten regular season title. The Buckeyes won 50 games during her four-year career and made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. On the career charts, she currently ranks sixth in career goals (45), sixth in assists (31) and sixth in scoring (121 points). In the classroom, Haussener’s resume is equally impressive. She was Ohio State’s female recipient of the 2008 Big Ten Medal of Honor, which is the conference’s most exclusive award. Haussener was a three-time NFHCA National Scholar-Athlete, four time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and graduated with degrees in political science and economics.
John Havlicek was a two-time all-Big Ten pick and an All-American as a senior in 1962. Noted primarily for his defensive ability in college, Havlicek still managed to score 1,223 points during his career. The Buckeyes won 78 of 84 games and captured three Big Ten titles and a National Championship with Havlicek in the lineup. He went on to a distinguished career with the Boston Celtics, first as a sixth man and later as a starter.
Two-time All-American AJ Hawk is one of the great football players and linebackers in school history. A four-year letterman, Hawk ended his standout career as the fifth-leading tackler in school history with 394 total tackles, including a nearly 20-year high 141 tackles during a consensus All-America junior season in 2004. Hawk’s statistics also position him 11th in school history with 41 tackles-for-loss and 17th with 15 quarterback sacks. He was a three-time All-Big Ten performer.
Hawk capped his career by being named the Lombardi Award winner as a senior in 2005 and a unanimous All-American after leading the Buckeyes in tackles for a third consecutive season with 121, including 16.5 tackles-for-loss. He was also named the Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year and he was the Defensive MVP in the Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame.
A team co-captain in 2005, Hawk played in all 14 games during Ohio State’s 2002 national championship season and in 51 games altogether. He was on Big Ten championship teams in 2002 and 2005 and his Buckeye teams were 4-0 in bowl games and 3-1 vs. Michigan.
Hawk, from Centerville, Ohio, was a first-round NFL Draft pick, No. 5 overall, of the Green Bay Packers. He played nine years with the organization and led the team in tackles five times. Including 16 games in 2015 with Cincinnati, Hawk played in 158 NFL games and recorded 947 tackles.
Woody Hayes served for 28 years as the head football coach at Ohio State. Under his guidance, Buckeye football achieved a degree of excellence unmatched in the University’s rich athletic history. Hayes’ teams posted a remarkable record of 205-61-10. A two-time National Coach of the Year, his teams won five National Championships, 13 Big Ten titles and played in 11 bowl games. Hayes had 56 players win All-America honors and produced three Heisman Trophy winners, three Outland Trophy recipients and two Lombardi Award winners.
Earned five All-America honors … named a first team All-American in 1995 … two-time All-Big Ten selection … four-year letterwinner … Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor winner in 1995 … four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … set Ohio State record in the 100-breaststroke in 1992 … served as team co-captain … represented the United States in the 1991 World University Games, winning both gold and bronze medals.
An outfielder for Ohio State’s baseball team, the two-time All-America and all-Big Ten selection was captain of the 1952 squad. Stewart Hein’s most outstanding year was in 1951 when he batted .304 and collected 42 hits and 26 RBI.
William D. Heintz
While at Ohio State, William Heintz won three letters in cross country and two letters in track. He was captain of the cross country team his senior year and later served as the head coach cross country coach and assistant track coach. As a professor of dentistry at OSU, Heintz was considered the foremost authority on mouth protection for athletes.
Wrestling Coach, 1986-06
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.
Edwin Hess earned All-America honors at guard his junior and senior years. A standout both offensively and defensively, he won the Walter Camp Memorial Trophy in 1925. Presented annually to the College Football Player of the Year, the Trophy was the most prestigious individual award during the early years of college football.
Women’s Golf Coach 1991-present
Therese Hession served as the Ohio State women’s golf head coach for over a quarter of a century, taking the reins in 1991 and remaining in command at the time of her induction. The two-time National Coach of the Year (1997, 2014) guided OSU to nine Big Ten titles and advanced to the NCAA postseason 21 consecutive years as of 2015. Hession steered the Buckeyes to their best finish in school history, placing fourth at the 2003 NCAA Championships. More than 100 student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades under Hession’s guidance.
Football 1970, 1972-73
John Hicks, a 6-3, 258-pound offensive tackle, was a two-time All-American for the Buckeyes as a junior and senior. In 1973, Hicks won the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award and also finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting. A fiery leader, Hicks played a major role in the Buckeyes’ two Big Ten Championships and two Rose Bowl appearances during the 1972 and 1973 seasons.
Track & Field 1977-80
Hurdler Stephanie Hightower was a four-time All-American and 15-time Big Ten Champion. She was undefeated in four years of Big Ten competition. While at Ohio State, Hightower also held 11 Big Ten and Ohio State records and set a new world record in the 60-yard hurdles. Hightower was a member of the 1980 US Olympic Team.
Three-time All-American John Higgins specialized in the breaststroke and during his career set ten world and 21 American records. While at Ohio State, Higgins captured one NCAA, three Big Ten and two NAAU indoor titles. Higgins competed in the 1936 Olympics and qualified for the 1940 Games. He was the US Swim Coach at the 1971 Pan Am games and the 1976 World Games. He also coached at the US Naval Academy.
A four-sport star, Lewis Hinchman was one of the Buckeye’s most versatile athletes. While at Ohio State, he earned three letters in football, three in basketball, two in baseball and one in golf. An all-Big Ten football player, he was captain and MVP of the 1932 squad.
Halo Hirose was a key member of Mike Peppe’s championship swimming teams of the late 1940s. His honors included one NCAA and three Big Ten Championships. Hirose was also a three-time All-American.
Dr. Chalmer Hixson
This year’s recipient of the Varsity “O” Alumni Association Loyalty Award is Dr. Chalmer Hixson. He is being inducted with this year’s Varsity “O” Hall of Fame group. In 1937, Hixson earned his bachelor’s of science degree in education and in 1947, a master’s degree in physical education from OSU. He also was a letterwinner in diving as an undergraduate. In 1957, he earned his doctorate from Columbia University. He has served in many roles for the department of athletics including, announcing both football and basketball games and officiating football practices for Woody Hayes and the Buckeyes from 1951-70. He was instrumental in founding the Midwest Lacrosse Association, the Ohio Retirees Association in Higher Education and also the Big Ten Association of Retirees.
Alice “Lefty” Hohlmayer
Club Sports 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.
Gerald Holan was a member of three Big Ten Championship medley relay teams. He also won the 200-meter breaststroke and medley relay at the 1953 NCAA Championships. Holan was a member of the 1952 Olympic Swimming Team and set an Olympic record in the preliminaries. The All-American also swam on a world-record medley relay team at the 1953 NAAU Indoor Championships.
A two-time All-American, Rex Holman was crowned the NCAA champion at 190 pounds in 1993 after finishing third in 1992. In his first season with the Buckeyes, Holman immediately secured his name in the conference records book when he won the 1992 Big Ten title (190 pounds). The following season as a senior, Holman repeated as the 190-pound champion to become a two-time All-Big Ten recipient. Holman’s senior season proved to be history-making as he is the only Buckeye to post an undefeated record. Holman went 29-0 in 1993 as the team co-captain, while his 40 victories the previous season place him 12th all-time at Ohio State in single-season wins. For his career, Holman collected 69 wins (three losses) for a .958 win percentage, which is second all-time at Ohio State. During his senior campaign, Holman was selected to wrestle in the prestigious NWCA All-Star event in Bethlehem, Pa., where he defeated Oklahoma’s Andy Foster, 9-2.Holman excelled in the classroom as well. Named to the 1993 First Team NWCA All-Academic Team, Holman was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient. Additionally, Holman was an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Following his collegiate career, Holman remained on campus and served as the assistant coach for the Buckeyes from 1993-98. He later joined the United States Army and subsequently became the Armed Forces Freestyle Champion in 2000. Continuing an impressive wrestling career, Holman competed at the 2000 U.S. Freestyle Olympic Trials and finished third after a fourth-place finish in 1996.
Holman and his wife, Jodi, reside in New Albany, Ohio, with their two daughters Kallie and Reese. Holman is a full-time firefighter and emergency medical technician for the City of Upper Arlington. He co-authored the book, Take Command! Be Lean, Energized & Strong.
Marv Homan was a member of the Ohio State Department of Athletics from 1948 to 1987. He began his long career as an assistant sports information director and was appointed director of that office in 1973. During his career, Homan was an ambassador of goodwill for the Buckeyes, serving as play-by-play announcer for football and basketball on both radio and television. Homan was presented the Arch Ward Meritorious Service Award by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in 1988 and was awarded the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Loyalty Award in 1998. He is just the fourth administrator to be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Marv Homan was a member of the Ohio State athletic department from 1948 to 1987. He began his long career as assistant sports information director and was appointed director of that office in 1973. During his career, Homan was an ambassador of goodwill for the Buckeyes, serving as play-by-play announcer for both football and basketball on both radio and television. Homan was presented the Arch Ward Meritorious Service Award by the College Sports Information Directors of America in 1988.
Bob Hopper, a three-time All-American, won the 1965 NCAA Championship in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:51.8. He also was a two-time Big Ten champion in the event, winning the title in both 1965 (1:59.91) and 1966 (1:59.9). Hopper is the last Buckeye to win the event in either the Big Ten or NCAA championships.
As a senior, Dennis Hopson won All-America and all-Big Ten honors and was second nationally in scoring with an average of 29 points per game. Hopson also won Big Ten Player of the Year honors and led the Buckeyes into the NCAA Tournament in 1987. The 6-5 forward finished his career with 2,096 points. After graduation, Hopson was a first-round draft choice of the New Jersey Nets.
Known as “The Bellaire Bomber,” Allan Hornyak had a career scoring average of 22.8 points per game and a career total of 1,572 points. He earned All-America, all-Big Ten and team MVP honors as a senior guard in 1973. Additionally, he was named all-Big Ten in 1971 and 1972. Playing against Michigan in 1971, he scored 37 points-17 in the first 5:20 of play.
Football 1940-42, 1944
Les Horvath was an All-American quarterback in 1944 when he became the Buckeyes’ first Heisman Trophy winner, leading OSU to a perfect 9-0 mark and the Big Ten title. In 1942, he led the Buckeyes to a 9-1 record and the school’s first National Championship. After sitting out the 1943 season to attend dental school, Horvath was the Big Ten’s MVP in 1944. He later went on to play professional football with the Los Angeles Rams and Cleveland Browns.
Bill Hosket, Jr.
As team captain and MVP his senior year, two-time all-Big Ten pick Bill Hosket led the Buckeyes to the Big Ten title and NCAA Mideast Regional Championship. Hosket was also a member of the 1968 USA Olympic basketball team that won the Gold Medal in Mexico City. An Academic All-American, Hosket was a first-round draft choice of the New York Knicks.
Bill Hosket, Sr.
Winning freshman awards in football and basketball, Bill Hosket, Sr. was named to the all-Big Ten team in 1933 when the Buckeyes won the Big Ten basketball title. He led Ohio State to a 10-2 conference record that year and an overall mark of 17-3. Hosket led the team in scoring and rebounding as a junior and was chosen as team captain as a senior in 1934.
Jim Houston served as captain of the 1959 football team and was a member of the 1957 team that won the National and Big Ten Championships. He averaged 24.6 yards per catch during his varsity career and was considered one of the best blocking ends in the country. The two-time All-American and all-Big Ten pick was voted team MVP in 1958.
Lindell Houston played just two years at Ohio State in a career cut short by World War II. He was an All-American guard in 1942. The Buckeyes were 6-1-1 in 1941 and 9-1 in 1942, winning the Big Ten and National Championship in the latter season. He played professional football after serving in the United States Army. A native of Massillon, Ohio, Houston played for Paul Brown in high school, college and the NFL.
While at OSU, Frank Howard was an All-American in both basketball and baseball. Howard still holds the Ohio State single game record for rebounds with 32. After leaving Ohio State he enjoyed a long playing career with several major league baseball teams. Howard later managed the San Diego Padres and served as a coach for several other major league teams.
Ralph W. Hoyer
Ralph Hoyer was an outstanding football player for the Buckeyes just after the turn of the century. He played tackle, center and guard during his three years on the varsity squad. He was elected team captain as a senior when the Buckeyes posted an 8-2-2 record. Hoyer helped Ohio State to a three-year record of 22-10-2.
A three-year starter, Bobby Hoying is one of the all-time great Buckeye quarterbacks. In his career, Hoying led Ohio State to a combined record of 30-7-1 and rewrote the passing record book. As a senior in 1995, he was elected team captain and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors. Hoying set or tied numerous records while at Ohio State, with most of his production coming in the last two seasons of his career. In 1995, Hoying set the record for season passing efficiency (163.4), games with 200 yards passing in a season (11), total offense in a season (3,290), touchdown passes in a career (57) and most completions in a career (498), and tied his prior record of touchdown passes in a game (5 vs. Purdue in 1994 and at Pitt in ’95). Also in his senior season, Hoying had the second-most yards passing in a season (3,269), second-most completions in a season (211), fourth-best completion percentage for a season (.619, 211/341) and second-most touchdown passes (29). Hoying led Ohio State to a share of the Big Ten title in 1993 and a final AP ranking of 11. In 1994, Hoying went 20 for 24 with five touchdown passes against Purdue, giving him the third-best completion percentage (.833) in a game and most touchdown passes (5). Other career records include first in 200-yard passing games (16), second in career total offense (7,151 yards) and passing yards in a career (7,232), and fourth in career completion percentage (.580, 498/858). Hoying set the record for most consecutive games of 100 or more yards passing with 17. In 1995, Hoying, a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, won the Vincent DePaul Draddy Award, which goes annually to the top senior student-athlete in college football. After graduating, Hoying played in the NFL for five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders.
Iolas Huffman earned All-America football honors as a guard in 1920 and as a tackle in 1921. He was the captain of the undefeated Buckeye squad that made Ohio State’s first Rose Bowl appearance in 1920. In his senior year, Huffman won the Big Ten Medal of Honor.
Jimmy Hull led the Buckeyes to a second-place finish in the first-ever NCAA Basketball Tournament. The team finished the season with a 16-7 record. Hull was a 1939 All-American and was the Big Ten’s leading scorer.
The Ohio State record-holder in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke and a member of OSU record-setting 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays. An All-American in 1991, 1992 and 1993. A four-time Big Ten champion and two-time All-Big Ten selection.
In 1972, Jim Humphrey won the Big Ten Championship in the 134-pound weight division and went on to finish fourth at the NCAA Championships. Based on his performance at the NCAA Tournament, Humphrey earned All-America honors. Humphrey was also team captain in 1972 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 1971.
Member of Ohio State’s 1942 NCAA championship fencing team … A Varsity “O” letterman, Hunt also was an All-America in the sabre category in 1942.
Men’s Track and Field 1969-71
First Team All-American Ray Hupp won the 1971 NCAA decathlon title, improving upon his seventh place finish in 1970. Hupp, who lettered for the Buckeyes from 1969-71, competed at the 1972 Olympic Trials and was selected as part of the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 1974. Hupp’s Ohio Stadium decathlon record (7,456 points) set in 1971 has been retired. He held on to the overall school record for more than 40 years and remains No. 2 all-time at Ohio State in the event. He also held indoor and outdoor school high jump records when he graduated, and was the first American to jump 7’ in a decathlon event. Hupp, whose competitive career was ended because of injuries, has spent much of his post-collegiate career volunteering in youth athletics, primarily with USA Swimming and Track and Field.
Field Hockey 2000-03
Three-time All-American Vanessa Immordino finished her career in the Top 5 in the Buckeye record books in career points (127), career goals (52) and single-season points with 54 as a senior. She also was a three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection and a three-time First Team West Region All-American, as well as a 2003 Finalist for the Women’s National Field Hockey Player of the Year award. A four-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, Immordino was captain of the Buckeyes as a senior. She ended her career as one of five Ohio State players to record 100 career points after leading the team in goals three seasons.
Diving 1976, 78-79
Finneran was a four-time All-American from 1975 to 1980 and a seven-time champion performer on the 1- and 3-meter boards. She completed internationally for more than six years.
A three-year starter for the Buckeyes, Jim Jackson led OSU to three NCAA tournament appearances and two Big Ten championships. The 6-6 guard/forward was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1990 and the Big Ten Player of the Year in each of the next two seasons. Jackson was a two-time All-America and was the National Player of the Year in 1992. He was a first round draft pick of the Dallas Mavericks in 1992.
J Jaggers led the Ohio State wrestling team to new heights on his way to winning back to back NCAA titles in 2008 and 2009. A three-time All-American with 107 career victories, Jaggers was one of the key members of the 2008 and 2009 Buckeye squads that finished second at the NCAA Championships. Entering the 2008 NCAA Championships as the six seed at 141 pounds, Jaggers upset the No. 1, 2 and 3 seeds on his way to winning the title. The following year, he cruised past the No. 1 seed in the finals, 10-4.
The first Ohio State kicker to be chosen as an All-Big Ten selection … a two-time All-Big Ten pick … did not miss an extra point (44-of-44) in 1977 … went 45-of-46 on extra point attempts during the 1980 season … second in the Ohio State record book with 172 career extra points … made 18 field goals in 1979 and notched 41 for his career, third on Ohio State’s list … made 15 consecutive field goals in five games, which is second in the Buckeye record book.
In 1950, Vic Janowicz became Ohio State’s second Heisman Trophy winner. A multi-talented athlete and a true triple threat, Janowicz led the Buckeyes in rushing, passing and kick scoring in 1950. He was a 1950 consensus All-American, an all-Big Ten pick and the Big Ten and OSU MVP. Janowicz is a member of the National Football Hall of Fame. After his collegiate career, Janowicz played both professional football and basketball.
Synchronized Swimming 1994-97
Four-time All-American … three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection … 1997 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor finalist … 1997 Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Sportswoman of the Year … 1996 Collegiate Synchronized Swimmer of the Year … 1994 OSU Most Improved Freshman … four-time Collegiate National team champion, three-time Collegiate National duet champion and three-time Collegiate National trio champion … 1996 Swiss Open team champion … member of the 1999 U.S. Pan American team … 2000 U.S. Synchronized Swimming Team alternate … 2003 U.S. National Team member.
Swimming, 1993-95, 97
Three-time All-American … 1995 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year … 1993 Big Ten champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle … conference champion in the 500-yard freestyle and the 400-yard individual medley at the 1995 Big Ten Championships … three-time All-Big Ten selection.
Diving 1984-86, 1988
At the 1988 NCAA Championships, became only diver in NCAA history to win three events in the same year: the 1-meter, 3-meter and 10-meter platform events … 1988 NCAA Diver of the Year … at 1988 Big Ten Diving Championship, won 1m dive, 3m dive and 10-meter platform dive … three-time All-American (1985-86, 88) … 1988 Big Ten Diver of the Year … 1988 and 1996 Olympian … four-year OSU letterwinner … coached the U.S. Olympic Diving team at 2000 Olympics in Sydney … three-time U.S. National Diving Champion in the 10-meter competition and two-time winner in the 3-meter event … currently coaches divers at Florida State University.
Two-time All-American (1993-94) … three-time first-team All-Big Ten (1992-94) … member of two NCAA national semifinal teams (1991, 1994) … played on pair of Big Ten championship teams … three-time Big Ten Player of the Week … GTE Academic All-American in 1994 … four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete … three-time Academic All-Big Ten … played professionally in Europe for six years.
A three-year starter, Pete Johnson was a part of four Big Ten championship teams and concluded his Buckeye career with a number of records. As a junior in 1975, Johnson led the nation in scoring, tallying a Big Ten and school record 26 touchdowns en route to first-team All-Big Ten honors. During that same season, he set an OSU individual scoring record with 30 points in a single game vs. Illinois and for the season scored 156 points, also a Buckeye record. Additionally, he holds the record for the most touchdowns scored in a game with five vs. North Carolina in 1975. Johnson is second all-time in the Ohio State records book in career points with 348 on 58 touchdowns. The 1975 (156) and 1976 (114) OSU points leader, Johnson rushed for 2,308 yards in his career. In his final season, he captured Academic All-Big Ten and Academic All-America laurels to complement his football accomplishments.
Thomas “Pepper” Johnson
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.
An All-American center at Ohio State in 1935, Jones was one of the outstanding football players in the mid 1930s. In addition to earning All-America recognition, he was team captain and MVP as a senior. After graduation, Jones pursued a career in coaching, serving for many years as an assistant to Bud Wilkinson at Oklahoma. He succeeded Wilkinson in 1964 and served for two years as head coach of the Sooners.
As a senior, Rick Jones won the NCAA Championship on Ohio State’s Scarlet Golf Course. He was also captain of the 1956 Buckeye golf team. Jones was part of the OSU Big Ten Championship team his sophomore year and, as a freshman, played in the US Open.
Rosie Jones was always near the top of the leader board during her collegiate golf career. She won or finished second 14 times while at Ohio State. The 1981 All-American earned top-ten finishes in 10 of 11 tournaments as a senior, including a sixth place showing at the AIAW National Tournament. Jones won the 1980 Big Ten Championship and led the Buckeyes to Big Ten and MAIAW team titles from 1979 to 1981. After graduation, Jones played on the LPGA Tour and represented the United States at the Solheim Cup.
Kim Jordan was a member of the Buckeye basketball squads that won two Big Ten and four OAISW Championships en-route to a four-year mark of 79-44. A starter in 121 games, Jordan served as co-captain her senior year and earned all-district honors in 1979. Jordan went on to coach at the collegiate level, including as head coach at Cornell.
Synchronized Swimming 1982-85
Four-time All-American Karen Josephson helped guide Ohio State to three National Championships. A two-time member of the US Olympic Team, Josephson won a Silver Medal at the 1988 Games and was a Gold Medalist in the duet competition in 1992. She was the 1985 USSSI Collegiate Athlete of the Year and a 1984 Academic all-Big Ten selection. Josephson also was a four-time OSU Scholar Athlete.
Synchronized Swimming 1982-85
Four-time All-American Sarah Josephson helped guide Ohio State to three National Championships. A three-time member of the US Olympic Team, she earned a Silver Medal at the 1988 Games and was a Gold Medalist in the duet competition in 1992. She was a two-time USSSI National Solo Champion and a recipient of the Western Conference Medal of Honor. In 1984, Josephson was OSU’s Female Athlete of the Year and the USSSI Collegiate Athlete of the Year.
Yelena Kalkina made Ohio State fencing history in 1997, becoming the first woman to win a national championship for the Buckeyes in the foil competition. During her run to the title, Kalkina compiled a 69-0 record and was named a first-team All-American. She was later awarded the Outstanding Athlete of the Year honor by the Touchdown Club of Columbus for her efforts. Kalkina went on to finish first in the women’s foil in the Midwest championship in 1998 and ’99 and finished third in foil at the NCAA championships in ’99. Named NCAA Best Fencer of the Year in 1998, Kalkina finished her career at Ohio State as a three-time All-American (two first-team and one second-team honor). She also earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades.
Football/Coach 1924-26, 1951-1975
Marty Karow earned All-America fullback honors in 1926 when the Buckeyes posted a 7-1 record. In 1951, Karow joined the OSU staff as head baseball coach and spent the next 25 years leading the Buckeyes to 21 winning seasons, 478 victories and five Big Ten titles. From 1965 to 1967, the Buckeyes captured three consecutive conference crowns and won the College World Series in 1966. Karow was voted College Coach of the Year in 1967.
All-American Andy Katzenmoyer won the Dick Butkus Award in 1997, the first Ohio State middle linebacker to win the award. A three-time First Team All-Big Ten member, Katzenmoyer put up big numbers, ranking in the Top 10 in Ohio State record books for career solo tackles, tackles for loss in a game, season and career, tackles for loss yards in a season and career, quarterback sacks in a game, season and career, quarterback sack yards in a season and career, and career interception returns for touchdowns. A member of the 1997 Rose Bowl champion Buckeyes, Katzenmoyer was selected in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, but suffered a neck injury in his first season that cut his professional career short.
Men’s Volleyball (2008-11)
Steven Kehoe guided the 2011 Ohio State men’s volleyball team on a magical run which ended under the confetti as NCAA national champions. The Buckeye setter snagged Most Outstanding Player distinction for both the MIVA and NCAA postseason tournaments, leading to OSU Male Athlete of the Year recognition as well.
The 2011 title campaign also included Kehoe’s second of back-to-back All-America and MIVA Player of the Year awards. He corralled All-MIVA First Team status thrice (2009, 2010, 2011). Kehoe remains ranked Top 10 in school history for career assists (4,012), digs (595) and aces (97).
A Fisher College of Business student, Kehoe earned nearly every academic award out there, including the 2011 Big Ten Medal of Honor.
Track and Field 2000-03
Krista Keir was a three-time NCAA women’s track and field qualifier and the 2002 Big Ten discus champion. In 2002, Keir finished third at the Big Ten Championships in the shot put and garnered a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships in discus. Keir qualified for both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships in 2003 in the shot put. During her career at Ohio State, Keir set the Ohio State and Big Ten indoor shot put records and the Ohio State discus record. In 2001, Keir represented the United States at the World University Games competing in discus. She graduated from Ohio State summa cum laude in 2003 with a degree in education.
Fred Keller Lacrosse 1956-58 and Soccer 1955-57
Fred Keller was a two-sport star at Ohio State, earning six letters, three each in soccer (1955-57) and lacrosse (1956-58). In both 1957 and ’58, Keller received All-America accolades and was named to the All-Midwest Lacrosse Association squad. In 1958, Keller had 14 goals to lead the team and was second with 17 points while serving as a team co-captain. During the 1957 campaign, he was second on the team in goals (16) and third with 20 points. He was a second-team All-MLA selection in 1956.
Track & Field 1931-33
Jack Keller won an NCAA title in the 120-yard hurdles in 1931 and the 220-yard low hurdles in both 1931 and 1932. He also competed in the 1932 Olympic Games. A four-time Big Ten Champion, he was a conference record holder for the 70-yard indoor high hurdles and the 220-yard outdoor low hurdles. Keller later went on to become managing editor of the Columbus Citizen-Journal.
Dwight “Ike” Kelley
Ike Kelley was the first Buckeye linebacker to earn All-America honors. A two-time All-American, Kelley was Ohio State’s co-captain as a senior and a key player on the 1964 OSU team that led the Big Ten in total defense. Kelley did not miss a game during his three years as a starter. After graduation, Kelley was an All-Pro selection with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.
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.
Bryce Keough captained the 1951 Ohio State wrestling team to a Big Ten championship, winning the 147 lb. title along the way. It was the second conference crown of his career, as he also claimed top honors at 155 lbs. in 1949. Ohio State’s team title in 1951 was just its second overall and first in 28 years. At the 1951 NCAA Championships, Keough advanced to the quarterfinal round and helped the Buckeyes finish sixth overall, their highest placement in his three seasons. Just the fourth two-time Big Ten champion in program history at the time, Keough earned varsity letters in 1949, 1950 and 1951 during a time when the Buckeyes 17-6-2 in dual matches. Keough was a walk-on for the Buckeyes who grew up in Swanton, Ohio and earned his degree in agricultural engineering.
Golf/Coach 1930-32, 1938-1965
As a golfer for the Buckeyes, Bob Kepler missed winning the NCAA title by only two strokes. Later, as Ohio State’s long-time golf coach, he led the Bucks to one NCAA and four Big Ten Championships. Kepler is a member of the College Golf Coaches Hall of Fame and coached four NCAA Medalists, including Jack Nicklaus. Ohio State’s annual Kepler Invitational is named in his honor.
With Rex Kern at the helm, OSU won the 1968 National Championship, captured two Big Ten titles and played in two Rose Bowls. As the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback, Kern led Ohio State to a three-year record of 27-2 and was named MVP of the 1969 Rose Bowl. He was an All-America selection and co-captain in 1969. Kern is a member of the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. After graduation, he played with the Baltimore Colts.
Synchronized Swimming, 2004-06, 09
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.
Conny Kirsch helped the rowing team make OSU history by lifting the program to its first Big Ten championship in 2002. Kirsch was a part of the varsity eight boat that won the grand final and because of her efforts, she was named the Big Ten Co-Rower of the Year, the first in program history. That same varsity eight crew went on to win the Central Regional championship grand final. The Buckeyes followed their conference title with a then-program best fourth-place finish at the NCAA championships. Kirsch’s individual accolades include earning first-team All-America honors in 2002 to complement her second-team laurels in 2000 and 2001. She also was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten and All-Central Region selection (2000, 2001 and 2002). Kirsch was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2001 and 2002, as well as a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. She is the first rower to be inducted into the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Men’s Tennis 2006-09
Bryan Koniecko is one of Ohio State tennis’ all-time greats. A five-time All-American, Koniecko finished his career second in school history with 254 combined victories. The Long Island, N.Y., native led his team to four Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. He earned consecutive Big Ten Athlete of the Year accolades in 2008 and 2009, and after playing No. 1 singles as a freshman, he was named the league’s freshman of the year in 2006. Koniecko was so dominant that he never lost a match at home in his four years. As a captain in his senior year, Koniecko won the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Singles title and was ranked No. 1 in the country individually. Ohio State also was ranked No. 1 in the country during his final campaign and he helped lead the team to the program’s first appearance in the national championship match. After graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in 2009, Koniecko continued to play at the professional level where he reached an ATP career high ranking of 651 and was ranked in the Top 45 of American tennis players. He earned his first professional title in 2007, winning the ITF professional futures event in Ecuador. He also had the opportunity to compete in 2007 and 2008 U.S. Open qualifying. Koniecko then jumped into collegiate coaching and has built a strong resume. He started as an assistant coach at Brown University before returning to Ohio State as the associate head coach for the women’s program from 2012-14. He helped recruit every member of the team that made a run to the 2017 NCAA Final Four and won two Big Ten Championships. After two years as head coach at Brown in 2015 and 2016, Koniecko was named the women’s head coach at UCF in 2016 and he has transformed the team into a Top 25 program.
Ford Konno, a distance freestyler, won 31 major titles during his brilliant Ohio State career. Kono won nine Big Ten titles, 16 NAAU crowns and six NCAA Championships. He also set five world records and won a Gold Medal at the 1952 Olympics during his impressive career. He is generally considered the best middle distance freestyler of his era.
Ninett Kossowsky, a four-year letterwinner for the Ohio State rowing team and member of the first varsity eight, was a key component of the 2006 Big Ten Championship team, leading Ohio State to its second Big Ten title. In 2006, Kossowsky was named the Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year, only the second Ohio State rower to earn the honor after Conny Kirsch in 2002. She also earned First Team CRCA All-American, First Team All-Central Region and First Team All-Big Ten honors for her efforts throughout the 2006 season.A four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Kossowsky earned Second Team All-Central Region and Second Team All-Big Ten honors during her junior season. Kossowsky graduated from Ohio State in August 2007 with a degree in Business Administration. She remained an avid athlete, competing in the 2009 Frankfurt Marathon and the 2010 Hamburg triathlon and Wiesbaden Ironman.
Lifetime Achievement (Basketball 1960-62)
Bob Knight, a member of the 1960 NCAA Champion Ohio State men’s basketball team who went on to become one of the most successful collegiate basketball coaches in history, is will be the first to enter the Hall of Fame in the lifetime achievement category.After leaving Ohio State with a degree in history and government in 1962, Knight went on to become one of the most prolific coaches in NCAA basketball history. He finished his 41-year coaching career with a 902-371 record at Indiana, Army and Texas Tech, leading the Hoosiers to three NCAA titles. His career wins total is second only to Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, a protï¿½gï¿½ of Coach Knight who just last year became the NCAA career wins leader.
In addition to NCAA titles in 1976, 1981 and 1987, Knight guided Indiana to 11 Big Ten championships and was the conference’s coach of the year eight times. He is one of three coaches to lead a team to NCAA and NIT titles and an Olympic gold medal. His Indiana teams played in five Final Fours with the 1976 squad standing as the last undefeated team in college basketball.
The Orrville, Ohio, native was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1991 and into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
Knight lettered three seasons at Ohio State for legendary coach Fred Taylor, serving as a reserve forward on the Buckeyes’ 1960 national championship team and helping them make appearances in the NCAA title game in both 1961 and 1962. He played in 74 games over the course of his career, averaging 3.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.
Three-time recipient of the Lake Erie Intercollegiate Rifle Conference (LEIRC) Nancy Worsencroft High Woman Award (1985-87) … served as team captain in both 1986 and ’87 … competed in NCAA air rifle championships in 1986 and 1987 … claimed LEIRC air rifle titles in 1984 and ’85, conference smallbore and air rifle championships in 1986 and earned first-place individual honors in 1987 … earned All-Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference (WIRC) accolades … WIRC air rifle winner in 1985 … member of four WIRC “Big Ten championship” squads … won 1985 Walsh International rifle match title, 1987 air rifle and smallbore crowns and was 1987 high standing score winner.
Cathy Kratzert was a 1982 MAIAW medalist and a two-time Big Ten Champion. Along the way, she led the team to two Big Ten Championships and established several Big Ten records, including lowest individual round (69) and lowest three-round score (214). The 1983 All-American joined the LPGA tour after leaving Ohio State. In 1990, Kratzert won three tour events and the Bounceback Player of the Year Award. She also represented the victorious US Team at the inaugural Solheim Cup in 1990.
Men’s Tennis 2006-10
Ohio State has surged to the top of men’s tennis in the last decade and Justin Kronauge has had as much influence on the program as anyone during that time. As a player from 2006-10, Kronauge won more singles and doubles matches than any Buckeye in history and currently has the ninth-most all-time wins of any collegiate tennis player with 280. The two-time All-American and three-time unanimous first team All-Big Ten honoree led the Buckeyes to four Big Ten regular season and tournament titles as a player. His teams never lost a match to a Big Ten team in four years. As a junior in 2009, Kronauge led the team to an NCAA runner-up finish and the program’s first No. 1 team ranking. In addition to earning All-America honors in 2009, he was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team. In the classroom, Kronauge was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.After his playing career, Kronauge joined the coaching staff and has helped continue the program’s rise. He was named the 2012 and 2014 ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year after helping guide Blaz Rola and Chase Buchanan to the 2012 NCAA Doubles Championship and the team to its first ITA National Indoor title in 2014. He also guided Rola’s run to the NCAA Singles Championship in 2013.
Kronauge has been a part of 19 team championships as both a player and a coach. The Buckeyes have been ranked no worse than 12th in all 11 years he has been with the program. Kronauge was also part of one of the most remarkable records in all of collegiate sport, Ohio State’s 200-match home win streak from 2005-15, which stands as an NCAA all sport record.
Ice Hockey 2001-04
The 2004 WCHA Student-Athlete of the Year, Emma Laaksonen helped build the foundation of the Ohio State women’s hockey program and is the first women’s hockey player to be inducted into the athletics hall of fame. The first Buckeye women’s hockey player All-American, earning second team honors in 2002, Laaksonen’s other career accomplishments include being a 2002 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 finalist and earning 2004 Second Team All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association honors. A standout in the classroom, she was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree (2003, 2004), a two-time AWHCA Scholar All-American (2003, 2004) and a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team selection (2002, 2003, 2004). Laaksonen also has been a key member for her home country’s team in Finland as a three-time Olympian, serving as co-captain in 2002 and 2006, as well as competing in seven world championships, serving as captain in 2008 and 2009. Named Finland’s Player of the Year in 2002 and 2006, Laaksonen was recognized by the Buckeye program during the first home series of the 2008-09 season when her No. 3 was the first women’s hockey player number retired.
Varsity “O” letter winner 1981-84. 1984 first team All-American and All-Bit Ten Conference. Won three pairs of gold pants as part of OSU wins over Michigan. His Buckeye teams won 1981 and 1984 Big Ten championships. Buckeyes won nine games in each of Lachey’s four seasons. A 1985 first-round draft choice, No. 12 overall, of the Sand Diego Chargers.
A three-time All-America and all-Big Ten pick, Karen LaFace won the NCAA one-meter diving championship in 1987. She also was a Big Ten Champion on the one-meter in 1985 and the three-meter in 1987. Other honors included the Schottenstein Post-Graduate Scholarship, Grimes Davidge Academic Award, Big Ten Medal of Honor, Big Ten Diver of the Year, Ohio State Athlete of the Year and two Academic all-Big Ten selections. LaFace also competed for the United States at the 1992 Olympic Games.
During her career at Ohio State, Amy Langhals was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree and capped off her career as the 1997 Big Ten Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-America honoree. As a senior, she was named the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year after leading the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title while capturing the individual championship. That season the Buckeyes won the NCAA East Regional before finishing tied for eighth at the NCAA championships. A four-year letterwinner, Langhals was a two-time captain and began her career as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. She claimed medalist honors three times during her career while leading the Buckeyes to victory in eight tournaments and14 runner-up finishes. After graduating from Ohio State with a degree in sport and exercise science, Langhals played professionally for several years, including two years on the LPGA TOUR. She returned to Ohio State as the assistant women’s golf coach in 2005.
Richard C. Larkins
Football/Administration 1928-30, 1946-70
Richard Larkins enjoyed a long and distinguished career at Ohio State, first as an athlete and then as a coach and administrator. A three-year letter winner in football, he won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1931, an award given annually to the senior demonstrating the greatest proficiency in scholarship and athletics. He later spent five years as freshman football coach at OSU and served as athletic director from 1946 to 1970.
Randall (Randy) Larson
A national champion and All-American, Randy Larson is one of the most decorated divers Ohio State has ever seen. The 1964 NCAA Champion on three-meter and three-time All-American on both one and three-meter, he set a standard by which all Ohio State divers should be measured and added another chapter to Ohio State outstanding history of diving.Larson began his career as a sophomore in the 1963-64 season during a time when freshman were not eligible to compete at the varsity level. Larson proceeded to earn All-America distinctions in all six events he entered in his career, and between Big Ten and NCAA Championships he never finished outside of the Top 6 in any postseason event. His national championship made him the seventh consecutive Buckeye to take home the title in that event and the 11th in a 12-year span. Larson was a finalist for the 1964 Olympic Trials and a finalist on both one and three meter boards, as well as platform, at AAU Nationals all three of his varsity seasons. He served as a co-captain during his senior campaign in Columbus. 1970.
James Laurinaitis is the most decorated linebacker in Ohio State history, a three-time consensus All-American – one of only eight three-time All-Americans in school history – who played on four Big Ten Conference championship teams. Twice he helped the Buckeyes to the BCS championship game and set a championship game record with 18 tackles in the 2008 title game vs. LSU. Laurinaitis is one of only three players in the history of the Big Ten Conference to be named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year twice, and he is the only Buckeye to be so named. He won the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s most outstanding defensive player as a sophomore, took home the Butkus Award as America’s top linebacker as a junior and became Ohio State’s first winner of both the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award as a senior. He was a finalist 12 times for national awards during that three-year period. Leading Ohio State in tackles as a sophomore, junior and senior, Laurinaitis finished his career with 375 total tackles, seventh-best in Buckeye history. He was a two-time team captain for a defensive unit that led the nation in total defense in 2007 and was among the Top 15 defenses nationally every year he played. He was unbeaten in games vs. Michigan (4-0) and an Academic All-Big Ten selection. Laurinaitis, a 2009 Ohio State graduate with a degree in communications, was drafted by the NFL’s St. Louis Rams in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He spent seven seasons with the Rams and was the organization’s all-time leading tackler after seven seasons with the club. He also played one season with the New Orleans Saints.
Jantel Lavender graduated as arguably the greatest Buckeye in the history of women’s basketball. She became the first Big Ten player, male or female, to be named the Big Ten Player of the Year four times and the only women’s basketball player in a Power Five conference to accomplish that feat. She also became just Ohio State’s second three-time All-American in the history of the program.Lavender left Columbus as Ohio State’s all-time leading scorer (2,818 points), the Big Ten’s all-time leading rebounder (1,422), and held the school and B1G single season record with 774 points. She scored in double-figures in all 136 career games, which is still an NCAA record for consecutive games with at least 10 points, and set a school-record by starting all 136 games in her career.
During Lavender’s career, she was part of three Big Ten regular season championships, three Big Ten Tournament titles, four NCAA tournament appearances and two trips to the Sweet 16. She was named the Big Ten Tournament’s MVP three times and led the conference in scoring twice. As a sophomore, she became only the second player in Big Ten women’s basketball history to complete the statistical Triple Crown, leading the conference in scoring (20.8), rebounding (10.7), and field goal percentage (.541).
Three-time football letterwinner Dick LeBeau played for Woody Hayes and was a member of the 1957 National Championship team. He went on to a 14-year NFL career with the Detroit Lions, where he set the NFL record for consecutive starts for a cornerback (171). He is tied for seventh all-time in the NFL with 62 career interceptions and appeared in three Pro Bowls. In his first 35 years as an NFL coach, LeBeau has been on staff with the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, including the 2005 and 2008 Super Bowl champion Steelers.
Football 1901, ’03, ’05-06
James Lincoln was one of the many players who helped establish Ohio State’s tradition of excellence on the gridiron. He served as team captain of the 1906 team that went 8-1. During these early years, Lincoln and his teammates, including one L.W. St. John, played for the love of the game. Their commitment to the game was rewarded with cheers by the overflowing crowds at University Field.
Football 1945, 1947-49
Inducted posthumously … earned a starting position as both center and linebacker … after completing the 1945 school year, joined the Army Corps of Engineers and returned for the 1947 season … Ohio State Most Outstanding Player in 1949 and won the Cleveland Press Trophy award … 1949 First Team All-America selection.
Track and Field (2002-04, 2006)
Keturah Lofton was a three-time All-American, six-time NCAA championship qualifier and Big Ten Medal of Honor winner for the Ohio State women’s track and field from 2000-2006.A former walk-on who missed two full seasons because of injury, Lofton experienced tremendous success as a student-athlete despite the hardships she faced. Lofton earned a full athletic scholarship by capturing a title in the weight throw at the 2004 Big Ten Indoor Championships and set OSU school records in both the hammer (209-0.75, 2006) and weight throws (69-5.25, 2006) prior to graduating from Ohio State with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. In addition, she won a Big Ten title in the hammer throw and became the first female in Big Ten history to break the 200-foot mark in the event.
In 2007, one year removed from her Ohio State graduation, Lofton returned to the Buckeye track and field program as director of strength and conditioning for the women’s throwers. During her one season with the Buckeyes as a coach and trainer, Lofton helped Veronica Jatsek best her school weight throw record with a throw of 70-7.75, a mark that still stands today. Lofton held the school hammer throw record until this past May, when Alexis Thomas shattered the mark with a Big Ten meet record-throw of 212 feet at the conference championships.
Now employed as a dental hygienist at Merion Village Dental in Columbus, Lofton is active in her community, teaching local children the importance of dental hygiene and raising money for the National Kidney Foundation as well as local charities. She recently participated in the Dentistry from the Heart program, a charitable initiative that offered free dental services to the Greater Columbus community.
A native of Zanesville, Ohio, Lofton currently resides in Columbus with her husband and two young sons.
Golf 1942-43, 1945
John Lorms is considered to be Ohio State’s first great golfer. In 1945, Lorms was the first Ohio State golfer to capture an individual NCAA Championship. That same year, he was a Big Ten Co-medalist while leading the Buckeyes to the conference title.
Lowry was a first-team All-American in 1989 and All-Big Ten selection in 1988-89. She was a member of Big Ten championship teams in 1986, ’87 and ’89 and participated in four NCAA tournaments. In 1988, she led the Big Ten in scoring (23.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.4). She ranks sixth on OSU’s career scoring list. After concluding her playing career, she was an assistant coach at Ohio State for three years.
Jerry Lucas is a basketball legend. The 6-8 center was Ohio State’s first three-time basketball All-American. During the Lucas era, the Buckeyes won the 1960 National Championship and were runners-up in 1961 and 1962. Over the same stretch, they went 78-6 and won three Big Ten titles. Lucas was the 1961 and 1962 National Player of the Year and was named MVP of the NCAA Final Four his sophomore and junior years. He later starred in NBA with Cincinnati, San Francisco and New York.
Men’s Gymnastics (1998-01)
Three-time All-American Daren Lynch enters the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame with an incredible legacy. Lynch, a Londonderry, N.H., native, wore the Scarlet and Gray from 1998-2001 and is one of only three Buckeyes to win the NCAA vault championship. Earning the title in 2001, Lynch also helped Ohio State capture its third NCAA team championship that same year. A standout in the Big Ten, Lynch was the 2000 Big Ten vault champion and captained the squad to its eighth Big Ten team championship in 2001. Lynch was a Big Ten Medal of Honor finalist as well as a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-American.
After his standout career as a Buckeye, Lynch continued his education at Ohio State and received his master’s degree in physical therapy. He now has more than 15 years of professional experience as a physical therapist for Ohio State.
Men’s Track and Field 1956-58
Stan Lyons, a true embodiment of a champion, enters the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame with an incredible legacy. Lyons wore the Scarlet and Gray from 1956-58 and was a four-time Big Ten pole vault champion, winning in both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 1957 and 1958. During his last year at Ohio State, Lyons won the pole vault national championship in a four-way tie with a championship height of 14”4’.
After his collegiate career, Lyons went on to coach track and field and cross country at Butler University for 30 seasons, where he led the Bulldogs to eight conference track and field titles and five league cross country crowns. The legendary coach received 13 Coach of the Year awards and was inducted into the Butler Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997. In honor of Lyons, Butler’s first outdoor home meet is now called the “Butler Stan Lyons Invitational.”
John Machado was a three-year letterwinner on the baseball team from 1962-64. He was named a second team All-American in 1963 after leading the Buckeyes in runs scored (36), RBI (32) and home runs. Machado was the first three-time first team All-Big Ten selection (1962-64) in school history and was a captain during the 1964 campaign. His 12 home runs in 1963, during the wooden bat era, stood as the program record for 20 years and are currently tied for 19th in the OSU record book for a single season. In both 1962 and ’63 he was the recipient of the Potter Run Maker’s Cup, awarded to the Buckeye baseball player who has “been the greatest value on offense.”Machado was also an assistant coach from 1965-67 during “The Golden Era” of Ohio State baseball when the program won its first NCAA title (1966), finished as NCAA runner up (1965) and claimed a Big Ten championship (1967).
Frank (Moose) Machinsky
Varsity “O” letter winner 1954-56. All-Big Ten selection in 1954. Co-captain in 1956. Played in the Shrine Bowl and Hula Bowl following his senior season. Played professional football with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Past president of the Ohio State University Varsity “O” Alumni organization. Member of The Ohio State University President’s Club.
Three-year letterwinner (1981-83) … played in 83 career games as a defenseman … scored 17 goals and tallied 58 assists … played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings … member of two Stanley Cup-winning squads, with Calgary in 1988-89 and Detroit for the 1997-98 campaign.
A long-time friend of The Ohio State University, Sol Maggied was a three-year letter winner in football. During the 1935, 1936 and 1937 seasons, the football team went a combined 18-6 and tied for one Big Ten Championship. After earning an undergraduate degree in 1938, Maggied returned to OSU and graduated with a medical degree in 1942. Maggied then established his practice in West Jefferson and was very active in Ohio amateur athletics.
Track and Field and Cross Country 1973-76
As a competitor, Susan Mallery competed on the track and field and cross country teams before the introduction of the NCAA championships, but participated in its predecessor, the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national meets. She garnered three Top 10 finishes at the AIAW nationals, including eighth-place finishes in the 2-mile (10:40) and the first-ever AIAW cross country meet (17:46) in 1975. During her junior season, she finished fourth in the 2-mile in the Madison Square Garden Invitational in New York City, competing amongst an elite field of runners. At the inaugural Women’s Big Ten Track an Field Championships in 1976, Mallery finished second in the 3-mile. She was selected the co-captain (track) and captain (cross country) during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Mallery won the women’s division of the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C., in 1976 and ’77 with times of 2 hours, 54 minutes that ranked her among the Top 20 women in the world.
Women’s Track and Field 2009-12
Eleven-time All-American, 10-time Big Ten champion, and two-time national champion Christina Manning was a four-year letterwinner for the Ohio State track and field team from 2008-12. A native of Waldorf, Md., Manning still owns the ninth-fastest 60m hurdle time (7.91) and 10th-fastest 100m hurdle time (12.68) in NCAA history. Manning holds the school records in four separate events: the 60m dash (7.23), 60m hurdles (7.91), 100m hurdles (12.68) and the 4x100m relay (43.70). The four-time Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year also still owns Big Ten championship meet records in the 60m hurdles with a 7.95 and the aforementioned 43.70 is still the fastest to be run by a relay team at the B1G meet. Manning was an instrumental cog in helping Ohio State collect three team titles at the Big Ten Championships over the course of her career. She was a member of the 2011 indoor, 2011 outdoor and 2012 outdoor conference winning teams, the first three in program history. The 2012 Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year, Manning went out on top as a senior. She won both of her national titles during her final year on campus. At the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships, she clocked a time of 7.91 to claim gold, and less than three months later, she returned to win the title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a time of 12.89 in the 100m hurdles. The hurdler was named the 2012 Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year for her accomplishments and was a semifinalist for the Bowerman Award, track and field’s most lauded honor. Manning graduated in December of 2012 with a degree in criminology. Manning is in the midst of her track and field career and took bronze at the 2017 Indoor Championships with a time of 8.02 in the 60m hurdles. She also set a personal best of 7.82 in the same event in February of 2017 to move her into No. 8 all-time on the USA list.
As a Buckeye, Meg Mallon helped steer Ohio State to three consecutive Big Ten Championships in 1983, 1984 and 1985. The two-time all-Big Ten had even greater success on the LPGA Tour, winning the 1991 US Open and competing on several Solheim Cup teams. She won three LPGA tournaments in 1993. At the time of her induction, her career winnings totaled close to $3 million.
Field Hockey 1976-79
Regarded as Ohio State’s best field hockey player, Sue Marcellus is the only athlete in the program to have her number retired. While at OSU, she was the all-time leader in career goals (117), career points (254) and single-season points (82), earning All-America honors in 1977, 1978 and 1979. She was a member of the US National Team from 1977 to 1980 and member of the 1980 US Olympic Team.
The only three-time All-American in program history, Sam Marder finished her career at Ohio State by cementing her status as one of the greatest power hitters in Ohio State history after setting both the single-season and career records for home runs (19 and 61, respectively). The 2010 OSU Female Athlete of the Year from Calabasas, Calif., wrapped up her career with a .384 batting average, .778 slugging percentage and .571 on-base percentage, all records at OSU. She also holds the record for RBI (191), total bases (438) and walks (232). A four-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete, Marder’s walk total ranks No. 5 all-time in NCAA Division I history, while she is also 26th in career home runs and her slugging percentage is the 15th-higest.During her junior year in 2009, Marder led the nation with a school-record 67 walks – including 18 intentional. Behind the plate, she threw out 16-of-21 base-runners, including two during the NCAA Tournament. Led by Marder, the 2009 Buckeyes went 47-11 and advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals.
As a sophomore, Marder was an at-large selection to the Third Team All-America list after leading the nation in on-base percentage (.633) and walks per game (1.07, 60 total) while ranking second in batting average (.475) and eighth in slugging percentage (.842). Marder also ranked among the national leaders in RBI (25th, .96 per game) and home runs (14).
Following her career with the Scarlet and Gray, Marder was the seventh overall pick in the 2010 National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) Draft by the Akron Racers.
Varsity “O” letter winner 1979-82. 1982 All-American. Three times selected first team All-Big Ten Conference. 1982 co-captain. Played in three “Gold Pants” victories over Michigan. Ranks first at Ohio State with 572 career tackles. Ranks first at Ohio State with 316 assisted tackles.
Synchronized Swimming 1994-97
Four-time All-American … member of 1997 U.S. National Team I … 1997 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor finalist … U.S. Junior National solo and figure champion in 1994 … four-time Collegiate National team champion and a six-time Collegiate National event champion … four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete … 1996 Swiss Open team champion … three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree … member of the 1999 U.S. Pan-American team … 2000 U.S. Synchronized Swimming Olympic Team alternate.
A 12-time All-American, Jessica Marshall won six individual national championships during her four years with the Buckeyes. In 2003 and 2004 she claimed the national titles in women’s air and sport pistol and two-gun aggregate. A four-year letter winner, she helped win the 2004 women’s national championship and was a part of four other national championships. As a senior she earned four All-America accolades, picking up three in both 2001 and ’03 and two in 2002. Marshall was a member of the USA Shooting Olympic Development team in 2003 and 2004 and was a member of the 2004 USA Shooting National Team.The 2004 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor and the Corwin A. Fegus Memorial award recipient, she was a three-time team captain, a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She earned a bachelor’s in psychology in 2004 and a master’s degree in public policy and management from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs in 2008.
Jim Marshall was an All-American tackle for the Buckeyes in 1958. A two-sport star, he also set the school discus and shot put records as a member of the track and field team in 1958. Marshall played in the 1958 Rose Bowl, where the Buckeyes defeated Oregon 10-7, capping off a 9-1 campaign. After leaving Ohio State, Marshall enjoyed a long and distinguished career with the Minnesota Vikings.
Rifle and Pistol 1947-50
Pioneer Inductee. Varsity “O” letter winner 1947-50. Four-time All-American. Only OSU four-time Rifle All-American. Team captain during his sophomore, junior and senior years. Became a member of the team in 1947 after volunteering in World War II.
A pioneer in the sport of wrestling at Ohio State, Perry Martter was a two-time Big Ten champion who finished his career with a 19-1 record. On the first varsity team in school history, Martter was the 1921 Big Ten champion at 158 pounds and then repeated in 1922, winning the 145-pound title. As a senior, he helped Ohio State to an undefeated record and a Big Ten championship. Following his Buckeye career, Martter went on to compete at the 1924 Olympics.
Men’s Basketball Coach 2005-17
Thad Matta led the Buckeyes to 337 wins from 2005-17, making him the all-time leader in victories among Ohio State’s 14 head coaches in the history of the program. By any measure, Matta put together one of the most memorable and productive coaching tenures in Big Ten and Ohio State history.
Along the way Matta’s Buckeyes appeared in two NCAA Final Fours (2007, 2012), posted three 30-win seasons, won four Big Ten Tournament titles, earned five Big Ten regular-season titles, made nine NCAA Tournament appearances, recorded 12 20-win seasons and guided Ohio State to 18 NCAA Tournament wins. These are just a few of the many accomplishments for the Ohio State record books accumulated during his historic tenure in Columbus.
Individually, Evan Turner claimed the Big Ten and National Player of the Year in 2010, Terence Dials was the league MVP in 2006, Greg Oden (2007) and Aaron Craft (2014) earned national defensive players of the year, four players were Big Ten Freshman of the Year award winners, five were named First Team All-Americans, seven were NBA First Round draft choices with 10 taken overall and 11 earned First Team All-Big Ten honors.
Started with the Buckeyes as a running back, but halfway through the season switched to the quarterback position … finished the 1959 season with 439 passing yards and 190 rushing yards … recorded 737 passing yards and 682 yards rushing for the 1960 season … First Team All-Big Ten quarterback, team MVP, Football News All-American and East-West Shrine Game MVP in 1960 … was drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Colts and played both running back and quarterback during his tenure with the Colts.
Offensive tackle Rufus Mayes, a two year starter, earned All-America and all-Big Ten honors during the 1968 National Championship season. After leaving Ohio State, Mayes was the No. 1 draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 1969. He spent nine of his 11 years in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals. Mayes concluded his professional career with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1979.
Two-time All-American Kelly McCormick was a Big Ten Champion in both the one and three-meter diving events in 1982 and 1983. She placed first in three-meter and second in the one-meter events at the AIAW Championships in 1982. McCormick also won two Olympic medals on the three-meter board, a Silver in 1984 and a Bronze in 1988.
Jim McDonald enjoyed the rare honor of being selected captain of both the football and basketball teams. He played quarterback and linebacker in football and guard in basketball. After leaving OSU, McDonald played two years with the Detroit Lions. He later became head football coach at the University of Tennessee.
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.
Maxi Meissner was a key part of Ohio State’s first Big Ten rowing championship team in 2002. The two-time captain was twice a first-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten rower. In 2001 and ’03, Meissner was selected to the first-team All-Central Region team. Those same years, she was named MVP of the rowing team. Meissner was a four-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient. In 2003, she was named the most outstanding student from the Midwestern Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Three-time All-Big Ten selection (1998-00) … two-time NCAA Indoor All-American (2000-01) … four-time NCAA Outdoor All-American (1998-01) … Ohio State’s only women’s outdoor national champion (100-meter hurdles/2001) … indoor national champion (60-meter hurdles/2001) … 2000 Big Ten Outdoor Athlete of the Year … 2000 and ’01 Big Ten Indoor Athlete of the Year … Big Ten athlete of the championship at 2000 outdoor meet and 2000 and ’01 indoor meet … individual conference champion in outdoor 200-meter dash (1999), 100 hurdles, 100- and 200-meter dashes (2000) and 4×400-meter relay (2000) … indoor individual champion in 60-meter hurdles (1999-01) and 200-meter dash (2000-01).
E. Temple Messer-Baker
Field Hockey/Softball 1921-26
Although varsity sports didn’t exist for women in the 1920s, E. Temple Messer-Baker participated in track and field, baseball, soccer and field hockey while a student at Ohio State. In 1925, she competed in the first women’s intercollegiate track meet held in Ohio Stadium. After graduating with a degree in education, she went on to serve as a player, teacher and coach. She played on the American Field Hockey team, coached boys basketball and served as president of the Elk’s Ladies Golf Association.
Teresa Meyer was a seven-time national champion during her four seasons with the Buckeyes. This includes three-consecutive women’s air pistol titles (2006, 2007 and 2008), two consecutive women’s two-gun aggregate championships (2007 and 2008), the 2007 open standard pistol title and the 2008 women’s sport pistol title. Led by Meyer, the Buckeyes won the women’s title in 2005 and finished runner-up in 2006 and 2007. Meyer was the first member of the Buckeye pistol team to be recognized as the Ohio State Athlete of the Year, an honor she garnered following the 2007-08 athletic season.
Three-sport athlete Bill Miller earned All-America wrestling honors in 1951 and was the Big Ten heavyweight champion in 1950 and 1951. Miller also lettered three years in football and two years in track, for a total of eight letters while attending Ohio State. The 1949 football team shared the Big Ten title and won the 1950 Rose Bowl.
A letterwinner for the Ohio State women’s soccer team from 2003-06, Melissa Miller became the Buckeyes’ first two-time All-American, garnering second team accolades in 2003 and 2004. Miller earned All-Big Ten honors all four seasons, picking up first team laurels in 2004 and 2006 and second team honors in 2003 and 2005 in addition to NSCAA First Team All-Great Lakes Region selections in 2003 and 2004.A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Miller anchored the Buckeye defense all four seasons, making 84 career starts, and helped guide the Buckeyes to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004 and a Big Ten Tournament championship in 2004. As a freshman in 2003, Miller helped the Buckeyes to nine shutouts before bolstering a Buckeye back line that picked up 13 clean sheets in 2004, a number that currently sits tied for the program record.
Johnny Miner was Ohio State’s first basketball All-American. As a senior in 1925, he led Ohio State to a 14-2 record and the school’s first ever Big Ten Basketball Championship.
Megan Mirick is one of the most decorated OSU women’s lacrosse players in the program’s history. A four-year letterwinner, as a senior Mirick was the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year and the program’s first first-team All-American. She was also a finalist for the Ohio State University Lacrosse Player of the Century award. Mirick concluded her career with the most goals (143) in Ohio State history and second in career scoring (182). She also had the most goals (53) and third-most points (59) in a single season. During her time at Ohio State, she was a three-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and an Academic All-American Lacrosse Conference honoree. Mirick joined the Ohio State coaching staff following her playing career.
First-Team All-American as a tackle in 1950 … recovered a fumble to set up first score of the famous 1950 “Snow Bowl” between Ohio State and Michigan … scored a safety against Pittsburgh … recovered a fumble to set up Ohio State’s 10th touchdown of the game in 83-21 drubbing of Iowa … letterwinner in 1950 … drafted in the seventh round of the 1951 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
Regis Monahan, a Pittsburgh native, played for the Buckeyes from 1932-34 as a guard and tackle while also doubling as a kicker. In 1934, he was a team captain and First Team All-American while helping Ohio State win a share of its first Big Ten title in 14 years. Monahan also famously appeared on the front of a Wheaties box in 1935.
With Monahan leading the way on the line, Ohio State went 18-3-3 from 1932-34 and had one of the nation’s most explosive offenses his senior year in 1934. That Buckeye team compiled 267 points in just eight games and scored 30 or more points five times. He went on to the play four professional seasons with the Detroit Lions from 1935-38 and was part of the Lions’ 1935 NFL championship team.
Women’s Swimming Coach 1980-97
Jim Montrella, the 1985 and 1991 Big Ten Coach of the Year, led his Ohio State teams to five-consecutive Big Ten Conference championships from 1982-1986 and had 48 swimmers recognized as NCAA All-Americans during his 17 years at the helm. Montrella coached 66 Big Ten individual champions, five Big Ten Swimmer of the Year honorees, two Ohio State Athlete of the Year recipients and one NCAA champion. Fifty of his swimmers earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, with five receiving the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor. Nine of his swimmers have been inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, including Holly Humphrey, the 1994 Ohio NCAA Woman of the Year and a Top 10 finalist for the NCAA Women of the Year Award. Montrella was also head or assistant coach for more than 20 USA National Swimming Teams and served as a member of the USA Swimming Olympic International Operating Committee from 1972-96. Now retired, although he still gets requests for coaching consulting work, Montrella and his wife Bev, who was an assistant swimming coach for 17 years at Ohio State, reside in Mission Viejo, Calif.
Tim Moore ranks as one of the greatest in a long line of outstanding Ohio State divers. A four-time All-American, Moore won five National and seven Big Ten Championships en-route to 21 major titles. He was honored during his senior year as one of the NCAA’s top five scholar athletes. Moore was a member of the 1976 Olympic team.
Synchronized Swimming 1999-02
Carolina Moraes is one of the most decorated synchronized swimmers in Ohio State history, winning 11 national championships, including the coveted team routine title in 2000. A four-year letterwinner, Moraes, along with her sister, Isabela, was a member of the duet and trio routines that won the national title four-consecutive years from 1999 to ’02. Moraes also was the solo champion in 2001 and ’02. Moraes was a member of three national championship squads during her career (2000-02). In her senior season, Moraes was a Big Ten Medal of Honor finalist. At the 2000 and ’04 Olympics, Moraes and Isabela competed in the duet routine for their home country of Brazil. During her time at Ohio State, Moraes was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient and four-time OSU Scholar Athlete and Honorary Academic All-American.
Synchronized Swimming 1999-02
Isabela Moraes finished her career at Ohio State as an 11-time national champion. Isabela contributed to the national champion squads that captured three consecutive team routine crowns from 2000-02. From 1999-2002, Moraes, along with her sister, Carolina, was a member of the national champion duet and trio routines. She was a finalist for the Big Ten Medal of Honor her senior season. A four-year letterwinner, Moraes was Academic All-Big Ten on three occasions and a four-time OSU Scholar Athlete and Honorary Academic All-American. In 2000 and 2004, Moraes and her sister, Carolina, represented Brazil in the Olympics in the duet routine.
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.
Harley M. ‘Marty’ Mull
Two-time NCAA Champion in the 200-yard individual medley (1962 and ’63) … three-time All-American (1962, ’63 and ’64) … undefeated in collegiate dual meets in the 200-yard IM … established an OSU record time in the event as a sophomore, breaking the standard set by Al Wiggins … teams finished third at the Big Ten championships but took the NCAA Championship in 1962, the 11th and most recent swimming crown for OSU … the Canton, Ohio, product went undefeated while competing for McKinley High School where he established national high school records in the individual medley and 100 freestyle … is the 11th swimmer elected to the OSU Hall of Fame … currently resides in Canton, Ohio, where he coached the McKinley swimming and diving program over the past 30 years.
Field Hockey 2003-06
Three-time All-American midfielder Saskia Müeller finished her career in the Top 5 in the Buckeye record books in career assists (45), game winning goals (8), games started (73) and single-season assists with 19 points as a junior. She also was a three-time All-Region honoree and All-Big Ten selection. During her senior year in 2006, Müeller was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, becoming the first Buckeye in program history to earn the top conference honor. During her senior season, Müeller was a four-time Big Ten Player of the Week honoree, finishing fourth in the conference in points, tying her career high with nine goals, including three of which were gamewinners. She guided the Scarlet and Gray to a Big Ten regular-season championship, while starting all 19 games.Müeller also succeeded in the classroom, earning the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor during the 2006-07 season. She was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and four-time OSU Scholar Athlete.
Team Physician 1952-93
Dr. Bob Murphy served as head team physician for the Ohio State Department of Athletics from 1952 to 1993. Dr. Bob was a pioneer in the sports medicine field and was nationally recognized for his work with fluid replacement in the treatment of heat-related fatigue. He served on the Big Ten Physicians Committee from 1960 to 1993 and was a recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award from OSU in 1971. During his 41 years, Dr. Bob was a friend and confidant to countless Ohio State athletes
Laura Murray was a three-time All-American, two-time individual and national champion and Big Ten Medal of Honor winner for Ohio State pistol from 1997-2000. The pivot point of the emergence of Ohio State pistol, Murray made a commitment to shoot in every event (even those normally shot by males), leading Ohio State to its first open national championship and first women’s national championship in 2000.Murray had a breakout performance at the 1999 NRA National Championships, claiming first-place finishes with the Women’s Sport Pistol and Open Standard Pistol teams as well as posting a first-place finish in Standard Pistol as an ROTC Individual. Additionally, she placed second as an individual in Women’s Sport Pistol and third with the Women’s Air Pistol team.
At the 2000 NRA National Championships, Murray led Ohio State to its first Open and Women’s National Championships, also becoming the first Ohio State student-athlete to capture the Women’s Air Pistol and Women’s Sport Pistol Individual Championships. In addition, she placed first as a member of the Open Free Pistol, Open Standard Pistol, Women’s Air Pistol and Women’s Sports Pistol teams. For the second consecutive year, Murray placed first in Standard Pistol as an ROTC Individual and third as a member of the Women’s Air Pistol team.
For her performances at the 2000 NRA National Championships, Murray earned First Team All-America honors in Standard Pistol and Women’s Sport Pistol and Second Team All-America honors in Women’s Air Pistol.
An Academic All-Big Ten, three-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete and Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor winner, Murray was also an exceptional student, receiving a nursing degree from Ohio State in 2000. A member of the Navy ROTC, Murray was a member of the Anchor and Chain Honor Society (1997-00) and a recipient of the Midshipman Star Award (1997-00). Upon graduation, Murray was employed as a U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Officer, serving as a Staff Nurse in the Medical Surgical Unit (2000-01), Women’s and Children Unit (2001-02) and Postanesthesia Care Unit (2002-04) at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., before moving on to serve as a Staff Nurse in the Medical Surgical Unit (2008-10) at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, N.C.
Three-year starter at center … first team All-American and first team All-Big Ten in 1974 … helped Ohio State to back-to-back Rose Bowl appearances in 1973 and 1974 … played guard the last half of his senior year after breaking his hand … named to the Associated Press All-American team at center in 1974 and made the United Press International team as a guard that same year.
Keo Nakama was an All-American distance freestyler, winning four NCAA, six Big Ten , three NAAU indoor and six NAAU outdoor titles. Nakama was a vital contributor on OSU’s National Championship teams in 1943 and 1945. The two-sport star was also a member of the OSU baseball team, starting at third base on the 1943 Big Ten Championship team. He is the only person in the modern history of Ohio State to be a captain of two varsity teams in the same year.
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.
Pioneer Inductee. Varsity “O” letter winner 1937-38. All-American in 150-yard backstroke in 1937 and 1938. Won NCAA backstroke title, setting a new NCAA record, while becoming the first Buckeye to win a NCAA title. Two-time Big Ten champion in 150-yard backstroke. Won six gold medals in national competition as part of relays. Swam competitively until 1949 and was a medallist until his last meet. Instrumental in starting the Ohio State University alumni club in Hawaii.
Jack Nicklaus is considered by many to be “the greatest golfer ever to play the game.” Nicklaus began his fabled career at Ohio State by winning the 1961 NCAA and Big Ten Championships. He was also the 1959 and 1961 US Amateur Champion. He left Ohio State after only two years to pursue an incredible and long career on the PGA Tour. The five-time PGA Player of the Year won an unprecedented 20 Major Championships, including six wins at the Masters.
Tom Nieporte was the 1951 NCAA Champion and helped lead the Buckeyes to one Big Ten title and two consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Nieporte was one of three NCAA Champions from Ohio State between 1951 and 1961. After leaving Ohio State, Nieporte played on the PGA Tour.
Second team All-American as a pitcher in 1958 … earned All-Big Ten accolades in 1958 … two-time letterwinner (1957-58) for the Buckeyes … led Ohio State in strikeouts in both 1957 (57) and 1958 (82) … also had a team-high innings pitched in 1957 (47.0) and 1958 (81.1) … ranks in the Top 15 for wins in a season and season earned-run average.
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.
Mel Nowell was a starting guard on the Buckeyes’ great basketball teams of the early 1960s that won three Big Ten titles, one National Championship and two second place NCAA finishes. A starter all three years, Nowell shot nearly 45 percent from the field during his career, an unusually high percentage for a guard of that era. Nowell is remembered in OSU history as a superb all-around player who could rebound and pass as well as score.
Mike Nugent rewrote the Ohio State football record books as a four-year kicker for the Buckeyes between 2001-04, during which time the team won a national championship in 2002 and went 40-11 overall. At the conclusion of his career he either owned or shared 22 school kicking and/or scoring records, including 16 records he still holds. Among the records: most career points (356), kicking points, single season field goals (28 in 2002) and career field goals (72) and 50-yard field goals in a season (five in 2004) and career (eight).
Nugent made 24 consecutive field goals at one point, another school record, and was named a consensus All-American in both 2002 and 2004, the first Ohio State kicker to be so honored. Voted a team captain as a senior in 2004, Nugent scored 120 points during Ohio State’s national championship season in 2002 and was 25-of-28 in field goals that year.
As a senior, Nugent was 24-of-27 in field goals, including a nation’s-best 5-of-6 from 50 yards or more, and was named the Lou Groza Award winner as the nation’s outstanding kicker. He nailed a career-long 55-yard field goal as time ran out in the 24-21 win over Marshall, and he became the first Ohio State kicker to ever be named team MVP.
Drafted in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, Nugent, from Centerville, Ohio, completed his 14th season in the NFL in 2018, with the Oakland Raiders.
Diving/Coach 1957-59, 1965-1978
Ron O’Brien won the 1959 National low board championship and earned All-America honors on both the one and three meter boards. He later served as OSU’s diving coach. O’Brien’s success at Ohio State resulted in numerous coaching positions on the international level, including several stints as the US Olympic diving coach. A number of O’Brien’s Olympic divers have won Gold, including Ohio State’s Jennifer Chandler.
The 1989 Big Ten Player of the Year. A two-time all-Big Ten selection (1989 and 1990) Second-team All-American in 1989 and third-team All-American in 1990 A three-time all-region pick. OSU record-holder in career kills (1,802) and attempts (4,473). Selected to the USA “B” Team during the summer of 1990. Four-time winner of Big Ten Player of the Week accolades. Named to the Big Ten second team All-Decade team. OSU Female Athlete of the Year in 1991. Led Ohio State to NCAA Tournament in 1989 and 1990. Member of OSU’s 1989 Big Ten Championship team.
During her career at Ohio State, Maria Olazagasti was Ohio State’s all-time leader in singles wins with a total of 81. In 1977, she broke the school record for most singles wins in a season (29). She helped Ohio State claim OAISW and MAIAW Championships in 1977 and 1978. After leaving Ohio State, Olazagasti went on to become Secretary of the Sports and Recreation in Puerto Rico.
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.
Mary Ormsby, a 1980 all-Big Ten selection, served as team captain in 1979 and as co-captain in 1980. She led Ohio State to three OAISW titles and the 1979 MAIAW regional championship. The 1979 team posted a school record 37 wins. The two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete was also a member of the Canadian National Team in 1981. After leaving Ohio State, Ormsby pursued a journalism career for The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper.
Jim Otis won All-America and all-Big Ten honors in 1969 when he became the school’s first 1,000 yard rusher with 1,027 yards on 219 carries. He was also the team’s MVP. In 1968, Otis helped the Buckeyes to the Big Ten and National Championships with a 10-0 record. He finished his career with 2,542 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns-never losing a yard on 585 carries.
Track & Field 1935-36
Jesse Owens is regarded as one of Ohio State’s and America’s most cherished athletes. On May 25, 1935, Owens set three world records and tied a fourth in the span of 70 minutes at the Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor. He also won four NCAA titles that year. He will forever be remembered for his accomplishments at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games where he won Gold Medals in the broad jump, 100-meters, 200-meters and the 400-meter relay.
Yoshi Oyakawa won six Big Ten, seven NCAA, four NAAU indoor and five NAAU outdoor titles, during his four-year career at Ohio State. He competed on four Big Ten and three NCAA Championship teams. In 1954, he set a world record in the 100-yard backstroke. Oyakawa was captain his senior year. The three-time All-American also participated in the 1952 and 1956 Olympics.
Orlando Pace, a two-time first team All-American and two-time All-Big Ten selection, started in every game for the Buckeyes between the 1994-1996 campaigns. During his time at Ohio State, Pace became one of the most dominant offensive linemen ever to play the game. Playing one of the most challenging positions in football, Pace did not allow a sack in either of his last two years. He was known for his famous “Pancake Block” his junior year, finishing the season with 80 of those (knocking his defender to the ground and on his back). He redefined the role of an offensive lineman with his amazing downfield blocking. In 1995, he made college football history by becoming the first sophomore to win the Lombardi Award. As a junior, he again made history by becoming the first two-time winner of the trophy. Pace also was awarded the Outland Trophy and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1996 – the highest finish by a lineman since a second-place finish by Ohio State’s John Hicks in 1973. Pace was the Football News Offensive Player of the Year in 1996 and received the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football as the Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten. As a freshman, Pace was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1995 and 1996. The native of Sandusky, Ohio, also was a finalist for the Maxwell Award in 1996. Pace was selected by his teammates as Ohio State’s MVP in 1996 after leading the squad to a co-Big Ten championship and a 20-17 victory over Arizona State in the 1997 Rose Bowl.After his three years at Ohio State, Pace entered the 1997 NFL Draft and was selected first overall by the St. Louis Rams – becoming the third Buckeye in program history to be taken No. 1 overall. The five-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection played in 13 seasons in the NFL, including 12 with the Rams, which was highlighted by a Super Bowl ring in 1999 after the Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV.
Gladys E. Palmer
Gladys Palmer will forever be remembered for her pioneering work in women’s athletics. In 1926, she developed a specialized set of baseball rules for softball still known as the “The Palmer Code.” A multi-sport athlete herself, she pressed to establish the first-ever Intercollegiate Golf Tournament for women. The tournament was held at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course in 1941. Despite rousing opposition, it was this event that generated a national governing body for women’s collegiate athletics.
Lance Palmer reached the All-America stand at the end of all four seasons wrestling for Ohio State as one of eight four-time All-Americans in school history. He advanced to the 2010 NCAA Championships finals for his highest national finish. Palmer also twice cracked the Top 4, including as a true freshman in 2007.
Postseason success came to fruition at the Big Ten Championships as well. Palmer was not only crowned the 149-pound B1G champ in 2010, but also garnered Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Championships recognition.
The 2010 team captain racked up 121 career victories, ranking in the Top 10 in Ohio State lore. He, too, excelled scholastically and earned the OSU Academic Achievement Award as voted on by the Ohio State faculty and staff.
Vince Panzano is one of the most highly respected diving coaches in America. During his more than 25 years of coaching, he has produced one world champion, one Olympic Silver Medalist, 20 US Diving champions, eight NCAA champions, 14 NCAA runners-up, 64 Big Ten champions and 74 All-Americans. Panzano has twice received the Mike Peppe Award as National Coach of the Year. His impressive resume includes serving as an Olympic coach in 1984, 1988 and 1996.
Field Hockey, Basketball
Captained unbeaten women’s basketball team in 1960-61 … First-Team All-Lake Erie field hockey as a left wing … president of Ohio State Physical Education Association, 1960-61 … after leaving Ohio State, spent 20 years coaching girls high school sports in Cleveland area (basketball: 1970-90; volleyball: 1974-76; track and field: 1971-77; softball: 1978-1982).
A two-time All-American for Ohio State, coach Woody Hayes called Jim Parker “the greatest offensive lineman I ever coached.” The 6-2, 200 pound Parker was the Buckeyes’ first Outland Trophy winner in 1956. During his three years as a starter, the Buckeyes won 23 of 28 games, captured the 1954 National Championship and recorded back-to-back Big Ten titles in 1954 and 1955. Parker is a member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
Al Patnik was one of Ohio State’s first diving greats. During his career he won 20 major titles and five National Championships, dominating college diving in the late 1930s. Between 1938 and 1940, Patnik won three consecutive NCAA one-meter titles and two three-meter crowns. Patnik also won all three Big Ten Championships in which he competed.
Women’s Swimming 1980-83
An All-American in 1982, Nancy Pearson helped put Ohio State women’s swimming on the map. She was a two-time Big Ten Champion as a member of the 800 freestyle relay, helping bring home titles in that event in 1982 and 1983. With her leadership and excellence in the pool, Ohio State rattled off five consecutive Big Ten championships starting in 1982. Pearson was a model of consistent improvement during her career; she scored for Ohio State in each of her five events at Big Ten Championships in all four years of her career, and she improved upon her times in those events with each successive season. In 1981 she was the Ohio Collegiate Champion in the 1650 freestyle. Upon her departure from the Buckeyes she was the school record holder in the 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyles as well as one of the record-setters in the 800 freestyle relay. A Big Ten Medal of Honor winner in 1983, she was also a four-time scholar athlete and graduated summa cum laude from the College of Education.
A cornerstone of the Ohio State’s “Diving Dynasty,” Jim Patterson was the first in the long line of Buckeye springboard greats. He was the Big Ten low board champion in 1936 and 1937 and won the one-meter National Championship in 1937. The six-time All-American originated a number of dives that were eventually placed in the NCAA rule book.
James “Scoonie” Penn
James “Scoonie” Penn played for two seasons (1999, 2000) at Ohio State following a transfer from Boston College. A tireless competitor, Penn helped orchestrate one of the most monumental turnarounds in Ohio State and Big Ten history.As a senior, Penn was awarded with the Francis Pomeroy Award, given to the best player in the country under 6-feet tall. He was one of the most well-rounded players nationally during his time with the Buckeyes. In just two years at Ohio State, Penn set the Ohio State record for career 3-pointers made with 153, a mark that is now tied for fourth all-time. Penn’s 88 made 3s in 1998-99 is the fifth-best total in a single season at Ohio State.
The two-time captain, who was named captain before playing his first game as a Buckeye, Penn was named co-team MVP along with Michael Redd following the 1998-99 season, and again following the 2000 season.
A consensus Second Team All-America selection in 2000 and two-time First Team All-Big Ten guard, Penn is tied for the No. 20 spot in single season scoring in the Ohio State record book with 609 points scored during his junior year (1998-99). Though he was an accomplished scorer, Penn was best known for setting up his teammates and playing defense. He recorded 284 assists in two seasons with the Buckeyes. He was credited with 70 thefts as a junior and 66 as a senior. Both totals are among the Top 10 single-season efforts in Ohio State history. In both his junior and senior seasons, Penn led the Buckeyes in both assists and steals. In 66 career games, Penn became a 1,000-point scorer in an OSU uniform. He finished with 1,076 career points as a Buckeye for a scoring average of 16.3 points per game. He is one of three Buckeyes in history to score 1,000 or more points in just two years in an Ohio State uniform.
Over the history of Value City Arena (1999-present), Penn is one of just six Buckeyes to reach 30 or more points on Ohio State’s home court. He tallied 30 points vs. Wisconsin Feb. 24, 1999 and his 12 assists vs. Florida A&M Dec. 4, 1999, also is an arena record. Against Oakland University Nov. 13, 1998, the first game played at Value City Arena, Penn recorded the first assist in the building’s history.
Mike Peppe is credited with laying the foundation for Ohio State’s outstanding swimming and diving tradition. After starting the program in 1931, Peppe’s Buckeye teams dominated the sport in a way few teams ever have. Peppe won 11 NCAA crowns, 10 NAAU Championships and 12 Big Ten titles. Under his tutelage, Buckeye swimmers and divers captured 312 individual championships, including 94 NCAA, 100 NAAU and 94 Big Ten titles. His duel-meet record was an incredible 179-39.
Though only 5-11 and 185 pounds, Tom Perdue was a rugged player in both football and baseball. Perdue played both offense and defense at left end in 1959 and defensive end in 1960-61. He was an Academic All-American in 1961. In baseball, Perdue was an All-American catcher and outfielder. In 1962, Perdue won the Big Ten hitting championship with a .459 average.
Baseball, Football 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.
Chris Perry was a two-time All-America and three-time all-Big Ten selection. Perry also won the Les Bolstad Award for the Big Ten’s low-stroke average three times. The 1983 Big Ten Medalist led the golf team to three Big Ten Championships. Perry set a school record with 13 career tournament wins and was a member of the 1984 Walker Cup Team. Named the Collegiate Player of the Year in 1984, Perry went on to a successful PGA career.
Men’s Gymnastics (1952-55)
Don Perry was a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes from 1952-55 and was Ohio State’s first All-American in 1954 after finishing fourth on trampoline at the national championships. Perry, who captained the Buckeye squad for three seasons, earned CGA All-America honors in 1954 and 1955 in tumbling. Perry competed internationally and placed fourth at the 1956 Pan-American Trials. He also was a member of the Buckeye track team for a year.
He received his master’s degree in physical education from Miami University and pursued a career as a teacher and high school coach for nearly 30 years. He has also returned to the Big Ten as a gymnastics judge and served as the President of both the Ohio and National High School Gymnastics Coaches associations.
A four-time All-American, David Pichler was crowned Ohio State’s first NCAA champion on the 10-meter dive in 1991. As one of 11 divers under Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame head coach Vince Panzano to take home an individual NCAA title, Pichler captured the win with a final score of 763.95. Recognized as one of the top divers in Big Ten history, he earned five Big Ten titles during his Buckeye career. In 1991, Pichler scored 591.75 points to win the 3-meter Big Ten championship as well as 699.00 points to place first on the 10-meter apparatus. The following year Pichler only improved. He swept the individual diving events at the 1992 Big Ten Championships, earning wins on the 1-meter, 3-meter and 10-meter dives. As a result of his success in conference, Pichler received Big Ten Diver of the Year accolades in 1991 and 1992.Among his greatest individual accomplishments, however, remains representing the United States at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. In Atlanta, he competed on the 10-meter dive and placed sixth overall with 607.11 points. For the 2000 Olympic Games, Pichler’s leadership role with Team USA grew and he was selected by fellow teammates and coaches to serve as team captain. Also in Sydney, he expanded his event lineup to include the 10-meter, synchronized 10-meter and synchronized springboard events. His best Olympic finish remains in the synchronized springboard event where he and partner Troy Dumais placed fourth with a score of 77.52. Pichler is part of an illustrious group of 46 members of the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving program who have had the opportunity to represent their country on the Olympic level.
Men’s Track and Field 1998-01
Andrew Pierce, a 400-meter dash specialist for Ohio State from 1998-2001, enters the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame with a hefty resume in hand. The Yellow Springs, Ohio, native is the Ohio State men’s track and field record holder in the indoor 400m dash, which he set at the 2001 Big Ten Championships. Pierce racked up eight Big Ten Championships and two Big Ten Athlete of the Year awards along with two B1G Athlete of the Championship honors. The team captain took it further and became a six time All-American, five of those in the 400m dash. Eighteen years later and Pierce’s accomplishments still hold up, as he maintains records in the indoor 400m dash and the indoor 600m run and holds the fastest 400m dash time in both Jesse Owens Stadium and French Field House.
After his career at Ohio State, his success continued on the international circuit. In 2001, he was crowned champion at the World Outdoor Championships in the 4×400-meter relay. Pierce found similar success later that year when he won two gold medals at the World University games, in both the 400m and in the 4x400m relay.
Paul Pooley was Ohio State’s first great hockey player. During his career, Pooley set school records for single-season and career points and assists. His point total topped the nation in 1984, earning him All-America honors and both the CCHA and Bauer National Player of the Year awards. That same season, the Buckeyes’ 13-0 start vaulted them to the top of the national polls. Pooley returned to OSU to serve as an assistant coach from 1988 to 1991.
Women’s Basketball (2009-12)
Samantha Prahalis had one of the most productive careers in Ohio State women’s basketball history. She ranks in the Top 10 in school history in nearly every statistical category, including points, assists, steals, field goals made, three-pointers made and free throws made. Prahalis is still the Big Ten leader in career assists with 901 and is one of just three players in NCAA history with 2,000 points and 900 career assists.
A two-time All-American, Prahalis capped her career by being named the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year after averaging 19.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. She was also part of a pair of Big Ten regular season titles, three Big Ten Tournament titles, 109 victories and four NCAA Tournament appearances.
After her Buckeye career, she was the sixth overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury. She averaged 11.6 points and 4.5 assists in her first season and was runner-up in Rookie of the Year voting. Prahalis then went on to make multiple stops overseas in Romania (2013-14), Russia (2014), Turkey (2015), Italy (2015-16) and Hungary (2016-17).
The Commack, N.Y., native coached three seasons at a pair of New York high schools from 2017-20 and is currently an assistant coach for the women’s basketball program at James Madison University.
Three-time All-American (1988-90) … two-time All-Big Ten (1989-90) … Big Ten champion in 3-meter and 10-meter platform dive in 1989 and 1990 … member of U.S. National Diving Team – 1990-91 … chosen by fellow divers as Phillips 66 Performance Award winner at 1990 U.S. Indoor National Championships … two-time Academic All-Big Ten (1989-90) … four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete (1988-92).
Three-time starter and letterwinner as a defensive back (1967-69) … earned first team All-America accolades in 1969 … first team All-Big Ten selection in 1968 and ’69 … played in 1969 East-West Shrine Bowl … member of 1968 national championship team and winning Rose Bowl team, with come-from-behind victory over Southern California … returned an interception for a touchdown and the Buckeyes’ first score in 13-0 win over Purdue in 1968, a key play in OSU’s undefeated season.
Mike Pucillo reached the pinnacle of collegiate wrestling in 2008, capturing the 184-pound national championship. His title run was one of three All-American seasons and the first of back-to-back trips to the NCAA Finals. Pucillo’s postseason push in ‘08 began with a Big Ten crown and concluded atop the NCAA podium in St. Louis with an overall record of 34-1. He kept the victories coming the next year, stringing together a 43-match winning streak. The three-time team captain compiled a career mark of 107-16 (.870), still ranking inside the Top 10 best winning percentages in Ohio State history. Pucillo, a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes, was successful in his academic endeavors as well. He was twice named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Team.
Initially a walk-on to the Ohio State rowing team, Amanda Purcell worked to become a First Team Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Pocock All-American in 2005 while also earning CRCA All-Central Region and Second Team All-Big Ten honors as well that year. She was just the second Ohio State walk-on to earn All-America honors.
A three-time Ohio State letterwinner (2003-05), Purcell led OSU’s first 1V8 boat to a No. 1 ranking in 2004 in a season when the Buckeyes recorded just their second Top 4 finish (1V8) nationally. She was equally accomplished in the classroom becoming a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree while earning three Ohio State Scholar Athlete awards.
Following her Ohio State career, Purcell was a volunteer coach at Ohio State, coached the Upper Arlington High School team and coached at Brown, Virginia and Indiana. She currently coaches junior rowing in Dallas, Texas.
While at Ohio State, Mike Racanelli won the 1990 Nissen Award, presented annually to the outstanding senior male gymnast in the nation. That same year, he took first place at the NCAA Championships in the Floor Exercise and All-Around events. The All-America and three-time all-Big Ten selection also won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1990.
Two-time national champion in the 177-pound weight class in 1992 and 1993 … finished second in the nation in 1991 … first two-time national champion in the history of Ohio State wrestling … three-time All-American (1991, 1992, 1993) … Ohio State’s first three-time Big Ten champion … three-time All-Big Ten selection … finished the 1992 season with a record of 42-0-3, becoming the second Buckeye to record an undefeated season.
The tremendously quick Kelvin Ransey was a 1980 All-America and three-time all-Big Ten choice. A two-time team MVP, Ransey started 111 of 112 games while at OSU. He had a string of 80 consecutive games in which he scored in double figures and averaged over 35 minutes per game. Ransey was the third player taken in the 1980 NBA draft and during his career played for the Portland Trailblazers and the New Jersey Nets.
Leo Raskowski, a two-time All-American and two-time All-Big Ten selection, was team captain of the 1928 Buckeyes that went 5-2-1 overall, including a 19-7 win over Michigan at Ohio Stadium. Overall, Raskowski, a tackle for the Buckeyes, helped lead the Scarlet and Gray to 16 victories in three seasons, highlighted by a 7-1 mark in 1926. Raskowski, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, was the first team captain to be elected at the close of the season after a rule passed by the athletic board at the beginning of the 1928-29 academic year.Following his time at Ohio State, Raskowski went on to play three seasons in the NFL on four teams, including the Staten Island Stapletons, Brooklyn Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Eagles. Following his NFL career, Raskowski moved to Vancouver as a recreation director in 1943. He passed away in 1952 at the young age of 46 after battling a long illness.
Track & Field 1927-29
Pete Rasmus was considered one of the best discus athletes in the world. As a Buckeye, he was a three-time Big Ten Champion and won the NCAA discus title in 1929 with a world-record toss of 159’1 7/8″. Rasmus was a two-time All-America selection and was captain the 1929 team that won the NCAA Championship-Ohio State’s first National Championship in any sport.
Michael Redd, the 1998 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, was a three-time Ohio State MVP, an All-Big Ten selection and a four-time Big Ten Player of the Week. Redd, who averaged 35.1 minutes a game, ended his career fifth in program history in scoring with 1,879 and is third in the Ohio State record book for career points in the NCAA tournament (133). A captain in 2000, Redd was drafted in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was an NBA All-Star in 2004 and a five-time Bucks MVP. Redd holds the NBA record for most three-point field goals made in one quarter with 8, set in the fourth period in 2002 against the Houston Rockets, and is fifth on the Milwaukee Bucks all-time points list through 2009. In 2008, Redd competed with the gold medal U.S. Olympic Team in Beijing.
Dave Reinbolt won All-America honors in 1966 when he captured the National Championship in the 167-pound weight division. That same year, he won the Big Ten Championship en-route to a sparkling 21-0-1 record. His 1966 mark is the second best in school history. With a 44-10-2 career record, Reinbolt left Ohio State with one of the best winning percentages in the school’s history.
Field Hockey Coach 1973-86
Reynolds served as Ohio State’s head field hockey coach from 1973-1986. Accumulated a 142-77-24 record during her 14-year tenure. A member of United States field hockey team. She impacted the community by getting media and the public involved in womens sports. Gave time to coaching until she succumbed to cancer in 1987.
Harry (Butch) Reynolds
Track & Field 1986-87
Butch Reynolds was a two-time Olympic Medalist and two-time world-record holder. At the 1988 Olympics, he captured a Gold Medal in the 4×400 relay and a Silver in the 400-meter. In 1988, he set a world record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 43.29. Reynolds was also a member of the world-record setting US 4×400 relay team in 1993. He won the 1987 NCAA Championship in the 400 and was a member of the 1996 Olympic Team.
Coreen Richter was Ohio State’s first women’s fencing All-American. During her career, she won more duel meets than any fencer in OSU history. Her accomplishments included the 1983 Big Ten Championship in foil and a fifth place finish at the 1981 NCAA Championships. The four-time Scholar Athlete was voted the team’s most valuable fencer in 1983.
Monica Rincon was an All-American and a three-time All-Big Ten honoree for the women’s tennis team, just the second Buckeye to earn multiple all-conference honors. Rincon competed in the NCAA Doubles Championship twice, reaching the quarterfinal round in 2001 to earn All-America accolades, as she and doubles partner Kristy Dascoli became the first All-Americans in program history. The duo was ranked a program-record fifth nationally during the season.She ended her career with 101 singles wins, ranking second in program history, and qualified for the NCAA Singles Championship as a senior in 2002, just the second Buckeye to earn a spot in the national singles tournament. Rincon tied the program record for doubles wins in a single season with 30 in 2001 while her 30 singles wins in 2000 ranked second all-time. She ended her career tied for third in program history with 92 doubles victories. Rincon and the Buckeyes earned a berth in the NCAA Team Championship each of her four campaigns.
Rincon received the Midwest Region Senior Award and the Arthur Ashe, Jr., Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for the Midwest Region from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, which also lauded here as the 2000 Midwest Region Player to Watch. She was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice. Rincon spent time as a volunteer coach with the Buckeyes following graduation.
While at Ohio State, Tracey Rinker won four Big Ten individual championships and led the Buckeyes to three consecutive Big Ten titles. She won the all-around, balance beam and uneven bars in the 1983 Big Ten Championships and repeated on the uneven bars in 1984. She won All-America honors in 1983 when she finished second at the NCAA’s on the uneven bars. Rinker was a member of three consecutive regional championship teams from 1982 to 1984.
Member of two Ohio State Final Four teams in 1944 and 1945… helped the Buckeyes to a 15-5 record during the 1944-45 season, along with a second-place finish in the Big Ten standings … Ohio State went 16-5 the following season and claimed the Big Ten crown … two-time All-Big Ten center … named an All-American by Converse Yearbook in 1945 … inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.
Member of the 1993 national runner-up and Big Ten co-championship team … 1993 Kodak Honorable Mention All-American … 1992 and 1993 First Team All-Big Ten … 1990 and 1991 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten … 1990 Big Ten Freshman of the Year … holds the Ohio State single-game record for 3-point field-goal percentage, hitting 6-of-6 shots vs. Northwestern in 1993 … third on the career points list with 1,818 points in 118 career games … second on the Ohio State steals list with 273 career swipes.
Stacy Roth, a 2002 Third Team All-American and First Team All-Big Ten selection, is OSU’s career record holder in several categories. Roth re-wrote the batting record books in 2002, tallying a single-season record 66 RBI in her final season as a Buckeye. Roth is currently second in OSU history with 166 RBI and still holds the single-season RBI record. The two-time OSU Most Valuable Player posted near 1.00 RBI per game average, which ranked among the best in the nation while also leading the Big Ten. Roth helped lead the Buckeyes to the program’s second NCAA regional appearance in team history, posting a .374 batting average with 71 hits, 15 home runs and a .684 slugging percentage. Roth also was selected as a second team All-Big Ten honoree in 2000 and 2001 as well as a third team All-Big Ten performer in 1999 during her freshman season. She ranks in the Top 10 in multiple categories in OSU softball history. On the career list, Roth sits seventh in batting average (.348), fourth in hits (221), third in doubles (45), fifth in home runs (29) and sixth in walks (70). Roth also holds several Top 10 single-season records, including seventh in batting average (.386), fourth in hits (71), seventh in doubles (14) and fourth in home runs (15).In the classroom, Roth was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, a 2002 First Team Academic All-District IV honoree and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete. She earned her bachelor’s degree in family and human development in the School of Human Ecology.
The first four-time All-American in Ohio State wrestling history, Tommy Rowlands, a native of Hilliard, Ohio, was a two-time NCAA heavyweight champion in 2002 and 2004 under head coach Russ Hellickson. Lettering for the Buckeyes from 2001-04, Rowlands won a pair of Big Ten titles in 2002 and 2004. The two-time All-Big Ten honoree (2002 and 2004) immediately showed promise on the collegiate level when he was recognized as the 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. During all four years of his collegiate career, Rowlands competed in the prestigious NWCA All-Star event, which pitted the No. 1 and No. 2 wrestlers in each weight class against each other. Rowlands was undefeated in the event. All-time, Rowlands’ 44 victories at the conclusion of his senior season places him fourth on the Ohio State season wins list. During that same season, Rowlands finished his campaign with a .977 win percentage after posting a 44-1 record. His 203.5 team points compiled in 2004 remain an Ohio State best, while his 228 takedowns in his final year also is tops in Buckeye history. In the career ranks, Rowlands’ 164 total wins is the best in program annals. Rowlands’ career team points (702) and takedowns (705) continues to be the pinnacle of success in Ohio State history, while his career win percentage of .921 places him in the Top 4. Following his collegiate career at Ohio State, Rowlands had a successful international run as a six-time member of the U.S. National Team and was a two-time Olympic alternate in 2008 and 2012.
Football/Coach 1937-39, 1946-1978
In helping lead the 1939 Buckeyes to the Big Ten Championship, Esco Sarkkinen earned consensus All-America honors at end and also won the Big Ten Medal of Honor. After serving in the Coast Guard during World War II, “Sark” returned to Ohio State as an assistant football coach in 1946, serving in that capacity until 1978. Sarkkinen was widely recognized as one of the finest scouts in college football history. Because of his scouting responsibilities, Sark rarely, if ever, saw his beloved Buckeyes play.
Football, 1941-42, 1945
Inducted posthumously … First team All-American and All-Big Ten at halfback in 1942 … helped guide the Buckeyes to a national championship in 1942, the first title in program history … second in Big Ten in scoring in 1942 with 72 points … rushed for 672 yards in 1942, a mark that ranked among the conference leaders … finished second in scoring on the 1942 Buckeye squad … left to serve his country in World War II but returned for his senior season in 1945.
Howard Baker Saunders
Inducted: 1990 Howard Baker Saunders was the Big Ten Co-champion as a sophomore and again as a senior. He was the medalist at the 1945 NCAA Championships, which were played at Ohio State and won by the Buckeyes. While playing in the 1945 NCAA Tournament, Saunders was knocked down by lightning. Luckily, he bounced back up and went on to post a 68, a course record at the time.
The Ohio State passing leader in 1948 and 1949, Pandel Savic helped the 1949 Buckeyes to Ohio State’s first Rose Bowl win, gaining 16 total yards rushing and passing, including an important 6 yards on the ground to close out the remaining time and seal the Buckeye victory. The 1949 team also won a share of the Big Ten title, with Savic throwing for 581 yards and six touchdowns on the season. Ohio State and Michigan tied in the season finale, leading to a share of the Big Ten championship for the squads. Savic went on to play an important role in the golf community and served as longtime chairman of the PGA’s The Memorial Tournament.
L. B. Schaefer
L.B. Schaefer swam on the Buckeyes’ 1962 National Championship team and captured one Big Ten and two NCAA titles in the 100-yard and the 200-yard backstrokes that year. The three-time All-American also won the Big Ten Championship in 1963. He was also a member of the medley relay National Championship Team in 1961 and 1962.
Richard “Dick” Schafrath
Dick Schafrath was the Ohio State team captain in 1958 and during his three-year career (1956-58), the Ohio State teams he played on never lost to Michigan. An offensive tackle and a defensive end, Schafrath also played on Ohio State teams that won the 1957 national championship and the 1958 Rose Bowl. Schafrath was a second-round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns.Despite weighing just 220 pounds, Schafrath played 13 years in the NFL at left tackle, protecting the blind side of his quarterbacks and helping to open holes for Hall of Fame running backs Jim Brown, Bobby Mitchell and Leroy Kelly. He played in the Pro Bowl seven times, was the team’s MVP in 1963 and was elected into the Browns Legends Club in 2003. Schafrath won a seat in the Ohio State senate in 1986 and served in the senate until his retirement in 2003. On Aug. 27, 2006, and at the age of 69, he graduated from Ohio State with his bachelor’s of science degree from Ohio State.
Football Coach (1934-40)
Francis Schmidt was the head coach of the Ohio State football program from 1934 to 1940 and his comments about arch-rival Michigan – “Those fellows put their pants on one leg at a time, the same as everyone else” – led to the tradition of awarding gold pants to players and coaches following wins over the Wolverines.
During his seven seasons with the Buckeyes, Schmidt’s team went 39-16-1 with an offense that was dubbed “razzle dazzle” by the media because of its use of reverses, laterals and passes. His inaugural team in 1934 scored 267 points, second most in school history up to that point. His second team, in 1935, was nearly as good, outscoring opponents 237-57. Those Buckeyes finished 7-1 and won their first Big Ten title in 14 years. The season was punctuated with a 38-0 season-ending win over Michigan, part of a stretch from 1934-37 that saw the Buckeyes outscore the Wolverines 114-0. In 1939, Schmidt led Ohio State to an outright Big Ten championship, the school’s first in 19 years. Schmidt, who also coached basketball and baseball at various stops prior to Ohio State, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
Track and Field, 1942-45
John Schmidt was a member of the 1942 track and field team that won the Big Ten indoor and outdoor championships. Competing in the pole vault, he won the Big Ten outdoor championship in 1944 and both indoor and outdoor Big Ten titles in 1945. In 1944, Schmidt was named an outdoor All-American, the second pole vaulter in Ohio State history to receive the honor.
Dick Schnittker is regarded as one of the finest hook shot specialists to play at Ohio State. He was a 1950 All-America and three-time all-Big Ten selection. A two-sport star, Schnittker led the 1950 basketball team to the Big Ten Championship after playing in the 1950 Rose Bowl where Ohio State beat California 17-14. Schnittker, a center on the basketball team, played end on the gridiron.
A long-time friend of The Ohio State University, Alex Schoenbaum earned three football letters from 1936 to 1938 and was named to an All-American team. After graduation, Schoenbaum went on to a career in business and founded the Shoney restaurant chain. He was a major contributor to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and its Schoenbaum Wall of Champions.
Two-year starter at left tackle on teams that posted 14-1-1 record in conference play while winning two Big Ten championships and playing in three Rose Bowls … First-Team All-America left tackle in 1974 … two-time First-Team All-Big Ten selection (1973-74) as an offensive lineman … a first-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints in the 1975 NFL Draft.
A two-time All-American, Don Scott was the first Ohio State quarterback to earn such an honor. On the football field, he was considered one of the most talented and versatile players in OSU’s history. Coach Esco Sarkkinen credits him with superbly masterminding the undisputed 1939 Big Ten Championship team. Scott also played on the 1939 basketball team that won the Big Ten and played in the first ever NCAA finals. Scott was killed in World War II and the University airport bears his name.
Dan Seimetz, a three-time All-Big Ten selection, was an All-American and the 1997 Big Ten Player of the Year, leading the Buckeyes to a regular season championship in 1995, Big Ten Tournament championship in 1995 and 1997 and NCAA regional berths in 1995 and 1997. The four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and 1998 captain holds school records for single-season RBI (80), doubles (25) and home runs (19), all set in 1997. “Thunder Dan” also holds multiple career records including hits (287), doubles (71), home runs (52) and RBI (236).
Mike Sensibaugh was a two-time all-Big Ten selection and a 1970 All-American. The three-year starter was a member of Ohio State’s 1968 National Championship football team. In the 1969 Rose Bowl, Sensibaugh set a record with 319 punting yards. He also set the OSU record for single season (9) and career interceptions (22).
Bob Shaw earned All-America honors after helping the 1942 football team to a 9-1 record and the Big Ten and National Championships. An excellent receiver, Shaw caught a touchdown pass in a 21-7 win over Michigan in 1942. After leaving Ohio State, Shaw moved on to a coaching career in the National Football League.
Cross Country/Track 1979-82
Beth Sheridan won the 10,000 meter run at the 1980 Big Ten Championship. Strong in both the 5,000 and 10,000, Sheridan lettered in both cross country and track. During her Ohio State career, she set an outdoor record in the 10,000 meter and an indoor record in the 5,000. She also excelled in the classroom, earning scholar-athlete honors as a freshman, junior and senior.
Ray Shoup was a member of the Buckeyes’ 1965 College World Series second place and 1966 National Championship baseball team. In 1967, Shoup earned all-Big Ten and All-America honors while leading the team to another appearance in the College World Series. His career numbers totaled 101 hits, 22 doubles, four home runs, 65 RBI and 26 stolen bases.
Larry Siegfried was a three-year starter at guard and served as team captain of the basketball team his senior year. He averaged 13.2 points per game as a junior when Ohio State won the National Championship and 15.2 as a senior when the Buckeyes finished second. An All-American as a senior, he later played in the NBA with the Boston Celtics.
Donna Silber won a total of ten Big Ten Championships as a Buckeye. She won on the floor exercise, vault, balance beam and uneven bars. Silber-Berry won the all-around event three times. She was a three-time OAISW all-around champion and the 1980 MAIAW vaulting champion. A two-time OSU Scholar Athlete, Silber won the all-around competition against the Korean National Gymnastics Team her junior year.
Winner of the 1994 Nissen-Emery Award, presented to the top senior male gymnast in the nation … four-time All-Big Ten honoree (1991-94) … earned All-America honors in the all-around in both 1993 and ’94 … 1991 Big Ten Freshman of the Year … won Big Ten titles on both parallel bars and still rings in 1992 … claimed conference high bar title in both 1993 (co) and 1994 (co) … member of Big Ten championship squads in 1993 and ’94 … participated in Olympic Games in 1996 in Atlanta …two-time member of the U.S. World Championships team (1994, ’95).
Track & Field 1928-30
All-American George Simpson was a three-time National Champion, winning the 100-yard dash and 220-yard dash in 1928 and the 220 in 1930. He went on to compete for the United States in the 1932 Olympic Games.
Joey Sindelar, a three-time All-America and all-Big Ten selection, helped lead the Buckeyes to the 1979 National Championship and three Big Ten titles. While at Ohio State, Sindelar broke several Big Ten records, including the record for the lowest tournament and 18-hole score at the Big Ten Championship with a 271 and 64. A Big Ten Medalist and Les Bolstad Award winner in 1981, Sindelar went on to a successful PGA career.
Tom Skladany was the first kicking specialist to receive a scholarship from Ohio State. The three-time All-American punter also served as a kicker his last three seasons. He was a two-time all-Big Ten selection and led the nation in punting as a junior with a 46.7 yard average. In 1975, he kicked a school record 59-yard field goal against Illinois. Skladany was a member of four Big Ten Championship teams.
Wrestling 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.
Anna Smith became the first Buckeye softball player to be named to the NFCA first-team All-America squad. She also was a four-time member of the All-Big Ten team and in 2002 was named the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year. During her career, she set eight Ohio State records, including career hits (243), career runs scored (166), career stolen bases (108), single season batting average (.507), single season hits (105), single season runs scored (68), single season stolen bases (40) and single season triples (8). Smith, who was a member of the U.S. Softball National Team, is 12th all-time in the NCAA record books for hits in a season (105).
Four-year golf letterman from 1988-91 … Four times named All-Big Ten … Two-time team captain distinguished himself by winning medalist honors at the 1990 Big Ten Championships-one of seven collegiate tournaments he won … Named First-Team All-America in 1991.
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.
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.
Swimming 1943, 1947-49
Four-time All-American Bill Smith set seven world records and won 14 National Championships, including seven NCAA, six NAAU indoor and one NAAU outdoor. He also captured two Gold Medals at the 1948 Olympic Games in the 400 freestyle and 800 freestyle relay. The three-time Big Ten Champion was undefeated in fours years of duel meet competition. Smith held all the world records between the 200 and 1000-meter freestyle and was considered one of the greatest competitors in the first half of the 20th Century.
1986, ’87 and ’88 Big Ten vault Champion … received Senior Regional Gymnast of the Year honors in 1989 … three-time Ann Carr Award winner … voted OSU Most Valuable Gymnast in 1987 … All-American on vault in 1987 … Academic All-Big Ten selection in 1987, ’88 and ’89 … received Academic All-America honors in 1989 … four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete … Big Ten Medal of Honor finalist.
Coach 1932-42, 1946-65
Larry Snyder, the father of Ohio State Track & Field, helped build the program in the 1930s and 1940s and returned after World War II to carry on the tradition. Snyder led Ohio State to six Big Ten Championships, coached eight world record holders and numerous Olympians, All-Americans and National Champions. He twice was an assistant coach at the Olympics and was head coach of the US Olympic Team in 1960.
Three-year starter for men’s basketball … Led Ohio State in scoring and rebounding as a junior (23.6 ppg and 10.6 rpg) and again as a senior (24.2 ppg and 9.0 rpg) … Team captain as senior and three-year Varsity “O” letterwinner … Honorable Mention All-America as junior in 1969, twice being named All-Big Ten.
Garnered All-America honors at end as a senior in 1946 after leading the team in receiving with 157 yards on nine receptions … was a four-year letterwinner under legendary coach Paul Brown and was a freshman in 1942 when the Buckeyes secured the first of the program’s six national titles … the team went 9-1 on the year and 5-1 in conference … won Big Ten Championships with the 1942 and 1944 teams … the 1944 squad finished second in the nation with a perfect 9-0 record (6-0 in the Big Ten) … named the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1946, was the second end and one of only four ends to garner the award since its inception in 1930.
The MVP of the 1982 Holiday Bowl, Tim Spencer was one of Ohio State’s most productive rushers. He scored 36 touchdowns and rushed for 3,553 yards on 644 carries during his career. He earned all-Big Ten honors in 1982 when he rushed for 1,538 yards. In 1983, Spencer was the second player taken in the inaugural USFL draft. After the USFL, he played the San Diego Chargers and later returned to Ohio State as an assistant football coach for the Buckeyes.
One of the all-time great middle linebackers in college football history … Four-time Varsity “O” honoree … Two-time All-America linebacker … Three-time All-Big Ten Conference selection … Lombardi Award winner … Team captain and Most Valuable Performer … Set school record for career solo tackles (283) and collected 546 total tackles.
Women’s Ice Hockey 2009-12
Natalie Spooner was a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes and is one of the most decorated Buckeyes in program history. During her time in Columbus she lit the lamp 100 times, the only 100 goal scorer in team history, and tallied 163 points, the second-highest total for any Buckeye. Spooner earned All-America honors in 2012 and All-WCHA honors three times in her career.
After graduating in 2012 Spooner went on to win gold with her native Canada in the 2014 Olympics and silver in 2018. In addition to her Olympic accomplishments, Spooner has medaled eight times in World Championship competition and in 2014 she became the first woman to claim a gold medal and the Clarkson Cup in the same year.
L. W. St. John
During his 34 years as Director of Athletics Lynn Wilbur St. John was the greatest single force in building the tradition of excellence in athletics at The Ohio State University. Under his supervision, Ohio Stadium was built, the Scarlet and Gray golf courses were established and OSU rose to national prominence as an athletic power. While serving as Director of Athletics, St. John was also head baseball coach for 16 years, head basketball coach for eight years and a football line coach.
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.
One of the most versatile and capable athletic department members of any college staff, Floyd Stahl joined OSU in June of 1930. Known for his boundless enthusiasm and dedication to Ohio State, he enjoyed stints as head coach of the Buckeyes’ baseball, basketball and golf teams. Stahl became Assistant Athletic Director in 1958 and plunged into athletic administration and teaching duties on a full-time basis.
Harry Steel won a Gold Medal in the 1924 Olympics as a heavyweight wrestler. A two-time wrestling letterwinner, he captured the Big Ten heavyweight crown in 1924. Steel also lettered twice in football and won the 1924 Big Ten Medal of Honor.
Jim Stillwagon dominated the interior defensive line for Ohio State during three Big Ten Championship seasons. As a senior, he was the first player to win the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award in the same year. He played on two Buckeye Rose Bowl teams, including the 1968 National Championship team. The three-year starter was a two-time All-American and all-Big Ten pick. After graduation, Stillwagon played in the CFL and NFL.
Basketball/Football 1917, 1919-20
Gaylord Stinchcomb was both quarterback and halfback on the Ohio State football teams of 1917, 1919 and 1920. The 1920 All-American was later elected to the National Football Hall of Fame. He led Ohio State to two Big Ten titles and a three-year record of 21-2-1. Stinchcomb played in the 1921 Rose Bowl, OSU’s first appearance in Pasadena. The three-sport star also lettered in basketball and track, setting a school record in the broad jump in 1921 with a leap of 23’2″.
Women’s Volleyball Head Coach, 1982-2007
Jim Stone served as the head coach of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team for 26 years and compiled a 531-294 overall record with the Buckeyes, including a 297-177 record in Big Ten competition. He won the Big Ten championship three times and finished second five times at the helm of the program. Nationally, Stone and Ohio State participated in 15 NCAA tournaments, advancing to the NCAA championship semifinals in 1991 and 1994. Overall, Stone’s teams finished the season ranked nationally 16 times, including a No.4-ranking in 1994.During his time at Ohio State, Stone and his student-athletes compiled an extensive list of both conference and national honors. Stone was named the 1991 Volleyball Monthly National Coach of the Year after guiding the squad to an undefeated record in Big Ten play and an NCAA semifinal appearance. He was also named AVCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year and Big Ten Coach of the Year that season. In total, Stone earned four AVCA Regional Coach of the Year and Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.
Stone coached 19 AVCA All-Americans, including AVCA Player of the Year winners Laura Davis (1994) and Stacey Gordon (2004). Seventeen of his student-athletes combined for 31 AVCA All-Region honors, while 26 student-athletes totaled 60 All-Big Ten accolades. Academically, Stone coached two Academic All-Americans with student-athletes totaling eight Academic All-District and 81 Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Jodelle (Jodie) Stranges
Named the 2002 Touchdown Club/OSU Athlete of the Century for women’s soccer … Second Team All-American in 1996 … four-time All-Big Ten honoree … NSCAA Great Lakes Region First Team selection in 1996 and a second team pick in 1995 … received Academic All-Big Ten accolades in 1995 … three-time MVP and two-time team captain … four-time letterwinner.
Inducted posthumously … two-time All-American tackle (1993 and ’94) and a two-time All-Big Ten tackle (1993 and ’94) … 1992 Big Ten Freshman of the Year … received Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year honors in 1993 … finalist for both the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy … tremendous college player and a favorite of his teammates because of his easygoing attitude off the field … drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings … played five seasons for the Vikings.
Pistol Coach 1986-87, 1999-Present
James Sweeney has served as head coach of the Ohio State pistol team for more than 15 years, coaching the squad to five NRA Collegiate National Championship titles and coaching seven student-athletes to 23 NRA Collegiate Individual Championships. Throughout his time with the pistol team, Sweeney has coached one Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year (Teresa Meyer), two Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor recipients (Laura Murray and Jessica Marshall), 33 All-Americans and 39 Academic All-Big Ten honorees.Sweeney led the pistol team to its first NRA Collegiate National Championship in his first year as head coach, also guiding his student-athletes to national titles in free pistol, standard pistol, sport pistol and women’s air pistol that same year. Under Sweeney’s guidance, the women’s pistol team has captured four NRA National Championships (2000, 2004, 2005 and 2009). In 2003 and 2011, Sweeney was named the NRA Distinguished Coach of the Year.
Sweeney’s Ohio State coaching contributions date back to 1960-62, when he served as an assistant coach with the men’s gymnastics program. He left Ohio State to serve as the head coach for men’s gymnastics at Washington State (1962-66) before returning to Columbus as the head coach for the men’s gymnastics program (1966-77) and as the head coach and advisor for the spirit program (1968-69). He was honored as the NCAA Mid-East Men’s Gymnastics Coach of the Year in 1968.
Sweeney has been actively involved in the shooting community for over 30 years, both as an active competitor and as the Director of the State of Ohio International Pistol Championships as well as of leagues in air gun, action pistol and bullseye. His contributions to society do not end in the shooting community, as he served as a foster parent for 16 years, working with children of various ages until they were adopted or could return to their homes.
Sweeney graduated from Ohio State in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, continuing his studies at his alma mater and earning his master’s degree in physical education (curriculum design) in 1960. In 1965, Sweeney graduated from Ohio State with a doctorate degree in physical education (educational psychology).
While studying at Ohio State, Sweeney also competed on the freshman football team (1952-53) under head coach Woody Hayes before joining the men’s gymnastics team (1953-56) after rehabilitating from a football injury. He was a finalist on still rings at the 1956 NCAA Championships.
Over the years since his graduation from Ohio State, Sweeney has written seven publications (1960-76), served as an assistant professor at Washington State (1962-66), and served as an instructor (1960-62), associate professor (1979-94), assistant professor (1966-79) and associate professor emeritus (1994-Present) at Ohio State in addition to his responsibilities as head coach of the pistol team.
Four-time All-American in foil, earning first team honors three times (1995, ’96, ’97) and a second-team nod in 1998 … member of Midwestern Collegiate Conference Champion foil team in 1998 … won conference individual title in 1997 … three-time Academic All-Big Ten (1996-99) and four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … remained involved with the sport as a referee … ranked as one of the Top 3 female referees in the nation and was voted Midwest Referee of the Year.
Track and Field, 1979-82
Sprinted her way to a total of eight All-America honors with four each in indoor and outdoor track and field … the 1988 OSU Female Athlete of the Year, Tate won three Big Ten Indoor and three outdoor championships while making history at the 1987 indoor meet by becoming the first athlete to win three individual titles in one meet … also earned Athlete of the Championships at that meet … won indoor conference titles in the 55-meter dash, 55-meter hurdles and 300-meter dash … took the outdoor crown in the 100-meter hurdles (1987 and ’88) … established school and Big Ten records in five events … multiple Big Ten Athlete of the Month awards throughout her career … currently is a language arts teacher and head coach of the cross country and track and field teams for Dade County Public Schools in Dade County, Florida.
Known as one of the hardest hitters in Buckeye football history, Jack Tatum played on three Big Ten Championship teams. The two-time All-American was selected as the National Defensive Player of the Year in 1970. An unusually gifted athlete, Tatum combined the speed of a defensive back with the strength and size of a linebacker. After leaving the Buckeyes, he played for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders for nine years and later for the Houston Oilers.
Track and Field 2000-04
Nine-time All-American, seven-time Big Ten champion and two-time NCAA champion Dan Taylor was a four-year letterwinner for the Ohio State track and field team from 2000-04. A former NCAA record-holder in the weight throw (24.01 meters/78-9.25), Taylor still owns school records in the weight, hammer (69.34 meters/227-6.00) and discus (58.17 meters/190-10.00) throws. He was a Big Ten record holder in the weight throw and hammer throw until 2015.Unlike many of his peers at the time who specialized in one or two throwing events, Taylor excelled in all major throwing specialties. In 2004, he became the first and only collegiate male to win both the NCAA indoor shot put and weight throw titles in the same season. That same year, he earned runner-up honors in the outdoor shot put.
Taylor, a native of Middlefield, Ohio, was a two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year, two-time Outstanding Male Athlete at the Penn Relays and the 2004 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year. He graduated from Ohio State in 2005 with a degree in construction systems management.
Jack Taylor was an extremely gifted and versatile swimmer, winning four NCAA, two NAAU indoor and eight Big Ten Championships. He won these championships in three events-backstroke, 440 yard freestyle and the 1500 meters. Taylor also won a Bronze Medal at the 1952 Olympic Games.
Fred Taylor was a 1950 baseball All-American and the starting center on the 1950 Big Ten Championship basketball team. Best known for his coaching, Taylor was a two-time College Basketball Coach of the Year and guided the Buckeyes to a school record 297 victories, one NCAA title, two NCAA second place finishes and seven Big Ten titles during his 18 years as head coach. Between 1960 and 1964, his teams won an unprecedented five straight Big Ten Championships.
All-American Aurealius Thomas played 463 minutes at guard during Ohio State’s 1957 National Championship season. After losing their opening game, the Buckeyes won nine straight to capture the title. During the Thomas era, Ohio State went 22-6 and won two Big Ten Championships. Thomas is a member of the National Football Hall of Fame.
Men’s Hockey 1977-80
Paul Tilley was a three-time All-CCHA honoree for Ohio State, earning first team honors in 1979 and second team accolades in 1977 and ‘80. The Buckeyes’ 1977 Rookie of the Year and the team MVP in both ‘78 and ‘79, he was voted to the All-Buckeye Team as part of the program’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2014. Tilley, who had 81 goals, 131 assists and 212 career points in 148 games, led the squad in scoring twice, including 76 points in 1979, one of the top campaigns in program history.
Baseball Coach 1987-2010
Bob Todd has been the head coach of the Ohio State baseball team since 1988. In his 21 seasons at the helm, Todd has won 831 games, the most in school history, and he has led the team to 14 Big Ten Conference regular season or tournament championships. In January of 2009, he will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Ohio State has won six Big Ten regular season championships under Todd and eight Big Ten tournaments. He has led the program to 12 NCAA regional appearances (1991-95, 1997, 1999, 2001-03, 2005, 2007). He has coached Ohio State teams to 30 or more wins every season and his teams have made 20 of 21 Big Ten tournaments, including a Big Ten record 12 consecutive tournament appearances from 1997-2008. Todd guided the Buckeyes to two regional championships and appearances in super regionals in 1999 and 2003. The program won a school-record 52 games in 1991 and his teams have never had a losing season, winning 40 or more games 10 times. Todd is one of only two conference coaches to win more than 300 Big Ten games and he is 395-229 (.633) in Big Ten Conference play. Todd has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year four times (1989, ’94, ’99, and ’01), the most of any Big Ten coach. He was nominated for national coach of the year honors in 1991, ’94, ’99 and ’03 and was chosen National Coach of the Year in 1994 by the Columbus Touchdown Club. In 1994 and ’01, Todd was an assistant coach for Team USA.
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.
Three-sport star George Trautman won seven letters during his career at Ohio State, three each in football and baseball and one in basketball. After his playing days, Trautman served in various coaching and administrative positions. He coached basketball at OSU from 1920 to 1922 and spent eight years as an assistant athletic director. He was instrumental in helping to establish the Ohio Relays. Trautman went on to serve as president of the minor leagues and general manager of the Detroit Tigers.
Kelly L. Trent
A four-time letterwinner for the golf team, Trent was a model of consistency as she did not miss an event until her senior season (because of injury) … as a freshman, she powered OSU to its first Big Ten title (1979) by winning the conference’s individual title over heavily favored Michigan State senior, and two-time defending medalist, Sue Ertl, becoming the first freshman champion in conference history … helped the team earn the Big Ten title in 1980 and ’81 … also helped the team to the Midwest Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (MAIAW) title in 1979, ’80 and ’81 … named most valuable player in 1979 and 1980 and won the Buckeye Award in 1979 … All-MAIAW in 1979 and ’80 … currently is the head golf professional at Raymond Memorial Golf Course in Columbus, the first women to do so in Central Ohio.
Football Coach, 2001-10
Jim Tressel coached Ohio State from 2001-10 and guided the Buckeyes to a record of 94-21 with nine bowl appearances (seven BCS games), six 10-win seasons, six Big Ten titles and a national championship while posting an 8-1 record against Michigan. His 2002 team captured the Big Ten’s first consensus national title since 1968, posting a 13-0 regular-season record and then defeating top-ranked Miami in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in a 31-24 double-overtime thriller, becoming the first Division I-A school to record a 14-0 campaign in the process. Tressel also guided Ohio State to national championship game appearances in 2006 and 2007.
Amy Tucker served as an assistant coach and graduate assistant coach at OSU. In that time span, the school compiled an overall record of 71-15 and earned Big Ten titles in 1982, 1983 and 1985. As a player, she was a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, a Wade Trophy Finalist and an all-MAIAW and OAISW choice in 1981. After graduation, Tucker coached at Stanford University with former Buckeye head coach Tara VanDerveer.
Two-time All-American … Ohio State’s No. 1 singles player for three years … finished with 64 career singles wins … won 28 singles matches in 1990 … ranks among the OSU leaders in both categories … a two-time NCAA singles participant in 1990 and 1991 … reached the third round of NCAA competition both years he competed … member of the 1991 Big Ten Championship team … three-time All-Big Ten selection.
Evan Turner, a 2010 first team consensus All-American, earned National Player of the Year accolades to go with 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year honors. The Chicago native, who earned first team All-Big Ten honors in 2009 and 2010, was the Buckeyes’ second conference player of the year and first national player of the year in the Thad Matta era.Turner finished his career 18th on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list with 1,517 career points while also leading the Buckeyes in rebounding as a sophomore and a junior. He owns two of Ohio State’s five all-time triple-doubles, achieving the feat against Alcorn State and again against Lipscomb in 2009, and finished his career with 27 double-doubles, the 12th-most in program history. Turner was named Big Ten Player of the Week an Ohio State-record 10 times. He had his No. 21 jersey retired Feb. 16, 2016.
Track & Field 1943-44
Track standout Ralph Tyler was the NCAA outdoor long jump champion in 1944. He also competed in the 100-yard dash, 220-yard dash, 220-yard low hurdles and the mile relay. He was elected to the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame and received Ohio State’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1981.
A four-year letterwinner, Jeff Uhlenhake was a first-team All-American and team MVP in 1988, his senior season with the Buckeyes. He was also elected team captain as a senior. In 1986, Uhlenhake was first-team All-Big Ten and helped lead Ohio State to a share of the Big Ten championship. Uhlenhake played in two bowl games, including the Buckeyes’ upset of Texas A&M in the 1987 Cotton Bowl. Uhlenhake went on to play 10 seasons in the NFL.
Men’s Hockey 2001-03
RJ Umberger was a standout for the Ohio State men’s hockey team from 2001-03. He was a JOFA West Second Team All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist while also earning First Team All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association honors in 2003. That season, he posted a career-high 26 goals, 27 assists and 53 points as the Buckeyes reached the NCAA Tournament.
In his three-year Ohio State career, Umberger recorded 129 points, with 58 goals and 71 assists in 112 games, and his 1.15 points per game average is second among all Buckeyes with 50-plus games played since 1990. He led the squad in assists and points each of his three years and was the team goal leader twice. The 2001 CCHA Rookie of the Year, Umberger won the Perani Cup, given to the player with the most three star of the game honors, three times for the Buckeyes.
Umberger is the highest NHL draft pick in program history, as he was selected 16th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 2001. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native played in 779 NHL games between the Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets, with 392 points on 180 goals and 212 assists. A product of the U.S. National Team Development Program, Umberger represented the United States at the IIHF World Junior Championship in both 2001 and 2002, as well as at the 2006 IIHF World Championship.
A two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Umberger completed his Ohio State business marketing degree during his professional career, graduating in June 2011. He received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State in 2003.
Earned All-America honors on both vault and all-around in 1999 … first Buckeye gymnast to earn the distinction on two events … won Big Ten titles on vault in both 1998 and ’99 and claimed the balance beam title in 1999 … four-time All-Big Ten selection … three-time NCAA championships qualifier … tied Ohio State record on balance beam with a 9.975 vs. Pittsburgh in 1999 … four-time letterwinner.
Skip Van Bourgondien
Ohio State’s first two-time lacrosse All-American (1971 and ’72) … scored 101 goals in his career as an attacker for the Buckeyes … led the team in points (40) and goals (30) in 1971 … posted 37 goals and 15 assists to lead the team in 1972 … recorded 34 goals and six assists in 1973 … currently 12th in career points (132) and sixth (101) in career goals among the Buckeyes leaders … selected all-midwest in 1971, ’72 and ’73 … selected to the 1973 North-South All-Star game … two-time team captain.
Douglas Van Horn
Working in the trenches of the offensive line, Douglas Van Horn earned All-America and all-Big Ten honors his senior year. Van Horn also was selected as Ohio State’s Most Valuable Player in 1965. With Van Horn as the wheel horse of the offensive line, the Buckeyes featured one of the most feared ground games in the nation. After graduation, Van Horn was one of the most revered linemen in the NFL.
Inducted: 1986 Lou Vitucci was a three-time All American diver and five-time National Champion. Vitucci also competed as a platform diver at the 1963 Pan Am Games and the 1964 Olympics. He later served as a diving coach for the University of Pennsylvania, Brandeis University and the University of Louisville.
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.
One of the premier divers in the world in the mid-to-late 1970s … Four-year letterwinner … Earned All-America honors all four years at the NCAA championships with high finishes of second on the one-meter springboard event (1977) and third on the three-meter springboard (1974) … Helped the Buckeyes capture two Top 10 finishes at NCAA Championships.
Current Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel was one of the great defensive linemen not only at Ohio State, but in the history of the Big Ten Conference. He earned two Big Ten Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year honors (1995 and 1996) and was the first to win the award two times. He also earned back-to-back All-America honors those same seasons.Vrabel twice set the Ohio State single-season record for sacks and tackles for loss (TFL) and he still holds school records for career sacks (36) and single season and career TFLs (26 in 1995 and 66). He ranks third all-time in the Big Ten in sacks and sixth in TFLs.
Vrabel had a distinguished NFL career with three teams following his Ohio State playing days. It was a professional career that saw him a part of the New England Patriots’ dynamic run of three Super Bowls in four years (2001, 2003, 2004). In 2007, as a member of the Patriots, he was named to the Pro Bowl and a month later was named All-Pro. On top of these accomplishments, Vrabel’s professional career included 206 games played with Pittsburgh, New England and Kansas City, 140 starts and enough impressive statistics – 57 sacks, 11 interceptions, 17 forced fumbles and 11 touchdowns receiving (as a tight end), including two in Super Bowls – that one has to conclude he is one of the great performers in a team sport that Ohio State has ever produced.
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.
Ralph Waldo, recipient of the 1989 Loyalty Award, has been a valuable contributor to The Ohio State University. As an athlete, he earned letters in baseball in 1939 and 1940. Later, as president of the Varsity “O” Association, he helped found The Athletics Hall of Fame. Waldo also served as a member of the Athletic Council.
Track & Field 1935-37
Melvin Walker was the 1936 NCAA high jump champion and received the prestigious Gold Shoe Award for his outstanding track achievements that year. Walker helped lead the Buckeyes to second place finishes at the 1935 and 1936 NCAA Championships. He also set a Big Ten record in the high jump while competing for the Scarlet and Gray.
The 6-4, 272-pound Chris Ward was a member of four Big Ten Championship football squads and a two-time All-American at offensive tackle. He started 36 consecutive games from 1975 to 1977 and helped the Buckeyes to a 29-6-1 record over that span. He played in two Rose Bowls, the Orange Bowl and the Sugar Bowl, serving as co-captain of the 1977 team. In 1978, the New York Jets made him their No. 1 draft choice. He was a standout with New York until 1983 and later with the Saints, 49ers and Dolphins.
The graceful Paul Warfield was the starting left halfback on the 1961 Big Ten and National Championship team which posted an 8-0-1 record. He was all-Big Ten as a junior and again as a senior, playing halfback and split end on offense and cornerback on defense. After leaving Ohio State, Warfield went on to enjoy a brilliant professional career as one of the greatest wide receivers the game has ever known. Warfield is a member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
Football 1934-37, Basketball 1934, Baseball 1935-38
Played quarterback for the Buckeyes and was a three-year letterman … versatile all-around athlete who also earned three letters in baseball and one in basketball … selected by the media as a member of the 1937 All-America Midwest team … served as the baseball team captain in 1938 … winner of the Potters Runmaker Cup in 1936 and ’38, symbolic of the team’s most productive offensive player … has always been considered one of the best all-around athletes in Ohio State history.
Bobby Watkins, a native of New Bedford, Mass., led the Scarlet and Gray in scoring in both the 1953 and 1954 campaigns. Watkins played a major role in helping Ohio State claim the 1954 national championship – the second national crown in program history. During the 1954 season, the Buckeyes went a perfect 10-0 highlighted by a 20-7 victory over Southern California in a rainy, mud-soaked 1955 Rose Bowl game. Watkins rushed for 67 yards on 16 carries, while posting three receptions for 43 yards with a touchdown vs. the Trojans. With the help of Watkins, the Scarlet and Gray were voted No.1 in the final Associated Press poll in 1954 after outscoring their opponents, 289-75. Entering the final regular season game of the 1954 season, Watkins led the Buckeyes with 596 yards and eight touchdowns in 104 attempts. One of Woody Hayes’ first recruits and one of the first African-Americans to play football for Ohio State, Watkins, an all-state performer in high school, rushed for 1,724 yards between 1952-1954. In 1953, the Buckeye back led the team with 875 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Following his three seasons, Watkins was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Bears in 1955, playing in four seasons before a knee injury ended his career.After his playing career, Watkins, who earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration, used his education to become the vice president of marketing and sales for John E. Seagram and Sons. In 2000, Watkins moved backed to his hometown area after he retired. Since then, the former Buckeye has been involved with UMass Dartmouth through various volunteer opportunities, including chair of the UMass Dartmouth Blue Ribbon Commission on Athletics and recently as a member of the Board of Directors for the UMass Dartmouth Foundation. In 2007, he established the Bobby and Rillis Watkins Scholarship Fund, which helps support students who participated in high school football receive an education at UMass Dartmouth.
J. Edward Weaver
Athletic Director 1970-77
Ed Weaver’s legacy to Ohio State Athletics is founding The Ohio State University Athletics Hall Of Fame. Serving the Department of Athletics for 24 years he was Director of Athletics from 1970 until his retirement in 1977. Under his leadership varsity sports were expanded from 18 to 30. Scholarships were brought to women’s sports and an exclusive statewide radio network, the first of it’s kind in the Big Ten, was founded. An OSU graduate, Weaver was a member of the football and basketball teams.
Tom Weiskopf, a 1962 All-American, is credited with having one of the finest swings in the game. After just one season at Ohio State, Weiskopf left to pursue an outstanding career on the PGA Tour. He won 15 tour events, including the 1973 British Open. At one point in 1973, Weiskopf won five tournaments in eight weeks. Weiskopf is also a renowned golf course architect.
Men’s Hockey 1070-73 (player), 1976-95 (head coach)
Jerry Welsh was a leader for the Ohio State men’s hockey team both as a player and as a coach. Voted the team’s Most Valuable Player each of his last three years, he skated for the Buckeyes from 1970-73 and posted 143 points, with 81 goals and 62 assists, in 100 games. He was deemed the squad’s 1970 Rookie of the Year. Welsh ranks seventh (tied) in program history in career goals and is currently 21st in career points. Welsh was part of the Buckeyes’ run to Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular season and tournament titles in 1972 and earned a spot on the CCHA All-Tournament Team that year. Welsh, who led the 1972 team with 28 goals, served as the squad’s captain in 1973. Following graduation, Welsh played two years professionally before returning to his alma mater as the program’s head coach when he was just 25. He coached the Buckeyes from 1976-95 and notched a program-record 328 wins. He led the Buckeyes to the first No. 1 ranking in program history in 1983-84, with a squad that was 30-10-1 overall (setting the program record for single-season wins) and tied for second in the CCHA. In 1983 Welsh was tabbed CCHA Coach of the Year and was runner-up for national coach of the year after the Buckeyes notched a 26-9-5 ledger. A native of Oshawa, Ontario, Welsh was inducted into his hometown Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Merle Wendt played both offense and defense for the Buckeyes. He came to Ohio State as a fullback but was switched to end and developed into a fine receiver and excellent blocker. Wendt earned All-American honors in 1935 as a junior and was captain of the 1936 football team. Defensively, Wendt was considered a hard, sure tackler and team leader.
Field Hockey/Tennis 1971-75
Three-sport star Barbara Wetters Blosser competed in three national championship events in one year. A four-time Big Ten doubles champion, she was named to the 1971 Midwest Collegiate All-Star Field Hockey team. She also was captain of the basketball team as a freshman and sophomore. After leaving Ohio State, Wetters Blosser served as an athletic administrator at William and Mary College.
At 6-2 and 215 pounds, Jan White was a great receiver and blocker with excellent speed. White won All-America honors and served as team captain in 1970. He also led the team in receiving that year. White was a starter on the 1968 team that won the Big Ten and National Championships. During his three years as a starter, the Buckeyes posted a 27-2 record, won three Big Ten titles and played in two Rose Bowls. In 1971, White was drafted by the Buffalo Bills.
A three-time All-American for the Buckeyes, Kristen White concluded her collegiate career as one of the most decorated players in the women’s golf program’s history. White competed on the course for the Scarlet and Gray from 2002-2005 and finished her career as the only Buckeye to be a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year (2003, 2005) and a four-time First Team All-Big Ten honoree. Her senior season, White captured the Big Ten medalist title and led Ohio State to a conference tournament crown in 2005. While on the team, the Buckeyes won four-consecutive Big Ten titles (2002-2005) and finished in the top 10 at the NCAA tournament all four years. In 2002, she became the fifth Buckeye to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year laurels and in 2003, White led Ohio State to a first-place finish at the Lady Buckeye Invitational as she took medalist honors as a sophomore, shooting a course-record 66 on the Scarlet Course in the second round.Just as she was successful on the course, White was also successful in the classroom. She is the only Buckeye to earn four NGCA Academic All-America honors and is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete. White earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2006. The 2005 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor winner becomes the seventh women’s golfer to be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Loren (Bob) White
Fullback Loren “Bob” White excelled both on and off the field. He was a 1958 Academic All-America and three-time academic all-Big Ten pick. He was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player three straight years. White also earned all-Big Ten honors in 1958. White was a key player in Ohio State’s 1957 victory over Iowa that sent the Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl. White racked up 209 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns against Iowa in 1958.
Track & Field 1946-49
Mal Whitfield, a two-time National Champion and All-American, was captain of the 1949 track & field team. He competed in the 1948 Olympic Games, winning a Gold Medal in the 800-meter run with an Olympic record time of 1:49.20. He also anchored the Gold Medal 1600-meter relay team. He successfully defended his Gold Medal in the 800 at the 1952 Olympics. In 1954, he won the Sullivan Award as the nation’s top amateur athlete.
Albert Wiggins won a total of eight National Championships at Ohio State, including two NCAA, two NAAU indoor and four NAAU outdoor. The four-time Big Ten Champion was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1957. He also competed at the 1956 Olympics and set and re-set the world records in both the 100 yard and 100 meter butterfly in both 1956 and 1957. He is the only swimmer in history to win National Championships in three strokes-backstroke, butterfly and freestyle.
Named head football coach in 1913, John W.. Wilce coached until 1928, leading the Buckeyes to a 78-33-9 record and three Big Ten titles. Wilce led Ohio State to its first Rose Bowl appearance in 1921. His players included Chic Harley, the Buckeyes’ first three-time All-American.
A 1992 All-American she competed on U.S. National Team. A three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-American. The 1991 National Champion, National Junior Champion and National Collegiate Champion. Earned 21 national records during her career. Won a gold medal at 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival. Guided team to second place finish in smallbore and third place overall finish at NCAA Championship.
Varsity “O” letter winner 1978-81. Second in OSU career scoring with 2,011 points. Second in OSU career rebounding (1,411). Only OSU player to score 2,000 player and pull down 1,000 rebounds. His 834 career field goals are the most in OSU history. All-Big Ten pic in 1980. Led Buckeyes to 21-8 record and NCAA regionals in 1980. OSU’s all-time leading shot blocker with 328. First round draft choice of the Indiana Pacers. Recently completed his 16th NBA season as a member of the New Your Knicks.
William K. Willis
Considered one of the all-time great athletes ever to play for Ohio State, Bill Willis has the unique distinction of belonging to the Ohio High School, the College and the Professional Football Halls of Fame. Willis was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, playing both offense and defense. He played on the 1942 National Championship team and earned All-America recognition in 1943 and 1944, becoming Ohio State’s first African-American to win such honors. He went on to a distinguished career with the Cleveland Browns.
Won six national titles, including two all-around championships in 1996 and 1997 … earned All-America honors 10 times, including four as a junior and four as a senior … three-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Year … claimed 11 individual conference titles … 1994 Big Ten Freshman of the Year … won the 1997 Nissen-Emery Award … three-time Olympian for the U.S. in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, where the squad won silver in the competition.
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.
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.
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.
1962 NCAA Champion in 200-yard butterfly … member of 1962 NCAA Champion Buckeye squad … member of NCAA Champion 400-yard medley relay team in 1961 and 1962…three-year letterwinner (1960-62)
1996 All-American … 1996 Big Ten Player of the Year … 1998 OSU Female Athlete of the Year … two-time All-Big Ten selection … six-time Big Ten Player of the Week … holds the Ohio State record for most kills in a season with 765 … also holds the school record for most attempts with 1,743 … led the Buckeyes in 1996 and 1997 in kills, attempts, service aces and solo blocks … helped guide the Buckeyes to three-consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
Track & Field 1941-42
Two-time All-American Robert Wright won NCAA titles in the 120-yard high hurdles and 220-yard low hurdles in 1941 and 1942. Wright helped lead the Buckeyes to the 1942 indoor and outdoor Big Ten Championships and a second place finish at the 1942 NCAA Championships. He would have likely competed in the 1944 Olympics had they not been canceled because of World War II.
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.
Men’s Gymnastics 2008-11
A two-time NCAA champion and six-time All-American, Brandon Wynn earned numerous honors during his time with the Buckeyes. He earned First Team All-Big Ten accolades in 2008 and followed that up with his first All-America accolade at the 2009 NCAA Championships, placing eighth in the all-around. In 2010 he earned First Team All-Big Ten honors again after notching Top 3 finishes on rings, vault and all-around.
He went on to win NCAA and Big Ten championships on the still rings in 2010 and repeated the feat in 2011. The “Lord of the Rings” also excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors and College Gymnastics Association Academic All-America honors all three years he was eligible and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete status all four of his years in Columbus.
Wynn competed with the U.S. Men’s Senior National team and the U.S. World team, claiming the U.S. national title in rings and finishing third in the all-around in 2010. He competed in the 2010 World Championships, helping the Americans to a third place team finish. In 2011, Wynn repeated at the U.S. national champion on the still rings and brought home the gold in the Pan Am Games. He went on to compete in the Olympic trials in both 2012 and 2016 and continued to display dominance on the still rings with multiple gold and silver medals in the U.S. Championships.
Three-sport star Gust Zarnas was an All-American football guard for the Buckeyes in 1937 and played in the 1938 East-West All-Star game. He also lettered two years in baseball and one year in track. Zarnas is a member of the National Football Hall of Fame.
Paul Zelenak’s career at Ohio State set a standard that remains unequaled to this day. A four-time individual national champion and team national champion, Zelenak earned All-America honors in six events throughout his career, and he still holds to program record in the individual free pistol event (535/600). During a two year stretch from 1999-2001, Zelenak was nearly unbeatable. He led his team to two free pistol national championships, a standard pistol title and an overall team national championship. During that time he earned two national titles in both the 3-gun aggregate and free pistol and he earned top-three finishes in standard and air pistol as well. All six of his All-America distinctions were awarded during this timeframe: two each for free, standard, and air pistol.