June 10, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio — This fall, 14 new members will be enshrined in the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, with 12 former student-athletes and two coaches among the honorees. The class will be inducted Sept. 18 at a dinner at The Renaissance Columbus Downtown and introduced to the public at halftime of the Ohio State home football game against Northern Illinois Sept. 19. Tickets to the dinner are $75 each, with tables of eight available for $600. Reservations must be made in advance.
The 2015 class includes Tim Anderson (football), Justin Cook (men’s soccer), Terence Dials (men’s basketball), Lara Dickenmann (women’s soccer), Natalia Diea (women’s diving), Annabelle Fago (rowing), Joey Galloway (football), Therese Hession (women’s golf coach), J Jaggers (wrestling), Perry Martter (wrestling), Teresa Meyer (pistol), Dan Seimetz (baseball), Jim Tressel (football coach) and Paul Tilley (men’s hockey).
The hall of fame was created in 1977 and has inducted 285 men through 2014. Anderson and Galloway will bring the total football players in the hall to 115. Cook will be the third men’s soccer player inducted and Dials will be the 37th men’s basketball player enshrined. Jaggers and Martter will bring the total wrestlers enshrined to 16, Seimetz is the 21st baseball player headed to the hall of fame and Tilley will be the fifth men’s hockey Buckeye to join the hall, while Tressel will be the 14th coach (seventh football coach) to be inducted.
Women were first inducted into the hall in 1993, with 111 outstanding student-athletes, coaches and administrators enshrined through 2014. Diea and Fago give women’s diving and rowing six inductees each, while Meyers will be the fourth member of the pistol team to be enshrined and Dickenmann the third women’s soccer player honored. Hession is the seventh coach of a Buckeye women’s program to earn a spot.
William Timothy (Tim) Anderson was a three-year starter in the Ohio State defensive backfield from 1968-70. A member of Ohio State’s renowned “Super Sophomores” recruiting class, Anderson helped Ohio State to a 27-2 record in his three seasons, two Big Ten championships, a victory in the 1969 Rose Bowl over Heisman Trophy winner O.J. Simpson and Southern California, and national titles in both 1968 and 1970.
Playing alongside the likes of Jack Tatum, Ted Provost and Mike Sensibaugh, Anderson, a native of Colliers, W. Va., was equally formidable to opposing offenses, earning First Team All-America honors and Second Team All-Big Ten recognition as a senior in 1970, where he totaled 49 tackles, eight pass break-ups and a blocked extra point against Michigan. He recorded three career interceptions — including a key INT in the 1969 Rose Bowl victory — and also had 10 punt returns for 72 yards.
Anderson played six years professionally in both the NFL and CFL after being chosen in the first round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
Men’s Soccer, 2000-02, 2004
Justin Cook was a 2004 All-American and the Big Ten Player of the Year, leading the Buckeyes to the program’s first Big Ten regular season championship as a senior. A four-year letterwinner, Cook concluded his career ranked second in career goals (33) as well as the Buckeyes’ career shots leader (191), season shots leader (71) and tied for first in career assists (17). He picked up Soccer America All-Freshmen team honors in 2000 and also earned NSCAA all-America third team honors in 2004. Cook was a four-time all-conference selection and is one of only two players in Big Ten history to be awarded both Big Ten Freshmen of the Year (2000) and Big Ten Player of the Year (2004) accolades.
Following his senior season, Cook became the first Buckeye player invited to the Major League Soccer combine and later was drafted by the Chicago Fire. Cook has been a part of the Tulsa coaching staff for the past nine seasons.
Men’s Basketball, 2002, 2004-06
Terence Dials, the 2006 Big Ten Player of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten selection, is currently No. 14 all-time in career scoring at Ohio State with 1,566 points. He ranks fourth in career field goal percentage, making 56 percent of his shots (604-1,082). Not only a consistent scorer, Dials rates fifth all-time with 876 career rebounds as a Buckeye. He led his teammates in rebounding in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
A two-time captain (2005, 2006), Dials 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. The Youngstown, Ohio, native played 132 career games for the Buckeyes, the 11th most appearances in Ohio State history.
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 assists list with 35 and third with 89 points. A Second Team NSCAA All-American, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2004 and a two-time All-Great Lakes Region selection, Dickenmann, a native of Kriens, Switzerland, led the Buckeyes in assists all four seasons and tallied a team-high 13 goals in 2004.
Dickenmann, who recently signed a contract with VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga after departing seven-time French champion Olympic Lyon, had made 99 appearances for the Swiss National Team, scoring 40 goals, entering the 2015 Women’s World Cup in June. A midfielder, Dickenmann found the back of the net a team-high 11 times in 10 qualifying matches as the Swiss reached the World Cup for the first time. She made her international debut with the Swiss National Team as a 16 year old in 2002.
Women’s Diving, 2001-2003
Natalia Diea was Ohio State’s first platform diving champion, capturing the national title at the 2003 NCAA Championships.
Diea, a native of Austin, Texas, joined the Buckeyes after spending two seasons with the Texas Longhorns. She arrived on the Ohio State campus as a two-time Big 12 diving champion and an All-America honoree and was welcomed into the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving program prior to the start of the 2000-01 season. In her first season with the Buckeyes, she made headlines by winning the platform diving event at the 2001 Big Ten Championships. Named First Team All-Big Ten for her efforts at the conference showcase, Diea went on to compete at the NCAA championships, where she received First Team All-America recognition for a sixth-place showing on the platform dive. Also a threat on the 3-meter springboard, Diea received Honorable Mention All-America honors in the event.
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. Diea took the event by a significant margin, winning by 19.75 points. The achievement also earned her First Team All-America status.
Annabelle Fago was a four-time All-American for the rowing team from 2004-07. Fago enjoyed one of the most productive careers in Ohio State history, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2004 and collecting First Team All-America accolades as a senior in 2007.
A member of the Buckeyes’ first varsity eight for four seasons, Fago, a native of Giessen, Germany, helped Ohio State to the program’s second Big Ten title in 2006, along with its second Big Ten Grand Finals victory in the varsity eight. The Buckeyes were victorious at the Central Region championships all four years with Fago on the roster, with the first varsity eight capturing individual wins in 2004 and 2005. In 2006, Fago, a four-time All-Central region selection, led Ohio State to the Aramark Cup, awarded to the top team from both the Central and South regions.
As a senior, Fago helped lead the Scarlet and Gray to a third-place team finish and the first varsity eight to a runner-up finish at the 2007 NCAA Championships, program bests at the time. Ohio State finished no lower than eighth at the national regatta in Fago’s four seasons in Columbus. She was also a standout academically, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors three times and four OSU Scholar-Athlete accolades.
Joey Galloway was a four-year letterwinner at wide receiver for the Buckeyes from 1991-94. He played in 36 games and started 27 times at split end. He finished his career as one of the great receivers in school history with 108 receptions for 1,894 yards and 19 touchdowns, totals that would be much higher had he not missed all but two games of the 1992 season because of injury. He still ranked in the Top 5 in school history in receptions (fourth), receiving yards (fourth) and touchdowns (second) while averaging more than 17 yards per catch. A two-time All-Big Ten Conference honoree and a Third Team Associated Press All-American in 1993, Galloway capped his career with eight receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns against Alabama in the 1995 Citrus Bowl.
Galloway was the eighth overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He amassed 701 receptions for 10,950 yards and 77 touchdowns during a 15-year NFL career including all-rookie team honors in 1995. He also had 1,349 punt return yards and, in addition to playing for Seattle, he played for Dallas, Tampa Bay, New England and Washington.
Galloway was an outstanding student. He was honored with a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholarship in 1994 — just the 15th Buckeye in school history to achieve the honor — and he was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree who majored in marketing. A native of Bellaire, Ohio, Galloway lives in Columbus and is a college football analyst and studio host for ESPN.
Women’s Golf Coach, 1991-present
Therese Hession has served as head women’s golf coach at The Ohio State University for the past 24 seasons, crafting a storied legacy in Buckeye lore. Hession, an Indianapolis native, has led Ohio State to nine Big Ten championships, including back-to-back titles the past two seasons and six of the last 12 overall. Her success reaches a national level as well, advancing to the NCAA regionals in 22 of the last 23 years (21 straight), and making 14 NCAA championships appearances.
Hession’s efforts and impressive results have not gone unnoticed. She’s been named the National Coach of the Year twice (2014 by Golfweek and 1997 by the National Golf Coaches Association) and the Big Ten Coach of the Year on seven occasions (1993, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014). Hession, a former president of the NCGA, was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2004. The organization also tabbed her as a Region Coach of the Year three straight seasons (1996-98), the 2010 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award winner and the 2005 Founders Award recipient.
During her tenure, Buckeye golfers have been honored with 11 All-America and 58 All-Big Ten selections, as well as six Big Ten Player of the Year and seven Big Ten Freshman of the Year laurels. A strong proponent of education, Hession’s student-athletes have racked up a plethora of academic awards as well. She has mentored 29 NGCA Scholar All-Americans, 150 OSU Scholar-Athletes and a total of 103 Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
Hession, a former LPGA Tour professional, became the seventh head coach in the program’s history in 1991. A full-time professional golfer for 11 years, Hession competed in more than 250 LPGA tournaments during her illustrious career. She was among the Top 150 in all-time LPGA career money-winners when she concluded her career in 1991.
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 and four-time NCAA qualifier, Jaggers was one of the key members of the 2008 and 2009 Buckeye squads that finished second at the NCAA championships. One of just four Ohio State wrestlers in school history to win multiple national titles, Jaggers collected 107 wins over his career and was the 2009 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year. After winning his first title in 2008, he was honored as the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Collegiate Athlete of the Year.
Entering the 2008 NCAA Tournament as the No. 6 seed at 141 pounds, Jaggers upset the No. 3, No. 2 and No. 1 seeds on his way to winning the title. His title match was a 5-2 victory over top-seeded and previously undefeated Chad Mendes of Cal Poly. The following year, he cruised past the No. 1 seed in the finals (10-4) and was 28-7 overall on the year.
A three-time team captain, Jaggers, from Northfield, Ohio, currently ranks in the Top 20 in career wins (17th, 107), single season points (16th, 132.5, 2008), career points (16th, 281.0) and fastest fall (10th, 25 seconds).
In the classroom, Jaggers was a NWCA All-Academic honoree and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He was a volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes in 2009-2010 and then was promoted to a full-time assistant prior to the 2010-11 season. With his guidance, Logan Stieber became the sport’s fourth four-time NCAA champion and the team won its first national title in 2015.
Perry Martter was one of the pioneers of the sport of wrestling at Ohio State, staring on the first varsity team in 1921 and winning conference championships in both 1921 and 1922. As a sophomore in 1921, he won the Big Ten title at 158 pounds and then repeated in 1922, winning the 145-pound weight class. Before an injury derailed the end of his senior season, Martter led the Buckeyes to an undefeated record and conference championship in 1923, just the team’s third season in existence. He was also named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Year (the first of five Buckeyes over 94 years to win the award) and finished his career with a 19-1 record (.950), the highest winning percentage until Logan Stieber broke the mark in 2015.
Following his graduation in 1923 with a degree in engineering, Martter made the Olympic team and competed in the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. At those games, he was joined on the Olympic team by fellow Buckeye and Athletics Hall of Fame member Harry Steele. An excellent student, Martter was admitted to the Bucket and Dipper and Sphinx honor societies.
An engineering graduate, Martter was born in Coshocton, Ohio, and graduated from Grandview High School. He passed away June 13, 1954.
Teresa Meyer was a seven-time national champion during her four seasons with the Buckeyes. She won 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 team title in 2005, finished runner-up in 2006 and 2007 and earned third place in 2008. In the open pistol events, Meyer helped Ohio State to third-place finishes in 2005, 2006 and 2008, as well as fifth place in 2007.
A four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Meyer was honored as an NRA All-American 14 times in her career, which includes first team honors nine times, second team honors four times and an honorable mention accolade. 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.
To complement her collegiate achievements, Meyer, a native of Dearborn, Mich., is renowned on an international level as well. A member of the United States National Team, Meyer is a two-time goal medalist at the USA Shooting National Championships and a five-time medalist overall. She has also medaled at the Pan American Games, Winter Airgun Championships and Championship of the Americas.
Dan Seimetz was a four-year letterwinner for the Ohio State baseball team from 1995-98, earning First Team All-Big Ten honors three times (1995, ’97, ’98). An NCBWA Second Team All-American and Collegiate Baseball Third Team All-American in 1997, Seimetz still holds the Ohio State records for single-season RBI (80), doubles (25) and home runs (19), all set in 1997. In addition, he garnered Mizuno and Baseball America Freshman All-American honors after hitting .396 with 20 doubles, 10 home runs and 58 RBI in 1995. The .370 career hitter and 1997 Big Ten Player of the Year was drafted in the 49th round of the 1997 amateur draft by the New York Yankees but elected to come back for his senior season.
“Thunder Dan” holds Ohio State career records in multiple categories including hits (287), doubles (71), home runs (52) and RBI (236). The four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, three time Academic All-Big Ten pick and 1998 team captain set an Ohio State record with three home runs vs. Iowa in 1997. He helped guide the Buckeyes to a Big Ten regular-season championship in 1995, Big Ten Tournament championships in 1995 and 1997 and NCAA regional berths in 1995 and 1997.
Hall of Fame Release
Men’s Hockey, 1977-80
Paul Tilley was a three-time all-CCHA performer for the Ohio State men’s hockey team, earning first team all-league honors in 1979 and second team accolades in 1977 and 1980. Tilley was named the program’s Rookie of the Year in 1977 before garnering MVP honors in both 1978 and 1979. He was voted to the All-Buckeye Team as part of the program’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2014.
Tilley, who played in 148 games as a Buckeye, ended his career with 212 points, the second-highest total at the time and a mark that is currently tied for fourth in program history. He is third among all Buckeyes with 131 career assists, while his 81 career goals are tied for the seventh-most among all Buckeyes. Tilley led the squad in scoring twice, including 76 points in 1979, the second-highest mark at the time and a total that currently ranks seventh in school history. He had eight career hat tricks, including four in 1979, ranking among the most all-time for a Buckeye. His last two years the program recorded 25 wins, the most in program history at the time, and finished second in the CCHA. He was on the 1979 squad that played in the CCHA Championship total goals series and the squad competed in the league semifinals all four of his years with the Scarlet and Gray.
During the NHL All-Star Game Fan Fair in Columbus in January, Tilley’s Ohio State jersey was included as part of the Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit highlighting college hockey in Ohio. His jersey and equipment have since been on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Following his Ohio State career, Tilley played professionally, including three seasons in England. The Peterborough, Ontario, native currently resides in Florida.
Football Coach, 2001-2010
Jim Tressel coached Ohio State from 2001-10 and guided the Buckeyes to an overall record of 94-21 with nine bowl appearances (including seven BCS games), six 10-win seasons, six Big Ten titles and a national championship all while posting an 8-1 record against rival 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, 229-78-2 in 24 years as a head coach, also guided Ohio State to national championship game appearances in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, Ohio State opened the season at No. 1 in the polls and held that ranking throughout the course of the regular season, becoming the first team to go wire-to-wire at the top spot. In 2007, 11-2 Ohio State won another outright Big Ten title and carried the No. 1 ranking in the polls for five weeks. The 2009 season was another memorable year for Ohio State, as the team won a sixth consecutive Big Ten crown, became the first school to defeat five 10-win teams in one season and capped the 11-2 campaign with a win over Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
Prior to coming to Ohio State, Tressel spent 15 seasons as head coach at Youngstown State, where he also served for a time as athletics director and now serves as university president. He guided the Penguins to four national championships, an overall record of 135-57-2 and was a four-time pick as the Division I-AA National Coach of the Year.
Tressel, a native of Mentor, Ohio, will be enshrined into the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 in December.