JU Athletics Hall of Fame to induct six

Nov. 15, 2007


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU Athletics Hall of Fame will induct its first class since 1998 in February as six former Dolphins will join the pantheon of greats that have worn the green and gold.

The honorees are basketball players Jim Kirkland (1958-61), Rod McIntyre (1967-70) and Dee Brown (1987-90), baseball's Chad Oliva (1998-2001) and volleyball's Gisela Anderson (1986-89). The class is rounded out by the first football honoree, Micah Ross (1995-98), who also lettered in basketball as well.

A 12-member committee comprised of former JU student-athletes, boosters, faculty and staff were responsible for electing the class.

"All six of these former student-athletes are deserving of this honor and we look forward to inducting them into the Hall of Fame with all of the other greats in JU history this spring," said JU director of athletics Alan Verlander.

Gisela Anderson
-Played in 410 volleyball games for JU from 1986-89
-Holds five Dolphin career records and six season records
-For her career recorded 1,724 kills, a .389 hitting percentage, 149 block solos (70 more than next closest Dolphin), 537 total blocks (207 more than next closest Dolphin)
-In 1987, recorded JU season-highs with 154 games played, 717 kills, 1,290 attempts, 93 block solos, 138 block assists and 231 total blocks
-Sun Belt Conference Most Valuable Player and "Player of the Year" in 1987
-1987 and '89 SBC first team selection
-SBC All-Tournament Team 1986-87.

Dee Brown
-Played basketball at JU from 1987-90
-Stands 11th on the school's all-time point chart with 1,503 in his career
-Also is third in steals (201), seventh in 3-point field goals (87), tied for seventh in assists (336), ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (.366)
-Holds the JU single-season steals record with 88 in 1989-90
- Recorded six steals in a game four times
-Was tenth in the country in steals as a senior with a 3.0 mark per-game
-Played 3,135 minutes as a Dolphin, ranking fourth all-time
-Scored a SBC tournament record 41 points
-1988-89 All-Sun Belt Selection
-The 19th selection in the first round by the Boston Celtics in 1990
-Played 12 seasons in the NBA (1990-2002)
-6,758 total points in his NBA Career
-NBA Slam Dunk Champion in 1991
-Served as head coach in the WNBA
-Won a one-year contract as a studio analyst as the winner of the ESPN reality show Dream Job.

Jim Kirkland
-Played basketball for the first four years of the basketball program
-Led the team in scoring his first three years and finished with 1,574 points
-An average of 19.4 points per-game
-Led the team in rebounding for three of his four seasons and finished with 747 for his career
-Hit 378 career free throws.

Rod McIntyre
-A member of the basketball team from 1967-70
-Led team in scoring average in '68 with 21.2 points per game
-Top rebounder and field goal percentage for JU in '68 (10.8, .564) and '69 (11.5, .591)
-Dolphins all-time season record holder with 293 free throws
-Second all-time with 17 free throws in a game (vs. Stetson 12/12/67) and 209 for a season
-Currently ranks fifth all-time with 10.3 rebounds per-game average.

Chad Oliva
-Played for the JU baseball team from 1998-2001
-All-time leader in career games played with 240
-Second all-time with 825 career at bats
-274 career hits which ranks second all-time
-Third all-time with 192 career runs
-Tied for second all-time with 53 career doubles
-The all-time leader in career homeruns and RBI, with 43 and 231 respectively
-145 career walks, which is first all-time
-Second all-time with 474 total bases..

Micah Ross
-Basketball player from 1995-98
-in the `97-`98 Season, he lead the team in scoring (341), field goals made (.587), rebounding (202), and blocked shots (25)
-19th all-time with 1,093 career points
-Ranks ninth all-time with a .581 field goal percentage in a season
-Tied for sixth all-time with 212 free throws attempted in a season
-As a football player, he played only one season (1998) with the Dolphins, but he was the first Dolphin to play in the NFL, in 2001, with the Jacksonville Jaguars.