The Jacksonville University Athletics Hall of Fame will induct five new members into the elite fraternity with the annual Hall of Fame ceremony on April 30 at the Kinne Center on campus.
Joining the pantheon of all-time greats at JU will be Gus Bell (baseball), former head coach Jack Lamabe (baseball), Ernie Fleming (men’s basketball), JoAnne Roberts (women’s golf) and Dr. Frances Kinne (special recognition).
The event kicks off with a cocktail hour with heavy hors d’oeuvre at 6 p.m., followed by the ceremony starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $50 through the JU Athletics Department at (904) 256-7863.
“We are very proud to announce this year’s class and believe we are recognizing five members of the JU family that have made a profound impact on our athletic programs,” said JU Athletics Hall of Fame chairman Brad Negaard. “I want to thank the rest of our committee members for their hard work and also to Roger Strickland, who presided over this committee and was a driving force in restoring the Hall of Fame into what it is today.”
Played shortstop, outfield and catcher for four seasons (1967-70) … was the second All-America selection in school history in 1968 … also became JU’s first multi-All-America honoree in 1970… led the 1968 team to JU’s first college division NCAA regional appearance as a sophomore … ranks sixth in JU history with 70 career stolen bases … member of 1968 U.S. Olympic Demonstration Event in Mexico City … won gold medal in tournament … went on to successful high school head coaching career in Rome, Ga. … tallied 400th career win at Darlington High School in 2006 … currently an assistant coach at Coosa High School.
Played for the JU basketball team from 1970-72 … helped lead the Dolphins to the 1971 NCAA Tournament and 1972 NIT … led ’72 team with 24.4 points per game and .570 field goal percentage … holds the all-time points in a single game record (59 vs. St. Peters) … third all-time with 682 points in a season … ranks eleventh all-time with 1,115 points (two seasons) and fifth with a 20.6 average per-game … ranks fourth all-time with 262 field goals in a season … his .571 field goal percentage is fifth best all-time … named Helms Foundation All-America (’72) … physical education major earning a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Won 158 contests in five years as the school’s baseball coach (1974-78), ranking fourth all-time … was coach of the 1976 squad which set school record with 45 wins … squad also finished wit the program’s highest national ranking (7th) and was one win away from College World Series … earned JU’s first-ever NCAA post season victory against Middle Tennessee State at the South Regional on May 23, 1976… eliminated host Florida State before falling to Auburn in final game of regional … went on to become LSU’s first full-time head coach from 1979-83 … also served as minor league pitching instructor and evaluator for the San Diego Padres.
JoAnne Roberts (Steele)
Won three tournaments during her career, the first during her sophomore year and the final two as a senior … first victory was the Lady Sunshine hosted by UCF, shooting a school and course record 5-under par 68 and followed it up with a 76 for a total of 144 – which still stands as the lowest single round and 36-hole total in JU history … finished 4th as a junior year at the Sun Belt Conference Championship and 2nd place as a senior … qualified as an individual for the NCAA Women’s Golf Regional Championship her senior year … made the Presidents List five semesters and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.81 … serves as the head women’s golf coach at Montana for the past 14 years – winning the 2006 Big Sky Conference title and earning a spot in the NCAA Regionals, earning Coach of the Year honors … has 14 all-Big Sky performers as well as 42 academic all-conference selections ... won the 2001 and 2009 Montana State Amateur, finishing runner-up in 2002 and 2003 … 2009 Montana State Women’s Amateur Hall of Fame inductee
Dr. Frances Kinne
Legendary former president of Jacksonville University … serves as JU Chancellor emeritus … at JU became the first female dean of a College of Fine Arts in the world … later first woman president of a college or university in the state of Florida … first female president of the Downtown Rotary Club … winner of first EVE Award … author of The President Wore A Skirt (Foreword by Bob Hope & Charlton Heston) … listed on 24 Who’s Who lists, including Who’s Who in the World … lifelong fan of the Dolphins and critical to the success of JU athletics throughout her tenure