Four former Jacksonville University athletes and one
benefactor were inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame during the weekend.
Tara Burton, Maritt Foss, Paul Runge, Hurley Haywood, and
Pembrook Burrows, the 2012 class of inductees, were honored Saturday at Negaard
The honorees along with their friends and family, other
members of the Hall of Fame, JU President Kerry Romesburg and members of the school’s
Board of Trustees were just some of the people in attendance that made up the
standing room only crowd.
Local radio personality Cole Pepper of the Jacksonville Jaguars
was the host for the night, introducing each of the inductees and their
Each new member of the Hall of Fame was introduced by
someone of importance to them by a special video recording or in the case of
Burrows, in person. Burton was presented
by her father who in addition to being her parent, was her basketball coach
growing up. Former women’s soccer coach
Mike Johnson introduced Foss as he was her coach during her time as a
Dolphin. Runge’s presenter was Dolphin
head baseball coach Terry Alexander. He
was an assistant coach during the time that Runge spent at JU. Heywood’s business partner and friend Dan
Davis of the Brumos Companies recorded his message at the Brumos Museum containing
several of Heywood’s famous championship vehicles. The final presenter of the night was JU Hall
of Famer Tom Wasdin. He was Burrows
assistant coach during the magical 1970 season.
After being introduced, each of the honorees took to the
podium where they all shared feelings of great gratitude and respect for being
recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to JU athletics.
Videos of the presentations and the acceptance speeches will
be made available online.
Volleyball star from 1997-1998 ... was the Trans America Athletic Conference
“Player of the Year” in 1998 while being named to first team all-conference and
achieving academic all-conference honors … in that same year, she led the
Dolphins with 385 kills (4.10 kpg), 217 digs, 27 solo blocks and 52 block
assists … posted 65 career service aces … in 1997, led the team with a .267
hitting average … played professionally on the beach volleyball circuit and is
coaching high school volleyball.
Offensive leader for the Dolphins from 1997-2000 … collegesoccer.com 3rd Team
All-America (2000) … NSCAA Regional 2nd Team All-America, twice in 1998 and
2000 … Soccer Buzz Regional All-America - 1st Team and 3rd Team, 2000 and 1999
respectively … tied for 4th all-time with three goals in a game … 3rd all-time
with 16 goals in a season … 2nd all-time with 39 career goals … career leader
in assists in a game (6) … 28 and 20 single season assists, 1st and 2nd
all-time, 2000 and 1998 respectively … all-time leader in assists (70) … tied
for 3rd all-time with 8 points in a single game … 52 and 44 Points in a Season,
1st and 2nd all-time, 1998 and 2000 respectively … all-time leader in career
points (148) … business administration major in undergraduate studies with a
GPA of 3.425 … received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from JU.
Three-year member of the program (1977-79) … led the Dolphins in batting
average (.365), runs (55), hits (65) and home runs (5) his senior
season…drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Braves in 1979 … played eight
seasons with the Braves (1981-88) … spent 10 seasons as a manager in the minor
leagues …currently a minor league field coordinator for the Houston Astros.
A benefactor to the University … inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of
America in 2005… finished 18th in the 1980 Indianapolis 500….. represented the
International Motor Sports Association in the International Race of Champions 4
times… excelled on the race track as the winningest driver at the 24 Hours of
Daytona with 5 … a three-time winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans … one of the
leaders behind the Brumos Automotive dealerships.
Played basketball from 1969-71 … was a starter on the legendary 1970 team that
finished as the national runner-up to UCLA, going 27-2…formed one half of the
7-foot duo with Artis Gilmore… holds the season (.670, 132-197) and career
(.646, 256-396) marks for field goal percentage … led team in field goal
percentage in ’70 (.622) and ’71 (.670) … tied for first with a perfect
shooting night (1.000, 9-9 vs. Biscayne 12-1-70).