Jacksonville Hall of Fame Class of 2013 To Be Inducted This Weekend
2013 Induction will take place Saturday, November 16 at the Negaard Rowing Center

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Department of Athletics has announced its 2013 Hall of Fame class consisting of five new members that are to be introduced as part of the 12th annual induction ceremonies. The 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at the Negaard Rowing Center on November 16 following the 1:00 p.m. football game against Stetson. A cocktail hour starting at 6:00 p.m. will precede the 7:15 p.m. induction ceremony.

Tickets to the induction can be purchased by calling 904-256-7400 or online at JUDolphins.com

Joining the Jacksonville Athletics Hall of Fame are Frank Barker (Men’s Basketball, 1948-50),  Al ‘Rocky’ Rausch (Baseball, 1976-77), Linj Shell (Football, 1999-02), Kristen Negaard O’Brien (Rowing), and John Harrison (Special Recognition).

“We are very excited to induct this class,” said JU Athletics Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Brad Negaard (JU Hall of Fame ‘93). “It includes individuals who have brought honor to Jacksonville University in various ways dating back to our days as a Junior College onto to the present. Each one of the inductees has had a significant impact on the history of Jacksonville University Athletics and as a Hall of Fame member, I am honored to have them join us!”

Barker player basketball for two season when JU was a Junior College program from 1948 thru 1950. He led the team to a 17-1 record in 1949 and a 24-3 record in 1950 when the team advanced to the National Junior College Tournament. After averaging better than 25 points in the tournament he finished as the Dolphins career scoring leader. Barker also owned the single game scoring mark and the single season scoring mark. His 485 points during his final season established a new single season mark for the state’s junior colleges at the time. Barker has been a director of Aradigm Corporation since May 1999. From January 1980 to January 1994, he served as a company group chairman of Johnson & Johnson, Inc., and was Corporate Vice President from 1989 to his retirement in 1996.

A member of the JU baseball team from 1974-77, Rausch completed his career as the Dolphins all-time leader in games played, at-bats, hits, runs, doubles, RBI, walks and total bases. Over 30 years later he still ranks among the top 10 in a number of the same statistical categories. After setting a JU mark with a .411 average and 68 RBI in 1977, he was a 10th round draft selection of the Cleveland Indians.

A two-time First Team All-Pioneer Football League honoree, Shell was a cornerback and return specialist for the Dolphins from 1999-02. JU’s single season record holder for interceptions and pass break-ups, he also hold the program record for punt return average at 13.1 yards a return while ranking among the all-time leaders in several other return categories, following his record setting career with the Dolphins, Shell continued his professional career with stops in the AFL, NFL Europe and most recently the CFL.

A charter member of the Jacksonville Rowing Club, Negaard O’Brien has enjoyed a long career as a competitor and coach. She competed for JU as a student beginning as a freshman in 1977 and went on to win multiple State and Southern Championships throughout her four years including an invitation to the Olympic Trials. O’Brien made the transition to the coaching side and continued to experienced great success wherever she has been. She led the JU women’s program to national prominence during her time as coach from 1987-1989 including earning a bronze metal and went on to serve on the Olympic Rowing Committee helping to select the athletes and coaches for the national teams. Since 2001, O’Brien has been the coach of the non-profit Fitch Crew Club helping to continue growing the sport of rowing by working with area students and adults by teaching them the different mental and physical aspects of the sport.
A 1967 Jacksonville University alumnus, Harrison has been a JU Trustee since 2004. A loyal donor to the University, he is an instrumental player in JU’s ability to field winning sports teams in quality facilities. As chair of the Athletics Committee for many years and also a member of the Buildings & Grounds and Strategic Planning committees, Harrison has helped raise millions of dollars for JU Athletics and other programs, and he was instrumental in bringing lacrosse and varsity sailing to JU. He is a JU Distinguished Alumni and was JU’s honoree at the 2012 First Coast National Philanthropy Day event. Harrison is president of Harrison & Co. in Jacksonville, former chairman and CEO of Direct Market Concepts, and past chairman of the Gator Bowl Association board of directors.