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The Long Wait is Nearly Over: Eight to be Inducted into UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 3

Baltimore—The UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has selected eight nominees to be inducted into the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame. The 17th induction ceremony will take place at the BWI Airport Marriott Hotel on the evening of Saturday, April 3, 2010, at 7 p.m.

The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, but postponed due to the first of two historical snow events to hit the Mid-Atlantic region.

Tickets are once again available to the event. The cost to attend the induction dinner is $75, which includes a ticket to the lacrosse game vs. Stony Brook that afternoon (1:00 p.m.) at UMBC Stadium. The new class of Hall of Famers will be introduced at halftime of the game. Please contact Kevin Gibbons O’Neill at 410-455-1532 oroneillb@umbc.edu for additional information about the event or to purchase tickets. You may also register for the event at http://retrievernet.umbc.edu/hof.

The inductees are LaNae Baker (volleyball, 1995-98), Kevin Goh (swimming & diving, 1997-2001), John Jancuska (head baseball coach, 1978-present), Huguens Jean (track & field, 1999-2003), Ingrid Kilpe Huber (swimming & diving, 1993-97), Craig Linthicum (lacrosse, 1978-81), Monica Logan (women’s basketball, 1995-99) and Deanna Vecchio (softball, 1999-2002).

There are now 112 members of the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame, which was was instituted in the 1970s, and in 1990, Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown created The Annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony. This event now occurs every other year. Candidates are nominated throughout the two-year period and are selected for induction by a committee of current Hall of Fame members based on their excellence in competition at UMBC and subsequent graduation from the university.

The 2010 UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame Class 

LaNae Baker, volleyball (1995-98)—Baker is UMBC’s all-time leader in assists with a staggering 4,722, 1,600 more than any other player in school history. She is also second in service aces (206), third in digs (1460) and tied for fourth in matches played (122). The team averaged more than 24 wins per season in her four years – the most successful period in school history – won a pair of conference titles and went to the 1998 NCAA Championships. The native of La Mirada, Calif., was a First-Team All-Northeast Conference selection in her senior season.

 Kevin Goh, swimming & diving (1997-01)—Goh was UMBC’s Outstanding Senior Athlete in 2001. He still maintains school records in the 200 breaststroke, the 200 IM and as part of the 400 medley relay team. The native of Orange Park, Fla., set an ECAC record in the 200 breaststroke at the 2000 Championships and repeated as champion in the 200 individual medley. He also set a meet record in the 200 breaststroke at the Nittany Lion Invitational. Goh captured an ECAC title as a freshman in the 400 IM and qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials.

John Jancuska, head baseball coach (1978-present)— Jancuska has served UMBC as its head baseball coach for 32 seasons, the longest-tenured coach in school history. He has compiled over 660 victories, including 19 winning seasons. At the Division I level, he has been named a conference Coach of the Year in four different leagues. (1992-East Coast, 1993-Big South, 2000-Northeast, 2008-America East) During his tenure, UMBC has made three appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament (1978, 1979, 1986) and two at the NCAA Division I level (1992, 2001). Jancuska is a former University of Delaware two-year starter and co-captain of the baseball team in his senior season of 1975. He was inducted into the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2000. The Sykesville, Md., resident has coached five All-Americans, four academic All-Americans and 17 student-athletes who have played professionally. He and his wife, Lee Ann, have three daughters and two grandchildren.  

Huguens Jean, track & field (1999-2003)—The undersized high jumper capped a brilliant career by placing fourth in the nation in the high jump at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships. He holds school indoor records in the high jump and triple jump and an outdoor mark in the high jump at 2.22 meters (7’3.25”). That mark is believed to be the highest jump by any athlete competing in the state ofMaryland. Jean had placed 10th in the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., three months prior to his performance outdoors. The Columbia, Md., native and Howard High School graduate was UMBC’s Outstanding Male Athlete in 2003 and was an Academic All-American in 2002 and 2003. He won the 2002 Northeast Conference high jump indoor and outdoor title, as well as the ECAC indoor title that same year.  

 

Ingrid Kilpe Huber, swimming & diving (1993-97)—Kilpe was UMBC’s Outstanding Female Athlete in the spring of 1997. She held the school record in the 200 individual medley until 2003 and was part of three relay teams which held school marks. The Columbia, Md., native and Centennial High Schoolgraduate won both the 100 fly and the 200 IM at the 1996 ECAC Championships. She won a pair of golds at Eastern Championships in the 100 and 200 butterfly events in 1995 after taking one gold at the 1994 championships. Kilpe also recorded multiple victories over ACC opponents, including Duke, N.C.State and Maryland.

 

Craig Linthicum, men’s lacrosse (1978-81)—Linthicum was a three-time All-American, earning Second-Team (1979) and First-Team (1980) honors at the NCAA Division II level and garnering Honorable Mention recognition at midfield in UMBC’s first Division I season in 1981. He amassed 74 goals and 28 assists for 102 total points in his career and collected 166 ground balls. The native ofCambridge, Md., produced his best season in the 1980 championship season, when he scored 24 goals and 33 points, both career bests, and collected 63 ground balls. His teams were a combined 37-17 with a national runner-up (1979) and national title (1980) to their credit.

 

Monica Logan, women’s basketball (1995-99)—Logan is UMBC’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,141 boards and 10.7 rebounds per game, and she ranks 16th all-time with 1,036 career points, making her one of just two players in school history (joining Hall of Famer Tammy McCarthy) to post both 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Logan also ranks among UMBC’s all-time leaders in a number of other categories, including first in field goal percentage (.523/415-793), second in blocks (123) and starts (106), sixth in minutes (3,444) and 12th in assists (201). The native of College Park, Md., posted three of UMBC’s top 10 rebounding seasons, including the second-highest total ever, 364, as a senior, and her 13.5 rebounds per game that year led the nation and are a school record. Her 47 blocks that season are also UMBC’s top mark ever. Logan posted 20 rebounds in a game five times during her career. She was a member of the 1996 Big South All-Rookie Team, the 1997 All-Big South Second Team and All-Academic Team and the 1999 All-Northeast Conference First Team. Logan led the Big South Conference in rebounding twice and in blocked shots once. She also excelled in the classroom, double-majoring in social work and African-American studies.

 

Deanna Vecchio, softball, (1999-2002)—A shortstop for the softball team and a catalyst at the top of the lineup from 1999-2002, Vecchio was a career .353 hitter, a four-time All-Northeast Conference First-Team selection and the 2002 Northeast Conference Player of the Year. Vecchio holds UMBC’s all-time records in runs scored (179) and stolen bases (135) and ranks among UMBC’s career leaders in nearly every statistical category, including second in hits (258), fourth in triples (9) and at-bats (731), fifth in total bases (338), sixth in walks (61), on-base percentage (.404) and games played and started (215), seventh in average (.353), 10th in doubles (29) and extra-base hits (49) and 15th in home runs (11). Her 88 hits in 2002 are the second-most ever in a single season in UMBC history, and she batted .402 that season, ranking fourth all-time. The native of Matawan, N.J., also holds UMBC’s single-season record with 68 runs scored as a senior, and she is one of three players ever to steal 40 bases in a season. Vecchio put together a 26-game hitting streak in 2002, second-longest in UMBC history. She also earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association First-Team All-Region honors as a senior.

 

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