Press Release for Tuesday, February 10, 2009
UNF inducts 2009 Hall of Fame class
Contact: Shawn LaFata, Director
Athletics Media Relations
The University of North Florida Department of Athletics will induct its 2009 Hall of Fame class Wednesday night and its one that will feature a national championship golf team, along with a former member of the UNF tennis team, a track and cross country member and a star player from UNF's baseball program.
Also, for the first time in the history of the UNF Hall of Fame Presented by THE PLAYERS Championship, UNF will induct a former administrator and a basketball player.
Current UNF assistant basketball coach, and former member of the inaugural women's basketball team at UNF, Nancy Miller, will join the Hall of fame along with Casey Cleveland (men's tennis), A.J. Hernandez (baseball), Patty LaMoy (cross-country/track) Tom Healy (UNF's second athletics director) and the members of the 1993 men's golf national championship team.
"This is perhaps the most diverse Hall of Fame Class we have had in the three years of its existence," UNF Athletics Director Dr. Richard Gropper said. "All of these men and women represented UNF in an outstanding manner on and off the field of play and I am proud of the fact that we can honor them for all of their great achievements."
Miller has been part of the UNF women's basketball team since its inception in the 1992-93 season as either a player or a coach. She ended her playing career as the team's all-time leading scorer and currently ranks second on that list. As an assistant coach she has helped lead the Lady Ospreys to an appearance in two NCAA II tournaments as well as helped lead the transition to the NCAA Division I era. Miller is the first basketball player - men's or women's - inducted into the Hall of Fame.
She will be joined by Cleveland, who was a three-time All-American at UNF, playing for the men's tennis program from 1993-96. Cleveland was also a two- time UNF Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and was the recipient of the 1995 ITA Arthur Ashe Regional Sportsmanship Award.
Hernandez will be the third baseball player to take his place in the Hall of Fame, joining Sid Roberson and Kevin Ohme, who were inducted in 2007. Hernandez still shares the school's all-time record with 68 runs in a season and is still among the leaders in multiple career categories in the UNF record book.
LaMoy was a five-time NAIA All-American in track and also earned All-American honors in cross country in 1989.
The 1993 men's golf team is the fourth team to earn an induction into the Hall of Fame, joining the 1991 NAIA National Champion golf team and the 1984 and 1996 women's tennis teams. The 1993 golf team captured the squad's second NAIA National Championship, running away with the event by 55 strokes. Hall of Famer Jamie Burns (2007) won medalist honors at the tournament, while Sandy Davidson and Steve Carter finished tied for second.
Healy rounds out the 2009 inductees, serving as the university's second director of athletics from 1985-89 and for a brief time in 1990. Healy was instrumental in getting UNF's fledgling athletics program off the ground, helping to create endowed scholarships as well as overseeing construction of the UNF Tennis and Aquatics Center as well as Harmon Stadium.
The 2009 UNF Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will start at 7 p.m. in UNF Arena.
The 2009 UNF Hall of Fame Presented by THE PLAYERS Championship Inductees
Casey Cleveland - Men's Tennis
Delray Beach, Fla.
-Played from 1993-96
-Three-time ITA All-American (1993, 1994, 1995)
-Named Academic ITA All-American in 1995 and 1996 (and GTE in 1996)
-Earned two All-Sunshine State Conference selections (1993 and 1995)
-Played on two conference championship and national championship runner-up teams (1993, 1995)
-Two-time UNF Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year (1994 and 1996)
-Recipient of ITA Arthur Ashe Regional Sportsmanship Award (1995)
-Posted a 23-3 singles record and a 26-2 doubles record as a senior
A.J. Hernandez - Baseball
- Played from 1991-92 as a first baseman
- Helped lead the Ospreys to a third-place finish at the 1991 NAIA College World Series
- Signed as a free agent with the then-California Angels in 1992
- Shares the school record for runs scored in a season (68)
- Holds the school record for putouts in a season (601)
- His .358 career batting average ranks fourth on the UNF all-time list
- Holds the second-highest career on-base percentage (.470) in UNF history
- Is eighth all-time on the UNF career hits list with 164
- Tied for third all-time on the UNF career doubles list with 44
- Hit 22 doubles in a season in 1991 and 1992, which are both tied for third in the UNF record book
- Is currently the COO for Skypostal Networks, Inc. in Miami, Fla.
Patty LaMoy - Cross-Country/Track
- Five-time NAIA track All-American (three events in 1988 and one event in 1989 and 1990)
- Won back-to-back NAIA All-American honors in the indoor 1000 in 1998 and 1999
- NAIA All-American in cross-country (1989)
- Fifth at cross-country nationals with a time of 18:14 in 1989
Nancy Miller - Women's Basketball
-Has been a part of the UNF women's basketball team since its inaugural season, playing on the team from 1992-96 before serving as an assistant coach with the squad for the last 11 seasons
-First player in UNF history - men's or women's - to score 1,000 points
-Finished career with 1,269 points (second all-time in UNF history)
-Is fourth all-time at UNF with 619 rebounds
All-Sunshine State selection in 1994 (First Team) and 1995 (Second Team)
-Two-time Sunshine State Player of the Week
-1995 GTE Academic All-America First Team selection
-Was a Rhodes Scholarship state finalist
-Received an NCAA Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship
-Helped lead the team to two NCAA Tournament appearances as a coach, including a trip to the 2003 Elite 8
1993 National Champion Golf Team
-The fifth consecutive season UNF had advanced to the NAIA National Championship Tournament
- Team won four tournaments during the regular season
- Jamie Burns won medalist honors at the national tournament, while Steve Carter and Sandy Davison finished in a second-place tie
- Won the national tournament by 55 strokes
- Team featured four first-team NAIA All-Americans (Burns, Carter, Davison, Chris Tuten)
- Former UNF faculty member and administrator who served as UNF Athletics Director from 1985-1989 and again for a brief time in 1990
- Healy was instrumental in building the infrastructure for UNF Athletics with the UNF Tennis Complex, Harmon Stadium and the UNF Aquatics Center all being completed while he was at UNF
- Helped create endowed scholarships for the department