Press Release for Wednesday, February 3, 2010

North Florida Athletics Announces 2010 Hall of Fame Class

Jeff Wuerth
Assistant AD for Media Relations
(904) 620-4027

The University of North Florida Department of Athletics has announced its 2010 Hall of Fame Class. 

The six-member class consists of UNF’s first two baseball teams (1988 and 1989), the 1994-95 men’s tennis NCAA National Runner-Up team, baseball’s Matt Incinelli, women’s cross country runner Jenny Lamoreux and lifelong UNF supporters Dr. Arthur “Buster” Browning and Dave Polovina.

The members will be officially inducted during a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. at UNF Arena.

                                 

“This class represents both the team and individual concept of college athletes competing at the highest level,” said Director of Athletics Lee Moon.  “I would like to extend my congratulations to all of the members of the 2010 Hall of Fame class.  They represent the best that UNF Athletics has to offer.  They are all tremendous ambassadors of the university and their sport.  They are all very deserving and I am extremely excited to induct them into our Hall of Fame.”

The inaugural team for UNF baseball won 100 games over the first two years of the program.  During the 1988 season, the team won 47 games, a feat that had never been accomplished by a first-year program.  In 1988, the team swept the Florida Conference Tournament to advance to the NAIA District 25 Tournament.  The Ospreys defeated Kennesaw State two games to one in the District 25 Tournament to capture the championship and advance to the NAIA Area V Tournament.  In 1989, the team won 53 games and advanced all the way to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.  In just its second year, the team won its second NAIA District 25 Tournament Championship and advanced to the NAIA Area V Tournament.  With wins over Trevecca Nazarene and Southern Arkansas, the Ospreys advanced to the NAIA World Series.  At the World Series, UNF won three games to finish the season third in the nation.


The teams included Chris Adams (1989), Doug Anderson (1988-89), Craig Bell (1988-89), Phil Black (1988-89), Jimmy Blakely (1988-89), Ed Bloom (1988-89), Bart Brownfield (1988), Todd Bryant (1988-89), Carl Carver (1989), Danny Clark (1988-89), Matt Denmark (1989), Tony Diggs (1989), Andy Ebert (1988), Gary Gouldthread (1988-89), Bobby Grant (1988-89), B.J. Guzzone (1988-89), Kyle Haines (1989), Kirk Hedrick (1988), Kevin Hill (1988-89), Bob Kappesser (1988-89), Brian Lanoux (1989), Kenny Layfield (1988-89), Ron Natherson (1988), Rusty Peery (1988), Arthur Perry (1989), Glenn Reichle (1988), Cameron Richardson (1989), Doug Rogalski (1989), Jeff Rood (1988-89), Rick Shelley (1988), Danny Skinner (1989), Mike Skoglund (1988-89), Ted Threadgill (1988) and Keith Wheeler (1988).  The coaching staff included head coach Dusty Rhodes and assistant coaches Jim Caldwell, Brad Weitzel and Russell Brown.

“This wasn’t just a normal first-year team,” UNF head baseball coach Dusty Rhodes commented.  “It wasn’t a situation where you just threw guys together and tried to do the best you could.  It was a team that I recruited when there was no field here at the time.  To go out and win 47 games the first year, which is a record for a first-year program, and win a District Championship in NAIA and the very next year win 53 more games to make a 100 in two years and finish third in NAIA was unbelievable.  It was a unique group of guys that got together and worked hard.  It was a tremendous accomplishment as a team and as individuals. It was an outstanding team whether it was the first team or not, but the fact that it was the first team makes it that much more outstanding.”


The 1994-95 men’s tennis team finished the season
24-6 overall and 9-1 in the Sunshine State Conference en route to a Sunshine State Conference Championship.  The team fell to Lander in the National Championship match, 5-4 in a tie-breaker, during Lander’s stretch of eight straight national titles.  The tennis team finished the season ranked No. 2 nationally.  Two players (No. 19 Casey Cleveland and No. 32 Phil Dore) ranked in the top 40 nationally in singles.  The Dore/Cleveland (No. 9) duo along with the brother pair of Roger and Reggie Exum (No. 12) were ranked in the top 20 nationally in doubles.  Cleveland and Tom Jedlik earned All-America accolades in singles, as well as, Academic All-America honors.  In addition, Cleveland and Dore garnered All-America praise in doubles.  Cleveland received the Arthur Ashe Regional Sportsmanship Award given by the ITA.  The team included Casey Cleveland, Phil Dore, Robert Ebener, Reggie Exum, Roger Exum, Tom Jedlik, Kai McGreevy, Jeff Short and player/coach Brian Zwicker. The coaching staff was head coach Charley Jenks and assistant Adam Kework. 


“The 1994-95 team was the best collective group of players I have ever coached,” former UNF head tennis coach Charlie Jenks remarked.  “They were an easy bunch to work with and very self motivated.  They really didn’t even need a coach.  I am extremely happy and excited for the players and the coaches to receive this honor.


Incinelli is one of only two two-time All-American’s in baseball for UNF.  The pitcher’s name is scattered throughout the UNF record book.  He was named a 2001 Division II First Team All-American and earned Second Team honors in 2000.  Incinelli was named 2000 All-Region Pitcher of the Year.  He was tabbed First Team All-Region in 2000, 2001, 2002.  Incinelli was a 2001 member of the South Atlantic All-Tournament Team, First Team All-Peach Belt Conference selection (2000) and 1999 Peach Belt Freshman of the Year.  In addition to his on the field accolades, Incinelli was a GTE Academic All-America District III in 2000 and UNF Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2002.  He was a member of the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.  Incinelli earned All-America honors in back-to-back years after recording a 12-1 record in both 2000 and 2001.  In 2000, he posted a 4.12 ERA in 19 appearances with two complete games.  In 2001, he had a 3.19 ERA in 21 appearances with eight complete games.  Incinelli led UNF to the College World Series in both 2000 and 2001.  He is first in UNF history with 65 career starts, 45 wins, 430.2 innings pitched and winning percentage (.897).  His 45 wins are two shy of the NCAA DII record.  He ranks in the UNF Top 10 in appearances, complete games and strikeouts.

“It is a real honor,” Incinelli said. “I am incredibly pleased by it and it was completely unexpected.  It caught me by surprise which made it that much more special.  I am also happy that I am being inducted while Coach Rhodes is still at UNF.”

“Matt Incinelli was a tremendous student-athlete,” Rhodes stated.  “He graduated from here in three years in accounting.  He was an outstanding human being, a great pitcher.  A control guy all the way.  We started him as a freshman and he kept winning ballgames.  Within his four years here he was a two-time All-American, a Regional Pitcher of the Year and led us to the World Series.  His accomplishments will probably never be equaled in the future.  His 45 wins are two short of the NCAA record.  He is ranked third in the NCAA in games started with 65 and sixth all-time in innings pitched.  He holds records that rank in the NCAA and I don’t know if that will ever happen again here.”


Lamoreux holds five All-America honors, earning NAIA honors in 1986, 1987 and 1988 as a member of the UNF women’s cross country and track and field teams.  In 1986, she won two All-American honors for her participation in the two-mile relay and the distance medley relay team.  In addition, Lamoreux earned All-American accolades in the outdoor 1500-meter in 1986.  In 1987, she garnered All-Amerian honors in cross country, while winning All-American accolades for her achievements in the indoor mile in 1988.  Lamoreux holds the all-time UNF indoor track records for the 4x800-meter with a time of 9:21.1 and in the 1500 meter with a time of 4:30.9, setting each mark in 1986.

Change is inevitable. Growth is optional,” said Lamoreux.  Because of the chance I was given as an athlete to be a college student, I am grateful for my UNF experiences that taught me to be the perpetual student.”


Browning has had a long-standing relationship with UNF and was named the President of the Osprey Club for the 2003-05 athletic academic years.  He was named the NCAA Volunteer of the Year in 2007.  In addition, the UNF Athletic Training facility in Hodges Stadium was named after him, the Buster Browning Rehabilitation Facility.  He also has his name attached to the Kratzert-Browning Golf Tournament that UNF puts on annually to fund scholarships for the UNF Athletics Department.

“It was quite unexpected and very humbling,” said Browning.  “My wife Debbie and I feel very honored to be part of the university.  I was made an honorary alumnus and am very proud to be affiliated with the university.  Everything we are doing is for the positive and I am honored.”


Polovina was President of the Osprey Club twice, holding the office during the 1984-85 and 1989-90 athletic academic years.  He is the longest serving member of the Osprey Club with 28 years continuous service to UNF Athletics.  Polovina endowed the David Polovina Athletic Scholarship for baseball and he also helped establish the Gerald Hurst Scholarship.

“Being elected to the UNF Athletic Hall of Fame is really special and most humbling,” said Polovina.  “I never had the privilege of wearing a UNF Jersey on my chest but I carry the UNF mettle in my heart. It's gratifying to know that a lot of hard work is appreciated and our efforts made a difference."

 

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