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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Four Army Athletic Association Award winners, two national champions, an Academic All-American and multiple All-America selections are all included among the athletes chosen for induction into the Army Sports Hall of Fame, Athletics Director Kevin Anderson announced today.
West Point's seventh induction class encompasses Jon Aaronsohn (gymnastics), Clennie Brundidge (football and basketball), Mike McElrath (football), Al Rushatz (football and wrestling) Melody Smith (basketball and tennis), Teresa Sobiesk (cross country and track and field), Gen. Joseph Stilwell (basketball player and coach) and Pete Vann (football).
The Class of 2010 represents athletes from eight different sports and one coach who also starred as a player.
The honorees will be officially inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 17. A special plaque unveiling ceremony will be held in the Kenna Hall of Army Sports inside Kimsey Center, with the formal black-tie Hall of Fame Induction Banquet presented by Lockheed Martin set for Eisenhower Hall later that evening. The group will also be recognized during Army's football game against North Texas the next day at Michie Stadium with a special photograph and autograph session planned on Black Knights Alley prior to the contest.
"This class represents a wide spectrum of accomplishments on the fields of friendly strife," stated Anderson. "The committee has done another excellent job in selecting worthy athletes and coaches from several different eras. We are looking forward to honoring them in September for all of their success and hard work and dedication."
The Army Sports Hall of Fame is a subset of the Kenna Hall of Army Sports, a comprehensive museum displaying Army's rich and proud intercollegiate athletic program. It is located on the third floor of the Kimsey Athletic Center, Army's massive football training facility.
The announcement of the Army Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2010 marks the end of a lengthy process that began in the spring. A 10-member selection committee, representing athletic administrators, academic administrators, former West Point athletes, graduates and representatives from the Association of Graduates began the process of developing a workable list from the thousands of athletes, coaches and administrators that have represented the Academy on the "fields of friendly strife." Only athletes that graduated from the Academy and those five years removed from their playing and coaching days are eligible.
In addition, the committee followed a charter that was established to support the Army Sports Hall of Fame that profiled a myriad of strict eligibility requirements for former cadet-athletes, coaches and administrators to be eligible. "Primary" consideration for election is granted to accomplishments during an individual's tenure as an athlete, coach or administrator while at West Point. Honors attained that pre- or post-date Academy careers are given "secondary" consideration.
Once the selection committee finalized its recommended list, the names were forward to West Point's Athletic Committee for review and ratification before being passed on to Superintendent Lt. Gen. Franklin L. Hagenbeck for final approval.
"Gen. Hagenbeck and the selection committee should be commended for all of their hard work that ensures we continue to recognize those who have made significant contributions to our athletics program," noted Anderson.
Aaronsohn, a 1961 graduate, was Army's last gymnast to win an individual title when he captured the flying rings national championship in 1960 and led the squad to a 10-0 mark. An All-America selection as a junior, he finished third on the flying rings at the 1959 NCAA Championships and was a two-time Eastern champion in that event. Aaronsohn led Army to an Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League title and was a two-time letterwinner. He was elected team captain during his senior campaign but did not compete due to a broken arm.
A 1979 graduate, Brundidge started on the football field and on the basketball court and earned a combined eight letters. Thanks to his stellar exploits as a wide receiver, he was selected as a second-team All-America choice by United Press International as a junior and sophomore and named All-East by the Associated Press, UPI and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference during those same seasons. The 1979 winner of the prestigious Army Athletic Association Award, he graduated as Army's all-time leader with 147 receptions for 2,279 yards, two numbers that now rank second. His eight 100-yard receiving games still stands as an Academy career record.
He established the single-game record with 167 receiving yards against Pittsburgh in 1977, a total that has been surpassed just twice. Brundidge listed nationally in receptions and yards and was invited to the 1978 Hula Bowl. As a forward on the basketball team, he racked up 632 points in 76 games and graduated third with a 51.4 shooting percentage, a number that now ranks tenth. He is 20th on the career rebounding list with 433 and was a member of the 1977-78 squad that played in the National Invitational Tournament, Army's last postseason appearance.
McElrath, a Lieutenant Colonel who is now serving as an Associate Athletic Director at West Point, was a four-year starter at free safety for the football team. A member of the Class of 1993, he remains Army's career leader in tackles with 436 and stands tied for second with 10 career interceptions. He graduated as the career leader in pass deflections with 19, a number that now lists fourth. McElrath posted 157 tackles during his senior season, a total that stands third all-time and won the prestigious Army Athletic Association Award in 1993. He was a team captain as a senior, a three-time first team All-East selection and a third-team All-America choice by Football News as a senior.
A standout in the classroom as well, McElrath was a Dean's List student in each of his eight semesters, a first team Academic All-America choice as a senior and a second team selection as a junior. He was one of 15 players nationally to receive the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award as a senior and was chosen to speak on behalf of that group at the awards dinner. McElrath received the NCAA Football Scholarship and NACDA/Disney Postgraduate Scholarship and was recognized as an Hitachi/College Football Association Scholar-Athlete.
Rushatz collected the prestigious Army Athletic Association Award in 1962 following a standout career in football and wrestling in which he won three letters in each sport. He led the football team in rushing for two seasons and currently stands 25th on the career rushing ledger with 1,414 yards. He was chosen as an Eastman Kodak All-American by the American Football Coaches Association in 1961.
A 1962 graduate, Rushatz was an All-America wrestler in 1960 when he finished third at 177 pounds after capturing an Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association championship. He was a three-time EIWA finalist and lost just once in a dual meet during his three-year career before embarking on a military career that included 28 years as a commissioned officer.
Smith was voted as the Army Athletic Association special award winner prior to her graduation in 1984 after a career that included a host of basketball records and two letters in tennis. Smith established Army's career scoring mark with 1,422 points, a record that stood for 20 years and now ranks fourth all-time. She made a record 612 field goals over her career and led the team in scoring for three seasons. An All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference choice in 1982-83, she posted a career scoring average of 12.6 points per game.
Sobiesk set numerous records, won a Division II national championship and was a Division I All-America selection prior to her graduation in 1989. The holder of Academy records in the 5,000 meters indoor, the 5,000 meters outdoors, the 3,000 meters indoors and the 10,000 meters outdoor, she won the 1988 national championship in the 10,000 meters. Sobiesk won three All-America citations during the 1988 season -- in the 5,000-meter run at the Division I level and for the 10,000 and 5,000 at Division II.
For her career, she collected seven All-America citations, earned 12 letters and helped her squads to 10 wins over Navy. She is the first female cadet-athlete to collect All-America cross country recognition, doing so in 1987. She helped the Black Knights to an NCAA East Coast Regional Division II Championships in cross country and an NCAA bid on the way to earning the distinguished Army Athletic Association Award in 1989.
Stilwell earned induction for his accolades as both a player and coach with the men's basketball program. Widely recognized as the "Father of Army Basketball," he was a player-coach during the first two seasons of Army basketball in 1903 and 1904 when the team went a combined 3-1. He returned to West Point after graduation for two more stints as head coach, from 1907-1911 and from 1913-14. He compiled a 49-17 record with a winning percentage of .742 that ranks second all-time among coaches who guided the team for at least 50 games. His 1909-10 team finished with a 14-1 mark and in six of his seven seasons the team was above .500.
Vann was a three-time letterwinner as a quarterback and graduated in 1956 as Army's all-time passing leader. He compiled Academy records for completions (174), attempts (372), yards (2,937) and touchdowns (24) while guiding the team to an 18-7-2 mark. His 24 career touchdowns stood as an Academy record for 23 years and presently ranks third. Recognized as one of the individuals most responsible for leading Army back to national prominence following the cheating scandal of 1951, he established nine Army passing records and played a large role in the successful transition of Don Holleder from end to quarterback. Vann led the nation in completion percentage for much of his junior season and led the team to the Lambert Trophy that year. His 166.5 passing efficiency rating was tops in the country during his senior season and he established the NCAA single season record (since broken) for most yards per completion at 23.2.
Army Sports Hall of Fame Members
2010 Induction Class
Jon Aaronsohn, Gymnastics
Clennie Brundidge, Football
Mike McElrath, Football
Al Rushatz, Football
Melody Smith, Basketball
Teresa Sobiesk, Track and Field
Gen. Joseph Stilwell, Basketball
Pete Vann, Football
2009 Induction Class
Bill Carpenter, Football
Ralph Chesnauskas, Football
Tracy Hanlon, Track and Field
Mike Krzyzewski, Men's Basketball
Ray Murphy, Athletic Director
Nicki Robbins, Softball
Jack Rust, Lacrosse
Thomas Truxtun, Lacrosse
2008 Induction Class
Bob Knight, Men's Basketball Coach
Mike Silliman, Basketball
Curt Alitz, Cross Country, Track and Field
George Clark, Hockey
Ted Kanamine, Swimming and Diving
John Boretti, Baseball
Arnold Tucker, Football
Jose Olivero, Lacrosse
Alexis Albano, Soccer
Richard Shelton, Pistol
Distinguished Service Award: Gus Fishburne
2007 Induction Class
Tom Cafaro, Lacrosse
Alma Jo Cobb, Track & Field
Barry DeBolt, Baseball
Arnold Galiffa, Football
Charles Oliver, Men's Tennis
Carl Ullrich, Athletic Director
"Lighthorse" Harry Wilson, Football
Distinguished Service Awards: Herb Lichtenberg, Lou Gross and Lou Zickel
2006 Induction Class
Robert Anderson, Football
Richard Bowman, Fencing
Peter Cramblet, Lacrosse
Charles Daly, Football
Donald Holleder, Football
Kevin Houston, Basketball
Colleen McCabe, Softball
David Merhar, Hockey
Richard Oehrlein, Squash
Walter Oehrlein, Squash
Stephen Reich, Baseball
Distinguished Service Award: Morris Herbert
2005 Induction Class
Daniel Browne, Track and Field, Cross Country
Joseph Casey, Soccer
Edgar Doug McKenna, Jr., Football
Deann Machlen, Volleyball
Steven Marshall, Gymnastics
Michael Mayweather, Football
Dennis Michie, Football Coach
Leo Novak, Track and Field, Cross Country and Basketball Coach
Pamela Pearson, Basketball
Holly Pedley, Soccer
David Rost, Hockey
Joseph Steffy, Jr., Football
Eric Tipton, Baseball and Sprint Football Coach
Gary Winton, Men's Basketball
2004 Induction Class
Earl "Red" Blaik, Football
Felix "Doc" Blanchard, Jr., Football
Glenn Davis, Football
Peter Dawkins, Football
Cliff Natvig, Wrestling
Robert Neyland, Jr., Baseball
Elmer Oliphant. Football
Joseph Palone, Men's Soccer Coach
John Riley, Jr., Hockey Coach
John Roosma, Men's Basketball
Robert Sears, Gymnastics
Richard Shea, Jr., Track and Field
Francis Morris Touchstone, Lacrosse
John VanSant, Swimming and Diving
Elexa Willis, Track and Field
Ann Marie Wycoff, Swimming and Diving
*Please note only the primary sport of the inductees is listed