Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/14/15
From Press Release
Athletes from 10 different sports, including men’s lacrosse All-American faceoff specialist Steve Shaw, as well as ive All-Americans, two Academic All-Americans, three former Outstanding Senior Athletes of the Year, three conference Players of the Year, and the longest tenured football assistant coach in school history highlight the newest induction class of the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame.
The 19th induction class will be honored in a ceremony and reception for family and friends at the Embassy Suites Hotel on South College Avenue in Newark on Friday, Oct. 2 and will be introduced on the field at halftime of the Delaware vs. William & Mary football game at Delaware Stadium the following evening, Oct. 3.
The Class of 2015 features representatives from every decade since the 1950s and the sports of football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, men’s lacrosse, men’s outdoor track & field, men’s tennis, women’s track & field, volleyball, and field hockey. Four of them are native Delawareans, including three who have already been inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.
In addition, three of them have children who will be incoming freshmen at the University of Delaware over the next two years, including two who will compete for UD athletics teams.
The 10-person class also includes two-time volleyball All-American Stephanie Barry (Courtney); record-shattering All-American football running back Omar Cuff; men’s basketball and tennis standout Ken Dill; Academic All-American and College World Series baseball standout Bruce Fad; conference women’s basketball Player of the Year Sarah Gause (Flanders); NCAA Woman of the Year finalist and field hockey All-American Leah Geib (Maceroli); longtime football offensive coordinator Ted Kempski; three-sport standout and 1952 Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year Major Gen. (retired) Joe Lank; All-American football cornerback and former NFL player George Schmitt.
“We are excited to honor this year’s class of the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame,” said UD Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Eric Ziady. “The contributions that this group has made to the legacy of Blue Hens athletics are truly remarkable and we are delighted to welcome them back to campus and into this special group of all-time UD greats. We look forward to a special weekend in October.”
Below are biographies of the Class of 2015:
STEVE SHAW (Men’s Lacrosse) – One of the top faceoff specialists in NCAA men’s lacrosse history, Steve set numerous NCAA and school records, earned multiple All-American honors, and led the Blue Hens to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance during his career in 1983-86 for head coach Bob Shillinglaw. A native of Joppa, Md., Steve was a four-year standout who led his teams to a combined record of 39-26, including a 19-1 mark in East Coast Conference play and three league titles. The 1984 team went 12-4 and competed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. A 1986 team captain, he earned USILA All-American honors three straight years in 1984-86 and is one of only five players in school history to accomplish that feat. He also was a three-time first team All-ECC selection and played in the annual USILA North-South Senior All-Star Game in 1986. He set eight school records and owned six NCAA marks upon graduation, including national standards for career groundballs (541), career groundballs per game (9.49), faceoff winning percentage in a season (.774 in 1985) and a career (.707), and faceoffs won in a season (237 in 1986) and career (838). He played in 58 career games and tallied 75 points on 41 goals and 34 assists and still owns four of the top seven single season faceoff winning pct. marks in school history. Steve earned his degree in finance from Delaware in 1987 and also is a graduate of the Running a Private Real Estate Company Program and the AMDP Executive Program from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He began a career in commercial real estate in 1987 and worked with McGill Development Co. and Merritt Properties before starting his own commercial real estate development firm, Shaw Real Estate, earlier this summer. He resides in Baltimore, Md. with his wife, Susan, and they have three children. His oldest child, Ryan, will attend Delaware next fall (2016) and compete for the men’s lacrosse team. Steve continues to coach the sport and has coached all of his children.
GEORGE SCHMITT (Football) - One of the top cornerbacks in Delaware football history, George was an All-American defender during his career for Hall of Fame head coach Tubby Raymond in 1980-82. A native of Broomall, Pa., George was an instant standout in the Delaware defensive secondary and led his teams to combined record of 30-7, including NCAA national runner-up finishes in 1980 and 1982, ECAC Team of the Year awards all three seasons, and the Lambert Cup in 1981 and 1982. The 1980 team went 9-2 and finished as national runners-up while the 1981 squad was 9-3 and finished ranked No. 3 in the nation, and the 1982 team went 12-2 and advanced to the national title game. He earned consensus first team All-American honors as a senior in 1982 and was later selected as the UD Co-Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year for 1983. Possessing an uncanny nose for the football, he still owns school records for interceptions in a game (3 vs. Morgan State in 1980), season (NCAA-leading 13 in 1982), and a career (22) and once held UD marks for interception return yards in a season (202 in 1982) and career (296). George also led the team with six interceptions as a sophomore in 1980. Following his outstanding career at Delaware, George was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth round of the 1983 NFL Draft and played in all 16 games during his lone season in the league in 1983. He earned his degree in agricultural business from Delaware in 1984 and has been employed for the last 26 years by CBRE Inc., serving as a First Vice President and specializing in transacting retail properties. A resident of Malvern, Pa., George and his wife, Anne, have three daughters. Hannah played college lacrosse at Loyola (Md.), Natalie currently plays lacrosse at Penn State, and Isabelle will enroll in UD this fall and compete for the Blue Hen women’s lacrosse team.
STEPHANIE BARRY COURTNEY (Volleyball) – The most decorated student-athlete in Delaware volleyball history, Stephanie became the school’s first and only All-American in the sport when she was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association in both 2007 and 2008 while playing for head coach Bonnie Kenny. A native of Long Beach, Calif., Stephanie was a four-year standout defensive specialist, leading the squad to a combined record of 92-38, three straight Colonial Athletic Association titles, and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008. A three-year team Most Valuable Player, she earned first team AVCA All-East Region honors in 2007 and 2008, was a three-time first team All-CAA selection, and was named the CAA Defensive Specialist of the Year twice. She also was named to the CAA All-Tournament team three times and earned regular season all-tournament honors on seven occasions. She set school and CAA records with 2,401 career digs and her school record of appearing in 488 straight sets ranked No. 3 in NCAA history upon her graduation. An outstanding student, she was named the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for volleyball in 2009, was a three-time CAA Academic Honor Roll recipient, earned CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic notice in 2009, and was Delaware’s NCAA Woman of the Year nominee as a senior. She earned her degree in finance with minors in economics and management information systems in 2010. She currently is a senior associate in the finance department of JPMorgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank in Binghamton, N.Y. Her husband, Herb Courtney (Delaware ‘08), was a starting forward for the UD men’s basketball team during his career in 2003-08 and is currently an assistant men’s basketball coach at Binghamton University.
OMAR CUFF (Football) – Look over the all-time rushing and scoring records in Delaware football history and you will see the name Omar Cuff over and over again. During his stellar career as a running back for the Blue Hens in 2004-07, Omar broke nearly every record and earned every award imaginable. A native of Landover, Md., he began his career at Delaware as a reserve defensive back, but that quickly changed when he moved over to help out an injury-depleted backfield and never looked back. During his remarkable four-year career, he set 28 Delaware, eight Colonial Athletic Association, and five NCAA rushing and scoring records and graduated as Delaware’s all-time leading scorer with 73 touchdowns and ranked No. 2 on the all-time rushing list with 4,364 yards. His senior season in 2007 was incredible as he teamed with quarterback and fellow All-American Joe Flacco to lead the Blue Hens to a national runner-up finish. He rushed 398 times for a school-record 1,973 yards and set an NCAA record with 35 rushing touchdowns. He tied another NCAA mark when he scored an incredible seven touchdowns in the season-opening win over William & Mary. Omar was a consensus first team All-American in 2007, earned third team All-American honors in 2005, earned All-CAA honors three times, was a two-time All-East selection, and finished fourth in the Walter Payton National Player of the Year Award voting as a senior when he shared the UD Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year Award with Flacco. He later had an NFL tryout with Tennessee and served on the practice squads with Cleveland, Kansas City, Tampa Bay, and New England. Omar currently resides in Suitland, Md. with his wife, Carla, and daughter, Kyralyn, and works with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He earned his degree in theater production from UD in 2008.
KEN DILL (Men’s Basketball & Men’s Tennis) – The only male student-athlete in Delaware history to excel in the sports of basketball and tennis, Ken was outstanding on both courts for the Blue Hens in 1978-82. A native of Newark, Del. (Christiana High School), Ken didn’t have to travel far to continue his outstanding athletic career. He earned seven letters at UD, playing shooting guard for Ron Rainey’s basketball teams for three seasons and excelling for UD Hall of Fame tennis head coach Roy Rylander all four years. He captained both squads as a senior and led tennis to a four-year dual mark of 50-12 and a runner-up team finish at the East Coast Conference Championships in 1979. Ken was a two-time team MVP in tennis, his career singles record of 51-14 ranked No. 2 when he graduated, and he remains the only tennis player in school history to win three conference titles as he captured the 1981 ECC doubles championship and both the ECC singles and doubles crowns in 1982. He was a three-year standout in basketball and compiled 557 points and 183 assists in 75 games. His career .833 free throw percentage still ranks sixth in UD history and his .511 field goal accuracy is still second best all-time among backcourt players. After earning his degree in physical therapy from Delaware in 1982, Ken began a long and distinguished career in the field and currently serves as the clinical director for Physiotherapy Associates in Wilmington, Del. He was the physical therapist for the Delaware Smash of World Team Tennis in 2003-08 and is currently the on-call physical therapist for the DuPont Playhouse Theatre in Wilmington. Tennis continues to be a big part of his life as he was ranked as high as No. 60 nationally in the men’s 45 and over division and has served as head coach of the girls varsity team at Wilmington Friends School since 2002. He still competes in basketball and has won several national medals as part of Senior Olympics. He resides in Wilmington and has a grown daughter, Alexandra. His wife, Patricia (Delaware ‘80), passed away in March.
BRUCE FAD (Baseball & Football) – A hot-hitting outfielder in baseball and a ball-hawking safety in football, Bruce enjoyed outstanding individual and team success during his Delaware athletics career in 1967-70. A native of Fort Washington, Pa., he played for two Hall of Fame coaches – Tubby Raymond in football and Bob Hannah in baseball – and never came close to a losing season in either sport. His teams had a combined record of 78-30 and won three Middle Atlantic Conference championships, and he was the leading hitter and captain for the 1970 baseball team that made Delaware’s only College World Series appearance. A three-year starting leftfielder, he was a .354 career hitter in baseball and enjoyed his greatest success as a senior in 1970 when he led the team to MAC and District II titles and a berth in the CWS. He paced the team with a .422 batting average, six doubles, 32 runs, and 31 runs batted in and earned All-MAC and All-East Region honors. Bruce also batted .314 and knocked in 20 runs for the 1969 MAC runner-up team. A two-year starting safety in football, he played a key role for teams that won MAC titles in 1968 and 1970 and earned three Lambert Cup trophies. He had eight interceptions in 1969 and three more in 1970 while also averaging 8.5 yards per punt return over his final two seasons. An outstanding student, Bruce earned a spot on the prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-American Baseball team in 1970. He earned a mathematics degree in 1971 and followed with his master’s degree in applied mathematics the following year before a brief stint in the Army. He is an expert in the area of economic cost modeling of complex hardware and software systems and since 1998 has been member/owner of PRICE Systems. He and his wife, Susan, reside in Collingswood, N.J. and have four children and five grandchildren. Nearly 20 members of his extended family have either attended or worked at UD.
SARAH GAUSE FLANDERS (Women’s Basketball/Outdoor Track & Field) – It’s been quite a year for former Delaware women’s basketball and track & field standout Sarah Gause (Flanders) as she celebrates induction into her fourth Hall of Fame. Earlier this year the Wilmington, Del. native was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame, the Delaware Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Ursuline Academy Hall of Fame. She started her collegiate career at Georgetown and played one season with the Hoyas before transferring to Delaware where she enjoyed a standout career for UD Hall of Fame head coach Joyce Perry. At Delaware, she was the East Coast Conference Player of the Year in 1984-85 and led the Blue Hens to a 56-28 record in her three years, including a 22-4 mark and the ECC regular season title in 1983-84 and a record of 19-9 in 1984-85. Upon graduation in 1986, she was among the UD career leaders with 880 points (No. 6 all-time), 530 rebounds (No. 5), and 115 blocked shots (No. 2) and averaged 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for her career. Sarah also competed in track & field and was among the ECC’s top throwers all three years, finishing third in the ECC shot put in both 1983 and 1985, and fourth in 1984. She earned her nursing degree from Delaware in 1986 and began work as a nurse at the Medical Center of Delaware later that year. After several other full-time and part-time nursing positions in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Hawaii, she was promoted to nurse manager of the Wilmington Hospital Emergency Department in June, 2015. Sarah and her husband, Jeff, reside in Wilmington. Their daughter, Alexandra, graduated from UD in 2009 and their son, Jake, will enter the University this fall. Both her parents and six other members of her extended family are Delaware graduates, including her uncle, Bill Reybold, who was a UD Athletics Hall of Fame inductee in 2007.
LEAH GEIB MACEROLI (Field Hockey) – The epitome of the student-athlete, Leah excelled not only in field hockey but in the classroom as well and remains the only person in UD history to be a Top 10 finalist for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award. A native of Telford, Pa., Leah played in a school-record 84 career games as a defender for Delaware, starting all but one contest for UD Athletics Hall of Fame head coach Carol Miller. She earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors twice, was a three-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Mid Atlantic Region selection three times, and was named a second team NFHCA All-American as a senior in 2004 when she served as a team captain and led the squad to the CAA title and an NCAA Tournament berth. She also played in the NFHCA North-South Senior All-Star Game and collected 68 career points, including 21 assists (No. 5 all-time at UD). She served as a volunteer graduate assistant coach for UD in 2005-07 and later earned a tryout for the U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team, making the team as an alternate. An outstanding student with a near perfect grade point average, she twice was named the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, earned a spot on the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-American team, and was an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholar Award recipient. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in communications in 2005 and her master’s degree in communications in 2007 from Delaware. Leah worked in the public relations and marketing fields for the pharmaceutical industry for four years and the science education industry for four years. She now works from home doing marketing for the family real estate development business. She currently lives in West Henrietta, N.Y. and will be moving to the Baltimore area next summer with her husband, Michael Maceroli, and their daughter Olivia. Mike was a varsity wrestler at Lehigh and Maryland and begins his Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery Fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore in 2016.
TED KEMPSKI (Football/Football Assistant Coach) – A standout quarterback at UD in the early 1960’s, Ted Kempski went on to become the team’s longest serving assistant coach in school history and helped mold the Wing-T offense that led to unprecedented success for the Blue Hens under Hall of Fame head coach Tubby Raymond. A native of Wilmington, Del. and a star at Salesianum School, Ted has served the University of Delaware for more than a half-century and still remains close to the program. A two-year starter in 1961-62, he led the team to the Middle Atlantic Conference title in 1962 for Hall of Fame head coach Dave Nelson. He returned to Newark as an assistant coach in 1968 and served for 34 seasons before retiring as offensive coordinator following the 2001 season. During his tenure, he helped guide record-setting UD offenses that annually ranked among the national leaders in rushing and scoring and resulted in national championships in 1971, 1972, and 1979, four national runner-up finishes, 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, and eight conference titles. Thirteen current UD Athletics Hall of Fame members played offense for Ted. He wrote five books on the Wing-T, became one of the nation’s leading football clinic speakers, and in 2008 received the American Football Coaches Association Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the sport. After retiring from coaching, he served for several years as special assistant to former UD Athletic Director Edgar Johnson. Ted earned bachelor’s (1963) and master’s (1965) degrees from Delaware and earned an honorary degree from University of Nuevo Leon in Monterey, Mexico in 1988. He was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame in 2010. He and his wife, Cathy, reside in Elkton, Md. They have four children and five grandchildren, several who attended or now attend UD.
JOE LANK (Football, Baseball, Track & Field) – A three-sport standout in football, baseball, and track & field, Joe stands as one of the top all-around athletes in Delaware history and was named the UD Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year in 1952. A native of Milford, Del., Joe earned three letters in football as an end and defensive back and was the team’s lone 60-minute player his senior year in 1951 when he earned the Baker-Taylor Award as the team’s Most Valuable Player. He played for Hall of Fame head coaches Bill Murray (1949-50) and Dave Nelson (1951) during his football career. He also was a three-year letterwinner in baseball as a shortstop and batted .311 with a team-high 17 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 1952. In track and field, he earned letters competing in the discus and javelin. His accomplishments at Delaware in addition to his outstanding high school career at Milford High School helped earn him induction into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame in 2011. He served 36 years in the military, including 28 years as a Regular Army Field Artillery Officer and eight years as The Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard, before retiring in 1989. A 1952 Delaware education graduate, he also served as an assistant professor in the Military Science program at Delaware. He previously was inducted into the University of Delaware Wall of Fame and the University of Delaware ROTC Hall of Heroes. He currently resides in Lewes, Del. with his wife of 51 years, Virginia. They have three daughters and five grandchildren.
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