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Gallaudet University announces Hall of Fame Class for 2010

Gallaudet University announces Hall of Fame Class for 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Five former student-athletes and two coaches will be enshrined into the Gallaudet University Hall of Fame on Sunday, October 31, as part of Homecoming 2010. The GU Hall of Fame Class of 2010 includes Darin Scott Clauson, Karen Alana Gilbert, David Stewart Hamilton, Martin G. Minter, James Alan Segala, Pierre Sevigny and Robert H. Westermann. A brunch will be held in their honor on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. in the Ole Jim on the campus of Gallaudet University.

The Gallaudet University Hall of Fame Induction is one of the premier events of the year for the GU Athletics Department. The special event recognizes the men and women, past and present, whose contributions to Gallaudet University Athletics have been deemed worthy of induction into the GU Hall of Fame.

Tickets are currently on-sale and can be purchased by completing the order form below. Please return your completed form with payment to the Gallaudet University Athletics Department. Please understand physical tickets will not be mailed to you. Your seats will be reserved under your name. When you check-in on October 31 you will be directed to your table.

A brief description of this year's inductees: 

Darin Scott Clauson, '95 (Baseball) is a four-year baseball letter winner where he played over 100 games for the buff and blue and set many school records. Clauson was a three-time all-conference honoree by the Capital Athletic Conference. The outfielder was named to the first-team twice (1994, ’95) and the second team once (1993). He led the Bison to a 13-18-1 record his senior year where he posted some program best numbers for a season such as 48 hits, 46 runs batted in, 37 runs, 16 doubles and three home runs. He is a four-time Most Valuable Player for the Bison baseball program. He amassed a .417 career batting average and broke school records in runs, hits, doubles and runs batted in. He also played football while at Gallaudet.

Karen Alana Gilbert, E-'95 (Volleyball) became the first-ever Gallaudet University student-athlete to earn Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year in any sport when she was selected to the high honor in 1992. The sophomore middle hitter led the CAC in blocks and service aces. The Bison went onto win the program’s first-ever CAC championship and a 33-13 record. Her 358 blocks and 118 service aces in a season are still CAC single-season records along with her 2.63 blocks per game average and 195 block assists. She also holds two CAC career records for matches played (182) and service aces (346). Gilbert was selected to four All-CAC first teams (1991, ’92, ’95, ’96). She was an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Region second team honoree in 1992. She helped the Bison win two more CAC championships in 1995 and ’96.

David Stewart Hamilton, '92 (Men’s Basketball) played two seasons as a key member of the Gallaudet University men’s basketball program in the late 1980’s. The NCAA Division I transfer from Southern Illinois University made an immediate impact with the Bison as he quickly netted 1,000 points in two seasons. He was the team’s Most Valuable Player both seasons at Kendall Green. He scored his 1,000th career point against cross-town rival Catholic University of America. He was named the 1987 Gallaudet Bison Player of the Year his senior year. He concluded his career with 1,074 points. He helped to turn around a Bison program that posted a 1-19 record the year before he arrived. In two seasons, Gallaudet went 31-22. He also played football at GU as a punter. Hamilton served as an assistant GU basketball coach in 1990.

Martin G. Minter (Men’s Soccer) coached the men’s soccer program during the 1970’s-80’s where he posted eight winning season. Marty, as he was better known by, maximized the talents of his players and pushed them to achieve greatness. He was a teacher, scholar and a coach. In addition to soccer he also coached the baseball program from 1968-79, 1981-83. Coach Minter passed away May 12, 1994. There is a framed lithograph and plaque posted in the Gallaudet University Field House honoring Coach Minter. It states; “A person who saw ability in others, cared, modeled, expected and got the best from those he touched.” There is a scholarship in his honor given out each year by the GU Department of Physical Education.

James Alan Segala, '93 (Football) led the Gallaudet football program to back-to-back Atlantic Collegiate Football Conference (ACFC) championships in 1988 and 1989. His sophomore year (1987) he ranked seventh in NCAA Division III football for passing and was 11th in ’88 as he was named ACFC Offensive Player of the Year. The four-year starter at quarterback finished his senior year in 1989 with 1,770 passing yards to go with 17 touchdowns. He was also a leader on the ground as he finished the 1989 campaign as the second leading rusher on the team with 276 yards and four touchdowns. Segala selected by the ACFC twice (1988, ’89) as a first-team all-conference honoree. Segala was also a star on the diamond where he played four years for the Bison baseball program. He was named the 1989 Gallaudet Bison Player of the Year. Segala was named to the All-Blue Grey Baseball Conference first team as a catcher and tabbed the conference player of the year in 1990.

Pierre Sevigny, '61 (Wrestling) never wrestled before he enrolled at Gallaudet but he graduated as a highly decorated grappler. The native Canadian started at Gallaudet in 1956 and decided to pick-up the sport of wrestling. His sophomore year, Sevigny was won the 157-pound division at the Mason-Dixon championships. Sevigny helped to draw crowds to the Hughes Gymnasium as Gallaudet locked up with some big Division I schools in the region. At one point in his four-year wrestling career Sevigny won 13 consecutive matches. The team captain earned the Thompson Clayton award for leadership and dedication.

Robert H. Westermann (Football) in four years as the Gallaudet football coach posted a stellar 27-13 record from 1985-88 and left with the second most victories in program history behind Charles Ely (1891-96, ’98-1901, ’03) and Frederick Hughes (1918-35) who both won 46 games in their respective tenure. Westermann’s .675 winning percentage is the best in the program’s 117-year history. The 1986 Bison team posted a 7-4 record to give the Bison their first winning season since 1930. He also coached the program’s only NCAA Division III All-American first-team selection offensive lineman Shannon Simon. Coach Westermann went out a champion as the Bison won his final game in 1988 when Gallaudet took down St. John Fisher, now a NCAA Division III power, 21-17 to win the Atlantic Collegiate Football Conference championship. Westermann also served as GU’s Athletic Director while at Kendall Green.

Last year, the GU Athletics Department inducted seven into the Hall of Fame including; Charles L. Hammack, Robert Jackson, Richard A. Jacobs, Touria Ouahid Boren, Michelle Poole, Vincent Todd Silvestri and Shannon D. Simon.

To be considered for the GU Athletic Hall of Fame one must be a former Bison student-athlete, coach and/or contributor that is five years removed from the University. One must be nominated in writing and submitted to the Gallaudet University Alumni Association. Inductees can be deaf, hard of hearing or hearing. The GU Athletics Department would like to thank the GUAA for collecting this year's nominations.

For more information about this year's Hall of Fame event please contact Anna Hall in the GU Athletics Department at anna.hall@gallaudet.edu.

GU Hall of Fame Class of 2010
Darin Scott Clauson, '95 (Baseball)
Karen Alana Gilbert, E-'95 (Volleyball)
David Stewart Hamilton, '92 (Men’s Basketball)
Martin G. Minter (Men’s Soccer)
James Alan Segala, '93 (Football)
Pierre Sevigny, '61 (Wrestling)
Robert H. Westermann (Football)

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