WASHINGTON – A special Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of Fame class will be enshrined during the University’s 150th anniversary celebration this summer on Friday, July 11. The GU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014 includes Laurie Anderson Achin, Sarah Burton Doleac, Kris Gould, Dyan Kovacs, Wayne Langbein, Ronda Jo Miller and Gregory Warren. A luncheon will be held in their honor on Friday from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Kellogg Conference Hotel 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 Athletic 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.
A brief description of this year’s inductees:
Laurie Anderson Achin, ’03 (Women’s Volleyball) was a three-year letterwinner for the Gallaudet women’s volleyball program where she helped the Bison capture the 1999 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championship and a NCAA tournament appearance. She was a three-time all-conference honoree, twice on the second team (1999, 2000) and once on the first team (2001). She was named the 2001 CAC Player of the Year as the Bison posted a 17-16 record and lost in the conference tournament semifinals. That same season she earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) all-region honors. The Schaumburg, Ill., native was picked as the 2001-02 Gallaudet Female Athlete of the Year, was a two-time team most valuable player and was a team captain.
Sarah Burton Doleac, ’82 (Softball Coach) was Gallaudet’s softball head coach for 26 years where she guided the program to 224 NCAA victories in over 600 games played. In 1993, the Bison posted an impressive 16-4 record as Doleac earned Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Coach of the Year honors. In 20 seasons in the CAC, Doleac coached 23 all-conference players. Doleac is a proud graduate of Gallaudet (Class of 1982) where she played four years on the Bison field hockey and softball teams as well as one year on the basketball and tennis teams. She graduated with Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Alpha Pi honors and was named to the Dean's List six times.
Kris Gould, ’87 (Athlete, Honorary Contributor) has been a part of Gallaudet University athletics for over 30 years. He was a standout student-athlete from 1982-85 where he played three seasons of men’s soccer (1983, ’84, ’85), three seasons of baseball (1983, ’84, ’85) and two years of men’s basketball (1982-84). He still holds the school record for batting average in a season with .441 set in 1983 and graduated with the program’s career record for batting average with .395. He joined the GU athletics department in 1991-92 and has held many different positions including head coach, assistant coach, athletic trainer, game management, equipment manager to his current post of Facility and Equipment Coordinator. Gould is a jack-of-all-trades, has been the man behind the scenes doing tireless work, and a mainstay of GU athletics for three decades.
Dyan Kovacs, ’98 (Women’s Volleyball) was the ace up head coach Peg Worthington’s sleeve as the middle hitter was a prolific threat for the Bison women’s volleyball team, especially when serving. The four-year letterwinner still holds the CAC career mark for service aces per game/set (0.82 per set). She was named the 1995 CAC Player of the Year, earned two All-CAC first team selections (1994, ’95) and two American Volleyball Coaches Association all-region accolades (1994, ’95). Her single season service aces totals rank second (111 service aces in 1995) and fourth (104, ’94) in CAC history along with her aces per game/set totals of 0.96 (1994) and 0.90 (1995) that rank third and fourth, respectively, in conference history. Kovacs has other CAC single season marks for total blocks (244, ’93, ranks fourth overall), kills per game (5.02, ’95, fifth) and kills (617, ’95, ninth). Kovacs was a member of two CAC championship teams (1992, ’95).
Wayne Langbein, ’96 (Men’s Track and Field) was a highly decorated thrower for Gallaudet University’s men’s track and field program. He was a three-time All-Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) first team honoree in discus, hammer and shot put. He finished first in those events at the 1991, ’92 and ’93 CAC men’s outdoor track and field championships. Langbein was the first back-to-back CAC Men’s Track and Field Player of the Year (1992, ’93), a feat that has only happen three times (twice by Bison student-athletes) in the 23-year history of the conference. Langbein was a standout in the classroom as he was named the CAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, twice, in 1992, ’93. He was Gallaudet’s second-ever CoSIDA Academic All-America when he was named to the second team in 1993. Langbein participated in the 1993 NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships where he earned All-American honors in discus. He competed at four straight Mason-Dixon championships where he won the discus and hammer events in 1992, ’93. He was named the 1993 Mason-Dixon Championships Outstanding Male Athlete. He still holds the school record in the hammer throw when he made a toss of 51.47 meters (168’, 10”) at the 1993 CAC championships. He helped the Bison finish third in the team standings at the 1993 CAC championships.
Ronda Jo Miller, ’01 (Women’s Volleyball) was inducted into the GU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008 for women’s basketball but was not nominated for her women’s volleyball accomplishments. She was a three-time Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Player of the Year (1996, ’97, ’99) in women’s volleyball and a three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) all-region honoree (1996, ’97, ’99). She became the first women’s volleyball player to earn CAC Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season (1996) and a four-time All-CAC first team selection. Miller helped the Bison win their third and fourth CAC championships (1996, ’99) and make two NCAA tournament appearance. Her four single-season kill totals rank first (1,038 in 1999), second (896, ’97), third (845, ’98) and fifth (720, ’96) in CAC history and are in the Top 10 in Division III history. She finished her career with a NCAA record 3,579 kills (tops in Division I, II, III) on 7,117 attacks (.389 hitting percentage) in 583 sets played.
Gregory Warren, ’82 (Men’s Cross Country) is one of Gallaudet’s top harriers in program history. His top four 8K times are still the best in GU men’s cross country team history. He ran an 8K under 25 minutes twice in 1978, those times (24:49 and 24:54) are tops in program history. Warren made three appearances at the NCAA Division III cross country championships (1977, ’78, ’79). On Nov. 18, 1978, he finished 35th out of 200 runners at the NCAA championships with a time of 24:54. He just missed the All-American cut (Top 25 runners) but his performance is still the best a Bison runner has posted at a NCAA cross country championship.
Two years ago, the GU Athletics Department inducted Kathryn A. Baldridge, Brian A. Bippus, Stephanie L. Danner, Michael C. Kent, Barry M. Strassler, William T. Sugiyama and Albert A. Walla.
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 Athletic Department would like to thank the GUAA for collecting this year's nominations. All nominations are then screened and reviewed by the Hall of Fame committee.
The cost to attend the Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of Fame event is $50 per person. You can purchase tickets by completing this form (PDF). This event is part of the Gallaudet Reunion, celebrating the University’s 150th anniversary. Information on the Gallaudet Reunion celebration can be found here www.gallaudet.edu/150.
Note: You do not need to be registered for the Gallaudet Reunion celebration to attend the Athletics Hall of Fame luncheon. This event is open to the public. There is a limit of 250 tickets for this event.
For more information about this year's Hall of Fame event please contact Anna Hall in the GU Athletic Department at [email protected].
GU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014
|Sarah Burton Doleac,
(Athlete, Honorary Contributor)
(Men’s Track and Field)
|Ronda Jo Miller,
(Men’s Cross Country)