TAMPA - The University of South Florida Athletics Department announced the members of its 2013 Hall of Fame class during BullsFest on May 11 at the USF Sun Dome.
The 2013 class of inductees includes USF’s all-time winningest men’s basketball coach Bobby Paschal, USF’s all-time passer Marquel Blackwell, All-American and major-leaguer Chris Heintz and USF record holder in three track and field events Dayana Octavien.
The class of 2013 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on the evening of Friday, Sept. 27, the night prior to USF’s home football game against Miami. This year's class marks the fifth class to be inducted into the USF Hall of Fame, joining 18 individuals and one team that have been enshrined in the annual celebration.
The inaugural inductees, the class of 2009, were former men's basketball player Charlie Bradley, former women's basketball player Wanda Guyton, former Director of Athletics Dick Bowers, two-time National Champion in rifle Michelle Scarborough and the members of the 1984-85 National Champion swimming team.
In 2010, the second class inducted included six-time women's tennis conference coach of the year Sherry Bedingfield, USF's most decorated women's track and field athlete Kerine Black, baseball All-American Ross Gload, USF's first men's soccer coach Dan Holcomb and national championship swimmer Joe Lewkowicz.
The 2011 class of inductees included volleyball's two-time Conference USA player of the year Michelle Collier, men's basketball all-time great Radenko Dobras, ultra-successful men's swimming coach Robert Grindey, long-time NFL standout Anthony Henry, men's soccer All-American Fergus Hopper and softball's lone two-time All-American, Monica Triner.
The 2012 class of inductees included former USF Athletics Director, Lee Roy Selmon, long-time NBA veteran and former USF men's basketball star, Chucky Atkins, and the all-time leading scorer in USF women's basketball history, Jessica Dickson.
The Executive Committee that leads the selection of Hall of Fame inductees is made up of Chair Richard Gonzmart (President, Columbia Restaurants), John Gerdes (Director of Stewardship and Development, Cathedral of St. Jude The Apostle and St. Jude School), Oscar Horton (Owner & President, Sun State International Trucks, LLC.), Jim Louk (Asst. AD/Broadcasting), Linda Simmons (President, R.R. Simmons Construction, Inc.), Mark Robinson (Business Manager, Safety Harbor Montessori Academy) and Steve Walz (Assistant AD/Director of Sports Medicine).
In the 18 years he spent at the University of South Florida, Bobby Paschal left a huge mark on the department, serving as the head men’s basketball coach from 1986-96 and playing a valuable role in the Bulls’ entrance into college football as an assistant to the athletic director from 1996-2004.
Paschal’s 10 years at the helm of the basketball program featured some of the top showings in program history, including USF’s first two NCAA Tournament appearances. He led USF to four overall postseason tournaments having also advanced to the NIT twice, including a run to the NIT Elite Eight, and the squad’s first ever conference championship (Sun Belt, 1990). Paschal also mentored some of the best student-athletes to wear a green and gold jersey at the Sun Dome.
Paschal finished his career with 127 wins, the most by any USF men’s basketball coach, and was named the 1990 Sun Belt Coach of the Year. He led his squad through three conference changes while keeping a winning record in league play.
Paschal recruited and coached USF Hall of Famers Chucky Atkins and Radenko Dobras. Atkins was one of the premier point guards in the country during his time at USF (1992-96). He was just the second player to have his jersey retired at USF and is the third all-time leading scorer in program history. Dobras also had his number retired after becoming the only Bull to lead USF in scoring in four-straight seasons. He graduated with a 3.6 GPA in computer engineering and led the Bulls to their first conference championship as the Sun Belt’s Most Valuable Player in 1990.
Marquel Blackwell was a four-year standout quarterback for USF from 1999-2002, served on the Bulls' coaching staff as a program assistant from 2009-11 and is now back as the Director of Player Development. He spent the 2012 season as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky under Willie Taggart.
Blackwell holds most of the Bulls career passing records, including touchdowns (67), completions (795), attempts (1,417) and passing yards (9,108), after gaining the starting job early in his freshman season. He also ranks ninth in career rushing yards (1,235) and fifth in rushing touchdowns (20).
While leading the Bulls, Blackwell compiled a 30-12 record and remains USF’s all-time winningest quarterback. He led USF to its first ever nine-win season in 2002, while serving as one of the team’s four captains.
After college, Blackwell signed with the New York Jets, appearing and starting in the last preseason game before the 2003 season. Following stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Storm, Blackwell began his coaching career as the offensive coordinator at Tampa’s Freedom High School in 2006 before serving as head coach at Freedom from 2007-08.
A St. Petersburg, Fla., native, Blackwell played his prep football at Dixie Hollins High School.
A four-year contributor and three-year starter with the USF baseball team from 1993-96, Chris Heintz was a fixture for the Bulls at shortstop and third base, hitting .310 over 767 career at bats, and never finishing a season with a batting average below .300. In his senior season, Heintz dominated at the plate, hitting .400 with 16 home runs and 95 RBI, finishing fourth on USF’s single-season batting average list and fifth in career RBI with 195.
After his stellar senior season in which Heintz helped USF to a Conference USA title as well as two NCAA Regional wins, he earned multiple honors, being named a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, as well as a third-team All-American by the Super Smith Team. He was named USF’s 1996 Student Athlete of the Year.
Heintz was drafted by the Chicago White Sox organization in 1996, and made his Major League debut as a catcher with the Minnesota Twins on September 10, 2005. Heintz played in the majors with the Twins for three years from 2005-2007, seeing action in a career-high 24 games in 2007, before retiring in 2008 and returning to USF to join Lelo Prado’s staff as an assistant baseball coach.
Heintz served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, was a member of Bull WHIPS (We Help Influence Peers) and participated in the USF Children’s Festival sponsored by the USF College of Education. Heintz continues to be an active member in the USF community, passing along his All-American knowledge of the game through baseball as well as softball camps.
As the USF record holder in three events, track and field standout Dayana Octavien surely left her mark on the USF program. Competing for the Bulls from 2000-04 as a throws specialist, the Naples, Fla. native set the hammer throw record as just a freshman with her toss of 172-6. She improved upon that mark during her time in Tampa, closing out her career with a personal-best 209-10 throw which still stands as the best at USF and is 23 feet ahead of second place on the top 10 list.
She was a two-time All-American after qualifying for the NCAA Championships twice in both the hammer and discus and entered the 2004 outdoor NCAA meet as the second-best discus thrower in the country. She won five Conference-USA titles during her USF tenure and was named the C-USA Athlete of the Year in three straight seasons (2003 outdoor, 2004 indoor and outdoor). Additionally she was one of three Bulls to be named to the C-USA All-Decade Team in 2004-05.
Along with the hammer throw record, Octavien also holds USF’s top mark in the discus at 191-9, 18 feet ahead of second place and the indoor weight throw at 69-9.5. She is also second all-time in the indoor shot put (48-8) and third in the outdoor shot put (51-2.75).
After wrapping up her stellar career at USF, Octavian continued her career professionally as an assistant coach for the track and field team from 2004-06. She also competed internationally, representing Haiti in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.