USF Athletics Hall of Fame Nomination Information
TAMPA - The University of South Florida Department of Athletics announced the members of the 2010 Hall of Fame class during BullsFest on May 1 at the USF Marshall Center.
The 2010 class of inductees includes 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.
An already accomplished player, amateur and professionally, USF graduate Sherry Bedingfield would turn in her playing career and return to USF in 1980 to begin an illustrious 23 year career as women's head coach. She led the Bulls to 348 career wins, accounting for more than 64 percent of the total wins in USF women's tennis history. Her 1984 squad set the Bulls' highest win total for a single season, and the 27 victories tallied that season still stand to date. Bedingfield's Bulls lay claim to 10 conference championships, four in the Sun Belt, four Metro Championships and two Conference‐USA titles to go along with six second place finishes. In 1985, Bedingfield's Bulls capped off a 24‐10 season, with their second consecutive Sun Belt Championship and their first ever NCAA tournament appearance, the first of five that would come during Bedingfield's reign. Over her 23 seasons, four Bulls earned All‐America honors, more than 50 of her players were all‐conference selections and she was a six-time conference coach of the year.
The most decorated track and field athlete in USF history, Kerine Black was crowned C‐USA Champion in nine different events, she was named the C‐USA Athlete of the Year on three separate occasions and was most recently named to the conference All‐Decade team in 2004‐05, still holding the C‐USA record in the triple jump. Black competed in the triple jump, long jump and the 4x100 relay, earning an unprecedented five All‐America honors in the three events and posted 12 NCAA qualifying marks while being named the USF Athlete of the Year in 1999‐2000. She owns nine school records - more than any other track athlete to date - and ranks among the top five in three other events. Black walked onto the track and field team in 1997 and was at the NCAA Championships by 1999. Black was part of the 4x100 relay team that finished eighth in the NCAA Championships in 2000.
An All-American in each of his three seasons at USF, Ross Gload led the Bulls to three consecutive NCAA Regional appearances, winning a pair of games in both the 1996 and 1997 Regionals. Selected to the 1996 NCAA All-East Regional Team, Gload also left his mark in conference play, garnering 1997 Conference USA Player of the Year, a trio of first team all-conference awards and the 1995 Metro Conference Freshman of the Year. The Bulls won the regular season conference title twice and were conference tournament champions once in Gload's tenure, as the infielder earned a spot on two all-tournament teams. Gload holds three USF records and is listed in the Top 10 in 19 other season and career records. In 1997, he was selected in the 13th round of the MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins and in 2005 with the Chicago White Sox, he became just the second Bull to earn a World Series Ring.
For the first 22 years of men's soccer at USF, head coach Dan Holcomb led the Bulls to 22-straight winning seasons while posting a 216-86-22 overall record. His .701 winning percentage at USF is still ranked in the Top 30 winningest NCAA men's soccer coaches of all time. The first men's soccer coach at USF, Holcomb directed the Bulls to six NCAA Tournament appearances during his reign from 1969-1986, coaching his team to the second round in a pair of those seasons. He led the Bulls to eight Sun Belt Championships, including four-straight from 1979-1982. The Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 1976 and 1980, Holcomb posted an overall Sun Belt Conference Tournament record of 22-2-3, and in postseason play, Holcomb's Bulls were 24-7-4.
In 1969, swimmer Joe Lewkowicz earned USF's first national championship after setting a pool and school record in the 200-yard butterfly at the NCAA College Division Championships. During his tenure at USF from 1969-72, Lewkowicz racked up 12 All-America honors in five swimming events, and two national titles, the second in the 1972 400-yard medley relay. By finishing in the top 12 in each event at the NCAA Championships, he earned All-America status in the 200-yard butterfly four straight seasons, the 100-yard butterfly and 400-yard medley relay a trio of seasons and the 500-yard freestyle and the 800-yard freestyle relay each once. Lewkowicz helped lead his team to second, fifth, 12th and 15th place NCAA finishes in his four seasons with the Bulls, and set school records in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly and the 800-yard freestyle relay.
USF received over 40 nominations for the Athletics Hall of Fame and all nominees will remain under consideration for the next five years.
The selections were made by the Hall of Fame Executive Committee, which consisted of Selmon and included Baldwin Connelly, founding partner, and former USF varsity athlete John Connelly, USF softball head coach Ken Eriksen, USF men's golf head coach Jim Fee, Columbia Restaurants president Richard Gonzmart, USF instructor and former coach Roni Laughlin, USF assistant athletic director Jim Louk, R.R. Simmons Construction president and CEO Linda Simmons, and former senior associate athletic director Barbara Sparks-McGlinchy.
The USF Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes preserves and perpetuates the memory of individuals and teams whose outstanding performance distinguishes them as competitors, whose accomplishments bring prestige to the University of South Florida, and who demonstrate the character and values that define the highest principles of sport. Induction into the University of South Florida Athletic Hall of Fame is the highest honor afforded by the USF Athletics Department.
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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, former All-American in rifle Michelle Scarborough and the members of the 1984-85 National Champion USF Swimming Team.