2011 USF Hall of Fame Class Announced at BullsFest
"We're honored to announce the 2011 Hall of Fame class," said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Woolard. "This is an outstanding group that brings in to focus the rich tradition of athletics at the University of South Florida. Each one has made an unbelievable contribution to the growth of this athletic department and we couldn't be more grateful for all the dedication and passion they've shown to USF."Arguably the most decorated volleyball player in USF history, Michelle Collier's name is plastered all over the USF record books. Collier, whose No. 10 jersey hangs on the wall of the Corral, holds eight single-game, season and career records. Collier guided the Bulls to a 120-48 record over her four seasons, which included three NCAA tournament appearances and two Conference USA titles. She made an immediate impact as a freshman, being named C-USA Freshman of the Year in 1998 as well as picking up first-team all-conference honors. After a knee injury forced her to miss the 1999 season, Collier returned better than ever to earn C-USA Player of the Year honors as just a redshirt sophomore in 2000. Collier recorded 38 kills or more in a match three times, setting a school record with 41 against Louisville. In her senior season, she finished sixth in the nation in kills per game and ended the season with 26 double-doubles, including three 20-20 games. As a senior, Collier picked up her second C-USA Player of the Year honor and became the only player in Conference USA history to gain first-team distinction four times. She was also a three-time All-Conference Tournament player. She became the first All-American in USF and C-USA Volleyball history after being named AVCA Third Team All-America. After setting the C-USA career kills mark in just the fourth game of her senior season, Collier finished her career with 2,729 kills. Collier was named C-USA Player of the Decade, as voted unanimously by all C-USA coaches, in 2004. Following her professional volleyball career, Collier returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach in 2008.
One of three USF men's basketball players to have their number retired, Radenko Dobras was a standout on the hardwood and in the classroom. Still the only Bull to lead USF in scoring in four consecutive seasons, Dobras tallied a 3.6 cumulative GPA in computer engineering in the classroom, while racking up 1,935 points, the third most in USF history. Leading USF to their first conference championship while being named the 1990 Sun Belt Championship Most Valuable Player, Dobras was a key component in the program's longest era of sustained success. USF participated in three postseason tournaments during his career; the 1990 NCAA Championship, the 1991 N.I.T. and the 1992 NCAA Tournament. A native of Yugoslavia, Dobras is one of three Bulls to earn first or second-team all-conference honors in three seasons. He earned a spot on the Sun Belt All-Freshman Team in 1988-89, second-team honors as a sophomore and a first-team nod as a junior, before being named to the Metro Conference first team as a senior. He is one of two players to score 1,500 points and record 500 assists in Bulls history. Scoring at a 17.0 point-per-game clip in his career, Dobras also held the school's assist record for over a decade with 534 assists, still good for second. Dobras was also the first men's basketball player in USF history to earn Academic All-America honors.
Robert Grindey served as the head coach for the men's swimming team from 1965 to 1978 and took the team to five NCAA Championships during his tenure. In the first year the team was eligible for NCAA competition, Grindey led the "Brahmans" to a 12th-place finish at the 1969 meet and helped bring home USF's first-ever national championship, a 200-yard butterfly title delivered by Joe Lewkowicz. In 1970, USF placed 15th at the NCAA championships and had six swimmers and divers return with All-America honors. The Brahmans took second place in 1971, with three first-place finishes (one in national record time) by Ricke Morehead, two runner-up finishes and a third-place finish. The team scored in every swimming event that year. In 1972, the team qualified just six swimmers, but placed fifth out of 46 schools. For his career, Grindey coached six individuals that won national championships and one relay national champion. He helped 18 swimmers and relays earn 80 All-America honors. Of the 19 swimming events in the record book, six were set while Grindey was head coach. In October of 1974, Grindey was involved in a motorcycle accident that saw him lose his left leg above the knee. With the help of physical and corrective therapists at the VA Hospital, he quickly returned to his swimming regimen for exercise, and managed to accompany his team to their opening meet at FSU in early December. Not only did he overcome that injury and return to coaching, he didn't miss a single meet as a result of the accident. After resigning as men's head coach in 1978 to continue teaching in the School of Physical Education, Grindey took a one-year assistant coaching position at USF with Bill Mann, his former assistant, who had become the head coach of both the men's and women's programs, for the 1979 season.
A trailblazer in the short history of the USF football program, Anthony Henry was part of the first batch of four-year letterwinners in USF's program. A member of the inaugural team, Henry is third in the USF record books with 10 career interceptions. In 42 career games, he tallied 256 tackles. Although USF competed as an independent during Henry's career, he received an All-Independent Award and was named to the 1997 I-AA All-Independent Team. His senior season saw him tally five interceptions, which is the third-best total in program history. Henry graduated in 2000 with a bachelor of arts degree in communications. In a historic NFL Draft, Henry became the second Bull ever drafted, being taken with the 97th overall pick of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He was the second of three consecutive USF draft picks to be selected in the fourth round of the draft, one spot behind Kenyatta Jones and one spot prior to Bill Gramatica. As a rookie, Henry ranked first in the AFC and tied for first in the NFL with a club-record-tying 10 INTs. After four seasons in Cleveland, Henry was a key signing in the opening hours of free agency for the Dallas Cowboys in 2005. He played four seasons in Dallas and spent his final year in Detroit. Overall, Henry produced a nine-year career with the three different organizations. Henry was one of the league's more physical players at the corner position and was a solid run-stopping tackler, averaging over 50 tackles per season as a starting NFL cornerback. He also had a knack for being around the ball and making plays when the ball was in the air. Sure hands and solid instincts allowed him to amass 29 interceptions over his nine NFL seasons, including six games with at least two INTs. Known for his high character around the league, Henry was an active member in the community, working regularly with the Cleveland Clinic, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, the United Way and the Food Banks of Dallas and Cleveland.
Fergus Hopper helped lay the footprint of one of the more successful USF sports programs. Playing fullback for the Bulls, Hopper was the program's first All-American (1974-76). He was a four-time selection to both the All-South Team and the All-Florida State Team. Hopper was named to the 1976 Sun Belt All-Tournament Team. In addition to being named USF Athlete of the Year during the 1974-1975 school year, Hopper received four athletic meritorious service awards for his work in the community. He led the Bulls to a 36-18-4 record over his four-year career and NCAA appearances in 1973 and 1975. He was a finalist for the 1977 Herman Award, which goes to the nation's top collegiate soccer player. Following his standout collegiate career, Hopper was drafted by the Washington Diplomats of the American Professional Soccer Association.
A force on the mound and at the plate, Monica Triner is widely considered the best player in USF softball history. She is the program's only two-time All-American, gaining second-team honors in both 1998 and '99. She graduated from USF in 1999, holding 21 softball records and posting a career record of 92-33, with a school-record 37 shutouts. Triner had a 0.95 ERA for her career and still holds records for career wins (92), complete games (109), saves (15), strikeouts (641), shutouts (37) and innings pitched (788). She finished her career by winning three consecutive USF Silver Bat Awards, where she led the team with the highest batting average from 1997-99. Triner batted .390 at USF with a school-record 23 home runs and 158 RBI. She still holds records in slugging percentage (.572), walks (141) and on-base percentage (.508). She was a three-time All-Southeast Region selection and was the first softball player to join the USF 200-hit club, a feat only 11 players in 24 years have achieved. She led the Bulls to Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in 1996, '97 and '98 and a third-place finish in 1999. Triner graduated from USF in '99 with a B.S. in criminology. She was the second overall pick in the 1999 Women's Professional Softball League Draft and led the Tampa Firestix to their only national professional championship. Triner played for the Firestix in 1999 and 2000, and with the Arizona Heat in 2004. After retiring from professional softball, Triner spent three successful years as an assistant softball coach at Virginia Tech. In 2006, she joined the Bulls as an assistant coach, where her responsibilities include working with the pitching staff, the infield, and the team's hitting, while also assisting in recruiting.
This year's class marks the third class to be inducted into the USF Hall of Fame, joining nine 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.
The second class 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.
The Executive Committee that leads the selection of Hall of Fame inductees is made up of Chair Lee Roy Selmon and members Larry Antonucci (Asst. AD/Football Operations), Richard Gonzmart (President, Columbia Restaurants), Steve Horton (Assoc. AD/Compliance), Jim Louk (Asst. AD/Sales & Broadcasting), Fred Sikorski (Regional President, M/I Homes, Inc.), Linda Simmons (President, R.R. Simmons Construction, Inc.) and Mark Robinson (Business Manager, Safety Harbor Montessori Academy).