Johns Hopkins to Add Seven to Athletic Hall of Fame
March 19, 2008
BALTIMORE, MD -- Johns Hopkins University will induct seven new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, March 29. The seven-member class is the 14th to be inducted since the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame was formed in 1994 and raises the total number of members in the Hall of Fame to 105. The group will be honored at the Johns Hopkins-North Carolina men's lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon (game time is 2 pm) with the actual induction ceremony to take place in Hodson Hall on the Johns Hopkins campus later that evening.
Individuals interested in attending the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies can contact Grant Kelly in the Blue Jays Unlimited office to secure a reservation. Kelly can be reached by phone (410/516-6132) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Below is a short profile of each of the seven inductees.
Edgemere, MD/Sparrows Point High School
John Bielawski is being inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding service and dedication to the Department of Athletics. Bielawski served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Johns Hopkins from 1977 through 1991 and remains one of just four individuals to serve in that position in the last 65 years. He is just the third individual to be inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame without graduating from Hopkins as he joins former Director of Athletics Marshall Turner and former swimming coach Frank Comfort.
Bielawski came to Johns Hopkins in 1977 and is credited with introducing Johns Hopkins to the science of the athletic training and sports medicine area. Hired by long-time Director of Athletics Bob Scott, Bielawski oversaw the athletic training area during a time of significant growth at Johns Hopkins as many of the women's programs were initiated just prior to his arrival and four more varsity programs were added during his tenure. He implemented a preventative care and rehabilitation program that allowed Blue Jay athletes to excel at a level not previously seen at Homewood.
Bielawski worked closely with six Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse teams that won national championships (1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1987) and was selected to serve as the Head Athletic Trainer for the United States World Lacrosse Team at the ILF Championships in 1982, 1986 and 1990 in large part because of his work with the Blue Jay lacrosse team.
Lacrosse Football Wrestling
A standout performer in lacrosse, football and wrestling during his career at Homewood, Charlie Coker enjoyed one of the finest athletic careers in school history. He was a member of three USILA National Championship men's lacrosse teams and helped guide the Blue Jay football team to at least a share of the 1967, 1968 and 1969 MAC South Championships. Freshmen were not eligible for varsity competition during his career, but he earned seven varsity letters with one in wrestling to go with the three each in lacrosse and football.
Coker earned First Team All-America honors in lacrosse in 1969 and 1970 as a midfielder after garnering honorable mention status as a sophomore in 1968. He finished his career with 53 goals and 21 assists after leading the team in goals (16) and tying for the team-lead in points (28) as a senior. He scored a career-high 23 goals and added five assists as a junior and was named to the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team at the end of his career.
Coker also spearheaded one of the finest three-year runs in the history of the Johns Hopkins football program. The Blue Jays posted an 18-7 record during his career with an outright MAC South Championship in 1967 and co-championships in 1968 and 1969. A standout defensive back and kick return specialist, he graduated as the school's career leader in interceptions (10) and punt return yards (411) and still ranks among the top 10 in school history in both categories.
Coker completed an undefeated season on the freshman wrestling team before moving up to varsity as a sophomore. He went undefeated during the regular season that year as well before being eliminated from the Mason Dixon Conference Championships with his only collegiate loss in wrestling.
One of the truly great players in the storied history of the Johns Hopkins baseball program, Dave Emala played three years of baseball and football at Homewood before foregoing his senior year after being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1977. He was selected in the 20th-round by his hometown team and later returned to Hopkins to earn his degree.
Emala started at three different positions during his baseball career at Hopkins as he started in center field as a freshman before moving to third base as a sophomore and shortstop as a junior. He twice earned All-MAC South honors in baseball and garnered First Team All-America and First Team Academic All-America honors as a junior. He hit .365 as a sophomore, when he helped Johns Hopkins to its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship. He enjoyed one of the finest seasons in school history a year later as a junior when he hit .427 with a .653 slugging percentage and a .552 on-base percentage. The Orioles drafted him shortly after the 1977 season.
Like baseball, Emala also proved his versatility in football as he played quarterback and wide receiver and handled the punting chores at various times during his career. Earned starting time as a freshman and sophomore at quarterback before moving to wide receiver during the middle of his sophomore year. Totaled 43 receptions for 689 yards and six touchdowns in a season-and-a-half at wide receiver and led the team with 28 receptions for 402 yards and two touchdowns as a junior.
Blue Bell, PA/Wisahickon
A four-year letter winner and three-year starter on the men's basketball team, Frank Grzywacz helped lead Johns Hopkins to one of the greatest four-year runs in school history during his career. From 1990-94 the Blue Jays compiled a 78-32 record, advanced to the NCAA Tournament all four years, won the 1991 MAC Championship and finished as league runners-up in 1992 (MAC) and 1994 (Centennial). His class remains one of just two that have qualified for the NCAA Tournament four times in men's basketball.
Grzywacz proved to be one of the most versatile and hard-working players in school history as he finished his career ranked in the top four in school history in six categories and in the top eight in another. He ranked second in school history in rebounds (730) and field goal percentage (.607) and fourth in points scored (1,181) and games played (108) when he graduated. He still ranks among the top 10 in all seven categories and remains the only post player in school history ranked among the top 10 in career assists (226) and is the only player in school history with more than 1,000 points, 700 rebounds and 225 assists.
Grzywacz earned Honorable Mention All-MAC Southeast as a junior and Second Team All-Centennial and Second Team All-UAA honors as a senior.
Dix Hills, NY/Half Hollow Hills West
One of the last great two-sport athletes at Johns Hopkins, Brad McLam enjoyed a four-year career rivaled by few in men's lacrosse and football at Homewood.
McLam was a four-year letter winner and two-time All-American in lacrosse as a standout long-stick defensive midfielder. He garnered Third Team All-America honors as a senior after earning honorable mention honors as a junior. During those two years the Blue Jays allowed more than 10 goals in a game just twice in 27 games and held 14 opponents to seven goals or less during that period. He helped guide the Blue Jays to the 1984 and 1985 NCAA Championships, an appearance in the 1983 NCAA Championship game and a trip to the NCAA Semifinals in 1986. The Blue Jays compiled a sparkling 49-5 record during his career, including a 30-1 mark at Homewood Field.
As impressive as McLam's accomplishments were in lacrosse, he was equally successful in football, where he was one of the true stars in the early years of the Centennial Conference. He graduated as JHU's career leader in rushing (2,244) and all-purpose yards (3,921) and also set records for rushing touchdowns in a season (11) and game (4) and kickoff returns yards in a game (184). The latter three of those five records still stand and he still ranks among the top five in rushing and all-purpose yards.
McLam earned First Team All-Centennial honors as a junior and led the team in rushing and all-purpose yards in each of his final three years.
One-half of a dynamic scoring duo that roamed the lacrosse field at Johns Hopkins in the 1990s, Brian Piccola ranks among the all-time greats in the storied history of the Blue Jay lacrosse program. He and fellow 2008 Hall of Fame inductee Terry Riordan combined for just under 500 points between 1992 and 1995.
Piccola helped guide the Blue Jays to three appearances in the NCAA Semifinals during his career and Hopkins spent virtually the entire 1995 season ranked number one in the nation. He remains one of just 19 players in school history to earn All-America honors four times as he garnered honorable mention status as a freshman, second team honors as a junior and first team accolades as sophomore and senior.
Piccola's name can be found throughout the Johns Hopkins record book as he finished his career ranked second in school history in goals (154) and points (245) and tied for seventh in assists (now tied for eighth). He is one of just three players in school history with more than 125 career goals and 90 career assists and is the only player in school history with more than 150 goals and 90 assists.
Piccola was particularly effective in NCAA Tournament action as he ranks second in school history in career points (38), sixth in goals (23) and tied for sixth in assists (15) in the NCAA Tournament. He co-holds the JHU record for most points in an NCAA Tournament game (8) and his six goals against Towson in the 1992 NCAA Quarterfinals are tied for the second most ever by Johns Hopkins player in an NCAA Tournament game.
The most prolific goal-scorer in school history, Terry Riordan wasted little time making an impact on the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse program and graduated as the school's career leader in goals (184) and points (247). He teamed with fellow 2008 Hall of Fame inductee Brian Piccola for more than 325 goals and 150 assists from 1992 through 1995.
One of the most decorated players in school history, Riordan earned All-America honors four times during his career, including honorable mention status as a freshman, third team honors as a sophomore and first team accolades as a junior and senior. He polished off his career in 1995 by winning the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award as the nation's top player and the Lt. Col. J. I. Turnbull Award as the nation's top attackman. He remains the last Johns Hopkins player to win the Turnbull Award.
One of just two players in school history to lead the team in goals four times, Riordan's 184 career goals are 30 more than any other player in Hopkins history and he is the only player in school history to score 45 or more goals in three different seasons and his 52 goals in 1995 are tied for the JHU single-season record. Riordan also holds the NCAA Division I record for consecutive games with a goal (56) and ranks fourth in Division I history in goals scored.
Riordan also ranks among JHU's all-time goal and point-scoring leaders in NCAA Tournament games as he is tied for first in goals (25) and is tied for ninth in points (30). He remains the last player in school history to score six goals in an NCAA Tournament game as he scored six times in the 1995 NCAA Quarterfinals against Loyola.
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