Seven to be Inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame
March 19, 2014
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 20th to be inducted since the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame was formed in 1994 and raises the total number of members to 157. The group will be honored at induction ceremonies scheduled to take place at 6:00 pm in the Newton White Athletic Center on the Johns Hopkins campus. Festivities will include a cocktail reception at 6 pm, the induction ceremony at 7:30 pm and a post-induction reception.
Individuals interested in attending the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies can contact Meredith Isenberg in the Blue Jays Unlimited office to secure a reservation. Isenberg can be reached by phone (410/516-0412) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Below is a look at the nine individuals who comprise the 2014 class of inductees for the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame.
Harrison Bernstein Class of 2000
One of the most decorated and accomplished football players in the history of the Johns Hopkins football program, Harrison Bernstein achieved individual success matched by few in the more than 100 years the program has existed. His abilities also paved the way for a successful four-year run for the Blue Jays that hadn't been seen at Homewood in more than 20 years.
Bernstein earned All-America honors three times during his career as a defensive back, garnering third team honors as a sophomore, second team honors as a junior and honorable mention as a senior. To this day, he remains the only three-time All-American in school history.
One of the top play-making defensive backs in Centennial Conference history, Bernstein finished his career with 222 tackles, including 126 solo stops. He led the team in tackles as a sophomore and finished second as a junior and senior. While he made his name on defense, Bernstein was equally adept with the ball in his hands as he still ranks second in school history in career punt return yards (479) and fifth in career kickoff return yards (836). He is the only player in school history with two kickoff returns for touchdowns longer than 90 yards and he is believed to be the only player in school history to score a touchdown on kickoff, interception and fumble returns.
A three-time First Team All-Centennial Conference selection and the 1997 Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Bernstein helped Johns Hopkins to a four-year record of 24-15-1 and the Blue Jays tied the then school record for wins in a season with seven in both 1997 and 1998.
Doug Brenner Class of 1961
The first men's tennis player to be inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame, Doug Brenner enjoyed a standout career during his time at Homewood from 1958-61.
Competing at a time when freshmen were ineligible for varsity athletics, Brenner was the number one player on the freshman team before moving up to the same spot on the varsity.
Brenner compiled a three-year varsity singles record of 27-8 and graduated as Johns Hopkins' career leader in single victories and ranked second in career winning percentage (.771). More than 50 years after graduating, he still ranks in the top 10 in career winning percentage.
As impressive as he was as a singles player, Brenner was even more accomplished in doubles. With a career mark of 26-5, he still ranks as the Johns Hopkins record-holder for career winning percentage in doubles play (.838). In fact, only one other player in school history has won better than 80 percent of his doubles matches with at least 25 career victories.
Brenner's 53 combined career wins remained the Johns Hopkins record for nearly 20 years after he graduated and his combined winning percentage (.803) still ranks as the fourth-best mark in school history; he held the mark to beat for nearly 50 years.
Brenner, who served as a team captain as a senior, helped lead Johns Hopkins to a three-year record of 24-10 and the 1960 Mason Dixon Conference title. The 10 wins the Blue Jays compiled en route to the Mason Dixon title in 1960 were the most for the team between 1954 and 1970.
Johnny Craig Class of 2000
The success of the Johns Hopkins baseball program has been well documented through the years. With numerous team and individual honors and accolades accumulated in the last 40 years, classifying someone as the best at his position during this time can be difficult. When it comes to setting the standard at catcher, that benchmark is Johnny Craig, who starred for head coach Bob Babb from 1997-2000.
Craig earned All-Centennial Conference honors four times, including second team honors as a freshman and first team as a sophomore, junior and senior. He capped his career with a selection as the Centennial Conference Player of the Year as a senior. From the inception of the league in 1994 through 2006, Craig was the only catcher to be selected as the league player of the year and he remains one of just two catchers to earn the honor. He is also one of just two players in school history to earn All-CC honors four times.
In addition to his Centennial honors, Craig was also a four-time All-UAA selection, the 1998 UAA MVP, a two-time All-ECAC South selection and an ABCA All-Region pick as a sophomore.
Despite the rigors of catching, Craig hit .356 in his career with 176 hits, 50 doubles, 14 home runs, 141 RBIs and 118 runs scored. He still ranks among the top 10 in school history in hits, RBIs and doubles and his marks for batting average, doubles and RBIs are all school records for a catcher.
Craig helped lead Johns Hopkins to a four-year record of 115-44-1, two Centennial Conference titles and two trips to the NCAA Tournament. He fueled a 1998 team that posted a 36-4 record, was ranked in the top five in the nation and set a then school record for wins in a season.
Ryan Kitzen Class of 2002
The centerpiece of one of the great four-year runs in the history of the Johns Hopkins men's soccer program, Ryan Kitzen ranks as perhaps the top midfielder in school history. His creativeness on the offensive end of the field fueled an attack that ranked among the best in the nation throughout his career, while he was equally effective tracking back on defense. Few, if any, midfielders in program history have been as strong as Kitzen at both ends of the field.
Kitzen helped Johns Hopkins to a four-year record of 65-11-4, two Centennial Conference titles, two trips to the NCAA Tournament and two ECAC Championships. Johns Hopkins advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals during Kitzen's freshman year and the second round of the NCAAs when he was a junior. The Blue Jays narrowly missed out on a trip to the final four his freshman year as they fell in triple overtime in the NCAA quarterfinals.
The only midfielder in school history to earn First Team NSCAA All-America honors, Kitzen was a three-time NSCAA All-Region pick and a four-time First Team All-Centennial Conference selection. He remains one of just three players in school history to earn First Team All-CC honors four times and he was named the 2001-02 recipient of the C. Gardner Mallonee Award as the top senior male athlete at Johns Hopkins. He earned third team all-region honors as a sophomore, second team as a junior and first team as a senior.
A two-time team captain, Kitzen closed his career with 29 goals and 20 assists for 78 points. He still ranks among the top 10 in school history in all three categories.
Walter Mitchell Class of 1958
One of the great defensemen to play for legendary Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott, Walter Mitchell was the leader of the Blue Jay defense in each of his three seasons of varsity competition (freshmen were not eligible to play varsity athletics during his career).
Mitchell earned All-America honors in each of his three seasons as a starter, securing honorable mention status as a sophomore before moving up to the first team as a junior and senior. He was the first defenseman to twice earn First Team All-America honors under Scott's guidance and was awarded the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation's top defensive player as a senior in 1958.
Mitchell helped Johns Hopkins to a three-year record of 22-5-1 during his career, including a 22-3 record against collegiate opponents. The Blue Jays won the 1957 USILA National Championship and posted a 16-1 record over Mitchell's final two seasons (16-0 against collegiate opponents).
Mitchell remains one of just 12 players in school history to serve as a team captain more than once and was one of just two players during Scott's tenure as head coach to twice be named a captain.
Anita Patibandla Class of 1998
One of the great two-sport athletes in school history, Anita Patibandla made her mark on the lacrosse field and volleyball court during four highly successful years at Johns Hopkins.
Easily the most accomplished goalie in the storied history of the Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse program, Patibandla earned All-America honors from two different organizations during her career (IWLCA USWLA), garnering first and second team honors from both. She also remains the only four-time first team all-region selection in school history and also earned First Team All-Centennial honors three times as well.
Patibandla anchored a defense that helped Johns Hopkins to a four-year record of 52-15 with three Centennial Conference titles and three trips to the NCAA Tournament. She led Johns Hopkins to the NCAA Semifinals as a freshman and junior and the Blue Jays compiled a 39-1 record in Centennial Conference play during her career.
As a four-year starter in goal, Patibandla still holds the school record for minutes played by a goalie (3,488), goals against average (7.53) and saves (656) and also ranks fourth in school history in career save percentage (.600).
In addition to her exploits in lacrosse, Patibandla helped lead the Johns Hopkins volleyball team to a four-year record of 88-57, including a 27-13 mark in the Centennial Conference. She earned Second Team All-Centennial honors as a junior and first team honors as a senior while leading Johns Hopkins to the first two post-season appearances in school history with trips to the ECAC Tournament. The 28 wins the Blue Jays compiled during her senior year remained the school record until 2012.
Dr. Charles "Chick" Silberstein
Dr. Charles Silberstein is being inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding service and dedication to the Department of Athletics. Silberstein served as the head physician for all Johns Hopkins teams from 1978-1992.
Working closely with head athletic trainer John Bielawski throughout his tenure as Johns Hopkins' team physician, Silberstein served the Department of Athletics and its student-athletes during a time of great expansion as the number of teams and athletes grew continuously during his tenure. The number of varsity teams at Johns Hopkins increased by four and the number of athletes by more than 100 in his 14 years at Homewood.
He helped Bielawski develop a preventative care and rehabilitation program that allowed Blue Jay athletes to not only compete, but excel. His efforts then developed into the comprehensive care that Johns Hopkins athletes receive today.
Silberstein worked closely with six Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse teams that won national championships (1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1987) and staffed all Blue Jay home and away lacrosse games and all home football games while also making regular trips to the athletic training room to diagnose and manage all athletic-related injuries.
Making Silberstein's dedication and service to Johns Hopkins even more remarkable were his other responsibilities and associations, which included serving as the team physician for the Baltimore Orioles from 1978-93 and 2001-09. His work with the Orioles began in 1966 and he served major league baseball in a variety of roles, including a stint as the President of the Association of Major League Baseball Team Physicians.
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