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BALTIMORE, MD -- Johns Hopkins University will induct eight new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, April 30. The eight-member class is the 22nd to be inducted since the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame was formed in 1994 and raises the total number of members to 176. The group will be honored at induction ceremonies scheduled to take place at 6:30 pm in the Newton White Athletic Center on the Johns Hopkins campus. Festivities will include a cocktail reception at 6:30 pm, the induction ceremony at 8 pm and a post-induction reception.
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Below is a look at the eight individuals who comprise the 2016 class of inductees for the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame.
Director of Athletics
One of just three individuals to serve as the Director of Athletics at Johns Hopkins since 1950, Tom Calder is in his 28th year at the University and 21st in his current role.
Calder succeeded Bob Scott as the Johns Hopkins Director of Athletics and has since guided a program that ranks among the most accomplished in the nation. He was honored in June 2014 as one of four NCAA Division III winners of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year.
Johns Hopkins has placed in the top 40 in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings in each of the last 19 years under Calder’s guidance with a program-best second place showing in 2014-15. The runner-up finish marked the fifth straight top 10 finish for the Hopkins Blue & Black.
Collectively, Johns Hopkins teams have won five national championships and 129 conference titles under Calder’s direction, while 23 student-athletes have earned prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships and 107 have garnered CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. Johns Hopkins’ 91 Academic All-Americans since 2000 ranks as the eighth-highest total among schools in all divisions, while the 52 accumulated since 2010 rank fourth.
While it’s easy to focus on Johns Hopkins’ remarkable record of success during Calder’s tenure as Director of Athletics, he has also worked tirelessly to provide each team with the facilities necessary to compete at the highest level.
The completion of a new baseball facility, Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium (July, 2014), a new tennis facility (March, 2015) and the Cordish Lacrosse Center (August, 2012), a state-of-the-art building that houses the Johns Hopkins men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, are the latest in a long line of facility developments that have been completed during his tenure.
Calder will be stepping down as the Director of Athletics on July 1 to accept a position in the University’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
Matt Campbell • Class of 2005
A leader on three straight Centennial Conference Championship teams for head coach Jim Margraff, Matt Campbell concluded his career in 2004 as one of the most decorated defensive players in Johns Hopkins football history.
Campbell arrived at Johns Hopkins in 2001 and quickly become a fixture at safety for the Blue Jays; he went on to set a then school record by starting the final 40 games of his career. He led the team to a 34-8 record, Centennial Conference titles as a sophomore, junior and senior and ECAC Championships in each of those years as well. Twice during his career the Blue Jays set records for wins in a season as the 2002 team won nine games (9-2) and the 2003 team produced the first 10-win season in school history (10-1).
The three Centennial titles were the first three in Johns Hopkins football history and the 2002 championship marked the first conference title for the program since 1969. In addition, the three ECAC Championships marked the first post-season appearances in program history.
On a team full of accomplished performers, Campbell’s accolades stand out even among this elite group. He earned First Team All-Centennial Conference honors in each of his final three seasons, was named the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and was named an All-American by the Sports Information Directors (1st Team), Associated Press (2nd Team) and D3football.com (3rd Team) that year as well.
More than 10 years after he graduated, Campbell’s name is still prominent in the Johns Hopkins record book. He ranks second in school history in career interceptions (16) and remains the co-holder of the school single-season record for interceptions (8). In fact, since Campbell graduated no Johns Hopkins player has registered more than six interceptions in a season.
Campbell, who finished his career with 256 tackles, spearheaded a secondary that ranked among the nation’s best during his four years. From 2001-04, the Johns Hopkins defense produced 73 interceptions while allowing just 26 touchdown passes in 42 games. The 2001 team, with Campbell starting at safety as a freshman, went through the entire season without allowing a touchdown pass in nine games. He also remains one of just three players at Johns Hopkins in the last 15 years to post 250 or more career tackles.
Matt Doran • Class of 2002
The Johns Hopkins men’s soccer program has produced some of the greatest players in Centennial Conference history since the league was formed in 1993. Any discussion of those great players, and more specifically great goal scorers, must include Matt Doran, who utilized his prowess on the offensive end of the field to lead the Blue Jays to a four-year run that is nearly unmatched in program history.
Doran arrived in 1998 as a member of a highly-touted freshman class. Four years later, Doran and his classmates had guided the Blue Jays to a 65-11-4 record, two Centennial Conference titles, one appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals and another in the Sweet 16 and two ECAC Championships. The 1998 team came ever so close to the final four as the Blue Jays fell 1-0 in triple overtime in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Doran, for his part, was the dominant offensive player that great teams need. He punched up 70 goals and 28 assists for 168 points and finished his career ranked second in school history in each category. His 2000 season ranks among the great individual seasons in NCAA Division III history as he scored a school-record 27 goals and added eight assists for a program-best 62 points. Those marks remain the Johns Hopkins single-season standards, as does his 15-game goal-scoring streak, which also stands as the Centennial Conference and NCAA Division III record.
Doran’s play on the field, coupled with the team’s success, led to a resume of individual honors that also ranks among the most impressive in school history. He earned All-Centennial Conference honors in each of his four seasons, including first team honors as a sophomore, junior and senior, and was named the Centennial Player of the Year as a junior. He was named a First Team NSCAA All-American in 2000 and earned NSCAA All-Region honors in each of his final three years, including first team honors as a junior and senior.
Kyle Harrison • Class of 2005
One of the most dynamic and recognizable players in the storied history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program, Kyle Harrison led the Blue Jays to one of the great four-year runs in school history from 2002-05.
A key member of current head coach Dave Pietramala’s first recruiting class, Harrison opened his career with a two-goal effort in a stunning upset of defending national champion Princeton. Four years later, he ended his career with a two-goal effort in a win against Duke in the national championship game. In between, he became the face of Johns Hopkins lacrosse.
Harrison led the Blue Jays to a 55-6 record, four trips to the final four, a national runner-up finish in 2003 and the 2005 NCAA Championship. The NCAA title for the 2005 team, which capped a perfect 16-0 season, was the first for Johns Hopkins since 1987. The Blue Jays were the top seed in the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons and spent 30 weeks ranked number one in the nation from 2002-05. In fact, in the 40 national rankings released during that time, Johns Hopkins was never lower than fourth and ranked first or second 36 of the 40 weeks.
A three-time All-American, including a first team selection as a junior and senior, Harrison twice earned the McLaughlin Award as the National Midfielder of the Year and was the 2005 recipient of the Tewaaraton and Enners Awards as the nation’s top player. More than 10 years after graduating, he remains the only Johns Hopkins player to win the Tewaaraton.
Harrison finished his career with 81 goals and 45 assists and also ranks as one of the top faceoff specialists in school history as he won 328-of-537 (.611). He remains one of just 11 players in school history with more than 300 career ground balls (304) and still ranks third in career faceoff winning percentage.
Brian Mead • Class of 2005
To be the first person to do something in the history of a program is accomplishment. To be the first person to do many somethings in a program as successful as Johns Hopkins water polo is remarkable. Brain Mead was that remarkable player for the Blue Jays and head coach Ted Bresnahan from 2001-04.
Mead was the first four-time ACWPC All-American in school history and the first three-time ACWPC First Team All-American as well. More than 10 years after he concluded his record-breaking career, he remains one of just two players to achieve either of these feats. He was the first, and remains the only, four-time CWPA All-South selection in school history and was the 2002 and 2004 CWPA Division III Eastern Tournament MVP.
One of the most dangerous goal-scorers in school history, Mead led the Blue Jays in goals in each of his four seasons and set a school record with 100 goals as a senior in 2004. His 100-goal season remains one of just two such performances in school history and the mark wasn’t topped until 2012. His career record for points (399) also held until 2012 and has been surpassed just twice since he graduated.
Mead’s individual accomplishments translated directly into team success. Hopkins won the Division III Eastern Championship three times during his career and posted a then program record 18 wins in 2004.
The 67 wins the Blue Jays produced during his career were the most in any four-year period at that time. In addition to his efforts in water polo, Mead was also a member of the highly successful Johns Hopkins men’s swimming team as a freshman.
Heidi Pearce • Class of 2004
The transformation of the Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse program from Division III to Division I in 1999 drastically changed the recruiting focus of head coach Janine Tucker. Two years after making the jump, Tucker welcomed Heidi Pearce to Homewood to join her program; four years later Pearce graduated as one of the truly great players in school history.
Pearce was a dominant force for the Blue Jays on offense and between the lines as a standout two-way midfielder. She concluded her career with 152 goals, 49 assists and 201 points with her marks for goals and points still standing as the school record for totals by a midfielder.
In addition to her prowess on offense, Pearce was also exceptional in unsettled situations as she ranks among the school career leaders in ground balls (230) and caused turnovers (109).
Pearce’s talents were recognized at the conference and national levels as she built a resume that includes numerous honors. She became Hopkins’ first Division I First Team All-American when she earned a spot on the top squad from the IWLCA as a senior and also twice earned All-America recognition from Inside Lacrosse. The two-time team captain was also a three-time All-American Lacrosse Conference selection, grabbing first team honors as a sophomore and senior and second team as a junior.
Pearce helped Johns Hopkins to a four-year record of 44-24, the 2001 ECAC Championship and the program’s first NCAA Division I Tournament appearance in 2004. She led the Blue Jays to their first-ever wins against teams ranked in the top 10 in Division I as a senior (#9 Vanderbilt and #6 Notre Dame) and helped transform the program into a perennial top 20 team at the highest level of the sport.
Jerry Pfeifer • Class of 1965
Lacrosse, Football, Coach
In an era when two-sport athletes were common, Jerry Pfeifer enjoyed one of the great careers in school history. An accomplished attackman on the men’s lacrosse team and the quarterback and safety for the Blue Jay football team, Pfeifer is generally considered one of the top athletes to have played both sports at Johns Hopkins.
At a time when freshmen were not eligible for varsity athletics, Pfeifer earned All-America honors three time in lacrosse with selections to the second team as a sophomore and junior and the first team as a senior. He led the team in goals and points in each of his three seasons and in assists as a sophomore and senior. He totaled 17 goals and 10 assists as a sophomore, 20 goals and 12 assists as a junior and 17 goals and 24 assists as a senior. For his career, he averaged 3.23 points per game and he remains one of just five Johns Hopkins players since 1955 to lead the team in goals and points in three straight years.
On the football field, Pfeifer graduated as Johns Hopkins career leader in passing yards (1,915), touchdown passes (15), completions (153) and attempts (345) while adding 295 rushing yards. He missed most of one season with an injury and at various times during his career he also handled the punting and place-kicking duties as well.
Pfeifer later joined the Johns Hopkins athletic staff as the head football coach and assistant lacrosse coach. He helped the lacrosse team to a 103-16 record from 1981-89 with NCAA Championships in 1984, 1985 and 1987 and runner-up finishes in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1989. As the head football coach he guided the Blue Jays to a school-record-tying seven wins in 1981; that mark stood as the record for wins in a season until 2002.
Karl Sineath • Class of 2002
One of the truly great all-around players in the history of the Johns Hopkins baseball program, the list of Karl Sineath’s accomplishments on the field and in the classroom for head coach Bob Babb’s Blue Jays is as lengthy as it is impressive.
A true student of the game, Sineath finished his career with a .350 batting average on the strength of 185 hits, 31 doubles, 11 triples 171 runs scored, 70 walks and a school-record 98 stolen bases. He was the first and remains one of just two players in school history with more than 170 hits and 170 runs scored.
Sineath missed most of the 2000 season with an eye injury suffered during a game, but in the four main seasons he played (1998, 1999, 2001, 2002), he helped Johns Hopkins to a record of 129-42 (.754) with three Centennial Conference titles and three trips to the NCAA Tournament. The 1998 team posted a 36-4 record and was ranked in the top five in the nation for most of the season, while the 2002 team was ranked as high as sixth nationally.
Sineath earned All-Centennial honors three times during his career with a nod to the second team as a sophomore and first team selections as a junior and senior. Johns Hopkins also competed in the University Athletic Association (UAA) during Sineath’s career and he twice earned All-UAA honors and was the UAA MVP as a sophomore. The Blue Jays won three UAA titles during Sineath’s career.
A Second Team ABCA All-Region selection in 2001, Sineath was also a standout in the classroom as he earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors three times during his career. He remains one of just two players in school history to earn this prestigious honor three times.
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