Hopkins to Induct Nine in Athletic Hall of Fame
BALTIMORE, MD -- Johns Hopkins University will induct nine new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, April 7. The nine-member class is the 23rd to be inducted since the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame was formed in 1994 and raises the total number of members to 185. The group will be honored at induction ceremonies scheduled to take place at 6 pm in the Newton White Athletic Center on the Johns Hopkins campus. Festivities will include a cocktail reception, the induction ceremony and a post-induction reception; the class will also be honored at the Johns Hopkins-Ohio State men’s lacrosse game at Homewood Field earlier that day.
Individuals interested in attending the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies can contact Melissa Echalar in the Blue Jays Unlimited office to secure a reservation. Echalar can be reached by phone (410/516-6132) or email (email@example.com). Online reservations can also be made through Blue Jays Unlimited.
Below is a look at the nine individuals who comprise the 2018 Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame class of inductees:
Jeremy Brown • Class of 2004
One of the truly dominant pitchers in the storied history of the Johns Hopkins baseball program, Jeremy Brown was the ace of the Blue Jay staff during one of the great runs under head coach Bob Babb.
After missing most of what would have been his sophomore year in 2001 with an injury, Brown returned in 2002 and promptly helped lead Johns Hopkins to three straight Centennial Conference titles, three trips to the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and a staggering record of 108-20. The Blue Jays won at least 34 games in 2002 (35-9), 2003 (34-7) and 2004 (40-4) – this is the only time in school history that Johns Hopkins has won 34 or more games in three straight seasons.
For his part, Brown posted a 24-5 career record with a 3.46 ERA and capped his time at Homewood with one of the great individual seasons in school history. During a magical 2004 season that saw the Blue Jays start 33-0 and lead the nation in winning percentage, Brown posted a 9-0 record with a 1.55 ERA and 93 strikeouts; the 9-0 mark in his final season was part of a run for Brown that saw him win the final 14 decisions of his career.
Brown earned Third Team ABCA All-America honors as a senior, was a two-time First Team ABCA All-Region selection, a two-time First Team All-Centennial pick and was named the Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2003 and 2004.
Statistically, Brown ranked among Johns Hopkins’ career leaders in victories, ERA, complete games (14) and strikeouts (247) when he graduated.
Jackie Fatula • Class of 1989
Field Hockey • Lacrosse
The transformation of women’s athletics at Johns Hopkins into a player on the national level began in the mid-80s. A key figure in that transformation was Jackie Fatula, who established herself as one of the top field hockey players in school history during her career from 1985-88.
Fatula provided a scoring threat not seen at Homewood before her arrival as she graduated as Johns Hopkins’ career leader in goals (36) and points (82); nearly 30 years after she played her final game, she still ranks sixth in school history in points and tied for fourth in goals.
A four-time MAC Southwest All-Star and a National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Region selection as a junior, Fatula held two of the top three single-season goal-scoring (13, 12) and point-scoring (31, 27) totals in program history when her career ended; each of those marks still ranks among the top 20 in the Johns Hopkins record book.
Fatula’s individual exploits translated to success on the field for the Blue Jays, who compiled a four-year record of 40-21-4 during her career. The 1987 team won a then school-record 14 games, a mark that held until 1999 and has been surpassed just four times in 30 years, while the 1987 and 1988 teams both qualified for the Middle Atlantic Conference playoffs.
In addition to her participation in field hockey, Fatula was also a member of the Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team as a sophomore in 1987 and a junior in 1988. The Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 1987 and the NCAA Semifinals in 1988.
Mary Key • Class of 2007
Easily the most decorated women’s lacrosse player in program history, Mary Key’s accomplishments on the lacrosse field rank among the best in Division I history.
A finalist for the Tewaaraton Award and the IWLCA Attacker of the Year as a senior in 2007, Key finished her career with school records of 234 goals and 149 assists for 383 points. She ranked second in Division I women’s lacrosse history in points and ninth in goals when she graduated and remains one of just three players in Division I history with more than 230 goals and 140 assists.
Key earned Second Team IWLCA All-America honors as a sophomore and first team honors as a junior and senior and is the only Johns Hopkins player to earn All-America honors three times since the program transitioned to Division I in 1999. She remains the only player in program history to be named IWLCA Attacker of the Year and her three selections as a nominee for the Tewaaraton represent half of the six all-time for Johns Hopkins.
Key’s 70-game point-scoring streak is the longest in school history, while her four 50-goal seasons represent half of the eight in JHU’s Division I history. In addition, she is tied for first in program history with 45 career hat tricks and holds four of Johns Hopkins’ top six single-season scoring totals.
With Key leading the way, Johns Hopkins compiled a four-year record of 47-23 with three trips to the NCAA Tournament and one appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals; that remains the only quarterfinal appearance for Johns Hopkins at the Division I level.
Brian Kuczma • Class of 1997
Brian Kuczma enjoyed a standout career as a defenseman on the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team from 1994-97. He spent the final three of those four years as the Blue Jays’ number one defenseman and regularly drew the assignment of covering the opposition’s top attackman.
Kuczma earned All-America honors in each of his final three seasons, garnering honorable mention status as a sophomore in 1995 and first team honors as a junior and senior in 1996 and 1997. From 1992-97 he was the only Johns Hopkins defenseman to earn All-America honors more than once and from 1992-2008 was one of just two Blue Jay defenders to earn All-America honors three times.
As a senior, Kuczma added his name to the distinguished list of Johns Hopkins players who have earned the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defensive player and it would be 12 more years after his selection before another Blue Jay won the award.
Kuczma finished his career with two goals, three assists and 173 ground balls. He helped guide the Blue Jays to a four-year record of 40-16 with two trips to the NCAA Semifinals (1995, 1996) and two trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals (1994, 1997).
One of the many Johns Hopkins lacrosse standouts to hail from Yorktown, New York, Kuczma was named to the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team when he graduated.
Dan Nawrocki • Class of 2007
The centerpiece of a class that put the Johns Hopkins men’s basketball program back on the national map, Dan Nawrocki enjoyed a four-year career that collectively ranks among the best in school history. From individual honors, awards and statistics to team accomplishments, Nawrocki’s impact is visible throughout the program record book.
Nawrocki helped lead Johns Hopkins to a four-year record of 73-34, the 2007 Centennial Conference title and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament as a senior. The Blue Jays also advanced to the Centennial Conference title game during his freshman and junior seasons.
One of the dominant low-post players in school and Centennial Conference history, Nawrocki totaled 1,372 points and 947 rebounds during his career. He graduated as Johns Hopkins’ and the Centennial Conference’s career record holder in rebounds, ranked fourth in school history in points, third in blocks (116) and sixth in field goal percentage (.579); Nawrocki remains the only player in school history and one of just two in Centennial Conference history with more than 1,300 points and 900 rebounds.
Nawrocki earned Second Team D3hoops.com All-Region as senior, when he also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors and First Team All-Centennial Conference accolades. He earned Honorable Mention All-Centennial as a freshman and Second Team All-CC as a junior. He was also selected as the recipient of the C. Gardner Mallonee Award as Johns Hopkins’ top senior male athlete in 2007.
Sam Palmisano • Class of 1973
Playing at a time when freshmen were ineligible for varsity athletics, Sam Palmisano was a three-year starter at center for the Johns Hopkins football team from 1970-72.
A team captain and a First Team All-Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) selection as a senior, Palmisano helped Johns Hopkins to a three-year record of 17-10, including a 15-6 mark in the MAC. Only once in the 23 years after Palmisano graduated did Johns Hopkins win more than 17 games in a three-year span.
While individual statistics aren’t attributed to offensive linemen, the success of the overall offense is indicative of the strength of the unit and Palmisano was the leader of a very effective group whose efforts dot the Blue Jay record book more than 40 years later.
The Blue Jays averaged 178.8 rushing yards in 1971 and 189.2 rushing yards in 1972. At the time, these were two of the top 10 single-season rushing averages in school history and rank as the only back-to-back seasons in which Johns Hopkins averaged more than 175 yards rushing between 1970 and 2000.
In addition to the yardage, the 23 rushing touchdowns the Blue Jays totaled in 1971 were the third-highest single-season total at Johns Hopkins in a 50-year span (1955-2005).
Palmisano and his teammates were at their best late in the season as Johns Hopkins compiled a sparkling 8-1 record in November during his three years of varsity action with season-ending wins against rival Western Maryland during his junior and senior years.
Matt Weeks • Class of 2005
The transition of the Johns Hopkins football program from Centennial Conference contender to Centennial Conference Champion took place in the early 2000s; among the key contributors during that transition was offensive tackle Matt Weeks.
With Weeks helping lead the way, Johns Hopkins posted a four-year record of 34-8 from 2001-04; the Blue Jays won a then school-record nine games in 2002, broke that mark with 10 wins in 2003 and added another nine-win season in 2004. In each of those seasons, Johns Hopkins capped the year with a share of the Centennial Conference title and an ECAC Bowl Championship – the three Centennial titles and the three post-season appearances were the first in school history.
Johns Hopkins spent nine weeks ranked in the top 25 in the nation 2003 and finished the season ranked 24th. Prior to 2003, Johns Hopkins had never been ranked in in the top 25.
For his part, Weeks earned All-America honors from two different organizations as a junior and was a two-time First Team All-Centennial Conference and two-time First Team All-ECAC selection. He was just the second offensive lineman to earn All-America honors under head coach Jim Margraff.
Weeks anchored an offensive line in 2003 that helped paved the way for a unit that set then school records for points (315) and yards (4,253). The Blue Jays’ marks for yards per game (386.6), rushing yards (2,197), rushing yards per game (199.7) and points per game (28.6) in 2003 all ranked among the top six in school history at the time and Hopkins produced just the second 1,000-yard rusher in school history that season as well.
Women’s Soccer Coach
The only head coach in the history of the Johns Hopkins women’s soccer program, Leo Weil has transformed the team from club status to national power.
Weil has compiled a record of 375-115-38 (.746) since the program gained varsity status in 1992 and he ranks 10th in NCAA Division III women’s soccer history in career victories. He ranks as the winningest coach in Centennial Conference history in overall wins, league wins (190) and conference tournament wins (25); his Blue Jays have won 13 Centennial Conference titles, including a record seven straight from 2005-11.
On the national level, Weil has guided Johns Hopkins to the NCAA Tournament 16 times and the Blue Jays have appeared in the post-season (NCAA or ECAC) in each of the last 21 years. Included in Johns Hopkins’ 16 NCAA Tournament appearances are one trip to the Final Four, six trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals and nine appearances in the Sweet 16. Currently, the Blue Jays have advanced to at least the Sweet 16 in nine of the last 10 years with all six quarterfinal appearances and the run to the Final Four coming in that time as well.
The Centennial Conference Coach of the Year three times and once the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, Weil’s players have garnered 14 selections as NSCAA All-Americans and 12 as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. In addition, Johns Hopkins has produced 37 CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, 137 All-Centennial Conference players and 63 NSCAA All-Region honorees.
Aerik Williams • Class of 2002
Playing during what may have been the best four-year period in the history of the Johns Hopkins men’s soccer program, Aerik Williams established himself as one of the truly great players in school history.
Williams helped guide Johns Hopkins to a four-year record of 65-11-4, two Centennial Conference titles and two ECAC Championships. He played in all 22 games as a freshman in 1998 and led the Blue Jays to the NCAA Quarterfinals, where they fell in triple overtime. Two years later, Williams helped lead Johns Hopkins back to the NCAA Tournament and a run to the Sweet 16. The 1998 team won a then school-record 18 games (18-2-2).
Johns Hopkins won at least 15 games in each of Williams’ four seasons, never lost more than three games in a season during his career and the Blue Jays were 37-5-1 at Homewood Field from 1998-2001.
A three-time First Team All-Centennial selection, Williams remains one of just six players in school history to earn first team honors more than twice. He also garnered NSCAA All-Region honors as a junior (second team) and senior (third team).
More than 15 years after he graduated, Williams still holds the Johns Hopkins single-season (19) and career (40) records for assists and remains the only player in school history with 10 or more assists in two different seasons (19 in 2000 and 13 in 2001). Williams added 27 goals to his 40 career assists for 94 career points. He still ranks seventh in school history in career points and tied for 12th in goals and is one of just four Johns Hopkins players with more than 25 career goals and assists.
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