Six to be Inducted into Miami University's 42nd Hall of Fame Class
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Sept. 8, 2010
OXFORD, Ohio--Four All-Americans, an NCAA record holder and former Major League Baseball player, and a former National Football League player comprise the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame class for 2010-11. To be inducted during halftime of the Saturday, Oct. 23 football game vs. Ohio University are Danielle Berkemeier '03 (women's soccer), Andrea Cunningham '03 (women's soccer), Walt Podgurski '69 (wrestling), Buddy Schultz '73 (baseball), Becca Williams '97 (women's track & field) and Mack Yoho '58 (football).
Miami's first two women's soccer players to enter the Hall of Fame, Berkemeier and Cunningham were a dynamic force that propelled Miami to four Mid-American Conference Tournament championship game appearances (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002), including three-straight titles and NCAA Tournament berths (2000, 2001, 2002) and a regular-season MAC crown in 2002. Berkemeier and Cunningham spearheaded the RedHawks to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in both 2001 and 2002.
Berkemeier earned Third-Team All-America honors in 2002 from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). A four-time NSCAA All-Region selection, Berkemeier also garnered First-Team All-Ohio distinction all four years and was a four-time All-MAC selection, capturing first-team recognition in 1999, 2001 and 2002. She was the 2002 MAC Player of the Year, the 1999 MAC Freshman of the Year and was Miami's Female Athlete of the Year in 2002-03. Additionally, she was a three-time selection for the MAC All-Tournament Team. Berkemeier is the MAC record holder for career goals and points and owns five Miami career records (goals, points, assists, game-winning goals and games played). She is the MAC co-record holder for single-season goals and owns Miami single-season records in goals, points and game-winning goals.
Cunningham is Miami soccer's only First-Team All-American, earning the honor from the NSCAA in 2000. A four-time NSCAA All-Region selection, Cunningham also garnered First-Team All-Ohio distinction all four years and was a four-time All-MAC selection, capturing first-team recognition in 2000, 2001 and 2002. She was named the 2000 Ohio Player of the Year, 2001 MAC Player of the Year and Miami's Female Athlete of the Year in 2000-01. Additionally, she was voted to the MAC All-Tournament team in 1999. Cunningham is Miami's career record holder in shots and games started and ranks second at Miami in career assists, game-winning goals and games played. She ranks second in the MAC in career goals and points. She also is Miami's co-record holder for single-season multiple-goal games and ranks second at Miami for single-season game-winning goals, ties for second in goals and shots and ties for third in points.
Podgurski became Miami's first wrestling All-American, finishing sixth at the 1969 NCAA Championships at the 191-pound weight class. He was the first of seven Miami wrestlers to garner All-America distinction. Podgurski was a three-time MAC Champion, capturing the MAC crown at the 177-pound weight class in 1967 and 1968 and at the 190-pound weight class as a senior in 1969. He was just the second wrestler in Miami history to win three MAC titles. Podgurski, a three-year letterwinner who also earned a freshman letter in 1966, spearheaded Miami to a pair of MAC titles in 1967 and 1968. The 1967 squad posted a 12-0 mark during the regular season.
Schultz continues to hold the NCAA record for most strikeouts in a nine-inning game, a record that has remained the standard for nearly 40 years since he sat down 26 batters against Wright State on April 3, 1971. His 1.06 ERA in 1970 led the nation and remains a Miami single-season record. Schultz posted a career ERA of 1.77, which ranks third all-time at Miami, and fanned 240 batters in his three years with the Red and White. When he finished his career he held six Miami records. He earned All-MAC distinction three times, garnering first-team accolades in 1970 and 1971 and honorable mention honors in 1972. He helped Miami to a No. 29 national ranking in 1971 and reach No. 14 in 1972 in the final polls. Schultz was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1972 and retired from baseball in 1981.
Williams was a two-time All-American (1996, 1997), Miami's second two-time All-American in women's track and field. A two-time NCAA Championship qualifier, she placed fourth at the 1996 NCAA Championships in the 400-meter hurdles--the second-best finish of any women's track & field athlete in Miami history. Twice named the Most Valuable Performer of the MAC Championships (1996 and 1997), Williams also became just the second Miami athlete to twice garner athlete of the year honors being named the Miami Female Athlete of the Year in 1996 and 1997. A five-time MAC Champion--capturing the 100-meter hurdles title in 1995, 1996 and 1997, and winning the 400 meters and the 400-meter hurdles in 1996--Williams was one of just a handful of athletes to win three MAC crowns in a single meet, doing so at the 1996 MAC Championships. She was a U.S. Olympic trial qualifier, becoming the first alternate for the U.S. Olympic Team in 1996. She continues to own five Miami records: 100-meter hurdles (outdoor), 400-meters (outdoor), 55-meter hurdles (indoor), heptathlon (outdoor) and the pentathlon (indoor), still owning the MAC record in the 100 and 400 hurdles. Additionally, she earned CoSIDA Academic All-District First-Team honors, was a United States Track Coaches Association Scholar All-American and was a three-time Academic All-MAC selection.
Yoho was a First-Team All-MAC end for the Red and White in 1957 and also earned First-Team All-Ohio honors that same year. He helped spearhead Miami to a pair of MAC Championships, winning the league title in 1955 and 1957. A three-year letterwinner at Miami, Yoho and the Red and White never lost a MAC contest, compiling an impressive 14-0-1 league record during his three-year playing stint and amassed a 22-4-1 overall record. He helped Miami to an undefeated 9-0 season, including a 5-0 MAC record, under Coach Ara Parseghian in 1955. During his senior campaign in which he was a team captain, Miami again went undefeated in MAC play (5-0) under Coach John Pont. After Miami, Yoho spent two years in the Canadian Football League (1958-59) before playing in the National Football League from 1960-64. He spent his first four NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills and his final season with the Boston Patriots.
A Hall of Fame brunch will be held at the Shriver Center Heritage Room on Miami University's campus at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 and the inductees will be further recognized later that afternoon during the football game versus Ohio. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Space is limited for the brunch and reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. NO walk-up tickets will be available. Reservations will be taken until 5 p.m. Oct. 18. Cost of the brunch is $18 per person and reservations can be made by contacting the Miami Athletics Ticket Office at 1-866-MUHAWKS or 513-529-HAWK.