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Varsity "K" Hall of Fame to Induct Seven Members on Sept. 6Posted Sep. 1, 2014
Kent State University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced its 2014 Varsity “K” Hall of Fame class consisting of seven members who will be introduced as part of the 36th induction ceremony on Sept. 6.
Joining the Kent State Varsity "K" Athletics Hall of Fame are Tara Delaney (women's golf, 2004-08), Kimberly Dimitroff (women's soccer, 2004-07), Bob Hallen (football, 1994-97), DeAndre Haynes (men's basketball, 2002-06), Mike Lude (administrator, 1970-76), Bill Swettenham (men's soccer, 1966-69) and Mindy Wirtz (women's track and field, 1993-96). In addition, the 1972 MAC Championship football team will receive the Team of Distinction honor and FedEx Freight CFO Don Brown, '77, will be recognized as the Distinguished Athletic Alumnus. Former track and field letter winner Glenn Peterson,'84, will be honored as the 2014 Varsity "K" Person of the Year, and Dave and Sherry Joy will be this year's Honorary Varsity "K" Members.
Delaney was named MAC Golfer of the Year in both 2006 and 2007. She earned All-MAC First Team honors in all four of her seasons at Kent State from 2005-08, helping the Golden Flashes to four straight conference championships. Delaney was co-medalist at the 2006 MAC Championships and won three career tournaments. She was the MAC Freshman of the Year in 2005 and earned All-American honorable mention from Golfweek in 2007. The Carlow, Ireland, native had 21 Top 10 career finishes.
Dimitroff becomes Kent State's first women's soccer player to be inducted into the Varsity "K" Hall of Fame. A four-time All-MAC selection, she earned first team all-conference honors in three seasons. She was named MAC Freshman of the Year in 2004, helping the Golden Flashes to a MAC regular season championship. The Oakville, Ontario, native still holds Kent State's single-season records for goals (16) and points (36), and held the career record for goals scored for seven years.
Hallen was a four-year starter on Kent State's offensive line and an All-MAC First Team selection in 1997. He also earned honorable mention on the College Sports News All-America Team. In 1998, Hallen became the first Kent State player selected to compete in the 49-year history of the Senior Bowl. Later that year, he was chosen in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. The Mentor, Ohio, native played 10 seasons in the NFL with the Falcons, Chargers and Browns.
Haynes became Kent State's first MAC Player of the Year in the 39-year history of the award in 2006. That season, he led the Golden Flashes to MAC regular season and tournament titles. Haynes earned All-MAC honorable mention as a sophomore in 2004 and was named to the All-MAC Freshman Team in 2003. He helped the Golden Flashes to four straight 20-win seasons and three consecutive NIT appearances from 2003-05. The Detroit native is Kent State's career leader in both assists (625) and steals (229) and currently serves as an assistant coach.
Lude served as director of athletics from 1970-76. In 1971, he hired Hall of Fame coaches Don James and Ron Gray. A year later, Lude hired Tod Boyle, who led the Golden Flashes to four MAC swimming titles over the next five years. In 1975, Lude appointed Judy Devine as assistant athletic director for women's sports. His time at Kent State included the Golden Flashes' only outright MAC championship in football and a second place finish at the Men's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Lude reorganized Kent State's booster clubs into one Blue and Gold Club and played a strong role in the MAC's expansion from six teams to 10. He later served as athletic director at the University of Washington for 15 years.
Swettenham played soccer from 1966-68, finishing as Kent State's career leader in both points and assists. In 1967, he scored 10 goals and added three assists. The following year, Swettenham totaled five goals and five assists. He was selected to both the All-Ohio Team and the All-Midwest Team. The Cleveland, Ohio, native was named Kent State's Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
Wirtz was a three-time All-American in discus, placing as high as second at the 1995 NCAA Championships. The following season, she was named MAC Track Athlete of the Year. Wirtz placed 10th at the NCAA Championships in shot put. Among shot put, discus and weight throw, she was a seven-time MAC champion with two second place finishes. The Medina, Ohio, native held the Kent State discus record for 19 years (1995-2014) and ranks seventh in shot put.
This year's group of seven inductees brings the membership of the Varsity "K" Athletics Hall of Fame to 291 since the original 13-member charter class of 1979. The induction ceremony will take place on Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center. The 2014 class and honorees will then be introduced at halftime of the football game against South Alabama.
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