UM, MSU, other state schools announce 2018 Hall-of-Fame classes

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Tis the season for celebration.

Universities across the state are adding to their respective athletics Halls of Fame.

Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan are among the schools that recently announced their newest classes of legends.

Former softball player Jennie Ritter will be inducted into the University of Michigan's Sports Hall of Fame.

Here they are:


Betsey Armstrong (water polo), the first water-polo athlete to join Michigan's Hall of Honor. She was a four-time All-American from 2002-05, and owns several program records, including saves (1,267), save percentage (.654) and wins (85).

Tom Dolan (men's swimming and diving), a nine-time NCAA champion and a member of the 1995 NCAA championship team. A two-time Big Ten swimmer of the year, he won NCAA titles in the 500 freestyle (1995-96), 1,650 free (1995-96) and 400 individual medley (1995-96), as well as a member of three relay teams.

Dave Gallagher (football), a defensive lineman who finished his career at Michigan with a 40-3-1 record including Big Ten titles in 1971, '72 and '73. He went on to become an orthopedic surgeon, having attended Michigan's medical school during NFL offseasons.

Stefan Humphries (football), an offensive lineman who was the 1984 Big Ten medal of honor winner. He won two Big Ten championships, in 1980 and 1982, and went on to win a Super Bowl with the 1985 Chicago Bears. Gallagher and Humphries are the 77th and 78th football players to make the Hall of Honor.

Jennie Ritter (softball), the 2005 USA Softball Player of the Year and Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year who led Michigan to its first NCAA championship. In the College World Series, she had a 0.92 ERA. She left Michigan as the program leader in six pitching categories, including wins (98) and strikeouts (1,205).

Sam Stoller (men's track and field), an NCAA champion in the 100-yard dash in 1937. In 1936, he tied a world record in the 60-yard dash, at 6.1 seconds. That year, he also qualified for the Berlin Olympics. He died in 1985.

The date and location for the ceremony is still to be determined.

Complete bios HERE.

Michigan State

Dale Anderson (wrestling), a two-time NCAA champion at 137 pounds, three-time Big Ten champion and three-time All-American in the 1960s. He led Michigan State to the 1967 national championship (while recording a 4.0 grade-point average) and was the 1968 Big Ten medal of honor winner.

Savatheda (Fynes) Coke (women's track and field), who competed for just season as a Spartan, 1997, but won three NCAA championships that year — the 55 meters, 100 meters and 200 meters. A native of the Bahamas, she began her collegiate career at Eastern Michigan, and won a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Rachel Miller (rowing), the first first-team All-American in program history, and an eventual three-time honoree. Michigan State qualified for the NCAA championships in all four of her seasons. She is the first rowing inductee in the Michigan State Hall of Fame.

Former quarterback Jimmy Raye will be inducted into the Michigan State Sports Hall of Fame.

Jimmy Raye (football), the starting quarterback for the 1966 team that won the national championship, he also played for the 1965 championship team. He was the first black starting quarterback from the south to win a national title, throwing for 1,110 yards and 10 TDs that season, along with rushing for 436 yards and five TDs. He has had a long coaching career, in the NFL since 1977, including with the Lions from 1978-79.

Bill Wehrwein (men's track and field),he won an NCAA championship in the 600 at Cobo Arena in 1969, and also had five Big Ten championships and four All-America honors. He still owns the Big Ten indoor record in the 500 meters, from 1969.

The Celebrate 2018 weekend will be Sept. 27-29, with the induction ceremony Sept. 27 and then a recognition during the Michigan State-Central Michigan game at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 29.

Complete bios HERE.

Western Michigan

Scott Duhl (soccer), a defender who was a two-time, first-team All-MAC pick (2002-03), who led the Broncos to their first MAC tournament championship in 2003.

Jim Havrilla (basketball), a forward who was a two-time, first-team All-MAC pick (1990, 1992), who still ranks eighth all-time in points with 1,554.

Becky Horn (women's track and field), who won 17 MAC championships in the mid-2000s, including eight in individual competition — two each in the 400 and 800.

Former Western Michigan star receiver Greg Jennings had a 10-year career in the NFL.

Greg Jennings (football), a wide receiver who had 39 touchdown receptions in his career, which including 2005 MAC player of the year honors. A second-round pick in 2006, he went on to flourish in a 10-year NFL career, winning a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers.

Doug Marcero (baseball), a lefty, he was the first Bronco to earn MAC pitcher of the year honors, in 1989. He went 11-0 for a team that won the MAC championship.

Chantal "Telly" Robinson (women's soccer), a defender, she led the Broncos to their first-ever MAC tournament title, in 2003, as well as their first NCAA victory.

The induction ceremony and banquet will be Oct. 26 at Fetzer Venter, after the honorees are recognized at the Oct. 25 Western Michigan-Toledo football game.

Complete bios HERE.

Eastern Michigan

Virgie Bullie (women's track and field), who won six MAC individual titles in the late 1980s — the 100 (twice) and 200 in outdoor, and the 55 (twice) and 300 in indoor.

Jordan Desilets (men's track and field/cross country), the 2004 NCAA champion in the 3,000 steeplechase, and the winner of the 2010 Detroit Free Press marathon.

Catherine Fortin (women's golf), a three-time, first-team All-MAC selection who won three tournament titles in her career. Averaged a program-record 74.96 in 2007-08.

Korey Mahoney (men's golf), whose 73.46 career scoring average ranks second in program history. The 2006 MAC golfer of the year, he also competed in three U.S. Amateurs during his time at Eastern.

Andrew Wellock (football), a placekicker who was a three-time, first-team All-MAC selection in the 2000s. His 69 made field goals ranked second-most in MAC history.

The E-Club Athletic Hall of Fame class be inducted in a ceremony Sept. 28, in the atrium of the Convocation Center.

Complete bios HERE.

Central Michigan

Bethany (Couturier) Cole (gymnastics), a two-time MAC champion in the balance beam, in 2002 and '03. She led the Chippewas to four NCAA regional appearances.

Jake Flynn (men's track and field/cross country), of Benzonia, was a three-time, first-team All-MAC pick in cross country, and led the track and field team to three MAC titles.

Amy (Hudson) Clark (softball), a four-time, first-team All-MAC selection who batted a program-record .414 in 2006 and .356 for her career.

Red Keith (football), a linebacker and four-year starter who led the Chippewas to MAC championships in 2006 and '07. He was first-team All-MAC both of those seasons.

Wynn Michalak (wrestling), a three-time MAC wrestler of the year who finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships in 2008. He was 128-24 for his career.

Tristen Perlberg (men's track and field/cross country), who was an All-American in cross country in 2002 when he was 31st at the NCAAs. He was part of six MAC team championships — three in cross country, three in track and field.

1987 softball team, which finished fifth in the College World Series, and had a record of 37-14. Margo Jonker was MAC coach of the year and national coach of the year.

The induction ceremony is Oct. 12 at McGuirk Arena, with the class being recognized the next day during the Central Michigan-Ball State football game.

Complete bios HERE.

Detroit Mercy and Oakland haven't yet announced their next classes of Hall of Famers. Detroit Mercy was delayed by its extensive search for a men's basketball coach, and Oakland by its search for an athletic director.

Wayne State, meanwhile, is soliciting nominees for its next class.