Friday February 13, 2004Florida Holds 2004 Hall of Fame Banquet
The University of Florida held its 2004 Hall of Fame Induction Banquet Friday evening as nine former Gator athletes and administrators were formally inducted into the UF Hall of Fame.
The 2004 class includes: Keith Brantly (Track & Field, 1980-1984), Kevin Carter (Football, 1991-1994), Ron Coleman (Distinguished Letterwinner), (Andrea Farley (Tennis 1990-1993), Nicole Haislett (Swimming, 1991-1994), Ann Marie Rogers (Honorary), Bruce Starling (Distinguished Letterwinner), Gudula Staub (Volleyball, 1991-1992) and Mac Steen (Football, 1967-1969)
Keith Brantly: Track & Field - 1980-1983
Track & Cross Country letterman 1980-83 ... Still holds top 10,000 time in UF history (1982), and the top cross country times at five mile SEC championship (l983) ... Two-time SEC champion in the 10,000 meters, l982 and l983 ... One of only three athletes to earn All-America honors indoors, outdoors and in cross country ... Four-time All-American ... Ran in l996 Olympic Games.
Kevin Carter: Football 1991-1994
First Team All-American (1994) ... National Defensive Player of the Year Finalist (1994) ... Lombardi Award semifinalist ... 42.3 career tackles for loss and 21.8 QB sacks rank seventh and fifth, respectively, in UF history ... His 11.8 QB sacks in 1994 were then the third best season total in school history ... 1995 first round selection by the Rams ... 1999 All-Pro defensive end ... Led the NFL that year in QB sacks and was a member of the Super Bowl St. Louis Rams ... Currently plays for the Tennessee Titans.
Andrea Farley: Tennis 1990-1993
Three-time All-American ... 1989 ITA Clay Court Singles Championship ... 1993 ITA Scholar-Athlete and was the programs' inaugural First Team Academic All-American ... Three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and a three-time First Team All-SEC selection in singles ... Posted a combined singles and doubles total of 165 victories during her career and was a member of UF's 1992 NCAA Championship team ... Never lost a match in NCAA and SEC team championship competition.
Nicole Haislett: Swimming 1990-1994
Three-time gold medalist for the USA at the 1992 Olympics (200m free, 400m relay, 400m medley relay (prelims)...Four-time NCAA Champion in the 200 free (1991-94) ... Also won the 1994 National Champion in the 500 free ... National Champion in the 200 free, 200 IM and 400 FR in 1993 ... Her eight NCAA titles is the fourth-best total in UF women's swimming history ... Earned 28 All-America honors during her Gator career, tied for the most in school history ... Captured 12 SEC individual titles, including four-year sweeps of the 100 and 200 free ... Ranked second in school history for the 50-yard freestyle (22.56); first in the 100-yard freestyle (48.23); first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.28); ninth in the 500-yard freestyle (4:43.36); second in the 200-yard individual medley (1:57.15); in the 200-yard freestyle relay, ranked sixth (1:30.91p) and seventh (1:30.95); ranked sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:18.00); in the 800-yard freestyle relay, ranked sixth (7:09.63) and ninth (7:11.64) ... Received the Broderick Award in 1994 ... Two-time SEC Female Athlete of the Year (1993, 1994) ... Four-time SEC Female Swimmer of the Year (1991-1994) ... Florida Sports Personality of the Year (1993) ... Two-time Florida Amateur Female Athlete of the Year (1993, 1994) ... SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Gudula Staub: Volleyball 1991-1992
Two-time AVCA All-America middle blocker ... Owns the distinction of being the first All-America in Florida volleyball history ... Received second-team All-America honors from ASICS and Volleyball Monthly ... SEC Player of the Year, 1992 ... Has competed in over 150 German national competitions ... A member of three German championship teams and three German Cup winners ... Voted the best player in Germany in 1989 ... Played in the 1986 and 1990 world championships in China along with the 1987 and 1989 European championships ... Also played soccer and tennis ... Advanced to the medal round of the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a member of the two-person beach volleyball team for Germany.
Mac Steen: Football 1967-1969
Offensive captain of the l969 team that finished 9-1-l and won the Gator Bowl ... All-SEC offensive guard ... All-SEC and All-America Academic teams ... Graduated with honors and is now an orthodontist in DeLand.
SEC Champion - Indoor 1969 - long jump, 24-0.25, 1970 - long jump, 24-8.5 1970 - triple jump, 49-11.5, 1972 - triple jump, 52-2.25 ... SEC Champion - Outdoor 1970 - triple jump, 49-0.25, 1972 - triple jump, 50-7.5 ... Ranks fifth in school history in the indoor triple jump (52-2.25) and ranks seventh in the outdoor triple jump (50-10.50) ... Served the United States Navy for 22 years as a Naval Aviator from 1975 to 1997 ... Has served on the F Club Committee and the Gator Boosters Board of Directors ... Currently works as a environmental protection analyst and training consultant for the Department of Defense at Designers and Planners, Inc.
Lettered in football in l960-62 ... An outstanding athlete who played running back, wide receiver, safety, quarterback and defensive end at various times during his Gator career ... Honor student and inductee of Florida Blue Key ... Graduate of UF Law School ... He is an ardent supporter of UF and a member of Gator Boosters ... Served as a Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps ... Has served on several boards throughout the state ... Currently is the Vice President of Starling Auto Group.
Ann Marie Rogers:
Senior Women's Administrator from 1985-2003 ... Women's program finished among the top 10 in each of the last 18 seasons, with a top finish of second in the 97-98 season ... Under her leadership the athletic department claimed seven NCAA women's titles, recorded 95 top-10 National finishes, claimed 76 individual NCAA titles and 1,145 All-American honors ... Led the SEC with 12 SEC All-Sports trophies, won 60 SEC titles (highest in league) and claimed 318 individual SEC titles and 618 All-SEC honors ... Will retire from the UAA in December.
Ben Hill Griffin Award:
In addition, Volleyball’s Aury Cruz and men’s golf’s Camilo Villegas were the recipients of the 2003 Ben Hill Griffin Award, also presented at the banquet. The student-athletes were nominated by their respective coaches and chosen based primarily on athletic achievement.
Cruz became the first player in Florida history to be named AVCA First Team All-American three times and the first ever three-time Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 2003. Cruz led the Gators to their first-ever appearance in the national championship match and was named to the NCAA Championship all-tournament team. Cruz set the school record for service aces in a match with nine against South Carolina on Oct. 26, and she was named the SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player after averaging a double-double throughout the tournament. The 2003 team co-captain leaves Florida as the all-time kills and attack leader and is second in school history in service aces.
Villegas earned All-America honors for the third consecutive season as a junior in leading the Gators to an SEC Championship title and a tie for fourth at the NCAA Championships. He became the first Florida player to lead the team in stroke average three straight seasons and tied his own school record by firing a 10-under 62 in the third round of the Atlanta Intercollegiate. He posted three top-10 finishes on the season, including a pair of wins at the Inverness Invitational and the Atlanta Intercollegiate to move within one victory of tying the school record.