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Wednesday November 3, 1999Nine Selected to Florida Athletic Hall of Fame

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Nine former student-athletes, coaches and staff members have been selected for induction into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame, the F Club announced Wednesday. The 2000 induction class will be inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame on April 7. Among the Class of 2000 inductees are Gator Greats Trace Armstrong (football), Karen Davies (golf), Julie Gorman (swimming), Brooks Henderson (basketball), Louis Oliver (football) and Wayne Peace (football). Former football standout Jimmy Dunn was chosen as a Distinguished Letterwinner and Bud Fernandez and James McCachren were both chosen as Honorary Letterwinners. Armstrong, who played only one season at Florida, provided one of the most productive season in Gator history after transferring from Arizona State University. In 1988 he accumulated the most tackles for loss by a defensive lineman in school history with 19. He was named first team All-American and first team All-SEC. After being drafted by the Bears in the first round, he played five years in Chicago and has played with the Miami Dolphins since 1995. He currently serves as president of the NFL Players Association. Davies, a former Lady Gator golfer, joins the Florida Hall of Fame as UF's all-time record holder for individual titles with nine. She helped lead Florida to back-to-back NCAA team titles in 1985 and 1986 and was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 1987. She was named All-SEC in each of her four years at Florida. Davies has spent the last 10 years on the LPGA Tour. Dunn was a three-year starter for the Gators at quarterback and free safety from 1956-58. He led the Southeastern Conference in interceptions in 1957 and was named in the National UPI "Backfield of the Week" in the same year. He also was the first quarterback in school history to defeat Georgia three consecutive times. After graduation Dunn was offensive coordinator under Doug Dickey at Tennessee and later served in the same capacity for Dickey when he became head coach at Florida. Fernandez has served the Florida football team since 1971, dedicating more than 28 years of service to Gator football and the overall athletic program. As the Director of Athletic Equipment, he is responsible for supervising the athletic equipment needs for the University Athletic Association and establishing inventory procedures. He also assists the Athletic Director with special projects as an Assistant to the Athletic Director. Prior to Florida, he retired as a command sergeant major after a 26-year military career. Gorman, a four-time NCAA Champion, received 14 All-America honors during her three-year Gator career. She won national titles in the 200-yard butterfly (1989), 200-yard and 400-yard individual medley (1988) and 200-yard butterfly (1988). She also won seven SEC individual titles, averaging 53 points for three years. She also earned three Academic All-SEC honors. Henderson, a guard from Coral Gables, Fla., stared for the Gators from 1963-65. He was named second team All-SEC by AP and UPI in 1964 and All-SEC by the league coaches in 1965. He was also a second-team All-SEC selection by UPI in 1965 and third-team by AP, as well as earning Helms Foundation All-American honors in 1965. A fourth round pick in the 1965 NBA Draft by Los Angeles, Henderson scored 1,001 career points in just three years of varsity play - reaching the 1,000-point plateau ninth quickest in UF history. McCachren spent 22 years associated with the Flordia basketball program, doubling as an assistant coach and head freshman coach. He joined the UF coaching staff in 1949, assisting four different head coaches during his tenure. Along with his basketball duties, he taught in the College of Physical Education. Oliver began his Gator football career as a walk-on and ended it as the one of the most honored defensive back in school history. He became the first Defensive back from UF to garner first team All-American honors in two separate seasons (1987 & 1988) and was also named All-SEC choice in the same two years. Oliver was one of three finalists for the Thorpe Defensive Back of the Year award. In 1989 he signed with the Dolphins after being drafted in the first round and started from 1990-1993. Peace, a quarterback standout for UF, was a starter for the Gators midway through his freshman year and held his position for the remainder of his college career. He finished his career second on the SEC career charts in total offense. After college he played for the Tampa Bay Bandits as part of the USFL. 2000 Florida Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Gator Greats Trace Armstrong ( Football, 1988-89) Karen Davies (Golf, 1986-89) Julie Gorman (Swimming, 1986-89) Brooks Henderson (Basketball 1963-65) Louis Oliver (Football 1985-88) Wayne Peace (Football, 1980-83) Distinguished Jimmy Dunn (Football, 1956-58) Honorary Bud Fernandez (Equipment, 1971-Present) James McCachren (Basketball Coach and Professor, 1049-72)
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