2015 F&M Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

2015 F&M Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall will induct seven new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Homecoming Weekend. Jerome Allen Taylor ’83, Anjali Ponni Rajkumar ’02, Brad Ramsey ’88, Wendy Somers ’85, Ed Woge, Bruce Cobb ’77, Bob Kaithern ’75 and the 1952 Basketball Team will be honored at an induction ceremony scheduled for Friday, October 2nd.

The class is the 34th to be inducted since the F&M Athletic Hall of Fame was formed in 1969 and raises the total number of members to 234 individuals and 13 teams. 

Below is a look at the 2015 F&M Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees: 

Jerome Allen Taylor ’83 - Basketball/Baseball 

Taylor was a rare two-sport athlete at F&M, excelling in both basketball and baseball. He helped lead the basketball team to the 1980-81 Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championship and finished his career with 1,339 points, good for the 12th most in program history, while his 546 career field goals place him 10th. His postseason accolades include ECAC Rookie of the Year in 1980-81, All-MAC South Team in 1981-82, All-ECAC South Team and All-District Second Team in 1982-83. 

In baseball, Taylor ranked second on the team in RBIs as a sophomore and was a team captain during his senior year. He was also named the Outstanding Male Senior Athlete in 1982-83. 

Anjali Ponni Rajkumar ’02 - Women’s Squash 

Rajkumar is a four-time All-American and one of only three players in program history to accomplish that feat. She was the co-recipient of the 2002 Michael Karvasales '35 Women's Senior Athlete of the Year after finishing her season ranked 11th in the nation with a 20-5 record, the fifth best in program history. Ponni Rajkumar ended her career with a 58-25 record, good for the third-most wins all time. 

Brad Ramsey ’88 – Football

A four-year starter at running back, Ramsey graduated as F&M football’s all-time leading rusher. His 1,986 rushing yards remain the fourth best in program history, along with his 18 rushing touchdowns and 504 rushing attempts. Ramsey captained the 1987 team that went undefeated in Centennial Conference (CC) play to earn its second consecutive conference championship, before picking up the school’s first postseason victory with a win over Kean in the ECAC Championship. His 697 rushing yards during his senior campaign remains in the top 20.  

Wendy Somers ’85 – Women’s Swimming 

Somers wrapped up her swimming career with three All-America accolades, placing sixth in the NCAA in the 50-yard backstroke (28.59) in 1982-83, while tying for fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (24.86) and placing eighth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.79) in 1984-85. She was a co-captain during her senior season and was twice named Team MVP. At her time of graduation, her 28.59 mark in the 50-yard freestyle was the school record and remained that way for nearly 20 years.  

Ed Woge – Women’s Cross Country Coach 

Woge founded the women’s cross-country team as a club in the 1970’s and guided the program to an NCAA National Championship in 1985. During his tenure as head coach, he developed four All-American runners and captured five straight MAC Championships from 1982-86. Woge also led his team to three consecutive NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. 

Bruce Cobb ’77 – Men’s Lacrosse 

Cobb headlined the 1977 men’s lacrosse team that won a MAC Championship and played one of the most difficult schedules on record. His 69 (20 goals, 49 assists) points during his senior year, shattered F&M’s single-season record of 55 and helped him earn first team All-MAC and Team MVP honors. At his time of graduation, Cobb’s 109 career points ranked fourth, while his 89 career assists were first all time. 

Bob Kaithern ’75 – Football

One of the most prolific receivers in the history of F&M football, Kaithern finished his career with the school record in touchdown receptions (21), total touchdowns scored (21) and career points (130), all of which still place in the top five. His 88 career receptions and 1,043 receiving yards at time of graduation stood second and are both currently in the top 20 on the all-time list. Kaithern was named two-time All-MAC, an ECAC All-Star and earned All-America honors in 1974. As one of the team’s captains in 1974, Kaithern set a school record with three touchdown receptions against Muhlenberg, a mark that still stands.

1952 Men’s Basketball Team

Coached by the legendary Woody Sponaugle, the 1951-52 men’s basketball team went 16-3 and set the national collegiate scoring record by averaging 83.4 points per game. The team scored more than 100 points in three games and featured a squad that was remarkably tall for the era with a 6-4 average per man. F&M secured a memorable 79-76 win against the U.S. Naval Academy, pulling off the upset over a highly touted squad that featured numerous All-Americans in the lineup.