F&M Announces 2011 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Franklin & Marshall College will induct seven individuals and one team into the Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. Jess Berline ’97, Victoria Jiranek ’94, Louis LeCalsey, III ’62, Wes Lively ’76, Clinton D. Lynch ’74, Stephen Michaels ’00, and Stephen Miller ’00 will be inducted into the Hall of Friday, September 23. The 1987-1988 women’s basketball team will also go into the Hall on Homecoming Weekend.

“We are delighted to welcome a tremendous class of superior student-athletes into the Hall of Fame,” said Director of Athletics, Particia S.W. Epps. “This may have been one of the most difficult years of voting that I have been a part of in my time at F&M.”

The process was made more difficult by the largest single-year influx of nominations. Over 75 people nominated 28 new candidates, leaving the committee with over 150 nominees.

Berline was a standout on the squash courts earning second team All-American honors in each of his four years. He completed his career with a record of 89-38 (.701), leaving him second in career victories at F&M.

Jiranek is the most victorious women’s tennis player in the history of Franklin & Marshall College, posting a career mark of 87-21 in singles and 64-26 in doubles.  The Dean’s List regular led the Diplomats to two top-15 year-end rankings, including a seventh place finish in the 1993 NCAA Championship Tournament.

LeCalsey owns the men’s soccer record for saves in a career, single season, and game. He ranked 12th in the nation in saves per game in 1959 and seventh in 1960. The 1961 All-Middle Atlantic Conference South Division Team selection University of Wisconsin Green Bay’s soccer program and is a member of the UWGB Athletics Hall of Fame. He served on the U.S. Olympic Soccer Team Selection Committee in 1970 and 1971.

Lively was a four-year starter, anchoring the offensive line on two of Franklin & Marshall College’s five undefeated football teams. The 1975 captain was a two-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference selection. Half of the top six years of rushing offense in the program’s history occurred during his tenure.

Lynch was one of the first four-year lettermen once the NCAA allowed freshmen to compete on the Varsity level. A four-year starter behind home plate, Lynch was a two-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference First Team choice. Despite a much shorter schedule in his era, Lynch appears in the top 40 in 16 different categories. He sits atop of the list with a perfect record of catching all 23 would-be base-stealers in the act.

Michaels was a star swimmer, earning three All-American honors in his career. The two-time captain and team MVP is one of only five people in the history of the Centennial Conference to win a championship event four years in a row, taking the 500 Free each year in his career.

Miller was also a star swimmer, earning four All-American certificates. Like his teammate, Michaels, Miller is one of only five people, in the history of the Centennial Conference, to win a championship event four years in a row. He pulled the feat in two different events, the 1,650 Freestyle and the 400 Individual Medley.

The 1987-88 women’s basketball team posted a program-best record of 25-4 in winning the Middle Atlantic Conference South Championship and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Division. The squad advanced to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight despite having lost its starting guard to injury and lacking enough players to run full practices during the second half of the season.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place on the Friday night of Homecoming Weekend. The event is webcast via Stretch Internet, F&M’s broadband streaming partner. The inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the homecoming football game on Saturday, September 24.