The 2012 Legion Of Excellence Inductees Are Announced


    Athletics News |

    Oct. 12, 2012

    CINCINNATI - Each year, the University of Cincinnati Department Of Athletics recognizes its top student-athletes with an induction into the Legion of Excellence. This year's class of 17 will be recognized at the Legion of Excellence gala on Tuesday, October 30th at the Kingsgate Marriott near UC's campus. The night will also include the induction of the newest James P. Kelly, Sr., Athletics Hall of Fame members, and the bestowing of the Order of the Black Blazer to the department's most devoted supporters.

    The selection into the Legion of Excellence is based on the student's cumulative grade-point average and good academic standing within the individual's athletics team and college. Due to team competitions the evening of the event, a small number of the honorees will not be able to be in attendance.

    Induction into the Order of the Black Blazer recognizes individuals for their contributions and support of UC Athletics. This year, Black Blazer's will be bestowed upon Jack Aufderbeck, Roy Evers and George Strike.

    Finally, the James P. Kelly, Sr. Athletics Hall of Fame will be inducting five new members including the 1961-62 NCAA Championship Men's Basketball Team, UC's first baseball All-American Bill Faul, former football standout Jonathan Ruffin, Helen Norman Smith Award winner Miriam Merrill, and legendary Men's and Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Bill Schnier.

    2012 Legion of Excellence Inductees

    Baseball Joseph Jackson
    Men's Basketball Kelvin Gaines
    Women's Basketball Kayla Cook
    Men's Cross Country Matthew Collmar
    Women's Cross Country Sara Knollman
    Football Eric Lefeld
    Men's Golf David Tepe
    Women's Golf Olivia Dose
    Lacrosse Jennifer Walsh
    Men's Soccer Peter Janelli
    Women's Soccer Erin Kaufman
    Men's Swimming Matthew Hargrove
    Women's Swimming Jennifer Williamson
    Tennis Carly Wilson
    Men's Track Matthew Bova
    Women's Track Mackenzie Fields
    Volleyball Emily MacIntyre

     James P. Kelly Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

    1961-62 NCAA Champion Men's Basketball Team

    Bill Faul, Baseball

    Miriam Merrill, Women's Track & Field

    Jonathan Ruffin, Football

    Bill Schnier, Track & Field Head Coach

    2012 Order of the Black Blazer Inductees

    Jack Aufderbeck

    Roy Evers

    George Strike

    When: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Reception - 6:15 pm Dinner and Program - 7:00 pm

    Where: Marriott Kingsgate 151 Goodman Drive Cincinnati, Ohio 45219

    Cost: Individual - $100 Table (8 Seats) - $800 Sponsor a student athlete - $100

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