The 2012 Legion Of Excellence Inductees Are Announced

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

RSVP: CLICK HERE or contact Dianna Rafferty at 513-556-0668 or