MIAMI, April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame's (UMSHoF) 45th Annual Induction Banquet is set for April 11 at Jungle Island in Miami. Current members of the UMSHoF from a wide range of sports will be on hand along with hundreds of Hurricanes fans to welcome the seven-member class of 2013: Ed Contreras (baseball, 1957-59), Ken Dorsey (football, 1999-2002), Bryan Gillooly (diving, 1994-98), Norm Parsons (administration/coaching, 1972-2012), Brett Romberg (football, 1999-2002), Don Soldinger (coaching, 1984-88 and 1995-2006) and Jay Tessmer (baseball, 1994-95). With these additions, UMSHoF membership will increase to 274.
"The induction banquet is our most important event of the year," said K.C. Jones, president-elect of the UMSHoF, a 2008 hall inductee, two-time Super Bowl winner with the Denver Broncos and founder of the UMSHoF Celebrity Dolphin Tournament. "Not only does the banquet enable us to honor new members, it serves as an annual reunion of the greatest Hurricanes athletes, administrators, coaches and fans. After this event, which helps us to raise funds for the UMSHoF's operations, we turn our attention in full to the largest annual fundraiser: the Celebrity Dolphin tournament that Ray Lewis will host June 28 and 29."
A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 7 p.m. In conjunction with the dinner, the UMSHoF will conduct a silent auction of Hurricanes sports memorabilia. Immediately following the ceremony, which is emceed by Jay Rokeach, attendees will have the opportunity to obtain autographs. Tables and individual tickets are still available for purchase online or by contacting Executive Director John Routh at (305) 284-2775 or via email at UMSportsHallFame@aol.com.
For information about tournament participation June 28 and 29, including boat entry or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.canesfish.com, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact K.C. Jones directly at (305) 925-3660. Save on tournament fees by registering online now until May 1.
Nestled on the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami, the UMSHoF is a 501(c)(3) corporation whose sole purpose is to recognize those student athletes, coaches and administrators who have contributed the most to Hurricanes Athletics over the years. The showcase for the UMSHoF and repository of the great sports traditions of the University of Miami is the Tom Kearns Sports Hall of Fame Building, next door to the Hecht Athletic Center on San Amaro Drive. On display are photos of each of the inductees, the National Championship Trophies for University of Miami football and baseball, as well as the Heisman Trophies of Vinny Testaverde and Gino Torretta. The UMSHoF display includes basketball memorabilia from the Rick Barry years along with items from all of the university sports programs. For information about planning a visit, participating in one of the annual fundraising event or contributing to the UMSHoF, visit www.umsportshalloffame.com, send an email to email@example.com or contact John Routh at (305) 284-2775.
More About the 2013 UMSHoF Inductees
One of Miami's first true power hitters, Contreras led the Hurricanes in homeruns and RBIs in each of his three seasons (19 HR, 67 RBI in 77 games) and also led the team in batting in 1958 (.316) and 1959 (.310). He left Miami as the school's single-season and career home runs leader and he still holds the UM career slugging percentage record (.615) for under 300 at bats.
Dorsey quarterbacked the Hurricanes to their fifth national championship in 2001 and was named MVP of the 2002 Rose Bowl. He was a 2002 All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. The 2001 and 2002 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, Dorsey set eight UM career records, including total offense, passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions and attempts.
Gillooly was a two-time NCAA diving champion, winning the 10-meter platform title in 1996 and the 3-meter springboard in 1998. He was a 12-time All-American, garnering the honor in the 1- and 3-meter springboards and the 10-meter platform in each of his four years at Miami (1995-98). He was also named the 1996 NCAA Diver of the Year and was a BIG EAST Academic All-Star in 1996-97. Gillooly was a finalist at the 1996 and 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Parsons, who served as the women's golf coach from 1973-78 and men's golf coach from 1980-88, coached the women's golf team to the 1977 and 1978 AIAW national championships. He served UM as Director of the Herbert Wellness Center (1996-present), Director of Campus Sports and Recreation (1977-96), and Intramural Director (1972-73), among other positions.
In 2002, Romberg was a consensus All-American and Rimington Award winner as the nation's best center. He was a first-team All-BIG EAST selection in 2001 and 2002, while never allowing a sack in his time as the Hurricanes center. Miami went 35-2 in his 37 consecutive starts, for which he helped to lead the Hurricanes to the 2001 national title and three BIG EAST titles.
Soldinger was the linebackers and tight ends coach for Jimmy Johnson from 1984-88 and was the running backs and special teams coach under coaches Butch Davis and Larry Coker from 1995-2006. He was on the 1987 and 2001 national championship coaching staffs; he also coached six of the seven Miami running backs that rushed for 1,000 yards in a season (Willis McGahee, Edgerrin James - twice, Clinton Portis, Danyell Ferguson, Frank Gore and James Jackson).
Tessmer was a first-team Collegiate Baseball All-American in 1995 after collecting 20 saves - tied for second-most in school history - and posting a 1.31 ERA to lead Jim Morris's squad to the College World Series. He finished second nationally in Division I with a 1.16 ERA in 1994, while his career 1.24 ERA ranks second in school history. He holds the UM record for fewest walks per 9 innings (1.42 average) and has the second-most appearances by a pitcher in a season (45 in 1995). Tessmer finished his career with 23 saves and played for the New York Yankees.
David Schull University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame, (858) 717-2310, firstname.lastname@example.org
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