Oct. 26, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The 12th group of inductees for inclusion in the Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame has been announced by University of Tennessee Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Dave Hart.
"We are pleased and excited to announce the 2012 class of the Lady Vol Hall of Fame," Hart said. "This distinguished group includes a legendary coach and three former student-athletes whose participation in athletics runs the gamut from the early days of varsity women's athletics competition at Tennessee to an inductee who is being enshrined in her first year of eligibility. It is our pleasure to welcome them into an elite circle of people who have represented the University of Tennessee at the highest level."
The four inductees in the Class of 2012 represent three different teams. The honorees include: Jane Haist (track & field), Michelle Marciniak (basketball), Pat Summitt (basketball-coach) and Young-A Yang (golf). Athletes are eligible for inclusion 10 years after they have graduated from the University, while administrators may be admitted to the Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame five years following their last service to UT.
The Lady Vol Hall of Fame selection committee made a recommendation to waive the five-year "last service requirement" for coach Summitt, making her eligible immediately for consideration. That recommendation was approved.
Enshrinement activities are scheduled for Friday evening, Nov. 2, at the Downtown Hilton, where a private induction ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 3, the inductees will be introduced during an on-field presentation at the Tennessee versus Troy football game at Neyland Stadium.
Throughout the 36-year history of Lady Vol student-athletes, 1,881 women have donned the Orange and White Tennessee uniform. With the addition of the four individuals in the 2012 class of the Lady Vol Hall of Fame, membership now has reached 71 in this very elite Hall.
THE 2012 INDUCTEES
A member of the track & field team from 1977-79, Jane Haist was one of the pioneer elite-level competitors for the Lady Vols in that sport and helped Tennessee to top-five AIAW Outdoor National finishes of fourth in 1977 and third in 1979. The 1979 graduate with a B.S. in education (physical education) was an All-American in 1977 and 1978, winning an AIAW National Championship in the discus in 1977 with a throw of 188 feet, five inches. Haist also posted a fourth-place outcome in the shot put that season (47-10) and was the 1978 AIAW runner-up in the discus with a mark of 176-3 1/2. During her first season at UT, Haist carded a collegiate record of 198-8 in the discus, a mark that still stands as the Lady Vol record in that event. The only female to win the Tony Wilson Award (for Field Events) at the Sea Ray Relays prior to 1993, Haist also enjoyed a fine international career. The native of Fenwick, Ontario, Canada, represented her home country at the 1976 Olympics, placing 11th in the discus. She also competed in the 1977 Pan Pacific Games, winning a gold medal in the discus, and earned gold in the shot and discus at the 1974 Commonwealth Games and bronze in the discus at the 1975 Pan American Games.
A native of Macungie, Pa., Michelle Marciniak began her career at Notre Dame before transferring to Tennessee and establishing herself as one of the program's most beloved players during her 1993-96 tenure. The 1995 graduate and psychology major, known as "Spinderella" for her patented spin moves to the hoop, Marciniak capped her collegiate career by leading the Lady Vols to the 1996 NCAA title and earning NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player accolades. Also a 1996 Naismith All-American and a two-time All-SEC selection (1st team in 1995, 2nd team in 1996) on the court, Marciniak was recognized on the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 1994 and 1996 for her work in the classroom. The two-time NCAA Regional All-Tournament selection continues to rank first in single season three throw percentage (79%) and single game steals (11 vs. Kentucky, 1996), stands third in single season assists (204, 1994-95) and is one of 36 players to score 1,000 or more points in her UT career (1,004). Marciniak, whose in-home recruiting visit by a pregnant-Pat Summitt is the stuff of Lady Vol lore, continues to rank in the top 10 in eight other statistical categories.
After a standout playing career at UT Martin, Pat Summitt came to Knoxville in 1974 to be an assistant coach and attend graduate school at UT Knoxville. When Margaret Hutson went on a sabbatical, Summitt accepted the head coaching position, and the rest is women's basketball history. During a legendary 38-year career as head coach that transitioned to head coach emeritus on April 18, 2012, Summitt became the winningest coach in NCAA women's or men's basketball history with a record of 1,098 and 208 and a winning percentage of 84 percent. She accomplished that while running her program with integrity and assuring that all 122 players who completed their eligibility at UT graduated. Along the way, Summitt led her teams to eight NCAA Championships, 18 NCAA Final Fours, 31-straight NCAA Tournament appearances,16 SEC Championships and 16 SEC Tournament Championships. She coached 21 WBCA/State Farm/Kodak All-Americans to 36 honors, 39 All-SEC players to 82 accolades, 12 Olympians and 34 WNBA players, including 15 drafted in the first round and three picked number one overall. Named the Naismith Coach of the Century in 2000, Summitt was a five-time Naismith Coach of the Year and eight-time SEC Coach of the Year among an endless list of career distinctions that also included head coach of the gold-medal-winning 1984 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team.
A player at Tennessee from 1998-2002, Young-A Yang's score card as a Lady Vol golfer continues to set the program standard. The native of Tae-Gu City, South Korea, was honored by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) all four years, earning first-team All-America status in 2001, earning second-team kudos in 2002 and honorable mention accolades in 1999 and 2000. An All-SEC player from 1999-2002, Yang remains the only Lady Vol player to garner all-league distinction in each season of her career. She also was named the SEC Freshman of the Year in 1999. After graduating in 2002, the psychology major ranks or is tied for first in five statistical categories, including top-10 career finishes (26), top-10 finishes in a season (9, 2000-01), career rounds of par or better (36), tournaments as Tennessee's top scorer (31) and low score after round 2 (65, 2001). She led UT in stroke average all four seasons, carding 74.71 as a freshman, 75.15 as a sophomore, 73.06 as a junior and 74.56 as a senior. In the classroom, Yang was a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member (2000-02), two-time GTE Academic All-District selection (2000, 2001) and 2000 NGCA Academic All-American.
The new group of inductees joins 11 prior classes of Lady Vol Hall of Famers: 2011 - Tamika Catchings (basketball), Bud Fields (volleyball-coach), Kathy Pesek (diving), Semeka Randall (basketball), Sue Walton (track & field) and Ariana Wilson (volleyball); 2010 - Amy Delashmit Neubauer (rowing), Laura Lauter Smith (soccer), Katharina Larsson Samuelsson (golf), Margie Lepsi Schroeffel (tennis), Adrienne Walker Cherry (softball) and Shelley Sexton Collier and Chamique Holdsclaw (basketball); 2009 - the late Dr. Nancy Lay (administrator) and athletes Jane Anthony Wobser (diving), Rosemarie Hauch (track & field), Tonya Lee (track & field) and Kellie Jolly Harper (basketball); 2008 - Heather Burgess Moore (swimming), Dedra Davis Wallace (track & field), Manisha Malhotra (tennis), Dena Head (basketball) and Jill Rankin Schneider (basketball); 2007 - Bridget Jackson Chaira (softball), Nicole deMan Dewes (swimming), Dianne Shoemaker DeNecochea (volleyball), Shelia Collins (basketball), Carla McGhee (basketball) and the late Dr. Helen B. Watson (administrator); 2006 - Tracy Bonner (diving), Karla Driesler McQuain (swimming), Tonya Edwards (basketball), Mary Ostrowski (basketball), Alisa Harvey (track & field/cross country) and Bonnie Kenny (volleyball); 2005 - Missy Alston Kane Bemiller (track & field/cross country), Angie Boyd Keck (golf), Tanya Haave (basketball) and Lea Henry Manning (basketball); 2004 - former UT President Dr. Joseph E. (Joe) Johnson and athletes Jasmin Jones Keller (track & field/cross country), Robin Maine Bugg (volleyball), Nikki McCray Pinson (basketball), Jenny McGrath Weaver (swimming) and the late Ilrey Oliver Sparks (track & field); 2003 - former UT Vice-Chancellor, the late Dr. Howard Aldmon, and athletes Cindy Brogdon (basketball), April Chapple (volleyball), Elizabeth Brown Jarvis (swimming), Cathy Rattray (track & field) and Patricia Roberts (basketball); 2002 - former Head Track & Field/Cross Country Coach Terry Crawford and athletes Catherine Byrne Maloney (swimming), LaVonna Martin Floreal (track & field), Cindy Noble Hauserman (basketball), Holly Warlick (basketball) and Patty Wiegand Pitcher (track & field/cross country).
The inaugural class selected for the Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame was inducted on Oct. 26, 2001. The 10 original members were former UT President Edward J. Boling, first-ever Lady Vol Athletics Director Gloria Ray and athletes Daedra Charles (basketball), Joetta Clark (track & field), Benita Fitzgerald (track & field), Bridgette Gordon (basketball), Tracy Ignatosky (swimming), Peta and Paula Kelly (tennis) and Beverly Robinson (volleyball).