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Tribe to Induct Eight Member Hall of Fame Class For 2009

Williamsburg - The College of William and Mary’s Athletics Department will induct a eight-member class to its Hall of Fame in a ceremony-taking place on March 28th, 2009 at the Williamsburg Hospitality House. The event is schedule to start with a cocktail hour at 6 pm.

The College’s Class of 2009 includes: Ann Cook (women’s soccer), Derek Fitzgerald (football), Steve Jolley (men’s soccer), Scott McCall (men’s gymnastics), Mickey McFadden (men’s lacrosse), Lauren Nikolaus (women’s tennis), Bill Rush (football) and Scott Whitley (men’s basketball).

For more information on the event and/or ticket information, please contact Doug Wood, the College’s Director of Special Events, at (757)221-1599 (or via email at dswood01@wm.edu.

The following is a brief biographical sketch of the eight inductees:

Ann Cook, Women’s Soccer, 1997
Cook graduated as a three-time all-American (consensus first team in 1997 - NSCAA, Soccer America, Soccer Buzz; third team NSCAA in 1995; and second team NSCAA in 1993) and was one of the great forwards ever to place for the Tribe. She started her career by earning Soccer America All-Freshman Team honors and went on to achieve the following:

• Set the school record for single season assists at 20, 1997
• Currently third in school history in career points (133) - Graduated as #2)
• Fifth in school history with 42 goals (graduated as #3)
• Finished second in school history with 49 assists (graduated as #1)

She was simply dominant on both the regional and conference level, as she was a four-time All-Region selection and a four-time, First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association honoree. She was named both the state and conference Player of the Year and was named the CAA Tournament MVP in 1997, when she helped lead to one of its finest season ever, as the squad set a school record with 20 wins while post-ing a 13-match unbeaten streak. The College came within one match of advancing to the NCAA tourna-ment semifinals after a pair of exciting one-goal wins over Virginia and Penn State.

Cook was named to first-team All-State her final three seasons on campus (no all-state team was selected her freshman year).

Most importantly of all, she was a part of three CAA Championship team in her time on campus (and the one which didn’t win the title finished second) and made four-straight appearances to the NCAA Tour-nament.

After graduation, she was the fourth pick in the inaugural WUSA draft and she currently is serving as an assitant coach on the Penn State Nittany Lions nationally ranked women’s soccer team, serving under another Tribe great, Erica Walsh.

Derek Fitzgerald, Football, 1996
Currently the College’s all-time leading rusher (3,744 yards) and was a four-year starter in the Tribe of-fense, starting with his true-freshman year (1992). Played through a serious knee injury (1994) and re-turned to post the fourth best single-season total in school history (1,223 yards in 1995). Has four per-formances in the school’s all-time top 10 single game rushing performances, including a career best 219 yards vs. Penn in 1995 (second best), and is the College’s all-time leader in career 100-yard rushing con-tests (19). He also is the Tribe’s career leader in rushing attempts (720).

Earned the ECAC’s Rookie of the Year honor (W&M was not in a formal league that season), then went onto earn All-Yankee Conference honors in both 1993 (second team) and 1995 (first team).

Team earned postseason appearance in each of first two seasons (1992, 9-2 record – Epson Ivy Bowl; 1993, 9-3 – NCAA Playoffs).

Remains the only player in school history to have rushed for over 1,000 yards in two separate seasons. Also, it is worthy to note that he split his playing time throughout his career with the No. 3 rusher in school history, Troy Keen (1992-95).

Steve Jolley, Men’s Soccer, 1997
Finished a distinguished career as a four-time All-CAA Awardee (one of six Tribe players to accomplish the feat). Jolley is second on the school’s career assists listing (37) and sits fifth all-time in career points (109) and is tied for fifth in career goals (36).

He started his career by being named to Soccer America’s Freshman All-America Team and was named as the CAA’s Rookie of the Year (1993).

Jolley earned three All-South Atlantic team honors (1993, 1994 and 1996) was selected to VaSID’s All-Virginia Team in 1994, 1995 and 1996.

He ended his career second only to Waughn Hughes in career goals in NCAA competitions with three.

He followed his Tribe career with a 10-year career in major league soccer (four different teams).

Scott McCall, Men’s Gymnastics, 1997
Scott McCall earned the school’s first gymnastics individual national title when he tied future USA Olympic All-Arounder Blaine Wilson for the 1996 NCAA Ring Crown. The title completed a remarkable season for McCall, which saw him go undefeated on his specialty event and also post a school-record score of 9.975.

He followed 2007 W&M Hall of Fame inductee, David Williams and became the school’s second Nis-sen-Emery Award Finalist (given annually to the nation’s top senior gymnast) in 1997. He earned six career All-ECAC honors, including individual championships on the pommel horse, rings and high bar. McCall was equally as successful at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships, as he earned seven career USAG Collegiate All-American certificates, including a pair of ring titles.

He was a member of four-straight USAG Collegiate National Championship teams with the College (1994-97) and was a contributor on the squad’s 1994 ECAC Team Championship.

McCall went on to graduate from medical school at the University of Tennessee and complete his resi-dency in orthopedic surgery at the renowned Campbell Clinic in Memphis. Dr McCall now practices at the Mid-Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic in Spring Hill, Tenn.

Michael “Mickey” McFadden, Men’s Lacrosse, 1979
McFadden graduated as arguable the best player in the history of the Tribe men’s lacrosse program.

McFadden, who co-captained the squad as a senior in 1979, became the first, and only, Tribe men’s la-crosse player named to All-American Team. Additionally, he also earned all-league honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (1979).

McFadden end his career with 72 goals and having recorded 52 assists.

Lauren Nikolus, Tennis, 1998
Lauren Nikolaus graduated from the College as one of the school’s most decorated, if not the most deco-rated, women’s tennis player. Nikolaus was the National Senior Player of the Year in 1998, while also winning an individual national championship claiming the ITA National Clay Court Championship dur-ing that season. She is tied for the Tribe program mark with six All-America honors during her career.

Nikolaus was an All-American doubles player in 1995, 1997 and 1998, while garnering singles All-America distinction in 1996, 1997 and 1998. She was also the three-time CAA Player of the Year in 1996, 1997 and 1998 after earning the league’s rookie of the year in 1995. She also won the CAA Tour-nament MVP award on two occasions in 1997 and 1998. Nikolaus was also the ITA East Region Rookie of the Year in 1995 and later went on to earn the ITA East Region Senior Player of the Year honor in 1998. Along with her individual accomplishments on the court, Nikolaus was named the USTA Sports-manship Award winner in 1997 and the Gladys Heldman Award winner in 1998. The Gladys Heldman Award is given annually to the nation’s top women’s collegiate tennis senior based on academics, athlet-ics, sportsmanship, character and community service contributions.

From a records standpoint, Nikolaus still ranks among the best in Tribe history. She still holds the school record for career singles wins with a 137-46 record. Her winning percentage ranks as the sixth-best in W&M history. Nikolaus ranks third in career doubles wins for the Tribe with 105-36 ledger and eighth in career doubles winning percentage. Her combined singles and doubles win total of 242 ranks second in W&M annals. Nikolaus won a career-best 37 singles matches in 1998, which ranks as the second most in W&M history. She ranks second in freshman singles victories all-time at the College with 35 and is the freshman record holder for doubles wins with 31.

During all four seasons of Nikolaus W&M career, the Tribe won the CAA Championship and advanced to the NCAA Championships. The College also competed in the National Indoor Championships and was ranked No. 1 in the East Region in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998. Nikolaus led the Tribe to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 1997 and 1998. During her four year career, W&M amassed an impressive 89-30 dual-match record (.748).

Bill Rush, 1958, Football
Rush was one of the squad’s most respected players during his time on the Williamsburg campus. He was selected as a team co-captain (with Larry Peccatiello) in his senior season, playing both center and middle linebacker. Rush ended his playing career by earning All-Southern Conference honors as a center in 1957. He also was selected to the All-Southern Conference Scholastic Team the same season.

Scott Whitley, 1981, Men’s Basketball
Currently is one of only eight Tribe basketball players to have been drafted into the NBA. He was a three-year starter and two-year team captain for the College and ended his career with 1,061 career points (which is 23rd on the school’s all-time listing). He either led, or was tied for the team lead in scoring for all three seasons he was a starter on the squad, with a career-high average of 13.4 pts/gm in 1980. He led the team in rebounds (4.8 rebs/gm) and assists (2.12) in 1979. The 1979 season makes him one of only two players to lead the team in points, assists and rebounds in same season.

He led the team in steals for three seasons and is currently tied for eighth on the school’s all-time top 10 steals listing (128) and his 1980 season average of 1.81 steals a contest is 10th on the Tribe’s single sea-son charts.

It is to be noted that Scott played on Tribe team’s that were noted for its defense and annually averaged just 50 points a game.

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