The Long Wait is Nearly Over: Eight to be Inducted into UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 3
The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, but postponed due to the first of two historical snow events to hit the Mid-Atlantic region.
Tickets are once again available to the event. The cost to attend the induction dinner is $75, which includes a ticket to the lacrosse game vs. Stony Brook that afternoon (1:00 p.m.) at UMBC Stadium. The new class of Hall of Famers will be introduced at halftime of the game. Please contact Kevin Gibbons O’Neill at 410-455-1532 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information about the event or to purchase tickets. You may also register for the event at http://retrievernet.umbc.edu/hof.
The inductees are LaNae Baker (volleyball, 1995-98), Kevin Goh (swimming & diving, 1997-2001), John Jancuska (head baseball coach, 1978-present), Huguens Jean (track & field, 1999-2003), Ingrid Kilpe Huber (swimming & diving, 1993-97), Craig Linthicum (lacrosse, 1978-81), Monica Logan (women’s basketball, 1995-99) and Deanna Vecchio (softball, 1999-2002).
There are now 112 members of the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame, which was was instituted in the 1970s, and in 1990, Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown created The Annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony. This event now occurs every other year. Candidates are nominated throughout the two-year period and are selected for induction by a committee of current Hall of Fame members based on their excellence in competition at UMBC and subsequent graduation from the university.
The 2010 UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame Class
LaNae Baker, volleyball (1995-98)—Baker is UMBC’s all-time leader in assists with a staggering 4,722, 1,600 more than any other player in school history. She is also second in service aces (206), third in digs (1460) and tied for fourth in matches played (122). The team averaged more than 24 wins per season in her four years – the most successful period in school history – won a pair of conference titles and went to the 1998 NCAA Championships. The native of
John Jancuska, head baseball coach (1978-present)— Jancuska has served UMBC as its head baseball coach for 32 seasons, the longest-tenured coach in school history. He has compiled over 660 victories, including 19 winning seasons. At the Division I level, he has been named a conference Coach of the Year in four different leagues. (1992-East Coast, 1993-Big South, 2000-Northeast, 2008-America East) During his tenure, UMBC has made three appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament (1978, 1979, 1986) and two at the NCAA Division I level (1992, 2001). Jancuska is a former
Huguens Jean, track & field (1999-2003)—The undersized high jumper capped a brilliant career by placing fourth in the nation in the high jump at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships. He holds school indoor records in the high jump and triple jump and an outdoor mark in the high jump at 2.22 meters (7’3.25”). That mark is believed to be the highest jump by any athlete competing in the state of
Ingrid Kilpe Huber, swimming & diving (1993-97)—Kilpe was UMBC’s Outstanding Female Athlete in the spring of 1997. She held the school record in the 200 individual medley until 2003 and was part of three relay teams which held school marks. The
Craig Linthicum, men’s lacrosse (1978-81)—Linthicum was a three-time All-American, earning Second-Team (1979) and First-Team (1980) honors at the NCAA Division II level and garnering Honorable Mention recognition at midfield in UMBC’s first Division I season in 1981. He amassed 74 goals and 28 assists for 102 total points in his career and collected 166 ground balls. The native of
Monica Logan, women’s basketball (1995-99)—Logan is UMBC’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,141 boards and 10.7 rebounds per game, and she ranks 16th all-time with 1,036 career points, making her one of just two players in school history (joining Hall of Famer Tammy McCarthy) to post both 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Deanna Vecchio, softball, (1999-2002)—A shortstop for the softball team and a catalyst at the top of the lineup from 1999-2002, Vecchio was a career .353 hitter, a four-time All-Northeast Conference First-Team selection and the 2002 Northeast Conference Player of the Year. Vecchio holds UMBC’s all-time records in runs scored (179) and stolen bases (135) and ranks among UMBC’s career leaders in nearly every statistical category, including second in hits (258), fourth in triples (9) and at-bats (731), fifth in total bases (338), sixth in walks (61), on-base percentage (.404) and games played and started (215), seventh in average (.353), 10th in doubles (29) and extra-base hits (49) and 15th in home runs (11). Her 88 hits in 2002 are the second-most ever in a single season in UMBC history, and she batted .402 that season, ranking fourth all-time. The native of