ODU Athletic Hall of Fame Inducts Six in 2009 Class

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican University Athletic Hall of Fame will induct six former Panther student athletes during its Annual Homecoming Weekend, October 9 and 10.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner, sponsored by the ODU Alumni Association and ODU Athletics, will be held on Friday, October 9 in the new Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center. This event is open to the public and tickets may be purchased by calling (614) 251-4643 or e-mailing ODU’s Doug Sweeney, Senior Development Officer, at sweeneyd@ohiodominican.edu.

ODU introduced its first Hall of Fame class during the 1996-97 season and has honored 15 individuals in its short history.

Joining the Hall of Fame will be Tom Fitzpatrick '69 (basketball), Mike Hickle '93 (baseball), Craig Brown '’94 (baseball), Jerry Lanier '95 (basketball), David Flavius '99 (soccer), and Michelle Welage-Galloway '00 (basketball). Here is a brief biography on each of this year's inductees:

Tom Fitzpatrick '69 was a member ODC’s first men’s basketball team. He was a three-time co-captain and named the 1967-68 Men’s Basketball Most Valuable Player. Fitzpatrick is one of two players to have their jersey numbers retired in school history.

Mike Hickle '93 was a stand-out ODU hurler on the baseball team, Hickle, was a twp-time Mid Ohio Conference and District 22 Player of the Year in his time at ODU. He was selected as a Second Team NAIA All-American in 1992 and Honorable Mention Team in 1993. In both of those seasons, he was also an All-Great Lakes Region Team member. Hickle currently holds the record for innings pitched (107.1), complete games (10), winning percentage (11-0, 100%), and fewest walks allowed (36) in a season.

Craig Brown '94 is this year's second member of the Panthers baseball team inducted into the Hall of Fame. Brown was an Honorable Mention NAIA All-American and All-Great Lakes Region Team selection in 1994. The left handed pitcher was a three-time NAIA District 22 selection and twice named to the Mid Ohio Conference First Team. Currently he holds the career records for most starts (46), complete games (29), wins (37), and ERA (2.25). Brown also holds the season record for wins with 13 in 1994.

Jerry Lanier '95 was the face of ODU basketball from 1992-95. With over 1,800 points, the former guard ranks second in school history in points scored and first in points in a season with 704. He ranks in the top 10 in 11 categories including the top performer in school history in free throws made (438). Lanier was a two-time First Team All-Mid Ohio Conference selection and two-time NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete. During the 1993-94 season he was selected as a Third Team NAIA All-American. He also was a First Team NAIA District 22 performer in 1992-93.

David Flavius '99 became the first and only ODU player selected in the NPSL, drafted as a first round selection of the Kansas City Attack. A forward on the men’s soccer team from 1995-98, Flavius holds nearly every offensive scoring record in school history. He is first in career goals scored with 99, first in hat tricks (5), and points (220). His 38 goals and 80 points in a season ranks tops in school history. While at ODU he was named the 1998 American Mideast Conference Player of the Year and an Honorable Mention NAIA All-American in that same season. He was a two-time First Team All-Mid Ohio Conference performer and earned two other all-conference accolades. Flavius was also selected to the NSCAA/Umbro All-American First Team NAIA and Ohio. He was also named the MOC Player of the Week three times and AMC Player of the Week twice.

Michelle Welage-Galloway '00 was selected as the Mid Ohio Conference Freshman of the Year in her first season at ODU. From there she continued to rewrite the ODU record books and ranks in the top 10 in nine categories. An outstanding guard/forward, Welage-Galloway, ranks fifth all-time in points scored with 1,465 and second in free throws made with 479. She was a two-time All-Mid Ohio Conference selection and earned Second Team All-American Mideast Conference accolades. She was also a member of the AMC Scholar Athlete Team and an NAIA Academic All-American in 1999-00.

For more information on the 2009 Hall of Fame Induction Class, contact Jeff Blair at (614) 251-4577 or blairj2@ohiodominican.edu.

Ohio Dominican is independently affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and is a candidacy member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with full membership in the NCAA and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) expected in 2011.

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