Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Announced
July 19, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Eleven outstanding former student-athletes will be enshrined into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. The class will be inducted Sept. 14 at a dinner and will be introduced to the public at halftime of the Ohio State home football game against California Sept. 15.
The 2012 class includes Louise Bond-Williams (fencing), Pete Cusick (football), Jessica Davenport (basketball), George Downes (wrestling), Joseph Gailus (football), Ray Griffin (football), Rex Holman (wrestling), Keturah Lofton (track and field), Dick Schafrath (football), Jim Stone (volleyball coach) and Mike Vrabel (football).
The hall of fame was created in 1977 and has inducted 261 men through fall of 2011. The addition of Cusick, Gailus, Griffin, Schafrath and Vrabel moves the all-time number of former football players in the hall to 108 and the prestigious list will now include 11 wrestlers with the inclusion of Downes and Holman.
Women were first inducted into the hall in 1993, with 96 women enshrined through 2011. Lofton is the ninth inductee for track and field, with Davenport the 10th women’s basketball honoree and Bond-Williams the fifth female fencer to be enshrined. Stone is the fourth former women’s coach to receive a spot in the hall of fame.
Reservations are now being accepted for the Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner Sept. 14, which will be a joint dinner for the men and women for the first time. The event will be held in the Archie M. Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union and begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails; dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $75, with tables of eight available for $600. Payment will not be accepted at the door; reservations and payment must be submitted by Aug. 31. For more information or to register, visit: http://go.osu.edu/halloffamedinner12.
2012 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Class
Bond-Williams, a member of the Great Britain Olympic Team for London 2012, made her Olympic debut at Athens 2004 where she finished 16th in women’s sabre. Prior to her appearance in Athens, she was a member of the semifinalist squad at the 2003 European Championships and an individual quarterfinalist at the 2002 World Championships. Following the 2004 Games, Bond-Williams returned to Ohio State to finish her degree in history and serve as an undergraduate assistant coach.
Cusick recorded 242 career tackles, including 22 tackles-for-loss in his three seasons. He played in the Hula Bowl following his senior season before going on to play a season for the New England Patriots in the National Football League. In 2000, Cusick was selected to the Ohio State football All-Century Team by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.
A consumer affairs graduate, Davenport ended her career with 48 career double-doubles and Ohio State’s only pair of triple-doubles in points, rebounds and blocked shots. Davenport amassed 2,303 career points, which currently ranks third all-time on the Ohio State all-time list. Davenport also pulled down 1,094 rebounds to rank in the top 3. In 2007, Davenport became the first player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocked shots in a career.
Davenport capped her career in grand fashion in 2007. She not only garnered her third conference player of the year award and third All-America honor, but etched her name in both the Big Ten and Ohio State record books while leading the Buckeyes to a 28-4 overall mark and fourth NCAA tournament bid in as many seasons. She topped the conference in scoring at 20 points per game and ranked second in the league in rebounds (9.6) and field goal percentage (.597). At the conclusion of the regular season, Ohio State was 26-2, the best regular campaign in Ohio State annals.
Just weeks after completing her career as the most decorated Buckeye in program history, Davenport was selected No. 2 overall in the 2007 WNBA Draft. Davenport helped the New York Liberty reach the 2007 WNBA playoffs and is currently a member of the Indiana Fever.
Davenport also attacked her duties in the classroom. She was a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and also an Academic All-Big Ten honoree en route to earning her bachelor’s degree in March 2007.
Ohio State went 29-6-1 in Griffin’s three seasons as a starter, allowing only 102 points in the 1975 campaign. Griffin recorded 192 tackles in his three seasons in the OSU defensive backfield. He played in the Hula Bowl following his senior season before going on to play seven seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals in the National Football League. Griffin is the younger brother of former two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin.
Holman excelled in the classroom as well. Named to the 1993 First Team NWCA All-Academic Team, Holman was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient. Additionally, Holman was an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Following his collegiate career, Holman remained on campus and served as the assistant coach for the Buckeyes from 1993-98. He later joined the United States Army and subsequently became the Armed Forces Freestyle Champion in 2000. Continuing an impressive wrestling career, Holman competed at the 2000 U.S. Freestyle Olympic Trials and finished third after a fourth-place finish in 1996.
Holman and his wife, Jodi, reside in New Albany, Ohio, with their two daughters Kallie and Reese. Holman is a full-time firefighter and emergency medical technician for the City of Upper Arlington. He co-authored the book, Take Command! Be Lean, Energized & Strong.
A former walk-on who missed two full seasons because of injury, Lofton experienced tremendous success as a student-athlete despite the hardships she faced. Lofton earned a full athletic scholarship by capturing a title in the weight throw at the 2004 Big Ten Indoor Championships and set OSU school records in both the hammer (209-0.75, 2006) and weight throws (69-5.25, 2006) prior to graduating from Ohio State with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. In addition, she won a Big Ten title in the hammer throw and became the first female in Big Ten history to break the 200-foot mark in the event.
In 2007, one year removed from her Ohio State graduation, Lofton returned to the Buckeye track and field program as director of strength and conditioning for the women’s throwers. During her one season with the Buckeyes as a coach and trainer, Lofton helped Veronica Jatsek best her school weight throw record with a throw of 70-7.75, a mark that still stands today. Lofton held the school hammer throw record until this past May, when Alexis Thomas shattered the mark with a Big Ten meet record-throw of 212 feet at the conference championships.
Now employed as a dental hygienist at Merion Village Dental in Columbus, Lofton is active in her community, teaching local children the importance of dental hygiene and raising money for the National Kidney Foundation as well as local charities. She recently participated in the Dentistry from the Heart program, a charitable initiative that offered free dental services to the Greater Columbus community.
A native of Zanesville, Ohio, Lofton currently resides in Columbus with her husband and two young sons.
Richard “Dick” Schafrath
Despite weighing just 220 pounds, Schafrath played 13 years in the NFL at left tackle, protecting the blind side of his quarterbacks and helping to open holes for Hall of Fame running backs Jim Brown, Bobby Mitchell and Leroy Kelly. He played in the Pro Bowl seven times, was the team’s MVP in 1963 and was elected into the Browns Legends Club in 2003. Schafrath won a seat in the Ohio State senate in 1986 and served in the senate until his retirement in 2003. On Aug. 27, 2006, and at the age of 69, he graduated from Ohio State with his bachelor’s of science degree from Ohio State.
During his time at Ohio State, Stone and his student-athletes compiled an extensive list of both conference and national honors. Stone was named the 1991 Volleyball Monthly National Coach of the Year after guiding the squad to an undefeated record in Big Ten play and an NCAA semifinal appearance. He was also named AVCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year and Big Ten Coach of the Year that season. In total, Stone earned four AVCA Regional Coach of the Year and Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.
Stone coached 19 AVCA All-Americans, including AVCA Player of the Year winners Laura Davis (1994) and Stacey Gordon (2004). Seventeen of his student-athletes combined for 31 AVCA All-Region honors, while 26 student-athletes totaled 60 All-Big Ten accolades. Academically, Stone coached two Academic All-Americans with student-athletes totaling eight Academic All-District and 81 Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Vrabel twice set the Ohio State single-season record for sacks and tackles for loss (TFL) and he still holds school records for career sacks (36) and single season and career TFLs (26 in 1995 and 66). He ranks third all-time in the Big Ten in sacks and sixth in TFLs.
Vrabel had a distinguished NFL career with three teams following his Ohio State playing days. It was a professional career that saw him a part of the New England Patriots’ dynamic run of three Super Bowls in four years (2001, 2003, 2004). In 2007, as a member of the Patriots, he was named to the Pro Bowl and a month later was named All-Pro. On top of these accomplishments, Vrabel’s professional career included 206 games played with Pittsburgh, New England and Kansas City, 140 starts and enough impressive statistics – 57 sacks, 11 interceptions, 17 forced fumbles and 11 touchdowns receiving (as a tight end), including two in Super Bowls – that one has to conclude he is one of the great performers in a team sport that Ohio State has ever produced.