2004 Athletics Hall of Fame Class Announced

MOUNT PLEASANT - Six former Central Michigan University standouts plus the 1974 NCAA Division II football championship team will be inducted into the CMU Athletics Hall of Fame as the Class of 2004.

Individual new members will be: John DeBoer (1985), football; Dick Horgan (1970), golf; Greg Lotzar (1985), baseball; Dave Nelson (1964), basketball; Carla Sterk (1993), basketball; and Marcy Weston (1974-88), volleyball coach.

The 1974 team, coached by Roy Kramer, lost its first game of the season and then rattled off 12 straight wins to capture the national crown with a 54-14 win over Delaware in the championship clash.

All will be inducted at the Hall of Fame banquet on Friday, Oct. 1, at the Comfort Inn and then honored at the CMU-Kent State football game on Saturday, Oct. 2.

This year's class will join the 119 members previously inducted into the Hall of Fame. The first CMU Athletics Hall of Fame class was inducted in 1984. Plaques honoring all the inductees will be on display at the Dan Rose Center.

"It will be another outstanding class that we'll induct into our Hall of Fame," said Herb Deromedi, Central Michigan University athletics director. "They've all been superb representatives of Central Michigan and we're thrilled to have a class of this caliber.

"I had the privilege of coaching John DeBoer, and watching Greg Lotzar and Carla Sterk compete, and they were tremendous. Marcy Weston's volleyball teams were outstanding and I have enjoyed working with her as our associate AD. The records and accomplishments of Dave Nelson and Dick Horgan show that they're two of the finest athletes in their sports that we've had at CMU. "And, of course, I was a part of that 1974 team as an assistant coach and its successes are unparalleled as the only team that has won a national championship at CMU."

The Hall of Fame is located in Dan Rose Center on the campus of Central Michigan University.

To be eligible, the following must hold true for athletes: one becomes eligible 10 years after leaving school; one must earn two letters in one sport or one or more in two sports, or brought recognition to the school by his or her athletic endeavors; and an outstanding career as an athlete must be continued in the individual's profession or occupation.

For induction as faculty/staff: a person becomes eligible five years after leaving his or her coaching position or athletic-related administrative position.

Following are thumbnail sketches of each new inductee:



JOHN DeBOER - Football

A big wide receiver at 6-4, John lettered from 1982-85 for the Chippewas ... still ranks tied for first in career touchdown receptions with 19 ... he's also among CMU's career leaders in passes with 93 and receiving yards with 1,975 ... his nine TD grabs in 1984 are still tied for first in a single season and his 831 yards are eighth ... first team Academic All-American in 1984 as chosen by CoSIDA ... third team All-American by the Football News in 1984 ... first team All-MAC in 1984 ... first team Academic All-MAC for three years ... resides in Grosse Pointe Farms.



DICK HORGAN - Golf

One of the top golfers in Chippewa history ... earned All-America honors in 1970 when he finished sixth in the nation ... led team to a third-place finish in the NCAA college finals in '70 ... medalist in '70 conference meet won by CMU ... team also won title in 1969 and Dick was third ... four-year letterwinner ... has been a club professional for many years in the Mid-Michigan area ... resides in Mount Pleasant.



GREG LOTZAR - Baseball

One of the most exciting baseball players in CMU history ... second team Academic All-American in 1984 ... first team All-Mideast Region twice ... twice first team All-MAC and twice Academic All-MAC ... still ranks first in career triples with 18 while he stands third in career runs with 175, fourth in hits 216 and stolen bases (85), fifth in total bases (333) and batting average (.369) ... held school record until 2004 season for runs in a season with 75 ... still ranks third in single-season batting average at .434 in 1984 and fourth in stolen bases with 38 in 1985 ... hit two grand slams in a win at Florida Southern in 1985 ... resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.



DAVE NELSON - Basketball

One of the most prolific basketball players in CMU history when he graduated in 1964 ... earned four letters and served as a co-captain ... still ranks 10th in career scoring with 1,263 points and second in career rebounds with 978 and rebounding average per game with 11.5 ... only four CMU players ever have had 1,000 points and 900 rebounds ... averaged 13.5 rebounds in 1961-62 and 11.8 in 11.8 in 1963-64 despite being only 6-5 ... first team All-IIAC and team MVP in 1964 ... led team to IIAC title in 1964 ... resides in Green Valley, Ariz.



CARLA STERK - Basketball

Outstanding women's basketball player from 1990-93 who earned four letters ... first team Academic All-MAC three years ... first team All-MAC twice and a second team selection one time ... made All-MAC Freshman team ... named All-MAC Tourney twice ... career leader in blocked shots with 104 ... still ranks second in career scoring with 1,539 points and tied for fourth in career rebounds with 880 ... second in career scoring average (13.9) and free throw percentage (.788) ... averaged 16.3 points in 1990-91 and 15.2 in 1992-93 ... lives in Grand Rapids where she's the women's basketball coach at Cornerstone University.



MARCY WESTON - Volleyball Coach

A fixture in CMU athletics for more than three decades, Marcy will be inducted as the highly successful volleyball coach from 1974-88 ... her teams posted a record of 426-140 (.752) and won four consecutive Division I Michigan state titles from 1977-80 ... her 1981 team went 54-14 which still stands as the most wins by any CMU team in history ... she also was the women's basketball coach from 1974-76 and the field hockey mentor from 1972-74 ... inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 ... national coordinator of NCAA Women's Basketball officiating since 1995 ... worked two NCAA women's championship basketball games ... resides in Mt. Pleasant where she is CMU's associate athletics director.



1974 FOOTBALL TEAM - Division II National Champions

The Chippewas capped their final season in Division II football with a national championship. After closing the regular season with nine straight wins, CMU defeated Boise State (20-6), Louisiana Tech (35-14) and Delaware (54-14) in the playoffs to capture the championship. The Chippewas outscored their opponents in the regular season by a 341-93 margin.


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