DePaul Inducts 2007 Hall of Fame Class

DePaul inducted 10 former student-athletes and rewarded a former university employee with a special service award during the annual DePaul Athletics Hall of Fame induction during the weekend of January 20-21.

The class includes men's basketball's Dallas Comegys and Kenny Patterson, women's basketball's Beth Hasenmiller-Sauser and Veronica Ross, men's track and field and cross country's Tom Brown and John Jaeger, softball's Kelly Kavanaugh-Meany, volleyball's Anna Marie Marassa, men tennis' Jim Meltreger, and women's track and field's Bridget Thomas.

Comegys, who was the first student-athlete legendary DePaul coach Ray Meyer traveled outside of the Chicago area to recruit, holds every DePaul blocked shot record. In 1987, Comegys was named a third team All-American after he helped lead the Blue Demons to a 28-3 record and the NCAA Tournament's "Sweet Sixteen." Patterson, an honorable mention All-American in 1985, is the schools all-time leader in both assists and steals. He is also the only player in school history to lead the Blue Demons in assists four straight seasons.

Hassenmiller-Sauser, a three-time team captain, helped the Blue Demons capture both the 1989 and 1991 North Star Conference Tournament titles and reach the NCAA Tournament for the first two times in the programs history in 1990 and 1991. She holds the school records for most field goals and field goal attempts in the NCAA Tournament and is second in the school record book for games played and career field goal percentage. Ross holds the DePaul record for career assists and boasts the five best single-game assist totals. A participant in the 1986 Olympic Festival, Ross earned All-North Star Conference honors in 1987-88 and 1988-89.

Brown still holds the school record in the 500M and 600M races which he set in 1980 and 1977, respectively. Jaeger is a former cross country record holder in the 10,000M and the two, three, four and five-mile races on the track.

Kavanaugh-Meany was the first DePaul softball student-athlete to be named to the All-Midwest Region team in 1989, a feat she duplicated in 1990, and helped the program to its first post season tournament appearance in 1992.

Marassa will enter the Hall of Fame both as volleyball student-athlete and Blue Demon coach. Marassa was a three-time All-North Star Conference honoree as a setter and graduated as the program's all-time assist leader. Upon moving to the bench, she was named the North Star Conference Coach of the Year in 1990 and guided the 1991 edition of the Blue Demons to a program-best 32-7 record. Marassa also coached the program to it's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 1993, the first non-basketball NCAA Tournament appearance in the school's history.

Meltreger helped the 1960 and 1961 men's tennis teams reach the Intercollegiate Championships and individually he consistently shutout opponents during his career as the Blue Demons' the No. 1 singles position.

Thomas is the school's current record holder in both the 60M hurdles and 100M hurdles; records she set during the 1987 indoor and outdoor season.

The annual Dr. Robert Hamilton Special Service Award was given posthumously to Gerry Paetsch, the former Associate Director of Student Services/Senior Academic Advisor in the college of AL&S at DePaul University.

The Hall of Fame class was introduced at halftime of DePaul's men's basketball game against Louisville at the Allstate Arena on the afternoon of January 20 and at halftime of the Blue Demon women's game against Georgetown at McGrath Arena later that evening. A celebratory brunch on the afternoon of January 21 took place in DePaul's Sullivan Athletic Center.

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