2008 DePaul Hall of Fame Class Announced

CHICAGO – The DePaul Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2008 will include one team and five individuals it was announced by the Athletics Department.

The 1987-88 women's basketball squad that captured the Women's National Invitational Tournament title in Amarillo, Texas will headline the celebration. Head Coach Jim Izard's squad rolled past Purdue, 83-55, in the title game. The Blue Demons finished the season with a 27-4 record which was the most wins program history (it was tied by the 2005-06 team) and still stands as the program's best winning percentage (.871). Three standouts from the team have already been inducted as individuals (Beth Hasenmiller, Veronica Ross and Diana Vines) while another squad member (Kandace Nied) was enshrined as a softball player.

Men's Basketball standout Kevin Edwards highlights the individuals in the class of 2008. Edwards was a standout guard for the Blue Demons from 1986-88. He finished his DePaul career with 994 points in two seasons and averaged a career-best 18.3 points per game during the 1987-88 season. A two-year starter after transferring from junior college, he helped the 1986-87 team to the No. 1 national ranking and a 28-3 finish while reaching the NCAA Sweet 16. Edwards' senior season saw DePaul post a 22-8 record and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He is still the Blue Demons' all-time leader for career 3pt. percentage at .471. An honorable mention All-America in 1988, Edwards was one of the captains of the 1987-88 team and was taken in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft (20th overall) by the Miami Heat.

One of the greatest volleyball players in school history, Sue Fogarty was a mainstay for the Blue Demons from 1988-91. The program's only All-American, she earned honorable mention honors as a senior in 1991 after being named the Great Midwest Conference's Most Valuable Player. She was a two-time all-region selection and a three-time team MVP. In 1990 Fogarty was a first team All-North Star Conference pick and earned the same honor in the Great Midwest Conference in 1991. She still holds DePaul single-match records for attacks (98) and the single season records for kills, (757) and attacks (1,807). Fogarty is the only player in school history to record 2,000 career kills (2,134) and is still the school record holder with 311 service aces and 1,950 digs. A multi talented athlete, Fogarty also lettered in softball from 1989-92.

Beth Raspopovich was a standout in the softball program from 1988-91. She was twice an Academic All-American, earning first team honors in 1989 and third team accolades in 1991. She was also a member of the North Star All-Academic Honor Roll three times. A standout at first base, she was a three-time first team All-North Star Conference pick and the team's Most Valuable Player in 1991. Raspopovich led the 1989 squad with a .320 batting average, recording 56 hits, scoring 31 runs and driving in 28. She also hit .329 in 1991 with a team-high 54 hits.

One of the men's tennis program's most steady players, Pat McKenna played for the Blue Demons from 1960-63. He posted a career record of 28-14 at the No. 2 singles spot and won the No. 2 Division championship at 1961 Chicagoland Intercollegiate Championships. McKenna combined to go 23-2 in the 1960 and 1961 seasons and reached the singles final at the 1962 Chicagoland Intercollegiate Championships. He lost only three matches in the 1962 season. With McKenna in the lineup the Blue Demons won both the 1960 and 1961 Chicagoland Intercollegiate Championships. Together with Jim Meltregger, "The M&M Boys" reached the doubles final at the 1961 Chicagoland Intercollegiate Championships and the pair lost just one match during the 1962 season.

Considered by many to be one of the top sprinters in DePaul history, Jim Birgans competed for the Blue Demons from 1980-1984. He was a four-time Most Outstanding Performer for the outdoor squad and won the same honor indoors three times. In 1983 Birgans set the 100M record (10.44) which still stands today. Upon completing his career with the Blue Demons, Birgans held school records in the 60, 200, 300 and 400-yard dashes. From 1980-84 he held all of the top-10 times in the 100M dash and held nine of the top 10 times in the 200M and six of the top 400M efforts. Birgans was also a member of the 1984 record holding distance medley relay team (9:58.21).

In addition to the individual student-athletes, long time booster and athletic alum Bill Carsley will be honored with the Robert C. Hamilton Special Service award for his tremendous leadership and passion that he has exhibited in support of Blue Demon Athletics.

The inductees will be honored during the men's basketball game with USF on February 9 at the Allstate Arena and the women's basketball game against Louisville on February 10 at McGrath Arena. A celebration dinner will be held Saturday, February 9 at McGrath Arena.


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