Former Atlantic 10 Player of the Year B.J. Barns (baseball, 1997-99), two-time first team All-A-10 forward Beth Friday (basketball, 2000-03) along with longtime football coach and administrator John Rosato (class of 1973) comprise the 2007-08 Duquesne University Sports Hall of Fame class announced today.
Barns, Friday and Rosato will be honored at a banquet on Friday night, Nov. 9 prior to the men's basketball season opener against Howard (8:00 p.m. tip). The trio will be introduced to the crowd at halftime and will also be recognized at halftime of the Nov. 10 football season finale vs. La Salle
B.J. Barns, who was one of six Dukes honored as part of the Atlantic 10's 25th anniversary in 2000-01, became the first baseball player in school history to be named the conference's Player of the Year in 1999. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1999 Major League Baseball draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates
and spent five-plus seasons in the Pirates minor league system. The Loysville, Pa. native was named second team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Coaches Association in `99. An outfielder/pitcher in his Duquesne
playing days, Barns still holds six single-season and five career University records.
Beth Friday, whose No. 40 jersey hangs from the rafters of the Palumbo Center, is just the second women's player in school history to have her jersey retired. She is also the only player in DU women's basketball history (and fourth in Atlantic 10 history) to finish her career with over 1,000 points and rebounds. The Upper St. Clair, Pa. native was named first team All-Atlantic 10 in 2002 and 2003.
John Rosato has played an integral role in the growth of the Duquesne football program over the past 21 seasons as both coach and administrator. Rosato, who has seen the program go from Division III to I-AA non-scholarship to Football Championship Subdivision, is the only coach or administrator who has been part of all 10 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League Championship teams (including the 2003 Mid-Major National Champs).
The Pittsburgh native, who is in his ninth season as director of football operations/recruiting coordinator, served on the coaching staff under Terry Russell (1987), Dan McCann (1989-92) and Greg Gattuso (1993-04) for 12 seasons prior to assuming his current position under Gattuso and current head coach Jerry Schmitt (2005-current).
Tickets to the Nov. 9 banquet are available by contacting University Events at 412-396-6033.