PITTSBURGH – New England defensive back Leigh Bodden (football, 1999-02), former WNBA player Candace Futrell (basketball, 2001-04) and Orlando Sharks forward Damien Pottinger (soccer, 2000-03) comprise the 2009-10 Duquesne University Sports Hall of Fame class announced Monday.
Bodden, Futrell and Pottinger will be honored at a banquet on Friday night, Oct. 30 and will be introduced to the crowd at halftime of the Oct. 31 football game vs. Wagner.
Bodden, who is in his seventh NFL season, initial one with New England
, is the first Duquesne
athlete to play in the NFL since Al Demao who played for the Washington Redskins
from 1945-53. He was a two-time consensus First Team All-American (2001-02), leading the Dukes to four consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League titles (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002). The 2002 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year finished his career as the holder of every Duquesne interception record with all 28 of his picks coming in his last 36 regular season games.
Futrell became just the second Duquesne women's basketball player to play in the WNBA when she was drafted by the Connecticut Sun in 2004. The 2004 Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year and three-time All-Conference honoree, is second all-time at Duquesne with 1,668 career points and is also second in scoring average, field goals made and three-pointers made. A member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll, she was also named the A-10's Most Improved Player in 2002 and was the Atlantic 10 scoring champion in 2004.
Pottinger has six seasons of professional soccer under his belt and is currently playing for the Orlando Sharks of the NISL. A 2003 All-American and two-time Regional All-American, he holds the Duquesne records for career goals with 38, career game-winning goals with 10 and career points with 89. He helped the Dukes qualify for the Atlantic 10 Championships in 2002 and 2003 and led the Dukes to a share of the 2003 A-10 regular season title. Pottinger was also the 2003 Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year and a two-time First Team All-Conference choice.
Tickets to the Oct. 30 banquet, to be held in the Power Center Ballroom, are available by contacting Bryan Colonna with the Duquesne Athletic Fund at 412-396-5927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.