Tallahassee, Fla. -- Florida State University’s Athletics Hall of Fame will induct nine new members on Friday, September 9 including current California Angels outfielder Shane Robinson and Rhodes Scholar Garrett Johnson.
Robinson was the National Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year in 2005, while Johnson was an NCAA shot put champion along with his academic achievements. Also joining the 2016 class will be two-time consensus All-America offensive tackle Alex Barron, tennis star Mat Cloer, former men’s and women’s golf coach Veryln Giles, two-time national champion pole vaulter Lacy Janson (Hall), swimming sensation Ernie Stock, volleyball star Sally Summer (Rozanski) and Moore-Stone Award winner Charlie Barnes.
The 2016 class will be inducted at the annual ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the University Club the night before the Seminole’s first home football game against Charleston Southern. A very limited number of tickets to the event are available to the public for $75 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the FSU Varsity Club at 850-644-1123.
2016 Hall of Fame Class
Alex Barron became FSU’s seventh two-time consensus All-American when the offensive tackle was selected for virtually every team as a junior (2003) and senior (2004). In fact, he became the first offensive lineman in school history to earn back-to-back consensus All-America status and as such he has a permanent display in the Seminole locker room.
Barron, who starred for head coach Bobby Bowden from 2001-2004, was one of three finalists for the 2004 Outland Trophy as a senior. He allowed just five quarterback pressures and one sack over 11 regular season games his senior year and was the top-rated tackle in college football according to NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper, Jr.
Barron started 31 games over his FSU career on teams that finished 8-4 in 2001, 9-5 in 2002, 10-3 in 2003 and 9-3 in 2004. He played on teams that advanced to two Gator Bowls (2001, 2004) and two Orange Bowls (2002, 2003). He was twice named first-team All-ACC.
Barron, who graduated with a degree in social science, was selected with the 19th pick in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He played eight years in the league before retiring in 2012.
Mat Cloer earned a place in not only Florida State tennis history but that of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with a brilliant career from 2002-2005 that saw him finish with the second-most career singles victories in school history.
A native of Brevard, North Carolina, Cloer was the ACC Player of the Year as a junior in 2004 and repeated the feat as a senior in 2005. He was named All-ACC three times and is considered one of the finest players in conference history.
Cloer became the first men’s player in FSU history to earn All-America honors in singles in 2005. He also received the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, which was the first national award ever won by an FSU men’s tennis player.
He earned a berth in the NCAA Championships as an individual three times over his career and twice finished with 20 or more singles wins in a season. He finished his remarkable FSU playing career with 85 singles victories and 69 doubles wins and won an ACC Championship in doubles in 2003.
Coaches & Administration
Verlyn Giles left his mark on Florida State’s golf programs over a 14-year career that included coaching the men’s and women’s golf teams.
Giles, who earned both a bachelor’s (1961) and master’s (1963) from Florida State, was head golf coach and assistant football coach at Palmetto and Leon High Schools in Florida before joining the Seminole coaching staff in 1978. He served as the head coach for the women’s program from 1978 through 1982 before taking over the men’s program as well when legendary coach Don Veller retired in 1982. He would coach both teams through the 1991 season.
Giles led the 1981 FSU women’s team to the AIAW (the forerunner of the NCAA for women’s athletics) National Championship and was named Florida AIAW Coach of the Year the same year. His ’81 team is recognized as one of the best in the history of women’s college golf having finished among the top four teams in all 10 tournaments that season and producing three LPGA stars, four FSU Hall of Famers and three All-Americans.
Giles’ men’s teams won six Metro Conference Championships and reached four NCAA Tournaments including the 1990 season in which the Seminoles finished eighth in the country. His men’s teams won 18 tournaments over his coaching career and seven Seminoles earned All-America honors.
Lacy Janson (Harper)
Track & Field
Lacy Janson is not only the greatest pole vaulter in Florida State women’s track & field history, she is the greatest in Atlantic Coast Conference history as well.
A two-time national champion, Janson won the NCAA Indoor Championship title in the pole vault as a sophomore in 2003 and was NCAA Outdoor champion as a senior in 2006. She was a six-time All-American – three each, indoors and outdoors - over her career.
A dominant force in the ACC, she won conference pole vault titles, both indoors and outdoors, in each of her four years during her FSU career (2002-2006). In the process, she set ACC and conference championship meet records which stood for a decade or more.
In addition to setting Florida State’s indoor and outdoor pole vault school records, Janson ranked among the top three in NCAA Division I history at the conclusion of her career.
An exemplary student, she earned first-team Academic All-American honors in 2006.
Post-collegiately, Janson represented the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Track & Field
Garrett Johnson is one of the most decorated scholar-athletes in the history of Florida State University, earning as many prestigious honors for his academic accomplishments as his impressive athletic honors.
The FSU and Atlantic Coast Conference shot put record-holder both indoors and outdoors, Johnson was a two-time NCAA champion and four-time conference champion in the shot put. The Seminole men claimed seven ACC team titles during his career (2003-2006). A four-time All-American, Johnson swept the 2006 NCAA indoor and outdoor shot put titles, after finishing fifth indoors in 2005. He also added All-American honors in the discus in 2006.
Aided by his shot put title and fifth-place discus finish, he was instrumental in delivering Florida State the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship; a first in program history.
Beyond his athletic feats, Johnson secured his place in FSU history in 2005 when he was named a Rhodes Scholar cementing the two-time Academic All-American and Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar’s legacy.
Shane Robinson’s 2005 season is one of the most remarkable in Seminole baseball history. He earned consensus first team All-American honors and was named Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Year.
A native of Tampa, Robinson became just the fifth consensus first team All-American in FSU baseball history and posted a school record 40-game hitting streak during the 2005 season, which was also the ninth longest ever in Division I history.
Robinson also became the first player in FSU history to record 100 hits and steal 40 bases in the same season in 2005. He led the nation in hits (122) and runs scored (96) and the outfielder finished the season ranked in the top five nationally for hits (122), runs (96), on-base percentage (.532), doubles (25), steals (49), steal attempts (56), games played (73) and games started (73).
Robinson was an immediate standout for the Seminoles starting all 68 games in center field as a freshman in 2004 and culminating his rookie season by being named ACC Tournament MVP after going 11-for-26 at the plate.
Leaving for the draft after his sophomore season, Robinson was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th round (166th pick) and reached the major leagues in May of 2009 with the Cardinals. He currently plays for the L. A. Angels.
Swimming and Diving
One of the finest athletes in the early history of intercollegiate athletics at Florida State University, Ernie Stock forged a hall of fame career in the pool for the Seminoles from 1953-56.
A native of Royal Oak, Michigan, Stock specialized in the breaststroke and lettered all four years at Florida State.
He earned All-America honors in the 100-yard butterfly placing fourth nationally at the NCAA Championships in 1954, and set six schools records over his outstanding career.
Stock was one of the pioneers of men’s intercollegiate athletics at FSU which began in 1946 following the change from Florida State College for Women (FSCW) to the co-educational Florida State University following World War II.
Sally Summer (Rozanski)
Sally Summer, an outside hitter from Miami, Florida, started all four seasons over her hall of fame career from 1980-83 on Seminole volleyball teams.
Summer’s career numbers rank among the Top 25 in Florida State history in kill attempts (5th-2790), kills (20th-1057), kills per game (23rd-2.72), service aces (5th-160), service aces per game (5th-.41), solo blocks (25th-37), points (17th-1333.0) and points per game (24th-3.44).
Summer was fifth on the team in hitting percentage as a freshman in 1980 and third on the team in service aces and service aces per game as a sophomore and junior. She earned Metro Conference All-Tournament honors as a senior in 1983.
Florida State was 144-44-1 over her four-year career including a fourth-place finish nationally in the 1981 AIAW National Championship Tournament. FSU earned AIAW bids in 1980 finishing with a 43-14-1 record and 1981 finishing 43-8. Florida State competed in the Metro Conference beginning in 1982 with FSU winning the conference championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament with a 31-6 record her senior season.
The Moore-Stone Award winner for 2016 is a man forever tied to Florida State University and Seminole Boosters, Inc., the fundraising arm of Florida State Athletics. Charlie Barnes was a popular student leader on campus in the 1960s prior to joining the United States Army as an infantry officer and serving a year-long combat tour in Vietnam. Armed with the GI Bill, Barnes returned to his beloved FSU to complete his education and to sharpen his considerable skills as a recruiter and organizer. Following graduation, he was hired by marketing giant, Proctor and Gamble.
In the late 1970s, Barnes was recruited back to Tallahassee by his fraternity brother - Seminole Booster President, Andy Miller – becoming the Boosters’ second fundraiser. Arm-in-arm, this dynamic duo pursued a long-term vision, developing and leading massive banks of fundraising volunteers and later crafting a series of Capital Campaigns to fund the new landscape of first class athletic facilities. They built an organization that raised more than $1 billion over 35 years. Barnes retired in 2012, but remains active with the Boosters.
A compelling speaker and accomplished writer, Barnes coordinated and served as host of Bobby Bowden’s famous spring Seminole Booster Tour which, at its’ zenith, included more than 30 stops and routinely attracted thousands of Seminole fans. For many fans outside Tallahassee, Barnes was the ‘face’ of Seminole Boosters.
Barnes also emerged as one of the organizations most successful major gift fundraisers. In his final year, Barnes led a $15 million capital campaign to build the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility, which elevated Florida State’s athletic facilities to among the best in the country.
Barnes’ love of FSU, ability to recruit and inspire fellow supporters along with his vision and creativity, helped grow the Seminole Boosters into the ultra-successful support organization it is today.
*Release by the Florida State Athletic Department.