Nine to Be Inducted Into the DePaul Athletic Hall of Fame
CHICAGO – DePaul will induct eight former student-athletes and a coach along with a special service award during the annual DePaul Athletic Hall of Fame induction weekend on February 11-12,2006 it was announced today.
The class includes former men’s basketball player Bill Schyman, women’s basketball standout Sally Anderson, men’s soccer’s Joe Owerko, men’s track and field and cross country’s Jim Fox, men’s track and field’s Kerry Sloan, women’s track and field’s Sherri Bean-Dean, volleyball’s Lisa Slattum and softball’s Kandace Nied-Lenti and softball coach Eugene Lenti.
Schyman, who was one of the first deaf players to compete at the collegiate level, played for the Blue Demons from 1950-53 and was a three-year starter for Ray Meyer’s squad. He helped the Blue Demons to the 1953 NCAA Tournament. Anderson earned All-American honors in both 1986 and 1987 and still ranks in the top five of five of DePaul’s all-time records and holds school records for single-game free throw percentage.
Owerko played for the Blue Demons from 1983-85 and is still the school’s all-time leader in goals scored (tied) and second in total points. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 1985 squad.
Fox was a member of the track and field and cross country teams from 1980-84. He was the MVP of the 1983 cross country team and still holds three school records in outdoor track (1,500 meters, 3,000 meter steeple chase and 5,000 meters). Sloan was named the MVP of both the indoor and outdoor teams in 1984-85 and was the outdoor MVP in 1985-86. Upon graduation he held the indoor 200 meter hurdles and the outdoor 400 meter hurdles school records. Sloan was an All-Central Collegiate Conference pick in both 1984 and 1986.
Bean-Dean was a sprinter for the Blue Demons from 1987-90. She was the MVP of the 1986 indoor team and the 1987 outdoor squad. She held four school records during her career including the outdoor 100, both indoor and outdoor 200 and the indoor 300 meters.
Slattum played for the Blue Demons from 1982-85 and was the North Star Conference Player of the Year in 1983. She still holds the school’s single-match kill record with 42 set against Loyola-Chicago on November 12, 1983. The Co-MVP of both the 1982 and 1983 DePaul teams, Slattum currently holds the single-season school record for aces with 122.
Nied-Lenti was DePaul’s first-ever Academic All-American in earning third team honors in 1987 and first team accolades in 1988. The Most Valuable Player of the 1988 squad, she was a three-time All-North Star Conference pick. Lenti is the winningest coach in DePaul history with 851 wins, he has guided the softball program to three College World Series appearances and the Blue Demons have earned 13 postseason appearances in the past 14 years under his guidance.
The annual Dr. Robert Hamilton Special Service Award will be given to long-time men’s basketball public address announcer Jim Riebandt.
The Hall of Fame class will be introduced at halftime of the Blue Demon men’s basketball game against third-ranked Villanova at the Allstate Arena on February 11 and at halftime of the Blue Demon women’s game against Notre Dame at the DePaul Athletic Center on February 12. There will also be a celebratory dinner on the evening of February 11 in the Athletic Center.