SRU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct new members
Sept. 18, 2015
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its Class of 2015 at a special ceremony at 2:30 p.m., Sept. 19 in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. The class will also be recognized during halftime of the 6 p.m. football game at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.
Earning Hall of Fame honors are:
- Michael Hardy - Men's Basketball (class of 1979)
- Thomas Lambert (posthumously) - Judo (coach)
- Roberta Page - Softball, Basketball (class of 1988)
- Sarah Patterson - Gymnastics (class of 1978)
- Jeff Quinn - Men's Soccer (class of 1986)
- Laura Remaly - Judo, Field Hockey, Track (class of 1982)
- Peg Sims - Cross Country, Swimming (class of 1975)
The addition of the seven-person Class of 2015 increases the number of former Rock student-athletes, coaches and contributors inducted into the Hall of Fall to 222.
The following are brief profiles of members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2015, listed in alphabetical order.
Sport: Men's Basketball
Graduation Year: 1979
Highlights: Two-time Academic All-American; No. 1 all-time in shooting percentage (.625); one of 11 SRU players to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
Michael Hardy played in 87 games at Slippery Rock from 1975-79 and averaged 13.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. He is the career leader in shooting percentage at 62.5 percent (470-for-752). Hardy also ranks fifth in career rebounds (833), sixth in blocks (76), eighth in free throws made (273) and ninth in scoring (1,213 points). He is one of just 11 players in program history to surpass the 1,000-point and 500-rebound milestones. His best season came in 1978-79 when he shot a single-season record 66.7 percent from the field. Hardy helped Slippery Rock to the NCAA Tournament in 1977-78. He not only excelled on the court, but also in the classroom by being named to the Academic All-America team twice. Hardy continued his education after Slippery Rock by earning a master's degree in public management from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001.
Currently: Hardy is the Vice President of Support Services at ZOLL Medical, where he has oversight of customer support, technical support and logistics for the company's LifeVest patients. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children and four grandchildren. His children include: daughter Rachel Hardy, who graduated from Slippery Rock in 2014; daughter Monica Hardy, who has two children; step-son Brian Darcy, who has two children; and step-son Shawn Darcy. Hardy and his wife reside in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.
THOMAS LAMBERT (1935-1997)
Sport: Judo (coach)
Highlights: SRU Teacher of the Year in 1968; founder of SRU judo program; coached multiple team and individual national champions.
Tom Lambert is the lone Hall of Fame inductee this year who is not a Slippery Rock graduate, but is being enshrined for his outstanding contributions to the University in many capacities, most notably for founding the judo program. Lambert, who passed away in 1997, attended West Chester University and graduated in 1953. He came to SRU as a professor and was named the Teacher of the Year in 1968. Four years later he founded the judo program in 1972 and just four years after that was leading the program to championships. He led the SRU women to Eastern College titles in 1976-80 and was named the Eastern Coach of the Year in 1977. His women's squad also took titles from 1984-86 and was national runner-up in 1979. Lambert also led the men's squad to the Eastern title in 1986. In addition to his efforts with the judo program, Lambert also spent time as an assistant coach with the track and field team and with the swimming and diving team, as well as serving an interim stint as the coach of the gymnastics team. He also served as the public address announcer for the football team for many years.
After SRU: While working at Slippery Rock, Lambert wrote and directed the Peace Corps Training Grant for the University. He was involved in the Peace Corps and spent time as an exchange professor in Korea at Kangwon University. Lambert married his wife, Carol, in 1959 and they were together for 38 years before his passing in 1997. The couple has two children, Karen Bowman and Scott Lambert, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Sport: Basketball and Softball
Graduation Year: 1988
Highlights: Went on to become Director of Championships for the NCAA after serving as Director of Athletics at Shippensburg University.
Roberta Page was a two-sport athlete at Slippery Rock, playing four seasons of softball from 1985-88 and playing basketball in the 1986-87 season. She hit .266 for her career and ranks fifth in single-season triples in program history with three in 1988. Page started eight games and appeared in 27 games for the basketball team during her one season. After she received her bachelor's degree in physical education with a minor in sport management from SRU, she went on to earn two master's degrees (physical education and educational leadership) from McDaniel College and then earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Duquesne in 2002. She served as the director of athletics and senior woman administrator at Shippensburg for seven years before taking her current position at the NCAA.
Currently: Page has served as the director of championships at the NCAA since 2009. She is responsible for general administration and oversight of all national championship events at the Division I, Division II and Division III levels and works extensively with the Division II championship committee. Page has one daughter, Taylor Junkin, and resides in Indianapolis.
Graduation Year: 1978
Highlights: Head gymnastics coach at the University of Alabama from 1979-2014; won six NCAA Division I national titles and 29 regional titles.
Sarah Patterson is one of the most successful gymnastics coaches of all-time and is coming off a 36-year career as the head coach at the University of Alabama. Patterson announced in 2014 that she was stepping down from the only job she had ever known after leading Alabama to 1,006 career wins, six NCAA Division I team titles, 29 regional titles and 32 consecutive appearances in the NCAA National Championships. She coached her teams to eight SEC titles and led a total of 25 individual athletes to a national title. Patterson also pushed for academic excellence in her program. Her student-athletes were honored with 11 SEC postgraduate scholarships, five NCAA Elite 89 awards and 275 SEC Academic Honor Roll selections. Patterson coached a total of 302 All-Americans and 189 Scholastic All-Americans during her career. Her teams qualified for the national meet 32 straight years from 1983-2014.
Currently: Patterson and her husband, David, have two children, Jordan and Jessie. While she no longer serves as the head coach at Alabama, she is still active in the athletic department for the Crimson Tide, serving as a special assistant to the athletic director and a major gifts officer.
Sport: Men's Soccer
Graduation Year: 1986
Highlights: Two-time All-American; ranks second in career points and career goals scored.
Jeff Quinn was a standout on the soccer pitch at SRU from 1982-85 and graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in communications. He was named to All-PSAC honors three times and was named to All-America honors twice. Quinn scored 55 goals and tallied 132 points during his career, totals that still rank second all-time. He also ranks sixth all-time in career assists with 22. Quinn is the single-season scoring record holder at SRU thanks to his 52 points during his senior year in 1985. He netted 22 goals that season, which still stands as the second most goals in a single-season in program history. Last fall, he was inducted into the SRU Soccer Ring of Honor.
Currently: Quinn went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree from Ohio Northern University in 1992. He has since become a partner at Pringle Quinn Anzano, P.C. in New Jersey, where he specializes in insurance and healthcare fraud litigation. He also serves as a Special Civil Part mediator for the Superior Court of New Jersey in Ocean County, a position he has held since 1993. Quinn has one daughter, Alexis, and resides in Barnegat, New Jersey.
Sports: Judo, Field Hockey, Track and Field
Graduation Year: 1982
Highlights: All-American in judo; judo national champion in 1982; two-time regional champion in judo; Midwest All-Star on the field hockey team.
Laura Remaly was a four-sport athlete at Slippery Rock, where she excelled in judo and field hockey and was also a member of the indoor and outdoor track and field teams. The highlight of her career came in 1982 when she claimed a national championship in judo and was named an All-American. That capped a successful collegiate career in which she also won regional titles in judo in 1980 and 1981. In addition to her excellence in judo, Remaly was also a three-year starter on the field hockey team and was named to the 1981 Midwest All-Star team. She also excelled as a multi-event specialist for the track and field team, where she won the PSAC title in the pentathlon in 1980.
Currently: Remaly went on to earn her master's degree in business administration from the University of Maryland in 1986. In 1989 she biked across the United States to raise funds for the American Lung Association. Remaly combined that experience with her passion for fitness and opened All American Bicycle Center in Damascus, Maryland with her husband, Matthew. The couple has two children in high school, Matthew and Shannon. Remaly also works as a wellness coach and instructor at WellAdvantage and has completed more than 50 triathlons. Her family resides in New Windsor, Maryland.
Sports: Cross Country, Track and Field, Swimming
Graduation Year: 1975
Highlights: Helped make women's cross country and track and field a varsity sport.
Margaret (Peg) Sims was known as the first women's cross country athlete at Slippery Rock after she joined the men's team during her four years at SRU. She was the only woman on the team and practiced with the men for all four years. She traveled to meets with the men and competed as an unattached athlete. Sims was also a member of the women's track and field club and was instrumental in starting the conversation to move the program from the club level to the varsity level, which occurred shortly after she graduated in 1975. She took a lot of pride in being one of the pioneers for women's athletics at Slippery Rock. After graduation, Sims embarked on a lengthy career as a teacher and coach. She taught health, physical education and swimming at Oil City High School for 34 years before retiring in 2013. She also served as the head coach of the cross country and track and field teams at Oil City for 25 years and spent time as the swimming coach as well. In addition to her coaching and teaching roles, she also served on the PIAA District 10 Committee as a Girls Athletics Representative for 30 years.
Currently: Sims has remained active in the community after retiring from her teaching position in 2013. She has served on the board of directors for the Friends of Oil Creek State Park for the past 10 years, including stints as the president and vice president of the organization. Her and her husband, John, groom and set track on the Oil Creek Cross Country Ski Trails each winter to help promote the sport of cross country skiing in the region. They are also race directors for the Oil Creek Summer Biathlon held in August each year. Sims is also involved in many church activities and volunteers at the Open Door Café and Oakwood Heights Presbyterian Home in Oil City. Sims and her Husband reside in Venus, Pennsylvania and have two adult children: Alden, who is currently serving in the U.S. Army, and Madeline.