WashU Announces 2018 Sports Hall of Fame Class

WashU Announces 2018 Sports Hall of Fame Class


St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 1, 2017 – Washington University in St. Louis, in conjunction with its athletic support organization, the W Club, has announced its 17th induction class for the University's Sports Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies will be held during a breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Knight Center on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

The induction will be streamed live on the WashU Sports Network. WATCH

Later that night, the Class of 2018 will be recognized at halftime of the women's and men's basketball games against the University of Rochester. Tip-off for the women is set for 6 p.m., with the men to follow at 8 p.m. With the addition of the 2018 class, the WU Sports Hall of Fame boasts 169 members, including Distinguished Service honorees.

The Class of 2018 features seven former student-athletes, one former coach and administrator, one team and two distinguished service honorees.

Individual honorees include Vernon Butler (Class of 1997, Football, Track & Field), Libby Held (Class of 2010, Women's Soccer), Leslie (Catlin) Maggiore (Class of 1994, Volleyball), Meredith Nordbrock (Class of 2008, Women's Swimming), Ari Rosenthal (Class of 2006, Men's Tennis), Pat Purcell (Class of 1976, Women's Tennis) and Sean Wallis (Class of 2009, Men's Basketball).

Former women's tennis coach and administrator Lynn Imergoot and the 1978 Men's Soccer Team will also be inducted. Finally, Claire Halpern and Michael Greenfield, long-time supporters of WashU Athletics, will be honored as distinguished service recipients. 

"We are honored to welcome the next class of inductees into the Washington University Sports Hall of Fame," said WashU Director of Athletics Anthony J. Azama.

For information regarding tickets to the breakfast, please contact Associate Director of Development Jen Nulle at (314) 935-3911 or jnulle@wustl.edu.

VERNON BUTLER – Class of 1997, Football & Track Field
Vernon Butler was a three-time all-University Athletic Association (UAA) selection and the 1997 UAA Offensive Player of the Year. Butler ranks first in school history in touchdowns (39) and points (236), third in receiving yards (2,431) and fourth in pass receptions (129). He also holds school records for receiving touchdowns for a career (36), season (14) and game (4). A two-time Darryl Sharp Memorial MVP selection, Butler was a member of three UAA Championship Teams and helped guide the team to a 27-11 record in four seasons. He was also a member of the UAA Champion 1,600 relay team at the 1997 UAA Indoor Championships, and won the 1997 UAA Outdoor title in the 400 and 400 relay.



LIBBY HELD – Class of 2010, Women's Soccer
Libby Held was the first two-time All-American (2008, 2009) in WashU Women's Soccer history, and is one of six two-time All-Americans in program history. Held and the WashU defense recorded shutouts in 39 of 81 career games started. She also added 13 career assists. As a senior, Held and the Bears posted a 17-4-3 record, won its fourth-straight UAA title and advanced to the NCAA National Championship match for the first time in school history. She was named to the 2009 NCAA All-Tournament Team, and was also a three-time all-region and all-UAA selection. Off the field, she was a two-time UAA Presidents Council Scholar Athlete, three-time Academic all-UAA and 2009 CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.



LYNN IMERGOOT – Women's Tennis Coach, Athletic Administrator
Lynn Imergoot is the all-time winningest women's tennis coach in school history and a pioneer in women's athletics at WashU. Imergoot posted a 438-177 (.725) overall record in 30 seasons, leading the Bears to seven NCAA Tournament appearances. She led WashU to 28 winning seasons, including 25-consecutive from 1979-2004. The 2001-02 team posted a school-record 23-4 overall mark and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time in school history. Imergoot also guided the doubles team of Rathi Mani and Kat Copiozo to an NCAA Runner-up finish at the 2002 NCAA Doubles. Off the court, she was the Director of Women's and Coed Intramurals (1972-79), Coordinator of Women's Athletics (1977-84) and Assistant Athletic Director (1984-2005). Imergoot also served as a member of ITA Division III Midwest Region Rankings Committee (1991-92) and the NCAA Division III Midwest Selection Advisory Committee for Women's Tennis (1989-92).


LESLIE (CATLIN) MAGGIORE – Class of 1994, Volleyball
Leslie (Catlin) Maggiore was an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Second-Team All-America selection as a setter in 1992 and 1993. Maggiore was three-year starter for the Bears, who won four UAA titles, went to four Final Fours and captured the 1991, 1992 and 1993 NCAA Division III National Championship. WashU posted a 157-9 record in her four years. She is eighth in school history in service aces (244) and ninth in assists (2,963), and registered a single-season career-high 1,502 assists in 1993. Maggiore was also a two-time All-Region and All-UAA selection, and earned 1993 NCAA All-Tournament Team honors.



MEREDITH NORDBROCK – Class of 2008, Women's Swimming
Meredith Nordbrock is the most accomplished women's swimmer in school history. Nordbrock is a 28-time All-American, most in school history, and at the time of graduation was the school record holder in four categories: 200 backstroke (2:01.97); 200 individual medley (2:02.97); 400 individual medley (4:22.19); 400-medley relay (3:51.04). Her school record in the 400 IM still stands. Nordbrock was named the 2005 UAA Women's Rookie of the Year and Swimmer of the Year. She helped guide the Bears to the best four-year run of finishes at NCAA Championships – seventh in 2005; fifth in 2006; seventh in 2007; sixth in 2008. Nordbrock was named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large Second Team, just the second Academic All-American in school history.


PAT PURCELL – Class of 1976, Women's Tennis
Pat Purcell was a four-year varsity letterwinner at WashU, two years on both the men's and women's tennis team. Purcell was the top female player in Muny tennis in the 1975-85 era, and was a career tennis professional for over 30 years. She was named "The Outstanding Contributor to USA Team Tennis" by the St. Louis District Tennis Association in 2000, and received the Delaine Mast Award by Billie Jean King given to the Outstanding League Director in World Team Tennis in 2001. Purcell was a nationally ranked junior in all age categories and the No. 1 ranked played in women's singles and doubles in St. Louis during the 1980's. She won six national titles in the Women's 55 and 60's and has two US Cup Team Appearances. Purcell also served as an assistant coach of the WashU women's tennis team from 1994-99. 


ARI ROSENTHAL ­– Class of 2006, Men's Tennis
Ari Rosenthal was the first five-time All-American in WashU Men's Tennis history. Rosenthal made three singles and three doubles NCAA appearances, and is the third winningest player in school history with a 180-56 overall record. He posted a 51-10 combined record as a senior (25-5 in singles; 26-5 in doubles) en route to being named UAA Player of the Year. Rosenthal helped guide the Bears to four postseason berths, including a pair of NCAA Quarterfinal appearances in 2003 and 2004. He was also a four-time all-UAA selection.



SEAN WALLIS – Class of 2009, Men's Basketball
Sean Wallis was a two-time All-America selection and a member of the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Division III National Championship Team. Wallis is the all-time leader in assists in UAA play (360), and also holds the WashU all-time mark (773). His 773 assists rank 11th in NCAA Division III history. Wallis was named the 2009 NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player and the 2010 UAA Player of the Year. He ranks 14th on the all-time scoring list at WashU with 1,216 points, and is third in free-throw percentage (.828) and 10th in three-pointers made (150). Wallis set the WashU single-season assist mark in 2008-09 season with 251, a mark that ranks 16th in Division III history, and holds the single-game school record for assists (16, 2006-07 vs. Chicago). He helped lead the Bears to three UAA titles and three Final Fours, and was a two-time All-Region and three-time all-UAA selection.


Claire Halpern and Michael Greenfield are longtime friends of the WashU Department of Athletics and generous W Club supporters. They provide support to all teams and many initiatives within the Department of Athletics that further our mission. Of note, they support the internet broadcasts for WashU Bears games which ensures fans near and far are able to watch the Bears in action via the WashU Sports Network. Thanks to their generosity, alumni, parents and friends are able to stay connected and follow our teams via live-streamed broadcasts. In addition, they provided a leadership gift to name the Relaxation Room in the Sumers Recreation Center fostering the health and wellness of students, faculty and staff on the Danforth campus. Michael is a professor in the School of Law and is a recipient of WashU's Distinguished Faculty Award. Claire received her J.D. from WashU School of Law in 1975 where she was an Order of the Coif member. 

The 1978 men's soccer team was the first squad in school history to advance to a Final Four and National Championship match in any sport. Under head coach Joe Carenza Jr., the Bears recorded a 15-5 overall record and won the school's first NCAA Regional Championship. WashU defeated Ohio Wesleyan (1-0) in the regional title, North Adams State (1-0) in the NCAA Semifinal and fell to Lock Haven (3-0) in the national championship.