|Wooster's W Association Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on Friday, Sept. 21.|
A class of 10 former College of Wooster standout student-athletes will be inducted into the W Association Hall of Fame during the College's "Black & Gold Weekend," announced the alumni organization that supports intercollegiate athletics. The official ceremony will take place on Friday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Scheide Music Center. Those wishing to attend the induction ceremony can RSVP here, and there is no cost to attend.
Scheduled to be on hand for their induction are James Cooper '08, Luci Day '94, Andrew DeBord '05, Rick Drushal '07, Dr. Ellen J. Hunter '99, Jason Kelley '93, Nicole Pritchard '04, Jason Weiner '91, Elizabeth Whittam '05, and Kathryn Wieferich '08.
Cooper earned five All-American certificates as a standout on the Scots' nationally-prominent basketball team, including first-team honors from the popular website D3hoops.com and second-team honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches as a senior. Cooper, a two-time North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year, was also tabbed as the top man in the region as a senior by D3hoops.com. Cooper's 2,037 points still stand as the second-most in program history, and he's third all-time on the NCAC's career scoring list. Upon completing his eligibility, Cooper played professionally in Germany.
Day earned a spot on the All-America team as a junior and senior. She was the program's first three-time all-region selection. She earned all-conference honors all four years in a Scots' uniform, including first-team certificates as a sophomore, junior, and senior. Day was credited with four defensive saves, and helped the Scots record 15 shutouts. Wooster went a combined 40-33-4 during Day's time on the team. She also lettered once in lacrosse, and was the team's starting goalkeeper as a first-year.
DeBord capped his standout career on the soccer pitch as a second-team All-America selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The three-time all-region honoree added the NCAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year trophy to his case as a senior, and earned first-team all-conference laurels as a sophomore, junior, and senior. A member of two conference championship teams, DeBord was part of one of the stoutest defenses in the country, as the Scots posted 33 shutouts during his career. In lacrosse, DeBord played on the lone team in program history to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Drushal was just as decorated on and off the field as a student-athlete at the College. A recipient of a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, Drushal's academic excellence also landed him on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® first-team as a senior. On the gridiron, Drushal was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America, Associated Press Little All-America, and Football Gazette All-America teams as a senior, and the latter organization tabbed the standout as its Offensive Lineman-of-the-Year in 2006. At the conference level, Drushal earned All-NCAC honors each year, including first-team certificates as a sophomore, junior, and senior. He played on the Scots' 2004 conference championship team and with Team USA at the 2007 World Championship of American Football in Japan. He also took part in the 2007 Cleveland Browns rookie mini-camp. In track & field, Drushal earned eight all-conference honors as a thrower.
Hunter, a six-time All-American in the pool, delivered her top showing as a junior with a fourth-place time of 1:05.81 in the 100 breaststroke. That year, the breaststroke specialist added All-American honors in the 200 and 400 medley relays and the 200 freestyle relay. The following year, Hunter capped her career with two more All-American honors by swimming on Wooster's top-10 medley relays. Hunter delivered a championship finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.01) as a junior at the NCAC Championships, and at the time, she was just the sixth woman to win an individual event at one of the preeminent meets in Div. III.
Kelley, one of three in program history to compete at the Div. III Cross Country Championships twice, placed 70th of 177 (25:52) as a junior and 78th of 178 (26:19) as a sophomore. He crossed second at the Div. III Great Lakes Regional as a junior (25:42), sixth as a sophomore (27:27), and 10th as a freshman (25:20), and missed qualifying for nationals by five seconds as a rookie. Kelley won the NCAC Championships twice in cross country, and was a three-time first-team All-NCAC harrier, and likely would've added to his conference and national accolades if it wasn't for an injury as a senior. In track, Kelley earned three all-conference certificates.
Pritchard capped her career as a third-team Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-American, and earned all-region honors from the coaches' organization all four years. She book-ended a stellar career with NCAC Newcomer- and Player-of-the-Year trophies, and was a three-time first-team all-conference selection. Pritchard played on Wooster's first three conference championship teams, and established the career record for caused turnovers while playing in the early years of that being officially tracked as a statistic by the NCAA.
Weiner, the first three-time all-region pitcher in program history, was a key member of the Scots' first of now six teams to advance to the Div. III Championships. Although an injury held him out of Mideast Regional and Div. III Championships as a sophomore, Weiner still finished tied for first on the team in wins (7), and went on to log back-to-back nine-win seasons as a junior and senior. Weiner earned three All-NCAC certificates, and was voted as the league's top pitcher as a senior. A member of three conference championship squads, Weiner was the third in program history to win 25 games, and ranked second upon graduation with 26 victories.
Whittam exploded onto the scene with a runner-up finish in the 200 individual medley (2:05.36) as a first-year at the Div. III Championships, and earned 16 other All-American certificates during her career, 11 of which came on relays. As a rookie, Whittam, and the Scots' 200 medley (1:47.40) and 400 freestyle (3:31.09) relays placed fourth. At the NCAC Championships, Whittam earned 22 all-conference certificates, the most in program history, and won the 200 individual medley (1:47.40) as a first-year, making her the eighth woman to win an individual event at one of Div. III's preeminent meets.
Wieferich earned five All-American honors and two CoSIDA Academic All-America® plaques during her career as a cross country and track runner. One of two in program history to earn All-American honors in cross country, Wieferich did so as a senior with the 14th-place time of 23:24. In track, Wieferich placed third in the 10,000 meters at the Div. III Championships as a junior (35:53.55) and senior (35:08.16), and finished in the top five nationally both years in the 5,000 meters. Other highlights for Wieferich included winning the Div. III Great Lakes Regional as a senior cross country harrier and being the first runner to cross (all divisions) at the All-Ohio Championships as a senior.
Profiles on each of the inductees will be posted on woosterathletics.com leading up to the induction ceremony on Friday, Sept. 21.