Feb. 9, 2009
Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall Of Fame
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Nine former student-athletes or coaches, who were part of the Purdue athletics scene during seven different decades, will be inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame this spring.
The new members are ...
Erich Barnes, football player, 1955-57
Denny Blind, basketball and baseball player, 1952-55
Drew Brees, football player, 1997-2000
Boris "Babe" Dimancheff, football player, 1943-44
Dave and Joe Lilovich, wrestlers, 1983-88
Jamie McNeair-Reese, track & field performer, 1987-90
Jo-Ann Price, honorary selection, advocate for women's sports, 1955-2006
Dave Young, football player, 1977-80
This group will join 99 former athletes, coaches and administrators previously inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1994.
The latest honorees will be recognized during the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, priced at $50 each, will be available through the John Purdue Club and at the Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office, 1000 N. University Street, starting in early March.
Seven of the nine inductees are expected to attend. Dimancheff and Price are deceased and will be represented by family members or friends.
The 2009 class was chosen by a select committee of past athletes, Hall of Fame members and current university administrators. Biographical sketches on the honorees follow.
- Came to Purdue from Elkhart, Ind., and became a three-time letterwinner (1955-57), playing right halfback, left end and cornerback as one of the most versatile athletes ever to play for the Boilermaker football team ... Totaled 257 rushing yards on 62 carries (4.1 average), 319 yards on 20 receptions (16.0 average), 136 yards on seven kickoff returns, 86 yards on five interceptions and 28 yards on two punt returns in his career ... Finished second on the '56 squad with 12 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns, while leading the team with two interceptions ... Had the perfect combination of physical and mental qualities which made him the prototype cornerback at the next level ... Went on to have an outstanding NFL career with the Chicago Bears (1958-60), New York Giants (1961-64) and Cleveland Browns (1965-71) ... Helped to lead the Giants to three consecutive conference championships ... Had 18 interceptions in four years with New York ... Named to the Pro Bowl six times and to the All-NFL Team twice in his 14-year pro career and still holds the Giants team record for the longest interception return for a score with a 102-yard play in 1961 ... Settled in the New York area and went on have a second career as corporate special events planner before retiring ... Has three daughters: Charissa, Djuna (1986 Purdue graduate and former track and field performer for the Boilermakers) and Tessa ... Retired and living with his wife, Violet, in Yonkers, N.Y.
- Came to Purdue from Lafayette, Ind., and became an eight-time letterwinner in basketball and baseball (1952-55), and a four-year starter in both sports ... Was a guard in basketball finishing as Purdue's career scoring leader and the first member of the 1,000-point club ... Was basketball MVP in 1954 ... Named two-time "Small" All-American ('54 and '55) for players under 6-foot ... Received Big Ten Medal of Honor for scholastic and athletic prowess ... Pitched a no-hitter in baseball versus Wabash College while striking out 19 ... Went on to a 42-year career in public education as a teacher, coach, and administrator, the last 27 of which were with the Lafayette School Corporation, including the last 18 as principal of Jefferson High School ... Was named Indiana's Secondary Principal of the Year in 1991 ... Honored as member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and Jefferson High School Hall of Fame ... Named a "Sagamore of the Wabash" by Governor's Office in 1997 ... Received the prestigious "Marquis de Lafayette" in 2005 for his selfless labors and vast achievements in the community ... With wife, Mary Joanne Steiner (also a Purdue graduate), raised four children, Susan, Lisa, Shari and David - all Purdue grads ... Also has two grandchildren currently enrolled at Purdue with another on the way next fall ... Retired and living in Lafayette.
- Came to Purdue from Austin, Texas, and became a four-year football letterwinner as quarterback (1997-2000) ... Won Maxwell Award as nation's outstanding player of 2000 ... Was a two-time finalist for the Heisman Trophy, finishing fourth in 1999 and third in 2000 ... Selected as 2000 Academic All-America Player of the Year ... Holds records in Big Ten passing yards (11,792), touchdown passes (90), total offensive yards (12,963), completions (1,026), and attempts (1,678) ... Was first-ever recipient of Socrates Award, recognizing the nation's finest athlete in terms of academics, athletics and community service ... Voted 1998 and 2000 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and 1999 and 2000 Purdue Athlete of the Year ... Tied NCAA record of 55 completions and set NCAA record of 83 attempts in one game vs. Wisconsin in 1998 ... Drafted by the NFL's San Diego Chargers, where he played for five years ... Just completed his best year ever, his third as quarterback of New Orleans Saints, becoming just the second player to throw for more than 5,000 yards in a season ... Has made three Pro Bowl appearances ... Chosen NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2006 ... Along with wife, Brittany (also a Purdue graduate), donated $2 million through the Brees Dream Foundation for the Purdue student-athlete academic center ... Became parents earlier this year when son, Baylen, was born on Drew's 30th birthday ... They live in New Orleans and San Diego.
Boris "Babe" Dimancheff
- Came to Purdue from Indianapolis and became a two-year letterwinner as a Boilermaker running back in 1943 and '44 ... Graduated from George Washington H.S. and spent first two years of college at Butler University, where he earned all-conference honors ... Totaled 1,399 yards in two seasons for Purdue, averaging 4.9 yards per carry... Led team in scoring with nine touchdowns his final year ... Selected first team All-America, first team All-Big Nine and Most Valuable Player of 1944 ... Considered Purdue's first Heisman Trophy candidate ... Played seven seasons in the NFL as a halfback and defensive back for the Boston Yanks, Chicago Cardinals and Chicago Bears ... In 63 pro games, totaled 1,888 yards and 18 touchdowns running and receiving... Was a key contributor to the Cardinals' 1947 championship season ... Later went into coaching, guiding Hamtramck (Mich.) High School to two state titles in three years ... Returned to the NFL as an assistant for 12 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys (on Tom Landry's first staff) and Bears ... Also had two years each as defensive coordinator at Wake Forest University, as head coach of the Continental League's Canton Bulldogs and as offensive coordinator with the World Football League's Southern California Sun ... Remained in California to sell real estate ... Was inducted into Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2007 ... Had a daughter, Judith, who died as a young child ... Was retired and a resident of Los Angeles, Calif., when he died last October.
Dave and Joe Lilovich
- Nominated and selected as the Hall of Fame's first combination induction, this set of brothers came to Purdue from LaPorte, Ind., and together won eight letters over a six-year span (1983-88) and produced a record of 214-85-2 ... Have been loyal supporters of Purdue wrestling program since ... Dave
was a four-time letterwinner (1983-86), competing at 158 pounds, serving as captain in 1986 ... Finished with a career record of 112-41-2 (.729) ... Voted team captain and Most Valuable Performer in 1985 and `86 ... Earned All-America status in both 1985 and 1986 ... ... Ranks in all but four of Purdue's 12 individual records, including top five rankings in season falls and reversals ... Dave's 15 pins in 1985-86 were the most ever by a Boilermaker in a single season ... His 46 falls ranks second all-time and his 112 wins ranks fifth best ... Joe
was a four-time letterwinner and starter at 142 pounds (1985-88) ... Finished with a career record of 102-44 (.699) ... Currently ranked first in career reversals (47) and second in career falls (31), and seventh in career wins (102) ... Was a 1987 Big Ten Champion at 142 pounds ... Chosen as team captain his senior season ... Both now live in Crown Point, Ind., and working in the private sector ... Dave
and his wife Susanna have three children: Niko, Daven, and Gabriella, while Joe
and his wife, Chris, have two children, Jessica and Alayna.
- Came to Purdue from Buffalo, N.Y., by way of Boynton Beach, Fla., and became a four-time letterwinner in women's track and field (1987-90) ... Earned six Big Ten championships -- '87 and '88 pentathlon, '88, '89 and '90 heptathlon, and was part of '88 4x400 relay ... Was outdoor heptathlon All-American in '88, '89 and `90 ... Set six Purdue school records ... Her highest collegiate point total in the heptathlon (6,016) in the NCAA Championships of 1990 is still a Purdue record ... Her best pentathlon score (4,127) in the Big Ten Indoor Championships of 1990 stood as best in Boilermaker history until 1996 ... Jamie and Sybil Perry share the school record in the 200 meters (23.14 seconds) ... Jamie ranks second best in the 100-meter hurdles ... Chosen Rookie of the Year in '87, Purdue Athlete of the Year in '89 and '90, team captain in '90; and was Red Mackey Award winner in '90 ... Graduated from Purdue in 1991 ... Competed for the next decade domestically and internationally, winning the Pan American Games and setting a record in the heptathlon in 1995 ... Took the top spot in the Olympic Sports Festival and ranked 11th in the world in Women's Heptathlon in 1995 ... Qualified for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials and finished fifth ... Now works as a speech language pathologist for the Wake County School System in Raleigh, N.C. ... Is married to Terry Reese, Jr., former world-class hurdler who is now track and field coach at North Carolina State University ... They have a son, Terry Reese III, and reside in Raleigh.
- Came to Purdue from Poland, Ohio, after earning her bachelor's degree from Youngstown State University (1950) and her master's at the University of Wisconsin (1955) ... Began at Purdue as a member of the faculty in physical education (now Health, Kinesiology and Leisure Studies) ... Coached both women's basketball and golf from 1955 through 1965 as recreational and club teams before they were recognized as varsity sports ... Helped to lay the groundwork for today's women's program ... Earned her doctorate from Indiana University in 1969 ... Became head university supervisor for physical education student teachers ... Was the first woman selected to the University Athletic Affairs Committee and served as chair in 1976-77 ... Served as officer at the state and regional levels for several physical education organizations... Competed regularly and often won amateur golf tournaments throughout the state ... Won the Lafayette Women's City Golf Tournament 10 times and the West Central Golf Association Tournament 15 times ... Named in the Who's Who of American Women ... Awarded the Salute to Women Outstanding Woman in Sports ... Inducted into City of Fort Wayne Athletic Hall of Fame ... Became first woman accepted into the John Purdue Club ... Endowed the first women's basketball scholarship in 1993 ... Earned a prestigious Black Coat Award from the JPC ... Served for many years as alumni coach and avid supporter of women's basketball until her death in 2006, 16 years after her retirement from the University.
- Came to Purdue from Akron, Ohio, and became a four-time letterwinner (1977-80) as a tight end for head football coach Jim Young ... Became a favorite target of Hall of Fame quarterback Mark Herrmann and the first tight end in the history of football to lead the nation in pass receptions in 1980 (6.1 receptions per game) ... Earned first team All-America status in 1980 ... Named the team's Most Valuable Player in 1979 as a junior ... Chosen first team All-Big Ten in '79 and '80 ... Graduated from Purdue as the top pass receiver in Big Ten history ... Currently tied for second in the record books for career touchdown receptions (27) ... Ranks sixth for career receptions (180) and receiving yards (2,316) ... Had four 100-yard plus receiving days ... Drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the NFL Draft in 1981 ... Also played with the Baltimore and Indianapolis Colts in '83 and '84, respectively ... Has two adult sons who played collegiate sports in the late 1990s and early 2000s - Miquel, a football player at the University of Akron, and David, a basketball player at IPFW ... Now lives in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and works for an environmental company in nearby Barberton, Ohio.