Feb. 9, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Eight former student-athletes, coaches and administrators, who were part of the Purdue University athletic scene during nine different decades, will be inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame this spring.
The new members, set for induction on April 14, are ...
~ Fred Beretta, basketball, 1938-40
~ Gary Danielson, football, 1970-72
~ C.S. "Pop" Doan, coach and administrator, 1918-60
~ Lin Dunn, basketball, 1988-96
~ Walt Eversman, swimming, 1956-59
~ Jerry Sichting, basketball, 1976-79
~ Toyinda (Smith) Wilson-Long, track and field, 1996-99
~ Jeff Zgonina, football, 1989-92
These Boilermaker greats will join 118 former athletes, coaches and administrators who have inducted into the Hall of Fame since 1994, when the selection process was initiated.
The latest honorees will be recognized during the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Mackey Arena on the Purdue campus Saturday, April 14, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets, priced at $60 each, will be available through the John Purdue Club and at the Athletic Ticket Office, 900 John R. Wooden Drive, starting in early March.
Six of the eight inductees are expected to attend. Beretta and Doan are deceased and will be represented by family members.
The 2012 class was chosen by a select committee of Hall of Fame members, former student-athletes and current university administrators. Biographical sketches on the honorees follow.
was a three-year letterwinner in basketball from 1938 to 1940 as a guard for head coach Ward "Piggy" Lambert. Beretta helped the Boilermakers win 46 of 59 games and two Big Ten championships (1938 and 1940). He earned All-America honors as a senior and All-Big Ten recognition his junior and senior seasons. He served as co-captain of the 1938 team that posted an 18-2 record and captain of the 1940 team that finished 16-4. Beretta was considered one of the best defensive players and ball handlers in the country. Beretta was a member of the 1940 College All-Star team that played against the Harlem Globetrotters in one of the most famous basketball games ever played. (The All-Stars won 44-42 in overtime in what was considered a huge upset.) He later played in the National Basketball League (forerunner of the NBA) with the Akron Firestone Non-Skids prior to going into U.S. Army for three and a half years of World War II. He subsequently coached and taught in three southern Indiana school systems until his death in 1962 at age 45. Beretta was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.
was a three-year letterwinner in football from 1970 to 1972 as a quarterback for head coach Bob DeMoss. On Purdue's career lists, he currently ranks 17th in completions (178), 17th in passing yards (2,748), 18th in touchdown passes (14) and 18th in total yards (2,950). He ranks third on the single-game rushing yards per carry list with an average of 13.31. Danielson recorded the seventh-best rushing output in a single game with 213 yards - a total that is the highest by any quarterback at Purdue. In 1971, Danielson led the Big Ten with a 61.7 completion percentage and 1,467 passing yards, including six of the league's 11 longest plays of the season. He subsequently played in the NFL for 13 years with the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns, passing for 13,764 yards and 81 touchdowns before retiring in 1988. He has since become one of the top color analysts for college football, working for ESPN/ABC from 1991 to 2005 (including the first BCS Championship Game) and for CBS Sports covering Southeastern Conference football the last six years.
C.S. "Pop" Doan
came to Purdue in 1918 as a math instructor after earning degrees at Wilmington College (bachelor of science), Swarthmore College (associate bachelor's) and the University of Pennsylvania (master's). Along with teaching math for his first 29 years, he served as freshman baseball coach (1918-43), varsity baseball coach (1944-45), freshman football coach (1919-24) and as Purdue's first ticket manager (1920-60). He made it possible for literally millions of sports fans to watch Purdue. In 37 football seasons, he sold more than four million tickets, missed only one game himself and attached 22 "P" links to the Old Oaken Bucket. Due to his involvement with starting the tradition of the Old Oaken Bucket as the prize for the annual winner of the Purdue-Indiana football rivaly, Doan was afforded the honor of attaching the "P" links on the bucket during a ceremony at the annual Kiwanis Football Banquet. A member of Kiwanis, serving as District Governor, he was a member of West Lafayette City Council for 16 years and served as an officer and director of Purdue National Bank for 37 years.
was head coach of the Purdue women's basketball team from 1988 to 1996, leading the Boilermakers to three Big Ten titles, two NCAA Sweet 16's, the 1995 Elite Eight and the 1994 Final Four. She is the winningest women's basketball coach in school history with 206 victories, ranks second with a .752 winning percentage and is the only Purdue coach to never lose to intrastate rival Indiana (going 18-0). She coached 27 All-Big Ten players and nine All-Americans, including Joy Holmes, MaChelle Joseph and Stacy Lovelace, who received first team national honors. Dunn was chosen as Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1991. She served as chairperson of the Kodak All-American Committee and as President of the WBCA, was an assistant coach on the 1990 World Championships Goodwill Team and the 1992 USA Olympic Team and head coach of the 1995 Jones Cup Team. Dunn went on to serve as head coach in the American Basketball League and subsequently as assistant coach, head coach and general manager in the WNBA. She lives in Dresden, Tenn., during the offseason and currently is head coach of the Indiana Fever in the WNBA.
was a three-year letterwinner as a swimmer from 1956 to 1958 for head coach Dick Papenguth. Eversman rceived the Big Ten Medal of Honor for combined proficiency in scholarship and athletics in 1959. He earned All-America honors in the backstroke in 1957 and served as team captain for the 1957-58 season. He graduated with highest honors (5.63 on a 6.0 scale). Eversman has spent most of his adult life in academia, earning his master's and doctorate degrees in aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University and teaching at Wichita State University (1964-74), University of Canterbury in New Zealand (1974-78) and University of Missouri-Rolla (1978-present), where he is Curators' professor of Aerospace Engineering. He has earned numerous professional awards along the way. Eversman remains active athletically by running marathons - including Boston, New York and Berlin - and cycling and satisfies his competitive nature by skippering an International Lightning class sailboat in local races.
was a four-year letterwinner in basketball from 1976 to 1979 as a guard for head coaches Fred Schaus and Lee Rose. Sichting is Purdue's all-time leading free throw shooter at 86.7 percent (273-315), ranks 10th with 386 assists and is 15th with 119 steals. He scored the 29th-most points in Purdue history with a total of 1,161. Sichting shot 54.2 percent from the field to lead the Boilermakers in 1977 and was co-captain of the 1979 team that shared the Big Ten championship. He won an NBA championship as a player with the 1986 Boston Celtics, highlighting a 10-year career with five teams: Indiana, Portland, New Jersey and Milwaukee along with Boston, playing in a total of 598 games, the fifth-most among former Boilermakers. Only Glenn Robinson, Joe Barry Carroll, Brad Miller, and Terry Dischinger have played in more. Sichting did Celtics radio broadcasts for four years and coached for 14, including 13 years as an NBA coach. He was a 2002 inductee into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Toyinda (Smith) Wilson-Long
was a four-year letterwinner in women's track and field from 1996 to 1999 for head coach Ben Paolillo
after coming to Purdue as a walkon. Smith won the 1999 NCAA Indoor Championship in the 20-pound weight throw with a school-record effort of 68-8. She established several other school records: weight throw in 1998 and 1999, discus in 1998 and hammer in 1998 and 1999. Smith earned All-America recognition in 1998 and 1999 in the weight throw and was a five-time Big Ten champion between 1997 and 1999, winning the weight throw twice, discus once and hammer twice. She was a two-time runner-up in the discus. Smith was team MVP in 1998 and 1999 and selected the Red Mackey Award winner in 1999. She continued to compete after college and finished third in the weight throw at the USA Track & Field Championships in 2002, surpassing her collegiate record by more than three feet. Wilson-Long has been a higher education administrator for 12 years and currently serves as supervisor of operations for the Purdue cross country and track and field programs.
was a four-year letterwinner in football from 1989 to 1992 as a defensive tackle for head coaches Fred Akers and Jim Colletto. Zgonina still owns school records for tackles for loss in a game (7), season (28) and career (72). His 382 career tackles rank sixth on the all-time list, while his 13 sacks in 1992 are the fourth most in a season. Zgonina was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and first team all-conference as a senior. He was second team All-Big Ten in 1990 and 1991 and team co-captain in 1992. He received the 1992 Kiwanis Citizenship Award after starting the "Little Giants" elementary school program. Zgonina went on to have a 17-year career in the NFL with seven different teams, including the St. Louis Rams, whom he helped win Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000. He also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans.