Aug. 23, 2004
Seven former student-athletes and a former football head coach will be inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.
The eight new members will be Jim Beirne - football, Dave Butz - football, Casey Fredericks - wrestling, Becky (Cotta) Kirsininkas - cross county/track & field, Amy Ruley - basketball/field hockey (selected as an Honorary), Darryl Stingley - football, Harry Szulborski - football, and Jim Young, football coach. (A biographical sketch on each is listed below.) This group will join 72 former athletes, coaches and administrators previously inducted into the Hall of Fame since 1994.
The new honorees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a dinner in Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms on Friday, Nov. 12, 2004. The induction dinner will take place on the eve of Purdue's home football game against Ohio State, during which the inductees will be recognized at halftime.
Tickets for the Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will be available at the Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office near Mackey Arena by mid-September.
The inductees were chosen last spring by a select committee of past athletes, Hall of Fame members and current university administrators. Biographical sketches on the eight honorees are listed below.
* Came to Purdue from McKeesport, Pa., where he had played football and baseball
* Earned three Purdue letters in football - 1965, `66 and `67
* Was chosen Purdue's freshman of the year in 1964 before becoming a three-year starter as an offensive end and earning first-team All-Big Ten and All-America at split end his senior season, for head coach Jack Mollenkopf
* Helped lead Purdue to the Rose Bowl in January of 1967, a 14-13 win over Southern California
* Was also named CoSIDA Academic All-American and played in the East-West Shrine Game in San Francisco and Hula Bowl All-Star Game in Honolulu after his senior season
* Set Purdue's single season and career receiving records for three years of eligibility in virtually all categories, most of which held up until 1980, when Bart Burrell and Dave Young came along with their high-powered offense under coach Jim Young and record-setting quarterback Mark Herrmann
* Ended his Boilermaker career with 142 receptions, 1,864 yards and 17 touchdowns as a primary receiver for quarterback greats - and fellow Hall of Famers - Bob Griese and Mike Phipps
* Was named Purdue's Medal of Honor winner and the Varsity Walk Award winner following his senior season and, in 1987, was voted to the All-Time Team for the first 100 years of Purdue football
* Was drafted in the fourth round of the 1968 AFL draft by the Houston Oilers, for ýwhom he started at wide receiver for five years and played in the 1969 AFL All-Star Game, highlighting his nine years of professional football, which also included one season with the San Diego Chargers
* Met his wife, Jodie, in Texas, had two sons and decided to make the Lone Star State his permanent home following his playing career, now living in The Woodlands, Texas, where he owns a custom home building company.
* Came to Purdue from Park Ridge, Ill., where he earned 10 varsity letters at Maine South High School, playing football, basketball and track
* Was a two-time high school All-American in football and the Illinois High School discus champion, setting a state record
* Born in Lafayette, Ala., and is a nephew of Earl Butz, former United States Secretary of Agriculture and a retired Purdue professor and dean
* Was a three-year letterwinner and a starter in 1970, '71 and '72 for head coach Bob DeMoss
* At 6-foot-7, 280 pounds, was rated one of the best defensive linemen in the country, making six different All-America teams
* Was the 1972 recipient of the Zipp Award as college football's outstanding player, along with being a finalist for the Lombardi Award
* Also played in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game in San Francisco and the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., where he was named Defensive MVP
* Went on to enjoy a stellar career in the NFL after being a first-round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals
* Played two seasons in St. Louis and 14 in Washington, helping the Redskins to three Super Bowl appearances, two of which they won (1982 and '87)
* Was selected as the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1983 when he also played in the Pro Bowl
* Was an alternate to the Pro Bowl in 1981 and 1984
* Became known as the NFL's Ironman, missing just four games in 16 seasons
* Retired in 1989, having played in more games than any previous Redskin
* Chosen as a member of Purdue's All-Time Team for its first 100 years football
* Now serves as a consultant and board member for the National Rifle Association
* Has three children and lives in Belleville, Ill., with his wife, Candyce.
BECKY (COTTA) KIRSININKAS
* Came to Purdue from Wheaton, Ill., where she won seven varsity letters in track and cross country while earning all-state recognition five times at Wheaton North High School
* Matched that by winning eight varsity letters at Purdue (cross country in 1980, '81, '82, and '83 and track in 1981, '82, '83, and '84) for head coach Fred Wilt
* Is one of Purdue's most-decorated female athletes ever
* Won Big Ten titles in the three-mile run in 1983 and as part of the two-mile relay team in 1984
* Earned All-America recognition four times, once in cross country (1982) and three times in track, twice in the 4x800 relay (1982 and '84) and once in the 1000 meters (1981)
* Finished her eligibility with 11 school records, some of which are still standing 20 years later
* Among her most impressive times were the 16:12 she posted in the 5000 meters indoors and the 2:45.35 in the 1000 meters indoors, both set in 1984 and are still records
* Was voted by her teammates as the Most Valuable Performer a total of four times, in 1981 and '84 in track and in 1982 and '83 in cross country
* Qualified for the 1984 Olympic Trials in the 3000-meter run
* Continued running after college for Reebok International and Club Northwest in both road racing and cross country
* Was selected for the Purdue Track and Field Hall of Honor in 1996
* Earned a bachelor of science degree in 1984 while majoring in applied mathematics and turned that into a career in the computer industry
* Holds the title of senior marketing manager for Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., where she develops, manages and markets technical training and support services, but will be relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area this fall due to an employment opportunity for her husband, Al
* Credits part of her success on skills learned in athletics, especially developing a ýfocus on driving for results and team collaboration
* Currently lives in Woodinville, Wash., with Al and children Ashley and Sean.
* Born in Port Wentworth, Ga., and educated in Hammond, Ind.
* Came to Purdue from Hammond High School in 1937 after being student body vice president and winning back-to-back state championships in wrestling while posting an undefeated record
* Lettered three times (1940, '41 and '42) in wrestling for legendary Purdue coach Claude Reeck
* Won a national AAU individual championship in 1940 and two straight Big Ten titles in 1941 and '42, leading the Boilermakers to their first Big Ten team ýchampionship in his senior year when four Purdue wrestlers won titles
* Served as team captain in 1941 and `42
* Graduated in 1942 with a bachelor of science degree in education and joined the Marine Corps, advancing to the rank of major and earning a Commanding General Citation for action on Iwo Jima and a Presidential Citation for action at Saipan
* Returned to West Lafayette following the war to work on his master's degree in ýeducation while serving as assistant wrestling coach to Claude Reeck
* Hired as head wrestling coach at Ohio State University in 1947 and remained in that position until he retired in 1976
* Won two-thirds of his matches in that span and coached 15 Big Ten individual champions and 11 national (AAU or NCAA) champions, won a conference team title in 1951 when he was also named conference coach of the year
* Served on numerous committees and was a strong proponent of high school wrestling in Ohio, helping to build the program from 14 competing teams in 1947 to 575 teams when he retired in 1976
* Is a charter member of both the Ohio and Indiana wrestling halls of fame and has also been inducted into the Helms National Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Hammond Sports Hall of Fame
* Served as chairman of the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame for 13 years following his retirement from OSU and devoted much time to his other favorite sport, fishing
* Had two daughters and a son
* Resides with wife Marian in Worthington, Ohio, near Columbus
* Came to Purdue in 1974 from Lowell, Ind., where she was a five-sport athlete in high school
* Helped make history at Purdue as a member of the first Boilermaker women's basketball and field hockey teams, earning a total of six varsity letters (1976, '77 ýand '78) for head coach Ruth Jones in both sports
* Scored the first basket ever in women's intercollegiate basketball during an overtime victory against Illinois in 1976 and helped win Purdue's first Big Ten field hockey title in 1977
* Had her greatest accomplishments after graduating from Purdue and after earning her masters from Western Illinois University, when she became the head women's basketball coach at North Dakota State University in 1980
* Is recognized as one of the most successful coaches in all of basketball
* Has won 79.3 percent of her games with a current record of 605 victories against just 158 defeats with 24 consecutive winning seasons, 10 conference championships, nine NCAA Division II Final Four appearances, eight NCAA championship game appearances and five NCAA titles, including four consecutive championships in the mid-1990's, highlighted by a perfect 32-0 season in 1995
* Holds the NCAA Division II record of 49 consecutive wins
* Has coached 48 all-conference players and 12 All-Americans, while three of her student-athletes have earned CoSIDA Academic All-America status, three have been NCAA Woman of the Year finalists and two have been Honda Division II players of the year
* Has won 28 separate coach of the year awards and was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame this past June after being selected for the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in 2000
* Ranks seventh on Sports Illustrated's list of the 50 Greatest Sports Figures from North Dakota - and the top ranked woman - a list that also includes coaching legends Phil Jackson of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers and Lute Olsen of the University of Arizona
* Served on the USA Basketball Select Team Committee and the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee
* Lives in Fargo, N.D.
* Born and raised in Chicago, where he was an honor student and star athlete at John Marshall High School, being named Chicago high school football player of the year in 1968 before enrolling at Purdue in 1969
* Played football for head coach Bob DeMoss, starting and lettering in 1970, `71 and `72 as a wide receiver and tailback
* Had four 100-yard receiving days, including three in 1971, which was his best season with 36 receptions for 734 yards, averaging better than 20 yards per catch and earning honorable mention All-America and All-Big Ten status
* Played in the North-South Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl, the Coaches All-American Game and the College All-Star Game following his senior year
* Was a first-round draft choice of the New England Patriots in spring of 1973 and made the All-NFL Rookie Team that fall
* Was enjoying a productive pro career that ended suddenly in an exhibition game in Oakland in 1978 when he suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down
* Overcame incredible odds, maintained a positive attitude and redirected his life toward humanitarian efforts
* Has earned numerous honors, including induction into the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame, an honorary doctorate of humanities from Springfield College in Massachusetts and the United States Jaycees' Ten Outstanding Young Men of America Award
* Co-authored an autobiographical book titled "Happy To Be Alive"
* Eventually resumed his college education (he had left Purdue in 1973 in pursuit of a pro football career 24 hours short of graduation) and finished his degree in 1992, earning a bachelors in arts degree and participating in commencement ceremonies in the Elliott Hall of Music
* Founded the Darryl Stingley Youth Foundation, Inc., in 1993 and serves today as its president and chief operating officer with a mission to service the needs of youth in Chicago, with emphasis on underprivileged at-risk youth on the city's west side, where he had grown up and raised his three sons
* Still resides in Chicago with his wife, Martine.
* Born and raised in Detroit, where he attended Pershing High School and was a two-time all-state selection in football and named most valuable player in the Detroit in 1945
* Came to Purdue in 1946 and quickly became a legend as a running back known as "The Hurricane"
* Was a letterwinner and a starting halfback every year at Purdue (1946-49) and finished as the all-time leading rusher with 2,478 yards, a number that held up for 23 years until Otis Armstrong passed him up in 1972
* Ranks sixth on career rushing list with a yardage total accumulated during nine-game seasons, while those surpassing him played in 10 or 11-game seasons
* Was the nation's leading rusher in 1947 and the Big Nine's rushing leader in `47 and '48, earning all-conference recognition and All-America honorable mention both years along with the team's most valuable player award in 1948 for head coach Stuart Holcomb
* Rushed for 100 yards or more 11 times in his Boilermaker career, a count exceeded only by Mike Alstott (16) and Otis Armstrong (13)
* Played in the East-West Shrine Game and the first ever Senior Bowl following his final year of eligibility
* Was a teammate at Purdue of Hank Stram, John McKay and Abe Gibron, all of whom went on to become head coaches in the National Football League, Bob DeMoss, who became head coach at Purdue, Lou Karras, who went on to star in the NFL, and Bill "Moose" Skowron, who went on star in Major League Baseball
* Went on to play in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers in 1950 and Detroit Lions in 1951 before injuries sent him in search of another career
* Started his teaching and coaching career at Emerson High School in Gary, Ind., in 1951 and retired 39 years later with a Distinguished Service Award for exemplary service from the Gary Community Schools
* Served as head coach of the Golden Tornado football, wrestling, baseball and golf teams at different times while also serving as athletics director
* Finished his career at Gary Wirt High School after Emerson closed in 1981
* Inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1996 and received the Polish American Congress-Indiana Division's Heritage Award in 2000
* Lives in Crown Point, Ind., with Marge, his wife of 54 years. They have one adult daughter.
* Raised in Van Wert, Ohio, and graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1957
* Started his coaching career as an assistant at Findlay College and Bowling Green before becoming head coach at Lima High School in Ohio
* Joined Bo Schembechler's staff at Miami University in Ohio in 1964 and moved with Schembechler to the University of Michigan in 1969 as defensive coordinator before taking over the head coaching duties at the University of Arizona in 1973 and winning 31 of 44 games
* Came to Purdue four years later and proceeded to revitalize the program around quarterback great - and Purdue Hall of Famer - Mark Herrmann, leading the Boilermakers to three consecutive bowl games, all victories, over Georgia Tech in the Peach Bowl in 1978, Tennessee in the Bluebonnet Bowl in 1979 and Missouri in the Liberty Bowl in 1980, while posting the best record (28-7-1) of any team in the Big Ten during that span
* Guided Purdue to its only 10-win season in history, a 10-2 mark in 1979
* Had an overall five-year record of 38-19-1 at Purdue, including a 26-14-1 mark against Big Ten teams, and currently ranks as the fourth-winningest football coach in Boilermaker history behind Jack Mollenkopf (84), Joe Tiller (55) and Noble Kizer (42)
* Coached two Purdue All-Americans, quarterback Herrmann and tight end Dave Young, both in 1980, along with two Academic All-Americans, defensive lineman Ken Loushin in 1979 and defensive back Tim Seneff in 1980 and `81
* Resigned after the 1981 season to move into athletic administration work and then returned to coaching as head coach at the United States Military Academy in ýý1983 and posted a record of 51-39-1 in eight seasons
* Concluded his head coaching career with a record of 120-71-2, including 5-1 in bowl games
* Finished his career by returning to the role of assistant coach for three years at Arizona
* Has been honored by the All-American Football Foundation with its Johnny Vaught Head Coach Lifetime Achievement Award
* Was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999
* Two of his five children have degrees from Purdue, as do two of his grandchildren
* Now retired and living in Tuscon, Arizona, with his wife, Jane.