One is a former NBA first-rounder who played 13 seasons after starring for the Miami Hurricanes in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Three are connected by the football program – one special teams phenom, one tailback sensation who recently signed with the Miami Dolphins and the coach who led UM to its last national championship in 2001.
And five other standouts in their respective sports will be honored by about 400 UM fans expected to attend the 50th annual University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday at Jungle Island.
“Every year we look at the class and say, ‘Wow, how are we going to top it next year?’ said UM Sports Hall of Fame executive director John Routh. “And every year we do. This is another outstanding class of great Hurricanes.”
The Hurricanes being inducted: John Salmons (basketball 1998-2002); Dominique Darden (track and field 2003-2006); Tina Miller (golf 2001-2005); Chanivia Broussard (basketball 2000-2003); Britney Butcher (soccer 2001-2004); and football members Larry Coker and two of his former players – NFL great and new Miami Dolphins tailback Frank Gore (2001, 2003-2004) and former kick-return great Devin Hester (2003-2005).
Yonder Alonso (baseball 2006-2008), now a Cleveland Indian, was officially presented with his induction plaque and jacket at the First Pitch Banquet in February.