The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2017 inductees, and, as usual, they include some big names.
The headliners: two-time All-American baseball player Ryan Braun, named Baseball America’s National Freshman of the Year in 2003, with a .364 batting average, 17 home runs and 76 runs batted in; tight end Jeremy Shockey, who immediately “became a Miami Legend with his first touchdown catch,’’ according to the Hall of Fame release, “a 13-yard pass from [fellow UM Sports Hall of Famer] Ken Dorsey in the final minute to defeat No. 1 Florida State on national television’’ in 2000; and current women’s basketball coach Katie Meier, who last season led the Hurricanes to their seventh consecutive postseason and fifth trip to the NCAA tournament in the past six years.
The nine who will be inducted for the annual banquet this spring: Braun and Dan Davies of baseball; Audra Cohen of women’s tennis; Steve Edwards of basketball; James Jackson, Darryl Williams and Shockey of football; Meier; and Valeria Tipiana of volleyball.
“Once again, I’m pleased to introduce another great class of University of Miami Sports Hall of Famers for 2017,’’ UMSHoF president Gerard Loisel said. “We invite all Hurricane fans to join us this spring at our induction banquet...’’
This year’s class will be formally introduced at halftime of the Miami-North Carolina football game Oct. 15.
Details, per Miami Sports Hall of Fame, on each of the 2017 inductees:
Ryan Braun Baseball 2003-2005
A two-time All American (2003 & 2005), Braun made an instant impact when he came to Miami in 2003 leading the team in batting average (.364) homeruns (17) and runs batted in (76) and was named the National Freshman of the Year by Baseball America. As a junior for UMSHoF member Coach Jim Morris' Hurricanes, he hit .396 with 18 homeruns, 76 RBI's, 23 stolen bases, was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award as college baseball's top player and was named the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year. A 1st round draft pick (5th overall) of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2005 MLB Draft, Ryan was named the National League's Rookie of the year (2007) and Most Valuable Player in 2011.
Audra Cohen Tennis 2005-2007
Cohen garnered four All American honors in her two years at Miami, being named as both a singles and doubles honoree in both her two years with the Canes. In 2005-2006, for UMSHoF member Coach Paige Yaroshuk Tews Canes, she went 34-2 in singles winning the International Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Championship and was named the ITA National Player of the Year, as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year. She was ranked the ITA Number 1 College Tennis Player in the United States in both 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. A three-time finalist for the Honda Sports Award, given to the best female athlete in the U.S. in 12 different sports, Cohen was named the winner for tennis in 2007. (Note- she spent 2004-2005 at Northwestern and was a finalist that year, too).
Dan Davies Baseball 1983-1986
Dan was a crafty lefthanded pitcher who is third all-time in victories with 41 wins. He had his best season in 1985 leading UMSHoF member Coach Ron Fraser's Hurricanes to the 1985 National Championship by winning 15 games (including 14 straight) against only 2 losses with a 2.66 earned run average. In 22 starts that season, second most in school history, he struck out 105 batters in 138 innings and tossed 3 shutout victories. He led the team in victories, or was tied for the lead, in 1984, 1985 and 1986, helping the Canes to the College World Series each year.
Steve Edwards Basketball 1992-1996
One of the most prolific long-range shooters in Miami history, he still ranks second in the record books with 265 career three-point field goals, a mark that is still the BIG EAST conference record. Edwards, a two-time honoree as "Mr. Basketball" in the state of Florida, was named to the conference All-Freshman team in his first year for UMSHoF member Coach Leonard Hamilton. Plagued by injuries his whole career, he still led Miami in scoring in three of his four seasons and ranks 13th all-time with 1,393 points and is 10th in career steals. "Stevie" led the Canes to their first post-season appearance (1994-1995) since the rebirth of the basketball program and back-to-back-winning seasons.
James Jackson Football 1996-2000
Though he shared the backfield with UMSHoF members Edgerrin James and Clinton Portis, Jackson was a true workhorse for the Canes, currently the fourth leading rusher in school history with 2,953 yards, just 7 yards behind James for the third spot.. His 541 rushing attempts is the second most by a Hurricane running back and his 29 rushing touchdowns is ranked fourth all time. His overall total of 32 touchdowns (29 rushing, 3 receiving) is tied for third place. A second team All-BIG EAST selection in 2000, he led the Canes in rushing yards (1,006), becoming just the 5th Miami rusher to pass 1,00 yards for a season, as the team completed its comeback to national prominence by going 11-1, and finishing #2 in the polls. Drafted in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft, James spent five seasons in the league.
Katie Meier Coaching 2005-Present
Entering her 12th season at the helm of the Hurricane's women's basketball program, Meier has worked tirelessly to put her mark on Miami's program and to build a winning tradition. In 2015-2016, she guided the team to its seventh consecutive postseason, a fifth trip to the NCAA tournament in the last six years and a sixth 20-plus win season in the last seven years, all extending program records. In 2010-2011, she led the Canes to a 26-3 regular season record, 12-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and gained their first ACC regular season co-championship, their first NCAA post season berth since 1992, and Meier was named the ACC Coach of the Year and the Associated Press Co-National Coach of the Year.
Jeremy Shockey Football 2000-2001
A junior college transfer, Shockey became a Miami legend with his first touchdown catch...a 13-yard pass from UMSHoF member Ken Dorsey in the final minute to defeat # 1 Florida State on national television 27-24 to cement Miami's return to national prominence. That season, he also caught a 44-yard, tackle-breaking touchdown as the Canes beat # 2 Virginia Tech. In the 2001 National Championship season, he led the team with 45 receptions for 604 yards and 8 touchdowns and was named a first team All American by CNNSI and second team All American by the Associated Press, CBS Sportsline and ABC Sports, and first team All-BIG EAST. A first round pick (14th overall) by the New York Giants in the 2002 NFL Draft, he spent 10 seasons in the league winning two Super Bowls and being named to four Pro Bowls.
Valeria Tipiana Volleyball 2000-2004
One of the most honored players in the history of Miami volleyball, Valeria was named the 2002 BIG EAST Player of the Year, as well as a first team all conference player in leading Miami to its first ever NCAA tournament appearance in only the school's second year of competition. She was named second team All-BIG EAST in 2003, then was named a first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) member when the Canes made the move to the ACC in 2004. That year, she became the first Hurricane player named an American Volleyball Coaches association (AVCA) honorable mention All American. Tipiana was the first player to pass 1,000 career kills and is still in the Top 3 in career points, kills, service aces, and digs. She becomes the first volleyball player inducted in the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.
Darryl Williams Football 1989-1991
A two-time National Champion (1989,1991), the safety out of Miami's American High School, Darryl was a consensus All American in 1991, so honored by the Associated Press, Kodak and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. A first team All-BIG EAST selection, as well, he led the secondary with 84 tackles (49 solo), including 18 tackles (10) solo in Miami's 17-16 "Game of the Century" victory over Florida State. He was a first round draft pick (28th overall) of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1992 NFL draft and played 10 years in NFL, being named to the Pro Bowl in 1997.
The induction ceremony banquet will take place in April 2017. For more information, call the Hall of Fame at 305-284-2775.