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By Brian Ormiston
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF is pleased to announce the class of 2015 for the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame. Set to be inducted on Friday, April 17, will be Stephanie Best (softball), Dee Brown (baseball/football), Asante Samuel (football) and the 1978 national champion volleyball team.
The 2015 UCF Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will take place in the J. Rolfe Davis Recruiting Lounge at Bright House Networks Stadium from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fans are invited to purchase tickets to the event for $65 each, or they may buy a table for 10 for $600 which includes recognition during the evening. The following day will be UCF football's spring game in the stadium.
For more information, please call the Golden Knights Club at (407) 823-2086 or email the GKC at email@example.com. Registration needs to be completed by Monday, April 13, and the registration form is below.
"We're very excited to welcome this new class into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame," Vice President and Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury said. "We look forward to officially inducting them during Hall of Fame Weekend. This event sold out very quickly last time, so I encourage fans who want to help us honor some of the best Knights ever to get tickets early and join us at Bright House Networks Stadium on April 17." The UCF Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1998 to honor members of past athletic teams who have excelled in intercollegiate athletics at UCF, or gained national recognition in athletics following their departure from campus. It also gives special recognition to non-athletes who have contributed significantly to the development of the UCF Athletics program.
Nominees are not eligible until 10 years after they last participated in intercollegiate athletics at the University. Eligible inductees beyond individual student-athletes comprise of teams, coaches, administrators/staff and donors/supporters.
Including 2015, the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame has 75 inductees, highlighted by former coaches, athletes, national championship teams and administrators.
Categories for Induction
Legendary Knights - Letterwinners/athletes who have brought recognition and prominence to the University and themselves by athletic accomplishments as an undergraduate.
Distinguished Letterwinners - Letterwinners/athletes who have made major contributions to the University athletic program through personal time, effort, interest and through many years of continued service and/or have distinguished themselves as exceptional in their chosen field or endeavor.
Honorary Letterwinners - Individuals, coaches, athletic officials, staff members and other University officials, who were not letterwinners/athletes at UCF, yet have rendered outstanding service to the intercollegiate athletics program through personal time, effort, interest and through many years of continued service.
For an updated look at the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame including a list of all of the inductees, CLICK HERE.
The 2015 UCF Athletics Hall of Fame Class
Softball - 2002-05
-2005 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee
-Three-time A-Sun Player of the Year
-All-time career leader in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, games played, runs, hits, home runs, RBI, total bases, walks and assists
-Helped start the UCF softball program in 2002, and from 2002-05, the Knights were a combined 172-100-1 overall and 54-24 in league play, winning the A-Sun tournament in 2005
-UCF reached its first NCAA Tournament in program history in 2005, and recorded its first NCAA win when it eliminated Florida as Best went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI, 2 runs, a double and a triple
-2003 NFCA All-Region First Team and on the Second Team in 2004 and 2005
-CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team in 2003 and 2004, and the Second Team in 2005
-A three-time member of the All-Atlantic Sun First Team, and on the Second Team as a freshman
-Named to the Atlantic Sun All-Tournament Team twice
-On the Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team all four years
-Received seven conference player of the week awards
Baseball - 2002-05
Football - 2001-03
-Two-sport star for UCF playing baseball and football
-On the diamond, was selected in the 10th Round of the 2005 MLB Draft by Washington and played six seasons of professional ball
-Helped UCF win a pair of A-Sun titles and advance to two NCAA Regionals
-A 2002 Baseball America and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American
-The 2002 A-Sun Freshman of the Year
-Three time member of the All-A-Sun First Team
-On the 2004 A-Sun All-Tournament Team, and the 2004 NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team
-For his career, holds the all-time UCF record for hits with 298, RBI with 229 and sac flies (27), and ranks fourth in games (239), third in at-bats (866), third in runs (182), ninth in home runs (26), fourth in total bases (444), sixth in hit by pitches (45)
-His .397 average in 2002 ranks eighth at UCF
-Crushed 18 homers and 71 RBI in 2005, good for third and sixth, respectively on the single-season chart
-Single-season record holder with 11 sac flies in 2004
-On the gridiron, served as a fullback, tailback and linebacker for UCF
-Played in 34 games in three seasons, rushing 64 times as a fullback for 303 yards for a 4.7 average
-Also rushed for four touchdowns
-Posted 170 rushing yards on 36 carries in 2002
-Chipped in 35 receptions for 335 yards and two touchdowns, which included 25 catches in 2003
-Also had 18 tackles to his credit
-Has the honor of being the only Knight in history to hit a home run and score a touchdown in the same season
Football - 1999-02
-Had 127 tackles (102 solos), eight interceptions, 38 break-ups, 63 punt returns for 673 yards (10.8 avg) and 10 kickoff returns for 168 yards (16.8 avg.) at UCF
-Ranks eighth in career interceptions, and 10th in a single-season with four picks in 2002
-His 38 break-ups broke the old school career-record of 34
-Ranks among the top punt returners for season return average (12.3 in 2002, #6) and career average (10.7, #6)
-Was a team captain, and as a senior in 2002 was an All-MAC First-Team selection recording 48 tackles (42 solos) with three tackles for loss and deflected 15 passes
-Returned 19 punts for 233 yards (12.3 average) in 2002 as well
-As a junior in 2001 was an All-Independent First-Team selection by Football News
-Boasted 41 tackles (31 solos) with two picks and a team-high 13 break-ups in 2001
-Returned 19 punts for 165 yards (8.7 average) that season
-In 2000, played in every game, recording 26 tackles (23 solos) with two interceptions and six break-ups
-Totaled 25 punt returns for 275 yards (11.0 average) and 10 kickoff returns for 168 yards (16.8 average) as a sophomore
-Played in every game as a freshman, posting 12 tackles with four break-ups and a forced fumble
-Drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round in 2003
-Went on to become a three-time Super Bowl champion, and a four-time Pro Bowl selection in 11 seasons in the NFL
-Suited up for the Patriots, Eagles and Falcons from 2003-13
-Holds the NFL Postseason record with four interceptions returned for a touchdown and 227 interception return yards
-AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) Division II National Champions
-Went 55-0 on the year
-Posted a 39-0 record in the regular season before breezing through the State Championship Tournament and the Southern Regional Tournament with nine straight wins
-UCF hosted the AIAW National Championship, delivering five consecutive match sweeps and a pair of nailbiters over Hawaii-Hilo to claim the title
-Had four All-Americans: Karin Fischer, Sharon Koskey, Laura Smith and Celestine Wilson
-Koskey, Wilson and Tammy Cipcic were on the Regional All-Tournament Team
-Team helped set a program record with 69 straight wins from 1978-79
-Coached by Lucy McDaniel, who was the program's first head coach from 1975-78
-McDaniel (2006) and Smith (1999) are current members of the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame
-1978 AIAW Banner was raised in The Venue after the facility was renovated for the 2008 season, helping celebrate the 30th anniversary of the national title