Six accomplished UCF athletes, coaches or administrators, plus a Knight national championship team, comprise the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame class for 2023.
The inductees are former baseball ace Kyle Bono, former UCF president Dr. John Hitt, current UCF director of broadcasting and play-by-play voice Marc Daniels, former UCF football coach Gene McDowell, former volleyball standout DeLaina Sarden and softball star Shelby Turnier—and the 2007 national champion UCF cheer team.
That group will be recognized at an induction banquet on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, at the Celeste Hotel (4105 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32826) on the UCF campus in Orlando. Individual tickets are $150 each—or $2,000 for a Hall of Fame Table (10 seats)--and include an hour-long cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m. ET followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. ET.
Tickets are available here: https://foundation.ucf.edu/athleticshof2023. Questions can be directed to Aly Derksen in UCF Athletics at 321-558-6291.
The inductees will be honored on the field at halftime of the UCF-Oklahoma State football game the following day at FBC Mortgage Stadium (kickoff time TBD).
The UCF Athletics Hall of Fame since 1998 has been inducting former Knight players and coaches and others connected to the UCF program.
Here are details on the 2023 inductees: