Ratliff headlines UF Hall inductees
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.
The 2014 UF Athletic Hall of Fame class features seven Gator Greats and one Distinguished Letterwinner that will join the 384 existing UF Hall of Famers next spring, the University of Florida F Club and Gator Boosters, Inc., have announced. The induction Banquet will be held March 7, at 6 p.m. in the Holloway Touchdown Terrace at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
This year's induction class includes Gator Greats Aury Cruz (Volleyball), Jenny Gladding (Softball), Justin O'Neal (Men's Tennis), Keiwan Ratliff (Football), Colleen Rosensteel (Women's Track & Field), Mike Stanley (Baseball) and Sarah Yohe (Soccer). Former UF swimmer, lifetime member of swimming and diving's Splash Club and Gator Boosters Board of Directors member Harrison "Harry" Wilder will be inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Letterwinner .
Each year, the F Club Committee selects members to the Hall of Fame, divided into three different categories: Gator Greats, Distinguished Letterwinners and Honorary Letterwinners.
Gator Greats are letterwinners who have brought recognition and prominence to the university and themselves by athletic accomplishments as a student-athlete. Distinguished Letterwinners are former student-athletes who have made major contributions to the university's athletic program through personal time, effort, interest and many years of continued service. They also have distinguished themselves as exceptional in their chosen field of endeavor.
Honorary Letterwinners are coaches and athletic officials (after retirement) who were not letterwinners/athletes at UF, yet have rendered outstanding service to the intercollegiate athletic program through personal time, effort, interest and through many years of continued service.
2014 GATOR GREATS
Aury Cruz (Volleyball 2000-03): Three-time AVCA All-American...Three-time SEC Player of the Year...2000 SEC Freshman of the Year...Holds program record for kills (1,815) and points (2,188.5)...Ranks second in kills per set (4.58), attacks (4,096), service aces (220), service aces per set (.56), digs per set (3.33) and points per set (5.53) ...Sixth in career digs (1,320).
Jenny Gladding (Softball 2003-04): A 2003 All-SEC selection...Third lowest career ERA at UF (1.20)...Third most strikeouts in a season (285, 2003)...Recorded one perfect game and one no-hitter.
Justin O'Neal (Men's Tennis 1997-00): Three-time All-American...First Freshman All-American in UF history...Two-time All-SEC selection...Ranks first in career singles wins and second overall in career wins.
Keiwan Ratliff (Football 2000-03): The 2003 SEC Defensive Player of the Year...2003 First Team All-American...Two-time All-SEC selection at Florida.
Colleen Rosensteel (Women's Track & Field 1986-89): Six-time All-American in both the discus and shot put...Six-time SEC Champion (4-shot put; 2-discus).
Mike Stanley (Baseball 1982-85): Three-time All-SEC...Ranked in the top 10 in UF history for batting average, games played, hits and runs scored.
Sarah Yohe (Soccer 1996-99): The 1999 SEC Player of the Year...1998 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team...Tied for second in UF History for game-winning goals (18)...Ranks fourth in UF History in goals (60), hat-tricks (3), assists (33) and shots (315).
2014 DISTINGUISHED LETTERWINNER
Harrison "Harry" Wilder (Swimming 1961-63): Earned five All-SEC honors...A member of five SEC Championship relay teams...Member of three SEC Championship Teams ('61, '62 and '63)...Owned and operated eight successful McDonald's franchises in Gulf Breeze, Fla....Member of the Gator Boosters Board of Directors and past member of the F Club Committee...Lifetime member of the Splash Club...Major supporter of UF's Swimming and Diving program.
Contact Gator Boosters at (352) 375-4683 x 5000 for information on attending the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Banquet.