By Jeremy Whichard
PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has announced its 2014 Hall of Fame inductees. The ceremony will take place in the ballroom of the Student Service Center during Homecoming weekend, Friday, Feb. 14.
The six new members will increase the total number of UMES athletic Hall of Famers to 205. The 2014 class includes five former student-athletes and one athletic administrator.
Former Athletic Director, Hallie E. Gregory was at the helm of the department from 1989-2000. His biggest accomplishment was his planning and oversight of the William P. Hytche Athletic Center, which to this day is one of the more impressive facilities in the MEAC conference. He also made a key hire during his tenure; track and field coach, Ernest Barrett, who has produced four conference championships and 15 All-Americans.
Prior to Barrett's hiring, oversaw a program that won five MEAC championships.
Gregory also was key in the creation of the women's bowling program. Two years after the program's inception he hired MEAC Hall of Fame and two-time National Coach of the Year Sharon Brummell. At the time she had no coaching experience, she went on to win UMES its first National Championship in 2008, her first of threetotal National Championships.
Al Santio, standing at 6-foot-7, his discus toss in record from June 1963 (53.32) still stands as a school record. Santio played a large role in the 1963 team that won two National Championships and an NAIA District 19 championship. He was named a two-time All-American by the United State Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Santio also starred in basketball for four seasons and was the captain his senior year. He went on to be drafted in the 1963 NBA draft by the St. Louis Spirits. He was the 51st overall pick, and later played in the ABA.
Thomas Stewart played basketball from 1966-1970. Stewart was a four year starter, his teams went a combined 77-25 including a 1970 season where the team went 20-0 through the regular season and finished 29-2 overall. That team won the NAIA District 19 title and was runner-up to the CIAA Championship. That team also earned a #1 ranking in the Associate Press Small College poll.
Stewart averaged 14 points per game and shot over 73-percent from the free throw line over four seasons and racked up a total of 1,601 points in his career.
He also was a 4-year starter in baseball and help deliver a 1968 CIAA Championship.
Donnell Boney played basketball for UMES from 1982-1986. He was a three-time All MEAC selection who tallied 1,826 points in his four-year career. That mark ranks him third all-time for the Hawks.
Boney was a first-team selection in the MEAC his senior year, posting 15 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game. His junior season he led the league in assists with 131 over 28 games. His sophomore season he led the MEAC in steals; posting 76 steals over 28 games. Boney led the squad in scoring his sophomore and junior seasons and finished second his senior year. Over four years he shot 43 percent from the field.
Dawnette Douglass was a track and field athlete from 1989-1994. She etched her name in the annals of UMES by becoming the first female athlete to compete in the Olympics. She ran in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic games representing her home country of Bermuda.
She made an immediate impact her freshman year by posting a 12:51 100 meter dash time at Towson, which was the best time that year. Douglas holds the school and conference records in the indoor 55-meter dash (6.5 seconds), which was set in 1993 at the MEAC Championships. She also set another record as a member of the women's 4 x 200 outdoor relay team (1:36.50) at the Penn Relays in 1994.
For her efforts, UMES captured the Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship, held in the 1991-92 season.
Clayton Nichols was a standout cross country and track and field athlete. Nichols earned the MEAC's Most Outstanding Performer honors twice during his cross country and track and field career (1994,1995).
Also in 1994 and 1995 Nichols led his Hawks to the conference championship in men's cross-country. In 1994 Nichols ran a 10K time of 30:34 a record that still stands today.
His freshman season Nichols took fifth overall, giving him four top-five finishes in each
In the 1,500 meters indoor race he captured a gold medal in 1995(4:05.81). That same season he ran the 5,000 meters in both indoor and outdoor and took gold in both, running an indoor time of 16:08.51 and outdoor even better at 15:49.86.
Tickets can be purchased for the Hall of Fame banquet by calling the UMES Athletic Office at (410) 651-6496.