NEWARK, Del.  -- Athletes from 10 different sports, five All-Americans, five conference champions, the first three-sport captain in school history, and a nationally-recognized athletic trainer highlight the newest induction class of the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame announced Friday. 

The 18th induction class will be honored in a private ceremony and reception for family and friends at the Embassy Suites Hotel on South College Avenue in Newark on Nov. 21 and will be introduced on the field at halftime of the Delaware vs. Villanova football game at Delaware Stadium the following afternoon, Nov. 22.

The Class of 2014 features representatives from every decade since the 1950s and the sports of football, men’s basketball, baseball, men’s cross country, men’s indoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field, women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, women’s swimming & diving, and softball.

The 10-person class includes All-American football halfback Bill Armstrong; All-American men’s basketball point guard Taurence Chisholm; women’s basketball point guard and softball player Karen Conlin; NFL wide receiver and conference champion triple jumper Jamin Elliott; longtime UD athletic trainer Keith Handling; three-sport captain from the 1950s Clyde Louth; All-American baseball catcher Herb Orensky; eight-time conference swimming champion Sarah Peffer; All-American football defensive back and former UD assistant coach Joe Purzycki; and high-scoring women’s lacrosse All-American Jennifer Rinnander.

“We are proud and excited to honor the latest class of the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame,” said UD Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Eric Ziady. “The contributions that this group has made to the legacy of Blue Hens athletics are truly remarkable and we are delighted to welcome them back to campus and into this special group of all-time UD greats.”

Below are biographies of the Class of 2014:

BILL ARMSTRONG (Football)
One of the top running backs in University of Delaware football history, Armstrong was a standout for Hall of Fame head coach Tubby Raymond for three seasons in 1969-71 and led the Blue Hens to impressive success as part of the vaunted Wing-T offense. A native of Philadelphia, Armstrong played a key role in the three-back attack that resulted in the Hens posting a three-year record of 28-5, including winning the Associated Press and United Press International wire service national championships in 1971 with a 10-1 mark, three Lambert Cup Eastern titles, three Boardwalk Bowl victories, and the 1969 Middle Atlantic Conference crown. During his three seasons, he led an offense that annually ranked among the national leaders in rushing and scoring, averaging an incredible 346.2 yards rushing and 38.8 points per game during that span. For his career, Armstrong carried 434 times for 2,340 yards, a 5.4 yard average, and 18 touchdowns while also catching 22 passes for 296 yards. Upon his graduation, he ranked No. 3 on the all-time UD rushing yardage list behind teammates and future UD Hall of Famers Chuck Hall and Gardy Kahoe. He ran for a career-high 1,040 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior in 1971 when he earned first team Universal Sports All-American honors and played in the North-South Senior All-Star game, showing  his versatility by intercepting a pass as a defensive back. He earned his degree in agriculture and engineering from Delaware in 1973 and later owned Northeast American Construction Group for 15 years. He currently is an independent consultant in the construction industry. He has three sons and one grandson and resides in Glenside, Pa.

TAURENCE CHISHOLM (Men’s Basketball)
Perhaps the finest true point guard in the history of University of Delaware men’s basketball, Taurence Chisholm enjoyed a productive career in the backcourt for the Blue Hens in 1984-88. “Chiz” had few equals when it came to breaking the press, protecting the ball, and finding the open man. Despite standing just 5-6, Chisholm became a four-year starter and set 12 school records, including several that still stand today. Dubbed “Delaware’s Small Wonder”, Chisholm finished his career with 877 career assists, setting a school and East Coast Conference record, ranking fourth on the all-time NCAA list, and ranking No. 1 all-time in the NCAA for assists per game (8.0).  A two-year captain, he set UD career records for assists (877), steals (298), games played (110), and minutes played (3,858), season records for assists (231) and steals (84), and ranked No. 7 in scoring with 1,159 points. He led the ECC in assists three straight seasons and dished out 12 or more assists in a game 10 times. He earned ECC All-Rookie honors, was All-ECC in 1985, and was a finalist for the Frances Naismith Award and earned UPI “Little” All-American honors in 1988 as one of the top players in the country under 6-0. He was named the UD Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year in 1988 when he led the Hens to a then school-record 19 wins and was later drafted by the Continental Basketball Association. Chisholm earned his degree in 1988 and later worked at UD for 17 years in the admissions and financial aid offices. He currently works in the financial aid office at Coppin State University and resides in his hometown of Baltimore. He has three children, including oldest daughter Briyana, a freshman and a member of the cheerleading team at UD this fall.

KAREN CONLIN (Women’s Basketball/Softball)
Karen Conlin was one of the top student-athletes in the early days of the University of Delaware women’s basketball program in 1974-78. A four-year starter for Hall of Fame head coach Mary Ann Hitchens, Conlin directed the Blue Hen offense from her point guard spot and led the Blue Hens to four straight winning seasons, an overall mark of 45-26, and four straight trips to the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women regionals. A native of nearby Wilmington, Del. where she starred at Ursuline Academy, Conlin made an immediate impact for the Blue Hens, averaging 8.9 points per game as a freshman and following with 12.7 ppg as a sophomore, 10.9 ppg, 5.1 rebounds, and a team-high 3.7 assists per game as a junior, and 9.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, and a team-leading 4.9 apg as a senior. A two-time captain, Conlin appeared in 68 career games with 60 starts and scored 716 points, ranking No. 2 all-time at UD behind only teammate and Hall of Famer Sharon Howett and ranking No. 3 overall with a 10.9 average. She led the team in assists in each of her final two seasons (the statistic was not recorded before 1977-78), including dishing out a then school record 88 as a senior when she also set a school record with 12 in a game vs. Temple. She also played one season of softball for head coach Kay Ice in 1978 and batted .240 for a team that went 11-9 and advanced to the EAIAW regionals. Conlin earned her degree from Delaware in 1978 and went on to earn her master’s degree from the University of Georgia in 1980 and her degree in dentistry in 1988 from Ohio State. After beginning her career as a research biologist, she served as a dental resident in Delaware for one year and began her current private dental practice in Wilmington in 1990.  She resides in Kennett Square, Pa. with her partner, Denise Day, and their two daughters.

JAMIN ELLIOTT (Football/Men’s Track & Field)
One of the most outstanding two-sport athletes in University of Delaware athletics history, Jamin (“jay-min”) Elliott was a two-time all-conference wide receiver in football and a champion triple jumper in track & field during his stellar career in 1998-2002. A native of Portsmouth, Va., Elliott started three seasons for Hall of Fame head coach Tubby Raymond, twice earned All-Atlantic 10 honors, and finished his career with 158 receptions for 3,068 yards, a 19.4-yard average, 23 touchdowns, and 11 100-yard games, including a career-best 220 yards vs. Villanova in 2000. He finished his career ranked No. 3 all-time at Delaware in receptions, receiving yards (ninth in A-10 history), and touchdowns. He enjoyed his finest season as a junior in 2000 when he hauled in 58 catches for 1,337 yards (No. 2 all-time at Delaware), a 23.1 yard per catch average, and eight touchdowns and led the Blue Hens to a 12-2 record, the Atlantic 10 title, and a berth in the NCAA I-AA semifinals. He also caught 47 passes for 850 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore in 1999 and caught 30 passes for 514 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2001 when he was named the UD Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year. As a track & field standout for head coach Jim Fischer, Elliott led UD to the America East conference indoor team title in 1999 and the outdoor title in 2000. Individually, he won the America East outdoor triple jump title in 2000, was America East runner-up in that event three times indoors, and twice earned All-East honors. He set the UD indoor triple jump record (48-11) as a senior. Elliott earned his degree from Delaware in 2002 and went on to a career in professional football. He was selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears in 2002 and later earned a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots in 2003. He also played professionally with the NFL Atlanta Falcons, the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe, and with the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League. He currently resides in Charlotte, N.C. with his wife, Courtney (a 2001 UD graduate), and their son Joshua. He has worked the last five years as a branch manager with Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

KEITH HANDLING (Athletic Training)
Serving in the roles of head athletic trainer and assistant athletic trainer, Keith Handling (at left in photo) provided expert care for thousands of University of Delaware student-athletes during his 36-tenure with the UD athletics program. One of the nation’s most respected athletic trainers throughout his tenure, Handling began his career at UD as a student under Hall of Famer Dr. Roy Rylander in 1967, became assistant athletic trainer and a UD faculty member in 1972, and was promoted to the role of head athletic trainer in 1988 when Rylander retired. He served in that position until 2008. A native of Reading, Pa., Handling earned two degrees from Delaware, in physical education in 1970 and physical therapy in 1980, and his master’s degree in physical education from West Chester in 1976. During his years at Delaware, Handling helped establish the nationally-respected UD Undergraduate Athletic Training Program, served on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics (1975-present), was selected as the Delaware Special Olympics Volunteer of the Year in 1995, was inducted into the DSO Hall of Fame in 1997, received the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award in 1999, was inducted into the Delaware Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 2004, and served as athletic trainer at every home and away Blue Hen football game - a streak of 438 consecutive games -  between 1972-2007. He also served as athletic trainer for three UD national football championship teams. In 2010, the UD Athletic Training Education Program established the Keith Handling Athletic Training Award, a scholarship awarded annually to a student in the Athletic Training Education Program. He and his wife, Linda (a 1969 and 1972 UD graduate), reside in Landenberg, Pa. They have two sons, Matthew and Tommy, and three grandchildren. Both of their children and their spouses are Delaware graduates. Keith currently serves as an associate professor at UD in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology.
 
CLYDE LOUTH (Men’s Cross Country/Basketball/Track & Field)
The first and only UD student-athlete to serve as team captain for three different sports, Clyde Louth earned nine varsity letters as a standout in basketball, cross country, and track & field during his outstanding career with the Blue Hens in 1953-57. After a stint in the Navy, Louth returned home and began an outstanding athletics career at UD that saw him stand out as a cross country runner, as a point guard in basketball, and as a miler in outdoor track. He earned three varsity letters in each sport and served as team captain for all three teams as a senior during the 1956-57 campaign. He led the cross country team to a three-year dual record of 15-3 with undefeated 6-0 marks in 1954 and 1955 and a second place Middle Atlantic Conference team finish in 1954 for head coach and UD Hall of Famer Ken Steers. As a senior, Louth was the team’s No. 2 runner and set several course records during the season. As a three-year standout in basketball for Hall of Fame head coach Irv Wisniewski, Louth was an outstanding ball-handler and playmaker who appeared in 62 career games. He averaged 8.4 points per game as a sophomore and finished with 339 points and 74 percent free throw accuracy for his career. He is a member of the Delaware Legends Basketball Hall of Fame. In track & field, Louth was the team’s top miler and led the squad to fourth place finishes at the MAC Championships in 1956 and 1957. A native of nearby Wilmington, Del. and a member of the Salesianum High School Athletics Hall of Fame, Louth remains one of UD Athletics’ most loyal and passionate fans. He earned his degree in elementary education at Delaware in 1957 and moved on to an outstanding 30-year career in Delaware as a middle school math teacher and an award-winning financial planner. He currently works as a financial planner and advisor with Kades-Margolis Corp. He and his late wife, Lois, have four children and five grandchildren.

HERB ORENSKY (Baseball/Football)
A two-sport standout, Herb Orensky was a power-hitting catcher in baseball and a hard-hitting safety in football during his stellar career as a Blue Hen in 1975-79. He earned six letters, played on six winning teams, competed in the NCAA Tournament for the UD baseball team twice, and was named the University of Delaware Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year in 1978. In baseball, Orensky (at left in photo)  enjoyed an outstanding three-year career, batting .310 with a school-record 33 home runs and 135 runs batted in between 1977-79 for Hall of Fame head coach Bob Hannah. He led his teams to a three-year record of 103-49 that included East Coast Conference championships in 1977 and 1979, an ECAC Tournament title in 1978, and trips to the NCAA Tournament in 1978 and 1979. He hit a school-record 13 home runs in 1978 when he earned All-ECC honors and then bettered that as a senior with 15 round-trippers in 1979 when he earned first team ABCA All-American and ECC Player of the Year honors. He signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1979 and played four years in the system, rising to the AAA level before retiring in 1982. In football, Orensky was a two-year starter at safety for coach Tubby Raymond, leading teams to a three-year mark of 22-9-2 that included winning the ECAC Team of the Year and the Lambert Cup Eastern championship in 1976. Orensky spearheaded defenses that held opponents to seven points or less 15 times in his career. He was named the Wilmington Touchdown Club Senior Defensive Player of the Year following the 1977 season when he recorded two interceptions. A native of Sharon Hill, Pa., Orensky earned his degree in business administration from Delaware in 1979 and has been a territory sales manager for PetroChoice for 30 years. He and his wife, Jill,  a 1979 UD graduate and former captain of the Blue Hen tennis team, reside in Wilmington and have three children and one grandson. Two of their children earned their degrees from Delaware.

SARAH PEFFER (BOZEMAN) (Swimming & Diving)
In just two seasons at the University of Delaware, Sarah Peffer dominated the action in the pool as a standout member of the Blue Hen swimming and diving teams in 2002-04. A native of Newark, Del., Peffer started her collegiate career at the University of Nebraska before transferring to Delaware where she became an instant star for head coach John Hayman.  Over her two seasons, Peffer captured eight Colonial Athletic Association individual and relay titles, set five school records, and was named the UD Outstanding Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 2004. She capped an outstanding senior campaign in 2003-04 when she won five titles at the CAA meet, capturing the 500 freestyle, 1,650 freestyle, 400 individual medley, 400 medley relay, and 800 freestyle relay on the way to earning the meet’s Outstanding Performer Award as well as the season-long CAA Female Swimmer of the Year honors. She also competed at the USS Nationals in 2004 and became the first non-diver in UD history to earn an NCAA Provisional Qualifier spot when she qualified in the 1,650 freestyle. In her first season at UD in 2002-03, Peffer won the 500 freestyle, 1,650 freestyle, and 400 individual medley titles at the CAA meet and later earned All-East accolades in four other events. Among the school records she set were UD standards in the 200 freestyle (1:51.38), 500 freestyle (4:54.90), 1,650 freestyle (16:45.07), 400 individual medley (4:25.81), and 800 freestyle relay (7:35.68). Peffer, who earned her history degree from Delaware in 2004, has been with the Wilmington (Del.) Police Department since 2006 and currently serves as a detective and is part of the Mobile Field Force Team. She and her husband, Harold Bozeman, a WPD sergeant, reside in Newark with their daughter.

JOE PURZYCKI (Football)
One of the top defensive backs and team captains in the history of University of Delaware football, Joe Purzycki earned All-American honors while leading the Blue Hens to consecutive conference titles in the late 1960s. A native of Newark, N.J., Purzycki started at cornerback for three seasons under coach Tubby Raymond  in 1967-69, helping lead the 1968 team to a record of 8-3 and serving as captain for the 1969 squad that posted a mark of 9-2 and was ranked No. 10 in the final national polls. Both teams captured the Middle Atlantic Conference titles with undefeated records in league play, won their Boardwalk Bowl matchups, and earned the coveted Lambert Cup Trophy as the top team in the East. Known as a great motivator and a ball-hawking defender, Purzycki earned Associated Press honorable mention All-American and first team All-MAC honors in 1969 when he set a school record with an ECAC and MAC-high nine interceptions and finished his career with a then school record 13 picks. In 1989, he was named to the UD 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. Purzycki, whose older brother Mike was also a standout football player at Delaware in the 1960s, earned both his bachelor’s (1971) and master’s (1977) degrees from Delaware. Following graduation, he joined the high school coaching ranks and later served as a defensive backfield coach at Delaware in 1978-80, leading the Blue Hens to the 1979 national title and the 1978 squad to a national runner-up finish. He later served as head coach at Delaware State University and James Madison University before becoming an executive in the banking industry. He was inducted into the UD Wall of Fame in 1986, the State of Delaware Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, and the Delaware African American Hall of Fame in 2005, and currently serves as chairman of the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware. He resides in Rockland, Del. with his wife, Sharon, a 1972 UD graduate. They have two daughters, one son, and five grandchildren.

JENNIFER RINNANDER (DIVALERIO) (Women’s Lacrosse)
One of the most prolific scorers in the rich history of University of Delaware women’s lacrosse, Jennifer Rinnander led the Blue Hens in scoring four straight years and finished her career ranked No. 3 all-time at UD in total points in 1991-94. A native of Media, Pa., Rinnander never even played the sport until her sophomore year at Strath-Haven High School when the school’s coach, former Delaware All-American and Hall of Fame member Karen Emas, asked her to try out. A natural talent with great speed and impressive stick skills, Rinnander went on to play in 68 games for the Blue Hens and finished  her career with 188 goals and 69 assists for 257 points. She still ranks No. 3 all-time at UD in points, No. 4 in goals, and No. 5 in assists and also registered 35 hat tricks for her career. The mark of consistency, she tallied 38 goals as a freshman in 1991 and followed with 43 in 1992, 55 in 1993, and 52 in 1994, leading the team each season. Rinnander earned All-American honors three times in her career, gaining second team notice from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) in 1994, third team IWLCA accolades in 1992, and U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association honors in 1994. In addition, she was a two-time All-Region selection, a three-time first team All-Colonial Athletic Association pick, and a two-time team Most Valuable Player. She led her teams to three post-season conference tournament appearances with the 1994 squad going 11-7 and earning a No. 12 final national ranking. Rinnander also played two seasons of field hockey at Delaware, scoring three goals each in 1991 and 1992 before devoting all of her efforts to lacrosse. Rinnander currently resides in Newtown Square, Pa. with her husband, David Valerio, and their two daughters. She earned her degree in human resources from Delaware in 1994 and currently works for Foreside Financial Group in Berwyn, Pa. where she has served as managing director for distribution services since 1999.