Standout Athletes Highlight 2013 University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class to be Honored Nov. 15-16
NEWARK, Del. -- Four former football standouts, five NCAA Tournament competitors, conference champions in wrestling, swimming, and track & field, a lacrosse pioneer, and a longtime supporter of Blue Hen athletics highlight the 2013 University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame induction class announced Monday.
The 17th 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 this Friday, Nov. 15, and will be introduced on the field at halftime of the Delaware vs. Richmond football game at Delaware Stadium the following afternoon, Nov. 16.
The Class of 2013 features six males and four female student-athletes representing every decade since the 1950’s and the sports of men’s and women’s swimming and diving, football, baseball, women’s basketball, wrestling, women’s lacrosse, women’s cross country and track & field, and men’s track & field.
The 10-person class includes four-time All-American swimmer Mary Carr (Kyllo); conference champion distance runner Sarah Cowles (Jerotz); All-American quarterback Tom DiMuzio; three-time conference freestyle swimming champion Fred Freibott; football lineman and conference wrestling champion Gregg Larson; All-American football defensive end Sam Miller; field hockey and lacrosse standout Elaine Pomian (Knobloch); former football and baseball player and one of UD’s most generous benefactors Fred Rullo; former WNBA women’s basketball player Tyresa Smith; and Dave Yates, who starred on Delaware’s College World Series baseball team in 1970. Freibott will be inducted posthumously.
“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 2013:
MARY CARR KYLLO (Women's Swimming)
A key member of the outstanding Blue Hen women’s swimming and diving teams in the early 1980’s, Carr was a four-year standout who specialized in the butterly and individual medley events during her career.
A native of Boothwyn, Pa., she held five school records at one point in her career, owning standards in the 50 and 100 butterfly, the 100 individual medley, and two relay events. She earned All-American honors in four events at the 1981 Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Championships and was a member of the Blue Hens’ national championship 200 freestyle relay team that same year.
In addition, she also captured five East Coast Conference titles, winning the 100 and 200 individual medley, 50 butterfly, and 200 freestyle relay in 1983 and the 200 freestyle relay in 1984. Carr also was a member of two Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (EAIAW) regional championship teams and two East Coast Conference runner-up squads for head coach Edgar Johnson.
She earned her degree in nursing from Delaware in 1985 and her master’s degree from George Mason in 2002. She has worked in a variety of nursing clinical settings since graduation, including several years as an emergency room nurse. She and her husband, Tom Kyllo, have an 11-year old son, Nathan and reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.
SARAH COWLES JEROTZ
(Cross Country/Track/Field Hockey)
One of the top female distance runners in University of Delaware history, Cowles captured five conference titles and was named team Most Valuable Player four times in a career that spanned from 1994 until 1997.
The Chatham, Mass. native earned 10 letters in her career, including four in outdoor track and three each in indoor track and cross country, and served as team co-captain four times, including twice for the cross country squad under head coach Sue McGrath-Powell.
Cowles is the only women’s cross country runner in school history to win the conference meet twice, capturing the American East individual title in both 1996 and 1997, and also added conference track titles in the indoor mile in 1996 (North Atlantic Conference), the outdoor 3,000 meters in 1996 (NAC), and outdoor 5,000 meters in 1997 (America East).
She held four school records upon graduation, owning UD standards in the indoor 800 and 1,500 meter runs and in the outdoor 800 and 3,000 meter events.
She earned her degree in fitness management from Delaware in 1997 and her master’s degree in education from Chapman University and has worked as an elementary school teacher since 1999.
She and her husband, Jonathan Jerotz, reside in Encinitas, Calif. with their children Jake and Jordyn.
TOM DIMUZIO (Football)
One of the all-time great quarterbacks in Delaware football history, DiMuzio was part of an impressive streak of UD signal callers that included All-Americans and several National Football League starters for UD Hall of Fame head coach Tubby Raymond.
A native of Philadelphia, DiMuzio earned second team All-American honors and All-East laurels in 1969 when he threw for a school record 2,179 yards and 24 touchdowns in leading the Blue Hens to the Middle Atlantic Conference title.
As a three-year starter in 1967-69, he led the team to a combined record of 19-12, threw for a school-record 3,756 yards and 36 touchdowns and led the team to two MAC titles and two Lambert Cup trophies as the top team in the East.
He also set school records for most yards passing in a game (369 yards vs. Lehigh in 1969) and longest pass play (87 yards vs. Villanova in 1969). The 1970 UD Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year, he later played in the Atlantic Coast Football League with the Pottstown (Pa.) Firebirds and with the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League and earned a professional tryout with the NFL Washington Redskins.
He earned his degree in history from Delaware in 1971 and worked for 32 years in operations and marketing with Johnson & Johnson. He retired in 2003 and started his own marketing and promotional consulting business He and his wife, Carolyn, a Delaware graduate, currently reside in Pennington, N.J. They have three children - Megan, Katelyn, and T.J. - and four grandchildren. Son, T.J., played quarterback at Delaware, served as an assistant football coach with the Blue Hens, and is currently offensive coordinator at Widener University.
FRED FREIBOTT (Men's Swimming)
A four-year varsity letterwinner in swimming, Freibott enjoyed a record-breaking career as one of the top freestyler sprinters in Delaware history.
A native of Wilmington, Del., he set nine school freshman records in 1953 and then led the Blue Hens to the Middle Atlantic Conference team title in 1954 as he won the 50 and 100 freestyle events and the 300 freestyle relay and set seven more school records.
After serving two years with the Army in Korea, he returned to the U.S. and competed for three more seasons at UD, winning the 50 and 100 freestyle competitions at the Eastern Collegiate Swimming Championship regionals in 1957.
He also won the 50 freestyle and was third in the 400 freestyle at the 1958 ECSA regionals. He held pool records at 10 different schools at one point during his career. He also competed for the UD outdoor track & field team.
Freibott earned his degree in physical education from Delaware in 1959 and his master’s degree from West Chester University in 1964. He served as director of athletics at nearby Tatnall School in Wilmington for 26 years and coached football, wrestling, and track and field. He also taught in the Christina School District and was pool director and a swim team coach at the Wilmington Country Club for 34 years. He competed for many years as a Masters swimmer and was inducted into the Peddie (N.J.) School Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. He and is his wife, Martha, a 1958 Delaware graduate, were married for 53 years and had three children, six grandchildren, and a great grandchild. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 78.
GREGG LARSON (Football/Wrestling)
A two-sport standout, Larson was a three-year standout for the Delaware football team and also a conference champion for the Blue Hen wrestling squad.
A native of Lock Haven, Pa., Larson earned five letters during his two-sport career, was a member of teams that posted an impressive combined record of 49-14, and competed in NCAA Tournament action in both sports.
Larson was an instant success in wrestling, competing at the 190 lb. class and posting a perfect 25-0 regular season record for UD Hall of Fame head coach Paul Billy. He advanced to the East Coast Conference championship final as a freshman in 1977 and captured the ECC championship title in 1978 when he was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
His conference title earned him a berth in the NCAA Championships at the University of Maryland. He finished his career with an overall record of 42-5, setting a school record with 14 pins in 1978 and ranking No. 2 all-time with 24 career pins.
Playing defensive end in football for UD Hall of Fame head coach Tubby Raymond, he led the team to a three-year record of 31-7 and helped the Blue Hens capture the NCAA Division II national title in 1979 and finish as national runner-up in 1978.
He was a three-year starter and recorded 47 tackles and six quarterback sacks in 1980 when he earned a spot in the All-East team.
He earned his degree in agriculture from Delaware in 1981, a master’s degree from Maryland in 1984, and his doctorate in reproductive physiology from West Virginia in 1987. He is currently executive director of clinical operations at the Forest Research Institute at Forest Laboratories Inc., a pharmaceutical clinical research company in Jersey City, N.J. He and his wife, Amy, are the parents of daughters Brenna and Indi and reside in Summit, N.J.
SAM MILLER (Football)
One of the most dominating defensive linemen in University of Delaware football history, Miller was a fixture as an All-American defensive end for the Blue Hens in the mid 1970's and led the squad to two NCAA Tournament appearances as a three-year starter.
A star at Middletown (Del.) High School, Sam was one of the top homegrown Delaware talents ever to play for head coach Tubby Raymond. He earned All-American notice four times, garnering first team honors from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) in 1975, twice earning third team notice by the Associated Press in 1974 and 1975, and also earning CoSIDA Academic All-American honors in 1973.
He earned All-East honors three straight years and remains the only down lineman in UD history to lead the squad in tackles for an entire season. He earned both the Newark Touchdown Club and Wilmington Touchdown Club Outstanding Senior Defensive Player Award in 1975 when he collected 98 tackles and a then UD record 10 quarterback sacks. He led the team with 108 tackles during the 1974 campaign. He graduated as Delaware's leading career tackler with 285 and still ranks No. 2 all-time among players who spent their entire careers as linemen. He led Delaware to a three-year mark of 28-9, including a national runner-up finish in 1974.
He earned his degree in history from Delaware in 1976 and his law degree from Widener University School of Law in 1981 and for the past 30 years has worked as an investment banker in public finance. Currently he serves as Managing Director in the Capital Markets Group at Piper Jaffray in Philadelphia. He and his wife, Cristi, reside in Chadds Ford, Pa. Eight of his family members, including three sisters, are Delaware graduates and his brother-in-law, Curt Chastain, was a standout offensive lineman at Delaware in 1988-91.
ELAINE POMIAN KNOBLOCH (Field Hockey/Lacrosse)
A star in two sports during her Delaware career in 1979-82, Pomian earned four letters in lacrosse and two in field hockey and played a key role for the Blue Hen lacrosse team during their runs to Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national titles in 1981 and 1982 under Hall of Fame head coach Janet Smith.
As a four-year standout in lacrosse, Pomian was a high-scoring attack who set school records for assists in a season and career. She also still ranks among Delaware’s all-time leaders in career goals (118) and points (195). She was the team’s No. 2 leading scorer each of her first three seasons, contributing 50 points in 1979, 45 in 1980, and 54 in 1981, and ranked fourth with 46 points in 1982. She was named to the AIAW All-Tournament team in 1982.
In field hockey, Pomian was a standout goalkeeper over two seasons in 1980-81 for Hall of Fame head coach Mary Ann Hitchens, leading the team to a third place national finish at the AIAW championships in 1980. She recorded a school record 213 saves over two seasons.
Pomian earned her degree in computer science with a minor in mathematics from Delaware in 1982 and worked for IBM and several other smaller companies. She has been active in local youth lacrosse as a coach and official and is a member of the Potomac Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the Montgomery Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, and the Upper Merion High School Hall of Fame. She and her husband, Tim, reside in Rockville, Md with their children Leslie, Amy, and Matt.
FRED RULLO (Benefactor/Football/Baseball)
Since arriving on the University of Delaware campus in the early 1960’s, Rullo has been an integral part of Blue Hen athletics as a student-athlete, fan, and contributor.
A native of Chester, Pa., Rullo earned four letters as a two-sport performer in football and baseball. He earned two letters as a backup quarterback and punter for Blue Hen football teams under UD Hall of Fame coach Dave Nelson in 1961-62 and helped the 1962 squad post a 7-2 record, capture the Middle Atlantic Conference, and earn the Lambert Cup Trophy as the top team in the East.
On the baseball diamond, Rullo played catcher on two Blue Hen teams that posted a combined record of 32-17 under Hall of Fame head coach Tubby Raymond in 1962-63.
Since his graduation, Rullo has remained a loyal Blue Hen fan, been a longtime season ticketholder, and played a pivotal in numerous athletics development campaigns. Rullo Stadium, the home of the UD field hockey squad since 1998, is named in his honor.
He earned his degree in political science from Delaware in 1963 and took part in the Executive Education Program at both the University of Pennsylvania and Duke. He has enjoyed a successful career in the chemical business and co-founded Freedom Chemical Company, holding the positions of President and CEO and eventually becoming Chairman. He was inducted into the UD Wall of Fame in 1985, received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002, and has been an active member of the UD Athletics Steering Committee since 1986. He was also elected to the Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
He and his wife, Madeleine, have been married for 51 years and reside in Malvern, Pa. They have three children and nine grandchildren with daughters Patricia and Linda having both graduated from Delaware. Linda competed in lacrosse for the Blue Hens and is married to former UD football captain, Joe McGrail.
TYRESA SMITH (Women's Basketball)
A phenomenal athlete, Smith worked tirelessly to become a complete all-around basketball player during her four standout years with Delaware women’s basketball squad in 2003-07.
A native of Dover, Del., Smith was not only an outstanding defender, but a consistently high scorer who used her slashing moves and deadly medium range jump shot to pile up 1,635 points, finishing her career ranked No. 2 on the all-time UD list.
She became the first UD player to earn WBCA All-Region honors, was a two-time first team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, was twice named the CAA Defensive Player of Year, and was selected as the UD Outstanding Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 2007. Smith, who set UD records for points in a season (632) and steals in a career (342), led the Blue Hens to four post-season appearances, including a berth in the 2007 NCAA Tournament under head coach Tina Martin.
She became the first Delaware player to be selected in the WNBA Draft (No. 18) and played one season in the league with the Detroit Shock. She also played overseas for four years in Russia, Israel, and Germany. After playing overseas, Smith returned to Delaware as a youth rehabilitation counselor in Middletown.
She moved to Suwanee, Ga. in 2013 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in health and physical education at Georgia State University. She earned her degree in health studies from Delaware in 2007.
DAVE YATES (Baseball)
A three-year starter at second base for the University of Delaware baseball squad, Yates was one of the stars of the 1970 Blue Hen baseball squad that went 22-6, captured the Middle Atlantic Conference title, won the NCAA District II championship, and became the only UD squad to compete at the College World Series.
Playing for Hall of Fame head coach Bob Hannah, Yates led the Blue Hens to a three-year mark of 52-23, including a second place MAC finish in 1969. He earned first team All-American honors as a senior in 1970, was a two-time All-District and All-Middle Atlantic Conference selection, was the 1970 MAC Player of the Year, was a 10th round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies, and played three seasons in the minor leagues. In three seasons with the Blue Hens, he batted .377 with 120 hits and 66 runs batted in and established a school record with 60 stolen bases.
He led the team with a .444 average as a junior in 1969 and was tied for the team lead in RBI with 31 while batting .363 as a senior in 1970. He ranked second in the NCAA in stolen bases in 1968 and was second in batting during the 1969 campaign. He graduated from Delaware holding 12 school records.
A native of Wilmington, Del., Yates later served as an assistant baseball coach at Delaware and as a collegiate golf head coach at Stanford, Army, and Oklahoma, leading his teams to several national rankings and serving as the NCAA Golf Chairman in 1985.
He formerly worked as Vice President of the Golf Division at IMG, served as President of Gaylord Sports/Lagardere Unlimited Baseball and Golf, and is currently Managing Director of Golf at Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment management and marketing company. He earned three degrees from Delaware, including a bachelor’s degree in 1971 and a master’s degree in 1976.
Yates and his wife, Martha, a 1975 UD graduate, reside in McLean, Va. and have six children. Son, Hank, played baseball at Delaware in 2010-11 and currently plays professionally in the Los Angles Dodgers organization.