2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

Nathan W. "Nate" Beasley-Football
Paul G. Billy -
Wrestling, Football, Men's Lacrosse Coach

Michael L. "Mike" Bourne - Men's Golf
Melissa A. Hefner (Kapuscienski) - Field Hockey, Women's Lacrosse
Anne Marie "Annie" Igo (Rizzo) - Women's Basketball
Mark D. Murray - Men's Basketball, Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Kristi O'Connell (Prior) - Softball
Kenneth J. "Jim" Smith - Men's Basketball, Baseball

Standout coaches and athletes representing every decade since the 1950’s highlight the 2011 class of the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame announced Thursday.

The eight-person Class of 2011 includes long-time wrestling head coach and football assistant Paul Billy, three-time NCAA Tournament qualifying golfer Mike Bourne, two-sport field hockey and lacrosse all-conference performer Melissa Hefner, pioneering high-scoring women’s basketball player Annie Igo, high-scoring basketball guard and conference champion track sprinter Mark Murray, and dominating softball pitcher Kristi O’Connell. All-American football running back Nate Beasley and 1950’s baseball and basketball standout Jim Smith will be inducted posthumously.

The 15th induction class was honored in a private ceremony and reception at the Bob Carpenter Center Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 23, and was introduced on the field at halftime of the Delaware vs. Old Dominion football game at Delaware Stadium on Sept. 24.

The eight inductees in this year’s class, which features five men and three women representing 11 different Blue Hen sports programs, brings the UD Athletics Hall of Fame membership to 127 former UD greats.