The University of New Hampshire athletic department released the nine names of those being inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 2008. The announcement was made today by UNH Director of Athletics Marty Scarano.
    The inductees will be honored on Friday, Sept. 19, 2008 at the Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held in Huddleston Hall. The event is set to begin at 6 p.m.
This year’s class includes;Ty Conklin ’01 (men’s ice hockey), Grover Daniels ’79 (men’s skiing), Stacy Fimple-Glidden ’96 (Field Hockey), David Gamble ’93 (football), Theresa Redmond-Stevens ’83 (women’s basketball), Mary Beth Sydlowski-Pichette ’92 (women’s soccer), Kate Scanlon-Gehn ’92 (women’s crew), Ian Smith ’99 (men’s swimming), and David O’Connor ’66 (football and hockey), who is the winner of the Leitzel Award.
    Ty Conklin was one of the Wildcats’ most successful and recognized goalies while here in Durham and after in the NHL. As a result of his outstanding efforts he became UNH’s second two-time finalist (top 10) for the Hobey Baker Award in 2000 and 2001. The Hockey East Co-Player of the year in 1999-2000, he recorded a 2.51 goals against average and a .908 save percentage, but then topped that with five shutouts, a 2.05 GAA and a .920 save percentage the next year. A two-time All-American, he left UNH holding eight goaltending records, including career GAA (2.18), save percentage (.915) and wins with 57. He also held the records for season GAA (1.84, 1998-99), save percentage (.923, 1998-99) and most minutes in a career with over 5,500. After UNH, he signed with the Edmonton Oilers in 2001 to challenge for a backup role, but spent most of his time playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs where he was one win away from winning the Calder Cup. In 2003-04 he spent the entire year in the NHL and since has been an NHL journeyman, playing for Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Columbus and recently signing with 2008 Stanley Cup champion Detroit.  He is the only NHL player who has competed in both regular-season outdoor games, playing for Edmonton on Nov. 22, 2002 and for Pittsburgh in their shootout win over Buffalo on Jan. 1, 2008. Conklin was also called in and played in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals for Edmonton in 2006 and was on the roster for Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup finals in 2008.

    One of Grover Daniels’ key goals as a member of the men’s ski team from 1975-76 to 1978-79 at UNH was to earn All-America status, and he accomplished that goal as a senior in 1979 when he placed second overall at the NCAA championships in Steamboat, Colorado. After a first run that placed him in the top 10 in the slalom, he was thrown into the air at the end of his second run, saved himself, and achieved his goal of being named an All-American. While with the Wildcats, Daniels earned four straight spots on the All-East First-Team. A co-captain of the ski team in 1977-78 and 1978-79, he won five of six collegiate races. Daniels continues to support the ski team and recently initiated the Grover Daniels Scholarship Fund (UNH Ski Team Alpine Scholarship), which enables the coaching staff to recruit the top athletes in the nation and keep UNH ranked among the top 10 teams in the country.

    Stacy Fimple-Glidden
, an outstanding member of the UNH field hockey team from 1991-1995, earned All-America honors in 1994 as well as being named the 1994 North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year. She played her way onto the 1993 and 1994 North Atlantic All-Conference teams after being named a second-team North Atlantic Conference pick in 1992. Selected a Regional All-American from 1993-1995, she was invited to compete at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1995. She presently ranks seventh on UNH’s all-time career goals listing with 31 tallies and is ranked 10th on the all-time career assist list with 18, giving her 80 career points, good for seventh in the Wildcat record books. Fimple-Glidden also owns 12th place on the all-time season points listing with 34.

    David Gamble
, one of UNH’s all-time best wide receivers, is ranked second on the Wildcat football team’s career receiving yards listing with 3,072 yards. He also recorded 182 career receptions ranking him fourth all-time at UNH. Gamble played a tremendous game on Sept. 25, 1993 vs. Maine, when he recorded a UNH record four touchdown catches, a mark he shares with All-American David Ball. In addition, Gamble is ranked third at UNH in receiving yards in one season with 1,138 in 1993 and he is seventh on the list for receptions in a season with 67 that same year. In 1993, Gamble received All-Yankee Conference First-Team honors for his outstanding efforts. He was also named All-New England, an ECAC All-Star, and was the 1993 Buck Buchanan Award recipient. He also co-founded the African-American Alliance on campus and participated in the Oyster River Elementary School’s “Big Buddy” program. After graduating from UNH, Gamble signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles.  From there, he had the opportunity to play with the San Antonio Texans in the Canadian Football League for two seasons.  From 1996 to 1998, David played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League and was a member of the 1998 Super Bowl Championship Team. He completed his professional football career playing for the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue bombers in 1999.

    Theresa Redmond-Stevens
, an outstanding player for the UNH women’s basketball program from 1979-1983, was the first women’s basketball player to ever score over 1,000 career points at UNH. She broke the milestone Jan. 19, 1983, when she scored 21 points vs. St. John’s. Named a Kodak All-American that same year, she helped lead the Wildcats to their best season mark ever (23-7) and an ECAC title. Redmond is presently ranked sixth at UNH in scoring (1,252 points) and fifth all-time in rebounding with 745 boards. In 1982-83, she scored an eye-popping 524 points to lead the team and post the sixth-best season effort. She also led the squad that same year in rebounding as well with 268, which is good for the sixth-best season mark ever. In 1982-83 she scored 142 free throws, good for second on the UNH list.

    Mary Beth Sydlowski-Pichette
, is one of UNH’s all-time best women’s soccer players and was a member of the squad from 1988 until 1991. She remains among the top players in career goals, assists and points. In goals she ranks fourth in UNH history with a four-year total of 30. Her assist total stands at 19, good for second all-time at UNH. She also posted seven assists twice in a season, placing her second at UNH. Her point total is fourth-best at UNH with 79. As a result of her strong efforts for the Wildcats, she was named NSCAA All-Region in 1989 and 1990 and she was named All-New England in 1989 and 1991. A team captain in 1991, she helped lead her squad to a 10-6-1 record under head coach Marjorie Anderson.

    Kate Scanlon-Gehn
was a four year student-athlete for women’s crew from 1989 through 1992 and was also the team captain in her senior campaign. She later served as the head coach of Wildcat women’s crew from 1996-1998. As a rower she was one of the best ever at UNH, and went on to compete for the U.S. Rowing Team from 1993 through 1998 and competed in the 1996 Olympics. She earned silver medals in the eight and the four at the 1993 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic and won a silver medal in the eight and the four at the 1994 World Championships in Indianapolis.  Scanlon took home gold at the 1995 World Championships in the four and competed at the 1998 World Championships in Germany, placing ninth in the quad. As a coach at UNH, the team finished in the top three at the Champion International Regatta and she developed the team that won the overall women’s points trophy at the ECAC Championships in 1999. Another honor for her included winning the Women’s Sports Foundation Travel And Training Award three times (1993-1995).

    Ian Smith
was one of UNH’s most versatile and dominant swimmers during his tenure in Durham (1995-99). He currently holds the UNH records in the 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyles, as well as the 800 freestyle and the 200 and 400 medley relays. He also had held the 200 freestyle and 400 IM records as well during his career at UNH. While swimming for the Wildcats, he set the America East Conference record in the 500 and 1650 freestyles along with the 200 medley relay mark. He is also one of the conference’s most decorated champions as he won a total of 23 conference titles. As a freshman he was named the Conference Swimmer of the Year and during his sophomore and junior campaigns he continued to dominate and win titles and was named all-conference following both seasons. Named captain his senior year, he once again was honored as the Conference Swimmer Of The Year. He also went on that year to win the ECAC title in the 1650 freestyle achieving an NCAA Consideration Standard and was a finalist for UNH Athlete of the Year along with Jerry Azumah and Jason Krog.

    David O’Connor was named the recipient of the Leitzel Award, which is given to a person who has made key contributions to the lives of UNH student-athletes. O’Connor was an assistant coach for men’s hockey from 1976 until 1987 and he was the interim head coach of men’s hockey from 1987-88. He also served as a long-time assistant football coach for the Wildcats starting in 1972 and worked for 18 years under head coach Bill Bowes. O’Connor was also an outstanding player for the Wildcats in both sports, playing defensive back for the football team and defense on the Wildcat hockey team before he graduated from UNH in 1966. He was named assistant men’s athletics director for the Wildcats in 1988-89 in addition to his duties as compliance director for both the men’s and women’s programs. He was named senior associate athletic director for the department in 1996 and was responsible for compliance, academic support, admissions procedures as well as assisting with event management until he retired. Following graduation from UNH, he joined the Army and was a player-coach for the base football team at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He is a Vietnam Veteran.
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