UT announces 2011 class for Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame

January 28, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Paul Helgren

thumb-rocket-color-logo2Seven former student-athletes will be inducted into The University of Toledo Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame Friday, Feb. 11, at the Pinnacle in Maumee.

Social hour for the event will begin at 6 p.m., and dinner will follow at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame induction dinner are $40 and can be purchased by calling the Athletic Development Office at 419.530.2510.

The 2011 Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame inductees are:

Christin Chadwick, Softball (1989-92). She was a two-time All-Mid-American Conference pitcher who also earned All-Mideast Region honors in 1992. As a junior in 1991, she earned second-team All-MAC honors, winning 22 games in 32 starts and pitching a school-record 256 innings. In 1992, she received a first-team All-MAC selection as she posted a 25-10 record and a 1.13 ERA on the mound to lead UT to its third MAC title and its second NCAA Tournament appearance. An outstanding student, Chadwick earned second-team Academic All-America honors in 1991 and 1992, and Academic All-MAC in 1990 and 1991. She was a member of the 1989 and 1992 MAC Championship teams, and the seventh-place College World Series team in 1989. On UT’s career list, she ranks first in wins (72), second in winning percentage (65.5), second in game appearances (131), third in ERA (1.38), third in innings pitched (773), fourth in strikeouts (399) and fifth in starts (91). On UT’s season list, she ranks second and third in wins (25 in 1992, 22 in 1991); second and third in winning percentage (8-3 in 1989 and 25-10 in 1992); second in games pitched (41 in 1991); and first in innings pitched (256 in 1991). In the MAC record book, Chadwick ranks third in career wins, fifth in career innings pitched and ninth in career shutouts. Her 25 wins in 1992 is the eighth-largest total in MAC history.

Shauna Cottrell, Women’s Soccer (1996-2000). She was a two-time All-MAC honoree, making second-team All-MAC as a junior in 1997 and first-team All-MAC as a senior in 1998. As a senior, she also made third-team Great Lakes Region and All-Ohio first-team. Her team honors include Team MVP and Offensive MVP in 1998, Defensive MVP in 1997 and Most Improved Player in 1997. She tied for the team lead with seven goals in 1998, while leading the team in shots on goal. After graduation, Cottrell played soccer in Iceland for one summer and later became an assistant coach at Dayton, helping the Flyers advance to the Sweet 16. Since then, Cottrell has lived and worked as a teacher in Sweden, her native Canada and Singapore, where she lives today.

David Keller, Wrestling (1966-69). Captain of the 1969 MAC Championship team, Keller is the only Rocket to be named to the National Wrestling Coaches East-West All-Star meet, where he defeated 1972 Olympian Sergio Gonzales. Keller was an NCAA semifinalist and an NCAA Coaches Association All-American in 1968 (115 pounds) while finishing fourth in the 1968 Final National Olympic tryout in Greco-Roman (114.5 pounds). He was individual MAC Tournament champion as a senior in 1969 at 123 pounds, fourth as a sophomore and runner-up as a freshman. He was the National YMCA Champion in 1966 and 1967, the Ohio AAU Greco-Roman Champion in 1964-66 and 1968, and the Michigan AAU Greco-Roman Champion in 1966. He is the only wrestler in school history to win the Midlands Open Tournament.

Lance Moore, Football (2001-04). Although he was a starter for only two seasons, Moore broke just about every receiving mark in the UT record books. He enjoyed terrific junior and senior seasons, earning first-team All-MAC honors both years, and earning honorable mention All-American honors by SportsIllustrated.com as a senior. As a junior, Moore shattered the UT record for receptions with 103, and also set marks for receiving yards (1,194) and touchdown receptions (9). His biggest game came in a 35-31 win over No. 9 Pittsburgh in which he set the school mark (since broken by his brother, Nick) with 15 receptions, including the game-winner in the corner of the end zone in the waning moments of the contest. As a senior, Moore caught 90 passes for 1,189 yards, setting the school mark for TD receptions with 15, including three scores in Toledo’s 35-27 win over Miami in the 2004 MAC Championship Game. He also caught six passes as a freshman and 23 as a sophomore. Moore also was an excellent student, earning Academic All-America honors as a senior in 2004. After graduation, he was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Browns, but eventually caught on with the New Orleans Saints, where he had a breakout season in 2008, racking up 79 receptions for 928 yards and 10 touchdowns. His playing time was limited due to injuries in 2009, but he returned to the lineup in time to play in the Saints’ Super Bowl victory, making one of the great plays in Super Bowl history to score on a two-point conversion.

Greg Morton, Men’s Tennis/Men’s Basketball (1967-71). He was a three-time MAC champion, winning the league title at No. 4 singles as a sophomore in 1969, at No. 2 singles as a junior in 1970, and No. 1 singles as a senior in 1971. The Rockets won the MAC Championship title in all three of those seasons. In the 1971 season, Morton became the first Rocket tennis player to go undefeated in singles play, besting players from major conferences, including the Big Eight and the Big Ten. In 1970, Morton was a singles finalist at the Black National Tennis Championship in St. Louis. Morton also played basketball at UT, earning a letter as a walk-on in the 1970-71 season. He graduated with a degree in elementary education and went on to earn his master’s degree from Cleveland State University. Morton and his wife, Beverly, are lifelong teachers who both retired last June.

Clarence Russell, Men’s Track and Field (1993-97). He was a six-time MAC champion in the long jump and triple jump, and set league records in indoor long jump and indoor triple jump. He earned All-America honors in the long jump in 1997, and was the UT record holder in the long jump and triple jump. He won MAC titles in the long jump in 1996 and 1997 in both the indoor and outdoor events, and the indoor triple jump in 1997. He was a member of Team USA for Pan Am Games in 1993.

Paul Sehzue, Men’s Track and Field/Football (1996-2000). He was a three-time MAC Champion and multi-record holder who qualified for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney for Liberia, the home country of his father. He also was on the UT football team, playing safety and special teams in 21 games in 1997 and 1998. Sehzue was the Indoor MAC Champion in the 60-meter hurdles (1999) and 55-meter hurdles (1998), as well as the Outdoor MAC Champion in the 110-meter high hurdles (1998). He also was a two-time All-Ohio Champion in the 55-meter hurdles (1998, 1999). While at Toledo, Sehzue set school records in the 55-meter hurdles (7.37), 60-meter hurdles (7.81) and 110-meter high hurdles (13.85). At the 2000 Olympics, Sehzue advanced to the quarterfinals in the 110-meter hurdles. Prior to his Olympic experience, Sehzue competed in the 1999 World Championships in Seville, Spain, also representing Liberia and competing in the 110-meter hurdles and 4×100-meter relays. He graduated from Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in individualized studies in 2002. He is pursuing his master’s degrees from Ohio University in education with a coaching emphasis and from Toledo in liberal studies. He is in his first year as a graduate assistant coach for the women’s track and field team at UT. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Sehzue served as the athletic director and head football/track and field coach at KIPP Houston High School in Houston from 2008 to 2010. Before that, he was the assistant football/assistant track and field coach at Pullman High School in Pullman, Wash., for two years. From 2004 to 2006, Sehzue served as the assistant football and assistant track and field coach at Gulf Coast High School in Naples, Fla. Sehzue also served as an assistant track and field coach at Toledo from 2002 to 2004 following his four years as a student-athlete. He returned to UT in fall 2010 as an assistant track coach.

Two other awards will be presented during the banquet. The Distinguished Service Award will be given posthumously to former Head Athletic Trainer Dave Huffstetler and Bob Standriff, a longtime UT athletics supporter.

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