UT to induct 2017 class for Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame

October 18, 2017 | Athletics, Events, News
By Paul Helgren

The University of Toledo Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame will induct six former student-athletes and one coach at a banquet Friday, Oct. 20, at the Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle in Maumee.

Social hour for the event will begin at 6 p.m., and dinner will follow at 7 p.m. The class also will be introduced at halftime of the UT football game vs. Akron Saturday, Oct. 21.

Also at the banquet, the Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame will present the Distinguished Service Award to Joe Fink and Mike Renard. Fink is a longtime supporter of UT who has been an active member of the Downtown Coaches Association. Renard retired as UT’s equipment manager earlier this year after serving in the position for 34 years.

Tickets for the Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame induction dinner are $45 or $360 for a table of eight, and can be purchased by calling the Athletic Development Office at 419.530.5087.

The 2017 Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame inductees are:

Harvey Bowles, wrestling coach, 1975 to 1994. As wrestling coach for 21 years, Bowles led the Rockets to a Mid-American Conference title in 1982-83. During his UT coaching career, he mentored four All-Americans: Myron Shapiro (1975), Brad Smith (1976), Chuck Biggert (1979) and John Potts (1986). Under his leadership, Toledo wrestlers won 23 individual MAC titles. Bowles wrestled at UT from 1959 to 1961 before a back injury ended his career. Bowles was actively involved in the World Cup of Wrestling championships that were held in Toledo in the 1970s and 1980s.


Joe Corfman, baseball, 2009 to 2012. A four-year letter winner, Corfman made first-team All-MAC in 2010 and 2012, and first-team all-region in 2010. In 2010, he knocked in 61 runs, scored 69 runs, and had 20 doubles, all of which rank second on UT’s all-time season list. As a senior in 2012, Corfman had 78 hits, 16 doubles and 22 stolen bases. On UT’s career list, Corfman ranks first in hits (261), first in doubles (54), second in runs (177), second in total bases (375), fifth in RBIs (134) and 10th in batting average (.329). Primarily used as a second baseman and third baseman, Corfman was a three-time Academic All-MAC selection from 2010 to 2012.


Jacy Dyer, women’s swimming and diving, 2007 to 2011. Dyer was a four-time All-MAC swimmer and 10-time MAC Champion in her career. She also took second or third in six other events at MAC Championship Meets. She is the only UT women’s swimmer ever to qualify for the NCAA Championship in three different events. At the conclusion of her career, Dyer held more than 20 UT, MAC and various pool records. A two-time team captain, Dyer was named MAC Swimmer of the Year and UT Female Athlete of the Year in 2009-10. She made an immediate impact for the Rockets as a freshman, earning second-team All-MAC honors and breaking the UT record in the 1000 freestyle. As a sophomore, Dyer earned first-team All-MAC recognition and set the MAC record in the 500 freestyle at the MAC Championship Meet, the first of her 10 career MAC golds. She also finished second in the 1650 freestyle and fifth in the 200 free. As a junior in 2010, Dyer won MAC titles in the 200 free, 500 free, 1650 free, 400 free relay and 800 free relay. She earned first-team All-MAC and MAC Swimmer of the Year honors, leading UT to its first-ever MAC Championship crown. That year she set the MAC record in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:44.23, the second-longest current league record for any event. Dyer made first-team All-MAC one last time as a senior, taking four MAC titles in the 200 free, 500 free, 400 free relay and 800 free relay. She qualified and competed at the NCAA Championship Meet in the 200 free, 500 free and the mile. She placed 11th in the nation in the 800 free, the highest finish in UT history.


Amy Galvan, softball, 1992-95. A four-year starter at first base, Galvan earned first-team All-MAC honors in 1993 and 1994, and made second-team all-league in 1995. She also made the All-Mideast Region Team in 1994 and 1995. She won the MAC batting crown as a sophomore in 1993 with a .418 average, the fourth highest mark in UT history. As a junior, she led the team with a .399 batting average (second in the MAC), RBIs (42, also second in the league), hits (71), doubles (13) and slugging percentage (.506). As a freshman, Galvan was a member of the squad that won the MAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Galvan ranks second at UT in career batting average (.349), hits (225), RBIs (95), slugging percentage (.461) and doubles (35).


DeJuan Goulde, football, 1997-2000. Goulde was a three-time All-MAC defensive lineman, earning first-team honors in 1999 and 2000 and second-team recognition in 1998. As a sophomore in 1998, he had six sacks and 16 tackles for loss, helping lead Toledo to a MAC West Division title. In 1999, Goulde had 84 tackles, 10 sacks and 17 tackles for loss. His 10 sacks ranked him tied for second in the MAC, while his 17 tackles for loss ranked eighth. In 2000, Goulde was a force on one of the best defenses in school history. The 10-1 Rockets allowed just 81.5 yards rushing per game that season and shut out three opponents. Goulde had 73 tackles, nine sacks and 17 tackles for loss. He was named third-team All-America by the Football News, and he was runner-up for MAC Defensive Player of the Year. Goulde ranks third all-time on UT’s career list in tackles for loss (47) and tied for third in sacks (25).


Chuck Friedman, men’s track and field, 1961 to 1964. Friedman was the first star sprinter for the UT track teams. He won four MAC sprinting titles in his career. In 1963, he won the 220-yard dash and took third in the 100 at the MAC Meet. He also qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 220, the first UT athlete to make it to the NCAAs. In 1974, Friedman won the 100- and 220-meter dashes, and anchored the 440-yard relay MAC title team that set the league record. He became the first UT runner to win more than one event at the MAC Championship Meet. That 440 relay team finished second at the Central Collegiate Championships, barely losing to eventual NCAA Champ Illinois. Friedman was runner-up in the 220 to 1964 U.S. Olympian Trenton Jackson of Illinois. He also qualified for and ran in the 1964 NCAA Championships in the 100 meters and 200 meters (21.6). Friedman graduated from UT with a degree in engineering in 1964 and received his MBA from Northwestern University in 1966. He helped start the Toledo Striders Track Club. He worked at Libbey-Owens-Ford Co. in Toledo for many years before being relocated to North Carolina, where he lives today in retirement.

Zilberstein Rezak

Fabiana Zilberstein Rezak, women’s tennis, 1989-93. Zilberstein Rezak competed in the No. 1 singles spot for three years for the Rockets and was a three-time All-MAC First Team selection (1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93). As a junior, the native of Buenos Aires finished fourth at the MAC Championships following a 20-10 record at the top singles position. In her final year with the Rockets, she posted a 13-6 overall record.

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