Six Former Colonials Elected To GW Athletic Hall Of Fame
Jan. 8, 2002
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Membership in the George Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame will expand from 98 to 104 on Friday, Jan. 25, when six newly-elected members are inducted in ceremonies at the Washington Marriott Hotel. A reception at 6:15 p.m. will be followed by induction ceremonies at 7:30 p.m.
The six--representing five sports--are Hank Bunnell '71, baseball, Cheryl (Farley) Dodds '89, volleyball, Steve Frick '87, men's basketball, Ray Looney '58, baseball and football, Mike Tallent '72, men's basketball, and Tanya Vogel '96, women's soccer.
Reservations for the reception and induction ceremonies are being accepted through Tuesday, January 22, by Ed McKee of the University's Department of Athletics at 202/994-5778 (or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org). Cost of the affair is $40 per person. Checks or money orders (made out to: George Washington University) may be mailed to GW Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, George Washington University, 600 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052. In addition, credit card payment on VISA, MasterCard or American Express is acceptable by mail, telephone or fax (202/994-2713).
This year's Athletic Hall of Fame "Class of 2002" is the 43rd elected since the University's Hall was founded in 1959 and seven inaugural members were inducted.
Henry M. (Hank) Bunnell was a four-year baseball star for the Colonials ('67-71). The most dominant pitcher in GW baseball history, this rock solid 6-foot-4 righthander had a blazing fast ball and an excellent change of pace pitch. Compiling incredible statistics, he owns GW career marks for most victories (30), complete games (36) and shutouts (8), as well as the single-season mark for strikeouts (110 in 1970). Thirty years after graduating, he still is second in games started (36) and fourth in winning percentage (.698 with a 30-13 record in just 47 career appearances.)
Bunnell, 52, won numerous honors during his GW career, including All-Southern Conference selection four consecutive years. In 1969, he was featured on the cover of the prestigious NCAA Collegiate Baseball Guide. Last year, he was selected as GW Baseball's Player of the Century.
Initially drafted by the Detroit Tigers while at Scranton (Pa.) Cathedral High School, Bunnell chose to attend college and capped his GW career by being selected in the third round of the 1971 draft by the Washington Senators. As a junior in '70, he pitched a perfect game against the University of Scranton and also won both games of a doubleheader against William & Mary, allowing no runs and just four hits while striking out 18 batters in two games.
Bunnell is owner and president of Big Chill, a polar fleece clothing manufacturing firm. He lives in East Stroudsburg, Pa., and is married to his college sweetheart, Claudia. The couple has two children, Candace and Keith.
Cheryl A. (Farley) Dodds was an outstanding volleyball player at GW for four seasons ('85-88). Playing during a transitional time at GW (for two coaches in four seasonsPat Sullivan and Cindy Laughlin), Dodds earned All-Atlantic 10 Conference first team honors in successive years, 1987 and '88, as well as team MVP in '88 and team co-captain in '88. The four teams on which she played rolled up an impressive cumulative record of 97-51.
A 5-foot-11 middle blocker-hitter, Dodds dots the GW volleyball record book 10 times in eight categories some 13 seasons after her graduation. She is tops in Colonials history in career block solos (203), fifth in career kills (1,085) and career digs (927), seventh in total attempt (2,688), eighth in attack percentage (.256) and ninth in career block assists (302). In single-season stats, she is second and third in block solos with 68 and 66 in 1986 and 1988, respectively, ninth in total attempts (1,120 in 88) and 10th in block assists (121 in 88).
Following graduation, Dodds continued playing volleyball as a member of the USVBA in the prestigious AA category. She switched from middle blocker to outside hitter and quickly became one of the best hitters and passers in the Chesapeake Region. In her new position as an outside hitter, she was named to the USVBA all-star teams three times.
The 34-year-old Dodds gained her bachelor's degree in travel and tourism at GW in 1989. A 1985 graduate of Dracut (Mass.) High School, she now resides in Springfield, Va., with her husband, Blair Dodds, and their 23-month-old daughter, Sydney.
Dr. Steven L. Frick, an outstanding student-athlete in basketball at GW for five years ('83 and '85-87), came to Washington as a solid high school recruit from Greenville (S.C.) Eastside, and he lived up to those expectations both on the court and in the classroom. Unfortunately, he was on the shelf during most of his sophomore year, after he sustained a dislocated left collarbone, which ended his season after just four games.
Following a "redshirt" season due to injury, Frick returned to play in 22 games in '85 and then bounced back nicely during his final two years at Foggy Bottom. As a junior, the team tri-captain averaged 12.3 points and 5.8 rebounds and the next year the fifth-year senior, team co-captain and MVP was the Colonials' leading rebounder (6.0) as well as third in both scoring (10.1) and assists (42). Not bad for a 6-foot-5 center-forward.
Off the court, he was a Rhodes Scholar nominee in 85 and was named to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America first team in 1986 and second team a year later, carrying a 3.4 GPA in zoology. Other impressive academic achievements included: membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership honor society, in 85, Phi Beta Kappa national honor society in '86, GW's Baer Award for Outstanding Campus Leadership in '87, and recipient of a 1987 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Upon graduation, he also served a three-year term as a member of the University's Board of Trustees ('88-91).
Frick, 37, earned his medical degree in 1991 from the Medical University of South Carolina at Charleston. He is member of the full time faculty and residency program director of the orthopaedic surgery department at the Carolinas Medical Center. Recently he was named a North American Traveling Fellow by the American Orthopaedic Association. The Charlotte, N.C., resident is married to the former Lisa Kahn, also a GW graduate ('85). The couple has two children, Eric (11) and Rachel (8).
Raymond M. Looney was a three-time letterwinner in both baseball and football for the Colonials between 1954 and '57. After one season of junior varsity football (and basketball) in '54, the Glassport, Pa., native played baseball as a freshman, winning All-Southern Conference honors as a first baseman. As a sophomore (in '55-56), he lettered in both football and baseballand, once again, earned All-SC accolades in baseball. In football, the 6-foot, 185-pounder played quarterback and alternated with another GW Athletic Hall of Famer, Bob Sturm. Both were key performers for the overachieving Colonials' team, whose 5-4 record helped Bo Sherman win Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors.
Looney's junior year was most special for him. In football, Looney guided GW to a 13-0 victory over favored Texas Western (now Texas-El Paso) in the Sun Bowl on Jan. 1, 1957. It was the Colonials' only football bowl appearance and capped the winningest grid season in school history (8-1-1). The talented southpaw signalcaller led GW in total offense yardage (518) and he was voted the team's MVP by his teammates. The memorable football season was followed by another outstanding baseball season in '57. Coached by Bill Reinhart, the Colonials won the Southern Conference title and earned a spot in the NCAA Regional Tournament at Gastonia, N.C. For a third time, the first sacker was named to the All-Southern Conference squad.
As a senior, Looney quarterbacked the '57 Colonials for the first four games until a dislocated shoulder in the Air Force game forced him to miss the rest of the season. Then in December, 1957, he signed a pro baseball contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, foregoing his senior season of baseball. Back then, eight years before the establishment of the Major League Baseball free agent draft, his signing bonus of $30,000 was the largest bonus ever given to a GW athlete in any pro sport.
After five pro baseball seasons, including two at the Triple A level (Vancouver of the PCL and Atlanta of the International League), Looney retired as a player and began a lengthy and satisfying career in law enforcement and security. He spent 22 years as a FBI special agent and later working in private sector security in Connecticut, retiring two years ago. Married for 36 years, he and his wife, Janice, who live in Fort Myers, Fla., have three sons, Scott (35), Brian (32) and Craig (30), and three grandchildren.
Michael S. Tallent is one of three very talented basketball playing brothers at GW, this one managed to score 1,085 points in less than three complete varsity seasons ('68-70 and '72) and is currently ranked 29th in Colonials men's basketball scoring history. He was destined to become one of the University's top scorers until suffering an injury to his left knee late in his junior year. Despite being hobbled by the injury (and his points per game dipping from 25 to 21.1 in the final 10 games of the season), the 6-foot-1 guard still led the Southern Conference in scoring and earned first team All-SC honors as well as All-Tournament selection.
That season followed a terrific sophomore campaign in which Tallent was the '69 squad's second leading scorer (17.8)behind his older brother, Bob, who averaged a school-record 28.9 points per game! But Mike knew the feeling. As a member of the GW freshman team in '68 (and playing for his brother and Colonials redshirt transfer, Bob), Mike averaged 29 points per game for a frosh squad which won 17 of 19 games.
Like brothers Bob '69 and Pat '76, who were elected to the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990 and 1993, respectively, Mike Tallent hails from Langley, Ky., and starred at Maytown High School where he averaged 26 points as a senior, was a Kentucky all-state selection and played in the '67 Indiana-Kentucky High School All-Star games in Louisville and Indianapolis.
Tallent, 52, who earned two bachelor's degrees at GW, one in zoology (1973) and another in accounting (1977), is executive vice president of Comcast Cable Communications, Inc., in Philadelphia. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Haverford, Pa., with their three children: Craig (14), Christie (12) and James (10).
Tanya E. Vogel, a four-year soccer standout and letterwinner ('93-96), is the first women's soccer player to be elected to the University's Athletic Hall of Fame. In a women's program that began in 1980, she ranks fifth among all-time Colonials women's soccer scoring leaders with 52 points (21 goals, 10 assists) as a midfielder, who played her entire collegiate career for Shannon Higgins-Cirovski, and served as team captain both as a junior and senior.
Vogel played a key role in the most successful women's soccer team (to date) when the 1996 Colonials team earned its first NCAA Tournament berth. That season she was named Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year, as well as a member of the All-Conference first team and Academic All-Conference team. In addition, the National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA) honored her with a first team Mid-Atlantic All-Region spot in '96.
Last February, Vogel was one of 17 former Colonials athletes, and one of only two GW women's soccer players, honored by the Atlantic 10 Conference during its 25th anniversary year for their "significant impact in the league" during the past quarter century.
Vogel, 27, a native of Penfield, N.Y., graduated from GW in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science, and in 1999 earned a master's in the same discipline. After assistant coaching stints at Indiana University (Pa.) in 1997-98 and Cornell University in '99, she returned to her alma mater as head coach in 2000. She resides in Arlington, Va.