GW Officially Inducts Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016
1927 Women's Rifle, Corky Devlin, Matt Hane, Debbie Hemery, Sarah Hokom, Laura Hostetler, Ugo Oha, Dirkk Surles, David Zenk Grow Membership to 160
The George Washington University Department of Athletics and Recreation proudly inducted today eight former student-athletes plus one championship team into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016. GW's 1927 women's rifle team, Corky Devlin, Matt Hane, Debbie Hemery, Sarah Hokom, Laura Hostetler, Ugo Oha, Dirkk Surles and David Zenk comprised the 2016 Class.
On a sunny, 60 degree February day in the nation's capital, the weather was surpassed in its beauty only by the views and emotion flowing inside GW's City View Room overlooking the national mall. Five of the inductees, Hane, Hokom, Oha, Surles and Zenk, waxed poetically on the experiences that shaped their careers in Foggy Bottom as they thanked family, friends, teammates and coaches for helping to make their accomplishments possible. Hemery thanked the group via video message from France where she is still playing basketball professionally, while Hostetler was unable to attend. Devlin was inducted posthumously, while the Council of the District of Columbia read a proclamation praising the trailblazing women of the rifle team for inspiring activism during the suffragist movement and identifying the team as the greatest collegiate rifle team in US history.
"This is our biggest and one of our most outstanding classes ever, with representation from eight sports and many different eras of excellence for GW student-athletes and teams," said Director of Athletics Patrick Nero. "The voting committee did a tremendous job with the very difficult task of selecting this extraordinary group from dozens of worthy candidates. This class will serve as another benchmark for what GW Athletic Hall of Famers should be, and will inspire our current student-athletes to achieve at the highest levels."
GW's 1927 women's rifle team won the National Intercollegiate rifle championship with a score of 2,991 -- then the highest score ever reached by a women's team in the history of rifle shooting. The team defeated Missouri by a single point, with Maryland taking third place eight points behind. Coached by Walter R. Stokes, former International and Olympic champion, Eugenia Cuvillier, Marjorie Folsom, Mae Huntzberger, Suzanne Jamison, Katherine Shoemaker, Helen Taylor, Helen Prentiss, Betty Clark, Suzanne Aud and Verna Parsons claimed GW Athletics' first-ever Championship with their near perfect score. The 1927 season culminated a run in which the team lost just three matches in five years.
Devlin was one half of the most prolific one-two punch in GW men's basketball program history. The 6-foot-5 guard from Newark, N.J., teamed with Joe Holup from 1952-55 and helped the Colonials to a 62-16 record, the 1954 Southern Conference regular-season and tournament championships for the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Devlin averaged 15.2 points as a sophomore alongside freshman Holup in 1952-53, then led GW and earned First Team All-Southern Conference honors in each of his final two seasons with 21.2 points as a junior in 1953-54 and 22.6 points as a senior in 1954-55. He scored 41 points in an 83-70 title-game victory over Richmond. Devlin was selected in the second round of the 1955 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia Warriors and played three seasons in the pros with the Ft. Wayne Pistons and Minneapolis Lakers. He ranks 10th all-time with 1,564 points, and was posthumously named to the All-Century Team in 2001.
A four-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team member (2001-04), Hane helped lead the Colonials men's tennis team to the A-10 Championship finals in 2002 and 2004. He competed as GW's primary No. 1 singles player throughout his career, was named A-10 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer in 2001 and went on to earn A-10 Most Outstanding Performer in 2002 and 2004. Hane won the A-10 doubles championship title in 2004 with partner Jake Jopling and claimed the singles crown in 2002. Hane compiled a career 65-23 solo record, tallying a career-high win totals in both singles (21) and doubles (20) action during the spring 2003 season.
The 1995 A-10 Player of the Year, Hemery led the GW women's basketball team to two A-10 tournament championships, two A-10 regular-season titles and four straight postseason appearances from 1992-95, including three NCAA Tournaments and the 1995 Sweet 16. Hemery was a member of GW's first-ever A-10 championship team in 1992 and was the A-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player in 1995. Hemery, along with classmate Darlene Saar, became GW's first-ever Associated Press All-Americans, earning honorable mention in 1995, when she averaged 19.5 points per game, still the fifth-highest single-season mark in program history. The Colonials' fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,749 career points, Hemery also ranks third all-time in steals (292), fifth in games played (126), 10th in 3-pointers made (114), 11th in career scoring average (13.9 ppg) and 15th in assists (341). She was a three-time all-conference selection, including back-to-back first-team accolades in 1994 and 1995, and earned A-10 All-Rookie honors in 1992.
Hokom is one of just three GW volleyball players to ever garner All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) after being named honorable mention following her senior season in 2003. A 5-foot-10 outside hitter, Hokom currently ranks fourth all-time in program history with 1,151 kills, 12th with 103 service aces and 15th with 1,072 digs. She was a two-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team (2002, 2003) and a 2003 AVCA All-Region selection during her career. She earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team in both 2002 and 2003. During her tenure, she helped the Colonials to 71 victories across four seasons, including a 25-6 overall record and 14-2 mark in the Atlantic 10 as a freshman en route to the 2000 A-10 Championship. She was twice honored as a CoSIDA Academic All-District II (2002, 2003) and Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference (2002, 2003) selection.
Hostetler set GW lacrosse's all-time program record with 153 goals in just three seasons from 2004-06. She also held the Colonials' career scoring record with 212 points until that mark was broken in 2012 and currently ranks second while standing third in career assists with 59. Hostetler scored a school-record 54 goals twice (2005 and 2006), breaking her own record of 45 in 2004 to make her the only player in program history to appear in GW's single-season top 10 list three times. Hostetler also holds the Colonials' single-season points record with 79 in 2005 and holds three of GW's top-10 marks in that category, as well. The 2004 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and a member of GW's first-ever A-10 Tournament qualifier in 2005, Hostetler was a three-time all-conference first team selection, the only Colonial with three such distinctions, and she was tabbed to the A-10 All-Academic Team in 2006. She also is GW's only All-American, earning third-team honors from Inside Lacrosse in 2005.
Oha is GW women's basketball's career blocks leader with 355 and is one of three Colonials ever with 1,500+ career points and 700+ career rebounds, ranking eighth all-time in scoring (1,558 points) and seventh in rebounding (785). Oha led the Colonials to four straight postseason berths from 2001-04, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, three straight A-10 regular-season titles and the 2003 Atlantic 10 tournament championship, when she earned Most Outstanding Player honors after setting an A-10 Tournament championship game record with eight blocks while scoring 26 points and adding eight rebounds. The 2001 A-10 Rookie of the Year, Oha is the only Colonial to be named A-10 Defensive Player of the Year twice, earning the honor in 2002 and 2004, and she is a three-time A-10 all-conference selection and three-time A-10 All-Defensive Team member.
Surles was one of the greatest scorers in GW men's basketball program history. After averaging 6.3 points off the bench as a freshman in 1989-90, the 6-foot-3 guard led the team in scoring in each of his final three seasons, teaming with classmate Sonni Holland to help revive the GW program with a pair of postseason appearances. He averaged a team-high 14.4 points as a sophomore as GW reached the NIT in 1990-91, then a career-best 19.9 points and 67 three-pointers to earn First Team All-Atlantic 10 and Team MVP honors as a junior in 1991-92. Surles then paced the team with 14.5 points, 51 threes and 36 steals as a senior in 1992-93, claiming Second Team All-Atlantic 10 accolades along with freshman sensation Yinka Dare in helping the Colonials to their lone NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. Surles is in the top 10 all-time at GW in both career points (9th, 1,607) and steals (8th, 132).
A two-sport standout in men's water polo and men's swimming, Zenk was GW's first-ever All-American in the sport of water polo, earning honorable mention in 2007 after leading the Colonials in points, assists, steals and swim-offs won. His steals and swim-offs both set program records at the time, and his swim-offs mark still stands. A two-time All-Southern Division selection, Zenk led GW to a third-place finish at the 2007 CWPA Eastern Championship, the highest finish in program history, and a No. 17 ranking in the final national poll. As a swimmer, Zenk was a three-time A-10 Most Outstanding Performer and is the only student-athlete in program history to receive both Performer of the Year and Rookie of the Year accolades during the same season (2006). As a sophomore, Zenk set A-10 records in the 200-yard IM and 400-yard IM en route to a pair of gold medals at the 2007 A-10 Championships. He earned A-10 Student-Athlete of the Year honors in 2009 and was a three-time A-10 All-Academic selection. Zenk graduated as GW's record holder in the 100-yd freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard IM and 400-yard IM. He earned 11 gold medals in A-10 Championship action and still ranks within the top five A-10 championship times in the 200- and 400-yd IM.
The 2016 GW Athletic Hall of Fame class was voted in by a committee of 11 former George Washington student-athletes, coaches and administrators, who represent a diverse background of sports and eras.