Jan. 26, 2010
Former Terrier student-athletes Marc Fauci, Chris Helon, Jacques Joubert, Robyn King, Ben Okaroh and Michelle White will be inducted into the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame, Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch announced today. The 49th induction banquet will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2010, at 5 p.m. in the Trustees' Ballroom on the ninth floor of the BU School of Management. In addition, four additional annual awards will be presented at that event.
A two-time co-captain as a junior and senior, Fauci led Terrier football during arguably its best season ever in 1993 when BU went 12-1 and finished the regular season with a perfect 11-0 mark, the first unbeaten and untied record in program history. A second-team All-America selection by The Sports Network and National Weekly Football Gazette and a third-team All-America selection by the Associated Press, Fauci played linebacker and ranks in the top five for career primary, assisted and total tackles. He graduated in 1994.
Fauci's teammate, Helon, was an Associated Press first-team All-American in 1993 and a third team All-American in 1994 by the Associated Press and The Sports Network. His 24 career interceptions ranked second in BU history -- behind only the legendary Harry Agganis -- and in 1993 he led the nation in all divisions with 12, including at least one in 10 consecutive games. A defensive back, Helon graduated in 1995.
Joubert was the captain of the 1995 men's ice hockey team that won the Triple Crown: the Beanpot, the Hockey East title and the NCAA championship. A first-team GTE/CoSIDA National Academic All-American, he won the E. Ray Speare Award during his senior year as the department's outstanding male student-athlete. A forward who transferred from Princeton and played just three years for the Terriers, Joubert had 66 career goals (including 14 game winners) and 65 career assists for 131 points, good for 32nd all-time on the BU scoring list. He graduated in 1995.
A four-time All-America East First-Team honoree, King was a two-time conference Pitcher of the Year (2000 and 2001) for the softball team. She is second all-time at BU in career wins, innings, strikeouts and shutouts, third in appearances, fourth in complete games and fifth in ERA. King also is in the Terriers' top 10 for career batting average, hits, doubles, at-bats and walks. She graduated in 2001.
Okaroh was a two-time All-American in men's soccer (first team in 1986, second team in 1987) and the team's MVP three consecutive seasons. He started all 79 games he played at BU, leading the Terriers to consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. In 1985, the Terriers advanced to the quarterfinals, and in1986, they set a school record with 16 wins and Okaroh was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, college soccer's national player of the year award. A center defender, he graduated in 1987.
A two-time North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year in softball, White graduated in 1995 as a three-time selection to the All-NAC First Team. A catcher and infielder, she has the top two single-season RBI totals in Terrier history with 42 and 29 in 1994 and 1993, respectively, and still owns the career mark with 117. White, who remains in the top four all-time for batting average, hits, runs, at-bats, doubles, triples and home runs, also was a three-year starter for the nationally ranked field hockey team. She graduated in 1995.
The Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame currently has 225 members, including Terrier greats such as Harry Agganis, Tunji Awojobi, Bill Brooks, Jim Craig, Chris Drury, Mike Eruzione, Terry Geldart, Jim Hayes, Drederick Irving, John Kelley, Jack O'Callahan, Debra Miller Palmore, Jack Parker, Lesley Sheehan, Dave Silk, John Simpson and Steve Wright.
Other awards, whose winners will be announced at a later date, to be presented at the Hall of Fame Banquet are the Aldo "Buff" Donelli Memorial Leadership Award for a current senior student-athlete who has demonstrated outstanding leadership both on and off of the field; the William French Award for a current or former Boston University coach or graduate of Boston University who has distinguished himself or herself in the coaching profession in the past year; the Murray Kramer Memorial Award for an individual or organization in recognition of outstanding media coverage or publicity of intercollegiate sports; and the Roger "Moose" Washburn Award for a graduate of Boston University who has given continuous unselfish support to the Terriers athletic program.
The event is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased by calling the Department of Athletics at 617-353-4637.