Danny Ainge, Todd Blackledge and Tracy Caulkins among finalists for GTE Academic All America Hall of Fame; 10th Class to be inducted in Los Angeles
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STAMFORD, Conn., March 12 -- Danny Ainge, Todd Blackledge and Tracy
Caulkins are among 26 finalists who are candidates for induction into the GTE
Academic All-America Hall of Fame. Four of the 26, who will comprise the GTE
Hall of Fame's 10th class, will be inducted on May 6 at ceremonies in Los
GTE, in cooperation with the College Sports Information Directors of
America (CoSIDA), established the Hall of Fame in 1988 to honor former
outstanding college student-athletes who have attained high achievement in their
professions and have made substantial contributions to their communities.
The finalists were GTE Academic All-American Team members who graduated
at least 10 years ago. They were selected from a group of more than 100 Hall of
Fame nominees and were chosen by a 90-member voting board representing the 1,800
CoSIDA members. Dick Enberg, NBC Sports commentator and GTE Academic All-
America Teams spokesman, will serve as master of ceremonies at this year's Hall
of Fame induction.
Among the finalists are Olympic gold medalists; NCAA, NFL and NBA
champions; NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients; and an Orange Bowl MVP.
They also include leaders from the worlds of medicine, business and sports.
Ainge (Brigham Young University, '82) was a basketball All-America and
two-time NBA champion who also played baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays while
still attending BYU. The 1981 John Wooden Award winner as college basketball's
top player, Ainge had a 13-year NBA career with Boston, Sacramento, Portland and
Phoenix. A former TV analyst, he now serves as the Suns head coach.
Blackledge (Penn State, '83) won the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's
top quarterback in 1982, the year he led the Nittany Lions to their first-ever
national championship. Drafted in the first round by the Kansas City Chiefs in
1983, he enjoyed a seven-year NFL career with the Chiefs and Steelers. A
successful broadcaster, he is currently ABC's top college football studio
Caulkins (Florida, '85) ranks as one of history's greatest swimmers.
While at Florida she won 12 individual NCAA titles and four relay titles. She
was a triple Gold Medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics (200 IM, 400 IM and
400 MR), and a five-time world record holder. She currently lives in
Queensland, Australia, where she is a swimming coach and women's sports
Other finalists -- all with a college GPA of at least 3.00 -- include
Cris Collinsworth (Florida, '81), a three-time all-Southeastern Conference wide
receiver who graduated in the top five in school career receptions, yardage and
touchdowns; Tim Green (Syracuse, '86) a two-time All-America defensive lineman
who was drafted in the first round by Atlanta in 1986 and went on to have a
successful eight-year career with the Falcons; and Bernie Kosar (Miami, '84),
who quarterbacked the Hurricanes to the 1983 national championship, and
established 22 single game, season and career records at Miami before moving on
to a successful NFL career.
Also, Sheila Cornell (UCLA, '85), a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Gold
Medal softball team; Megan Donnelly (Massachusetts, '86), a four-time All-
America field hockey player and a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic team; Tim
Foley (Purdue, '70), a three-time All-Big Ten defensive back who starred on two
Miami Super Bowl championship teams; and Jack Sikma (Illinois Wesleyan, '77), an
NAIA All-American who played 14 years in the NBA. (A complete list of finalists
"GTE established the Hall of Fame to recognize the achievements of those
former student-athletes who have become leaders in society," said Charles R.
Lee, GTE chairman and chief executive officer.
"I have often said that the GTE Academic All-American Team members are
the true All-Americans and that those who make it to the Hall of Fame should be
congratulated for continuing to strive for even greater achievement after they
have graduated from college," said Enberg.
"Membership in the GTE Hall of Fame is the greatest honor a student-
athlete can earn," said CoSIDA president Jim Vruggink, the athletic public
relations director at Purdue University.
GTE and CoSIDA named 40 people to the GTE Academic All-America Hall of
Fame from 1988-96. There also have been three honorary inductees. (A complete
list of Hall of Famers is attached.)
The Academic All-America Teams program was established by CoSIDA in 1952
to honor those college student-athletes who excel both in the classroom and on
the athletic field. GTE has been the exclusive sponsor of the program since
Each year, 684 student-athletes are selected to five men's teams
(football, basketball, winter at-large, baseball and spring at-large) and five
women's teams (volleyball, basketball, winter at-large, softball and spring at-
large) at the University (Division IA-IAA) and College (Division II-III) levels.
GTE, one of the largest publicly held telecommunications companies in
the world, is the largest U.S.-based local telephone company and a leading
cellular service provider -- with wireline and wireless operations that form a
market area covering about one-third of the country's population.
To extend its support of college athletics, GTE has recently become the
Telecommunications Consultant to the NCAA as well as the Pacific-10, Big Ten and
Big 12 Conferences.
1997 GTE Academic All-America Hall of Fame Finalists
Tracy Caulkins-Stockwell, Florida '85, swimming coach, Australia
Megan Donnelly, Massachusetts '86, field hockey coach, Belchertown, Mass.
Dr. Ellen Mayer-Sabik, Cornell '84, physician, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Danny Ainge, Brigham Young '82, NBA coach, Gilbert, Ariz.
Dr. Peter Anderson, Jamestown '81, physician, Glen Carbon, Ill.
Carol Arnosti, Lawrence '84, college professor, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Tom Clark, Mt. Vernon Nazarene '87, computer software exec., Gresham, Ore.
Jeannie Henningsen, Buena Vista '87, retired teacher, Plattsmouth, Neb.*
Dr. Karen Hiznay Rizzo, Villanova '81, physician, Lancaster, Pa.
Bernadette Mattox, Georgia '82, college basketball coach, Lexington, Ky.
Lynn Norenberg, William & Mary '81, sports adm., Colorado Springs, Col.
Susan Peters, Massachusetts '80, physical education teacher, Rosindale, Mass.
Jack Sikma, Illinois Wesleyan '77, restaurant executive, Medina, Wash.
Misty Thomas, UNLV '86, basketball coach, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Dr. Joan Thornton, Niagara '80, physician, Syracuse, N.Y.
Todd Blackledge, Penn State '83, sportscaster, North Canton, Ohio
Cris Collinsworth, Florida '81, sportscaster, Southgate, Ky.
Harry Ecker, Georgia Tech '57, engineering executive, Atlanta, Ga.
Thomas (Tim) Foley, Purdue '70, management company president, Travares, Fla.
Dr. John Fowler, Jr., UCLA '78, teaching doctor, Izmir, Turkey
Timothy Green, Syracuse '86, sportscaster/author, Skaneateles, N.Y.
Mark Kelso, William & Mary '85, self employed, East Aurora, N.Y.
Bernie Kosar, Miami '85, NFL player, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mike Phipps, Purdue '70, insurance executive, Pompano, Fla.
Sheila Cornell, UCLA '85, physical therapist, Diamond Bar, Calif.
Tracy Warren, Trenton State '87, sportscaster, Marlton, N.J.
* GTE Academic All-American Team Members in Basketball and Softball
GTE Academic All-American Hall of Fame Members
Class of 1988
Bill Bradley (Princeton, '65)
Pete Dawkins (Army, '59)
Pat Haden (USC, '75)
Tom McMillen (Maryland, '74)
Rev. Donn Moomaw (UCLA, '54)
Merlin Olsen (Utah State, '62)
Class of 1989
Carlos Alvarez (Florida, '72)
Willie Bogan (Dartmouth, '71)
Dr. Steven Bramwell (Washington, '67)
Joseph Romig (Colorado, '63)
Dr. Jim Swink (TCU, '57)
John Wilson (Michigan State, '53)
Class of 1990
Steve Taylor (Delaware, '77)
Joe Theismann (Notre Dame, '71)
Howard Twilley (Tulsa, '68)
Jamaal Wilkes (UCLA, '74)
Class of 1991
Terry Baker (Oregon State, '62)
Joseph Holland (Cornell, '78)
Dr. David Joyner (Penn State, '72)
Brock Strom (Air Force, '59)
Class of 1992
Alan Ameche (Wisconsin, '55)
Stephen Eisenhauer (Navy, '54)
Randy Gradishar (Ohio State, '74)
Lynette Woodard (Kansas, '81)
GTE Academic All-America Hall of Fame
Class of 1993
Raymond Berry (Southern Methodist, '55)
Dave Casper (Notre Dame, '74)
Jim Grabowski (Illinois, '66)
Kermit Washington (American, '73)
Class of 1994
Anne Donovan (Old Dominion, '83)
Dr. Rich Mayo (Air Force, '61)
Lee Roy Selmon (Oklahoma, '75)
Bill Walton (UCLA, '74)
Class of 1995
Doug Collins (Illinois State, '81)
Bob Elliott (Arizona, '77)
Michelle Johnson (Air Force, '81)
Pat Richter (Wisconsin, '64)
Class of 1996
Wade Mitchell (Georgia Tech, '57)
Ron Perry (Holy Cross, '80)
Robert Thomas (Notre Dame, '74)
Dr. Carlton Young (Villanova, '83)
Hon. Byron White**
** Honorary inductee