ST. LOUIS – The Saint Louis University Department of Athletics today announced the 11 individuals and two teams that will comprise the 2019 Billiken Hall of Fame class.
The induction ceremony will take place Saturday, February 16, at noon at Chaifetz Pavilion. The new inductees will be recognized at halftime of that day's 4 p.m. men’s basketball game against La Salle at Chaifetz Arena.
“It is a great honor to announce the 2019 class of Billiken Hall of Fame honorees," SLU Director of Athletics Chris May said. "This group of 11 individuals and two teams exemplifies the best of the best of Billiken Athletics. This class includes outstanding student-athletes who excelled in the classroom as academic All-Americans, in competition as champions, and leaders in the Saint Louis University community. We could not be more thrilled to celebrate this wonderful group of Billikens to the Hall of Fame family."
Tickets to the event are $25 apiece or $200 for a table of eight. Sponsorships of the event are also available. For more information, contact the Billiken Club at 314-977-8180 or email email@example.com.
Billiken Great – Contemporary
SLU student-athlete from 1989 to present
Calum Angus (Men's Soccer) – Angus, a native of England, is one of the top defenders in the illustrious history of Saint Louis men's soccer. A two-time United Soccer Coaches All-American, Angus helped guide the Billikens to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He was voted the Atlantic 10 Conference's Defender of the Year in 2007, and overall, Angus earned a spot on the A-10's All-Conference team all four years. Offensively, he concluded his SLU career with 19 points (7G, 5A). Following his graduation from SLU in 2009, Angus played professionally in the United States, Sweden and India.
Hailee Elmore (Women's Tennis) – Elmore is one of the most successful student-athletes in SLU women's tennis history. The program's all-time leader in singles victories (93) and doubles victories (74), she was a four-time All-Conference selection and was voted the A-10's Most Outstanding Performer twice. In 2011, Elmore led the Billikens to a second-place finish in the A-10 Championship. Equally impressive was her performance in the classroom. Elmore was a third-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, the A-10 women’s tennis Student-Athlete of the Year, an A-10 Postgraduate Scholarship recipient and SLU’s Outstanding Female Senior Student-Athlete.
Bridget Fonke Forshaw (Volleyball) – Forshaw was a key component of the Saint Louis volleyball team during the most successful period in program history. She was a member of the Billiken teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and won two A-10 Championship crowns. Forshaw earned American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honorable mention accolades and was tabbed Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 A-10 Championship. She ranks among SLU’s career leaders in several statistical categories – third in service aces (155), ninth in kills (1,274), 10th in points (1,528) and attack attempts (3,206), and 11th in attack percentage (.265).
Kristin Nicoletti Shehata (Softball) – A speedy outfielder, Shehata was Saint Louis softball’s first All-Region player, garnering second-team plaudits as a junior. When she graduated, Shehata owned SLU career records for hits (225), runs (150), total bases (290), stolen bases (134), at-bats (713) and games started (220). She still holds school marks for hits, stolen bases, at-bats and games started while ranking second in runs and fourth in total bases. Shehata was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team and the Atlantic 10 All-Academic team in her junior and senior campaigns. She was a Senior CLASS Award top-30 candidate and an NSCA Strength & Conditioning All-American as a senior.
Billiken Great – Pioneer
SLU student-athlete prior to 1989
Martha Gartland Butler (Field Hockey) – Butler was a standout on the Billikens' field hockey squads from 1976-79. She has the distinction of being the first female student-athlete in SLU history to be named a first-team All-American (Mitchell and Ness, 1979). Butler played during an exciting era in SLU field hockey, as the Billikens went 28-5 in 1978 and 22-2-2 in 1979.
Terry Knox (Men’s Soccer) – Knox enjoyed a strong three-year career on the men's soccer team from 1962 to 1964. He was a member of the Billikens' NCAA championship teams in 1962 and 1963. Knox accumulated 53 points (13G, 27A) in his three-year career and led the Billikens with nine assists in 1964. He is still tied for ninth all-time in Billikens history with 27 assists.
Distinguished Alumni Award
Student-athletes during their undergraduate days who have made major contributions to the University athletic program through personal time, effort and interest and through many years of service, and/or have distinguished themselves as exceptional in their chosen field or endeavor.
Jim Butler (Baseball) – Butler played baseball at Saint Louis University in the 1960s and went on to be a prominent businessman in St. Louis. He founded Jim Butler Chevrolet in 1980, and the dealership has grown to multiple locations today.
Jack Galmiche (Men's Soccer) – Galmiche was a member of the Billikens' NCAA Championship teams in 1967 and 1969. He is the President and CEO of the Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis. Galmiche is a board member of Webster University, Public Television Association of Missouri, Grand Center Inc. and the St. Louis Regional Chamber.
Bauman Sportsmanship Award
Individuals, not necessarily former student-athletes or alums, who have made outstanding contributions to Billiken Athletics through the demonstration of the highest principles of integrity, honesty and fair play without consideration for self gain.
Earl Austin Jr. – Austin is the longtime radio analyst for Billikens men's basketball games, alongside fellow Hall of Famer Bob Ramsey. The duo have been calling SLU games for more than 25 years. In addition to his role with the Billikens, Austin is the sports editor of the St. Louis American newspaper and a local basketball historian who has published books on the history of basketball in St. Louis.
Dr. Richard Chaifetz – Dr. Chaifetz is a SLU graduate whose generosity to the Department of Athletics and Saint Louis University will have a lasting impact. He donated $12 million to the construction of Chaifetz Arena, and last year, the Chaifetz family gave $15 million for the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business. Chaifetz is the founder of ComPsych Corporation, which provides employee assistance programs worldwide.
Eugene Grollmes, S.J. – Fr. Grollmes was named the Saint Louis University Department of Athletics chaplain in 1990. In that role, he helped mentor thousands of Billiken student-athletes and staff members by providing counseling and assisting in their academic development. Fr. Grollmes was an internationally known author of more than 25 books, magazine articles and book reviews. Affectionately known as "Father G," he passed away in July 2014.
The Bob Burnes Award
Former Billiken Athletic teams that have brought recognition and prominence to the University and themselves by athletic accomplishment.
1967 Men’s Soccer Team – The 1967 Billiken men’s soccer team, under the direction of first-year head coach Harry Keough, was declared the NCAA co-champion with Michigan State. It was the sixth of the Billikens' NCAA-record 10 national championships. Team members are: Tom Bokern, Tim Brassil, Jim Conley, Bill Donley, Wayne Fischer, Steve Frank, Jack Galmiche, Gene Geimer, Mark Griffin, head coach Harry Keough, Bill McDermott, Brad Melchior, George Merubia, Irvin Mueller, assistant coach Val Pelizzaro, John Pisani, Mike Poston, Gary Rensing, Tom Rich, Rudy Roeslein, Stan Rozanski, Dave Schlitt, Larry Warren, Wally Werner and Charlie Zoeller.
2013 Baseball Team – The 2013 Billiken baseball team, guided by head coach Darin Hendrickson, tied the school record with 41 victories and captured the Billikens' third of four Atlantic 10 Conference titles. SLU went on to play in the NCAA Columbia (S.C.) Regional. Team members are: Alex Alemann, Nick Bates, Michael Bozarth, assistant coach Will Bradley, Danny Brennan, student assistant coach Danny Brock, Matt Eckelman, Steve Fernandez, volunteer assistant coach Brad Flanders, Jordan Hammerman, head coach Darin Hendrickson, Jake Henson, Alex Kelly, Jon Levin, Mike Levine, Braxton Martinez, Derek Mazzio, Marco Mejia, Josh Moore, assistant coach Kevin Moulder, Grant Nelson, James Norwood, Jeremy Phillips, Joe Powell, Damian Rivera, Dave Roberto, C.J. Rose, Joey Salerno, Clay Smith, Alec Solé, A.J. VanderVorste, Brett Vanover, T.J. Verdun and Mike Vigliarolo.