2017 Billiken Hall of Fame Class Announced
ST. LOUIS – The Saint Louis University Department of Athletics today announced the 11 individuals and two teams that will comprise the 2017 Billiken Hall of Fame class.
The induction ceremony will take place the afternoon of Saturday, February 11, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Wool Ballroom at the Busch Student Center. The new inductees will then be recognized at halftime of that night’s 7 p.m. men’s basketball game against Duquesne at Chaifetz Arena.
Tickets 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.
“We are thrilled to welcome these 11 Billikens and two teams into the Billiken Hall of Fame,” SLU Director of Athletics Chris May said. “All have done so much to support Billiken Athletics, during their time as undergraduates or in the community. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is the top honor in our program, and we could not be more proud to enshrine these great Billikens.”
Billiken Great – Contemporary
SLU student-athlete from 1980 to present
Brad Byars (Swimming and Diving) – At the time of his graduation in 2008, Byars owned school records in the 100 freestyle (45.27) and 200 freestyle (1:41.44). A Marion, Illinois, native, he became the first Billiken in program history to win a conference title for the men’s team when he captured gold in the 100 free at the 2008 Atlantic 10 Conference Championships. Coached by Jim Halliburton, Byars was a three-time team MVP and earned A-10 Performer of the Week accolades on six occasions. He excelled in the classroom as well, earning postgraduate scholarships from the NCAA and the A-10 in 2008. Byars was a two-time A-10 Academic All-Conference selection, and he also picked up ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District first-team honors as a senior.
Brittney Cloudy (Track and Field) – One of the most decorated student-athletes in Billikens history, Cloudy holds five school records – indoor 60-meter dash (7.86), indoor long jump (19-1.25), outdoor long jump (19-10.25), indoor triple jump (40-8.25) and outdoor triple jump (41-8). A St. Louis native, she won eight Atlantic 10 Conference individual titles during her career, more than any other SLU athlete. Cloudy, who was coached by Jon Bell during her SLU career from 2008 to 2012, was tabbed the Most Outstanding Field Performer of the 2012 A-10 Indoor Championships and the 2012 A-10 Outdoor Championships. She was an NCAA preliminary-round qualifier in her career and also competed in the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Cloudy was an Academic All-Conference selection.
Tommie Liddell III (Men’s Basketball) – Liddell III played for the Billikens from 2005-09 – two seasons under head coach Brad Soderberg and two under head coach Rick Majerus. The East St. Louis, Illinois, native is eighth in school history in career points (1,547) and career rebounds (740). In addition, he is first in school history in average minutes played (34.4), second in total minutes played (4,306) and tied for sixth in career games started (121). He was named the A-10 Rookie of the Year in 2005-06 and a second-team All-Conference pick in 2006-07. Liddell III set a SLU single-game record with eight 3-pointers in a game at Temple in 2007. His best season came during his sophomore year when he averaged 15.4 ppg and 6.8 rpg and posted 87 assists and 19 blocks (all career highs).
Whitney Roth Kramer (Volleyball) – Roth, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, played four seasons (2006-09) at SLU under head coach Anne Kordes. One of the top setters in school history, Roth earned Atlantic 10 Conference Setter of the Year honors an unprecedented three times. She is SLU’s all-time assists leader with 5,463 career assists and holds the top two single-season assist marks with 1,528 in 2006 and 1,444 in 2007. Roth earned American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honorable mention in 2008 and 2009. From 2006-08, she earned three AVCA All-Region honors, three first-team All-Conference honors and three A-10 All-Championship team nods. During her illustrious career, Roth helped the Billikens to a 98-29 record, three A-10 regular-season titles, two A-10 tournament titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances.
Billiken Great – Pioneer
SLU student-athlete prior to 1980
Julie Bookmyer Murphy (Field Hockey) – Bookmyer played at SLU for three seasons (1979-81). She earned first-team Mitchell & Ness All-America plaudits in 1981. During her playing career, the Billikens posted a 48-12-6 record and held the No. 1 ranking in the country for six weeks in 1979. Bookmyer was a member of the 1980 U21 USA National Team and competed with the national team in a match against Australia hosted in St. Louis.
Don Range (Men’s Soccer) – Range played two seasons at SLU and was a key member of the Billikens’ 1959 and 1960 NCAA championship teams. Despite playing just two seasons, he is 20th all-time at SLU with 72 points (27G, 18A). His 44 points during the 1960 season (16G, 12A) are tied for the 18th most in school history. Range was named Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the 1960 NCAA Championship. Following his playing career, he played professionally for the St. Louis Stars.
Tammy Suyematsu (Field Hockey) – Suyematsu was a three-year player for the Billikens (1978-80). She is Saint Louis’ all-time goals leader with 52 tallies. Suyematsu scored 20 goals her senior year in 1980, which is fourth in a single season in school history. She scored 16 goals in 1978 and 1979, the seventh most in a season at SLU. During Suyematsu’s playing career, the Billikens posted a 64-10-5 record, which included a school-record 28 wins in 1978.
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.
Steve Baden (Baseball) – Baden played baseball for the Billikens from 1971-72. He is currently president of Royal Banks of Missouri, a longtime sponsor of Billiken Athletics. Additionally, Baden serves on the Billiken Club Board of Directors and is a longtime SLU season-ticket holder.
Joe Shaughnessy (Baseball) – Shaughnessy played baseball for the Billikens from 1955-58. He is the co-founder, owner and chairman of BSI Constructors, Inc. Shaughnessy has been a longtime men’s basketball season-ticket holder and a loyal and generous donor to Billiken Athletics.
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.
Linda Vogt and Alan Vogt – Linda and Alan Vogt have been committed to the success of Billiken Athletics for more than 25 years. They have made significant contributions to Billiken Athletics that provide essential resources to all Billiken student-athletes. Additionally, the Vogts serve on the Billiken Club Board of Directors.
The Bob Burnes Award
Former Billiken Athletic teams that have brought recognition and prominence to the University and themselves by athletic accomplishment.
1963 Men’s Soccer Team – The 1963 Billiken men’s soccer team, under the direction of head coach Bob Guelker, won the fourth of SLU’s 10 NCAA titles. Saint Louis finished the season with a 13-1 overall record. The Billikens scored 94 goals that season, a school record. Leading scorer Carl Gentile registered a school-record 30 goals. Team members are: Bill Bayer, David Behnen, Fred Boyd, William Brown, Jr., Jim Bryon, John Butler, Don Ceresia, Bob Ernst, Carl Gentile, Jack Gilsinn, Joe Hennessy, Kevin Kelly, Terry Knox, Tim Knox, Tom Layton, Dan Leahy, Raymond Mann, Tom Mataya, Pat McBride, Thomas McDonnell, Mike Moore, James Rick, Roger Rupp, Gerald Schwalbe, Mary Beth Sirinek, Al Toczylowski, Adrian Vanderzaim, Bill Vieth, William Welsch, athletic trainer J. Kim Tucci, head coach Bob Guelker and assistant coach Bill Mueller.
1988-89 Men’s Basketball Team – The 1988-89 SLU men’s basketball team, under the direction of head coach Rich Grawer, registered 27 victories, which was the school record until the 2012-13 team won 28 games. The Billikens were the runners-up of the NIT, the first of two straight appearances in the NIT championship game. SLU finished second in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference with an 8-4 record. Team members are: Anthony Bonner, Don Braun, Monroe Douglass, John Duff, Chip Entwistle, Roland Gray, Mike Ivester, Anthony Jones, Jeff Luechtefeld, Tony Manuel, Charles Newberry, Vincent Smith, Todd Starks, Travis Tadysak, Jorge Wallace, team physician Dr. Bob Ryan, head coach Rich Grawer, assistant coach Geoff Shimberg, assistant coach Jackson Wheeler and assistant coach Lee Winfield.