Jan. 8, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A new class of eight former standout University of Michigan student-athletes will be inducted into the Hall of Honor this Sunday (Jan. 10) and introduced during the halftime festivities of the Michigan-Northwestern men's basketball game at Crisler Arena. Wrestler Rick Bay, track and field athletes Greg Meyer and Joanna Bullard (Mehall), gymnast Wendy Marshall (Martin), football and ice hockey standout Don Dufek Jr., football star Dave Brown (posthumous), diver Barbara Weinstein (McGrath), and men's basketball great Glen Rice will be honored, continuing a tradition that began in 1978.
"All these individuals have made an outstanding contribution to our department and have continued to do so even beyond their playing days," said Bill Martin, Michigan's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. "The entire university is extremely proud of every one of our honorees, and this is just one, small way we can honor them for those contributions."
The University of Michigan Hall of Honor was established to recognize those persons who have made significant contributions to the tradition of Wolverine athletics as athletes, coaches and administrators and, in doing so, have enhanced the image and reputation of the University of Michigan.
Those inducted into the Hall of Honor have earned All-America recognition in a team or individual sport or, as individuals, have established an NCAA, American or World record; won an NCAA title, or made significant contributions to the Michigan Athletic Department as a coach or administrator.
Two of the six inductees will be represented by family. Dave Brown's widow Rhonda and their sons Aaron and Sterling will receive his medal, while Glen Rice's mother Ernestine and his brother Kevin will accept his award.
RICK BAY -- Wrestling (1961-64)
Rick Bay was a two-time Big Ten wrestling champion and never lost a Big Ten dual meet. He lettered three years and was a member of three consecutive Big Ten championship teams, earning All-America honors in 1963. In 1965, he served as team captain and was voted the Big Ten's Most Outstanding Wrestler. He added to his athletic accomplishments as a quarterback on the football team from 1961-64.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1965, Bay went on to a distinguished 25-year career in collegiate and professional sports. At Michigan, he served as an assistant coach for four years under the legendary Cliff Keen and became head coach in 1970. In his four-year tenure, he coached 10 Big Ten individual champions, four NCAA finalists, two NCAA champions and 12 All-Americans. He led his last two Wolverine teams to undefeated seasons, the 1973 Big Ten championship, and third- and second-place finishes, respectively, in the NCAA tournament, while maintaining a team grade-point average of over 3.0. He has been the athletics director at the University of Oregon, University of Minnesota, San Diego State University and the Ohio State University. Bay was the CEO of the New York Yankees and president of the Cleveland Indians. He served as president of the United States Wrestling Federation from 1976-80 and was chosen its "Man of the Year" in 1980. He is a member of the Illinois Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Michigan Wrestling Hall of Fame.
DAVE BROWN -- Football (1971-74)
Dave Brown was a two-time All-America defensive back at the University of Michigan and was named to its All-Century Team (1900-99). From 1972-74, he was a three-time first team All-Big Ten selection. As a senior, he played in the East-West Shrine Game, Hula Bowl, All-American Bowl and College All-Star Game. A first team All-American as a junior and unanimous choice as a senior, he received a B.A. in speech in 1975.
Brown played professionally for 16 seasons, beginning his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1975. He played in Pittsburgh's 21-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X. Brown was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1976 expansion draft and spent 11 seasons (1976-86) with the franchise. As an All-Pro defensive back with Seattle, he is one of only six Seahawk players to be enshrined in the Seahawks' Ring of Honor.
After his NFL retirement, Brown pursued a college and professional football coaching career. He assumed cornerback coaching duties for the Seattle Seahawks in 1998 and later served five seasons as cornerbacks coach for the Red Raiders of Texas Tech. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007. Dave Brown is represented by his wife Rhonda and their sons, Aaron and Sterling.
JOANNA BULLARD (MEHALL) -- Women's Track and Field (1980-83)
A hometown girl and graduate of Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, Bullard Mehall was recruited by the father of Michigan women's track, Red Simmons. Bullard Mehall began setting records in the high jump and hurdles as soon as she stepped on campus. By graduation, she had set four Michigan records, broken two Big Ten records, earned three Big Ten titles, and received four All-America honors. As a senior, she added Big Ten Track Athlete of the Month to her list of accomplishments, though her success was not limited to the track. In her field of kinesiology, she received the Paul A. Hunsicker Award as outstanding undergraduate and was an Academic All-American. She became the first Michigan female high jumper to clear the six-foot mark at the National Indoor Championships at the Pontiac Silverdome.
After graduation, Bullard Mehall earned a master's degree and became the health promotion coordinator for a top U.S. private company. She started her own health promotion consulting business before leaving the corporate world to home-school her two children. Although focusing on business and her family, she has shared her athletic knowledge with up-and-coming athletes at the college and high school levels. In addition, she has lent her expertise to the university's Letterwinners M Club, becoming one of the first female board members. In 2004, Bullard Mehall was honored with induction into the Michigan Women's Track and Field Hall of Fame.
DON DUFEK JR. -- Football and Ice Hockey (1973-76)
Don Dufek Jr. was born Maize and Blue and entered the University of Michigan upon graduation from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. A rare two-sport athlete, Dufek earned three varsity letters in football and four in hockey. Dufek was a defensive back for the Wolverines from 1973-75. He was critical to Michigan's 1973 and '74 Big Ten championships and was named co-captain and All-America in 1975. Dufek earned All-Big Ten honors twice, compiling career totals of 249 tackles, nine fumble recoveries and four interceptions. When the football season ended, he hit the ice as a left winger for the Michigan hockey team. Even with a shortened season, he averaged 10 goals per campaign.
After graduating with a B.A. in 1976, Dufek was sought as a professional athlete in both football and hockey. He chose football and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the expansion draft of 1976, joining his Michigan teammate, Dave Brown. He was captain of the Seahawks' special teams units in 1981 and '82 and continued to play through the 1984 season. After retiring from the NFL, Dufek returned to Ann Arbor to found a general contracting business and participate as a board member and president of the Letterwinners M Club. He continues to serve the Ann Arbor community through his volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics.
WENDY MARSHALL (MARTIN) -- Women's Gymnastics (1993-96)
An extraordinary gymnast, Marshall Martin was a four-year letterwinner and two-time Michigan co-MVP. As a freshman in 1993, she earned All-Big Ten honors and was named an NCAA second team All-American on vault. In 1994, she earned NCAA second team All-America honors on vault and all-around, was All-Big Ten and earned Michigan co-MVP honors. She captured the vault title at the NCAA Central Regional by scoring a perfect 10.0. This marked the first of many perfect 10s in her career but only the second in Michigan history at that time. In 1995, Marshall was a first team All-American on beam, vault and all-around and again earned All-Big Ten honors while leading the Wolverines to their fourth consecutive Big Ten championship. In 1996, Marshall Martin earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Year honors and received the Phyllis Ocker Award for Academics and Athletics. She continued her decorated career with a first team All-America finish on beam, floor and in the all-around and All-Big Ten honors.
Marshall Martin graduated with a B.S. in kinesiology/physical education and served as the University of Maryland assistant gymnastics coach from 1998-2004. Currently, she is a brand manager for Alpha Factor focusing on worldwide sales of gymnastics apparel and is chairperson for the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Awards committee.
GREG MEYER -- Men's Track and Field (1973-77)
A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Greg Meyer blazed a path as a cross country and track and field state high school champion. He honed his running talents from 1973-77 at the University of Michigan. As a Wolverine, Meyer was a three-time cross country All-American (1974-76) and three-time All-Big Ten selection (1974-76) as well as a 1976 track and field All-American. A team captain both in cross country and track and field, Meyer held the Michigan record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase from 1976-80. He captured the Big Ten title in the same event as a freshman. Meyer was an Olympic Trials competitor in 1980, though the Moscow Games were later boycotted by the United States. He continued his training with unflagging determination. His greatest accomplishment came in 1983 when he conquered more than 10,000 competitors to win the Boston Marathon -- the last American to do so. His time of 2:09.00 missed the world record by 47 seconds and the course record by nine seconds at the time of the race.
Meyer continued his service to his alma mater as a development officer and now holds the position of Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
GLEN RICE -- Men's Basketball (1985-89)
On Feb. 20, 2005, the University of Michigan honored Glen Rice's jersey, No. 41, raising it to the rafters of Crisler Arena. It is a lasting tribute to his legendary basketball achievements. A native of Flint, Mich., Rice is the most prolific scorer in Michigan history with 2,442 career points. He led the Wolverines to the 1989 NCAA championship while setting a tournament record with 184 points in six games, a mark that still stands. He was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player and an All-American. Rice won Big Ten Conference scoring titles and All-Big Ten accolades in 1988 and '89. He ranks second all-time in the Big Ten for field goals made in a season (363, 1988-89) and is third all-time in career points (2,442), career field goals (1,002) and career three-point field goal percentage (.480, 135-281).
After his playing days in Ann Arbor, Rice was selected by the Miami Heat as the fourth overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft and was named to the All-NBA Rookie second team. He was the Heat's all-time leading scorer with 9,248 points in six seasons. With the Charlotte Hornets franchise (1995-98), he earned three NBA All-Star team selections and the All-Star Game MVP award in 1997. Moving to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1998, Rice was instrumental in winning the 2000 NBA championship. He closed his 15-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2004. Famed for his pinpoint shooting accuracy, Rice ranks fifth in NBA history with 1,559 career three-point field goals. He continues to promote the sport he loves and has the pleasure of watching his son, Glen Rice Jr., take to the court for Georgia Tech.
BARBARA WEINSTEIN (McGRATH) -- Women's Diving (1978-80)
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Weinstein McGrath transferred to the University of Michigan for the 1978-79 season. Competing under the banner of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) and the guidance of her diving coach, Dick Kimball, Weinstein McGrath put Michigan diving in the headlines. Under the aegis of U.S. Diving, she was a three-time 10-meter platform national champion in 1976, '79 and '80, and a four-year All-American. In 1977, she entered the world stage at the World University Games in Sofia, Bulgaria, earning a bronze medal on the platform. Representing the United States at the 1979 Pan American Games on the platform, she vanquished the competition, winning a gold medal. She earned a spot on the 1980 United States Olympic team but was prevented from representing her country with the boycott of the Moscow Games. As part of the 1980 Olympic team, she was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States Congress.
Undaunted by hard work in her sport or in the classroom, she graduated from Michigan with Phi Beta Kappa distinction in 1980. Also in 1980, she was the inaugural inductee for ADARA, the female honor society recognizing leadership and achievement campus-wide, and winner of the Marie Hartwig Award, recognizing the Michigan Athletics Female Athlete of the Year. She is presently a business owner and a tireless fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and prevention, raising more than $3 million dollars to date for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
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