Sept. 14, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Three former standout student-athletes at the University of Michigan have been named to the prestigious U-M Athletics Hall of Honor, announced Saturday (Sept. 14) by director of athletics Dave Brandon. Men's basketball guard Gary Grant (1985-88), women's track and cross country runner Katie McGregor (1996-99) and football lineman Mark Messner (1985-88) have been chosen for the honor by a selection committee.
"Katie, Gary and Mark excelled in their respective sports at the University of Michigan and are successful and supportive alumni," said Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. "All three dominated in the Big Ten Conference and achieved at an extremely high level on the national level, earning first-team All-America honors. We look forward to honoring them with their formal induction into the Hall of Honor later this academic year."
The official announcement came at halftime of the today's football game against Akron. The induction ceremony will take place in mid-February. An interactive area inside Crisler Center highlights the careers of the 205-plus members of the Hall of Honor.
One of the premier collegiate players in Big Ten history, Grant enjoyed a stellar basketball career at Michigan. A four-year starter, Grant was a consensus All-American (1988), a two-time all-Big Ten first team selection (1987, '88) and a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (1987, '88). He started 128 of 129 career games, guiding the Wolverines to a 100-29 record and four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1988 NCAA Sweet 16.
Grant etched his name into the school's career record book, currently ranking fourth in scoring (2,222) and first in assists (731) and steals (300). A 13-year veteran of the NBA, Grant was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 15th pick of the first round in the 1988 NBA Draft. His rights were traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. He played his first seven NBA seasons with the Clippers and later played for New York, Miami and Portland.
McGregor was a three-time NCAA champion, claiming the 1998 NCAA cross country individual title and earning two NCAA titles during the 1998 NCAA Indoor Championships in the 3,000-meter run and the distance medley relay. She earned a total of eight NCAA All-America honors -- cross country (2), outdoor track (3) and indoor track (3). During her track and field career at Michigan, she helped U-M to four Big Ten titles, with back-to-back team titles during indoor and outdoor seasons in 1998 and 1999. She was a three-time All-Big Ten selection, earning first team honors in 1999 and second team honors in both 1998 and 1999.
McGregor was named the Big Ten's Cross Country Athlete of the Year twice (1997, '98) as well as the Big Ten's Cross Country Freshman of the Year in 1995. She won two Big Ten cross country individual titles (1997, '98) and was the winner of the Honda Sports Award in 1998 and Michigan's Female Athlete of the Year in 1999.
Following her collegiate career, McGregor was a member of the U.S. world cross country team for six straight seasons (2003-08). At the 2002 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, she won bronze in the 10,000 meters, and she was fourth in the 10,000 meters at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials. She won the 10,000 meters at the 2005 USA Outdoor Championships as well as back-to-back USA Women's 10K Championships (2005, '06). McGregor was inducted in the Michigan Women's Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2007.
Messner was a two-time All-America selection, starting all 49 games of his career after redshirting the 1984 season. He was a four-time All-Big Ten first teamer, joining Steve Hutchinson as the only Wolverines in U-M history to earn first team honors all four years. He helped U-M compile a 38-8-2 record, was part of two Big Ten championship teams (1986, '88), and helped Michigan record three bowl wins -- 1986 Fiesta Bowl (W, 27-23, Nebraska), 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl (W, 28-24, Alabama) and 1989 Rose Bowl (W, 22-14, USC). He was named the MVP of the 1986 Fiesta Bowl after registering nine tackles, forcing a fumble and recovering another in the win over Nebraska.
The 1988 team captain and 1988 Rotary Lombardi Award finalist, Messner remains U-M's all-time leader in tackles for loss in a career (376) and in a season (70). He also is the all-time leader in career sacks (36) and holds the single-game record with five against Northwestern (Oct. 31, 1987). He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams and played in four career games.
The U-M Athletics Hall of Honor was established in 1978 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions as athletes, coaches and administrators to the tradition of Wolverine athletics and, in doing so, have enhanced the image and reputation of the University of Michigan.
Those student-athletes inducted into the Hall of Honor have met the following criteria, listed in order of importance: University of Michigan graduate; NCAA champion or national championship team member; All-American; national or conference player of the year; individual or team Big Ten champion; all-conference award recipient; U-M, Big Ten, NCAA, World, U.S. or Olympic record holder; U-M team captain; Olympic team member or medalist.
The following criteria will be considered when selecting coaches: National Coach of the Year; NCAA team championship; coach of NCAA individual champions; previous induction into specific sport hall of fame.
Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423