Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame Welcomes 11 New Members

Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame Welcomes 11 New Members

The 2014 Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame Class (Dave Silverman).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On Friday, Oct. 10, Harvard Athletics recognized 11 new members inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame at a dinner and ceremony held at the Harvard Club of Boston. Below is a brief recap of each inductee’s accomplishments during their respective Harvard careers.

Judy Collins ’99 – Field Hockey
Among the most prolific field hockey players to ever don the Crimson, Collins remains the record holder in a number of categories. Collins remains among the top of the Crimson’s all-time career points list (102), career goals (43), points in a season (42) and goals in a season (19). A two-time second team All-American, Collins was named to the all-region squad three times and graced the All-Ivy League team each of her four seasons in Cambridge.

A.J. Mleczko Griswold ’97-’99 – Women’s Ice Hockey
The Harvard women’s hockey team captured the 1999 AWCHA national championships in large part due to the outstanding contributions of co-captian Mleczko. The 1999 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and USA Hockey Bob Allen Women’s Player of the Year winner led the nation with 114 points, en route to also being named the ECAC Player of the Year and earning a spot on the All-America first team. She made an impact early in her career as the 1994 ECAC Rookie of the Year, while earning a spot on the 1995 and 1999 All-ECAC team later in her career. She won a pair of medals playing for the USA Olympic Team, capturing gold in 1998 and silver in 2002.

Tim Hill ’99 – Men’s Basketball
A constant on the hard wood for the Crimson during his playing days, Hill started all 103 games of his four-year career. Recognized by the Ivy League each of those four years, Hill was named the Ancient Eight’s Rookie of the Year in 1996. His sophomore and junior seasons were noted with selections to the All-Ivy League second team, while his career culminated with a selection to the first team as a senior. The 1999 season brought a slew of awards for Hill, as he was named the Bob Cousy Award and Chip Hilton Award winner. In addition, he earned a spot on the NABC All-District second team, as well as being recognized for his academic achievement with a selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-America second team.

Frank Hogan ’97 – Baseball
Hogan was a force on the hill for the Crimson, garnering three All-Ivy League nods, including a pair of first team selections. In 1997, riding an 8-2 overall record and a 5-0 mark against the Ancient Eight, Hogan was named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year. An excellent 34-16 season in 1997, highlighted by an 18-2 mark in the Ivy League, culminated in a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Harvard knocked off Army in the play-in series and then with Hogan starting the Crimson’s first game of the NCAA Midwest Regional against No. 4 UCLA, Harvard downed the Bruins, 7-2.

Emily Stauffer Keenan ’98 – Women’s Soccer
Harvard women’s soccer program was a beacon of success in the mid-90’s, and leading the charge for the Crimson was Stauffer. As an individual, Stauffer was honored for her exceptional play with four first team All-Ivy League selections, as well as four All-America nods. In 1994, she was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and earned honorable mention All-America status. Her sophomore and junior campaigns brought Ivy League Player of the Year accolades, as well as selection to the All-America first team. Those two years were also highlighted with the Crimson bringing home the Ivy League Championship. Her career came to a conclusion with an All-America second team choice in 1998. Her 36 career assists is still the top mark in program history.

Aleksey N. Kurmakov ’99 – Men’s Swimming & Diving
Decorated and successful would be fitting descriptions of Kurmakov’s career at Harvard. At the highest level, Kurmakov obtained All-America status three times and All-America honorable mention four more times. His Ivy League accolades feature eight first team selections and an additional seven to the second team. On three occasions, Kermakov was named All-ECAC in the 200M freestyle and captured the 100M freestyle title in 1999. His individual successes helped Harvard secure the EISL Team Championship four years straight from 1996-99.

Naomi Suntal Miller ’99 – Women’s Soccer
The only program with two inductees this year, Harvard women’s soccer from the 1990’s is showcased with Miller joining Stauffer as an inductee. Miller helped lead the Crimson to Ivy League championships in three consecutive seasons from 1995-97. A consistent offensive threat for the Crimson, Miller was named to the All-Ivy League first team in each of her four seasons, earning Rookie of the Year recognition in 1995 and Player of the Year honors in 1997. Miller garnered national attention in 1996 when she earned a spot on the All-America first team.

Darin J. Shearer ’96 – Men’s Track and Field
Shearer accumulated eight All-Ivy League honors, four first team and four second team, as member of the Harvard track and field squad. The 1996 season proved to be a banner year for Shearer, as his steeplechase time of 8:45.02 remains the school record in that event. His record-setting performance led to an All-American selection in the steeplechase in 1996. Shearer also qualified for the Olympics trials the same year.

David Twite ’84 – Men’s Volleyball
Twite becomes the first men’s volleyball player to be inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame. A dominant player, Twite earned his first of two All-Ivy League selections in 1983, paving the way for the Crimson to capture its first-ever Ivy League team championship. Twite was named to three All-Ivy League teams during his career, earning a second-team nod in 1982 and another first team selection in 1984. In addition to Ancient Eight recognition, Twote was a first team ECVL choice in 1983 and second team member in 1984.

Ivy Wang ’99 – Women’s Tennis
Wang and her teammates proved almost unflappable against its Ivy League competition over the course of her career at Harvard. The Crimson earned Ivy League Championships in 1996, 1998 and 1999 going a perfect 7-0 against its conferences foes in those seasons. Wang garnered a spot on the All-Ivy League singles first team in her first three seasons and a second team slot in her final campaign, as well as being named to the All-Ivy League doubles first team in 1998. She boasted Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors in 1996 and went on to be spotlighted as the Player of the Year in 1998.

Michael L. Zimmerman ’99 – Men’s Water Polo
A second sport with its first Hall of Fame induction this year is men’s water polo, as Zimmerman takes his spot among Harvard’s most outstanding athletes. A member of the 1997 United States National Team, Zimmerman returned to Harvard in 1998 to become the first player in program history to be named a first team All-American. His selection came two years after picking up honorable mention All-America status.