Sports Digest

New Staff

As U of L continues to address gender equity and increase opportunities for women in sports at Louisville, and as the school works to overcome recent NCAA rules violations, Athletic Director Tom Jurich has made several key personnel moves. Julie Hermann has been hired as senior woman administrator. She previously worked as head women’s volleyball coach at the University of Tennessee and most recently as assistant coach of Team USA Volleyball, preparing the nation’s top players for the Olympics. Jill Reeve has been named U of L’s first full-time field hockey coach and will oversee a staff of two full-time assistants, another first for the program. Reeve, captain of the United States Field Hockey Team, previously worked as assistant coach at Penn State. Both Hermann and Reeve will maintain affiliations with their respective national teams, a move that Jurich welcomes. "They can provide our programs with a wonderful opportunity for both national and international recognition," he says. A third newcomer to the U of L administrative staff is Neil Brooks, associate athletic director for compliance. Brooks, who left a similar post at the University of Maryland, will work to establish a comprehensive plan to maintain strict adherence to NCAA rules.


Hall of Fame

Seven former Cardinal basketball and football stars and a veteran basketball coach were inducted into the U of L Athletic Hall of Fame in February. Valerie Owens Combs, the first woman in U of L history to sign a national letter-of-intent in basketball, helped the Lady Cards win the 1979 Metro Conference title. Jerry Eaves was a starting guard on U of L’s 1980 NCAA Championship team. Jeff Hall started at guard for the 1986 NCAA title team. Mike Lawhon was a starter for Denny Crum’s 1972 Final Four squad that met UCLA. Former men’s basketball coach Jerry Jones was part of two NCAA titles, five Final Four teams, and a 16 U of L NCAA tournament appearances. Ed Harmon was an all-Missouri Valley Conference selection and a second-team all-American linebacker in 1967. Frank Minnifield led the NCAA in kickoff returns in 1981 and punt returns in 1982, then became an All-Pro player for the Cleveland Browns. David Rivenbark was a defensive halfback and a record-setting tight end for the Cards.


Retired Jerseys

In January, four Cardinal basketball greats were honored at Freedom Hall as their jerseys were retired. George Hauptfuhrer helped lead the first two teams coached by Peck Hickman to an outstanding 38-9 record. Kenny Reeves was a starting guard on the Cards’ 1948 NAIB Championship team. Rodney McCray is one of just four U of L players to surpass both 1,000 career points and rebounds. Alfred "Butch" Beard earned All-America honors in 1968-69 and totalled 1,580 career points.


Special Honors

In February, U of L fans Harry (a U of L trustee) and Nancy Jones were presented with the Hickman-Camp Award, the highest honor given to fans by the athletic department. The award is named in honor of former men’s basketball coach Peck Hickman and the late football coach Frank Camp.


Stadium Parking Plan  

U of L has developed a special access and parking plan for the new Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium that will feature pre-paid season parking passes for the lots controlled by the university, a system of three one-way routes, and a comprehensive plan for handicapped parking and access to the new stadium.

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