SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University inducted eight new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame at ceremonies on Thursday eveing at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
Inductees in the Class of 2017 included Lauren Hudson '09 (women's soccer), Matt Harkins '95 (men's soccer), Erin Brunt Kinberger '07 (softball), Michelle Nogueras '10 (volleyball), Asmir Pervan '07 (men's soccer), Jordan Prais '10 (men's basketball), John Semeraro '05 (men's golf), and Bob Sullivan (coach/administrator).
"I want to congratulate our eight outstanding Hall of Fame inductees for 2017. While they have many incredible and outstanding athletic accomplishments to their credit, when talking about them with former teammates, coaches and players, you hear much more about their leadership, character, dedication and commitment to excellence. They represent all that is great about Saint Leo, its mission, and values. They are picture perfect examples for our current student-athletes to emulate and model as they continue their journey at Saint Leo. These inductees helped Saint Leo athletics improve, grow, and prosper," said Francis X. Reidy, Saint Leo's director of athletics and chair of the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, and 2008 inductee into the Saint Leo Athletic Hall of Fame.
"I am thrilled for each of them to have this great honor bestowed upon them, and thank them for all they have done for Saint Leo and continue to do as alumni," said Reidy.
Lauren Hudson '09 continues to set the standard among Saint Leo women's soccer keepers. An NSCAA Third Team All-American and four-time All-Sunshine State Conference honoree, she holds program career records for fewest goals allowed (67) and lowest goals against average (0.89), despite also holding records for most games (73) and minutes played (5,675). Hudson is second among career saves leaders with 294, and her 29 career shutouts lead all Saint Leo goalkeepers.
Matt Harkins '95 was a two-time All-Sunshine State Conference selection out of the back line as a sophomore and junior and served as team captain during his senior campaign. He charted five assists, four of which came during his junior season in 1993, and his 74 games played was a program record at the time of his graduation. He is best remembered for his leadership skills guiding the Lions through the passing of teammate Jason Kessler during the summer of his junior year.
Erin Brunt Kinberger '07 captured All-Sunshine State Conference honors all four seasons she wore the Green and Gold as the program's top catcher. She was the battery-mate for Saint Leo Hall of Fame pitcher Katie Heintz '06 during three of those seasons, including the 2006 season that saw Brunt pick up All-South Region honors. Brunt finished her career ranked fourth among career doubles leaders with 40. Known as a fiery competitor during her playing career, she now instills that drive into a new generation of Saint Leo softball players as the program's head coach.
Michelle Nogueras '10 was the catalyst that transformed Saint Leo volleyball from an also-ran into a perennial conference contender. The three-time AVCA All-American setter and four-time All-Sunshine State Conference selection still holds the program record with 5,373 assists, an average of 10.43 per set. She also ranks second among career digs leaders with 1,412, and third in career aces with 183. Before Nogueras' arrival, Saint Leo volleyball had never finished higher than third in the SSC; she guided the Lions to their first four NCAA tournament appearances and the program's first conference crown in 2009.
Asmir Pervan '07 tallied 44 goals and 15 assists for 103 points over his four seasons with Saint Leo men's soccer, finishing his career ranked third among all-time goals and points leaders. He earned NSCAA Second Team All-America honors in 2005 while leading the Lions to their first NCAA tournament appearance; he was also tabbed with Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year honors. During his junior season, Pervan led the country in points per game with 3.0 and ranked second in the nation in goals per game with 1.29.
Jordan Prais '10 finished his Saint Leo career with 1,820 points, the most of any men's basketball player to play all four years in Saint Leo's Division II era. He earned All-Sunshine State Conference all four seasons and was the conference's Freshman of the Year in 2007. He continues to hold Saint Leo's all-time records for rebounds (878), and free throws made (496), and is 10th among career blocks leaders with 67.
John Semeraro '05 was a dual-sport athlete for Saint Leo, playing men's soccer for three seasons and competing in men's golf for all four years. He was a three-time Saint Leo Male Athlete of the Year (2003, 2004, and 2005), and earned Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in each of those three seasons. Semeraro's best post-season outing in men's golf came in 2005 when he finished tied for 17th overall at the Sunshine State Conference Men's Golf Championship. His greatest contributions as a student-athlete came from his leadership on campus; Semeraro's involvement with Saint Leo's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) eventually led to him becoming chair of the NCAA Division II SAAC in 2005. He was the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 2005.
Bob Sullivan served as Saint Leo's first junior college baseball coach from 1961 to 1966 and became the first coach of a four-year program as Saint Leo transitioned to becoming a four-year institution in 1966. He also served as assistant men's basketball coach under Hall of Famer George Sullivan and was the first chair of the Physical Education department at Saint Leo. Described as a mainstay of Saint Leo Athletics during the institution's development as a two-year and later a four-year college, Sullivan laid the foundation for future growth in Saint Leo athletics.
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