January 30, 2012

Saint Leo University to Induct Five at 2012 Hall of Fame Ceremony

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University Department of Athletics has announced the names of the five new members who will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame at the 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the Saint Leo Student Community Center. The evening will feature a reception commencing at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and the induction ceremony. The event is sponsored by Bright House Networks.

The newest members of the Saint Leo Athletics Hall of Fame include influential Sports Information Director and Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame member Walt Riddle, as well as Saint Leo College baseball standout Brian Krot (’99). The duo will be joined by University-era women’s basketball star September Harrison (’04) and softball All-American Katie Heintz (’06). The Lions will also posthumously honor Saint Leo Prep School basketball and track performer James Thomas “Tiny” Johns (’49).

The Saint Leo Hall of Fame was organized by former Athletic Director Dr. Norm Kaye in 1986-87. Committee members include a broad representation of the University’s alumni as well as the administration, faculty and athletic department.

The purpose of the Saint Leo Hall of Fame is to honor former students, coaches and administrators who excelled in Saint Leo athletics in the Prep School, Junior College, four-year College or University. Its purpose is to perpetuate the memory of those persons who have brought distinction, honor and excellence to Saint Leo athletics and familiarize the entire campus community and alumni with the University’s rich athletic history.

Tickets for the event are available for $35 per person. Click here to register and purchase tickets for the event.  For more information on the 2012 Saint Leo Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, please contact Saint Leo Associate Athletic Director John Semeraro at (352) 588-8223 or at john.semeraro@saintleo.edu.

(Inductees and Achievements Listed Below)

SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY 2012 HALL OF FAME CLASS

Walt Riddle Walt Riddle (Staff)
Sports Information Director

  • Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame Member
  • Saint Leo University Sports Information Director, Director of Athletic Marketing, Green & Gold Club Creator and Coordinator, 2001-2011
  • Sunshine State Conference Assistant Commissioner and Sports Information Director, 1990-2001
  • Saint Leo College Sports Information Director and Special Events Coordinator, 1989-1990
  • College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
  • CoSIDA 25-Year Award of Excellence Recipient
  • Saint Leo Hall of Fame Committee Chair, 2002-2011
  • Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame Committee Chair, 1991-2001
  • Honorary Lifetime Member of CoSIDA
  • Chair of CoSIDA Convention in Orlando, Fla.
  • Former member of the CoSIDA Board and Social Committee
  • Mentored multiple aspiring students into successful Athletic Communications professionals
  • Winner of five State of Florida Sports Writer awards
  • National award winner for magazine article writing
  • Honored by College Football Coaches Association
  • Honored by North Carolina high schools and college for contributions to athletics
  • Honored by North Carolina Tennis Foundation for tennis coverage
  • Dedicated over a half-century to covering high school and college athletics

 

 




 

 

Brian Krot

Brian Krot ’99 (College)
Baseball

  • Named American Baseball Coach Association (ABCA) All-America, 1999
  • Named ABCA All-South Region, 1999
  • Named First Team All-Sunshine State Conference (SSC), 1999
  • Selected as Saint Leo Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 1999
  • Named as the top senior in the Sunshine State Conference, 1999
  • Graduated Cum Laude and held a 3.50 grade point average
  • Had a dream season in 1999 as he led the SSC in hitting with a .429 average.
  • Stands third in the SSC for hits in a single season (102) and ninth overall in single-season batting average
  • Helped Saint Leo earn a selection to the 1999 NCAA Tournament
  • Twice named to the GTE All-District Academic team, 1998-1999
  • Selected to the Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society and a Dean’s List member
  • Graduated from Saint Leo College with a degree in Business Administration in 1999

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

September Harrison September Harrison ’04 (University)
Basketball

  • Earned Daktronics Third Team All-America, 2004
  • Member of Saint Leo career 1,000-point Club (1,252) and Career 500 Rebounds Club (603)
  • Nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, 2004
  • Two-time All-South Region selection
  • Two-time All-Sunshine State Conference selection
  • Led the SSC in scoring, 2004
  • Selected SSC Player of the Week twice in her career
  • Named to SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll member as a junior and senior
  • Holds the Saint Leo single season record for most points (610), and highest scoring average (21.8)
  • Stands first in career free throws made (310), fifth in career scoring and fourth in both career scoring average (15.3) and career rebounds at Saint Leo
  • Tallied most points scored in a single game (36) against Webber, 2004
  • First on the team in field goals made (215), FGP (.440), free throws made (172), attempted (239) and FT percentage (.719), rebounds (263) and rebound average, steals (70) and scoring average as a senior 
  • First in free throws made (87), steals (66) and scoring average as junior
  • First in steals as a sophomore (54)
  • Co-captain as senior
  • Member of Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and school newspaper staff
  • 2004 Winner of Black History Maker Award
  • Graduated from Saint Leo University in 2004 with a degree in English.
  • Graduated with a 3.30 grade point average

 

 




 

 

Katie Heintz Katie Heintz ’06 (University)
Softball

  • Named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team All-America, 2006; NFCA Third Team All-America, 2005
  • NFCA All-South Region First Team 2005, 2006; NFCA All-South Region Second Team 2004
  • All-Sunshine State Conference (SSC) First Team in 2005 and 2006; Second Team, 2004
  • SSC Silver Anniversary Team selection
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District, 2005, 2006
  • 9-time Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week
  • First all-time in earned run average (0.89), second in wins (82), first in strikeouts (1,209), third in complete games (103), second in shutouts (44), third in innings pitched (853.3), second in appearances (147) and second in win percentage (.651) at Saint Leo
  • NCAA Division II record for most combined strikeouts in a game (45)
  • Tied national record for most strikeouts in a single game (23)
  • Fifth all-time nationally in total strikeouts (1,209)
  • Accumulated a 3.6 grade point average
  • Saint Leo University Board of Trustees Student Representative, 2004-2006
  • Saint Leo University Honors Program 2003-2006
  • Tri-Beta (Biology Honor’s Society) 2005-2006
  • General Chemistry Student of the Year Award, 2003
  • Saint Leo University President’s Club, 2003, 2004, 2006
  • Saint Leo University Dean’s List member in 2003 and 2006
  • Graduated from Saint Leo University with a degree in Biology in 2006

 




 

 

James Thomas “Tiny” Johns, ’49 (Prep School)
Basketball/Track
Posthumously

  • Jim was the imposing and capable 6’6” center on the Saint Leo Prep School basketball team for three years, helping the team to a pair of state championships as a junior and senior
  • He set school records in the shot put and discus on the track team and won state crowns in both events
  • He was a well-rounded student, playing in the campus dance band, in the Drama Club and was a writer for the school newspaper
  • He served proudly in the United States Marines during the Korean Conflict, but was severely injured in both legs
  • Jim returned to civilian life and became a police officer in St. Petersburg, but had to leave the force when work became too dangerous and his leg injuries worsen.
  • Ranching and the oil business kept him busy until he passed away in 1986