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WEST POINT, N.Y. – Former men’s basketball player and coach Mike Krzyzewski is among the eight individuals who have been chosen for induction into the Army Sports Hall of Fame, Athletics Director Kevin Anderson announced on Wednesday.
Krzyzewski, who earned three letters as a player and then guided the team for five years, is joined in West Point’s sixth induction class by Bill Carpenter (football/lacrosse), Ralph Chesnauskas (football, hockey and baseball), Tracy Hanlon (track and field and women’s basketball), Ray Murphy (Athletic Director, lacrosse, basketball, football), Nicki Robbins (softball), Jack Rust (lacrosse) and Thomas Truxtun (lacrosse and men’s soccer).
The Class of 2009 encompasses nine sports and the second administrator to earn distinction in the Hall of Fame. Among the many accomplishments of the group are three Army Athletic Association Award winners, inductees into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, an athletic director that retired with the rank of Major General, a three-time Patriot League Player of the Year, a five-time All-American and a three-time All-American selection.
“The committee did a wonderful job of rewarding athletes and coaches who have made great contributions to Army athletics,” Anderson said. “This class covers a wide spectrum of accomplishments, from a variety of sports and eras, and we are looking forward to honoring this very deserving group.”
The announcement of the Army Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2009 marked the end of a lengthy process that began in the winter. A 10-member selection committee, representing athletic administrators, academic administrators, former West Point athletes, graduates and representatives from the Association of Graduates began the process of developing a workable list from the thousands of athletes, coaches and administrators that have represented the Academy on the “fields of friendly strife.” Only athletes that graduated from the Academy and those five years removed from their playing and coaching days are eligible.
In addition, the committee followed a charter that was established to support the Army Sports Hall of Fame that profiled a myriad of strict eligibility requirements for former cadet-athletes, coaches and administrators to be eligible. “Primary” consideration for election is granted to accomplishments during an individual’s tenure as an athlete, coach or administrator while at West Point. Honors attained that pre- or post-date Academy careers are given “secondary” consideration. Once the selection committee finalized its recommended list, the names were forward to West Point’s Athletic Committee for review and ratification before being passed on to Superintendent Lt. Gen. Franklin L. Hagenbeck for final approval.
“We certainly owe a debt of gratitude to the selection committee and Gen. Hagenbeck for all of their hard work so that we continue to recognize those who have made significant contributions to our athletics program,” noted Anderson.
A 1969 graduate, Krzyzewski was the team captain his senior season and earned three letters while helping the squad to two trips to the National Invitational Tournament. He took over as head coach in 1975 and posted a 73-59 mark during his five-year tenure. Among the highlights of his time on the West Point sidelines was a trip to the NIT in 1978, Army’s most recent berth in that prestigious tournament.
Krzyzewski departed Army for the head coaching position at Duke in 1980. He won three national championships (1991, 1992 and 2001) and was enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame after winning his third title for the Blue Devils. He recently won his 800th career game and also led the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team to a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Games.
Carpenter, a 1960 graduate, played three seasons of varsity football and earned national acclaim as the Black Knights’ “Lonely End” when legendary coach Earl “Red” Blaik unveiled his innovative offensive alignment in 1958. A first team All-America choice in 1959, Carpenter graduated with an Academy-record 65 career receptions, 20 more than previous standard-bearer and fellow Hall of Famer Glenn Davis (45). Carpenter became the first Army receiver to surpass 1,000 yards receiving with 1,044 yards during his tenure. Also an All-American lacrosse player, Carpenter was a Schmeisser Memorial Cup honoree as the nation’s top defenseman in 1960.
A captain of the 1959 squad, Carpenter set a single-season yardage mark his final season with 591 yards. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame in 1982, was awarded the Distinguished American of the Year honor by the Walter Camp Football Foundation in 1984 and was presented with the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award a year later.
Carpenter achieved the rank of Lieutenant General and in 1966 was recommended for the nation’s highest military honors for gallantry and service in Vietnam. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
Chesnauskas, a 1956 graduate, won the prestigious AAA Award following a stellar career that included nine letters, three each in football, hockey and baseball. On the gridiron, Chesnauskas was a guard who earned first team All-American honors in 1954, was selected to participate in the 1955 North-South Shrine Game and was a part of 18 victories. Chesnauskas, who served as hockey team captain as a senior, netted seven points off of four goals and three assists and was part of 29 wins as a standout defenseman for Hall of Fame coach Jack Riley. Hanlon also earned AAA honors, winning the award upon her graduation in 1984. She was a two-sport stand out in indoor and outdoor track and field and women’s basketball.
The record-setting Hanlon was a five-time All-American on the track, earning citations each of her four seasons, including two in her final campaign. She was the NAIA outdoor champion in the long jump in 1982 and still holds four Academy records in the pentathlon, heptathlon, javelin and 100-meter hurdles. A team captain her senior season, Hanlon graduated as the school-record holder in the 60-meter high hurdles. On the hardwood, Hanlon earned two varsity letters and set a single-game record with 32 points against Fordham her sophomore season. The mark currently lists as the school’s eighth highest single-game total.
Murphy, a 1942 graduate, is being honored for his work as an administrator and as a nine-time varsity letterwinner. He earned three letters each in football, basketball and lacrosse while being named the AAA winner. As a member of Army’s football team, Murphy served as team captain his senior season and started at guard on both sides of the ball. He helped the lacrosse team to a 23-6 mark, including three wins against Navy. He served five campaigns as commander of II Field Force Artillery and as Chief of Staff of II Field Force in Vietnam before retiring as a Major General in 1975.
Murphy was twice chosen to work as West Point’s Athletic Director. His first stint as an administrator occurred from 1963-66 when Army compiled a winning percentage of .755. Among his hires was a young basketball coach, Robert Knight, who was among last year’s inductees into the Army Sports Hall of Fame. Murphy was honored in 1967 with Sports Illustrated’s 25th anniversary “All-America” award.
The Chief of Staff of the Army singled out Murphy to direct Army’s athletic program for a second time from 1977 to 1980.
Robbins, a 2002 graduate, is among the most recent cadet-athletes to earn Hall of Fame recognition and her softball accolades are the primary reason. She was a three-time Patriot League Player of the Year, four-time Patriot League first team all-star, four-time first team Mid-Atlantic Region all-star, 2002 Most Valuable Player of the Patriot League Tournament and a two-time ECAC first team all-star.
Robbins led the country in doubles per game in 2001 (0.47), listed sixth in batting, 21st in slugging percentage and ranked as the 15th toughest player to strikeout in 2001. She was also ranked nationally in batting and doubles per game her senior season. She closed out her Army career first in home runs, total bases, hits, walks, batting average, RBI, doubles, games played and at-bats while ranking second in runs and triples. She was a member of two NCAA Regional qualifying teams.
A 1949 graduate, Rust was a four-year letterwinner as a lacrosse goalie who earned three All-America citations. A team co-captain as a senior, Rust led Army to a 32-11-1 (.739) mark during his four seasons in goal and participated in the 1949 North-South All-Star game.
He stands fifth all-time in saves with 491, was named a first team All-American in 1948 and was a second team choice in 1947 and 1949. Army’s lacrosse program honors Rust by giving out an award in his name to each year’s top defensive player.
Truxtun, a 1937 graduate, was a three-time letterwinner in both soccer and lacrosse. He served as team captain of the lacrosse team his senior season. He was the lacrosse team’s first three-time first team All-American and helped the squad to a 24-3-1 mark, including two wins against Navy. He was also a three-year starter for the soccer team and played for the plebe team in both sports.
Truxtun achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before he was killed in action in the Philippines in 1945 and was posthumously inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1970. The Truxtun Lacrosse Center houses the Army lacrosse team’s locker rooms, training facility, team room and coaches offices.
Army Sports Hall of Fame Members
2009 Induction Class
Bill Carpenter, Football
Ralph Chesnauskas, Football
Tracy Hanlon, Track and Field
Mike Krzyzewski, Men’s Basketball
Ray Murphy, Athletic Director
Nicki Robbins, Softball
Jack Rust, Lacrosse
Thomas Truxtun, Lacrosse
2008 Induction Class
Bob Knight, Men’s Basketball Coach
Mike Silliman, Basketball
Curt Alitz, Cross Country, Track and Field
George Clark, Hockey
Ted Kanamine, Swimming and Diving
John Boretti, Baseball
Arnold Tucker, Football
Jose Olivero, Lacrosse
Alexis Albano, Soccer
Richard Shelton, Pistol
Distinguished Service Award: Gus Fishburne
2007 Induction Class
Tom Cafaro, Lacrosse
Alma Jo Cobb, Track & Field
Barry DeBolt, Baseball
Arnold Galiffa, Football
Charles Oliver, Men’s Tennis
Carl Ullrich, Athletic Director
"Lighthorse” Harry Wilson, Football
Distinguished Service Awards: Herb Lichtenberg, Lou Gross and Lou Zickel
2006 Induction Class
Robert Anderson, Football
Richard Bowman, Fencing
Peter Cramblet, Lacrosse
Charles Daly, Football
Donald Holleder, Football
Kevin Houston, Basketball
Colleen McCabe, Softball
David Merhar, Hockey
Richard Oehrlein, Squash
Walter Oehrlein, Squash
Stephen Reich, Baseball
Distinguished Service Award: Morris Herbert
2005 Induction Class
Daniel Browne, Track and Field, Cross Country
Joseph Casey, Soccer
Edgar Doug McKenna, Jr., Football
Deann Machlen, Volleyball
Steven Marshall, Gymnastics
Michael Mayweather, Football
Dennis Michie, Football Coach
Leo Novak, Track and Field, Cross Country and Basketball Coach
Pamela Pearson, Basketball
Holly Pedley, Soccer
David Rost, Hockey
Joseph Steffy, Jr., Football
Eric Tipton, Baseball and Sprint Football Coach
Gary Winton, Men’s Basketball
2004 Induction Class
Earl “Red” Blaik, Football
Felix “Doc” Blanchard, Jr., Football
Glenn Davis, Football
Peter Dawkins, Football
Cliff Natvig, Wrestling
Robert Neyland, Jr., Baseball
Elmer Oliphant. Football
Joseph Palone, Men’s Soccer Coach
John Riley, Jr., Hockey Coach
John Roosma, Men’s Basketball
Robert Sears, Gymnastics
Richard Shea, Jr., Track and Field
Francis Morris Touchstone, Lacrosse
John VanSant, Swimming and Diving
Elexa Willis, Track and Field
Ann Marie Wycoff, Swimming and Diving
*Please note only the primary sport of the inductees is listed