The 45th annual University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame banquet will take place Thursday April 11th, 2013 at Jungle Island on Key Biscayne and the list of inductees has been announced — included, three members of the Hurricanes football family and four other UM legends. For details on the banquet, visit UMSportsHallofFame.com.
Ed Contreras – (Baseball, 1957-1959) – One of Miami’s first sluggers, he led the Canes in home runs and RBI’s all 3 seasons (19 HRs, 67 RBIs in 77 games) and led in batting in 1958 (.316) and 1959 (.310). Ed left Miami holding the career home run and RBI records. Still holds UM career slugging percentage record of .615 for under 300 at bats. Played under legendary major league player, UM Coach Jimmy Foxx, and also played basketball for UMSHoF member Coach Bruce Hale.
Ken Dorsey – (Football, 1999-2002) – Led the Hurricanes to their fifth National Championship in 2001, as MVP of the 2002 Rose Bowl. Selected a 2002 All American by the American Football Coaches Association and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002. Set eight UM career records total offense, passing yards, passing TD’s, completions and attempts. The winningest quarterback in school history (38-2), Ken won the 2001 Maxwell Award as the top player in college football. He is the only Miami quarterback to defeat the rival Seminoles three times.
Bryan Gillooly – (Diving, 1994-1998) – Bryan is a two-time NCAA diving champion, winning the 10 meter platform title in 1996 and the 3-meter springboard in 1998. He was named an All American TWELVE times, garnering the honors all four years at Miami in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards and the 10-meter platform(1995, ’96, ’97, ’98), he was named the 1996 NCAA Diver of the Year. A 1996-97 BIG EAST Academic All Star and a finalist at 1996 and 2000 Olympic Diving Trials.
Norm Parsons - (Administration / Coaching, 1972-2012) – Coached the women’s golf team to National Championships in 1977 and 1978. Served as women’s golf coach from 1973-1978 and men’s golf coach 1980-1988. Norm has served the University as Director of the Herbert Wellness Center (1996-present), Director of Campus Sports and Recreation (1977-1996), and Intramural Director (1972-73) among other positions. Coached UMSHoF members Cathy Morse, Woody Austin, and Nathaniel Crosby.
Brett Romberg – (Football, 1999-2002) – Brett was named the 2002 Rimington Award winner as the finest center in college football, and a consensus All American (2002). Selected a First Team All BIG EAST member in 2001 and 2002. Never allowed a sack as the Hurricanes center. The Canes went 35-2 in the 37 consecutive starts he made to end his career, winning the 2001 National Championship and three BIG EAST titles with Brett calling the signals for the offensive line. He joins his quarterback Ken Dorsey in bring selected to the Hall.
Don Soldinger – (Coach, 1984-88 & 1995-2005) – Don served as linebackers and tight ends coach for UMSHoF member Coach Jimmy Johnson from 1984-1988 and running backs and special teams from 1995-2005, winning a National Championship in both stints (1987 & 2001). Coached 6 of the 7 UM runners to gain 1,000 yards in a season (Willis McGahee, UMSHoF member Edgerrin James (twice), Clinton Portis, Danyell Ferguson, Frank Gore and James Jackson)
Jay Tessmer – (Baseball, 1994-1995) – Named a 1995 First Team Collegiate Baseball All American after outstanding year where he collected 20 saves (tied for 2nd most in school history) and had a 1.31 ERA to lead UMSHoF member Coach Jim Morris’ Canes to the College World Series. His career ERA of 1.24 is second in school history, and he holds the UM record of fewest walks in 9 inning average (1.42 avg. with 23 walks in 145.1 innings pitched). Has second most appearances by a pitcher in a season (45 in 1995). Jay is fifth in career saves with 23.