Arizona State University released their list of 10 former athletes who will be inducted in the school's Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Qualification, according to the ASU web site, is based on "one or more of the following criteria: all-America recognition; NCAA champion; world record setter; Olympic medal; NCAA statistical leader; and significant contribution to sports and graduation. Athletes become eligible for enshrinement 10 years after their senior class has graduated."
Archuleta might be the best-known of this year's Hall of Fame class, but don't tell basketball player Kurt Nimphius (pictured below with an awesome late 70's mustache) along with representatives of baseball, soccer, wrestling, softball and golf.
Here's the full list of 2011 inductees:
- Adam Archuleta, Football / 1997-2000 Archuleta ranks fourth in school history with 54 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He recorded 330 tackles (202 solos) with 14 quarterback sacks, six fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles during his four year career. As a senior, Archuleta was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and was a First-team All-Pac-10 Conference selection as a linebacker.
- Mike Benjamin, Baseball / 1986-1987 Benjamin earned All-America and All-Pac-10 honors in 1987. He was one of five Sun Devils to hit above .300 in 1987 with a .327 average, 18 home runs and 55 runs batted in.
- Lucy Casarez, Softball / 1979-1982 Casarez is a four-time all-conference pitcher. She owns ASU career records for victories (81), second in strikeouts (806), innings pitched (837 1/3) and winning percentage (.727).
- Kurt Nimphius, Men's Basketball / 1976-1980 Earned all-Pacific-10 honors as a senior while leading team in scoring (16.6), rebounding (9.6) and field goal percentage (.609). Nimphius owns school records for highest single-season (60.9) and career (58.6) field goal percentage marks.
- Grace Park, Women's Golf / 1998-2000 Park was named Player of the Year and All-American her freshman year of 1998. That season she won the U.S. Women's Amateur plus the other two "amateur majors" of women's golf, the first golfer to win all three since Patty Berg in 1938. By the middle of 1999, Park had amassed 55 tournament wins in junior, collegiate and amateur competitions.
- Townsend Saunders, Wrestling / 1989-1990 During his two years at ASU, Saunders was a two time Pac-10 champion and two time all-American with a career record of 77-9. In 1989, Saunders finished second at the national championships to earn his first all-American honors in a Sun Devil uniform.
- Marvel Smith, Football / 1997-1999 Named First-Team All-American by Football News as a senior in 1999. Smith was a Second-Team AP All-American and a Third-Team All-America selection by Sporting News that year. He earned First-Team All-Pac-10 honors in 1999 after receiving honorable mention in 1998.
- Stacey Tullock, Soccer / 1998-2000 In 2000, Tullock was a U21 National Team member. She earned second-team All-American honors by the NSCAA, Soccer America and Soccer Buzz. Tullock was a first-team all-region selection by Soccer Buzz , second-team all-region by the NSCAA, and first-team All-Pac-10 choice. Arizona State's all-time leader in goals (44), game-winning goals (15), assists (19) and total points (107).
- Molly Tuter, Women's Basketball / 1994-1997 Third leading scorer in program history with 1,374 career points in four seasons as a Sun Devil. She also ranks fifth all-time in school history in field goals made (504), fifth in 3-point field goals made (116) and fourth in steals (221).
- Fernando Vina, Baseball / 1990 Vina was First Team All-Pac-10 in 1990. He hit .387 with 108 hits in his only season in Tempe. Vina was the 9th round pick of the New York Mets in 1990 and two-time Gold Glove winner. He was a 1998 All-Star and played 12 big league seasons for the Mariners, Mets, Brewers, Cardinals and Tigers.
Congratulations to these great Sun Devil athletes.