We thought that it should not go unmentioned that seven Miami Hurricanes were inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame during its 45th annual induction banquet earlier this year.
Prior to the UMSHOF inductions two additional awards were handed out:
football player Shane McDermott was presented with the Walter Kichefski Endowed
Football Scholarship by Don Mariutto Jr.
- The UMSHOF Distinguished Service
Award was presented to Dr. Clyde B. McCoy.
The Class of 2013 included Ed
Contreras (baseball, 1957-59), Ken Dorsey (football, 1999-2002), Bryan Gillooly
(diving, 1994-98), Norm Parsons (administration / coaching, 1972-2012), Brett
Romberg (football, 1999-2002), Don Soldinger (coach, 1984-88 and 1995-2006) and
Jay Tessmer (baseball, 1994-95).
Ed Contreras, Baseball:
One of Miami's first true power hitters, Contreras led the Canes in home runs and RBI in each of his three seasons (19 HR, 67 RBI in 77 games) and also led the team in batting in 1958 (.316) and 1959 (.310). He left Miami as the school's single-season and career home runs leader and he still holds the UM career slugging percentage record (.615) for under 300 at bats. He played for legendary major leaguer and UM coach, Jimmy Foxx, and also played basketball for UM Sports Hall of Famer, Coach Bruce Hall.
Ken Dorsey, Football:
Dorsey quarterbacked the Hurricanes to their fifth national championship in 2001 and was named MVP of the 2002 Rose Bowl. He was a 2002 All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. The 2001 and 2002 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, Dorsey set eight UM career records, including total offense, passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions and attempts. He is the winningest quarterback in program history (38-2) and he won the 2001 Maxwell Award as the top player in college football.
Brett Romberg, Football
In 2002 Romberg was
a consensus All-American and Rimington Award winner as the nation's best center.
He was a first-team All-BIG EAST selection in 2001 and 2002, while never
allowing a sack in his time as the Hurricanes center. Miami went 35-2 in his 37
consecutive starts at center, helping lead the Canes to the 2001 national title
and three BIG EAST titles.
Don Soldinger, Coach
Soldinger was the linebackers and tight ends coach for Jimmy Johnson from 1984-88 and was the running backs and special teams coach under coaches Butch Davis and Larry Coker from 1995-2006. He was on the 1987 and 2001 national championship coaching staffs; he also coached six of the seven Miami running backs that rushed for 1,000 yards in a season (Willis McGahee, Edgerrin James - twice, Clinton Portis, Danyell Ferguson, Frank Gore and James Jackson). In his 16 seasons as a Hurricanes assistant coach, Miami won 158 games.
Jay Tessmer, Baseball
Tessmer was a first-team Collegiate Baseball All-American in 1995 after collecting 20 saves - tied for second-most in school history - and posting a 1.31 ERA to lead Jim Morris' squad to the College World Series. He finished second nationally in Division I with a 1.16 ERA in 1994, while his career 1.24 ERA ranks second in school history. He holds the UM record for fewest walks per 9 innings (1.42 average) and has the second-most appearances by a pitcher in a season (45 in 1995). Tessmer finished his career fifth with 23 saves and played professionally for the New York Yankees.