Dover, Del. (May 13, 2015)---Two of the Hornets’ all-time women’s basketball greats, a former wrestling champion and MEAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year highlight Delaware State University’s 2015 Athletics Hall-of-Fame class announced today.
A total of 11 individuals and two teams will be honored during the annual hall-of-fame ceremony on Sep. 18. The class will also be recognized during the Hornets’ 2015 football home opener against Chowan the following day.
Among the 2015 honorees are former women’s basketball standouts Raquel Collier and Karen Johnson. Collier (2005-08) was the Most Outstanding Player of the Lady Hornets’ 2007 MEAC Tournament championship team, the lone title in program history. A two-time All-MEAC First selection, she is seventh on the school’s all-time list with 1,481 points.
Johnson (1994-98) is the only player in DSU women’s basketball history with more than a thousand points and a thousand rebounds. She is the school’s all-time leader with 1,091 rebounds and fifth in team history with 1,515 points.
The new DSU Hall-of-Fame class also features former wrestling great Greg Carney (1973-76), a four-time MEAC champion. Carney was fifth in the 1974 NCAA national championship and a two-time MEAC Tournament MVP. He recorded 25 consecutive pins during his sophomore and junior seasons.
Former MEAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year Robert Presbury (1984-87) also joins the Hornet Hall-of-Fame this year. Presbury, the Hornets’ all-time leader with 31 sacks, was the MEAC’s top defensive player in 1987 and a two-time All-MEAC First Team selection. He was the sack leader on the Hornets’ first MEAC championship team in 1985.
Former Hornet baseball greats Calvin Jones (1970-74) and George Brown (1949-51) have also been selected for hall-of-fame induction.
Jones, DSU’s career leader with 77 stolen bases, is fifth in NCAA Div. II history for steals in a season at 1.95 per game in 1973. A 1974 All-MEAC First Team selection, he was a .364 career hitter for the Hornets before signing with the major league Detroit Tigers organization.
Brown was a dominant pitcher for the Hornets before signing with Cleveland Indians organization in 1951.
The Hornet Hall-of-Fame will also welcome two-sport star David Crocker (1975-80) to its ranks. Crocker was a four-time MEAC heavyweight champion and two-time All-MEAC First Team football selection. He was the 1980 MEAC Wrestling Tournament Most Outstanding Performer and two-time national championship qualifier, while posting a 75-4 career record with the Hornets. .
Two other football greats are also selected for DSU Hall-of-Fame induction.
Willie B. Moore (1967-70) was a key member of the 1970 Hornet defense that topped all NCAA Div. II teams in total defense (103.5 ypg) and rushing defense (-4.9 ypg), each a school record. Moore was the team’s sack leader that year.
Peter Gaertner (2004-07) was a Black College All-America and All-MEAC First Team placekicker in 2007. Gaertner is DSU’s career leader with 43 field goals and holds the top two single season marks. He had three game-winning or tying field goals in the Hornets’ 2007 MEAC championship season.
Delaware State will also enshrine long-time university contributors James and Mary Marshall during the hall-of-fame ceremony. The DSU alums are charter members of the Hornet Boosters and helped to establish a 50 thousand endowed scholarship for the athletic department. They’ve also established a personal endowed scholarship under the DSU Foundation.
The 1970 and 1985 Delaware State football teams will receive special recognition during the ceremony. The ’70 Hornets were 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the CIAA. It’s defense led all NCAA Div. II teams in total defense (103.5 ypg) and rushing defense (-4.9 ypg), each a school record.
The ’85 Hornets captured the first MEAC championship in team history with a 5-0 league record (9-2 overall). The team featured nine All-MEAC First Team players, including the Offensive Player-of-the-Year (John Taylor) and Defensive Player-of-the-Year (Dan Candeloro).
2015 Delaware State University Athletics Hall-of-Fame Inductees
George Brown Baseball
Greg Carney Wrestling
Raquel Collier W Basketball
David Crocker Football/Wrestling
Peter Gaertner Football
Karen (Johnson) Rogers W Basketball
Calvin Jones Baseball
Frank & Mary Marshall Contributors
Willie B. Moore Football
Robert Presbury Football
1970 Football Team
1985 Football Team