2011 Lady Vol HOF class announced

The 11th group of inductees for inclusion in the Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame has been announced by University of Tennessee Interim Vice Chancellor/Athletics Director Joan Cronan, and it includes two of "the Meeks," Semeka Randall and Tamika Catchings.

"This year marks the second decade of the Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame," Joan Cronan said. "We are excited to welcome five outstanding student-athletes and a distinguished former coach to the Hall of Fame Class of 2011.

"Each of these exceptional people contributed significant achievements and performances which will forever be woven into the fabric of the Tennessee Lady Vol program."

The six inductees in the Class of 2011 represent former student-athletes and a coach from four Lady Vol teams. The athlete honorees include: Tamika Catchings (Basketball), Bud Fields (Volleyball-coach), Kathy Pesek (Diving), Semeka Randall (Basketball), Sue Walton (Track & Field) and Ariana Wilson (Volleyball).

Athletes are eligible for inclusion 10 years after they have graduated from the University, while administrators may be admitted to the Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame five years following their last service to UT. Each of these outstanding individuals exemplifies the true spirit of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers.

Enshrinement activities are scheduled for Friday evening, Sept. 30 at the Downtown Hilton, where a private induction ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. A full day follows on Saturday, Oct. 1, when the Hall of Famers will have an opportunity to meet with the current athletes and staff of their respective former Lady Vol teams.

The celebration then moves to Neyland Stadium, where the honorees will be saluted during the Tennessee versus Buffalo football game.

Throughout the 35-year history of Lady Vol student-athletes, 1,786 women have donned the Orange and White Tennessee uniform. With the addition of the six individuals in the 2011 Class of the Lady Vol Hall of Fame, membership has now reached 67 in this very elite Hall.

About the honorees: well-known in the USVBA volleyball circles, Arthur L. "Bud" Fields was tabbed as the first coach of the Lady Vol volleyball team after the Women's Intercollegiate Athletics Department was formed in 1976. Fields got the fledgling program off and running and remained as the coach until 1978.

A Knoxville native, he is just the second coach named to the Lady Vol Hall of Fame and joins former UT Cross Country and Track & Field coach Terry Crawford as an inductee. A career spanning over four decades in the sport he loves, Fields has also been inducted into both the YMCA Volleyball and Knoxville Sports Halls of Fame in 2003.

The first student-athlete to be inducted into the Class of 2011 is diver Kathy Pesek Smith (1995-99). Pesek was an eight-time first team All-America selection as a Lady Vol. She captured the 10-meter platform title at the 1998 NCAA Championship and followed that up with both the 1998 USA Diving 10-meter platform gold and a similar finish in the 3-meter synchronized event in a record-setting year.

She also excelled in the Southeastern Conference Championships winning SEC Diver of the Year in 1998 and capturing the 3-meter springboard in 1996 and the 10-meter platform in both 1998 and 1999 with record-setting performances.

A speech pathology major from Houston, Texas, Pesek was accomplished in the classroom, as well, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She was the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year in 1998 and a three-time member of both the All-SEC and All-SEC Academic Teams. Today she resides in Corpus Christi, Texas, with her husband, Nathan, and four children.

The third inductee is track and field standout Sue Walton Caldwell (1991-95) who excelled in the sprints and long jump. Walton was a 12-time All-American and carved out career marks which still stand in the Lady Vol record books. Her 200-meter indoor clocking (23.23) is still third all-time as well as her indoor long jump of 20-10.75 set in 1995 and 1992, respectively. Outdoors, she still has the fourth fastest 200-meter time (22.94) and the fourth-best long jump mark of 20-10.75 both set in 1994.

A member of the All-SEC Academic honor roll, the Columbus, Ga., native graduated with a B.S. in Business and Marketing Education. She is the co-owner (with her husband Mike) of Caldwell Properties in McDonough, Ga. They are the parents of three children.

Ten years after her volleyball playing days ended, Ariana Wilson Robinson (1997-2001) still holds the Lady Vol volleyball record for career attacks with 3,881 and is second in career kills (1,732). A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Wilson earned AVCA All-Region, All-SEC and Academic All-SEC status in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Additionally, she is fourth in career blocks (466) and sixth in lifetime hitting percentage at .312. Wilson graduated with a B.S. in Communications (Advertising) in 2001. She now makes her home in Lithonia, Ga., with her husband Tony and two children.

The final two inductees hail from the Lady Vol basketball team and played together from 1997-2001.

The pride of Cleveland, Ohio, Semeka "Boo" Randall was one of the infamous "Three Meeks" of Lady Vol hoops along with four-time All-Americans Chamique Holdsclaw and Tamika Catchings. A spirited guard, Randall was coined "hard to handle Randall" and was always "booed" by the Connecticut crowd, hence her nickname.

As a rookie, she was in the starting lineup setting a freshman record for steals (102) as the Lady Vols were crowned as the undefeated 1997-98 NCAA Champs with a 39-0 record. During her time on Rocky Top, Randall was a two-time Kodak All-American, a four-time SEC Champion, and was named to the All-SEC squad three times. A standout in the classroom, she graduated a semester early in Speech Communications and was decorated as a three-time recipient of the All-SEC Academic Team.

Randall earned an ESPY Award as a member of the Co-Team of the Decade for the 1990's and joined the Tennessee 1000 Point Club, with 1,915 career points. After an outstanding professional career in the WNBA, she found her passion in coaching the collegiate game and is currently the head coach at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Legendary Lady Vol basketball player Tamika Catchings (1997-2001) is the final inductee of the Class of 2011. Catchings, who played her high school basketball in Duncanville, Texas, is among the most decorated players ever to grace the University of Tennessee campus. Despite suffering a torn ACL midway through her senior season, she still accumulated 2,113 career points and 1,004 career rebounds. Catchings was a rare four-time Kodak All-American (1997-2001) who collected as many awards as the smiles she flashed.

During her career she amassed the following accolades: NCAA Championship, 1998; Naismith Player of the Year, 2000; WBCA Player of the Year, 2000; Associated Press Player of the Year, 2000; Associated Press All-America Team, 1998, 1999, 2000; ESPY Award, Women's Basketball Player of the Year, 2001; ESPY Award, Co-Team of the Decade for the 1990's; US Basketball Writers Rookie of the Year, 1998, US Basketball Writers Player of the Year, 2000; NCAA All-Final Four Team, 1998 and 2000; SEC Rookie of the Year, 1998; All-SEC, 1998, 1999, 2000; SEC Champion, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001; US National Team Member, 2002-present; USA Olympic Team, Gold Medalist, 2004 and 2008.

Following her semester-early 2000 graduation with a B.S. in Sport Management as a three-time All-SEC Academic honoree, she went on to acquire her M.S. degree in Sports Studies in 2005. UT retired her number 24 jersey in 2003. Catchings was a first round pick in the 2001 WNBA draft by the Indiana Fever and has enjoyed her storied 10-year WNBA All-Decade career in Indianapolis, Ind.

The new group of inductees joins 10 prior classes of Lady Vol Hall of Famers: 2010 – Amy Delashmit Neubauer (rowing), Laura Lauter Smith (soccer), Katharina Larsson Samuelsson (golf), Margie Lepsi Schroeffel (tennis), Adrienne Walker Cherry (softball) and Shelley Sexton Collier and Chamique Holdsclaw (basketball).

2009 – the late Dr. Nancy Lay (administrator) and athletes Jane Anthony Wobster (diving), Rosemarie Hauch (track & field), Tonya Lee (track & field) and Kellie Jolly Harper (basketball).

2008 – Heather Burgess Moore (swimming), Dedra Davis Wallace (track & field), Manisha Malhotra (tennis), Dena Head (basketball) and Jill Rankin Schneider (basketball).

2007 – Bridget Jackson Chaira (softball), Nicole deMan Dewes (swimming), Dianne Shoemaker DeNecochea (volleyball), Shelia Collins (basketball), Carla McGhee (basketball) and the late Dr. Helen B. Watson (administrator).

2006 – Tracy Bonner (diving), Karla Driesler McQuain (swimming), Tonya Edwards (basketball), Mary Ostrowski (basketball), Alisa Harvey (track & field/cross country) and Bonnie Kenny (volleyball).

2005 – Missy Alston Kane Bemiller (track & field/cross country), Angie Boyd Keck (golf), Tanya Haave (basketball) and Lea Henry Manning (basketball).

2004 – former UT President Dr. Joseph E. (Joe) Johnson and athletes Jasmin Jones Keller (track & field/cross country), Robin Maine Bugg (volleyball), Nikki McCray Pinson (basketball), Jenny McGrath Weaver (swimming) and the late Ilrey Oliver Sparks (track & field).

2003 – former UT Vice-Chancellor, the late Dr. Howard Aldmon, and athletes Cindy Brogdon (basketball), April Chapple (volleyball), Elizabeth Brown Jarvis (swimming), Cathy Rattray (track & field) and Patricia Roberts (basketball).

2002 – former Head Track & Field/Cross Country Coach Terry Crawford and athletes Catherine Byrne Maloney (swimming), LaVonna Martin Floreal (track & field), Cindy Noble Hauserman (basketball), Holly Warlick (basketball) and Patty Wiegand Pitcher (track & field/cross country).

The inaugural class selected for the Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame was inducted on Oct. 26, 2001. The 10 original members were former UT President Edward J. Boling, first-ever Lady Vol Athletics Director Gloria Ray and athletes Daedra Charles (basketball), Joetta Clark (track & field), Benita Fitzgerald (track & field), Bridgette Gordon (basketball), Tracy Ignatosky (swimming), Peta and Paula Kelly (tennis) and Beverly Robinson (volleyball).

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