RMU Athletic Hall of Fame - Class of 2004
Above: The 2004 Class of the Robert Morris Athletic Hall of Fame poses at halftime of the RMU-Dayton football game Oct. 16, 2004. From left to right: Colonial Athletic Club President Dale Venables, former RMU President Dr. Edward A. Nicholson, Joe Falletta, Bart Mease, Kelli Miller, Jake Newman, John O'Connell and former Director of Athletics Dr. Susan Hofacre.
Men's Basketball (1988-92)
Falletta ranks 17th all-time at Robert Morris in scoring (1,054 points) and 12th in rebounding (564). He was named to the 1989 Northeast Conference All-Newcomer Team, and he helped Robert Morris to three NCAA Tournament appearances in his four seasons as a Colonial. He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Men's Golf (1995-99)
A native of Gaithersburg, Md., Mease finished as the individual champion at the Northeast Conference Golf Championships in 1996 with a two-day score of 144 and helped Robert Morris to consecutive league crowns in 1995 and 1996. He ranks fifth all-time at Robert Morris with an average round score with 77.8 and was a four-time All-NEC selection (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998). The best season for Mease came during the 1997-98 campaign, when he posted an average round score of 76.5.
Miller was a member of three three straight Northeast Conference championships teams (1991, 1992, 1993) and in the career record book this four-year letterwinner ranks first in stolen bases (58) and fifth in runs (101). Miller’s career fielding percentage of .990 still stands as the top mark. In the single-season records, Miller hit .376 during the 1991 campaign, which stood as the single-season record for 10 years. Miller also holds the single-season school record for stolen bases with 23, set during the 1990 season. Her awards include being named to the 1991 All-NEC Tournament team and being selected a 1991 GTE District II Academic All-American. A native of Clarion, Pa., Miller also played for the Colonial women's basketball team.
A native of Powell, Ohio, Newman served as RMU's inaugural quarterback from 1994 to 1997, leading the Colonials to a pair of Northeast Conference championships and a pair of ECAC Bowl victories (each in 1996 and 1997). Newman owns the RMU record for career starts with 38, in which he posted a record of 28-9-1 (.750), the best mark by an RMU quarterback. Over his four years, Newman completed 426 of his 833 passing attempts (51.1 percent) for 5,771 yards and ranks second all-time at Robert Morris with 64 career touchdown passes.
O'Connell finished his four-year career as a linebacker for Robert Morris with 272 tackles, which ranks sixth in the Colonial career record book. A native of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., O'Connell was named a First Team All-American by Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette and garnered All-Northeast Conference First Team honors in both 1996 and 1997.