|Five to Join RMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012|
Moon Township, Pa. - The 22nd annual class of inductees into the Robert Morris University Athletic Hall of Fame is comprised of four former student-athletes as well as The Voice of Colonial athletics, each of whom have left an indelible mark on their respective programs.
The five new members to join the RMU Athletic Hall of Fame as the Class of 2012 are Stephanie Kuhn (track & field/soccer; 2004-07), Keri Meyer (softball; 2003-06), Darcey Miller (volleyball; 2001-04), Chris Shovlin (Radio Play-by-Play Announcer; 1987-present) and Ray Thomas (football; 1997-2000).
Each of the five inductees will be enshrined into the Robert Morris Athletic Hall of Fame at halftime of RMU's football game against Central Connecticut State Saturday, Oct. 20, at Joe Walton Stadium.
The RMU Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1991 to honor those who have made an outstanding contribution to Robert Morris University athletics. Nominations are solicited and individuals selected by the RMU Athletic Hall of Fame committee. Players, coaches and administrators are eligible for selection five years after they have concluded their career at Robert Morris.
The Class of 2012 brings membership in the RMU Athletic Hall of Fame to 98.
A closer look at each of the five new members of the Robert Morris Athletic Hall of Fame:
(Track & Field / Soccer; 2004-07)
A two-sport athlete at Robert Morris, Kuhn competed in women's soccer and was a member of the outdoor track & field squad. On the pitch Kuhn played four seasons for the Colonials, appearing in 55 matches, including 35 starts, and finished her career with eight goals and four assists for 20 points. As a member of the track & field squad, Kuhn specialized in the javelin. She won the individual championship in the event at the Northeast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in both 2006 and 2007, with her toss of 50.44 meters (165'6") as a senior in 2007 standing as both the school and NEC outdoor championship record. Kuhn became the first student-athlete in school history at Robert Morris to appear in the NCAA Track & Field Championships, participating in the javelin as a freshman in 2004 and again as a senior in 2007. She finished 14th in 2007 thanks to a toss of 45.41 meters (148'9"). In the RMU outdoor record book, Kuhn dominates the leaderboard in the javelin, owning each of the top eight marks in school history as well as nine of the top 10 marks. She is a native of Finleyville, Pa.
A native of Carnegie, Pa., and a four-year letterwinner, Meyer helped lead the Colonials to the 2005 NEC regular-season championship with a record of 17-3 (.850). As the No. 1 seed in the NEC Tournament, Robert Morris claimed the title and the program's first berth in the NCAA Tournament. During the 2005 campaign Meyer hit .418, a single-season school record and the only Colonial to hit .400 in school history, while contributing a single-season school record 13 doubles, five home runs and 35 RBI en route to being named the 2005 NEC Player of the Year. In the RMU career record book Meyer ranks fourth in batting average (.342), seventh in hits (168), 10th in RBI (77), tied for third in doubles (29) and sixth in walks (46). Meyer twice was named to the All-NEC First Team at second base (2004, 2005), and as a senior in 2006 was an All-NEC Second Team selection as a utility player.
A three-time All-Northeast Conference selection at setter, Miller helped lead the Colonials to four NEC regular-season championships, three NEC Tournament titles (2001, 2002, 2003) and a trio of NCAA Tournaments (2001, 2002, 2003). The Boulder, Colo., native owns both the RMU single-season (1,352 in 2002) and career (4,557) records for assists and also ranks second all-time at Robert Morris in career service aces (158) and ninth in digs (965). Miller was named to the 2001 All-NEC First Team and also earned second team accolades twice (2003, 2004). She also excelled off the court, being named the 2003 NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for volleyball as a junior while earning a spot on the 2004 ESPN The Magazine District II Academic All-America squad.
(Radio Play-by-Play Announcer; 1987-present)
The Voice of the Colonials, the 2012-13 campaign marks Shovlin's 26th as the radio play-by-play announcer for both the football and men's basketball programs at Robert Morris. He has called the action for over 700 Colonial basketball games, reaching the 700-game plateau with RMU's 69-52 victory at Saint Peter's Nov. 15, 2011. Shovlin will call his 750th men's basketball game during the 2012-13 campaign, and he has missed just one RMU football game in the 19-year history of the program since it was introduced in 1994. Shovlin has called each of RMU's last five trips to the NCAA Tournament (1989, 1991, 1992, 2009, 2010) as well as RMU's first trips to the NIT (2008) and CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (2012). In 2010, he called RMU's inaugural trip to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs at North Dakota State. In 1998, Shovlin was honored with an Achievement in Radio (A.I.R.) Award with former football partner Jeff Waller for their call of RMU's victory over Georgetown in the 1997 ECAC Classic, and in 2008 he earned his third A.I.R. award with partner Jim Duzyk for their call of RMU's men's basketball victory at Boston College during the 2007-08 season. A native of Midland, Pa., Shovlin, the first inductee ever to be active at Robert Morris at the time of enshrinement, was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in April of 2006.
A native of Jamaica, N.Y., Thomas was a four-year starter at strong safety for the Colonials. Throughout his career, he was a member of RMU's ECAC Classic win over Georgetown in 1997 as well as part of two I-AA Mid-Major National Championship teams (1999, 2000) according to Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette. In 38 career games, Thomas compiled 240 tackles, which ranks 10th all-time at Robert Morris. He also added career totals of five forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and three interceptions.