The Case Western Reserve University Department of Athletics, in conjunction with the Spartan Club, has announced the seven inductees for the Hall of Fame Class of 2016.
This year’s inductees include James Drougas ’84 (men’s tennis), Lisa Gieseker ’03 (swimming), Eli Grant ’03 (football), Ken Holloway ’92 (baseball & football), and Andres Molina ’01 (wrestling). Tennis and soccer player Emil Bereczky (CIT ’57) was this year’s Heritage selection, and Dr. James Wyant (CIT ’65) was selected as the Special Category inductee.
The seven will join the 343 current members inducted since the inception of the Spartan Club Hall of Fame in 1975.
In addition, the Case Western Reserve University men’s tennis teams from 1972 through 1979 were selected to receive the University Award for Athletic Excellence, and will be honored at the Hall of Fame Ceremony as well.
The Spartan Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled for October 15th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., as a part of the University’s Homecoming Weekend. The ceremony will be held at the Grand Ballroom of the Tinkham Veale University Center, with tickets available for $75. More information on the event, including a link to register online, will be available at http://athletics.case.edu/HOFRegistration over the next few weeks.
James was the leader of the Case Western Reserve men’s tennis teams of the early 1980’s, helping lead the squad to back-to-back Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships in 1983 and 1984. He played at no. 1 singles and doubles for three of his four years on the team, and was a CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team selection on two occasions. James won the University’s Nip Heim Award in 1984. Academically at Case Western Reserve, he was named to the Dean’s High List on eight occasions, and was the recipient of the Merck Index Award for Chemistry, and the Western Reserve Scholar Award.
Following his graduation from CWRU, James went on to graduate from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1989 and the Emory University School of Medicine in 1997, and he currently works as a surgeon. His son, Will, went on to follow in his father’s footsteps, and was a four-year player for the Case Western Reserve men’s tennis team.
Lisa is one of the most decorated distance swimmers in the history of the Case Western Reserve program, earning two All-America certificates, four All-America honorable mentions, and seven all-University Athletic Association honors during her career. She made an immediate impact with the Spartans during her freshman season, finishing fifth in the 1,650-yard freestyle and adding an 11th-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle and a 16th-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships. Lisa went on to finish in the top-16 at the NCAA Championships in the 1,650-yard freestyle in each of her four years on the team, and added a second All-America honor in the event with an eighth-place finish during her senior year. She added All-UAA honors in the 1,650-yard freestyle each of her four seasons on the team, including second-place finishes at the conference championship meet in 2000, 2002, and 2003.
Lisa’s times still ranks among the best in school history, with her 1,650-yard freestyle time of 17:09.53 the second-fastest in school history, her 500-yard freestyle time of 5:04.83 third, and her 200-yard backstroke time of 2:09.33 fifth.
Eli finished his career as one of the top quarterbacks in the history of Case Western Reserve, earning All-America Third Team honors from the Football Gazette and D3football.com, and an honorable mention from Hewlett Packard during the 2002 season. He was a two-time All-UAA honoree, including a First Team selection in 2002, and ranks second in school history in career completions (490), passing yards (6,792), passing touchdowns (59) and completion percentage (60.5%). In 2002, Eli led the Spartans to one of the top offensive seasons in the program’s history, pacing a unit that led all Division III teams in passing yards and was second in total yards, while his 326.5 passing yards per game during the year set a school record that still stands today.
Eli won the team’s Bill Grice Award in 2002, presented annually to the Most Valuable Player on the team.
Ken was a standout football and baseball player during his time at Case Western Reserve. As a tight end on the football team, he was a three-time All-University Athletic Association First Team honoree, claiming the award each year from 1989-91, while also earning an All-North Coast Athletic Conference Honorable Mention each year during the time period. Ken was named to the UAA 25th-Anniversary Team for his efforts on the field. He finished his career with 87 receptions for 1,285 yards and nine touchdowns, while leading the team in receiving yards during his junior and senior seasons. During his career, he received the Bill Grice Award as the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1990, and the John Anderson Award in 1989 as the team’s Most Valuable Underclassman.
On the baseball field, Ken was an all-NCAC third baseman, leading the league in batting average with a .421 mark during his junior season. He played in 121 games over his career, recording a .331 batting average with nine home runs and 76 runs batted in, while stealing 23 bases on 25 attempts. Ken received the University’s Nip Heim Award in 1992, and the Arthur Leary Award in 1991.
Andres ‘Desi’ Molina was a three-time University Athletic Association Champion at the 197-pound weight class, earning a spot on the conference’s 25th Anniversary Team. During his four years on the team, he went 11-1 at the UAA Championships, notching six pins. He finished his career with a 109-37 record all-time, good for a .747 winning percentage, and was a two-time qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championships. During his senior season, Desi went 34-4 with 26 of his wins by pin, including 19 in the first period, and placed second at the 2001 NCAA Division III Midwest Regional.
Desi served as the team captain during his senior year, helping lead the squad to a 14th-place finish in Division III. He was the 2001 Philip K. “Nip” Heim Award winner, for his leadership and overall contributions to the program.
Emil played for the Case Institute of Technology men’s tennis team from 1955 through 1957, and was the squad’s top singles player, along with being a member of the top doubles pairing on the team. He maintained an .800 winning percentage during his career, despite playing a high level of competition during his career. In addition, he earned varsity letters each of his three eligible seasons on the CIT men's soccer team, and was a Ohio State Collegiate Chess Champion.
Emil has continued to play tennis competitively throughout his life, and was ranked as high as 17th, along with his on William, in the USTA’s Super Senior Father-Son Doubles Division.
Dr. James Wyant
Jim was a 1965 graduate of the Case Institute of Technology, receiving eight varsity letters during his collegiate career, four for cross country and four for track. He served as the captain of the cross country team during his senior year.
Since his graduation from Case, Jim has become one of the world’s most renowned optical scientists. His affection for Coach Bill Sudeck, and his collegiate athletic experience brought Jim back to CWRU, where he serves as Chair of the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees, and as a member of the Forward Thinking Campaign Committee and the Athletic Visiting Committee. Jim has made extensive donations to the University that lead to the naming of the Sudeck Track, and the construction of the Wyant Athletic and Wellness Center and ThinkBox. Participating in Athletics at Case had a lifelong impact on Jim, and he hopes that his generosity will enable other students to realize the same opportunity.
1972-79 CWRU Men’s Tennis Teams
The Case Western Reserve University men’s tennis program experienced an unprecedented level of success during the 1970’s. Under the leadership of legendary Head Coach Doug Mooney, a 1996 inductee into Spartan Club Hall of Fame, the Spartans won the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship each season from 1972-79, and established a then-PAC record 40-straight conference wins, while going 65-9 overall during the stretch. The 1974 squad established another conference record, winning all of the singles and doubles PAC championships.