MORGANTOWN — The 2019 West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame class, announced Sunday, is one of the most intriguing and diverse classes of all time, filled with family ties and legendary names.
The nine honorees included women’s basketball’s Meg Bulger, who she joins her brother, Marc, a 2010 inductee, and her sister, Kate, inducted last year. Then there are the Jones brothers, Vertus and Greg, both wrestlers. Finally, football defensive lineman John Thornton gives his son, Jalen, a 2019 recruit, something to shoot for.
Also from football, both as a player and coach, is Steve Dunlap, a hard-hitting linebacker and defensive coordinator.
Men’s basketball reached back into the Gale Catlett era to bestow Hall of Fame honors upon Darryl Prue, one of the greatest rebounders and truest shooter in school history.
Also out of the basketball program comes sports star Pete White from the early to mid-1950s, where he was a teammate of All-Americans Mark Workman and Hot Rod Hundley while also competing in the high jump and long jump on the men’s track team.
Women’s soccer is represented by Lisa Stoia, who was an All-American while Nikki Izzo-Brown built her program and then helped shape a team that could reach an NCAA Final as an assistant coach. Finally, WVU’s legendary rifle program provides Dr. Stefan Thynell for the 29th Hall of Fame class. He was the first six-time All-American in the school history.
Induction ceremonies will take place Saturday, Sept. 14, prior to the West Virginia-NC State football game. This class brings the total number of inductees to 197.
Meg Bulger, women’s basketball
— Four-year letter winner
— Team captain
— Honorable mention All-American
— Unanimous All-Big East first team
— Big East Rookie of the Year
— First Mountaineer, male or female, to win a Big East scoring title
— 38-point performance against Cleveland State ties for WVU record
— Had six 30-point games, five of which came in 2005, a WVU record
— Owns 5th and 6th season-best scoring averages (19.78 and 19.50) in 2006 and 2005
— 88 3-point FG made in 2005 rank 4th in school history, 83 in 2008 rank 5th
— Ranks 7th with 1,665 career points and with 15.2 career scoring average
— Ranks 2nd to sister Kate in 3-point career FGs made at 265
— Did all this despite missing one full season and part of another with a knee injury
— As a senior hit .444 of her 3-point FG, a senior record at WVU
Steve Dunlap, football
— Three-year letterman, 1973-75, as a linebacker under Bobby Bowden
— Compiled 359 total tackles, a school record at the time, including 182 solo
— Set school record for most tackles in a season, 190 and a school record for most tackles in a game, 28, against Boston College in 1974
— In 1974 190 tackles, two fumble recoveries, four pass breakups.
— Had a 35-year coaching career
— His 1996 WVU defense led the nation in total defense at 223.4 yards per game, No. 2 in rushing defense (65.9 yards per game) and turnover margin, No. 4 in scoring defense (13.0 points per game) and No. 5 in pass efficiency defense.
— The 1994 defense had set a then-school record for fewest points allowed in a 13-game season.
— While at NC State, three of his players were selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
— Coached in 21, 18 at WVU, including two national championship games (the 1989 Fiesta Bowl and the 1993 Sugar Bowl).
— Coached 13 professional players, two All-American, 30 All-Conference, All-East players.
Greg Jones, wrestling
— WVU’s only three-time NCAA champion, winning his titles from 2001-2005.
— WVU’s all-time leader in career wins
— NCAA champion as a freshman at 174 pounds
— NCAA champion as a junior at 184 pounds
— NCAA champion as a senior at 184 pounds
— Was the 39th wrestler in NCAA history to win three national championships, the 20th wrestler to win titles at two different weight classes and the 10th wrestler to win a national title as a freshman.
— The only WVU wrestler to post an undefeated season, going 26-0 in 2004 and 25-0 in 2005.
— Ended career on a 51-match winning streak
— Four-time Eastern Wrestling League champion.
— Two-time winner of WVU Red Brown Cup, given WVU most outstanding student-athlete
— In 2005 became WVU first to be named NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler
— Inducted in Eastern Wrestling League Hall of Fame, 2010; Western Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame, 2013 and in 2019 the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame
— Named to InterMat’s Top 10 College Wrestler of the 2000s
— Assistant coach at WVU for nine seasons
Vertus Jones, wrestling
— WVU’s first three-time wrestling All-American and first four-time Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) champion ring his outstanding career from 1997-2000
— Two-time NCAA runner-up
— Jones posted a 30-2 record as a senior in 2000 at 184 pounds, setting the all-time West Virginia consecutive wins mark at 24
— Earned his final All-America honor with a second-place finish at the 2000 NCAA Championships in St. Louis
— Named the EWL Co-Wrestler of the Year in 2000, as well as the EWL Tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler
— Tied for 10th on the WVU all-time list for victories as a senior (30)
— Posted a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships at 184 pounds as a junior
— Ranks 8th on the WVU all-time list for victories as a junior (31)
— As a sophomore in 1998, Jones was the youngest of 20 finalists at the NCAA Tournament and became the youngest in WVU history to reach the NCAA finals
— Capped his sophomore season with a second-place finish at 177 pounds at the NCAA Tournament
— In 1997, Jones became the second WVU wrestler to win EWLs as a freshman
— Jones became the first WVU wrestler to be a four-time EWL champion and the third EWL wrestler to be a four-time champion, totaling 11 EWL Tournament victories in his WVU tenure
— Won 95 times as WVU wrestler, sixth best
— Second on WVU’s all-time list for NCAA Tournament victories with 14
— Twice named as a recipient of the George Nedeff Outstanding Wrestler Award
— A finalist for NCAA Sportsperson of the year as a senior
— Inducted into the EWL Hall of Fame, was a 2006 inductee into the Southwest Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame and a 2010 inductee into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame
Darryl Prue, men’s basketball
— One of the top forwards in the Atlantic 10 Conference from 1986-89, earning Atlantic 10 First Team honors in 1989
— Scored 1,426 points during his career, which ranks 20th all-time
— Ranks second in career field goal percentage (55.8) and 11th in career rebounds (865)
— Played in 127 career games, Prue started every game as a junior and senior
— Amazingly consistent, Prue averaged 12.2 points as a senior, 12.5 points as a junior and 12.6 points as a sophomore
— As a senior, he shot 63.3 percent from the floor, second in school history
— On the defensive end, Prue left WVU second in all-time career steals with 230 (now ranks fourth) and tied a then-school record with nine steals in a game against George Mason in 1986
— He departed WVU as the Mountaineers’ leader in all-time minutes played with 3,788 (now ranks sixth)
— Prue scored a career-high 25 points against St. Bonaventure on Feb. 5, 1987
— Pulled down a career-best 18 rebounds (10 offensive) against George Washington on Jan. 14, 1987
— 12 20-point games for his career
— A-10 Freshman of the Year
— Named a member of the WVU all-decade team from 1986-1995
Lisa Stoia, women’s soccer
— First-team All-America from Soccer Buzz and NSCAA/Adidas in 2003 as a senior
— Captain her senior year
— With teammate a fellow Hall of Famer Chrissie Abbott, Stoia became WVU’s all-time matches played and matches started leader with 87 career starts, after leading her 2003 squad to the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance
— WVU all-time assist leader 33
— Big East Midfielder of the Year in 2002 as a junior and 2003 as a senior, first player to accomplish that feat
— Second team on NSCAA/Adidas and Soccer Buzz All-American teams in 2001
— Assisted on 10 of WVU’s record-breaking 53 goals in 2002 as a senior, tying the season record
— Three-time All-Big East selection
— Played three seasons professionally with St. Louis Athletica and Boston Renegades
— A member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class at William Floyd High School
— Joined Nikki Izzo-Brown’s coaching staff in 2007
— WVU has won 15 conference championships and at least one Big 12 championship every season but one since joining the conference
— Primarily responsible for coaching the Mountaineer midfielders, Stoia helped guide Olympic Bronze medalist Ashley Lawrence to back-to-back NSCAA All-America First Team accolades (2015-16)
— Also coached WVU All-Americans Amanda Cicchini (2007), Carolyn Blank (2009) and Amanda Hill (2015)
— Named the 2010 NSCAA/Mondo North Atlantic Regional Assistant Coach of the Year before earning back-to-back NSCAA/Mondo Central Regional Assistant Coach of the Year accolades (2014-15)
— In 2016, Stoia earned the NSCAA Regional Staff of the Year award
John Thornton, football
— A four-year starter at defensive tackle, Thornton made 41 consecutive starts from 1995-98
— Two-time All-Big East selection
— In 1998 he recorded 45 tackles, including 10 against Maryland
— That year he posted 8 QB pressures, 7 tackles for loss and 4 sacks
— 1998 defensive co-captain and winner of the John Russel Memorial Award as WVU’s top lineman
— Compiled 51 tackles, 5 for a loss in both his sophomore and junior seasons
— Played in three bowl games the 1997 Gator Bowl, the 1997 Carquest Bowl and the 1998 Insight.com Bowl
— Was member of 1996 defense, considered one of the greatest in WVU history
— Finish career with 162 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and six passes broken up
— Drafted in 1999 by the Tennessee Titans with the 52nd pick and played 10 years in NFL
— Made NFL All-Rookie Team
— Played in Super Bowl XXXIV against the St. Louis Rams
— Signed with Cincinnati Bengals and had a career-high 6 sacks in 2003
— Retired after the 2008 season with 303 tackles, 27.5 sacks and forced four fumbles
Dr. Stefan Thynell, rifle
— Native of Goteborg, Sweden
— First six-time All-American in school history
— First shooter to earn two All-America honors in the same season during his career from 1976-80
— Set new standard for collegiate competition for the smallbore full course competition in 1979 with 1178 out of a possible 1200
— Topped that mark with 1181, the highest score in the history of smallbore match in January 1980
— Thynell broke that record with 1187 at the NCAA Rifle Championships in April 1980, a mark that stood until 2002
— Also held the NCAA mark for the top smallbore score in the standing position in team competition with a 389 until it was broken in 2000
— Named All-America in 1977 and 1978 before capturing All-America honors in air rifle and smallbore in both 1979 and 1980
— Only shooter in school history named team’s most outstanding shooter all four years
— Two-time member of the Swedish Olympic Team, competing in the 1976 Montreal Olympics and the 1980 Moscow Olympics
Pete White, basketball/track
— Played from 1952-55 under coaches Red Brown and Fred Schaus as a teammate of All-Americans Mark Workman and Hot Rod Hundley
— Captain of the 1954-55 team, Schaus’s first
— White played 70 games, scoring 746 points (10.7 average) and grabbing 561 rebounds
— As a senior, averaged 15.8 points and 12.0 rebounds, one of 10 Mountaineers to average a double-double for a season
— White scored a career-high 29 points against Pitt on Jan. 29, 1955, coupled with a career-best 27 rebounds, the fourth most rebounds in a game in school history
— White also competed in track at West Virginia in the high jump and long jump
— Declined an invitation to join the NBA’s St. Louis Hawks to fulfill his ROTC commitment in the United States Air Force
— Served 42 years on the WVU Foundation Board and received WVU’s Order of Vandalia in 2001. White received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree from WVU and was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the United States Air Force
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