Five former student-athletes will be enshrined into the Salisbury University Hall of Fame on Friday, October 17, as part of Homecoming weekend. The five inductees are Jennifer L. Marshall (Dodson), Douglas J. Neagle, Myra M. Brooks (Parks), Ava S. Tasker and Terri T. Stuck (Timmons). A reception and banquet will be held on Friday evening at the Guerrieri University Center in the Wicomico Room in their honor.
The Salisbury University Hall of Fame Induction is one of the premier events of the year for the SU Athletics Department. The formal event recognizes the men and women, past and present, whose contributions to Salisbury University Athletics has been deemed worthy of induction into the SU Hall of Fame.
A brief description of this year's inductees:
Jen Dodson (Class of 1998) was a four-year letter winner in softball, three-time All-CAC first team selection and a two-time All-Atlantic region member. During her senior year she led the Sea Gulls to their first-ever College World Series appearance and a No. 4 national ranking. For her efforts the third baseman earned All-American first team honors, was named the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Player of the Year, Team MVP, Team Dedication Award and a spot on the ECAC Division III Southern All-Star team. The Hebron, MD, native graduated as the school's all-time leader in doubles (47) and doubles in a season (22 in '98). She led the Gulls to three CAC championships including the first-ever in program history in 1995.
Doug Neagle (Class of 1998) is considered one of the best men's tennis players to ever play at SU. The two-year letter winner was a three-time All-American, a two-time CAC Player of the Year, 1997 South Region Senior of the Year and selected as Team MVP and captain in his two years on team in 1996 and '97. The Gambrills, MD, native was an unbelievable 71-16 in two years of playing singles and doubles tennis for the Sea Gulls. In 1997, he was ranked No. 1 in singles and doubles, with teammate Nathan Bell, in the South Region. He guided the Sea Gulls to their first-ever CAC championship in '96 and repeated the feat the following season. Neagle also led SU to two of the program's three appearances in the NCAA tournament.
Myra Parks (Class of 1998) was a three-year letter winner in softball and one of the cornerstones along with Dodson that led SU to its first-ever College World Series appearance. The three-time All-CAC first team selection was also selected to the All-Atlantic Region first team twice and earned a spot on the ECAC Division III Southern All-Star team in 1997 and '98. The Bethel Park, PA, native was named the 1997 CAC Player of the Year and was a first-team All-American a year later. The slugging first baseman graduated as the program leader in home runs (29) and was second all-time in hits (174) and RBIs (139). She was named the 1997 Team MVP and along with Dodson was recognized with the Team Dedication Award in '98.
Ava Tasker (Class of 1996) earned letters in women's basketball and soccer during her career at SU. The Annapolis, MD, native was one of the leaders and faces of the SU women's soccer program as it debuted in 1994. In three seasons she scored 31 goals and amassed 71 points for the maroon and gold. She was a three-time team captain, a Team MVP (twice), a two-time All-CAC first team selection and the 1996 CAC Player of the Year. She led Salisbury to the CAC championship in the Sea Gulls' first season in the conference. On the basketball court, Tasker played guard for three seasons and led the team in steals her final two seasons. She graduated with 194 steals and 154 assists in 76 games played.
Terri Timmons (Class of 1988) is another multi-sport athlete who earned seven letters in four years in field hockey and softball. The Delmar, MD, native played three seasons on the nationally ranked field hockey program where she was a two-time All-American. She led the team in goals (26) and points (58) during her freshman season. She graduated with 61 goals and 142 points. In 1984, she earned a spot on the Mitchell & Ness Regional All-America squad, was named All-Region and was a U.S. Olympic team "B" camp qualifier. On the diamond, the third baseman was swift on the bases paths as she led the team in steals her final three seasons and was a career .329 hitter. She was named Team MVP in 1985 as she batted .341 and led the team in hits, triples, doubles and runs.