2010 Hall of Fame Inductees Honored at Celebration
Oct. 29, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana University Athletics welcomed six new Hall of Fame members Friday night at its first induction ceremony inside the new Henke Hall of Champions located in Memorial Stadium.
"I want to thank everyone for coming, especially our legends and newly inducted hall of fame folks as well as their representatives," said Indiana Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass. "It's wonderful to have you here and having so many returning hall of fame members."
Former athletic standouts Chuck Bennett (football, 1926-28), Steve Green (men's basketball, 1973-75), Denise (Jackson) Salters (women's basketball, 1981-84), Wayne McDonald (men's golf, 1968-70), Van Waiters (football, 1983, 85-87) and former football coach Lee Corso (football coach, 1973-82) were honored at the celebration event on Friday, October 29.
"The things that made a difference for me was what this school did for me, said McDonald. "It changed my life. It allowed me to meet individuals that I would never have the chance to meet before and it really dominated the way I thought about things. I think athletics at IU goes well, well beyond what just athletics is."
The 2010 Hall of Fame class will also be recognized at halftime during Saturday's noon football game against Northwestern at Memorial Stadium.
The Hall of Fame was established in 1982 by the Indiana University Varsity Club National Board of Directors, in cooperation with Indiana University, its Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, the I Association, and the Indiana University Alumni Association. Its purpose is to recognize and honor individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Indiana University in the field of athletics and who have demonstrated the values imparted by intercollegiate athletics. Each year, a subcommittee of the Indiana University Varsity Club National Board of Directors selects inductees for the Hall of Fame. This year's class brings the current roster of IU Hall of Fame inductees to 170.
Here is a quote from each of the other inductees or their representative:
GINNY BENNETT (Chuck Bennett's daughter-in-law): "On behalf of the entire Bennett family, we wish to thank Indiana University for this great honor and for all those people who have made this honor possible. We'd also like to thank all the other recipients and their families. We feel very honored to be a part of this group."
LEE CORSO (from video played at reception): "A special thanks to my former players at Indiana. I loved my stay in Bloomington. I particularly enjoyed our Bucket victories over Purdue and I'll never forget the Holiday Bowl. Again, thank you very much to all the wonderful players that made this honor possible."
STEVE GREEN: "Thank you so much. I'm deeply honored to be here tonight receiving this fantastic honor, being inducted into the Indiana Athletics Hall of Fame."
DENISE (JACKSON) SALTERS: "It is with great pleasure that I accept this award. So humbling, it is just amazing that this day has come. I thank everyone for allowing me this opportunity and thinking the worthiness of myself for this."
VAN WAITERS: "I have to humbly accept this award myself. I was always encouraged through athletics to do the right thing. I became known as a good athlete and everyone in my community would tell me to do the right thing because I had an opportunity. That's what Indiana gave me."
CHUCK BENNETT: Came to IU after leading Linton High School to two state championships... won football letters from 1926-28 and was captain in 1928... was All-Big Ten and All-American as a halfback in 1928... was the team's MVP in 1928 and the Hoosiers first Big Ten MVP... played in the East-West game that year and was MVP for the East after scoring two TDs... received an Indianapolis Star Award in 1928... played professionally for the Portsmouth Spartans and the Chicago Cardinals... served as football and track and field coach at LaPorte High School (1934-37) and football coach and athletic director at Austin (Minn.) High School (1938-39)... in 1939, Bennett was hired as a football coach and athletic director at Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois... he coached the Lyons Township football team for 21 years and won 11 West Suburban Conference championships... served as just athletic director from 1960-66... inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame at Richmond... also received the Clevenger Award from IU in 1972... passed away in 1973.
LEE CORSO: Football coach from 1973-82... led IU to its second ever post-season bowl appearance in the Holiday Bowl in 1979... led the Hoosiers to their first bowl win with a 38-37 victory over Brigham Young... with the win, the squad finished ranked 16th in the final national poll... had winning records of 8-4 in 1979 and 6-5 in 1980... ranked as the third winningest IU football coach and third by a Hoosiers football coach in wins over Purdue... Corso also served as the head coach at Louisville and Northern Illinois... since 1987, he has served as an analyst for ESPN on its College Gameday Show and Director of Business Development for Dixon Ticonderoga, a Florida based pencil manufacturing company.
STEVE GREEN: Won basketball letters in 1973, 1974 and 1975 and was a co-captain in 1974 and 1975... leading scorer on undefeated regular season team (31-0) of '75 with 16.6 average and leading scorer in '74 with a 16.7 average... First team All-Big Ten in 1974 and 1975... Indiana MVP in 1974 and co-MVP in 1975... Academic All-Big Ten and Academic All-American in both 1974 and 1975... ranked sixth in IU books for field goal percentage with .538 and ranked sixth in books for season field goal percentage... recipient of the 1973 Balfour Award, 1975 Elvis Stahr Outstanding Senior Award and 1975 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship... he was first-year head coach Bob Knight's first recruit in 1971 after attending Silver Creek High School in Sellersburg, Indiana ... was selected by both the Utah Stars in the 1975 ABA Draft and by the Chicago Bulls with the 12th pick of the second round in the 1975 NBA Draft... in 1975-76 he played with the Utah Stars and Spirits of St. Louis, and his NBA career consisted of three seasons with the Indiana Pacers from 1976 to 1979... after his NBA career he played for one season in Italy... selected for the National Association of Basketball Coaches Silver Anniversary Team in 2000... has been practicing dentistry in Fishers, Indiana since 1984.
DENISE (JACKSON) SALTERS: A native of Miami, Florida, Jackson won basketball letters from 1981-84... 1st team All-Big Ten in 1983 and 1984 and District All-American in 1983 and 1984... two-time Wade Trophy finalist... IU Female Athlete-of-the-Year in 1983... Indiana's all-time leading scorer with 1,917 points and all-time leading rebounder with 1,263 rebounds... averaged 15.6 points and 10.3 rebounds in her career... led team in scoring two years and in rebounding four years... shares IU single game rebound record with 22... twice a finalist for the Wade Trophy, given to the finest player in the nation... she currently resides in Savannah, Georgia... worked four years for the Centers for Disease Control and 18 years for the Chatham County Health Department... currently is Client Services Coordinator for Access Mental Health Agency.
WAYNE MCDONALD: He came to IU from Toronto, Canada, after he won the Ontario Jr. Championships in 1964 and Canadian Jr. Championships in 1966... won golf letters from 1968-70... placed 2nd and 7th in Big Ten meets as a junior and senior. Two-year All-American, placing 2nd and 9th in NCAA championships, IU's only two-time 1st team All-American in men's golf. Played on Big Ten championship teams in 1968 and 1970... recipient of IU's Balfour Award in 1970... won the Canadian Amateur title in 1969 and also played in the Eisenhower Cup for Canada... In 2001, McDonald became a Senior Professional golfer at the age of 51 and competed with the top-ranking players on the Champions Tour... he has finished successfully in the US Senior Open, British Senior Open and Canadian Senior Open... also won four professional events on the secondary Senior Tours and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where he is managing partner for Matteson Partners, Inc., an executive search firm... he also founded and was Chairman and CEO of Golf Training Systems, a company he took public in 1995... earlier served as founder and President of a venture capital backed firm in Atlanta, Cornerstone Products Inc., which became the leading visual merchandising supplier of in-store products to promote and sell logo merchandise for professional sports leagues, including MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR and USOC.
VAN WAITERS: Waiters joined IU after finishing his prep career in Coral Gables, Florida and won football letters in 1983, 1985, 1986 and 1987... 1st team All-Big Ten in 1986 and 1987... earned 2nd team All-American honors in 1987 from UPI and 3rd team honors from Associated Press and Football New and was 2nd team All-American in 1986 from Associated Press and Sporting News and 3rd team by Football News... held IU season records with 21 tackles for loss and 14 sacks in 1987 and ranked second on IU's career list in both categories... played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings... he currently resides in Hialeah, Fla where he is heavily involved in youth football.
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