BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University will welcome seven new members to its Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 2 in its annual Hall of Fame dinner.
Antwaan Randle El (Football, 1998-01), Landon Turner (Men's Basketball, 1979-81), Michelle Venturella (Softball, 1991-95), Dave Martin (Varsity Club Director, football 1959-61), Leanne Grotke (Coordinator of Women's Athletics, 1972-79), Bobby Robertson (Football, 1949-52, Baseball, 1954) and Lary Schulhof (Swimming, 1962-64), will be officially inducted on Friday evening and will be recognized at halftime of the football game against Iowa at Memorial Stadium, on Saturday.
"These individuals embody the spirit for which administrators, coaches and student-athletes are best known at Indiana University. IU Athletics has long been a benchmark of excellence -- both in the classroom and in competition--and these Hoosier greats certainly are responsible for helping establish that," said Glass. "We have great strengths and traditions because of their efforts, and it is with much gratitude that we recognize them for their service to IU."
The IU Athletics Hall of Fame, established in 1982 by the Department of Athletics in conjunction with the Varsity Club and I Association, recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the prestige of IU both on and off the field of competition.
Inductees have brought much distinction and honor to IU and have established a tradition of excellence, which is incomparable. Their achievements have touched everyone associated with IU. From the inception of intercollegiate athletics at Indiana to the present, none have better exemplified the true spirit of athletic competition at Indiana than those honored players, coaches and administrators.
ANTWAAN RANDLE EL (Football - 1998-2001) - One of the most dynamic offensive performers in Big Ten history, Antwaan Randle El came to IU from Riverdale, Ill., and won football letters in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. Randle El earned All-Big Ten distinction in 1999, 2000 and 2001, and Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1998. He was named Big Ten Most Valuable Player in 2001 and First Team All-American in 2001. He finished sixth in Heisman Trophy balloting in 2001, after finishing 13th in 2000. Randle El was the first player in NCAA history to score 40 touchdowns (45) and throw for 40 touchdowns (42), first to record over 2,500 total yards in four seasons, first to both pass for over 6,000 yards and rush for over 3,000 yards. The Thompson-Randle El Award, given to the Big Ten's best freshman football player is named in his honor. A tremendous all-around athlete while at Indiana, Randle El also played on the men's basketball and baseball teams. He played in the NFL for 10 years with Pittsburgh and Washington and was a member of the winning Super Bowl team in Pittsburgh in 2005.
LANDON TURNER (Basketball - 1979-1981) - A native of Indianapolis, Landon Turner won basketball letters in 1979, 1980 and 1981, and was a starter on and key member of the 1981 NCAA National Championship team. He averaged 7.5 points and 3.8 rebounds and shot 53.3 percent from the field during his career. Heading into a senior year filled with great promise, Turner was in a traffic accident that left him paralyzed. Turner eventually graduated from Indiana in 1984 and went on to play wheelchair basketball. In 1982, he was named an honorary All-American by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and drafted by the Boston Celtics. One of the most beloved players in IU basketball history, Turner remains an inspiration to Hoosier fans the world over.
MICHELLE VENTURELLA (Softball - 1991-95) - One of the most accomplished team sport athletes in IU history, Michelle Venturella won softball letters in 1991, 1993, 1994, and 1995. The South Holland, Ill., native was named All-Big Ten in 1994 and 1995, Academic All-Big Ten in 1993, 1994, 1995, Second Team All-America in 1994, 3rd team All-America in 1995 and IU Female Athlete of the Year in 1995. Venturella won IU's Big Ten Medal in 1995 and set conference records in batting average, total bases and runs batted-in in 1994. She holds IU season records for runs, doubles, home runs and runs batted in, while also owning the career record for runs batted in. She is second on career lists for hits, third in runs and home runs, and fourth in batting average. She was a member of the USA Softball team for six years, helping the United States to a gold medal in both1996 and 2000. Venturella was also part of the 1998 World Championship Gold Medal team. She is currently the head coach at University of Illinois-Chicago, a position she has held since 2008. Prior to UIC, she was an assistant at Iowa for six years - including four as associate head coach, and an assistant coach at Northern Illinois for two years.
DAVE MARTIN (Varsity Club Director; Football - 1959-61) - A Bloomington native, Dave Martin became the third director of the IU Varsity Club in 1971 and served for 35 years in athletic fund raising, with titles of Varsity Club Director, Associate Athletic Director, and Special Advisor to athletics. During his tenure as Varsity Club Director, Martin was instrumental in establishing the Athletics Endowment Fund, the University Ticket Priority System, the IU Athletics Hall of Fame, the Varsity Club National Board, and countless other key Varsity Club initiatives. He joined the IU Foundation in 1969 to work on the 150th birthday fund, and then served the IU Alumni Association as director of alumni clubs and continuing education. He won football letters from 1959-61 and was voted outstanding defensive lineman in 1961.
LEANNE GROTKE (Coordinator of IU Women's Athletics & Director of Women's Sports - 1972-79) - Leanne Grotke ushered in the era of women's varsity sports at IU. A native of Destin, Fla., Grotke came to IU after graduating from Bowling Green State University and served as coordinator of IU women's athletics and Director of Women's Sports from 1972-79. She oversaw the transition of women's athletics from school of HPER to athletic department. She earned a Master's Degree from IU in 1966. Grotke also served as AIAW Commissioner for National Championships in 1966. She worked for 26 years in athletic administration at Cal State Fullerton. The Grotke Award is named in her honor and it recognizes living I Women who, as alumnae, have made exceptional contributions to the women's athletic program at IU Bloomington. It is the highest honor of its kind given by the university.
BOBBY ROBERTSON (Football - 1949-52; Baseball - 1954) - Another in the long line of great IU two sport athletes, Robertson won football letters in 1949, 1950, 1952 and baseball letter in 1954. He was IU most valuable player in football in 1950 as a halfback. Robertson led the Hoosiers in rushing, scoring and punting in both 1949 and 1950, and set an IU record with 185 rushing yards in a victory over Notre Dame in 1950. He led the Big Ten in punting in 1949 and 1951 and his career 38.0 average was an IU record for 16 seasons. In his only season of baseball, he was named All-Big Ten and led the league in hitting with a .438 average.
LARY SCHULHOF (Swimming - 1962-64) - A Muncie, Ind. native, Schulhof, a two-time All-American and 1964 Gimbel Award recipient, earned letters in 1962, 63 and 64, and was the team Co-Captain in 1963-64. He was the National Champion in the 100 and 220-yard butterfly in 1962 and won eight international butterfly championships including in Europe, Japan and East Germany in 1962 and 1963. Individual butterfly records include a National High School, two Big Ten, two NCAA and two American marks, as well as a World Record set in 1962. He also shared in three NCAA, two American and two world relay records, plus an Olympic relay record as a member of the 1964 Olympic Team in Tokyo.