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Jan. 11, 2008
OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University will induct eight former student-athletes into its Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 9. The 2007-08 class includes Jim Bohan `58 (men's swimming and diving), Dan Boyle '98 (ice hockey), Ryan Creech '94 (men's soccer), Pam Hall '84 (women's track and field), Jill Joslin '87 (women's tennis), Angel Miller '92 (volleyball), Joe Novak '67 (football) and Ed Wingard '59 (men's basketball).
A reception open to the public will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 in the Hall of Fame Lobby in Millett Hall. An induction brunch is set for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Shriver Center Heritage Room. The induction ceremony will take place at halftime of the Miami University men's basketball game on Feb. 9 against Central Michigan. The game is the second game of a women's and men's basketball doubleheader, with the women's game versus Western Michigan set for 2 p.m. and the men's tip set for 4 p.m. or 30 minutes after the women's game. Miami ice hockey also is in action at home on Feb. 9, hosting Michigan at 7:35 p.m.
Bohan was a two-time All-American for the Miami men's swimming and diving program, earning the distinction in 1957 and 1958. At the 1957 NCAA Championships, Bohan placed third in the 100-yard backstroke and sixth in the 200-yard backstroke. He was a five-time Mid-American Conference champion for Miami. He earned three MAC titles in 1957 and two more in 1958. Bohan won titles in the 100-yard backstroke and in the 200-yard individual medley in 1957 and '58 and also was the MAC Champion in the 200-yard backstroke in 1957. Bohan is being inducted posthumously.
Boyle was a two-time First-Team West All-American at defenseman, earning the honor in 1997 and 1998. A finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 1998, Boyle was tabbed the CCHA's Best Offensive Defenseman in 1998 and also was the Miami Male Co-Athlete of the Year. Boyle twice was named to the All-CCHA teams (1997 and `98) and was voted to the CCHA/Bauer Nike All-Rookie First Team in 1995. He is Miami's record holder for goals in a game by a defenseman (3) and points in a season by a defenseman (54). He ranks second at Miami in career assists (107), ninth in career points (147) and third in assists in a season (43 in 1997). In 1996-97, Boyle helped Miami to a 27-12-1 mark and a second-place CCHA finish with a 19-7-1 record. Boyle is in his eighth year in the NHL and is currently a member of Tampa Bay Lightning. Boyle won a Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004.
Creech was the 1990 Mid-American Soccer Conference Player of the Year and was a three-time all conference selection for the Red and White in 1990, 1991 and 1993. He also captured All-Ohio honors in 1990, `91 and `93, while earning NSCAA All-Mideast Region honors in 1993. Creech placed his name on three Miami career charts, ranking third in career goals (31), fourth in career assists (19) and fourth in career points (81). He also ranked on three single-single season lists, tying for third in goals (14 in 1990), tying for third in points (31 in 1990) and tying for 10th in assists (7 in 1990).
Hall finished her career as Miami's all-time point scorer for women's track and field with 319 points and currently ranks among the Red and White's top 15 career point scorers. She twice earned all-conference honors in the shot put, placing second at the 1982 and 1983 meets, and was a conference scorer for Miami all four years. Hall finished among the MAC's top three at the league meet all four years in the shot put, placing third in the event in 1981 and 1984 in addition to her second-place finishes. She also was one of the league's top discus throwers, finishing third in 1981 and '82 and posting a fifth-place finish in 1983.
Joslin was a member of four MAC Championship teams (1984-87) amidst a MAC-record nine-straight MAC women's tennis crowns. She was a six-time MAC Champion, capturing singles and/or doubles titles each year during her Miami career. Joslin was the MAC Champion at No. 3 singles in 1985 and '86 and captured a MAC crown at No. 5 singles as a freshman in 1984. In doubles play, Joslin teamed up with Vickie Shields to win a MAC title at No. 1 doubles in 1985, with Kristin Mill at No. 2 doubles in 1987 and with Sarah Barnes at No. 3 doubles in 1984. She was the first recipient of the MAC's Leann Grimes Davidge Sportsmanship Award in 1986. Joslin also earned Academic All-MAC honors in 1987, which was the first year the MAC sponsored Academic All-MAC awards.
Miller was a two-time First-Team All-MAC volleyball selection in 1990 and 1991, earning AVCA All-District II accolades and Second-Team Academic All-MAC honors in 1991. Twice Miller earned MAC All-Tournament Team honors (1990 and '91), being named the 1990 MAC Tournament MVP after leading Miami to its first tournament title in nearly 10 years and just the second NCAA Tournament berth in program history. She helped Miami to the 1991 NIVC semifinals. Miller remains Miami's career record holder for kills per game (3.33) and its single-season record holder for kills (527 in 1991). She finished her career as the Red and White's career record holder in digs (1,157) and was second in career kills (1,344). She currently ranks fourth and fifth in career kills and digs, respectively, and is one of just eight players in program history to amass 1,000 kills and digs in a career. Additionally, Miller ranks among Miami's career top 10 in digs per game, service aces and hitting percentage, while also ranking among the top 10 in single-season digs, kills per game and service aces. She participated in the Olympic Sports Festival in 1990 and `91, earning bronze medals each year.
Novak was a member of MAC Co-Championship teams on the gridiron for Miami in 1965 and `66. Miami went 5-1 in league play each season. He was a two-time letterwinner for the Red and White at defensive end. Novak returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach from 1974-76. During that time, Miami won two MAC titles, going 5-0 in conference play in 1974 and 6-0 in 1975. Miami defeated Georgia in the 1974 Tangerine Bowl and defeated South Carolina in the 1975 Tangerine Bowl. After a combined 22 seasons as an assistant coach at Miami, Illinois, Northern Illinois and Indiana, Novak assumed the head coaching post at Northern Illinois in 1996 and spent 12 seasons guiding the Huskie program. He was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2002 and was named the Region 3 Division I-A Coach of the Year by the AFCA in 2003. Novak finished his coaching career ranked among the league's top 10 for career wins and MAC wins.
Wingard was a First-Team All-MAC selection in 1959 and helped the Miami men's basketball program to its only undefeated league record, posting a 12-0 MAC record in 1958. He was a part of MAC Championship teams in 1957, '58 and '59 with Miami earning NCAA Tournament berths in 1957 and '58. In 1959, Wingard was among five players to score in double figures for the season, which was the first time on record Miami had five players average double figures in scoring. It has only happened twice since (1974 and 1994). That season, Wingard averaged a double-double of 12.1 ppg and 12.2 rpg. Wingard also helped the Red and White establish a single-season team record for rebounding as the 1957 squad amassed 1,464 rebounds over 25 games. His 8.0 career rebounding average ranks 10th among Miami leaders, while he continues to rank among Miami's top 10 in single season rebounds and rebounding average.
With Miami's Athletics Hall of Fame beginning in 1969, this year's induction marks the 39th Hall of Fame Class and brings the total number of Hall of Fame members to 208.