Seven to be Inducted into Miami's 40th Hall of Fame Class
Jan. 22, 2009
OXFORD, Ohio—Seven are being inducted into the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame in February as part of the 40th class, upping the total number of members to 207.
Two of Miami men’s basketball’s top-three all-time leading scorers—Devin Davis and Wally Szczerbiak—are being inducted as is baseball’s all-time winningest pitcher, Ben Burnau. All-America golfer Maarten van den Berg, seven-time Mid-American Conference women’s swimming champion Kelly Davis, one of women’s basketball’s 1,000-point scorers Gaby Downey and football’s Bill Gunlock, who was a cog on one of Miami’s most-celebrated teams, make up the Hall of Fame Class of 2008-09.
Burnau (’89) holds Miami’s career records for pitching wins with 30 and strikeouts with 295. Throwing 350.1 innings for the Red and White from 1985-88, he finished his Miami career as the school and the Mid-American Conference record holder in innings pitched, which remained the Miami standard until 2006. His career wins and strikeout records still rank him at fourth all-time among MAC leaders. As a sophomore in 1986, Burnau led the MAC in innings pitched, earned run average, and strikeouts. As a junior, he again led the league in strikeouts and became an all-MAC selection when he earned second-team honors. In 1986 and 1987, Burnau also earned two spots on Miami’s top-10 single-season strikeout list, throwing 91 strikeouts in 1986, which ranks sixth, and 85 in 1987, which ties for 10th. As a senior in 1988, Burnau set a Miami single-season record for wins with 11, which was later tied at Miami and ties for sixth among MAC statistical leaders. He also earned first-team all-MAC distinction in 1988. Following his Miami career, Burnau was drafted by the Seattle Mariner’s organization.
Devin Davis (’00) was one of just two players in program history and among an elite group MAC men’s basketball players to earn first-team all-MAC honors three times, doing so from 1995-97. Leading Miami to NCAA Tournaments in 1995 and 1997 and NIT berths in 1994 and 1996, Davis is one of just eight players in program history to advance to postseason play all four years. Following Miami’s 1997 MAC Tournament title, Davis was tabbed MAC Tournament MVP. Davis also led Miami to MAC regular-season titles in 1995 and 1997. Additionally, he was named to the MAC all-freshman team in 1994. Davis ranks among Miami’s career top-10 leaders in 14 of 19 statistical categories and is Miami’s career record holder for made free throws and free-throw attempts. With 1,828 points and 1,027 rebounds, Davis ranks third among Miami’s career leaders in both categories and is just one of three players to amass more than 1,000 career rebounds. During his Miami career, the Red and White compiled a 53-19 MAC record, including a 16-2 mark in 1995, which ties for the most MAC wins in a season by a Miami team. Following his Miami career, he went overseas to play professional basketball and has done so for the past 12 years. He is currently playing with a team in Spain.
Kelly Davis (’88) is one of the most-decorated individuals in Miami women’s swimming history. A seven-time Mid-American Conference champion, Davis won six individual titles and was a part of one MAC Championship relay during her Miami career. Davis was a three-time MAC Champion in the 400-yard individual medley, winning titles in 1985, 1986 and 1987. She won back-to-back MAC titles in the 500-yard freestyle in 1985 and 1986. In 1986, Davis was the MAC Champion in the 1650-yard freestyle and a part of the MAC Championship 800-yard freestyle relay. Davis was a key part of a dominant era of Miami women’s swimming and diving, when the Red and White won seven consecutive league titles. She was a part of four MAC Championship teams, seizing league crowns in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988. She finished her Miami career as the varsity record holder in 500-, 1000- and 1650-yard freestyle and the 400-yard IM.
Downey (’89) is one of just 18 players in women’s basketball history to surpass 1,000 career points and ranks 12th on the all-time list, amassing 1,192 points during her Miami career. A four-year letterwinner for the Red and White (1986, 1988-90), Downey also is one of just seven players in program history to compile more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career. Downey was a second-team all-MAC selection in 1990 and was tabbed Miami’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year that same year. She also earned academic all-MAC honors in 1990. Downey continues to rank among Miami statistical leaders in single-season blocked shots, tying for ninth with 30 in 1990. Additionally, she is currently ranked fifth in career blocked shots (87), eighth in career field goals (517) and sixth in career field goal attempts (1,209). In her final season with the Red and White, Downey helped spearhead Miami to a MAC regular-season title behind an impressive 15-1 league mark and a 23-5 overall record, which was just the fourth 20-win season in program history at the time.
Helping to pave the way for one of Miami’s most prolific rushers, Gunlock (’51) was a three-year letterwinner as an offensive guard for the Red and White. During his playing career, Miami seized Mid-American Conference titles in 1948 and 1950, posting 4-0 league records each season. The team compiled an 11-1 MAC mark over his three seasons and a combined overall record of 21-5-1, which included a 7-1-1 record in 1948 and a 9-1 mark in 1950. Miami earned the second bowl berth in program history when the team was selected for the 1950 Salad Bowl (now known as the Fiesta Bowl). Miami went on to defeat Arizona State 34-21 in the Salad Bowl that season. Throughout his playing career, Gunlock’s efforts on the front line helped John Pont become Miami’s top ground-gainer at the time, amassing 2,457 rushing yards. Following graduation, Gunlock spent two years in the Army where he played football for the Brook Army Medical Center, which was rated second in the country. He then went into a career in coaching, serving on the Heidelberg, Bowling Green, West Point and Ohio State staffs before changing career paths and starting a successful business career. He helped all four programs achieve undefeated seasons and conference titles. He was a part of the 1958 West Point program that was ranked third nationally and the national championship team at Ohio State in 1961. Additionally, he has served on Miami University’s Board of Trustees and Foundation Board, Red and White Club Advisory Board, and Leadership Gift Committee.
After leading Miami to the 1999 Sweet 16, the first time in program history Miami has won two NCAA Tournament games, Szczerbiak (’99) was named a first-team All-American by Basketball News, Sports Illustrated, Basketball America and John Wooden and a second-team All-American by the Associated Press, NABC and USBWA. He is one of just three All-Americans in program history and was a finalist for the Naismith, Robertson and Wooden player of the year awards. A two-time first-team all-MAC pick (1998 and 1999), Szczerbiak was a unanimous selection as the 1999 MAC Player of the Year and was the Miami Male Athlete of the Year in 1998-99. He is one of just two MU players to be named to the MAC all-tournament team three times (1997, 1998, 1999) and is Miami’s career record holder for 3-point field-goal percentage and its single-season record holder for points, free throws and 3-point field-goal percentage. With 1,847 points, Szczerbiak is Miami’s second all-time leading scorer. He is ranked among Miami career leaders on 11 of 19 top-10 lists. In 1999, he helped the RedHawks tie a school record for wins with 24 and averaged 24.2 ppg, which ranked third nationally. He played in the 1997 and 1999 NCAA Tournaments and the 1996 NIT and helped Miami to regular-season MAC titles in 1997 and 1999 and a tournament crown in 1997. He was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the sixth overall pick in 1999 and is currently with the Cleveland Cavalier organization.
Van den Berg (’97) started his Miami career with a bang being named a Golf Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American as a freshman in 1994 and also being tabbed the Division I Freshman Golfer of the Year. He was the individual medalist at the MAC Championships as a freshman, earning MAC Freshman of the Year honors in 1994 and also becoming the first freshman to be tabbed a Miami Athlete of the Year. Van den Berg is one of only three players in program history to capture all-MAC honors all four seasons. In 1996, van den Berg again was the individual medalist at the MAC Championships, spearheading Miami to its last league title and becoming one of just four Miami golfers to twice win the MAC Championship. He was named MAC Golfer of the Year in 1996 and then again in 1997 and also was tabbed MAC Sportsman of the Year in 1997. He also was a two-time academic all-MAC selection. Van den Berg led Miami to NCAA Championships appearances in 1994 and 1996 and a Central Regional berth in 1997. He is Miami’s career record holder for tournament wins with seven and ranks fourth in career scoring average (74.17).
A Hall of Fame brunch will be held at the Marcum Center on Miami University’s campus at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14 and the induction ceremony will take place later that evening during the men’s basketball game versus Western Michigan. The game is the second of a doubleheader with the women’s game against Eastern Michigan set to tip at 5 p.m. and the men’s game scheduled for 7 p.m.
Space is limited for the brunch and reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. NO walk-up tickets will be available. Reservations will be taken until 5 p.m. Feb. 10. Cost of the brunch is $17 per person and reservations can be made by contacting the Miami Athletics Ticket Office at 1-866-MUHAWKS (1-866-684-2957).