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Miami Hurricanes: UM Hall To Add Seven New Members

Come April 2013, the University of Miami will add seven new members into the UM Sports Hall of Fame.

Headlining the list are former QB Ken Dorsey and C Brett Romberg, both who played on the ‘Canes 2001 National Championship team.

Other inductees will include: Ed Contreras (baseball, 1957-1959), Bryan Gillooly (diving, 1994-1998), Norm Parsons (coaching, 1972-2012), Don Soldinger (coaching/administration, 1984-1988/1995-2006) and Jay Tessmer (baseball, 1994-1995).

With the induction of the aforementioned, the Miami Hall of Fame will hold 274 honorees.  The latest inductees will be honored on April 11, marking the 43rd UM Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet held on Key Biscayne.

Ed Contreras led the Miami baseball team in home runs, as well as RBI (19 HR/67 RBI) during each of his three seasons with the team.  He also led the ‘Canes in batting in 1958 (.316) and 1959 (.310).  Contreras still holds the UM career slugging percentage record and left the U as the school’s single-season and career home runs leader.

Ken Dorsey quarterbacked the ‘Canes to their fifth National Title in 2001.  Dorsey was MVP of the Rose Bowl in 2002 and was selected as a 2002 All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and the Walter Camp Foundation.  As the 2001 and 2002 Big East Offensive Player of the Year, Dorsey set eight UM offensive records, including total offense, passing yards, passing TD’s, completions and attempts.  He is the winningest quarterback in UM history (38-2) and won the 2001 Maxwell Award, given to the top player in college football.

Brett Romberg was a Rimington Award winner (given to college football’s best center) in 2002 and a consensus All-American.  He was a first-team All-Big East selection in 2001 and 2002 and never allowed a sack during his Miami tenure.  Romberg was a member of the ‘Canes 2001 National Title team and lists 37 consecutive starts at center.

Don Soldinger was a linebackers and tight end coach under famed head coach Jimmy Johnson.  He was also the running backs and special teams coach under Butch Davis and Larry Coker.  Soldinger was part of the 1987 and 2001 National Championship staff and coached six running backs that rushed for over 1,000 yards in a season (Willis McGahee, Edgerrin James (twice), Clinton Portis, Danyell Ferguson, Frank Gore and James Jackson).  In his 16 seasons at the U, the ‘Canes won 158 games.

Bryan Gillooly was a two-time diving champ for the ‘Canes.  He was a 12-time All-American and was named the 1996 NCAA Diver of the Year.  Gillooly was a finalist at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Trials.

Norm Parsons coached the women’s golf team to a National Championship in 1977 and 1978.  Parsons was also a part of Miami’s administration and served as UM’s Director of the Herbert Wellness Center (1996-present), Director of Campus Sports and Recreation (1977-1996) and Intramural Director (1972-1993).

Jay Tessmer was named a 1995 first-team Collegiate Baseball All-American, collecting 20 saves which ties him for second most in UM history.  He holds the ‘Canes record for fewest walks per nine innings (1.42 avg.) and has the second most appearances by a pitcher (45 in 1995).  He held a career 1.24 ERA, ranking second in school history.  Tessmer played in the MLB for the New York Yankees.

List courtesy of the Miami Herald.


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