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Newark, N.J. - On Monday night, the ASUN Conference inducted its third Hall of Fame Class in a ceremony at the New Jersey Institute of Technology campus. The conference honored five former standouts in Houston Baptist's Colin Montgomerie, Jacksonville's Russell Knox, Stetson's Chris Westervelt, Kennesaw State's Keri McKee Cortolano and Florida Atlantic's Nicole Myers.
Colin Montgomerie, Houston Baptist, Men's Golf
A 1987 graduate of Houston Baptist University, Colin Montgomerie helped lead the Huskies to three-straight Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) titles (1984-86) and multiple NCAA Tournament appearances (1985-87). As a senior he helped his HBU team to a fifth-place finish in the 1987 NCAA Championship. Montgomerie was the TAAC Player of the Year and Championship individual medalist in 1985 while setting the conference tournament record that season with an 11-under 205, which still ranks third today.
Russell Knox, Jacksonville, Men's Golf
A native of Inverness, Scotland, Knox earned membership to the 2004 ASUN All-Freshmen Team after he led the Dolphins in four of seven events in his first season and earned an individual medalist honor. A second-team All-Conference selection as a sophomore, Knox returned in 2006 to a heightened level of success. He earned membership to the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-American Team, and was also a Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar, eclipsing the requirements of at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and under a 76.0 stroke average for Division I play.
Current Jacksonville Athletic Director Alex Ricket-Gilbert on Knox's impact today on school and Dolphins men's golf program
"He is a lover and supporter of JU and understands that he has a big impact on us and is willing to do a lot for us and trumpet what we have going on. I think he was a big part of our recent success because he was engaged with our program and our institution."
Chris Westervelt, Stetson, Baseball
On the diamond, Westervelt was a two-time ASUN Player of the Year (2002, 2004) who finished his career with a .350 batting average, 44 doubles, 35 home runs and 135 RBI in 190 career games. During his two best seasons, Westervelt hit .403-(2002) and .385 (2004) and earned a total of four All-America awards. In 2002, he was selected to the Collegiate Baseball Second-Team and Baseball America Third-Team. In 2004 he followed that with All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball and College Baseball Insider. Also a two-time all-region selection, Westervelt helped Stetson to NCAA Regionals in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and the Hatters won a total of 162 games during his four seasons.
Longtime Stetson Head Coach Pete Dunn on what it means to see Westervelt inducted into the ASUN Hall of Fame
"I know that coaches aren't supposed to admit to having favorites, but it was certainly gratifying to coach a player the caliber of Chris Westervelt because of the contributions he made as a great player, but also in the community and as an Academic All-American," said longtime Stetson Head Coach Pete Dunn. "His induction into the ASUN Hall of Fame is richly deserved. In my 38 years, I observed a lot of great players who came through the conference, and he ranked right up there as one of the best along the way."
Keri McKee Cortolano, Kennesaw State, Softball
She was a two-time All-Conference First Team selection in 2006 and 2007, and in 2007 she enjoyed quite a senior season. Earning the 2007 ASUN Player of the Year honors, she led KSU to its first ASUN Regular Season Softball Championship. Her .422 batting average that season led the ASUN (and continues to be KSU's single-season record), but she also led the conference in hits and doubles as a senior. McKee finished her two-year ASUN Conference career with a .416 average, 76 runs scored, 154 hits, 30 doubles, eight home runs and 76 RBIs. Her .416 career average is best on KSU's Division I career list, and it currently ranks her fifth on the ASUN career list as well.
Scott Whitlock, Kennesaw State's longtime softball head coach, knows how deserving McKee is of this honor
"Keri's inclusion in this year's HOF class is most deserving. She helped lead the KSU Softball Program into the Division I era; and her accomplishments speak for themselves. She was an outstanding player and a better teammate. It was both an honor and a pleasure to coach her. The entire Owl Nation, including one old coach, cannot be more thrilled."
Nicole Myers, Florida Atlantic, Softball
St. Petersburg, Fla., native Nicole Myers is the most highly decorated player in the history of ASUN and FAU Softball. A three-time ASUN Player of the Year, Myers' talent also translated into four ASUN Tournament MVP honors as she helped the Owls to a conference title in each of her four seasons at FAU. Myers pitched in an NCAA Tournament in each of her four seasons with the Owls, ranks in the Top 10 of 14 ASUN Career statistics and continues to hold distinction as the ASUN single-season leader in ERA, strikeouts, wins, complete games and shutouts. During her stellar career she was named ASUN Pitcher of the Week 15 times and Player of the Week another six.
Legenday FAU Head Softball Coach Joan Joyce was full of praise when talking about Myers' impact on her and the FAU Softball program
"Nikki really jumpstarted the FAU softball program and began the tradition of strong pitching that led us to nine ASUN championships. She was also an outstanding hitter, leading the team in hitting all four years and is still the all-time leader in career home runs and is a two-time all American. She did all of that while majoring in pre-med. I'm very proud of Nikki and I couldn't have picked a better person to be FAU softball's first inductee to the ASUN Hall of Fame."
Last year, the ASUN recognized Centenary's Willie Jackson, FIU's Cindy Russo, Jacksonville's Daniel Murphy and ASUN Founder Bill Bibb in the second Hall of Fame class
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