2008 Wall of Fame Class
Monday, November 26, 2007
"Walsh University to Induct Seven into Athletic Wall of Fame"
Walsh University will induct seven new members into its Athletic Wall of Fame. The Wall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony will be held on Friday, January 11th and Saturday, January 12th. The dinner and induction ceremony will be held on Friday in the Barrette Business and Community Center, beginning with a reception at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7:15 pm, with the induction ceremonies to follow. Cost of the dinner is $15.00. Please R.S.V.P. by calling 330-490-7035. The 2008 class will also be presented on Saturday, at halftime of the women's (2 p.m.) and men's (4 p.m.) basketball games against the Shawnee State University.
Bob Boldon (Men's Basketball, 1993-97/Louisville HS) lettered four times for the late Steve Loy on the hardwood. Boldon started at point guard all four years, and led Walsh to the NAIA Final Four in 1995-96. He averaged 8.2 points and dished out 163 assists as a freshman. The next three years were stellar for Boldon, as he was named First Team All-Mid-Ohio Conference each season. He averaged 12.7 points and handed out 204 assists in 1994-95 as a sophomore. As a junior, he averaged 14.5 points and handed out a then-record 222 assists in leading Walsh to the Mid-Ohio Conference championship and berth at the NAIA National Tournament. He was named MOC Player of the Year, first team NAIA All-American and Mr. Hustle at the National Tournament. As a senior, Boldon averaged 14.3 points and handed out 186 assists and was named NAIA Second Team All-American. He is still Walsh's career assist leader with 775 and is fourth in career points with 1,694. Boldon was also an assistant women's basketball coach on Walsh's 1998 NAIA National Championship team.
Dee Dent, Walsh's long running synchronized swimming coach enters the Wall of Fame. Dent coached the Cavs from 1993 to 2002 and from 2005 until last year. Dent brought synchronized swimming to Walsh in the 1980's as a club sport and was named Head Coach when the sport was elevated to varsity status in 1993. Walsh was one of only seven varsity programs nationwide when the sport received varsity status. Dent's most successful team earned a fourth place finish at the USSS National Championships in 1998. The Cavs finished fifth in 1996, and tied for 10th place in 1995 and 2001. Dent spent three weeks at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, helping to manage the practice pool. In August of 1995, she received the George Harvey Service Award as part of her election to the Greater Canton Aquatics Association Swimming Hall of Fame.
Norm Kutz, a 1969 Walsh University graduate, enters the Wall of Fame for meritorious service. Kutz has been the unofficial photographer for Walsh since the 1970's. Throughout the last 30 years, Kutz has taken actions shots preserving Walsh's rich athletic history. Kutz served Walsh as Director of Admissions (1969-74), Registrar (1970-74), Director of Development (1974-93), Vice President for University Advancement (1993-95), Assistant to the President (1995-96) and Development Project Administrator (1997). During his time as Vice President for University Advancement, Kutz initiated contact and discussions with senior executives of The Hoover Company, leading to the contribution of nearly 50 acres of land for athletic fields across East Maple Street and near the Physical Education Center.
Doug Meyer (Men's Basketball, 1993-98/GlenOak HS) lettered four times for the late Steve Loy and joins teammate Bob Boldon for 2008 Wall of Fame induction. Meyer was a scoring and rebounding force inside for the Cavs, finishing second in career points (1,894) and third in career rebounding (985). He averaged 13.6 points, shot .529 from the field and 6.6 rebounds as a freshman. As a sophomore, Meyer earned honorable mention All-Mid-Ohio Conference honors after averaging 14.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and shooting .526 from the field. In Walsh's Final Four year (1995-96), Doug earned second team All-MOC honors after averaging 13.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and shooting .532 from the floor. Meyer played only two games in 1996-97 due to a bad back which required season ending surgery. He came back the following season to average 13.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, while shooting a career best .559 from the floor. He was named first team All-MOC. Meyer is also ranked second in career field goals (827) and first in career attempts (1,542).
John Paul (Cross Country/Track, 1986-89/Canton Central Catholic HS) was an eight-time national qualifier for the Cavs in indoor and outdoor track and cross country. An outstanding student as well, John earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors in track in 1987, 1988 and 1989 and in cross country in 1988. In 1988, he was the number three man on Walsh's Cross Country Team that finished fourth at the NAIA National Championships. Paul was an All-District 22 selection in cross country and in 1989 was the MOC track champion in the 10,000 meter.
Melanie Scheetz (Women's Basketball, 1996-2000/Jackson HS) lettered four times for the Cavs and was a member of the 1998 National Championship Team. One of the most complete players in school history, Scheetz started all four years for the Cavs and averaged 10.3 points her freshman season. As a sophomore, everything fell into place for Scheetz and the Cavs. Melanie averaged 16.7 points, and was named first team All-Mid-Ohio Conference, Mid-Ohio Conference Player of the Year and second team NAIA All-American, as Walsh won the NAIA Division Two National Championship. She was also named to the NAIA All-Tournament Team. Walsh finished the season 29-5. Scheetz was just as productive her final two years, earning first team All-American Mideast Conference and second team NAIA All-American honors each season. She averaged 17.9 points her junior year and 20.0 points as a senior. Scheetz also earned GTE Academic All-American honors her senior year. Walsh's all-time scoring leader with 1,944 points, Scheetz is also ranked first in career free throws (468), attempts (599) and points in a single season (580). She finished second in career three-pointers (204), games played (119), fifth in steals (226) and sixth in career free throw percentage (.781).
Joe Urbanick (Men's Soccer, 1991-94/Chardon HS) lettered four times during one of the most successful periods in soccer history. The Cavs fashioned a 61-24-6 mark and won Walsh's third NAIA District 22 championship in 1993. The 1993 team is only Walsh team to appear at the NAIA National Soccer Championships. Urbanick, a midfielder, earned second team All-Mid-Ohio Conference as a freshman, scoring three goals and handing out seven assists. In 1992, as a junior, he was named second team All-MOC and All-District 22. During Walsh's championship season, Joe earned first team All-MOC, All-District 22, second team Area VI and second team NSCAA All-American. He tallied seven goals and handed out 10 assists for 24 points. As a senior, Joe again earned first team All-MOC, second team All-Ohio and second team All-Mideast, as he scored seven goals and handed out three assists. For his career, he totaled 58 points, on 19 goals and 20 assists.