7.31.14: Walsh to Induct Seven New Wall of Fame Members
Walsh University will induct seven new members into its Athletic Wall of Fame. The Wall of Fame dinner and official induction ceremony will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014. The dinner will be held at the Barrette Business and Community Center, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m., with the induction ceremonies to follow. Please R.S.V.P. by calling Stephanie Cady at 330-490-7035. The 2014 class will also be presented on Saturday, October 18 at halftime of the homecoming football game against Malone University at Fawcett Stadium. Kick-off is at 6 p.m.
Mike Galassi (Football, 2006-07) started every game at left tackle for the Cavs in his two years after transferring from Kent State University. Mike earned first-team All-Mid States Football Association honors each year and was named first-team NAIA All-American by the American Football Coaches Association in 2006, and first-team Victory Sports Network NAIA All-American and first-team NAIA All-American by the Football Coaches Association his senior year. With Galassi leading the way at left tackle, Walsh rushed for 2,019 yards in 2006, won a school-record nine games, and made their only NAIA Playoff appearance. The following season Mike had a tryout with the Cleveland Browns, and played in the Canadian Football League for the Toronto Argonauts in 2008. Mike earned his bachelor of arts in 2009.
Christine (Haver) Lynn (Women’s Golf 2003-07) was the premier golfer in the infant years of the women’s program, and is the first women’s golfer to enter the Wall of Fame. She earned first-team All-American Mideast Conference/Region IX honors and was AMC medalist as a freshman (85.1). As a sophomore, Christine averaged 85.9 and again earned first-team All-AMC/Region IX accolades, and tied for 83rd place at the NAIA National Championships. She also won the Malone Invitational. Haver averaged 86.0 as a junior and was named to the Walsh Invitational All-Tournament Team and was a NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Her senior year, she again earned All-AMC honors. Christine she completed graduate requirements at Walsh in 2009, after earning her bachelors of arts in 2007. She later served as an assistant coach in the program.
Jason Hicks (Men’s basketball 2004-07) lettered three times after transferring from the University of Akron, and was the point guard on Walsh’s 2005 NAIA National Championship team. Hicks averaged 10.8 points and 3.7 assists per game, and was named second-team All-American Mideast Conference. He shot 44% from three-point and 84% from the foul line. After his superb play at the five-game NAIA Championships, Jason was named to the NAIA All-Tournament Team. His second year at Walsh was just as prolific as his first. Hicks averaged 13.8 points in the regular season and 16.7 points at the national tournament, where he again was named to the NAIA All-Tournament Team. He was named first-team All-AMC and honorable mention NAIA All-American. At the end of the academic year, he was selected Walsh’s Male Athlete of the Year. With one semester of eligibility remaining Hicks played second semester his senior year, but was hampered by an ankle injury suffered in the post season, and missed Walsh’s trip to the National Tournament. Hicks finished his career with 1,013 points; is second in three-pointers (95) in a single season, fourth in career three-pointers (200) and fifth in career assists (415) and three-point FG % (.447). Hicks earned his bachelor of arts in 2007.
Ruth (Kucklick) Prentice (Volleyball 2001-05) shined as an outside hitter on the some of the most successful teams in Cavs’ Volleyball history. Kucklick started on three American Mideast Conference championship teams and on Walsh’s NAIA Elite Eight team in 2003. The Cavs won 138 matches against only 27 losses during her four years. Ruth was selected to the AMC’s All-Freshman Team in 2001 after recording 387 kills (3.17 kpg) and 359 digs. In her sophomore year, Kucklick was named first-team All-AMC/Region IX after averaging 3.42 kills and recording 438 kills and 454 digs. She was named second-team All-AMC as a junior, while also being selected first-team NAIA Region IX and honorable mention NAIA All-American. She averaged 3.71 kills and totaled 490 kills and 426 digs. Ruth again earned first-team All-AMC honors as a senior after totaling 564 kills and 353 digs. She averaged 4.5 kills per set. Kucklick stands fifth in careers kills (1.879), fourth in kills per set in a single season (4.66) and ninth in all-time kills per set (3.71). Ruth earned her bachelor of arts in 2005.
Richard Mapp (Men’s Soccer 1983-87) earned accolades as a top flight goalkeeper for the Cavs. In three of his four years he fashioned a goals against average under 2.00. In his freshman year, he sported a 1.68 GAA in 19 games. In his sophomore year he was named second-team All-Mid-Ohio Conference. As a junior, he recorded one shutout and a 1.58 GAA. Richard saved his best for last, when he recorded four shutouts, a 1.41 goals against average, and was named first-team All-MOC in his senior year. In 60 career games Mapp compiled a 1.62 goals against average. Richard earned his bachelor of arts in 1987.
Longtime supporter Jeff Rabbitt enters the Wall of Fame in the Meritorious Service category. Rabbitt, a supporter of the men’s basketball programs since the days of Bob Huggins, has been associated with the program since 1980. He was a main contributor to the recently refurbished men’s basketball locker room, the main sponsor of the 1982-83 men’s basketball tenth anniversary dinner in 1992, and a sponsor of the men’s basketball 50th anniversary festivities in 2012.
Darian Tate (Football 2001) played one memorable season for the Cavs in 2001 after being unable to finish his football career at Northern Illinois University. Tate starred at defensive tackle and led Walsh to an 8-3 record and the program’s only Mid-States Football Association Championship. Tate paced the Cavs with 18 tackles for a loss, and set an all-time single sack mark with 14. For his efforts, he was named first-team NAIA and Hansen Gazette All-American. He was also tabbed MSFA Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-MSFA, and was a finalist for NAIA Defensive Player of the Year accolades. Tate is currently stationed in Afghanistan, after enlisting this summer. He earned his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois.