Jacksonville Sports Day

Alexander to be Inducted into JU Athletics Hall of Fame

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University Athletics announced on Thursday afternoon its 2019 Hall of Fame inductees. The class features four individuals as well as a team that will be celebrating a significant anniversary in 2019-20.

Terry Alexander (Baseball), Ronnie Murphy (Men’s Basketball), Joane (Pierre) Klein (Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field) and Duncan Stewart (Men’s Golf) were all inducted unanimously along with the 1969-70 men’s basketball team, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its historic run to the National Championship game this coming year.

“To be inducted into the Jacksonville University Hall-of-Fame is an incredible honor,” Senior Vice President and Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert said. “We have an extraordinary history of success and tradition and each hall-of-fame member has played a significant role in forming that. We are thrilled to announce the Jacksonville Hall-of-Fame class of 2019. This year’s inductees have meant so much to our university and athletics department. Congratulations!”

In conjunction with 2019 Homecoming festivities, the inductees will be honored at a special ceremony on campus at Terry Concert Hall on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Terry Alexander (Baseball Head Coach, 1991-2013)

  • Winningest coach in program history (730-628-2)
  • Led baseball program to 10 NCAA Regionals appearances, four conference titles and 14 winning seasons including five of the 40-win variety
  • Jersey is retired at Sessions Stadium
  • Three-time Conference Coach of the Year
  • Coached 14 All-Americans (including Freshman All-Americans)

Ronnie Murphy (Men’s Basketball, 1984-87)

  • 1984 AP All-America Honorable Mention
  • Three-time Basketball Times All-America Honorable Mention (1984, 1986, 1987)
  • Three-time Basketball Weekly All-America Honorable Mention (1984, 1986, 1987)
  • Two-time The Sporting New All-America Honorable Mention (1984, 1987)
  • 1987 Blue Ribbon All-America Honorable Mention
  • 1984 Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year
  • Four-time Sun Belt All-Conference (1984 First Team, 1985 Honorable Mention, 1986 Second Team, 1987 First Team)
  • 1984 Sun Belt Conference Top Player in Class
  • Two-Time Sun Belt Conference All-Tournament Team (1986, 1987)
  • Led Jacksonville to NCAA First Round appearance in 1986 & NIT First Round appearance in 1987
  • Third-most points scored in program history (1,937)
  • Ninth-best career scoring average (17 PPG)
  • Fourth-most points in a season (661, 1986-87)
  • Second-most FG made in program history (770)
  • Drafted 17th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1987 NBA Draft

Joane (Pierre) Klein (Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field, 2009-13)

  • USTFCCCA All-American – 2013 Honorable Mention – 800m (Outdoor)
  • 2x NCAA Finals/Championships Qualifier – 800m (Outdoor – 2013) – 6K (XC – 2012)
  • Six-time JU Record Holder
  • 14x ASUN Individual Champion
  • 9x ASUN Team Champion
  • Helped the Dolphins to their unprecedented 22 straight ASUN titles spanning the indoor and outdoor seasons from 2006 to 2016
  • Member of the Dolphins’ “Triple Crown” that won the ASUN Cross Country, Indoor, and Outdoor Track and Field titles in the 2009-2010 academic year
  • 25x All-ASUN selection
  • ASUN Cross Country Runner of the Year (2012)
  • ASUN All-Freshman Team selection (2009)
  • Member of the Distance Medley Relay that holds the ASUN Indoor Championships record (11:32.29) set in 2013

Duncan Stewart (Men’s Golf, 2003-07)

  • 2006 ASUN Conference Individual Co-Champion
  • Two-Time NCAA Regional Individual Qualifier (2005 & 2007)
  • Two-Time ASUN Conference Golfer of the Year (2005 & 2006)
  • Three-Time First-Team All-ASUN selection (2005, 2006, 2007)
  • Helped the Dolphins earn their first-ever team berth to an NCAA Regional in 2006 after winning the ASUN Championship
  • Most individual tournament titles won in program history (8)
  • Holds record for lowest par-3 scoring in a season (3.0000, 2005-06)
  • Second all-time in finishing percentage, birdies, eagles and rounds of par or better
  • Went pro in 2007, winning three events on the PGA EuroPro Tour from 2011-2012
  • Won the 2016 Challenge De Madrid (Challenge Tour is second-tier European men’s golf league)

1969-70 Men’s Basketball Team

  • Winningest team in program history (27 wins)
  • Posted a 27-2 record, advanced to the NCAA Tournament
  • Advanced to the program’s first and only NCAA Final Four
  • Played for a National Championship, remains the smallest school to ever do so
  • Ranked No. 4 in the final AP Poll and No. 5 in the final UPI Poll
  • Defeated five opponents ranked inside the Top 10
  • Defeated the No. 1 team in the nation (Kentucky) to reach the Final Four
  • Defeated the No. 3 team in the nation (St. Bonaventure) to reach the National Championship Game
  • Defeated No. 8 Florida State at home on Feb. 18, 1970 in front of a capacity crowd at the Jacksonville Coliseum
  • Coached by Joe Williams and led by Naismith Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore (23.2 ppg, 22.2 reb) and Rex Morgan (18.2 ppg, 6.4 reb)
  • Established multiple records that stand to this day

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