The Shepherd University Athletic Hall of Fame will induct four new members this fall at the annual induction banquet on Friday, Sept. 16 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Shepherdstown.
Football standout Mark Brower, '84; Darren Iden, '89 (men's tennis); and Tara Saville, '95 (volleyball); join Adam Straskulic, '01 (baseball); as the 26th class to be inducted. The "fantastic four" bring the total number of members in the Shepherd Athletic Hall of Fame to 125.
The quartet also will be honored at the Shepherd-Seton Hill football game on Saturday, Sept. 17 as part of Hall of Fame Weekend festivities.
Brower was a four-year starter on the Shepherd football team from 1980-83. A two-time First Team All-WVIAC choice, Brower was named WVIAC Defensive Player of the Year in 1983 as he helped lead Shepherd to its second consecutive WVIAC title. He helped anchor a Shepherd defense that allowed only 71 points in 10 games in 1982. An Honorable Mention NAIA All-American as a senior, Brower led the Rams in sacks for three straight years and finished his career as the program's all-time sack leader with 29.5 sacks.
Iden was a standout on the Shepherd men's tennis team in 1984 and from 1987-89. He played at number one in both singles and doubles play throughout his career and
finished his career as the program's all-time wins leader with a 104-50 career
mark. Iden teamed with Kevin Fiery to win the WVIAC number one doubles title to
help lead the Rams to the WVIAC crown in 1988. In 1989, he captured the number
one singles and doubles (with Ferran Macipe) titles en route to gaining WVIAC
Player of The Year honors.
Saville was a four-year starter for the Shepherd volleyball team from 1991-94. Saville
gained All-WVIAC honors all four years for the Rams and was twice a First Team
honoree. A two-time team captain, Saville led the Rams in attack percentage in three seasons and topped the team in kills and digs for two seasons.
Straskulic was a four-year standout for the Shepherd baseball team from 1998-2001. He led the Rams to three WVIAC Northern Division titles. A three-time All-WVIAC choice,
Straskulic gained First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Region honors as a senior.
He finished his career with 10 program records and still holds Shepherd records for most triples in a season (6, 2000) and most career triples (17).
The Athletic Hall of Fame banquet will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed
by the dinner and induction ceremony at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased through the University's Office of Alumni Relations by calling 304-876-5157.