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Shepherd adds four to Athletic Hall of Fame

By Staff | Jul 5, 2013

The Shepherd University Athletic Hall of Fame will induct four new members this fall at the annual induction banquet on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Shepherdstown. Former men’s soccer coach Mike Doran, Cassie Murray ?07 (women’s basketball), join football standouts Rob Bradford ?87 and Joel Gordon ?03 as the 28th class to be inducted. The “fabulous four” bring the total number of members in the Shepherd Athletic Hall of Fame to 133.

The quartet will also be honored at the Shepherd-Notre Dame of Ohio football game on Saturday, Oct. 19 as part of Hall of Fame Weekend festivities.

Doran (Estero, FL) was head coach of the Shepherd men’s soccer team from 1989-97. Considered the ?Father of Shepherd Men?s Soccer?, Doran?s 50 career wins are the second most in program history. He gained WVIAC Coach of the Year honors in 1994 and 1996. Doran played on three Irish national championships in 1969, 1970, and 1971. He was an All-London selection from 1963-73 and a member of the Great Britain All-Star team in 1972.

Murray (Hagerstown, MD/1999 graduate of Allegany High School) was a four-time First Team All-WVIAC performer for the women’s basketball team from 1999-2004. One of the program’s all-time greats, Murray is the program’s all-time career leader in three-point field goals (161), three-point attempts (484), and steals (224). Her 1,494 career points rank her second, while her 768 rebounds place her sixth on the Shepherd all-time list.

Bradford (Apopka, FL/1983 graduate of Seneca Valley (Md.) High School) was a four-year player for the Shepherd football from 1983-86. He was a member of the WVIAC Champion and NAIA Playoff teams in 1983 and 1986. Bradford hauled in 51 receptions for a school-record 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns in 1986. His 1,121 receiving yards in a season is still a record, while his nine touchdown grabs tie a Shepherd season mark.

Gordon (Shepherdstown, WV/1999 graduate of Waynesboro (Va.) High School) was a four-year starter at quarterback for the Shepherd football team from 1999-2002. A three-year team captain, Gordon holds Shepherd career marks for passing yards (7,236), completions (522), pass attempts (977), touchdown passes (66), total offense (7,677), and touchdowns responsible for (70). He led the Rams to the 1999 WVIAC title and a post season appearance. Gordon has also played a part in Shepherd’s success as an assistant coach. The Rams have won four conference titles and made four post-season appearances during his tenure as an assistant.

“The newest members of the Hall of Fame each bring with them a distinguished career of excellence,” said B.J. Pumroy, director of athletics. “The members joining us represent what our current athletes should aspire to be both in their playing careers and in their professional lives.”

“I would like to wish the inductees congratulations on their entrance to SU Athletic Hall of Fame and thank the committee of B.J. Pumroy.- AD, Chip Ransom – SID, Nelson Vazquez ’86, Bobby Chuey 91, and Mary Beth (Vickers) Group ’03 for their time and commitment to the process of electing the Class of 2013,” said Aaron Ryan, director of athletic development and Hall of Fame Committee chair.

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 will be available for purchase on September 6 through the Shepherd University Office of Advancement by calling 304-876-5527 or 304-876-5524.