Rutgers athletics announces 2016 Hall of Fame class
Rutgers has picked its six-member 2016 Hall of Fame Class.
Julie Culley (cross country/track & field)
Kelly Harrigan (swimming)
Brian Leonard (football)
Mike Leta (wrestling)
Cappie Pondexter (basketball)
Bob Reasso (soccer)
— Rutgers Athletics (@RUAthletics) August 16, 2016
All six reached incredible success with Rutgers, either as coaches or athletes. Reasso coached the men’s soccer team to the 1990 national championship game while Leta finished third at the 1960 NCAA Championships.
Both Culley and Harrigan represented the United States at a high level, with Culley competing in the 5000m at the 2012 Olympics. Harrigan participated in three Olympic Trials and also competed for her country at the 2007 World University Games.
Football fans will remember Brian Leonard, who played eight years in the NFL after a busy Rutgers career. He caught at least one pass in all 47 career games and is No. 5 in Rutgers history with 2,775 rushing yards.
Finally, Pondexter was picked No. 2 overall in 2006 by the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. She averaged 18.3 points per game for Rutgers and is the school’s No. 2 all-time leading scorer with more than 2,200 career points. In the WNBA, she’s won two championships and is a seven-time All-Star.