Cormac Carney To Be Inducted into CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame
June 24, 2005
Five former collegiate standouts in the classroom and athletically, including former UCLA wide receiver Cormac Carney, will be inducted into the College Sports Information Director's of America Academic All-America® Hall of Fame July 6, when CoSIDA concludes its annual workshop at the Philadelphia Marriott. The announcement was made by CoSIDA President Rod Commons, Washington State University.
The five inductees, who join 83 previous inductees since the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Hall of Fame held its first induction in 1988, are:
· Record breaking wide receiver Cormac Carney, UCLA '83, graduating with a 3.51 grade point average in psychology;
· Hockey standout Ken Dryden, Cornell '69, graduating with a 3.3 GPA in history;
· Fastpitch softball, soccer and basketball star Dr. Claudia Henemyre-Harris, Western Maryland College '92 (now McDaniel College), graduating with a 3.72 GPA in Biology and German;
· Basketball ace John Paxson, Notre Dame '83, graduating with a degree in business administration and a 3.17 GPA;
· Fastpitch softball standout Tracy Warren, Trenton State College '87 (now The College of New Jersey), graduating with a degree in broadcast communications and a minor in marketing with a 3.83 GPA.
Long-time CoSIDA Academic All-America® spokesperson Dick Enberg will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which includes a reception for the inductees, their guests and members of CoSIDA, followed Wednesday evening by the induction ceremonies.
In addition, the annual Dick Enberg Award will be presented to a person whose actions and commitment have furthered the meaning and reach of the Academic All-America® Teams Program and/or the student-athlete while promoting the values of education and academics. The winner will be announced during the annual CoSIDA Workshop July 3-6.
CoSIDA's core Academic All-America® program, which is sponsored by ESPN the Magazine, with selections made by the CoSIDA membership, honors over 2,000 student-athletes each year with their selection to eight regional district teams. From the district teams over 800 student-athletes are selected to All-America first, second and third teams.
CoSIDA established the Hall of Fame to honor former college student-athletes who have excelled in their professions and made substantial contributions to their communities. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a candidate either had to be an Academic All-America® team member who graduated at least 10 years ago, or fall into the honorary category, as is the case with Dryden.
Honorary inductees are eligible candidates who competed prior to the establishment of the Academic All-America program in their sport.
The following are sketches of the five inductees to be honored at the CoSIDA workshop July 7 in Philadelphia:
CORMAC CARNEY: As an athlete, UCLA graduate Cormac Carney seldom found himself sitting on the bench, unless it was to catch his breath while the defense took over. Now Cormac is sitting on the bench with a lifetime appointment. The 2005 CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame inductee is a Federal Judge for the U.S. Government, appointed in 2003 by President George Bush.
The former Bruin wide receiver rose to his lofty legal level 20 years after graduating from UCLA in 1983. During that relatively short time span, he played one year in the now defunct USFL, graduated from the Harvard law school in 1987, worked for two prestigious law firms and fulfilled an appointment by Gov. Gray Davis to the California Superior Court.
Carney grew up in Long Beach, Calif., and attended the U.S. Air Force Academy for a year before transferring to UCLA. In his three years with the Bruins he led the team in receiving each year while maintaining a 3.51 grade point average and earning a degree in psychology.
In both 1981 and 1982 he was named to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America football team, and of course, to the All-Pacific-10 Conference teams the same years. He concluded his career as the Bruins' all-time leading receiver with over 100 receptions for nearly 2,000 yards. During his three years UCLA was 26-7-2, climbed to as high as #5 in the national polls and beat Michigan in the 1983 Rose Bowl.
Carney spent a year with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL and passed up San Francisco 49er overtures so he could attend law school.
The federal judge spent four years with the law firm of Latham & Watkins and then 11 years with O'Melveny & Myers before Gov. Davis tapped him for the California Superior Court. Throughout his career he has devoted significant time to speaking at and participating in numerous events sponsored by legal community organizations.
Carney now spends his days handling complex civil and criminal matters, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, securities, business finance, civil rights, drug conspiracies and white collar crime.
He and wife Mary Beth have three children, Thomas, John and Clair.
KEN DRYDEN: Author, television personality, teacher and minister are all ways you can describe Ken Dryden. What is amazing about those accomplishments is they all came after the Hamilton, Ontario native became a hockey legend.
Considered one of the greatest goaltenders in the sport's history, Dryden played three varsity seasons at Cornell University (1967-69). He posted a 26-0-1 record in net while leading the Big Red to the 1967 NCAA championship. He stopped 32 of 33 shots during a 4-1 win over Boston University in the title game.
An All-Ivy League, All-ECAC and All-America first team selection each of his three varsity seasons, Dryden finished with a 76-4-1 career record. He left Cornell holding several school records, including a .939 career save percentage mark that still stands.
Dryden made his National Hockey League debut in 1971 with the Montreal Canadiens and immediately showed the brilliance in goal that eventually would land him in the Hockey Hall of Fame (1983). He won each of Montreal's last six regular season games and led the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup title while becoming the first rookie to earn the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
The Canadiens went on to win the Stanley Cup five more times with Dryden in the crease. A five-time Vezina Trophy winner, awarded to the NHL's outstanding goaltender of the year, Dryden won 258 regular season games and 80 more in the postseason.
Since his playing days, Dryden has authored four books, provided color commentary for three Winter Olympics, taught at the University of Toronto, and spent the last year as Minister of Social Development in Canada's House of Commons.
Prior to his current appointment, Dryden was the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs (1997-99) and president of the team (1997-2004).
He has been involved with numerous community and charitable groups, most particularly in the area of children, youth and education. In 1996, he started a scholarship where eight students a year from foster and group homes receive $3,000/year scholarships to the four-year university or college of their choice across Canada.
In addition to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Dryden is a member of the Cornell University Athletic, Canadian Sports and International Scholar-Athlete Halls of Fame.
Dryden and his wife Lynda, have two grown children, Sarah and Michael.
DR. CLAUDIA HENEMYRE-HARRIS: As a three-sport athlete at Western Maryland College, Dr. Claudia-Henemyre-Harris never had time to worry about her burgeoning workload. The honors student simply learned to work hard and play hard. The 2005 CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame inductee has put those skills to good use earning a Ph.D while cultivating a successful military career and tackling motherhood with the same aplomb that made her a Green Terror star.
The former catcher, goalkeeper and power forward graduated from WMC with multiple honors in 1992, and completed her Ph.D at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1998. A Major in the United States Army, Henemyre-Harris is currently assigned to the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense and serves as Chief of the Basic Assessment Branch of the world-renowned, lead Department of Defense research laboratory for medical chemical defense.
Henemyre-Harris attended public school in Havre de Grace, Md., where she was a star athlete and determined student, earning a four-year ROTC scholarship. She completed her bachelor of arts degree in biology and German carrying a 3.72 GPA while participating in women's soccer, softball and basketball. One of the Green Terrors' most prolific goalkeepers, Henemyre-Harris still holds the school record for single season save percentage (.899, 1990) and saves in a single game (33, 9/8/91).
The Western Maryland standout was a four-time GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree, earning Academic All-America third team honors in 1990 in softball, first team and third team accolades in 1991 for softball and soccer respectfully, and first team honors in softball in 1992.
Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army after her WMC graduation, Henemyre-Harris received an educational delay to attend graduate school. After completing her Ph.D, she came on active duty as a Captain in the United States Army Medical Service Corps. The next three years were spent at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Georgia, acting as Officer-in-Charge of the Clinical Investigation Facility and as Chief of Biochemistry Services.
While at the D.D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Henemyre-Harris was a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and was appointed an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology in the School Of Dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia.
Henemyre-Harris was promoted to the rank of Major in June of 2005 and continues to conduct research at the medical research institute, specializing in wound healing and drug treatments for the effects of sulfur mustard attacks.
Married to Steve Harris in September of 1988, Henemyre-Harris is the proud mother of 4-year-old Nathan Harris and makes her home in Gunpowder, Md., along with a host of '4-legged children' (dogs and cats) she dearly loves.
JOHN PAXSON: With the Chicago Bulls on the brink of having to play a decisive seventh game on the road in the 1993 NBA Finals, Paxson was responsible for one of the most memorable shots in NBA history. With 3.9 second remaining in the sixth game, Paxson sank a series-winning 3-pointer to defeat the Phoenix Suns 99-98, and earn the Bulls their third straight NBA World Championship.
As a player, Paxson experienced the thrill of three NBA Titles with the Bulls. Now his goal is to bring the Bulls back to the glory days of the 90s - this time from the front office.
Named Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, April 14, 2003, Paxson is on track to attaining that goal as the Bulls reached the playoffs in 2005, the first time the team advanced to postseason play since its sixth world championship season in 1998.
A 1983 graduate of Notre Dame where he was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America pick, Paxson has been a part of the Bulls' organization as a player, coach, broadcaster or front office executive since 1985.
Prior to being named to his current position, Paxson spent seven seasons as a color analyst on both the Bulls' radio and television networks, providing expert analysis to Bulls' broadcasts. He was also part of the historic 1996 Bulls team. As an assistant coach, Paxson helped the Bulls to a 72-10 record and the 1996 NBA World Championship.
Paxson spent nine of his 11 NBA seasons as a player with Chicago, helping the Bulls to three consecutive (1991, 1992, 1993) NBA World Championships. For his career, he averaged 7.2 points, 3.6 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 772 games, including 369 starting assignments, shooting .499 from the floor, .355 from 3-point range and .804 from the free-throw line.
Paxson played four seasons at Notre Dame and was a two-time first-team All-American during his tenure. As a senior, Paxson captained the Irish to a 19-10 record and averaged a career-high 17.7 ppg, shooting .533 from the floor. He still ranks among Notre Dame all-time leading scorers and averaged 12.2 ppg, shooting .526 from the floor for his four-year career.
Named to Notre Dame All-Century Team in November 2004, Paxson graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in business administration and a 3.17 GPA.
TRACY WARREN: Tracy Warren, a native of Marlton, NJ, received a scholarship to play Division I fastpitch at Rhode Island University but after her freshman year relinquished the fully-paid education and transferred to Division III Trenton State College, now called The College of New Jersey. She led the Lions' softball squads to a three-year record of 137-17, including national finishes of second (1985), third (1986) and finally champions (1987).
Warren, who played third base in every game all three years, had a career batting average of .345 and captained the 1987 national title team. She was a two-time national Softball Coaches Association All-American (1986 and 1987) and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree. Warren was named both the New Jersey and Trenton State College Female Athlete of the Year in 1987.
A dedicated student, Warren graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Broadcast Communications and went on to earn a Master of Journalism at Temple University in 1989 as an NCAA post-graduate scholarship recipient.
Warren became the first female sports reporter at television stations in both Philadelphia and Grand Rapids, Mich., and was also part of the first all-female television broadcast team calling play-by-play for the Colorado Silver Bullets baseball team and for the women's American Basketball League. She won Emmy Awards for her features on Marketing Michael Jordan and the Sixers Pre-game show.
After receiving her J.D. from Notre Dame, Warren studied for the bar exam, worked at a Maryland law firm and traveled around the country broadcasting softball games during the weekend. She was an on-air part of NBC broadcasts of the 10 U.S. softball games at the Sydney Olympic Games and is still working with ESPN, Fox Sports, College Sports Television and other networks, broadcasting women's collegiate and professional basketball, softball and golf.
Warren joined the San Diego firm of Wilson Petty Kosmo & Turner LLP in 2004, where her practice focuses on labor and employment law, with a significant portion dedicated to counseling and representing management in the areas of employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, contract negotiations, labor management relations and wage and hour issues. Warren has also represented professional and collegiate coaches, sports executives, and television broadcasters in contract negotiations, business counsel and employment issues. Part of Warren's practice involves immigration, procuring employment-based visas, and offering immigration counsel in the high tech, medical and television collegiate and sports-related fields.
She serves as an Executive Director for the San Diego International Sports Council and has volunteered her services to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, the University of San Diego and Notre Dame Law School students just to name a few. Additionally, Warren has worked with the Notre Dame Alumni Club's Feed the Homeless program and Habitat for Humanity in both Palo Alto and Philadelphia.