Kent State's Varsity 'K' to induct seven into Hall of Fame

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Record-Courier staff report

The 36th class of the Kent State University athletic department's Varsity 'K' Hall of Fame was announced on Friday.

Seven new members will be inducted on Sept. 6, along with the 1972 Flashes football team receiving the Team of Distinction honor..

The Class of 2014 includes:

Tara Delaney

Women's Golf (2004-08)

Delaney was named MAC Golfer of the Year in both 2006 and 2007. She earned All-MAC First Team honors in all four of her seasons at Kent State from 2005-08, helping the Golden Flashes to four straight conference championships. She was the co-medalist at the 2006 MAC Championships and won three career tournaments. She was the MAC Freshman of the Year in 2005 and the Carlow, Ireland native had 21 top-10 career finishes.

Kimberly Dimitroff

Women's Soccer (2004-07)

Dimitroff becomes Kent State's first women's soccer player to be inducted into the Varsity "K" Hall of Fame. A four-time All-MAC selection, she earned first team all-conference honors in three seasons. She was named MAC Freshman of the Year in 2004, helping the Flashes to a MAC regular-season championship. The Ontario native still holds Kent State's single season records for goals (16) and points (36) and held the career record for goals scored for seven years.

Bob Hallen

Football (1994-97)

Hallen was a four-year starter on Kent State's offensive line and an All-MAC First-Team selection in 1997. In 1998, Hallen became the first Kent State player selected to compete in the 49-year history of the Senior Bowl. Later that year, he was chosen in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Hallen, a Northeast Ohio native (Mentor) played 10 seasons in the NFL with Atlanta, San Diego and Cleveland.

DeAndre Haynes

Men's Basketball (2002-06)

Haynes became Kent State's first MAC Player of the Year in the 39-year history of the award in 2006. That season, he led the Golden Flashes to MAC regular season and tournament titles. He helped the Flashes to four straight 20-win seasons and three consecutive NIT appearances from 2003-05. The Detroit native is Kent State's career leader in both assists (625) and steals (229) and currently serves as an assistant coach.

Mike Lude

Administrator (1970-76)

Lude served as director of athletics from 1970-76. In 1971, he hired Hall of Fame coaches Don James and Ron Gray. A year later, Lude hired Tod Boyle, who led the Flashes to four MAC swimming titles over the next five years. In 1975, Lude appointed Judy Devine as assistant athletic director for women's sports. His time at Kent State included the Flashes' only outright MAC championship in football and a second place finish at the Men's NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Lude reorganized Kent State's booster clubs into one Blue & Gold Club and played a strong role in the MAC's expansion from six teams to 10. He later served as athletic director at the University of Washington for 15 years.

Bill Swettenham

Men's Soccer (1966-69)

Swettenham finished his career as Kent State's all-time leader in both points and assists. In 1967, he scored 10 goals and added three assists. The following year, Swettenham totaled five goals and five assists. He was selected to both the All-Ohio Team and the All-Midwest Team.

Mindy Wirtz

Women's Track (1993-96)

Wirtz was a three-time All-American in discus, placing as high as second at the 1995 NCAA Championships. The following season, she was named MAC Track Athlete of the Year. Wirtz placed 10th at the NCAA Championships in shot put.

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