Catholic Inducts Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Catholic Inducts Hall of Fame Class of 2018

WASHINGTON — The Catholic University of America Athletics Department inducted its Hall of Fame Class of 2018 this past Saturday inside a transformed Great Room inside the Pryzbyla Center. The distinguished group included five of the most outstanding individual athletes in Catholic history as well as its only National Championship team.

Hosted by Sean Sullivan, associate vice president and director of athletics, and Carol Maloney, a sports broadcaster in the D.C. area, the ceremony was attended by 250 people. Click above to view the photos


Andrew P. Brosky, B.M.E. 1985 – Football

Andy Brosky is Catholic University's all-time leader in tackles with 435. He played under Catholic University Hall of Fame Coach Joe Pascale from 1981-84 and was a dominating force at linebacker. His tackles record has stood for more than 30 years.

Brosky, an All-American nominee, played middle linebacker in Pascale's 4-3 defense. If the defense sent in from the sidelines didn't look favorable, it was his responsibility to change it.

"He was the keystone of the defense," Pascale said. "He was quick and strong and he hit hard, often changing the defense on the fly. He was very, very smart player."

Brosky led the Cardinals in tackles twice during his career. As a sophomore in 1982, he racked up 117 stops (45 solo) and was named to the ECAC Honor Roll. Two years later, he made 110 tackles (85 solo). Against Duquesne, he returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown.

In 1983, the only year before 1999 that Catholic University players were eligible for league recognition, Brosky was named second-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference. He helped the team lead the ODAC in rushing defense (105.9 yards per game) and total defense (217 ypg).

In the season opener against Emory & Henry, Brosky recorded 11 unassisted tackles. Against Duquesne, he made 12 stops and had two sacks. He posted 17 tackles vs. Randolph-Macon. Included among his 12 tackles vs. Hampden-Sydney was a fourth-and-goal stop on the Catholic University 2-yard line.

Pascale likens Brosky to another Cardinal Hall of Famer he coached, Mike Moriello.

"Andy was the key to our defense," he said. "He and Mike are the two best linebackers I coached there."


John Cooper, B.C.E. 1997 – Swimming & Diving

All-American John Cooper dominated backstroke events at Catholic University and qualified for three NCAA Championships ('94, '96, and '97). He captured the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championship in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke all four years and finished his career unbeaten in those events in CAC competition.

As a freshman in 1993-94, Cooper helped the Cardinals (8-1) win the CAC championship for the first time, as well as the Division III portion of the National Catholic Swimming Championships. He swam a leg on the winning 400-yard medley relay team and won the 100 backstroke at the latter contest, hosted by the University of Notre Dame.

Catholic University won the CAC again the following year. At the 1996 CAC Championships, Cooper set school and league records in the 100 and 200 backstroke. He earned All-American status by placing 15th in the 200 backstroke at the 1996 NCAA Championships in Atlanta.

Cooper won the 200 backstroke his junior and senior years against Division I Georgetown. During his final season, he qualified for the NCAAs in the 100 and 200 backstroke. He finished his career as the school record-holder in those events and as part of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams. 

Cooper came to Catholic University from Marlton, N.J., and earned a degree in civil engineering. Despite his tremendous individual achievements, several of his teammates credit his team-first attitude for much of the Cardinals' success.


Clarence Musgrove Jr., B.A. 1977 – Track and Cross Country  

Clarence Musgrove was an All-American track star who set several Catholic University records. Seven still stand more than 40 years later. Many of his marks were set against Division I competition.

Musgrove enjoyed his greatest success in Sacramento, Calif., at the 1975 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships. He ran the final leg of the mile relay to help the Cardinals finish fourth, and he placed third in the 440-yard dash (47.0). Both were All-American performances.

In 1974, Musgrove set the IC4A Championships record in the 440 (46.8). His mile relay team established a new Mason-Dixon Conference Relays mark (3:15.8) and qualified for the 1974 NCAA Championships in Detroit. The quartet also placed third (3:18.6) at Madison Square Garden in the U.S. Olympic Invitational.

Musgrove set the 400-meter dash school record (46.2) outdoors at the 1976 IC4A Championships. His mile relay team was victorious at the 1976 CYO National Invitational indoor meet, edging Maryland and Georgetown. He was a member of the second-fastest mile relay team in the nation, qualifying for the 1976 NCAA Indoor Championships. The squad also advanced to the outdoor NCAAs that year by posting a meet-record 3:14.2 in the Colonial Relays at William & Mary.

Musgrove's other school records include the 100 (10.4) and 200 meters (21.2), the 4x100-meter relay (42.2) and 1,600-meter relay (3:10.6), and both sprint (3:16.8) and distance medleys (9:53.0). He came to Catholic University from nearby Spingarn High School.


Neil Roach, B.A. 1990 – Baseball  

Neil Roach was a model of consistency during his outstanding career (1987-1990) at Catholic University. Many of his top performances as a four-year starting outfielder and occasional relief pitcher came against Division I competition.

As a sophomore (1988), Roach hit .346 with five home runs, 31 runs, and a team-leading 39 RBIs. He had three doubles and knocked in a run in 5-4 loss to No. 18 George Washington. In a 12-8 win over St. Mary's (Md.), he struck out four batters in the final 12/3 innings. He smacked a two-run homer in the eighth inning of a stunning 4-0 victory at Maryland.

The next season, with the Cardinals playing 15 Division I games, Roach led the team in batting (.333), RBIs (28), doubles (18), and hits (45). His 24 runs tied for the club high. His 18 doubles were 2nd in the nation and a school record for 14 years. He had two doubles and two RBIs in a loss at Maryland and drove in four runs in a 10-5 win over Case Western.

During his senior year, Roach paced the Cards in home runs with seven. Included among his total was a shot at Navy. During a 22-game stretch, he had five homers and 22 RBIs.  Following that season Roach was named to the ECAC South Region 1st Team and the Home Plate Club's All-Met team.

Roach attended Holy Ghost Prep in Bensalem, Pa. He transferred to Catholic University after one year at the University of Pittsburgh. He continued his career by playing and coaching two years of professional baseball in Australia. His ability to succeed against high-level competition was a testament to his talent, hard work, and determination.


Bridget (Guetle) Wise, B.A. 2003 – Volleyball

Bridget (Guetle) Wise is one of the most decorated athletes in Catholic University history. She was the linchpin who transformed the volleyball team into one of the nation's finest.

"Her defense was amazing. Her serve was incredible," Coach Nagy Abdelrazek said. "Her heart on the court was huge. She never backed down."

Wise, a graduate of St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati, made an immediate impact as a freshman. From her setter position, she helped the 1999 Cardinals go from 13-22 the previous year to 24-16. She was named Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Rookie of the Year. The upward trend continued the next season when the team went 35-6.

In 2001, Catholic University won the CAC regular-season and tournament championships, had a 22-match winning streak, and became the first women's team in school history to advance to the NCAA Tournament. After a bye and a 3-1 victory over Gettsyburg, the Cards made it to the NCAA regional finals. The team finished a school-best 38-3 (.927 winning percentage).

Wise went into her senior year without three-time All-CAC selections Mary Ellen Ryan and Liz Carden. She stepped up her play and averaged a career-high 11.28 assists per game, while helping Kathleen McGlynn and Anji Wall garner first-team All-CAC recognition. Wise also led the team in digs per game (3.96).

"Bridget had the leadership ability to make things happen," Abdelrazek said. "Her personality was really strong on the court."

CUA finished 33-8, won the CAC championship at home and qualified for a second straight NCAA Tournament.  During her four years at Catholic University, Wise guided the Cardinals to an overall mark of 130-33 (.798).

Wise concluded her illustrious career as a three-time (2000-02) first-team All-CAC performer. In 2014, she was named to the CAC Silver Anniversary Volleyball Team. She and fellow Catholic University Hall of Famer Cris (Waterhouse) Kosnik were the only Cardinals selected. They are also the only players in team history to have their jerseys retired.


2000-01 Men's Basketball Team

 The 28-5 Cardinals became the only team in school history to win a national title — the 2001 NCAA Division III National Championship. The team was led by forward Matt Hilleary and All-American point guard Pat Maloney. Coach Mike Lonergan '88 was named National Coach of the Year.

Fans got an early glimpse of how good this team would be when it upset Albany (N.Y.), 59-56, for the school's first win over a Division I opponent since 1981. Catholic University won two in-season tournaments and captured the Capital Athletic Conference regular-season title with an 11-3 record. Freshman Will Morley put the Cards into the NCAA Tournament by hitting the game-winning shot in a 61-59 victory over Marymount for the CAC championship.

After downing CCNY, 82-65, in the first round of the NCAA playoffs, the Cardinals overcame a 14-point deficit to win at Widener, 69-67. It was on to the Northeast Sectional in Worcester, Mass. In game one, Maloney's 16 points and five assists keyed Catholic University's 69-64 victory over SUNY Brockport.

The win put the Cards into the championship against host Clark University. The team was trailing by three before a late 16-5 run propelled the Cards to an 82-78 victory. Maloney scored 25 points, and Hilleary had 12 points and 12 rebounds. It was on to the Final Four at the Salem (Va.) Civic Center.

The Cardinals drew Ohio Northern in the national semifinals, the nation's No. 1 team. The Polar Bears took an 11-point lead with 8:14 to go before Catholic University responded with a game-closing 27-11 run to win, 82-77. Maloney scored a playoff-career-high 29 points. He made all 14 of his free throws, including four in the final 22.9 seconds. Hilleary posted his third consecutive double-double with 15 points and 12 boards.

The Cards faced William Paterson in the national championship game on March 17, St. Patrick's Day. The Pioneers featured Division III National Player of the Year Horace Jenkins. For the fifth straight playoff game, the Cardinals trailed in the final 10 minutes, this time 48-45 on a Jenkins jumper with 8:59 remaining. Maloney, who made 5 of 8 3-pointers, nailed one from 28 feet to punctuate an 18-7 outburst and put CUA on top, 63-55, at the 1:54 mark. The Cards would go on to win, 76-62.

Andy Rice led the No. 14 Cardinals with 17 points, five assists, and two steals. Maloney had 16 points and five boards and was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player. Tim Judge added 12 points and two steals. The senior guard trio accounted for 26 of Catholic University's final 31 points. Hilleary scored 12 points and blocked three shots. He joined Maloney on the All-Tournament team.

Along with Kurt Zeisler and Mike Hartman, the seniors became the winningest class in school history with a 100th career victory.

The 1-3-1 defense Lonergan primarily employed against Jenkins paid huge dividends. The 26-year-old scored 21 points but was held to 7 of 25 shooting and 1 of 12 from 3-point range. The win was the Cardinals' 16th in a row.

It was all smiles when the Cardinals' team bus pulled into DuFour Center the day after the game. Camera crews were there to greet them, as was then- Catholic University President Rev. David M. O'Connell. On March 20, the team was honored with a rally on the steps of McMahon Hall.

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