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MU Athletics Hall of Fame inducts six new members for '08

Ryan Brink ‘01
Baseball
B.S., Psychology

Ryan Brink burst onto the Millersville baseball scene in 1997, winning PSAC Eastern Division Rookie of the Year by hitting .341 with four homers, setting the stage for one the most distinguished careers in school history.

In four seasons, he posted a career batting average of .360 and set Millersville career records in seven offensive categories, including runs (167), hits (220), doubles (56) and home runs (26). He was also a standout with the glove, recording a school record 1,142 putouts at first base.

Gail Cleveland ‘69
Tennis
B.S., Education

Gail Cleveland established a legacy with the women’s tennis team by providing exceptional leadership as a three-year captain and standout player.

From 1966-68, the Marauders never lost, posting three undefeated seasons and a 16-0-1 record.

Individually, she posted remarkable 20-1 career singles record. But more importantly, as a senior in 1969, she set a Millersville precedent when she became the first woman to receive the Elwood J. Finley Award as outstanding Millersville senior athlete.

Diane Espenshade Suhr ‘86
Field Hockey/Softball
B.S., Business Administration

Diane Espenshade Suhr was two-sport standout athlete and exceptional student during her Millersville career.

Individually, she earned All-American status in field hockey, academic All-American honors in softball and also led the Marauder field hockey team to one of the most successful seasons in the Millersville history books.

As team captain in 1985, Espenshade Suhr guided the Marauders to a PSAC Championship, an NCAA Division III Pennsylvania Region Championship and finished the season as the national runner-up. That team posted a 17-4 record, which still stands as the winningest single season in school history.

Espenshade Suhr received NCAA Division III All-America First Team recognition in addition to all-region and All-PSAC honors.

In both 1984 and 1985, she was tabbed All-PSAC and was an All-PSAC Scholar Athlete.
On the diamond, Espenshade Suhr served as a catcher and hit .299 in three varsity seasons. In her senior season of 1986, she garnered GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American honors and received the Elwood J. Finley Award as the outstanding Millersville senior female athlete.

Lance Gelnett ‘92
Men’s Basketball
B.S., Business
Administration
M.B.A., Pittsburgh ‘94

Lance Gelnett became the most prolific shooter in Millersville men’s basketball history from 1989-92. As a long-range marksman, he set school records for most 3-pointers made with 266, most attempts with 547 and sank a school-best 48.6 percent of those shots.

His career 3-point field goal percentage stands as fifth best in NCAA Division II history. He also owns the career free throw percentage record after hitting 250-of-305 in 109 career games.

Gelnett finished his career ranked eighth on the Millersville all-time scoring list with 1,602 points and in 2000, he was named as one of the Top 30 Players in Millersville Men’s Basketball during the 100th anniversary celebration of the program.

William F. King ‘85
Cross Country/Track & Field
B.S., Industrial Arts
Education

William F. King A two-time captain of the cross country team, King was a Division II Cross Country All-American in 1983 and 1984 and qualified for the national championships all four years of his career.

He was also an All-American in track as a senior. Three times he was named All-Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (ICAAAA), and in 1983 he became one of Millersville’s two ICAAAA champions.

King placed third at the 1983 PSAC Championships and bested that with a runner-up finish as a senior to become a four-time All-PSAC honoree.

King’s teams were just as successful. Along with winning the cross country national title in 1981, his 1984 squad captured the NCAA Division II Northeast Region Championship.

Sandra Peters
Educator, Administrator, Coach, Trainer
B.S., Lock Haven
M.S., West Chester

Sandra Peters played a key role in the growth and development of Millersville Athletics, serving the university as an educator, administrator, coach and trainer for 32 years.

Peters arrived at Millersville in 1967 as an assistant professor of health and physical recreation. In 1968 she added the role of field hockey coach to her resume and she remained in that position until 1984.

Peters also became the first head coach of the women’s track and field team in 1978. She immediately led the team to four wins in five dual meets.

During her 32-year stay, she also served as an assistant women’s basketball coach for eight seasons and an assistant woman’s lacrosse coach for two and the head trainer for the women’s athletics department from 1978-84.

She stepped down from her coaching duties in 1984 to become the assistant director for women’s athletics in 1985. She remained in that role until retiring in 1999.