The ULM Athletic Hall of Fame will open its doors to three former Warhawk student-athletes and the most successful tennis coach in school history when it inducts the Class of 2011. This year's class is comprised of Mary Arnie, Marty Booker, Dr. Del Vines and Lori Tande Bruscato. The ceremony will take place on Feb. 26 at 11:30 a.m. on the seventh floor of the ULM Library.
"The selection committee had several viable candidates to select from this year and I think they did an outstanding job," ULM L Club Executive Director Robert Williamson said. "This selection process gets tougher each year. Each inductee, in their own unique way, played vital roles in the success of the ULM Athletic Department and ULM sports history. This class shows that success is possible in the athletic arena, the classroom as well as the business world."
Arnie, who played at ULM from 1977-81, is the Warhawks' all-time women's tennis wins leader in doubles with 146 and ranks second on the all-time singles wins list with 286. One of just four members of the 100-100 Club (singles/doubles wins), Arnie helped lead the Warhawks to three NCAA Tournaments and a top 20 ranking in three of her four seasons. Arnie and Julie Jones upset the top-ranked doubles tandem in the country from UCLA in the 1980 NCAA Indoor Championship.
Booker ranks second in ULM history in both career receiving yards (2,784) and career touchdown receptions (23) in addition to posting the second highest single-season touchdown total (11), receiving yards total (1,168) and receptions total (75) in 1998. An 11-year veteran of the National Football League, Booker was drafted in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears -- he also played for the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons. He was a two-time all-Louisiana selection in addition to earning all-independent honors in 1996.
Dr. Vines began his career at ULM as an assistant instructor in 1958 and by the time he left he had revived a dormant men's tennis program and created the women's tennis program. He took over the men's program in 1961 and laid the groundwork for a program that won 19 conference titles, finished ranked in the top 25 on six different occasions and produced a pair of all-Americans. Dr. Vines started the women's program in 1973 and the program won eight conference championships, finished in the AIAW top 20 four times and produced a pair of all-Americans. Dr. Vines also served as the ULM President from 1976-91.
One of ULM's most consistent and prolific hitters, Tande Bruscato was named the Southland Conference Softball Player and Hitter of the Year in 2001, the Utility Player of the Year in 2002 and the Newcomer of the Year in 1999. She is the all-time ULM leader in home runs (41) and doubles (49) in addition to ranking second in RBIs (132) and third in batting average (.342). Tande Bruscato took her softball skills to West Ouachita High School where she led the Chiefs to the 2009 Louisiana 4A State Championship Game and was named the District Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009.
Those wishing to attend the ULM Hall of Fame Banquet should contact Megan Jefcoat at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-342-5428. Cost of the event is $20 per person and tables can be reserved for groups of eight at $160. In addition, if you would like to be a sponsor of the event please contact Robert Williamson, Executive Director of the L-Club at 318-342-1316 or 318-381-2366.