Seven To Be Inducted Into The Stetson Athletics Hall of Fame
The Stetson University Athletics Hall of Fame will grow by seven on Fri., Nov. 7, as the newest members take their place as the Class of 2014.
The class of 2014 includes four former student athletes – Melissa Wiggins Mangino (softball) and Chris Johnson (baseball) , Erica Demers Crews (softball), Corey Kluber (baseball), coach Frank Griffin (softball) as well as the late Dick Westervelt and Roger Gilmore as special contributors.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. at the new Wayne Sanborn Activity Center at 815 South Alabama Ave. Tickets for the dinner and induction ceremony can be purchased for $35 per person by e-mailing Stacy Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org in the Stetson Athletics Department by Wed., Nov. 5, 2014.
In addition to the dinner and induction ceremony, the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be honored at halftime of the Stetson football game against Marist on Sat., Nov. 8.
Below are short biographical sketches of each of the newest Stetson Athletics Hall of Famers.
Erica Demers Crews (2006-09) – A native of Miami, Fla., Demers exploded onto the scene for the Hatters in 2006 when she was named the A-Sun Freshman of the Year in addition to earning first team All-Atlantic Sun honors. She was twice named to the A-Sun All-Tournament team and was recognized as the league Pitcher of the Week six times in her career. Her name is etched all over the Stetson record book. She hold school marks for winning percentage in a season, shutouts in a season, career shutouts and is tied for first in wins in a season. She also ranks in the top five in ERA in a season, career pitching appearances, career games started, career complete games, career innings pitched, career wins, career winning percentage and career strikeouts. She also recorded a no-hitter against Belmont in a conference game on March 24, 2006.
Roger Gilmore (Special Contributor) – Chances are, if you scored a touchdown, made a basket or got a hit playing for DeLand High or Stetson University at some point in the last five-plus decades, Roger Gilmore put your name in a newspaper. Starting in 1959 with the DeLand Sun News and continuing from 1992 with The West Volusia Beacon until early in 2013 when health issues led to his retirement, Gilmore captured the DeLand area sports scene through words and photographs. He passed away on October 22, 2013, at the age of 84. His reach in the community was so large that his memorial service was held at Melching Field. Gilmore was a Navy veteran who had recently graduated from the University of Florida when he came to DeLand on Feb. 2, 1959. That fall he began a string of 509 consecutive DeLand High football games that he covered. The Florida High School Athletics Association honored Gilmore with induction into its Hall of Fame in 2001. He also is in two other halls of fame for West Volusia high schools. A DeLand Little League field is named after him, and in 2006 he was selected as The Daytona Beach News-Journal‘s West Volusia Sportsperson of the Year. Gilmore’s support for all things DeLand included Stetson University, where he developed lifelong relationships with athletes, coaches and administrators, moonlighting for years with the baseball program, doing anything and everything that needed to be done.
Frank Griffin (1997-Present) – One of the most successful coaches in Division I softball, Frank Griffin will enter his 19th year as head coach of the Stetson softball team in 2015. Griffin has amassed 838 career victories during his 25 seasons, an average of over 33 wins per year. His victory total currently ranks him 24th among active NCAA Division I coaches and 38th on the all-time Division I coaches list. During his 18 years at Stetson, Griffin has led the Hatters to 613 wins, 16 appearances in the A-Sun Softball tournament, two regular season championships, two conference tournament titles and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He was named the A-Sun Coach of the Year in 2001. In addition to his successes on the field, it is the field itself that stands as a testament to his talents. Griffin led fundraising efforts for Patricia Wilson Field, the six-time National Field of the Year winner that is the crown jewel of Atlantic Sun Conference softball facilities. Construction on the facility began on April 29, 2002 and the team began fall practice on the field on Oct. 21, 2002. The 2003 season marked the inaugural season on the new field for the Hatters, but additions and improvements to the complex continued for six years as the team building that opened in the summer of 2008 marked the capstone to the project. While at Stetson, Griffin has coached 35 A-Sun Pitchers of the Week, 24 A-Sun Players of the Week, 20 first-team all-conference players, 28 second-team all-conference players, four third-team all-conference players, eight all-freshman team players, one A-Sun Player of the Year, three first-team all-region performers, five second-team all-region players, and one third-team all-region player. Griffin has had seven players earn CoSIDA Academic All-District and two to be chosen CoSIDA Academic All-America.
Chris Johnson (2005-06) – A native of Naples, Fla., Johnson spent just two seasons as an active member of the Stetson baseball program, but left a lasting mark on the program. He was named the A-Sun Freshman of the Year in 2005 and followed up by earning first team All-Conference honors as a sophomore. Over his two seasons he posted a .379 batting average in 125 games, blasting 19 home runs with 118 RBI. He was named the Hatters’ most outstanding offensive player for both seasons. After earning third team All-America honors in 2006, he capped his Stetson career by being named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros and made his Major League debut during the 2009 season. After being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012, Johnson was traded to the Atlanta Braves in 2013 where he has stepped into the starting job at third base previously help by Chipper Jones. In two seasons with the Braves he has played in 295 games and fell just short of winning a batting title in 2013, finishing second with a .321 mark. In 643 career games, Johnson has hit 55 home runs, driven in 297 and has a career .283 average. This past season he led all National League third basemen with the fewest errors and was second with a .978 fielding percentage.
Corey Kluber (2005-07) – Born in Birmingham, Ala., but raised in Coppell Texas, Kluber’s star began to shine at Stetson during his sophomore year when he posted a 6-5 record with a 3.61 ERA, but he became a star in 2007 when he earned Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year honors after posting a 12-2 record with a sparkling 2.05 ERA in 17 starts. Three times that year he was named A-Sun Pitcher of the Week and, at the end of the year, he was a first team All-Conference pick in addition to earning second team All-Region from the ABCA and second team All-America from Collegiate Baseball. His 117 strikeouts in 2007 stand as the fifth most in a season in school history. Following he season he was drafted in the fourth round of the MLB draft by the San Diego Padres. He was traded to the Cleveland Indians in 2010 and made his MLB debut for the Tribe on Sept. 1, 2011. After bouncing back-and-forth from the majors to the minors, he arrived in Cleveland to stay in 2013, posting an 11-5 record with a 3.85 ERA in 24 starts. That was just a taste of what was to come as Kluber exploded into the national conversation this past summer with a Cy Young caliber season. He finished the year with an 18-9 record in 34 starts, posted three complete game performances and finished with a 2.44 ERA and 269 strikeouts, second only to former Cy Young winner David Price’s 271. His 18 wins tied with Jared Weaver of the Angles and 2013 Cy Young winner Max Scherzer of the Tigers for the AL lead, and his season WAR (wins above replacement) of 7.4 was the best among all pitchers in the AL and was second only to two-time NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw’s 7.5 for the Dodgers in all MLB.
Melissa Wiggins Mangino (2003-06) – A native of Temple Terrace, Fla., Wiggins capped her career by being named the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year in 2006. A third baseman for the Hatters, Wiggins was twice named to the A-Sun first team All-Conference squad after earning All-Freshman team honors in 2003 and second team All-Conference in 2004. During her career she set school records for career hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage and walks and she is second in career batting average. She still holds the records for career hits, doubles and slugging. She was named the A-Sun Player of the Week five times during her career and was a second team NFCA All-Region selection in 2006.
Dick Westervelt (Special Contributor) — Originally from Springfield, Mass., Dick Westervelt moved to DeLand in 1953 with his wife, Wilda, and went to work at WJBS radio, which was owned at the time by Stetson University. He went on to work for the DeLand Sun News as its managing editor, and then went on to be a senior vice president at First Federal of Mid-Florida (later to become Empire of America). In 1984, Dick rejoined his first employer, Stetson University, working in the Athletic Department as the sports information director. After retirement in 1994, he continued to broadcast Stetson sporting events (as well as many DeLand High School football games) as the play-by-play announcer, as he had been doing since 1953. He retired from his broadcasting duties following the baseball season in 2005. Dick was most proud of his 55-year association with Stetson, especially his work as the radio voice of Stetson baseball for more than four decades. He was one of the founding members of the DeLand Babe Ruth League and served for 20 years as a coach, director and umpire in both the Babe Ruth and Little Leagues of DeLand. Stetson University Baseball’s annual preseason First Pitch Banquet is named in his honor. Westervelt passed away at the age of 85 on September 6, 2010