April 20, 2006

2006 Brown Athletics Hall of Fame

April 20, 2006

Providence, RI - On Saturday, May 6, 2006, the Brown Athletics Hall of Fame will induct six new members and one team at its 34th Annual Induction Dinner, held at the Westin Hotel in Providence.

The 2006 inductees into the Brown Athletics Hall of Fame are Charles F. Barnes '99 (swimming), Andrew D. Gramley '90 (water polo), Martina R. Jerant '95 (basketball), Peter Kohut '55 (football), Tomo Nakanishi '00 (volleyball), William W. Reynolds '68 (basketball/special) and the 1986 Brown men's basketball Ivy League Champions.

Charles F. Barnes '99-Men's Swimming One of the most accomplished male swimmers at Brown in the last 50 years, Barnes holds the school record in five different events, including the 100 and 200 backstrokes. Barnes earned First Team All-Ivy honors seven times throughout his career and won the Phil Moriarty Award as the top swimmer at the EISL Championships for three straight years. He was also named the Ivy League's most valuable swimmer for three straight years and was recognized as a Top 100 Athlete of the century at Brown. Barnes finished 18th in the 200 yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships in 1999, the highest finish by a male swimmer at Brown since 1984.

Andrew Gramley '90-Men's Water Polo Gramley was a three-time First Team All-Ivy and All-East selection as Brown was a fixture in the top 20 national rankings throughout his career. He was named the New England Player of the Year in both his junior and senior years in addition to being the Ivy League Player of the Year his senior year as well. Gramley remains the only three-time All-American in Brown water polo history. He led the Bears to three seventh place finishes at the NCAA Championships in 1986, 1987 and 1989.

Martina Jerant '95-Women's Basketball The third leading scorer in Brown women's basketball history, Jerant led the Bears to three Ivy League Championships and their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1994. During her career, she was a three-time First Team All-Ivy selection, the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year as well as the Ivy League's Player of the Year as only a sophomore. Jerant is the all-time leading rebounder in school history with 991.

Peter Kohut '55-Football A member of Brown's 125th Anniversary All-Decade Team, Kohut received Associate Press Honorable Mention All-American honors as a senior in 1954. That year, he ranked 13th in the nation in pass completion percentage and was also named First Team All-Ivy and All-New England. In addition, Kohut was an All-East Honorable Mention. He held five different school records when he left Brown in 1955, including total passing yards and total offense. He currently ranks sixth in career touchdown passes at Brown with 21.

Tomo Nakanishi '00-Volleyball A four-time First Team All-Ivy selection, Nakanishi holds the Brown career kills record with 1,716. She was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 1996 and was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 1998. The Bears won the Ivy League Championship both of those years, including an undefeated Ivy League season in 1998, the first in school history.

William W. Reynolds '68- Basketball/Special Reynolds was a three-year letterwinner in basketball at Brown where he scored 909 career points, which ranked seventh in school history at the time, now 22nd. Since 1983, Reynolds has been writing a sports column four times a week for the Providence Journal. Over that time, he's covered Larry Bird and the Celtics, Roger Clemens and the Red Sox as well Tom Brady and the Patriots. He has also covered the World Series, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and the Final Four. Reynolds has authored eight books as well, most recently Cousy with Celtics legend Bob Cousy.

1985-86 Men's Basketball Team Brown captured its first Ivy League Championship and made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1985-86. The Bears went 16-11 overall and 10-4 in Ivy League play behind the efforts of Ivy League Player of the Year Jim Turner '86. Coming off a 9-18 season in 1984-85, Brown's championship season began with the Bears losing four of their first five games. Head Coach Mike Cingiser's team quickly turned things around, as the team went on to win eight of its next ten games as it headed into the thick of its Ivy schedule. Turner took over play in the final ten games of the season as he averaged over 26 points per game and shot 72% from the field. Brown won seven of those last ten games. As Brown prepared for its NCAA first round game at the Dome in Syracuse, Sports Illustrated published a four-page spread titled, "Color of the Year in the Ivy: Brown."

For Hall of Fame ticket information, go to brownbears.com, or call Kris Goddard at 401-863-9812.