Seven Contributors Slated to Join Hall
MORGANTOWN – Seven contributors to Mountaineers athletics make up the 23rd class of honorees in the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame, announced by Director of Athletics Oliver Luck.
The 2013 class includes Dale Blaney, Olivia Bradley, Linda Burdette-Good, Dr. Ed Etzel, Dean Morrison, Paul Popovich and Tom Woodeshick.
Induction ceremonies will take place Saturday, Sept. 14, prior to the West Virginia-Georgia State football game. This class brings the total number of inductees to 148.
Dale Blaney, who helped West Virginia to three men’s basketball NCAA tournaments and one NIT from 1983-86, started 110 games as a Mountaineer. He helped WVU to records of 23-8, 20-12, 20-9 and 22-11 during his career.
Late women’s basketball standout Olivia Bradley set the all-time Mountaineers record with 1,484 rebounds in 1985, a record that tops men’s basketball legend and hall of famer Jerry West’s 1,240 career rebounds and still stands today. Standing 6-foot-1, Bradley’s rebounding total tops any other WVU women’s player by more than 400 rebounds, and she is one of only three players in WVU women’s basketball history to record more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career. Bradley was a four-time All-America honoree and three time all-conference selection.
The second gymnastics coach at West Virginia, Linda Burdette-Good took over a one-year program in 1975, and in 37 seasons (1975-2011), she led the Mountaineers to four national championship appearances, 10 conference titles and a 644-263-4 (.709) overall record.
Dr. Ed Etzel
The first coach to win an NCAA Championship with a Mountaineers squad, Dr. Ed. Etzel coached the WVU rifle team from 1977-89, compiling a record of 101-5 (.952) with four national titles.
Dean Morrison, a native of Amityville, N.Y., who competed for the Mountaineers from 1990-94, produced the West Virginia University wrestling program’s second individual national title at the 1994 NCAA Championships held in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Morrison accumulated 103 wins during the course of his career, the sixth most in WVU history, became the first wrestler in program history to win three consecutive Eastern Wrestling League titles and qualified for the NCAA Championships three times.
Paul Popovich, a native of Flemington, W.Va., earned a letter in men’s basketball and baseball in 1960 before embarking on an 11-year Major League Baseball career.
Tom Woodeshick, a running back and three-year letterwinner in football from 1960-62, played 10 seasons in the National Football League from 1963-72.