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August 13, 2011

NCAA champ Nilsson, Two-Sport All-American Petrucci highlight 2011 Athletics Hall of Fame Class

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Former NCAA champion Johanna Nilsson, basketball standout Kelly Golob, two-sport All-American standout Nick Petrucci, Big Sky champion golfer Eleanor Pilgrim, the 1991 women’s cross country team and Walkup Skydome Director Dave Brown will be inducted into the Northern Arizona University Athletics Hall of Fame in November, Athletics Director Jim Fallis announced.

They will be inducted as part of the 31st annual Hall of Fame weekend that will feature the induction ceremony banquet Nov. 4 at the High Country Conference Center with a special recognition at halftime of the NAU-Northern Colorado game on Nov. 5.

Golob was a 2006 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America second-team selection, NAU Male Athlete of the Year, NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient and 2006 All-Big Sky first-team selection. He finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,550 points and ranked second on NAU and Big Sky career three-pointer list with 289. His career scoring mark was surpassed by Cameron Jones last season.

Nilsson won four NCAA Championships in her career and was named the 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. She won the mile at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships by more than two seconds in 4:37.78, then returned to the track 90 minutes later to win the 3,000-meter run in a personal-best 9:06.61. She also claimed the 2005 NCAA champion in cross country. Nilsson’s sister, Ida, was selected for the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

Petrucci, a former Flagstaff High School product, was a two-time All-American in both football and track and field. The school record holder in the discus, he won four Big Sky Conference titles in the event and qualified for the NCAA Championships two times, finishing in the top six two times. He was very successful internationally in his track career placing 15th at USA Championships in 1999, sixth at U.S. Olympic Trials in 2000 and fourth at USA Championships in 2001. He was also a World Championship participant in 2001.

Eleanor Pilgrim was a founding member of the golf program, leading the early success of the team. She was a three-time All-Big Sky selection, winning the 1996 and 1998 Big Sky Conference championships. She won four individual tournament titles and held the school single-round scoring mark (70) and still holds the two-round mark at 140. She was a key member of the first two NCAA Regional squads in school history in 1997 and 1998 and member of four consecutive Big Sky Conference Championship teams. She played professionally on the Ladies European Tour.

The 1991 Women’s Cross Country Team placed third at the 1991 NCAA Championship, the highest placing team finish at the national championships of any women’s sport at NAU. The team won the Big Sky and Mountain Regional Championships and was coached by NAU Hall of Famer Ron Mann.

Dave Brown, the longtime NAU Walkup Skydome Director and former women’s basketball coach, will be the recipient of the Athletics Contributor Award. He is in his 30th year at NAU and his 22nd as director of the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome. He spent the spring semester of 2004 as the interim athletics director while maintaining his other campus responsibilities with the Skydome. Brown is also the NAU liaison with the Arizona Cardinals, coordinating and securing facilities for the teams’ annual training camps in Flagstaff.

2011 ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME CLASS

Kelly Golob, Basketball, 2002-06

2006 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America second-team selection…2006 NSCA Strength and Conditioning All-American…2006 NAU Male Athlete of the Year…NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient...2006 All-Big Sky first-team selection…Two-time All-Big Sky honorable mention selection (2003, 2004)...Finished career as all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,550 points…Ranks second on NAU and Big Sky career three-pointer list with 289, the fifth player in Big Sky history to make 200 or more in his career...Became the 20th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark and 27th in conference history to eclipse the 1,500-point mark...Recorded his 1,000th point at Montana State with 15:58 left in the second half on a three-pointer…Finished career first in scoring (1,550), sixth in field goals made (525), fourth in field goal attempts (1,199), second in three-pointers (289), first in three-point attempts (710), ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.407), third in free throw percentage (.851), seventh in turnovers (217), tied for second in games played (116) and first minutes played (3,549)…Nominated by Steven Shaff.

Johanna Nilsson, Track and Field                                      

Won four NCAA Championships in his career…Nilsson was named the 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year…Won the mile at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships by more than two seconds in 4:37.78, then returned to the track 90 minutes later to win the 3,000-meter run in a personal-best 9:06.61…Also 2005 NCAA champion in cross country…Nominated by Eric Heins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Petrucci, Football, 1995-97, Track and Field, 1995-96, 1999-00

Two-time Football Gazette All-American and two-time track and field All-American…1997 All-Big Sky first-team selection…Had 14 tackles for loss in 1997 and 12.5 in 1996…School record holder in the discus…Won Big Sky discus titles in 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2000…Qualified for NCAA Championships in 1999 and 2000, finishing third in and sixth, respectively…Placed 15th at USA Championships in 1999,  sixth at US Olympic Trials in 2000 and fourth at USA Championships in 2001Wold Championship participant in 2001…Nominated by Jake Crissup.

 

Eleanor Pilgrim, Women's Golf, 1995-99

Pilgrim was a three-time All-Big Sky selection, winning the 1996 and 1998 Big Sky Conference championships. She won four individual tournament titles and held the school single-round scoring mark (70) and still holds the two-round mark at 140. She was a key member of the first two NCAA Regional squads in school history in 1997 and 1998 and member of four consecutive Big Sky Conference Championship teams. She played professionally on the Ladies European Tour. Nominated by Steve Shaff.

 

1991 Women’s Cross Country Team

Placed third at the 1991 NCAA Championship, the highest placing team finish at the national championships of any women’s sport at NAU…Won Big Sky and Mountain Regional Championships…Coached by NAU Hall of Famer Ron Mann…Nominated by Eric Heins.

 

ATHLETICS CONTRIBUTOR AWARD

Dave Brown, Walkup Skydome Director

Longtime NAU Walkup Skydome Director and former women’s basketball coach Dave Brown is in his 30th year at NAU and his 22nd as director of the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome. He spent the spring semester of 2004 as the interim athletics director while maintaining his other campus responsibilities with the Skydome. He joined the Lumberjack Radio Network as the color commentator on all men’s basketball home games in the 2008-09 season and is entering his fourth year on the broadcast team for the Lumberjacks. He joins the “Voice of the Lumberjacks” Mitch Strohman for each radio and television broadcast on the Lumberjack Radio Network, Fox College Sports, Universityhouse and FSN Arizona. Brown has served in varying roles, including co-athletics director in the mid-1980s, but has been in his current position overseeing all operations of the Skydome since 1990. He also manages several special programs, including the university's scheduling of operations for Rolle Activity Center and Lumberjack Stadium. Brown is also the NAU liaison with the Arizona Cardinals, coordinating and securing facilities for the teams’ annual training camps in Flagstaff. He was the facility coordinator for the Pepsi Big Sky Conference men’s basketball tournaments in 1997 and 1998, as well as the 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2003 Big Sky Conference indoor track and field meets. In 1993, Brown was named NAU student supervisor of the year…Nominated by Steven Shaff.