Feb. 2, 2001
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Eight athletes will be inducted into the University of Louisville Athletic Hall of Fame at a dinner at 6:30 Saturday, February 10 in the Crystal Ballroom in the Brown Hotel.
Larry Ball, Gary Inman, Rodney McCray, Andy Schrecker, Duke Shumate, Peggy Stephens, Cleo Walker and Kevin Walsh will join the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Ball lettered in football from 1969-71 and was a defensive halfback, tackle and end on the 1970 Missouri Valley Conference Championship and Pasadena Bowl teams. He also played basketball and was on the 1968-69 varsity team that played in the National Invitational Tournament. He set a school record for a 97-yard interception for a touchdown.Ball played in the NFL for seven years and was a member of the 17-0 Miami Dolphin's Super Bowl team. He is currently the President of the NFL Alumni Organization.
Inman lettered in football from 1969-71 and was a member of the 1970 MVC championship and Pasadena Bowl teams. He was a quarterback and defensive safety. He earned the Red Brantley Award for the Most Outstanding Senior as well as the Quarterback Club Award for Most Outstanding Senior. He also played centerfield for the 1969 Cardinals. He currently has an orthodontics practice.
McCray was a member of the 1980 national championship basketball team. The rugged forward helped lead the Cardinals to a 109-26 record and three NCAA Final Four appearances during his playing years. He was selected as a member of the 1980 United States Olympic Basketball team. He is one of only four players in U of L history to surpass both the 1,000 career points and rebound marks with 1,247 points and 1,029 rebounds. McCray played for the Houston Rockets for five years before he was traded to the Sacramento Kings where he was named to the NBA All-Defensive team in 1988 and led the league in minutes played. He played for the Dallas Mavericks and ended his pro career as a member of the NBA Champion Chicago Bulls in 1992-93. He is currently a partner in a furniture gallery and a residential home builder in Houston.
Schrecker was a member of the tennis team from 1988-92 as its No. 1 singles and double player for four years. He was team MVP and a three-time team captain. He attained an ITCA national ranking of No. 28 while becoming U of L's all-time leader in men's singles victories. He joined the Association of Tennis Professionals Satellite Tour where he earned a World Ranking. He went on to teach tennis and was a devoted volunteer with Special Olympics. He started his own construction company shortly before his death in 1997.
Shumate was a catcher on the 1976-78 Cardinal baseball team. He had a career batting average of .300. He was a two-time All-Metro catcher and in 1978 he was named to the All-Metro Tournament team. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1978 and stayed with their organization for three years. He has been a football coach and his squad won the 1983 AAA Georgia State Championship. He is currenly a sales representative for Office Depot.
Stephens was a tennis player for the Cardinals from 1975-78 where she was the No. 1 singles and doubles player for four years. The first female player to receive a tennis scholarship at U of L, she was ranked in the Top 10 in the state. As a senior, she was an assistant coach for the women's basketball team and was a professional musician with the Louisville Orchestra at the same time. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Kentucky and was an instructor at Harvard's medical school. Dr. Stephens is currently the medical director for the Behavioral Healthcare Hospital in Columbus, Indiana. She is also a current member of the Women's International Racquetball Tour which she joined in 1999.
Walker was an outstanding defensive football player for the Cardinals, lettering in 1967-70. He was voted as Outstanding Senior and once had an 87 yard interception return. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and also played linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL and played two years in the World Football League as well. After retiring from football, he was a comptroller for Ryder Truck Rental and a special agent for the FBI before becoming president of Walker Packaging Inc. He is currently president of Triangle Construction Company and Shear/Walker Inc.
Walsh was a member of the tennis team from 1973-78. he played No. 1 singles and doubles and was the first to earn a scholarship in men's tennis. He was the first recipient of the Ed Kallay Award. After graduating, he became the men's tennis coach where he led the Cardinals to their first Metro Conference Championship and the school's first NCAA appearance. He coached four Ed Kallay Award winners and two players that were ranked nationally in the Top 30. He was a member of the NCAA Tennis Selection Committee before retiring from coaching to concentrate on his teaching career at Speed School. He attained the No. 1 ranking in the Kentucky Men's Professional Singles from 1979-80.