Sept. 9, 2011
Hall of Fame Reservation Form
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Five outstanding individuals will be inducted into the University of Louisville Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 28 in the Hickman Camp Room of the KFC Yum! Center.
The list includes Matt Berger, a former first baseman who is the career
home runs leader for the Cardinals; Mike Clouser, a four-time conference champion in three-meter diving at U of L; Jill Morton, the Cardinals' first All-American in women's basketball who is U of L's season and career free throw percentage leader; Jackie Spencer, seventh among career scorers at U of L and the only player with a quadruple double; and Otis Wilson, a dominating All-American linebacker for the Cardinals who went on to play eight years in the NFL.
The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. and the induction ceremony to follow. Tickets are $40 per person and may be obtained by calling U of L Athletics at (502) 852-0706, or emailing email@example.com. The inductees will also be recognized at the Cardinals' Oct. 29 homecoming football game against Syracuse.
"It's a tremendous opportunity for all of us in the U of L family to welcome back and honor an exceptional group of individuals who have each contributed so much to the tradition of Cardinal Athletics," said U of L Director of Athletics Tom Jurich. "This group, as with every member of the Hall of Fame, are so deserving of this tribute."
Matt Berger (1994-97) is the U of L baseball program's career leader in home runs with 64 and walks with 164. One of the top hitters in school history, he also ranks second in career RBI with 204, third in runs scored (190), fifth in hits (253), sixth in at-bats (794) and seventh in games played (215). Berger started his career by becoming the first Cardinal in program history to earn Freshman All-America honors (Collegiate Baseball Newspaper) in 1994. He was also a three-time all-conference selection, earning first team All-Metro in 1994, second team All-Metro in 1995 and second team All-Conference USA in 1997. Following his collegiate career, Berger was selected in the 23rd Round of the 1997 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox and played five seasons of professional baseball.
Mike Clouser (1995-99) quickly matured into one of the Cardinals' most accomplished divers. Under diving coach Woody Franklin, he was a four-time conference champion in the three-meter event, winning and setting school and conference records in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999. He took top conference honors and set the school record in the one-meter in 1996, 1998 and 1999. Clouser was the first U of L diver in school history to win four consecutive Diver of the Year honors. Before his career with the Cardinals, he dove in the U.S Diving district and regional zone meets and finished in the top ten at nationals in 1995. After graduating from U of L, he kept his hand in diving by coaching age group and LSA country club divers. He currently resides in Raleigh, N.C.
Jill Morton (1997-2000) became the Cardinals' first women's basketball All-American in 2000, earning first team honors by the Women's Basketball News Service her senior year. Morton holds the season three-point field goal percentage record accomplished as a senior when she led the nation shooting 53.5 percent (1999-2000). She also holds the career three-point field goal percentage record, connecting on 44.5 percent during her four years at Louisville. Morton ranks eighth on the all-time scoring list with 1,402 career points. She was Louisville's first WNBA draft pick, going to the Charlotte Sting with the 34th pick of the 2000 WNBA Draft.
Jackie Spencer (1982-85) finished her career at Louisville as the all-time leading scoring in 1985 with 1,443 points. She held the honor for four years and is currently ranked seventh on the career scoring list. She is the only player in U of L history to record a quadruple-double with 14 points, 14 assists, 10 steals and 12 rebounds against Cincinnati on Feb. 2, 1985. She led the team in scoring her junior and senior seasons, earning first team All-Metro honors both years. She led the Cardinals to three straight Metro Conference Tournament titles and the regular season championship in 1984.
Otis Wilson (1977-79) was a dominating defender and fierce competitor at linebacker for the Cardinals. A sure-handed tackler, Wilson finished his outstanding career second on Louisville's all-time tackles list with 484 stops and was a first-team Sporting News All-American selection as a senior in 1979. He recorded 175 tackles in 1977, which ranks third on the school's single-season list, and 157 stops in 1978, which stands eighth all-time. He was tabbed the Defensive Most Valuable Player in the 1977 Independence Bowl. Following his outstanding senior campaign, Wilson became only the fourth player in U of L history to be selected to play in the prestigious Senior Bowl. After his playing days at Louisville, Wilson was a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears and enjoyed an outstanding eight-year career with the Bears including a 1986 Super Bowl title.