WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 26, 2011) - Rollins welcomed eight new members into its Sports Hall of Fame Saturday as part of the College's 2011 Reunion Weekend.
The annual event honored Pamela Clark Brown '76, Brian Meyer '86, Gregg Smyth '95, Jill Razor Wells '01, John Smith '97, Carmen Lampe Boland '55, Anzela Zguna '02, and Lynn Welch '78. Tar Booster president Peter Allport '87 served as the master of ceremonies. Adding a special touch to the breakfast, each inductee was presented by a current Rollins student-athlete.
2011 Inductee Profiles:
Pamela Clark Brown '76 - Women's Golf
A member of Rollins' 1974 AIAW National Championship team, Pam Clark Brown carried on the Tars current winning tradition that was started over five decades ago. She was key to winning the Tars' fourth national championship; a number that has since grown to a NCAA record 12. Clark placed fourth in the event and also won the Florida Intercollegiate Championship that same year. In 1973, she captured both Virginia State Women's Amateur and District of Columbia Women's Amateur championships. Off the course, Clark was a member of the "R"Club, Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Fraternity. Since college, she has won a myriad of amateur and club championships. Clark had a banner 2006 season that included a title at the Women's Western Golf Association Senior Championship.
Brian S. Meyer '86 - Baseball
Playing under the guidance of legend Boyd Coffie, Bryan Meyer built a stellar career with the Tars that can still be found on the Rollins record books. He is one of only a few Rollins players to be named All-Sunshine State Conference multiple times, earning Honorable Mention in 1985 and First Team as a senior in 1986. Also that season, Meyer was named ABCA All-South Region Second Team and the Rollins Outstanding Senior. He totaled 22 wins at Rollins, and ranks fourth in innings pitched and sixth in career strikeouts. Meyer was drafted by Houston in the 16th round of the 1986 draft and played three seasons with the Astros, recording two saves.
Gregg S. Smyth '95 - Baseball
The ironman of Rollins baseball, Gregg Smyth set multiple school records in his four-year career and still holds the Division II mark for most innings pitched. A walk on as a freshman, Smyth led the team with nine victories that season and went on to post a record of 37-18 in his career. He is the Tars' all-time leader in strikeouts with 390 and set the NCAA Division II record with 509 innings pitched. During his career, Rollins was one of the top teams in the Sunshine State, recording wins over Miami and Florida. Smyth was a two-time ABCA All-South Region honoree and twice landed on All-SSC teams. He was drafted his junior year by the New York Mets, but returned to Rollins for his senior season. Smyth was then selected by the Houston Astros and played one season in the minor leagues.
Jill Razor Wells '01 - Women's Basketball
With all due respect to those who have played before and since, Jill Razor Wells is regarded by many as the best player in Rollins women's basketball history. The lightning fast guard is the all-time leading scorer with 2,039 points while ranking sixth in steals and fourth in assists. Razor shot 87 percent from the free throw line in her career, which still ranks eighth in Division II history. In 2000 against Cal-State Chico, she poured in a school record 41 points and led the Tars to their third-straight SSC championship and NCAA tournament appearance. Razor was a four-time All-SSC selection, earning Freshman of the Year honors in 1998 and was named Player of the Year as a junior and senior. She was also the 2001 SSC Scholar Athlete of the Year. Twice she was named Division II Bulletin All-America and in 2001 was named Academic All-America.
John R. Smith '97 - Men's Soccer
One of the most accomplished student-athletes in Rollins and Sunshine State Conference history, John Smith was impressive both on the field and in the classroom. Smith is the Tars' all-time leader with 142 total points and 42 assists, and also ranks third in school history with 50 goals. He also ranks in the SSC top-10 in each of those categories. A First-Team All-American in 1996 and second-team All-American in 1995, Smith earned All-SSC and All-South Region honors three times and was twice recognized as a second-team Academic All-American. Following his senior year, Smith was honored as the Rollins Male Athlete of the Year, as well as the Rollins and SSC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He went on to become the first foreign player ever drafted by Major League Soccer.
Carmen Lampe Boland '55 - Women's Tennis
Playing in a different era of women's athletics, Carmen Lampe Boland helped build the foundation that the Tars women's tennis team stands on today. She was one of the first women to come to Rollins on a tennis scholarship, and for four years was ranked No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles in Florida. Along with fellow hall of famer Nancy Corse Reed, she won the Florida State Open Tournament in 1953 and the Florida Invitational Tennis Tournament in 1954. Lampe was key to the Tars winning and retiring the Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament Trophy, which is displayed in the Hall of Fame Room. After college, she competed in many major tournaments, including Wimbledon and the US Open. She continues to give to the game of tennis as an instructor for the Lee County Community Tennis Association.
Anzela Zguna '02 - Women's Tennis
In just two seasons with Rollins, Anzela Zguna established herself as one the all-time greats in Tars tennis history. She was named ITA All-America in doubles and twice was named All-America in singles. Zguna was named the Rollins Athlete of the Year and Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year in both her seasons with the Tars. As a senior, she won the ITA/Rolex Division II National Singles Championship, fin- ished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation and was named the ITA Division II Senior Player of the Year. In 2007, Zguna was named to the SSC Hall of Fame and the conference Silver Anniversary Team. She enjoyed a successful tennis career after graduating from Rollins, winning the singles and doubles titles at the 2003 Miami Satellite Tournament and earned a career-high worldwide ranking of 394 by the WTA. Zguna is currently manager of the Winter Park Tennis Center and assistant coach for the Tars.
Lynn L. Welch '78 - Athletic Achievement Award
A two-sport standout in her Rollins playing career, Lynn Welch switched roles in the sports world after graduation and has become one of the top officials in tennis history. She played for Rollins in the 1970's and returned to her home state of Maine to begin a career as a tennis instructor. In 1991, Welch attended a line umpire clinic in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina that would serve as the launching pad for her officiating career. After two-years as a full time line umpire, she attended a USTA Chair Academy and within two years was given a Bronze Badge and certified as an International Official. Welch was promoted by the ITF to Silver Badge in 1997, and in 2003 earned the Gold Badge, the highest level for a chair umpire. Of the 28 Gold Badge chair umpires in the world, just six are female and Welch is the only one in the U.S. Welch's illustrious career includes working as an umpire at 20 US Open's, 17 Wimbledon Championships, 15 Australian Open's and eight French Open's.