WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 12, 2019) – Rollins College Director of Athletics Pennie Parker has announced the Rollins Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Chris Cerroni '07 (Men's Soccer), Joanna Coe '11 (Women's Golf), Lindsay Giblin Murrell '09 (Women's Soccer), Roshni Luthra '11 (Women's Tennis), Marnie Mahler Codrey '08 (Women's Tennis), Jenna Mielzynski '09 (Water Ski), Nikki Sullivan Jessee '99 (Women's Basketball; Service to Athletics) will join 220 former student-athletes, coaches and administrators enshrined for their achievements.
The 2019 induction will take place Thursday, March 28, at the Alfond Inn Ballroom, kicking off Rollins Alumni Weekend.
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Chris Cerroni left Rollins as one of the most prolific scorers in program history. He ranks fourth all-time in goals scored and points while sitting 12th in assists among all Tars. His 2006 season is one for the record books. Cerroni was named Second Team All-America, First Team All-South Region, the Sunshine State Conference Offensive and overall Player of the Year, SSC Tournament MVP and was a three-time SSC Offensive Player of the Week. Cerroni was named All-SSC all four years of his career and led the Tars to two SSC Regular Season Championships, one SSC Tournament title and two NCAA Tournament bids.
Joanna Coe is just the third Rollins women's golfer and one of few in the history of collegiate golf to be a four-time All-American. The New Jersey native landed on the first team three times and second team once. Coe won the 2008 NCAA Division II National Championship, setting a then NCAA record low round of 68, and led the Tars to the team title that year. She was a four-time All-SSC honoree, and four-time WGCA Scholar All-America. After college, she qualified for the 2011 LPGA U.S. Women's Open and still competes professionally.
Lindsay Giblin Murrell rewrote the Tars record books and still ranks among the all-time best in team history. She is fifth all-time in points scored, fourth in goals and tied for seventh in assists. She was twice First Team All-Sunshine State Conference and named both the conference Player and Offensive Player of the Year in 2009. Also that season, she was the NSCAA South Region Player of the Year and First Team All-American. Giblin Murrell is tied for fourth in program history with 76 career games played. She led the Tars to a pair of SSC regular season championships, one SSC Tournament title and two trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Roshni Luthra is in elite company as a four-time All-America and four-time All-Sunshine State Conference honoree. She finished her career with a 57-28 singles record, playing the No. 1 position each of the last three seasons. Luthra closed her sophomore, junior and senior years ranked in the top-15 nationally in singles play. As a freshman, she went 21-2 in singles play and joined Marnie Mahler to go 22-3 in doubles and rank ninth in the nation. The duo was named First Team All-SSC. Luthra teamed with Holly Fleming her sophomore season and went 20-3, earning a Second-Team All-SSC nod. Luthra led the Tars to four-straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances.
Marnie Mahler Codrey was a multiple-time All-America selection and regular in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Rankings. As a freshman in 2005, she was named the ITA Rookie of the Year and joined fellow Hall of Famer Tasi Purcell on the doubles All-America list, ranking No. 6 in the nation. The duo again earned All-America status in 2006, ranking No. 9 in the country at the end of the year. In 2007 Mahler Codrey and Purcell ranked No. 9 in the nation and were named Doubles First Team All-SSC and ITA All-America. That season she also earned a Singles First Team All-SSC recognition. Mahler Codrey enjoyed a standout senior campaign, rising to No. 7 in the nation as a singles player and joining Roshni Luthra as the No. 11 doubles team in the country. She was named First Team All-SSC in both singles and doubles and earned a second Singles All-America honor.
Jenna Mielzynski enjoyed a standout career on the lake and in the classroom at Rollins. At the 2007 NCWSA National Championship, she was the individual national champion, winning tricks and jumps, and finishing second in slalom. She came back a year later and won the national tricks championship. In 2005, Mielzynski finished third at the Water Ski World Games and was second in jumps at the 2009 Games. She was twice named the Rollins Female Athlete of the Year and was the Rollins Class of 2009 Valdictorian.
Nikki Sullivan Jessee was a star player for Rollins before becoming one of the most respected coaches in basketball. The Lakeland native transferred to Rollins from Florida and made an immediate impact. She was Second Team All-SSC her sophomore year, honorable mention as a junior and First Team her senior season. She ranks ninth on the Tars all-time scoring list with 1,249 points, averaging 15.2 points per game. After Rollins, Jessee signed a professional contract with the Thames Valley Tigers of Bracknell, England where she led the club in scoring and rebounding. Jessee started her coaching career at Jenkins High School in Lakeland and then moved to Lyman High School in Longwood. Jessee has coached Tusculum College, Campbell University and then three years at Martin Methodist College. She moved back to the SSC to lead Lynn, building the Fighting Knights into a conference contender. Jessee left South Florida to serve on her husband's staff at Tampa before taking over the reins at Saint Leo. After three years leading the Lions, she left college coaching to focus on family. Jessee is now the head girls basketball coach at Lakeland Christian School.
Established in 1977 to honor the history of Rollins College Athletics, the Sports Hall of Fame now boasts 216 members who embody the spirit of a Tar and comprise the rich 123 years of intercollegiate sports tradition at Rollins.