Bucknell HOF class announced
LEWISBURG — Seven standout alumni – including four from the track and field program, two from football and one from women’s basketball – have been elected to the Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame and will be formally enshrined as part of the 41st induction class this fall.
This year’s class includes Hope Foster ’08, who was a dominant center on the Bison women’s basketball team, football defensive stalwarts Mike Augsberger ’91 and Hunter Adams ’98, and track and field record-setters Matt Deardorff ’92, Norine Nadeau ’96, David Pomfret ’00 and Majorie Grap ’07.
The new Hall of Fame class will be inducted at a dinner ceremony on Friday, Oct. 4 as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities.
MIKE AUGSBERGER ’91
Was a four-year starting defensive back for the Bison football team. He was recognized as an AFCA/Kodak First Team All-American following his senior year, when he made 75 tackles and intercepted three passes from his free safety position while helping Bucknell to a 7-4 record, its best mark in 26 years. A two-time All-Patriot League selection, Augsberger logged nine interceptions and 327 tackles in his career. The latter figure still ranks sixth in team history.
MATT DEARDORFF ’92
Is the latest in a long line of terrific distance runners to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Deardorff was a member of both the Patriot League All-Decade Team and 25th Anniversary Team in cross country, where he was the league’s individual champion in 1991 and runner-up in 1990. As a senior he placed 60th at the NCAA Cross Country Championship and 20th at the IC4A Championship.
On the track, Deardorff was a two-time Patriot League champion in the outdoor 5,000-meter run, and he also captured the 3,000 meters indoors in 1991.
NORINE NADEAU ’96
Was a versatile athlete during her days with the Bucknell track and field squad. She was named the Most Outstanding performer at the 1996 Patriot League Outdoor Championships after winning league titles in the high jump and long jump while scoring in six different events (also runner-up in the javelin, third in the 100-meter hurdles, fifth in the 200-meter dash and second in the 4×400-meter relay).
All told, Nadeau won five career Patriot League outdoor gold medals and one more indoors.
HUNTER ADAMS ’98
Was a dominant defensive lineman on the gridiron, and he was one of the key players on Bison teams that captured a Patriot League championship in 1996 and finished 10-1 in 1997. Adams was a three-time All-Patriot League selection at defensive end, capturing First Team citations in 1996 and 1997. He was later named to the Patriot League All-Anniversary Team in 2000 and the 25th Anniversary Team in 2011.
Adams graduated with 188 career tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks, and he was part of Tom Gadd’s vaunted defensive units that ranked No. 1 in the league in each of Adams’ final three seasons. A team co-captain as a senior, Adams was a two-time recipient of the George Rieu Award as Bucknell’s outstanding defensive lineman. After graduation, Adams signed a free-agent contract with the New York Giants and was later added to the team’s practice squad.
DAVID POMFRET ’00
Pulled off the rare double of claiming conference championships in the pole vault and javelin throw. A seven-time All-Patriot League selection, Pomfret claimed indoor gold medals in the pole vault in 1998, 1999 and 2000, and then came back in the spring to pick up outdoor titles in the javelin in each of those years.
MARJORIE GRAP ’07
Will go down as one of the top woman throwers in Bucknell track and field history. She was a big part of the stellar Class of 2007 that went 8-for-8 at the Patriot League Championships, winning all four indoor titles and all four outdoor crowns. Grap piled up points for the Bison by claiming nine career league titles. Indoors, she won gold in the 20-pound weight throw in each of her final three years and also claimed the shot put in 2005. Outdoors, Grap captured three league titles in the discus throw (2005, 2006, 2007) and one each in the shot put (2005) and hammer throw (2006). She was the 2005 Patriot League Outdoor Field Athlete of the Meet.
HOPE FOSTER ’08
Is the youngest member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2019. One of the top centers ever to play for the Bison women’s basketball team, Foster tallied 1,256 career points and was best-known for her rebounding and shot-blocking prowess. She broke the Bucknell career record for blocked shots as a sophomore, and her 344 career blocked shots are nearly triple the second-highest total of 132 by Marie Kocornik. Foster also broke the Patriot League career blocks record and now ranks second. She holds each of the top four best single-season marks in Bucknell annals, including a record 95 in 2005-06. Her 11 blocked shots against Michigan State in 2007-08 is the school single-game record.
Foster’s 904 career rebounds was the school record until this past season, when Kaitlyn Slagus eclipsed her standard. Foster earned a spot on the Patriot League All-Rookie Team as a freshman, followed by three straight years on the All-Patriot League First Team. She was the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and the overall Player of the Year as a junior. Foster served as a team co-captain in 2007-08, when the Bison captured the Patriot League Tournament title and went to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history. A member of the Patriot League 25th Anniversary Team, Foster earned the Bryan-Humphreys Award for her versatility at both ends of the court.