The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame announced the enshrinement of its 14 newest members on Thursday, a group that includes former head football coach John Cooper and former basketball standout James “Scoonie” Penn.
Rounding out the list – which in all included 12 former athletes – were Matt Beaumont (baseball), Hugo Boisvert (men’s hocky), Dan Cheney (men's lacrosse), Jim Daniell (football), Ninett Kossowsky (rowing), Melissa Miller (women's soccer), Saskia Müeller (field hockey), Laura Murray (pistol), David Pichler (men's diving), Monica Rincon (women's tennis), Tommy Rowlands (wrestling) and Jim Sweeney (pistol coach).
Created in 1977, the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inducted 269 men through 2012. Women were first inducted into the group starting in 1993, and have had 100 enshrined through last year.
The Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner – which will be joined ball all of the latest inductees – will be held in the Archie M. Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union on Sept. 27. The event begins at 5:30 p.m., and individual tickets ($75) and tables ($600) will go on sale July 1.
Previously inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, Cooper now enters the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame as one of the most successful football coaches in the program’s history.
Cooper led Ohio State to 111 victories and five top 10 finished during his tenure that spanned from 1988-2000, and he led the Buckeyes to a win over Arizona State in the 1997 Rose Bowl. Cooper, who also led the Sun Devils to a Rose Bowl win in 1987, is the only coach to win Rose Bowls as the coach of a Big Ten and Pac-10 program.
Penn, a transfer from Boston College, played at Ohio State for only two seasons, but he left his permanent mark on the program when helping guide the Buckeyes to the 1999 Final Four. That run, however, has since been vacated by Ohio State due to NCAA violations.
As a senior, Penn was awarded the Francis Pomeroy Award, which is given to the best player in the country under 6-0. In only two years with the Buckeyes, he set the Ohio State record for career threes (153), a mark that is now fourth all-time. A two-time captain, Penn was named co-team MVP along with Michael Redd following the 1998-99 season. He earned that recognition again after his senior season in 2000.
Beaumont was a three-year letterwinner for the baseball team from 1992-94. In his final collegiate season he went 11-1 and led the Big Ten in strikeouts (104) before being named a First Team All-American. A Rittman, Ohio native, Beaumont ranks ninth all-time at Ohio State in strikeouts (245), 10th in wins (25), 13th in ERA (3.71) and 17th in innings pitched (249.2). The California Angels selected Beaumont in the fourth round of the 1994 amateur draft, and he reached Triple-A before ending his professional career in 2001.
Boisvert was a three-year letterwinner for the men’s hockey team from 1997-99 and is the first player in program history to be named a two-time All-American. Boisvert helped Ohio State reach both the NCAA Tournament and the Frozen Four for the first time in 1998, a team that won 18 of its last 21 games. He left OSU after his junior year to sign with the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL.
A three-year letterwinner for the lacrosse team from 1957-59, Chaney was a co-captain his senior year before he becoming an USILA Honorable Mention All-American and a member of the Midwest All-Star first team. A midfielder, Chaney had a career-high 20 goals and three assists – accounting for a total of 23 points – in his senior season.
Daniell played on Ohio State teams coached by Francis Schmidt in 1939 and 1940 and he was a senior on Paul Brown’s first Buckeyes team in 1941. He was an integral piece on OSU’s 1939 Big Ten conference championship team that went 6-2 overall and 5-1 in league play. Daniell also was a standout for the Buckeyes in 1941 – the Central Press Association named him an All-American – and he helped build the foundation for what ultimate turned into a national championship team in 1942.
Kossowsky, a four-year letterwinner for the OSU rowing team from 2002-06, was an integral part of the 2006 Big Ten championship team. That season shewas named the Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year, the second to earn that honor in Buckeyes history.
Miller became Ohio State’s first two-time All-American on the soccer field during her four-year career that spanned 2003-06. She starred on defense during all four of her seasons – accounting for 84 career starts – and helped guide the Buckeyes to two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004.
Müeller finished her four-year career from 2003-06 all over the women’s field hockey record books, finishing in the top-five in career assists (45), game winning goals (8), game started (73) and single-season assists with 19 points as a junior.
Murray was a three-time All American during her pistol career from 1997-2000, a two-time individual national champion and a Big Ten Medal of Honor winner for Ohio State.
A four-time All-American diver from 1989-92, Pichler was Ohio State's first NCAA champion on the 10-meter dive in 1991. One of 11 divers under Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame head coach Vince Panzano to take home an individual NCAA title, Pichler captured earned the win with a final score of 763.95.
Starring on the women’s tennis team from 1999-02, Rincon was an All-American and a three-time All-Big Ten selection. Rincon competed in the NCAA Doubles Championship twice, and she and doubles partner Kristy Dascoli became the first All-Americans in program history.
Rowlands was the first four-time All-American in Ohio State wrestling history during his career from 2001-04. He was a two-time NCAA heavyweight champion in 2002 and 2004 under head coach Russ Hellickson.
The current pistol coach that has held his post since 1999 after serving in the same position from 1986-87, Sweeny’s 15 years leading the program has amounted to five NRA Collegiate National Championship titles. He also coached seven athletes to 23 NRA Collegiate National Championships.
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