Perhaps the most recognizable name in Ohio State's 2010 class is Fred “Curly” Morrison, a football star from 1946-49 who led the Buckeyes to their first Rose Bowl win in 1950, a 17-14 triumph against third-ranked Cal.
Morrison ran for a game-high 127 yards on 24 carries en route to being named the game’s MVP, becoming the first-ever Buckeye Rose Bowl MVP. Now he will join teammate Vic Janowicz in receiving OSU’s highest post-career honor.
"Since learning of being selected for this wonderful honor I am still up in the clouds,” Morrison said. “I am hoping many of my teammates from the 1950 Rose Bowl team will be able to be there to accept this honor with me. I am extremely flattered. This will give me the opportunity to express how grateful I am for my wonderful experiences as a student at The Ohio State University."
He’s joined among football players by four-sport athlete Fred Norton, a teammate of Chic Harley who lettered in 1915-16 and also starred in baseball, basketball and track.
"Fred Norton's athletic performance, coupled with his faithful service, made him a perfect hall of fame candidate," men’s Varsity “O” president Tony White said. "As the first letter winner in four different sports at Ohio State he has been noted by members of the press as the greatest all-around athlete in Ohio State history. We are pleased he will now be enshrined in the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame."
Two recent stars in lacrosse player Regina Oliver and volleyball standout Stacey Gordon will be inducted on the women’s side. Gordon was a four-time All-American for the Buckeyes and earned two national player of the year honors in 2004, while Oliver was a two-time All-American in 2003-04.
"Being recognized in the company of great athletes who have come from The Ohio State University is definitely an honor,” Gordon said. “I don't know if it's a reminder of how old I actually am – or that I can be reminded of all the achievements during my time in the program. I am grateful to have played with such amazing teammates, coaches, and in front of the best fans for four wonderful years. The memories I have at Ohio State are with me every day and this honor makes me even more proud to be a Buckeye. I look forward to coming back on campus in September."
"I was honestly in complete shock when I found out I had been selected for the Hall of Fame,” Oliver said. “It will always be a special moment because I found out from (Hall of Famer) Megan Mirick, who was a senior when I was a freshman and is someone I always looked up to and respected so much as a teammate and as a coach. I am grateful to her for the nomination. I am also extremely grateful for having a loving family who has supported me throughout my life as a Buckeye and continues to support me. I am so blessed and excited to become part of this distinct group and humbled to know that people think so highly of me and my accomplishments."
The women’s side is filled out by track star Shandelier Boyd, while the rest of the men’s class will include volleyball player Angel Aja, golfer Mike Balen, gymnast Jamie Natalie and wrestler David Camaione.
The nine athletes will be inducted during the Sept. 24-25 weekend, going through the ceremonial induction dinner the first night before being recognized a day later at halftime of the football game vs. Eastern Michigan.
Thumbnail bios for each honoree follow.
Angel Aja, men's volleyball (1997-2000): A two-time AVCA and Volleyball Magazine All-American, Aja holds the Ohio State career records for assists (6,797) and assists per game (18.52). A four-time All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association selection and the league's player of the year as a senior, Aja was named to the NCAA all-tournament team after leading the Buckeyes to a runner-up finish his senior season. He was part of three MIVA championship teams and received the Big Ten Medal of Honor as the outstanding male senior student-athlete at Ohio State in 2000.
Mark Balen, men’s golf (1976-79): Balen is one of only three Buckeyes to earn four All-America honors while also collecting three first team All-Big Ten selections. He helped lead the Buckeyes to four consecutive Big Ten championships and three NCAA top-10 championship finishes, capped off with a national championship his senior season. He was the Big Ten individual champion in 1977 and won the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate his freshman season of 1976, the same year he won the Les Bolstad Award for the Big Ten's lowest stroke average. Balen joins head coach Jim Brown, John Cook and Joey Sindelar from the 1979 NCAA championship squad as inductees into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Shandelier Boyd, track and field (1994-97): A seven-time Big Ten champion and four-time All-American, Boyd posted school records in the 100-meter hurdles (12.98) and triple jump (13.21 meters) her senior season. Boyd was a Big Ten champion in the triple jump, long jump, 55-meter hurdles and 100-meter hurdles and was named All-American three times in the triple jump and once in the 100-meter hurdles. She was also the 1997 winner of the Alex Shumate Award for outstanding student leadership with the “Majority of One” minority student-athlete program.
David Camaione, wrestling (1958-60): A Big Ten champion at 123 pounds in 1960 and subsequently the conference championship's most outstanding wrestler, David Camaione finished his three-year career with a 41-9 record and a .820 winning percentage. A two-time team captain, Camaione led the Buckeyes in wins in each of his three seasons. He also was considered a top-two wrestler for his weight class by Amateur Wrestling News during his senior campaign. He went on to become a professor of sport, leisure and exercise science and has written multiple books on the science of wrestling.
Stacey Gordon, women’s volleyball (2001-04): A four-time All-American, Gordon was named 2004 AVCA Co-National Player of the year and 2004 Asics/Volleyball Player of the Year. She still holds Ohio State career records for kills, kills per game, digs, points and points per game. Gordon is still the Big Ten’s all-time leader and ranks third in NCAA history with 2,978 kills and 7.08 kills per game. Gordon, a four-time All-Big Ten honoree, was the 2001 AVCA National Freshman of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year in 2002 and 2004. She was named Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year in 2002 and 2005. Professionally, Gordon has played six seasons of volleyball in Turkey, Spain and Puerto Rico and was also a member of the Canadian national team from 2004-2008.
Jamie Natalie, men’s gymnastics (1998-2001): Natalie, a two-time Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year, won three NCAA individual titles during his time at Ohio State, claiming the all-around crown in both 2000 and ’01 and winning floor exercise in 2000. He earned seven All-America honors during his career. Natalie, a three-time first team All-Big Ten choice, was a three-time Big Ten champion (floor exercise, 2000; all-around and horizontal bar, 2001) and was named 2001 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year. He led the Buckeyes to NCAA and Big Ten titles during 2001 en route to winning the Nissen-Emery Award given to the most outstanding senior gymnast in the country. Natalie was an alternate for the 2000 United States Olympic Team and won the U.S. national high bar title in 1999 and 2000. He received the 2001 Big Ten Medal of Honor.
Fred Norton, football, basketball, baseball and track (1914-17): The first four-sport varsity letter winner at Ohio State, Norton was a member of the 1916 championship football team as a blocking back for Chic Harley and was the baseball team's most valuable player in 1917. Norton led the 1917 baseball Buckeyes with a .442 batting average and once scored six touchdowns in one half against Indiana on the gridiron in 1916. After graduation, Norton enlisted in the United States Air Force as a fighter pilot and died in combat less than a year after graduating from Ohio State. He was inducted into the Sphinx Honorary, the oldest and most prestigious honorary at Ohio State.
Fred “Curly” Morrison, football (1946-49): Morrison, a four-year letterman, starred in 1950. In addition to his standout performance against Cal in the Rose Bowl win, Morrison rushed for a career-high 134 yards against Southern California. Morrison led the team in scoring with nine touchdowns that season. After his college career, Morrison went on to play professionally for the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns.
Regina Oliver, women’s lacrosse (2002-05): A two-time All-American, Oliver ended her Ohio State career as one of the most decorated players in program history. In addition to All-America honors from each major publication, she was a finalist for the 2004 Tewaaraton Trophy as well as the 2003 American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year after earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2002. Oliver led OSU to its first NCAA berth in 2003 before moving on to become a member of the U.S. national team, helping the squad to the 2009 World Cup Championship and earning All-World Team honors in the process. She also has been the assistant coach of the Duquesne women's lacrosse team for the past four seasons.