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Duke to Induct Five Into Athletics Hall of Fame
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/19/2011
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Vanessa Webb, Ben Bennett, Mike Krzyzewski, Bobby Hurley and Jenny Chuasiriporn will be inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, September 9.
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University will enshrine five new members into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, September 9, announced on Tuesday by Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White.  Slated for induction are Ben Bennett (football), Jenny Chuasiriporn (golf), Bobby Hurley (basketball), Mike Krzyzewski (coach) and Vanessa Webb (tennis).

Bennett, a native of Sunnyvale, Calif., quarterbacked the Blue Devils from 1980-83 and capped a terrific career with ACC Player of the Year and third team All-America accolades as a senior.  Still one of just two players in ACC history to earn both the conference’s Rookie and Player of the Year awards, Bennett graduated as the NCAA’s all-time leading passer and currently ranks sixth on the league’s career passing chart with 9,614 yards.  He continues to hold or share 21 Duke passing records.  Bennett twice earned first team All-ACC honors (1982-83), represented the Blue Devils in the Blue-Gray Classic, Hula Bowl and Japan Bowl all-star games and served as an assistant coach at Duke for two seasons (1999-00).  A sixth round draft choice of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, he went on to a Hall of Fame career in the Arena Football League with enshrinement on May 24, 2000.

Chuasiriporn, a native of Timonium, Md., was a four-time All-America selection as a member of Duke’s women’s golf program from 1996-99, earning first team accolades in her final three seasons.  After earning ACC Rookie of the Year honors in 1996, she captured the league’s Player of the Year award three straight years (1997-98-99).  Chuasiriporn helped the Blue Devils to four ACC championships as well as the 1999 NCAA title, and was honored with the 1999 Golfstat Cup after leading the nation in stroke average (72.94).  The runner-up at the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open, she continues to rank among Duke’s all-time leaders in individual tournament victories (7) and top-10 finishes (27) and rounds of even par or better (42). 

Hurley, a native of Jersey City, N.J., guided Duke to a pair of national championships during his four-year (1990-93) career with the men’s basketball program.  Playing in 140 career games, he amassed career totals of 1,731 points, 1,076 assists, 306 rebounds and 202 steals, with the assist total continuing to rank first all-time in NCAA history.  Hurley, who helped the Blue Devils to a four-year record of 119-26 (.821) with three Final Four berths, was a two-time All-America selection (1992-93), three-time All-ACC pick (1991-92-93), two-time NCAA All-Final Four honoree (1991-92) and the Most Outstanding Player of the 1992 NCAA Final Four.  The seventh overall selection in the 1993 NBA Draft, Hurley had a five-year professional career with Sacramento and Vancouver. 

Krzyzewski has called Duke home since being hired as the university’s head men’s basketball coach on March 18, 1980.  Since then, the 1969 West Point graduate has directed the Blue Devils to a record of 827-225 (.786) with four NCAA crowns, 27 NCAA Tournament appearances, 13 ACC regular season crowns and 13 ACC Tournament championships.  A 12-time national coach of the year honoree and member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2001, Krzyzewski has mentored seven national players of the year, 23 All-Americans, eight ACC Players of the Year, 74 All-ACC selections and 40 NBA draft picks.  Under his guidance, the Blue Devils have had 26 seasons with 20 or more wins, an NCAA-record 12 campaigns with 30 or more victories and 11 Final Four berths while spending 104 weeks as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation.  Also, his 79 NCAA Tournament wins are tops in history and he ranks second all-time with 900 career victories -- standing two wins shy of the all-time record of 902 held by his mentor, Bob Knight.  In addition to his role at Duke, Krzyzewski serves as the head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team that will compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.  He has already directed the National Team to gold medals at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championships in Las Vegas, Nev., 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and 2010 FIBA World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

Webb, a native of Toronto, Canada, was a two-time ACC and ITA National Player of the Year honoree in women’s tennis in 1998 and 1999.  A four-time All-America choice (1996-97-98-99), Webb helped the Blue Devils to four ACC regular season and tournament championships, four NCAA Tournament berths and an appearance in the 1998 national title match.  As a junior, Webb won 44 singles matches, captured the NCAA individual singles crown with a straight set victory over Stanford’s Ania Bleszynski and received the ACC’s Garber Award as the conference’s top female athlete.  The 1996 ACC and ITA National Rookie of the Year, Webb completed her career with an overall singles ledger of 161-25 (.866) and remains atop the school’s all-time singles victories chart.

The group will be inducted at the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony on September 9 in Cameron Indoor Stadium and, the following day, be honored at halftime of Duke’s football game against Stanford at Wallace Wade Stadium.

There are currently 119 members in the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame, dating back to the inaugural ceremony in 1975.  Portraits of the inductees, painted by local artist John Furlow, hang in the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame located in the Schwartz-Butters Building, which sits adjacent to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Voting is conducted by the Hall’s enshrinees along with members of the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame committee.  Nominations for the Class of 2013 may be submitted online at beginning in September, 2012.