SELINSGROVE, Pa. – On the evening of Oct. 18, 2013, Susquehanna University inducted six new members into the SU Sports Hall of Fame at the annual induction ceremony and banquet. The event took place on the opening night of Homecoming Weekend for the Susquehanna community.
The inductees were also recognized at halftime of Saturday's game against Moravian, a 27-17 Crusader victory.
The six individuals represented seven sports. The class was comprised of former athletic director, men's basketball and men's golf head coach Don Harnum, volleyball player Kerri Eshelman '05, cross country and track & field athlete Ryan Gleason '04, track star Emily Lepley '07, football player Robert Sochovka '87 and women's lacrosse standout Giulia Umile '03.
Harnum completed his 24th season as a member of the Susquehanna staff in 2011-12. He spent time as the head men's basketball coach, head men's golf coach and athletic director during his tenure at SU. Harnum was the head men's basketball coach in 1969 and 1976-1989 and guided the program to an overall record of 201-153.
He also spent 24 seasons at the helm of the golf program and guided the Crusaders to 12 MAC championships and one Empire 8 championship. Harnum's teams also earned seven berths in the NCAA Division III championships.
In addition to his coaching accomplishments, Harnum spent 24 seasons as the athletics director before retiring from that role in 2003. During his time in the position, athletics at Susquehanna grew from 16 varsity sports to 23 in 2003. The Crusaders won 37 conference championships with Harnum as athletic director and 11 of those programs advanced to NCAA championship competition.
Harnum is a 1962 graduate of the University of Maine and earned his Master's from the University of Delaware in 1964. His son, Don Harnum, Jr., was a member of the Susquehanna men's basketball team and is currently a member of the SU Sports Hall of Fame.
Eshelman was the first Susquehanna volleyball All-American in Crusader history as she was a First-Team honoree as a senior. Over her career she earned four First-Team MAC All-Star honors, including Rookie of the Year in 2001 for a team that finished with a program-best 23-8 record.
Eshelman ranks among the top-10 in SU history in nearly every statistical category. She is first in school history in solo blocks (364), total blocks (567) and career points (2,202.5). She is also fourth all-time in career attack percentage and holds three single-season total block total records. During her senior season, Eshelman was named a NCAA Division III Player of the Week, the first and only such honor in program history.
Gleason was a standout on both the cross country and track & field teams during his four years as Crusader. He was an All-American in cross country as a senior and was, at that time, just the second-ever All-American athlete in the history of Susquehanna athletics. Gleason was a four-time First-Team All-MAC honoree in cross country and a three-time NCAA DIII cross country championship qualifier. His 19th overall finish at the 2003 DIII NCAA Championships earned him All-America status.
On the track, he was a member of the 2003 MAC Outdoor championship team and was First-Team Academic All-District athlete that same year. Gleason currently holds the second-fastest indoor 1500 time, the sixth-best indoor 3000 time and the third-best indoor 5000 time. He is the outdoor record holder in the 3000 and is second in the steeplechase.
Over his career, Gleason earned six medals at conference championships meets in track and field and was a finalist for a NCAA post-graduate scholarship.
Fellow track athlete Lepley is an eight-time All-American hurdler and remains one of the winningest athletes the track program has produced. She holds program indoor records in the 400 meter dash, 55m hurdles and 60 meter hurdles. Lepley also holds outdoor records in the 400 meter dash, 100 meter hurdles and 400 meter hurdles. Upon graduation, Lepley left with five individual school records and three relay records.
Lepley won three-straight MAC titles in the 55 hurdles (indoor) and was a three-time MAC outdoor champion in the 100 and 400 meter hurdles. She also claimed two 400 indoor titles. Lepley was named the MAC Athlete of the Year in 2005 and 2007 at both the indoor and outdoor championship meets and was the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Athlete of the Year after winning the NCAA DIII championship in the 400 hurdles.
Split end Sochovka was a four-year member of the SU football team and a player on two MAC championship squads (1983, 1986). His senior season, the Crusaders went 11-1 and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA playoffs.
During his time at SU, Sochovka broke the all-time reception yardage record and today remains eighth in program history. He received All-MAC honors his junior and senior seasons, including a First-Team selection as a senior.
In 2001 he was chosen by the University to be included as one of the top 100 football players to ever play on the gridiron at Susquehanna. For his career, he amassed 1,518 receiving yards, 14 touchdowns and 78 receptions.
Finally, Umile was a four-year player on the lacrosse team and a three-time First-Team All-MAC player (2001, 2002, 2003). She currently owns four school records: saves (773), save percentage (.593), lowest goals-against average (8.17) and wins (45), holds the top three spots in single-season saves and save percentage and finished her career with a 45-19 record.
Umile and the Crusaders compiled 13 wins in 2000 and also won 12 games in both 2001 and 2002. That 2002 squad, with Umile in goal, won its first and only MAC championship in program history.