March 3 2011
Peter Metzelaars, Dr. Carol Lally Shields, Dr. Randal Pinkett, Dr. Julie Bremner Romias and Dr. Megan Neyer to be inducted into the Capital One Academic All-America® Hall of Fame
BETHLEHEM, Pa. —
A pair of former Academic All-America® basketball selections, Peter Metzelaars, ’82 of Wabash College
and Dr. Carol Lally Shields, ’79 of the University of Notre Dame
, join former Rutgers University track & field star Dr. Randal Pinkett, ’94
, ULCA women’s volleyball standout Dr. Julie Bremner Romias, ’94
and NCAA Champion diver Dr. Megan Neyer, ’86 of the University of Florida
as this year’s 2011 inductees into the Capital One Academic All-America® Hall of Fame, as selected by CoSIDA.
The five newcomers join 112 members of the Capital One Academic All-America® Hall of Fame®, which was created in 1988. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at CoSIDA’s annual workshop in Marco Island, Florida on June 28 during a Hall of Fame Gala dinner and induction ceremony.
They will be joined in the induction ceremonies by the 2011 CoSIDA Hall of Fame class which was announced March 1.
“The Capital One Academic All-America® Hall of Fame truly represents the 'best of the best' and the Class of 2011 truly lives up to this moniker," said Larry Dougherty, Temple University Associate Athletic Director and 2010-11 CoSIDA President. "These five individuals performed at the highest level, both in their sports as well as in the classroom, as student-athletes at their respective institutions. They have gone on to continue to excel in their chosen fields and within their communities. It is with great pride that CoSIDA honors them as the newest members of the Academic All-America® Hall of Fame."
This is the first year that Capital One, a new corporate partner, is the title sponsor of both the Academic All-America® program and Academic All-America Hall of Fame®.
Below is biographical information on the five AAA Hall of Fame inductees.
Peter Metzelaars, Wabash College, ’82
An Academic All-America® selection in 1982, Peter Metzelaars was an outstanding two-sport student-athlete at Wabash. As a senior, Metzelaars led the Little Giants to the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship, earning Tournament Most Valuable Player honors in addition to being named the Division III Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. A Small College All-American, he set several NCAA Tournament records and established the NCAA Division III record for career field goal percentage (72.4 percent), which is still second best today.
Metzelaars also earned Kodak Small College All-American honors at tight end for the Wabash football team in 1981. During his football career, Metzelaars’ caught 77 passes for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns while helping Wabash to a 32-3-1 record as a tight end. He is the only Wabash athlete to have his jersey retired (basketball jersey number 10). Metzelaars is a member of the Wabash Hall of Fame and was selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2007 Silver Anniversary Team.
In 1982, the Seattle Seahawks drafted Metzelaars in the third round of the NFL draft, and he enjoyed a 16-year playing career as a member of the Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions. Metzelaars played in four Super Bowls with Buffalo and holds the NFL record for most games played by a tight end at 235. In his career, he caught 383 passes for 3,686 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Metzelaars was involved with numerous local charities throughout his NFL career, and he and his wife Barbara were named the 1995 Western New York Citizens of the Year for their charitable work in the Buffalo community. He is currently the offensive line coach for the Indianapolis Colts and was a member of the Colts coaching staff that won Super Bowl XLI.
Dr. Carol Lally Shields, Notre Dame, ’79
On an annual basis, the Academic All-America Hall of Fame® honors a worthy candidate whose college career preceded the Academic All-America® program in their particular sport. The eligible candidate’s academic and athletic achievements must meet minimum criteria for selection to the Academic All-America Hall of Fame®.
Former Notre Dame basketball star Dr. Carol Lally Shields is this year’s honorary inductee. As a senior in 1979, Dr. Lally Shields became the first woman to win the Byron Kanaley Award in 1979, which is presented to a senior student-athlete for excellence in athletics, academics and leadership. It is the highest honor bestowed to a student-athlete at Notre Dame.
As a junior, she led the Irish in scoring at 10.7 points per game in the first year of the varsity program. Dr. Lally Shields averaged 12.8 points per contest in her senior year. She was the team’s most valuable player in 1978-79, and was also the 1979 Rockne Student-Athlete Award winner for excellence in academics and athletics after earning Dean’s List honors in all eight semesters.
Dr. Lally Shields is currently an Ocular Oncologist at the Wills Eye Institute, America’s first eye hospital, located in Philadelphia, Pa. Throughout her professional career, Dr. Lally Shields had earned numerous awards, including The Retina Research Award of the Retina Society in 2006 to honor and support an active researcher in the field of retinal disease. Dr. Lally Shields has been recognized as a top doctor in Philadelphia by the Philadelphia Magazine annually since 1994. She was the first woman recipient of the Donders Award given to an ophthalmologist of international acclaim by the Netherlands Ophthalmological Society.
She has been a member of the American Medical Association since 1980 and part of the American Academy of ophthalmology since 1984. Dr. Lally Shields is a member of 18 different associations and boards and has helped organize an annual Easter Egg Hunt for over 500 children since 1995.
Dr. Randal Pinkett, Rutgers University, ’94
An Academic All-America® in 1993, Dr. Randal Pinkett was a standout performer on track at Rutgers and also earned a Walter Byers Graduate Scholarship.
After graduating from Rutgers, Dr. Pinkett was the first African American to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers. He went on to earn a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oxford in 1996, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT in 2001. He was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the National Society of Black Engineers and the National Urban League’s Business Excellence Award.
He has been active in community service including serving as a spokesman for Autism Speaks, New Jersey Reads and Junior Achievement of New York. Dr. Pinkett also serves as a member of the board of directors for New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute, the non-profit Technology Enterprise Network and the National Visionary Leadership Project.
Dr. Pinkett is the chairman and CEO of BCT Partners. He is an entrepreneur and author of Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness, who also appeared on the fourth season of The Apprentice, winning the reality television show.
Dr. Julie Bremner Romias, UCLA, ’94
A two-time Academic All-America® selection in 1992 and 1993, Dr. Julie Bremner Romias was an American Volleyball Coaches Association First Team All-American in 1993 as well as the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year. She was a 1992 Volleyball Magazine second-team All-American and a two-time AVCA All-Pacific Region, All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 Player of the Week honoree as well as a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection.
Dr. Bremner Romias was the starting setter for the 1991 NCAA Champion Bruins and the 1992 NCAA runner-up squad. She started her playing career at Notre Dame in 1988. She was also a member of the U.S. National Team in 1989 and 1990. In 1997, she was selected as one of UCLA’s 25 greatest players on the 25th anniversary of the volleyball program’s first national championship. Dr. Bremner Romias earned both an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and a NACDA/Disney Scholarship after her senior season at UCLA.
While attending medical school, Dr. Bremner Romias became a victim’s rights advocate for athletes being abused by their coaches. She also organized clothing drives and volunteered at the Venice Family Clinic during medical school and residency. Dr. Bremner Romias played on the 4-on-4 pro beach volleyball team sponsored by Nike and Norelco and did volleyball clinics for inner city kids in conjunction with that team. She has competed for the last eight years on the AVP tour and has been ranked as high as 9th nationally.
A 1998 graduate of the UCLA Medical School, Dr. Bremner Romias did her family medicine residency at the Santa Monica/UCLA hospital. She is an active member of the American and California Academies of Family Physicians and has received national awards for quality care in Diabetes, and from the American Heart and Stoke Associations for delivery of Quality Cardiovascular and Stroke Care. Dr. Bremner Romias is currently a doctor at the Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center.
Dr. Megan Neyer, Florida, ’86
A two-time Academic All-America® selection in 1983 and 1986 in the women’s at-large program, Dr. Megan Neyer is the winningest diver in the history of the Southeastern Conference and NCAA Championships while competing at Florida. Dr. Neyer swept the one-meter and three-meter diving titles in each of her four seasons in the SEC and NCAA championships and was the 1986 NCAA Diver of the Year.
An eight-time All-American, Dr. Neyer led Florida to the 1982 NCAA Championship. Outside of the college ranks, she was the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials three and ten-meter diving champion, the 1981 and 1982 World Diver of the Year, 1982 World Springboard champion and a 15-time U.S. Diving champion from 1981 through 1988. Dr. Neyer was named the NCAA Most Outstanding Diver of the Quarter Century in 2006, and she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1997.
In the spring of 2011, Dr. Neyer will work with World Fit – U.S. Olympians Against Child Obesity started in 2009 by Gary Hall, Sr. to encourage middle school children to do an organized walk every school day for six weeks following Spring Break at St. Thomas More school in Decatur, Ga. She has worked on numerous committees including the Organization Change Alliance from 2002 to 2008 and the U.S. Diving Techniscience Committee from 1997 until 2000.
Dr. Neyer is the founder of Neyer Performance Strategies, LLC, a company that specializes in individual, team and organizational performance with businesses and athletic teams. Her work helps firms enhance performance and productivity, and select and retain employees as well as faciliating effective leadership development. The firm also consults on holistic health and wellness.
CoSIDA established the Academic All-America® Hall of Fame in 1988 with the purpose to honor former college student-athletes who have excelled in their professions and made substantial contributions to their community. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a candidate must have been an Academic All-America® team member who graduated at least ten years prior to nomination.
About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com
) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A. and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $122.2 billion in deposits and $197.5 billion in total assets outstanding as of December 31, 2010. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to
consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. Capital One, N.A.has approximately 1,000 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 100 index.
Capital One, an NCAA Corporate Champion, began its affiliation with college sports with the sponsorship of the 2001 Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) and ESPN’s Capital One Bowl Week. In 2010, Capital One launched the Capital One Cup, a prestigious new program rewarding NCAA Division I athletics programs for their cumulative on-field performance across multiple men’s and women’s sports. In addition, Capital One sponsors the ABC College Football Halftime Report, Capital One All-America Mascot Team, all 88 NCAA Championships including the Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, and numerous other collegiate athletics programs.
For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit http://cosida.com/Awards/allamerica.aspx
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Mark Fleming, Moravian College
Academic All-America Hall of Fame® Committee Coordinator
phone: (610) 861-1472