Friday, December 02, 2005
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 2, 2005) -The East Tennessee State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will induct four new members into the ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center Ballroom on Saturday.
The new inductees include DeShawne Blocker-Hunter (women's basketball), John Cathey (Sports Information), Jennifer Garriga (Volleyball) and Herb Weaver (men's basketball). The ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame and Induction Ceremony is being held during the weekend of ETSU's first Atlantic Sun Conference basketball competition, with inductees being introduced prior to both the women's game (1:30 p.m.) and men's game (4 p.m.) Saturday against Lipscomb.
- DeShawne Blocker-Hunter was one of the toughest rebounders in Lady Buccaneer history, and also earned a place in the NCAA record books during her career at ETSU. Blocker led the NCAA during the 1993-94 campaign, in both rebounds in a season (450), and rebounds per game (17.6). The third-ranked scorer in ETSU history with 2,086 points, Blocker posted the highest rebounding game in the NCAA during both the 1993 and 1994 seasons, with 25 and 28 boards, respectively. Blocker, a two-time SoCon Player of the Year, was tabbed SoCon Freshman of the Year in 1992, SoCon Tournament MVP and SoCon Athlete of the Year in 1995. One of the most heralded players in Lady Buc history, Blocker was an US Basketball Association honorable mention All-American in 1994 and 1995. After three years of playing professionally in Spain, Greece, Austria, and Finland, Blocker is now employed as an exceptional children's teacher for the Wakulla County Board of Education. Blocker resides in Tallahassee, Fla., with husband and fellow ETSU grad Marlon Hunter, and daughter Marleana, 5.
- A 1957 graduate of ETSU with a degree in business, Herb Weaver provided the complete package for the Buccaneer men's basketball team from 1953 to 1957. A tenacious defender and exceptional rebounder, the native of Roanoke, Va., currently holds the ETSU single-season record for total rebounds and rebounds per game with 607 boards for a 21.7 average in 1956-57. He also ranks No. 3 on those same lists, with 408 rebounds for an average of 15.1 boards per game during the 1955-56 season. In addition to his prowess under the basket and on the defensive end of the floor, Weaver also ranks 22nd on the ETSU all-time scoring list with 1,064 points, joining just 26 other former Bucs who have eclipsed that mark. During his time at ETSU, Weaver helped the Bucs to several successful seasons, including a 23-win season in 1953-54 and a 20-win season in 1955-56. Weaver, who died June 22, 1993, is survived by his wife, Ann, and two daughters, Laura Lynn and Alison Ann.
- A prominent figure in the ETSU record books, Jennifer Garriga was one of the top setters in Lady Buccaneer volleyball history, donning the blue and gold from 1990-93. Garriga, a four-time All-Southern Conference selection, currently holds an astounding five school records, including games played in a career (498), assists in a career (4803), career service aces (243), assists in a single season (1370), and assists in a five-game match (72). Her name appears in the Lady Buc record book a grand total of 11 times. A two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year, Garriga helped the Lady Bucs to one of the best four-year periods in school history, as ETSU broke the 20-win plateau in all four years, including a 25-10 campaign in 1991, a season that also boasted an unblemished 10-0 conference record. After ETSU, Garriga graduated from the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine and now serves as the Chief of Staff of Banfield - The Pet Hospital, in Palm City, Fla. Garriga is married to Fernando Fonseca, a pilot for AmeriJet International, Inc.
- A fixture at ETSU athletic events for more than two decades, John Cathey served as sports information director at East Tennessee State for 25 years. A 1951 graduate of Jacksonville State University in Alabama, Cathey came to ETSU in 1969 from the Greenville News in Greenville, S.C. In his career, Cathey witnessed over 700 basketball games, and worked 271 consecutive football contests; a streak that still ranks 5th in the nation among retired sports information directors. A Korean War veteran in the U.S. Air Force, Cathey was known both regionally and nationally for the quality of his work, and was considered a legendary storyteller by his peers. In 1980 the NCAA recognized him for his "outstanding contributions to the success of the 1980 National Collegiate Rifle Championships." Over his career, Cathey received multiple citations for excellence from College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), and received the College Football Centennial Award of Sports Information Directors. Cathey passed away in 1994, and is survived by his wife Mariel, and three children Leigh, Shannon and Ward.