Five to be Inducted to Duke Hall of Fame
Sept. 21, 2001
DURHAM, N.C. - Four former Duke student-athletes and one former coach will be inducted into the Duke Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony tonight (September 21, 2001) at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Joining the Hall of Fame in 2001 will be men's basketball All-America Tommy Amaker, longtime track and field coach Al Buehler, football All-America Roy Hord, Jr., men's soccer All-America and National Player of the Year Mike Jeffries, and women's basketball All-America Chris Moreland (now Chris Moreland Culbertson).
Tommy Amaker is the 23rd Blue Devil men's basketball player to be inducted into the Duke Sports Hall of Fame, and the fourth who played under coach Mike Krzyzewski. A native of Falls Church, Va., Amaker was a four-year starter at point guard for Krzyzewski. Over that span, Amaker helped lead the Blue Devils to a 108-30 record, four NCAA Tournaments, and an appearance in the 1986 Final Four. The 1986-87 season was a special one for Amaker as he not only earned All-America honors but was also named National Defensive Player of the Year. Amaker's 259 career steals and 708 assists rank second all-time at Duke. In 1988, Amaker rejoined Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils as a graduate assistant while he took classes at Duke's Fuqua School of Business. Amaker remained on the staff for nine years, helping the Blue Devils capture two national championships, three Final Four appearances, and a 230-80 record overall. Following the 1996-97 season Amaker took the head coaching job at Seton Hall University, compiling a 68-55 record. Last May, Amaker accepted the head job at the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, currently reside in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Having coached the track and field program at Duke for 45 years, it is no surprise that Al Buehler will be inducted into the Duke Sports Hall of Fame. Following a stellar undergraduate track career at the University of Maryland, Buehler joined the Blue Devils in 1955 as head cross country coach, a job he would hold for four-and-a-half decades. In 1964, Buehler was promoted from assistant to head coach of the track and field team. His celebrated career drew to a close last year when Buehler retired after Duke hosted the 2000 NCAA Track and Field Championships at Wallace Wade Stadium. During his tenure with the Blue Devils, which included chairing the physical education department at Duke, Buehler coached several All-Americas, seven Penn Relay champions, six ACC championship cross country teams, and five Olympians, two of whom went on to win medals. Along with his accomplishments as a Blue Devil, Buehler also has enjoyed success on the international scene. In 1972, 1984, and 1988, Buehler served as team manager for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Teams in Munich, Los Angeles, and Seoul, respectively. This year, Buehler was the head manager for the U.S. contingent at the World Indoor Track Championships in Lisbon, Portugal. Buehler and his wife, Delaina, live in Durham, N.C. They have two children, Beau and Beth, and three grandchildren.
One of the most decorated Blue Devil linemen in program history, Roy Hord, Jr. is the 42nd football player to be admitted to the Duke Sports Hall of Fame. In his three years with the Blue Devils (1954, 1956, and 1957), Hord helped win one ACC championship, appear in two Orange Bowls, and was part of three teams that went a combined 19-9-4 (13-2-1 in the ACC). Hord, who played both tackle and guard, is one of 25 Duke football players to be named first team All-America, earning the honor in 1957, the same year he was named All-ACC and earned a trip to the Hula Bowl. Following his career with the Blue Devils, Hord was selected in the 1957 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams in the eighth round. During his stay in the NFL Hord played for three teams, the Rams, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the New York Jets.
Mike Jeffries is only the third Duke soccer player to be admitted to the Duke Sports Hall of Fame. From 1980-83, Jeffries helped lead the Blue Devils to the NCAA title game in 1982, four NCAA Tournament appearances, and an impressive 71-11-7 record overall. Initially used as a forward by distinguished Duke coach John Rennie, Jeffries was later moved to sweeper. Known as smart player and a great leader, Jeffries earned All-ACC honors for his defensive prowess in 1982 and 1983. Along with being named first team All-America in 1983, Jeffries captured the Hermann Award as the National Player of the Year. After graduating from Duke with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Public Policy, Jeffries went on to a pro career in the Major Indoor Soccer League, playing for both the Minnesota Strikers and Dallas Sidekicks. Today, Jeffries is in his first year as head coach with Major League Soccer's Dallas Burn. He and his wife Terry have three children, Katlin (7), A.J. (5), and Nathan (1).
Arguably the greatest women's basketball player in Blue Devils' history, Chris Moreland is the first women's basketball player to be elected to the Duke Sports Hall of Fame. While in Durham from 1985-88, Moreland rewrote the Blue Devils' record books. Not only is she the career leader in scoring with 2,232 points, but Moreland is also the program's all-time leading rebounder with 1,229 boards in her four years. With nearly 500 points and 400 rebounds separating her from Sue Hartnett, who is number two all-time in both scoring and rebounding, Moreland's statistics illustrate how dominant a player she was. Her many accomplishments did not go unnoticed as Moreland received many accolades as a Blue Devil. In 1988 Moreland was named first team All-America, becoming the first women's basketball player at Duke to receive that honor. Also, Moreland was named All-ACC four times, along with capturing ACC Rookie of the Year in 1985 and ACC Player of the Year in 1987.
Their induction will bring the Duke Sports Hall of Fame to 107 members, dating back to the inaugural ceremony in 1975. The ceremonies are conducted on a two-year cycle with this year's induction taking place around Duke's home football game against Northwestern (September 22 at 6:00 PM). The official induction will be held September 21 at 7:30 PM at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Portraits of the five inductees, painted by local artist John Furlow, will hang in the Duke Sports Hall of Fame in the Schwartz-Butters Building, which is adjacent to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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