Marshall Athletics Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Class

Updated 4 years ago Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame Committee has announced the 2015 induction class for the Hall of Fame.

“This class represents some of the finest student-athletes in school history,” Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick said. “The contributions of these fine men and women are truly appreciated by everyone in the Marshall Athletics family.”


This year’s class (alphabetical order by last names):

Jessica Braga – Volleyball, 1991-95

Chris Deaton – Football, 1990-93

Jim Glass, Jr. – Basketball, 1942-45 (deceased)

Joe Goddard – Baseball, 1970-71

Johnathan Goddard – Football, 2001-04 (deceased)

Sara Gulla – Softball, 1998-2001

Carl Hewlett – Baseball, 1967-70

Chris Massey – Football, 1998-2001

Tim Openlander – Football, 1994-96


The annual Hall of Fame dinner is scheduled Friday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m., in the Don Morris Room of the Marshall University Memorial Student Center.


Tickets are $35 each and are available through the Marshall University Ticket Office (in the lobby of the Cam Henderson Center on Third Avenue), at or by calling 1-800-THE-HERD.


The Hall members will be guests of the Marshall M Club at the club’s tailgate at the southwest corner of Joan C. Edwards Stadium, prior the Thundering Herd’s Sept. 19 football game versus Norfolk State. The class will be introduced to the stadium crowd in a pregame ceremony. Kickoff time is still to be determined.


Tickets to the game also are available through the MU ticket office at the numbers or website listed above for banquet tickets.


The biographical sketches on the Class of 2015, in alphabetical order:


Jessica Braga (Volleyball 1991-95)

Marshall won its second championship in the Southern Conference during Braga’s senior season in 1995 (25-11, 12-2 in SoCon). The Herd beat Florida A&M in the NCAA play-in game, 3-0, before falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Georgia. The 25 wins that season were the most since the Herd won 31 in 1980 and most until 2005 team won 26 matches. As a senior outside hitter, Braga, a native of Fortaleza, Brazil, was Southern Conference Player of the Year and was named All-Southern Conference and to the SC All-Tournament Team. She was named All-Southern Conference second team as a sophomore. Braga was a three-time member of the Academic Honor Roll (1992, ’93 and ’94) and was named to the Southern Conference’s 25th Anniversary team in 2008. She led Marshall in digs in as a sophomore with 325. She had 387 as a senior. That season, she also led the Thundering Herd with 37 service aces.


Chris Deaton, Football (1990-93)

Deaton, from Paintsville, Ky., started 56 consecutive games at offensive tackle for the Thundering Herd -- tied as the leader in starts among all players at Marshall with fellow Hall of Fame member Aaron Ferguson. During Deaton’s career, Marshall won a Division I-AA national championship in 1992 and finished as runner-up in 1991 and 1993. The Herd posted four-year record of 40-16 over Deaton’s four seasons as starter. As a senior captain, Deaton won the 1993 Jacobs Blocking Award as the top offensive lineman in the Southern Conference and was also named as a first team All-American in 1993 on the Associated Press and Sports Network teams. He was All-Southern Conference second team as a freshman and a sophomore, then earned first team honors in his junior and his senior seasons. Deaton and fellow Hall of Famer Phil Ratliff (Louisa, Ky.) were known as “The Kentucky Headhunters” for the pair’s devastating blocking at right guard (Ratliff) and right tackle (Deaton).


James Edward “Jim” Glass, Jr., Basketball (1942-45) – deceased

Glass was captain of the 1943-44 and 1944-45 Herd basketball teams, helping Coach Cam Henderson post records of 10-7 in 1942-43, 15-7 in 1943-44 and 17-9 in 1944-45 during World War II. He was a part-time player as a freshman out of Talcott, W.Va., but scored 22 points in a 55-49 win at Cincinnati. He was a starter over the next two seasons, listed as a guard-center-forward on the roster of the ‘44-45 team. Highlights of his senior season included wins over Cincinnati, Louisville at home and winning over a team from the Pentagon and a second straight win over the Army War College. As a junior, Glass was on the squad that defeated the Maryland Terrapins. MU topped the 100-point mark for the first time by beating Salem 119-55 and Glass had 23 points, following up on earlier in the year by scoring 23 at Loyola (Md.) on Dec. 16 in a 55-37 win. He had 15 double-digit games in his Marshall career. After graduating from Marshall in the class of 1947, Glass became a basketball and football coach at Leewood Junior High School in Kanawha County. Glass died of a heart attack on a hot October Homecoming in 1971, when the Young Thundering Herd beat Bowling Green team, 12-10, knocking the Falcons from  bowl consideration.


Joe Goddard, Baseball (1970-71)

Goddard, from Sophia, W.Va., parlayed two seasons as a Marshall catcher into an eighth-round Major League Baseball Draft selection and a trip to the majors with the San Diego Padres in 1972. He played six years of minor league baseball, from short-season Class A ball in the Northwest League following his senior year at Marshall in 1971 to finishing up in both the Texas (AA) and Pacific Coast (AAA) leagues. Goddard had three doubles with the 1970 Thundering Herd, with two triples and a home run -- driving in seven runs. In 1971, he hit .286 with 32 hits, 17 runs scored, nine doubles (second on squad), a team-leading three triples, four homers, four RBI and a stolen base. Over two seasons, he drew 12 walks. He also pitched one inning, walking two but allowing no runs. He moved to coaching high school football and baseball in Amarillo, Texas, later that year, having earned his degree at MU after the 1973 season. He became a successful coach at Independence High School, where he spent 36 seasons and won the 1990 state title among five State Tournament trips.


Johnathan Goddard, Football (2001-04) – deceased

Goddard, from Jacksonville, Fla., was a first team All-American in 2004 on the Football Writers (FWAA) team and was named second team by the Associated Press, and Walter Camp-American Football Coaches Association, as well as first team All-Mid- American Conference and the MAC Defensive Player of the Year.  Goddard was selected for two senior games, the Gridiron Classic as well as the Hula Bowl and was a five-time winner of the MAC’s Defensive Player of the Week. Goddard returned two fumbles for touchdowns in 2003, including a 40-yard return vs. Ohio in a 28-0 shutout and an 87-yard fumble for a score in the Herd’s historic upset at No. 6 Kansas State. He is second all-time at Marshall in tackles for loss with 63.5 for a loss of 275 yards in his career and is third in sacks with 27.5 for 179 yards in losses. He set the Marshall record with minus-162 yards (on 28.5 tackles for loss, just 0.5 behind William King’s mark of 29) and minus-113 yards on sacks (coming on 16 sacks, second to only Cecil Fletcher’s 17 sacks). A sixth-round NFL Draft pick by Detroit in 2005, Goddard played in one NFL game for Indianapolis in 2006. Goddard was killed in a motorcycle accident in Florida in 2008, and there is a scholarship established with the Big Green and a yearly golf tournament in his honor.


Sara Gulla, Softball, 1998-2001

Gulla, from Huntington Beach, Calif., is second all-time in innings pitched at MU with 682 1/3 and is No. 2 in strikeouts with 727. At the end of her career, Gulla was only the second player in the Mid-American Conference to finish with more than 700 strikeouts. She is first in MU annals in single-season ERA (1.01 in 2000) and is third in single-season shutouts (8 in 2000) and fourth in complete games (27 in 2001). With 270 strikeouts in 2001, Gulla ranks No. 2 in a Herd single season. Her career 1.83 ERA is No. 1 for the Herd (200-plus innings pitched) and she’s also tops in walks per 7 innings (1.58) in a career. Her 7.46 strikeouts per game (7 innings) is No. 2. She is No. 6 with 48 career wins. Gulls pitched in 124 MU games, with 96 starts (No. 4 career) and her 22 shutouts rank No. 2. Gulla was named All-MAC in 2000 and 2001 and helped MU to win the MAC East Division for the first time in 2000. Gulla was named to Herd softball’s 20th Anniversary Team in 2013.


Carl E. Hewlett, Baseball (1967-70)

One of Marshall’s greatest pitchers, Hewlett played professional ball with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Hewlett pitched in 11 games for the Herd in 1968, with two complete games and one combined shutout (with Tom Harris). He worked 35 1/3 innings, allowing 13 runs (9 earned) on 17 hits, 28 strikeouts and 22 walks, posting a 2.30 ERA and a 4-0 mark for the 18-7 Herd. In 1969, Hewlett tossed three complete games and posted a 2.88 ERA. In 1970, Hewlett had a 4.15 ERA in 69 1/3 innings. In his Marshall career, Hewlett was 14-6 all-time, throwing 161.0 innings, allowing only 59 earned runs and 106 hits, while striking out 127 batters with a career ERA of 3.29. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates (44th Round, June Amateur Draft) in 1970 and played for the 1970 Tourists in the Gulf Coast League. In 1971, Hewlett played for the Monroe Pirates in the Class A Western Carolinas League, posting a two-year total of 5-3 with 3.97 ERA in 15 games, with 61 strikeouts and 29 walks.


Chris Massey, Football (1998-2001)

Eventually an All-American long snapper, Massey, from Chesapeake, W.Va., began his Marshall career as a reserve linebacker in 1998, helping the Herd win its first bowl game in over half a century. He moved to long snapper in 1999 and found a home for the remainder of his career. In 1999, he was named as a District II GTE Academic All-American and had six tackles for the No. 10 Herd (13-0). He snapped for the Herd and had six tackles in 2000, when MU won the Motor City Bowl over Cincinnati, before being named a senior captain in 2001, a season that saw him post a career-high 19 tackles as Marshall went 11-2. He finished with 31 special teams tackles in his career and over 500 snaps without a miscue. He was taken in the seventh round of the NFL Draft in 2002 by the St. Louis Rams where he played nine seasons before finishing his career with the Chicago Bears in 2011. He had clean snaps on 840 of his 841 snaps, including a string of 528 consecutive clean snaps from September 2002 through December 2006, with the Rams.


Tim Openlander, Football (1994-1996)

Openlander shares the Marshall single-season extra point and field goal records. His extra point record of 82 was tied by Justin Haig during the 2014 season. Openlander’s 19 field goals in 1995 tied the school mark (with Dewey Klein and David Merrick). His 211 career PATs from 1994-96 (second to Haig’s 220 from 2011-14) and 42 field goals (second to Klein’s 54 from 1988-91), and his 337 career points are No. 2 behind Haig’s 346. Openlander’s career PAT percentage was .977 (211-of-216) and he owned a .750 field goal percentage (42-of-56). His career-long 52-yard field goal (1996 vs. Howard) ranks tied for fifth-longest in Herd annals. He was a second team All-American in 1996. He was a first-team All-SoCon selection in 1995 and 1996, and was All-SoCon second team in 1994. Openlander originally came from Tampa, Fla., to Marshall to play soccer, and scored six goals and had two assists for the 1993 Herd team.

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