Nov. 7, 2002
CARBONDALE, Ill. -
The Southern Illinois University athletic department announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2002-03 on Thursday. The four-person class, which will be inducted in a ceremony on Feb. 21, 2003, features Mary Berghuis (Women's Basketball, 1984-88), Stan Podolski (Men's Track, 1976-79), Burnell Quinn (Football, 1976-79) and George Vukovich (Baseball, 1975-77).
Berghuis was a four-year starter at center for the Salukis and ranks in the school's top 10 in career scoring (9th), rebounding (6th) and blocked shots (2nd). The team compiled a 90-25 record during her career and made trips to the NCAA Tournament in 1986 and 1987. As the #5-seed in the 1987 NCAA Tournament, the Salukis beat 4-seed LSU for the school's first-ever tournament victory. Berghuis scored 15 points as SIU toppled the #14-ranked Tigers, 70-56. The 1987 team was ranked as high as #13 in the country by USA Today and had the school's longest winning streak, 18 games. The Brillion, Wisc., native was an Honorable Mention All-Gateway pick in 1987 and a Second Team All-Gateway selection in 1988. She currently resides in Kaukauna, Wisc., where she works as a receiving manager for Copps Center. She also works part-time as the junior varsity women's basketball coach and assistant head coach at Brillion H.S. In addition, she is the school's head women's track coach.
Podolski was one of the best collegiate throwers in the world and qualified for the Olympics in 1980, although the USA team did not compete that year. At Southern Illinois, he was a two-time All-American in the indoor weight throw (1979 and 1980) and also earned All-American honors in the outdoor hammer throw (1980). In addition, he was the Missouri Valley Conference champion in the hammer and discus and broke school records in hammer, discus and weight. In 1980, he ranked third in the United States in the indoor weight and seventh in the outdoor hammer. He won a Silver Medal in the indoor weight at AAU competition in 1980. Though he never played football at SIU, the New England Patriots of the National Football League signed Podolski in 1980 and gave him a tryout. Since his competitive career ended, he has moved to Fort Collins, Colo., where he is the CEO of a large medical practice and Chairman and part owner of Fort Collins Radiologic Associates.
Quinn ranks among the best running backs in school history. He finished his career as the school leader in rushing yards with 2,798 yards and currently stands third in that category, surpassed in recent years by Tom Koutsos and Karlton Carpenter. Quinn was a three-year starter and led the team in rushing each season from 1977 to 1979. For his career, he averaged an amazing 5.1 yards per carry. Quinn was a First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference performer (1978 and 1979). During his career, he rushed for more than 100 yards in 11 games, including a career-high 201 yards in a thrilling, 43-39 win over New Mexico State in 1978. The Salukis were a combined 15-7 during Quinn's junior and senior seasons, including an 8-3 campaign in 1979, in which the team won its last six games. Quinn returned to his native Louisiana after graduation and currently resides in Gretna, La. He works with Northrup Grummon Corp. as a welder for Louisiana-firm National Technology.
Vukovich had a stellar career as an outfielder for the Saluki baseball team, which in turn launched a six-year tour of Major League Baseball, in which he played three seasons each for the Philadelphia Phillies (1980-82) and Cleveland Indians (1983-85). At SIU, he compiled impressive career numbers (.329 ave., 13 HRs, 90 RBI) and still ranks among the school's career leaders in stolen bases (54). His best season came in 1977 when he led the 1977 squad with a .352 average and earned First Team All-American and First Team All-MVC honors. He was the cornerstone of the 1977 team, which was the last Saluki squad to advance to the College World Series. The Salukis beat Temple, Arizona State and UCLA during the '77 Tournament run and lost to Arizona State and by one run to USC. During Vukovich's three-year career, the Salukis compiled a 116-39-2 record. In six seasons in the Major Leagues, Vukovich played in 628 games and had a lifetime .268 batting average with 27 home runs and 203 RBI. His best season came with the Tribe in 1984 when he hit .304 with nine home runs and 60 RBI. After his playing career, Vukovich moved to Georgia, where he and his wife are owners of a Mailboxes, Etc. franchise in Roswell.