GAINESVILLE, Florida – An extraordinary group of Gators will be inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame class in 2022, the F Club University of Florida and Gator Boosters announced on Thursday.
UF Athletic Hall of Fame members are selected by the F Club Committee based on three categories: Gator Greats, Distinguished Letter Winners and Honorary Letter Winners.
Class 2022 consists of seven Gator Greats, one esteemed winner of the letter and one winner of the letter of honor.
This year’s Gator Greats include Jeff Demps (Men’s Athletics and Football), Conor Dwyer (Men’s Swimming), Joe Haden (Soccer), Michelle Moultrie (Softball), Chandler Parsons (Men’s Basketball), Christian Taylor (Men’s Athletics) and Mike Zunino (baseball).
In addition, Steve Beeland (men’s and women’s tennis) is to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a major winner of the letter, while the former athletic director Jeremy Foley enters as the holder of the letter of honor.
The Gator Greats are the winners of the Letterwinners who, thanks to their sporting achievements as a student-athlete, have brought recognition and seriousness to the University of Florida and themselves.
A major winner of letters is a winner of letters who has made a significant contribution to the university’s athletic program through personal time, effort, interest and many years of continuous service. In addition, esteemed winners must distinguish themselves as an exception in their chosen field or effort.
The winner of the certificate is a coach or sports official (after retirement) who was not a winner of the letter or athletes at the University of Florida, but nevertheless demonstrated excellent service to the program through personal time, effort, interest and many years of continuous service.
The Hall of Fame banquet will take place on Friday, October 7, 2022, before the home game in Missouri.
Participants in the UF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2022
Jeff Demps | Men’s Athletics and Football, 2008-12
Jeff Demps is the only UF athlete to win a national championship in two different sports, competing in both athletics and football for the Gators.
On the track, Demps won three consecutive NCAA Indoor titles (60 m) in 2010-2012. He is also a two-time NCAA Outdoor National Champion (100m and 4×100), taking both home in 2010. He is a four-time NCAA champion and a two-time SEC champion.
In addition, Demps is a four-time individual SEC champion (1 indoor, 3 outdoor). In the history of the school, he ranks second in the 60 m run and sixth place in the 100 m run.
He played run back on the grid and worked as a team captain in the senior year (2011). It ranks 10th in the history of racing yards with 3,592 and 11th in total landings with 23rd Demps in 2008 was the SEC All-Freshman selection and the CollegeFootballNews.com All-Freshman honorable mention. In 2011, he became a semifinalist of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Conor Dwyer | Men’s Swimming, 2009-11
Conor Dwyer swam for the Gators in 2009-2011 and set many pool records during his career. Dwyer is a two-time Olympic medalist in the 4×200 freestyle relay (2012 and 2016) and a bronze medalist in the 200m freestyle (2016). He was also selected to the US National Team 2010-2011.
During his time at the University of Florida, Dwyer had a number of successes. The 12-time All-American won the SEC, NCAA Male Swimmer of the Year and SEC Male Commissioner’s Trophy in consecutive years (2010 and 2011). While swimming for the Gators, Dwyer was a three-time national champion and an eight-time SEC champion. Dwyer holds the O’Dome Pool records in 200 free, 500 free, 400 IM, 80 FR, 200 MR and 400 MR and was awarded the Ben Hill Griffin and Skip Foster Most Valuable Swimmer in 2011.
Joe Haden | Soccer, 2007-09
Joe Haden played football for the University of Florida from 2007 to 2009 and played in all 40 matches in which he played. He became the first real rookie to enter the corner defender at the start of the 2007 season and was selected to join the first All-American freshman team (CollegeFootballNews.com), the SEC All-Freshman Team, and was honored that year (Sporting News) . A member of the BCS National Championship 2008 team, he received the Consensus All-American award and in 2009 was awarded by Sporting News as the MVP in defense.
A native of Fort Washington, Maryland, he ended his career in the Gators with a total of 218 games, 157 solos, eight interventions, 3.5 bags and 34 games, which is the fifth place of all time. Haden selected the Cleveland Browns seventh overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. During his NFL career, he played for the Cleveland Browns (2010-2016) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (2017-present).
Michelle Moultrie | Softball, 2009-12
Michelle Moultrie played softball at the University of Florida from 2009 to 2012. The four-time Gold Softball World Cup medalist has been a member of the United States Women’s National Team each year since 2012 and was named U.S. Softball Athlete in 2017. year.
Moultrie ended her career as a Gators as a season record holder in basic percentages (0.519), triple (5) and stolen bases (31) and paired career records in batting average (0.395) and stolen bases (83). . She has twice been named the All-American National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). The midfielder won her third team awards in the 2011 season and in 2012 she finished her senior year with awards for the first team.
The Jacksonville, Florida-born was the fourth player in Florida softball history to receive the SEC Player of the Year when she earned the award in 2012, along with being named to the SEC All-Defensive team. In 2011, she was named the best player in the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) after leading all WCWS participants in hits (13), doubles (2), homeruns (4), total bases (27) and stolen bases. (3). She was selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team 2009, 2010 and the 2011 All-SEC Second Team and the 2012 All-SEC First Team. Moultrie appeared on the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2010, 2011 and 2012 along with a member of the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in 2009.
Chandler Parsons | Men’s Basketball, 2007-11
Chandler Parsons played basketball for the Florida Gators in 2007-2011 and became the first player in the history of the program to be named SEC Player of the Year in 2011. He was named an honorable mention of AP All-American and selected to the first All-SEC team during his senior season. Parsons also won the SEC All-Freshman Team Awards for 2008 and ended his college career in 12th place in historic Florida scoring with 1,452 points.
Parsons was drafted by the Houston Rockets overall at 38th place in the 2011 NBA Draft, where he played nine seasons for the Houston Rockets (2011-2014), Dallas Mavericks (2016-2019), Memphis Grizzlies (2016-2019) and Atlanta. Hawks (2019-2020). He finished with a career average of 12.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG and 2.7 APG. A native of Casselberry, Florida, he was also selected to the US team in 2014-16.
Christian Taylor | Men’s Athletics, 2009-11
Christian Taylor competed for the Gators from 2009 to 2011 and won various awards during his career at Track & Field. Taylor is a four-time triple jump world champion (2011, 2015, 2017, 2019). The two-time Olympic gold medalist in the triple jump (2012 and 2016) has his name written in the Gators records.
In terms of indoor records, Taylor is sixth in school history in the long jump (8.02 m / 26-3.75) and second in the triple jump (17.36 m / 56-11.5). In terms of records at the outdoor school, Taylor is fourth in the long jump (8.19 m / 26-10.5) and second in the triple jump (17.40 m / 57-1). Fayetteville, Ga. Native is a four-time NCAA triple jump champion and a two-time NCAA team champion.
Mike Zunino | Baseball, 2010-12
Mike Zunino played for the Florida Gators baseball team in 2010-2012. The winner of the Golden Spikes Award in 2012 is the only player to receive this award in the history of the program, and at the same time he was named the best player of the year in baseball America in the same year. Zunino won the Dick Howser Trophy award from NCBWA for his achievements on the diamond.
A native of Cape Coral, Florida, he won the SEC Player of the Year 2011 award and is a two-time member of the first All-American team (2011 and 2012). Zunino was also selected to join the All-SEC team in consecutive years (2011 and 2012). While in Florida, Zunino was a 0.327 career shooter with 224 hits and 47 home runs. As for Florida baseball records, Zunino is in the entire record book. Zunino is in the fourth historic position of the Gators in: percentage in the field (fourth – 0.995), homeruns (fifth – 47), singles (fifth – 58), percentage of catches (sixth – 0.620), RBI (seventh – 175) and overall bases ( eighth – 425).
Zunino is the highest draft unit in the program’s history, having been drafted third in 2012 by the Seattle Mariners. He is a nine-year MLB veteran who has achieved a record 33 home runs in his career and his first All-Star game of the 2021 season. He is the current starting catcher of the reigning AL East Tampa Bay Rays champion.
An important winner of the Letter
Steve Beeland | Men’s Tennis, 1967-69 Head coach of women tennis, 1982 – 1984 | Head coach of men’s tennis, 1985-88
Steve Beeland competed in men’s tennis for the Gators from 1967 to 1969. Beeland is a two-time champion of the SEC in singles (1968 No. 3 in singles and 1969 No. 4 in singles) and the SEC in doubles (No. 1 with Armistead Neely in 1968 and 1969). Beeland was twice selected to the second All-SEC team (1968 and 1969).
After his playing days, Beeland became the head coach of Gator Women’s Tennis in 1982-1984 (record 71-21) and later Gator Men’s Tennis in 1985-1988 (54-49 record).
As the women’s team coach, he led the Beeland Gators to two unbeaten conference records along with two first places in the SEC (1982 and 1984). Under his leadership, the Gators took second place in the SEC in 1983. During the men’s team training, the Gators placed fourth in the SEC in the 1987 season.
Winner of honor
Jeremy Foley | Sports Director, 1992-16
Jeremy Foley He served as athletic director for the Florida Gators from 1992-2016 and was responsible for managing almost all aspects of Florida University’s athletic budget of $ 119.3 million. During his role as Sports Director, Foley oversaw Florida’s $ 397 million investment in capital improvement projects, including two football stadium expansion projects, a state-of-the-art academic advisory building, the Stephen C. O’Connell Center renovation and the creation of a football hall. Florida.
A native of Washington, DC, he also created a master plan for the University of Florida that addressed improvements in various sports, thus demonstrating his commitment to the Gators’ athletics. He was extremely determined to increase opportunities for women’s university athletics, and during his tenure as sports director, he added women’s soccer, softball and lacrosse teams. Foley is the only sports director in Division I history to oversee a program that has won multiple titles in both football (1996, 2006, 2008) and basketball (2006 and 2007).
The student athlete thrived in the class during Foley’s tenure, as 107 athletes were selected as academic All-Americans, the highest among senior sports directors and the fifth best in the country since 1992 before Foley retired in 2016. He first started working. at the University. from Florida as an intern in August 1976 and worked with the university throughout his career. He currently works as an AD / Emeritus at the University of Florida.