|Woody Bergeria (’78)|
Woody Bergeria was a top player on early JMU football teams that were noted for outstanding defense. A four-year starter on the defensive line, Bergeria was a Kodak first-team All-America and JMU’s defensive most valuable player as a 1977 senior, and he received Associated Press honorable mention All-America recognition in 1975 and 1977. JMU’s 1975 team compiled a 9-0-1 record and allowed only 75 points, and Bergeria was involved in 94 tackles, including 10 quarterback sacks, for that squad. He took part in 107 tackles and had nine sacks in 1976 and 147 tackles, including six sacks, in 1977. He was credited with 12 tackles for loss in 1975, seven in 1976 and eight in 1977. Bergeria’s career totals of 438 tackles and 28 sacks ranked fourth and second, respectively, in team history at the time of his hall of fame induction.
The Triangle, Va., native held the team record for career sacks until the 2000 season, and his 10 sacks in 1975 ranked in a tie for fifth on JMU’s season list when he was inducted. During Bergeria’s career JMU was 6-4 in 1974, 9-0-1 in 1975, 7-4 in 1976 and 5-5 in 1977. The 1976 team was the co-ranked No. 1 team in the nation in Division III for one week, and it played in the first Division III football game televised by a major network.
|Julie Franken (’87)|
Julie Franken helped lead the JMU women’s basketball team to its first-ever Top 20 national ranking, two CAA championships (1986, 1987) and two trips to the NCAA “Sweet 16” (1986, 1987). Franken earned All-America recognition by the American Women's Sports Federation in 1986 and by Blue Ribbon Yearbook in 1987 (preseason), and she played on the silver-medalist East Team at the 1985 U.S. Olympic Festival.
She was a versatile player capable of playing both small and power forward positions and was also used as the second guard on her Olympic Festival team. She finished her career with 1,091 points and a then-school record 825 rebounds. The Columbus, Ohio, native is one of only three players in JMU history to have career totals of more than 1,000 points and 800 rebounds.
At the time of her induction, her rebounding total ranked second on JMU’s career list, and she is among JMU’s career leaders in game appearances (120), free throws (285), consecutive games started (90), rebounding average (6.9), blocked shots (45) and field goal percentage (47.6%). One of the best passing forwards in JMU history, she handed out 201 career assists.
Christy Morgan led the JMU field hockey team to the 1994 NCAA national championship and a total of five NCAA tournament appearances (1993-95, 1997, 1999) in her nine seasons as the Dukes’ coach. Her teams reached back-to-back Final Fours (1994, 1995) and won the 1995 CAA championship. Morgan’s teams were unbeaten in CAA regular-season play in 1994 and 1995 and had a 20-game regular-season win streak against CAA teams from 1994-96. Her overall record from 1991-99 at JMU was 133-66-2.
Morgan was named the NCAA South Region Coach of the Year and CAA Coach of the Year in 1993, and she was an assistant coach with the U.S. Under-21 Team in 1995 and 1996. Her players won All-America honors 14 times, and midfielder Carole Thate was the 1996 winner of the Honda Award for the NCAA's top field hockey player. Morgan's players were also winners in the classroom, receiving National Academic Squad accolades 25 times
The Norristown, Pa., native and former Olympian (1988, alternate 1984) is the only person to win the NCAA field hockey championship as a coach and as a player (at Old Dominion in 1982, 1983 and 1984).
|Adam Wheatcroft (’04)|
Adam Wheatcroft was the most accomplished archer in the history of the JMU program. In 2002 he won the compound bow World Championship in individual competition and led the U.S. Team that won the gold medal at the World University Games in Thailand. That was his third U.S. World Team competition and the third time he won the gold medal in the individual competition and led his team to the gold in the team competition. He also won the World Junior Championship in both individual and team competition in 1998 and 2000 and was a member of the U.S. Junior Archery Team from 1997-2000. A three-time collegiate All-America (2001, 2002, 2003) and 2003 JMU team captain, he won the U.S. intercollegiate championship as a JMU freshman in 2001 and as a junior in 2003. He led the JMU’s men’s compound team to the national team championship in 2001. He was a member of the U.S. National Team in 2001 and 2002 and won the U.S. Open in 2001.
At the time of his induction, Wheatcroft held 11 national records. He broke six junior world record from 1997-2000, and two of those records were still standing at the time of his induction. He won the National Archery Association national indoor championship in 2000 and 2001, won the National Field Archery Association indoor championship in 2000 and won four North Region championships and nine Michigan state championships.
In his final season of competition in 2003 he also won tournament championships at the Atlantic Classic, New York Indoor, New Jersey Indoor and Virginia State Indoor tournaments and was voted the men’s team’s most outstanding archer. He led the Dukes’ men’s compound and mixed compound teams to second place at the 2003 U.S. Intercollegiate Championships. The Clarkston, Mich., native was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2003, shortly after he won the U.S. intercollegiate championship in May, and he passed away on Oct. 28, 2003.