Steve Stielper
Bob Vanderwarker

 

Juli Speights Henner ('92)
Distance runner Juli Speights Henner was JMU's first U.S. Olympian and the first female athlete at JMU to earn Division I All-America honors in track.

She ran the 1,500 meters at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games after placing second at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, although a foot injury limited her performance in Atlanta.  She took the bronze medal in the mile at the 1997 IAAF International Grand Prix Final, a race held in Fukuoka, Japan, that featured the top 12 runners in the world.  Her post-JMU accomplishments also include the following:  Atlanta Grand Prix 1,500 champion (1996); Penn Relays Olympic Development 1,500 champion (1996); and World University Games 1,500 runner-up (1993 and 1995).  A versatile runner, her times in the 800 and 3,000 as well as the 1,500 ranked her among the top American women in those races.

 At JMU she finished 10th in the 1,500 at the 1992 NCAA Championships, was a two-time All-East performer in both the 1,500 meters and the indoor mile (1991, 1992), and won Colonial Athletic Association championships in the 800 (1991) and 1,500 (1991, 1992).  She won JMU's first Eastern College Athletic Conference championship (1,500 in 1992), and her double-win (800 and 1,500) at the 1991 CAA Meet earned her the Athlete of the Meet award.  She was All-East in cross country in 1992 and earned All-CAA cross country honors three times.  She was named JMU's 1992-93 Female Athlete of the Year.

 

   

Steve Stielper ('80)
Steve Stielper completed his career as the all-time scoring and rebounding leader in JMU men's basketball history, and both marks still stood 22 years later at the time of his hall of fame induction.  Stielper joined the JMU program for the 1976-77 season, the Dukes' first in Division I, and he scored 2,126 points and had 917 rebounds in four college seasons.  He averaged 20.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in 104 career contests, and his 51-point scoring effort in 1978-79 against Robert Morris still stood as JMU's game-scoring record at the time of his induction.

He set a JMU season record by averaging 25.7 points per game in 1978-79, a season during which he was the 10th-leading Division I scorer in the nation and during which he had 14 or more points in each of JMU's 26 games and 30 or more points eight times.  He had a 59.8 percent shooting mark from the field and set team season records with 162 made free throws and 213 free throw attempts in 1978-79.

For his career he shot 53.4 percent from the field (803-1504) and 79.8 percent from the foul line (520-652), and his 76 career blocked shots remained among the top 10 totals in team history at the time of his induction.

Stielper averaged 20.9 points and 10.7 rebounds for a 17-9 team as a freshman in 1976-77, 16.8 points and 8.1 rebounds for an 18-8 team as a sophomore in 1977-78, 25.7 points and 8.4 rebounds for an 18-8 team as a junior in 1978-79 and 18.4 points and 8.1 rebounds for an 18-8 team as senior in 1979-80.  He reached double figures in scoring in 98 of 104 career games, had 20 or more points 57 times, 30 or more points 10 times, and 40 or more points twice.

He is a native of North Linthicum, Md.

 

   

Bob Vanderwarker
Under the guidance of Bob Vanderwarker, JMU soccer laid the groundwork for the school’s accomplishments in men's athletics.  Soccer brought the JMU men's athletic program its first championship trophy, its first All-America player and its first NCAA postseason tournament bid, and soccer was the first JMU sport to move to the Division I level of the NCAA.

The men’s soccer program began in 1968, and Vanderwarker first coached the team in 1970, when the Dukes compiled a 1-8-1 record.  The following season he guided JMU to an 8-4-1 record and the NCAA College Division Southern Regional.  A year later his team set a school record with 13 wins, won the Virginia Intercollegiate Soccer Association (VISA) championship, tied for the Virginia College Athletic Association (VCAA) championship and again advanced to the NCAA tournament.

His teams at one point had a 32-game unbeaten streak against Virginia teams; did not lose a VCAA game during JMU's three years in the VCAA (1972-74); and from 1972-75, won or shared three VCAA soccer championships and four VISA championships.  One of the most amazing accomplishments came when the 1973 team, in its first year of Division I competition, compiled a 13-2-1 record and earned a berth in the NCAA Southern Regional Tournament.  In all, his teams earned four NCAA postseason tournament invitations (1971, 72, 73, 76).

From 1978-84 the Dukes competed in the Virginia Intercollegiate League (VIL), an association of the 10 Division I programs in the state, and JMU won five VIL Western Division crowns.  Vanderwarker’s teams also earned invitations to two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) tournaments (1977, 79)

His teams compiled a 127-102-19 record in 16 seasons

Vanderwarker is a native of Ticonderoga, N.Y.