Cindy Gilbert-Bevilacqua
Jeff Bowyer
Julianne Hull Elicker
Dzalya Manns
Dan Ruland

  Cindy Gilbert-Bevilacqua (Class of 1984)

Cindy Gilbert-Bevilacqua was a three-time archery All-America and a member of the first JMU team in any sport to win a national championship. She placed third in the U.S. Intercollegiate Championships in 1982, when the JMU team won the national title, and again was third in 1983. She placed sixth in the U.S. intercollegiate tournament in 1984 and was named to the U.S. National Team that year. She finished second in the U.S. Indoor Championships in 1984 and third in 1983.

She continued to compete in the sport following graduation from JMU and was named the Athlete of the Year in Pennsylvania in 1995. Her accomplishments as a competitor are equaled by her contributions as a coach in the sport of archery. One of her highest awards came in 1996, when the U.S. Olympic Committee named her archery Development Coach of the Year. She obtained the Level IV National Coach Certification in 1996, when she was head coach and designed the advanced training camp program at Lake Placid, N.Y.

She was head coach of the U.S. Junior Team and assistant coach of the Junior World Championship team in 1996. She was assistant coach for the U.S. Junior Team in 1998, head coach to the U.S. Junior Team Training Camp in 1999 and head coach of the U.S. Junior Team for the 2000 World Championships in France. In 2000 she earned the level of National Coach. She has been head coach of the Middletown (Pa.) Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Team since 1984 and the JOAD East Regional coordinator since 1992.

She is a native of Media, Pa.

 

   
  Jeff "Peanut" Bowyer (Class of 1987)

Jeff "Peanut" Bowyer set JMU's career record for wrestling victories during four standout seasons, and the mark still stood 13 years later when he was inducted into the University's Sports Hall of Fame. The Phillipsburg, N.J., native had a career mark of 125-34-2 (.783), was a three-time participant in the NCAA Championships, and was a leading performer on several outstanding JMU teams. The Dukes won two Eastern Regional team titles and placed second in the region another time during his four seasons.

He was named an honorable mention freshman All-America in his first JMU season and twice was named the team's outstanding performer. He twice won state individual championships, and as a senior he set a team season record for victories while compiling a 43-8 record. He was 34-7-1 as a junior, 25-6 as a sophomore and 23-13-1 as a freshman.

Bowyer became JMU's head wrestling coach in 1988-89, and in 1998-99 his team won Colonial Athletic Association and Virginia state crowns and sent four individuals to the NCAA Championships. In 1999-2000 his team won a second straight CAA title and sent a team-record seven individuals to the NCAA Championships. In 1999-2000 he also became JMU's career coaching wins leader, and his wrestlers had made 25 appearances in the NCAA Championships after his first 12 coaching seasons.

Bowyer's wrestlers also performed well academically with JMU having the only team in the nation to be ranked among the top five nationally in overall grade-point-average during each of the six seasons before his Hall of Fame induction.

 

   
  Julianne Hull Elicker (Class of 1979)

Julianne Hull Elicker was a standout lacrosse and field hockey player as an undergraduate and followed her college career with a World Cup lacrosse championship as a member of the U.S. National Team. She played on JMU field hockey teams from 1975-78, a period in which the Dukes competed in two Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national tournaments (1975, 1977) and two AIAW regional tournaments (1976, 1977). She scored 17 career goals and was captain of the 1978 team.

She also captained the lacrosse team and was a member of the JMU squad that won the 1978 Virginia Women's Lacrosse Association championship and went on to compete in the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association National Tournament. She was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1979-86, and in addition to playing on the World Cup gold-medal team in 1984, she was co-captain of the 1986 World Cup silver-medalist team and played on the squad that won first place in a 1981 Australian tour. She won the Beth Allen Award for women's lacrosse in 1985.

She is a native of Malvern, Pa., and a cum laude graduate.

 

   
Dezalya A. Manns (Class of 1989)

Dezalya A. Manns set records as a JMU long jumper that still stood after more than a decade when he was inducted into JMU's Sports Hall of Fame. The Bassett, Va., native originally enrolled at JMU to play football but as a track and field performer became one of the leading competitors in the nation. In 1988 he jumped 26-feet-11 3/4-inches at the JMU Invitational, and that mark was more than a foot better than any other JMU effort and still ranked as the Eastern college record when he joined JMU's Hall of Fame.

Manns participated in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials in the long jump, and he was an NCAA meet participant twice indoors (1987, 1988) and outdoors (1987, 1988). He won indoor (1987) and outdoor (1986, 1987) long jump titles at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships, and he was an outdoor All-America in 1987 when he placed in the NCAA meet. Manns won the long jump title at the 1987 Penn Relays, and he participated in the long jump in the 1987 U.S.A. Championships and the 1987 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival.

As a sprinter Manns was a member of JMU teams that were ranked in the top 10 nationally in the 4x100-meter and 4x200-meter relays. He was recruited to JMU as running back and defensive back in football, and he ran for a touchdown in 1983 against Davidson.

 

   
Dan Ruland (Class of 1983)

Dan Ruland was a leading performer during what always will be remembered as a special time in the history of JMU's men's basketball program. He played for the Dukes from 1979-83 and was a starter on JMU's NCAA Tournament teams during each of his final three college seasons.

As a 1982-83 senior the Annapolis, Md., native averaged team highs of 15.1 points and 6.7 rebounds and was Co-Player of the Year in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southern Division. JMU beat West Virginia that season in the first round of NCAA play after winning NCAA Tournament contests the previous two years against Georgetown and Ohio State. His 1981-82 team was eliminated from post-season play 52-50 by North Carolina's eventual national championship team that included future professional first-round draft choices Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Sam Perkins.

Ruland completed his JMU career with 1,255 points and 640 rebounds. He was a 54.5 percent shooter (501-919) from the field and a 77.8 percent shooter (253-325) from the free throw line. JMU won ECAC South titles in 1980-81 and 1982-83 and received an at-large NCAA bid in 1981-82. He was a third-round draft choice by the National Basketball Association's Philadelphia 76ers in 1983, and he later played professionally for five seasons in Europe and in the Continental Basketball Association and the United States Basketball League.