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Dr. Mark Gabriele ('95) | Alisa Harris (’88) | Matt Holthaus (’95) | Carole Thate (’96)

 

Dr. Mark Gabriele (’95)

 

Mark Gabriele was a top performer on JMU swimming and diving teams that won four straight Colonial Athletic Association championships and three Eastern College Athletic Conference titles.  He won eight individual CAA titles and was a member of relay teams that won 14 conference crowns.

 

He was a four-time CAA winner in the 100-meter butterfly and won conference championships in the 200-meter butterfly and the 200-meter individual medley.  He won Eastern titles in both butterfly events and the individual medley as a junior and in the 100-meter butterfly as a senior, competed at the NCAA Championships in all three events, and was the outstanding performer at the Eastern meet in 1994 and the CAA meet in 1995.

 

He received his Ph.D. in neurobiology and anatomy from Wake Forest and returned to JMU as a faculty member.  He competed for the Dukes during a period during which JMU won nine of 10 CAA titles.

 

Alisa Harris (’88)

 

Alisa Harris was a leading performer on women’s basketball teams that compiled some of the top accomplishments in the university’s athletics history.  A four-year starter, she had 1,473 points and 683 rebounds in a career during which JMU compiled a 104-19 overall record, won three Colonial Athletic Association titles, and advanced three times to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament.

 

She is among only three Dukes with career totals of more than 1,400 points and 600 rebounds, and she still ranks third on the team’s career scoring list and eighth on its all-time rebounding list.  She was the conference rookie of the year in 1985, an all-league and all-league defensive honoree in 1988, and a conference all-tournament selection in 1986 and 1988.

 

During her four seasons JMU had records of 22-7, 28-4, 27-4, and 27-4, had a 53-4 mark against CAA teams, and won its last 30 games against CAA opponents.

 

Matt Holthaus (’95)

 

Matt Holthaus is among the top student-athletes in JMU history.  He twice was JMU’s male scholar-athlete of the year and an academic All-America, and he earned All-America recognition as a track performer four times.

 

He received All-America honors in the outdoor mile in 1993, 1994 and 1995 and in the indoor mile in 1995.  He was the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America indoor champion in the 1000 meters in 1995 and outdoors in the 1500 meters in 1994, and he competed in the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival in the 1500 meters in 1994 and 1995.

 

As a post-collegiate performer he won the U.S. championship in the mile and was a member of several U.S. national teams.  His best outdoor times still rank second on JMU’s career list in the 800 meters, third in the 1500 and fifth in the 5000.  Indoors he still is first in the 1000 and mile, second in the 800, and fifth in the 3000.

 

Carole Thate (’96)

 

Carole Thate was among the nation’s top field hockey players during three JMU seasons, and she led the Dukes to the 1994 NCAA title and to the 1995 Colonial Athletic Association crown and NCAA semifinals.  She was the Honda Award winner as the NCAA’s best player in 1995 and College Sports magazine’s 1994 and 1995 field hockey athlete of the year.

 

She led the nation in scoring in 1993, 1994, and 1995 and holds JMU’s records for career goals (116), points (268) and game-winning goals and season marks for goals (40) and points (93).  In 1995, she was first-team All-America (her only season of eligibility), CAA player of the year, and JMU’s female athlete of the year.

 

She played on The Netherlands’ bronze medal Olympic teams in 1996 and 2000 and was captain of the 2000 team.  In 1999, she was nominated for the inaugural International Field Hockey Federation player of the year award.

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