Hall of Fame Taps Seven

January 31, 2005

Duke inducted seven new members into its Sports Hall of Fame last fall. Joining the 107 existing members of the Hall of Fame are: men's basketball All-America and National Player of the Year Danny Ferry '89, former wrestling coach Bill Harvey, football All-America Cedric Jones '82, men's soccer National Player of the Year John J. Kerr '87, and women's tennis standouts Christine O'Reilly '90, Patricia O'Reilly '90, and Theresa O'Reilly '90.

While a Blue Devil at Duke, Ferry was the first player in ACC history to compile 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 500 assists. He was ACC Player of the Year, winner of the McKevlin Award for the ACC's top athlete, and Most Valuable Player of both the ACC Tournament and the NCAA East Regional. The number-two pick in the 1989 NBA draft, he had a thirteen-year career that included an NBA championship in 2003 with the San Antonio Spurs. His Duke jersey was retired in 1989.

Harvey, a member of Duke's athletics department for thirty-seven years, was head wrestling coach for thirty-one years. With an accumulated career record of 220-295-4, he was ranked fourth among ACC coaches in victories when he retired to become director of recreational facilities at Duke in 1997. In 2001, he was awarded an honorary lifetime membership by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Jones, a wide receiver, was captain of the football team his senior year, when he led the ACC in receiving yardage. His Blue Devil career included ninety-nine catches for 1,732 yards and twenty-one touchdowns, and he was named team MVP, first-team all-ACC, and second-team All-America. He was third-round draft choice of the New England Patriots, playing nine seasons, and went to Super Bowl XX. His pro career saw 191 receptions for 2,703 yards and sixteen touchdowns.

In his senior year, 1986, soccer star Kerr reached three milestones: an NCAA title, Duke's first team title in any sport; the Hermann Trophy; and the inaugural Missouri Athletic Club Award. Both awards are given by virtue of being National Player of the Year. The squad's leading scorer with fifteen goals and fourteen assists, he led the ACC in scoring and was named ACC Player of the Year. He played for the U.S. National Team while a sophomore and was later drafted into Major League Soccer, where he played for the New England Revolution and the Dallas Burn. He is now head men's soccer coach at Harvard University.

The O'Reilly triplets dominated Duke women's tennis from 1989 to 1990, helping lead Duke to three ACC regular season titles, three ACC Tournament titles, a 25-3 ACC ledger, and a 78-32 overall record. Competing in singles and doubles circuits, the O'Reillys have six All-ACC selections and four NCAA Championship appearances among them. Patricia led the way as a four-year All-ACC selection and two-time All-America. She ranks tenth on Duke's win list with 114 victories during her career. In 1990, she was named All-America, ACC Player of the Year, and the ITCA/Volvo Tennis Southeast Region Senior Player of the Year.