Athletic Hall of Fame
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University of the District of Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class 2014
Dr. Gerald Boyd
District of Columbia Teachers College – 1963
Gerald Boyd was a standout basketball student-athlete at District of Columbia Teachers College under legendary coach and UDC Athletics Hall of Famer, Hiram “Dutch” Usilaner. Boyd was the captain of the team, and he was the second leading scorer averaging 14 points per game. He also set the school record for points in a single game with 41. As a senior, Boyd received the Reslyn Woodruff Henley award, the Athletic Department’s most prestigious award.
University of the District of Columbia – 1996
Basketball Student-Athlete and Coach
Valerie Curtis was a starter and leading scorer for the women’s basketball team for all four years. As a senior in 1995, Curtis led the Firebirds to a record of 20-6, and a berth in the 1995 Division II NCAA Tournament. In 1993, Curtis led all of Division II with 6.1 steals per game (135 total). She still ranks second all time for steals in a single season and third in career steals average with 4.7 steals per game (318 total). Following her stellar playing career, Curtis joined the UDC coaching staff as an assistant coach for two seasons from 1995-1997. After stints at Fresno State and Lock Haven University, Curtis is now in her seventh year as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Georgian Court University.
Curtis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health in 1996 and a Master’s degree in Public Administration in 1998 from the University of District of Columbia.
District of Columbia Teachers College – 1969
Basketball Student-Athlete and
Earnie Green transferred to District of Columbia Teachers College in 1967 from Elizabeth City College. At DCTC, Green played for UDC Athletics Hall of Famer, Tony Upson, and he excelled in basketball earning All-conference honors. In 1969, he was the leading rebounder, second leading scorer, and team MVP on the league championship team. That same year, Green was awarded the Reslyn Woodruff Henley award, the Athletic Department’s most prestigious award.
Green earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Business Education from DCTC and a Masters of Education in Administration from Howard University. After graduating from DCTC, Green was the assistant coach at DCTC as finished with a 17-4 record and a fourth straight league championship. In 1971, he became the head coach of the men’s basketball program and he led them to a 13-8 record.
District of Columbia Teachers College - 1971
Robert Jefferson was a standout on the men’s basketball team at District of Columbia Teachers College. He was elected co-captain of the team and led the area in scoring. Jefferson was an instrumental part of the DCTC teams that won four league championships in a row.
Jefferson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from DCTC.
Harold Benjamin Plummer
District of Columbia Teachers College – 1964
Harold Plummer was a football coach in the 1970’s at the District of Columbia Teacher’s College. He was a DC Public School teacher and coach for 25 years as well as founder of The District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) ski program. The program teaches DC Public School students how to ski and is complemented by tutoring sessions and life skills training. The Harold Plummer Achievement Award, formed in 2005, was created in honor of Plummer and his dedication to teaching District of Columbia students how to ski.
University of the District of Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame
(Pictured above: 2013 Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class. Seated first row, from left: Brian Usilaner (son of Hiram "Dutch" Usilaner), Katherine Cooke Mundle (Daughter of Dr. Paul Phillips Cooke), Stanley Mullins. Back row from left: Harry Brockenberry, Dr. Michael Glascoe.)
2013 Athletics Hall of Fame Recap
The University of the District of Columbia Department of Athletics is proud to announce the Second Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class. The Athletics Hall of Fame celebration was held on February 15th, 2013 at Maggiano's Little Italy on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, DC.
The event, which included a reception, dinner, and induction ceremony, was attended by more than 125 of the Firebird faithful. The Master of Ceremony was James "Butch" McAdams, University of the District of Columbia, Class of 1981. The evening featured speeches from several members of the Athletic Department as well as University Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Rachel Petty. Each inductee, or a representative of the inductee for those who were inducted posthumously, was given an opportunity to speak as well and was represented in a slide show. On Saturday, February 16th, the inductees were recognized at halftime of the Firebirds Men’s Basketball game against Dowling College, and a special reception was held in their honor.
"The 2013 class of Athletics Hall of Fame inductees reflects the rich history of excellence in athletics at the University of the District of Columbia and its predecessor institutions. The induction ceremony was once again a fantastic event, and it was truly a pleasure to be able to reconnect with more of the university’s esteemed alumni," University of the District of Columbia Director of Athletics, Patricia Thomas, said. “My sincere thanks go out to the Hall of Fame committee for its hard work, as well as the Department of Athletics staff, particularly Patrick Knapp, who has done a phenomenal job putting everything together. We look forward to recognizing a long list of individuals in the years to come as this event continues to grow. Most importantly, however, we congratulate the second class of inductees into the University of the District of Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame.”
University of the District of Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class 2013
Harry Brockenberry – District of Columbia Teachers College (Class of 1975) – Men’s Basketball Student-athlete
Dr. Michael Glascoe – District of Columbia Teachers College (Class of 1972) – Football & Baseball Student-athlete
Stanley L. Mullins – University of the District of Columbia (1982-1992) – Track & Field Coach
Hiram “Dutch” Usilaner – District of Columbia Teachers College (1958-1968) – Men’s Basketball Coach
Dr. Paul Phillips Cooke – District of Columbia Teachers College (1966-1974) – President
Harry Brockenberry – Harry Brockenberry, was a graduate of Washington Technical Institute (1973) and of District of Columbia Teachers College (1975) and carries with him the reputation as one of the most prolific scorers in city basketball history as well as University of the District of Columbia history. He was captain of his team in 1974-75 and was awarded the Reslyn W. Henley Memorial Award. Besides being a star forward on the basketball team, Harry was also Vice President of the DCTC Student Government.
Dr. Michael Glascoe – Micheal Glascoe graduated from District of Columbia Teachers College in 1972 and was considered, at the time, one of the best multi-purpose athletes in the school’s history as a standout in both football and baseball. Michael played shortstop and pitched for the baseball team and played quarterback and defensive safety for the football team.
Stanley L. Mullins –Stan Mullins immediately turned the University of the District of Columba track & field program into a powerhouse in Division II. He developed 17 men and women All-Americans and 32 All-ECAC Conference Division performers.
Hiram “Dutch” Usilaner – Coach Usilaner ranks as one of the most successful coaches in university history, and is considered a legend in his District of Columbia Teachers College athletic era. He coached from 1958 to 1968 and his teams won seven various tournaments, including three straight Maryland Intercollegiate Conference tournaments in 1966, 1968, and 1969.
Dr. Paul Phillips Cooke – Dr. Cooke was the President of District of Columbia Teachers College from 1966 to 1974. He is most renowned for making the DCTC athletic programs successful during his tenure.
University of the District of Columbia Athletic Hall of Fame
The University of the District of Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame was established to pay tribute and give recognition to former student-athletes, coaches and administrators who have significantly contributed to the athletic success and history of the institution. Established during the celebration of the university’s 160th Anniversary in 2011, the Athletics Hall of Fame honors outstanding individuals and celebrates the university’s rich history of intercollegiate athletic competition which began in the early 1900’s when students attending Miner Teacher’s College competed in basketball and tennis.
Hall of Fame inductees are student-athletes, coaches and administrators who have significantly contributed to the athletic success and history of the Myrtilla Miner School for Colored Girls, Washington Normal School, Wilson Normal School, Miner Normal School, Wilson Teachers College, Miner Teachers College, District of Columbia Teachers College, Federal City College, Washington Technical Institute, and the University of the District of Columbia over the last 160 years.
2012 Athletics Hall of Fame Information
(2012 Inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class. Picture includes University President, Dr. Allen L. Sessoms - seated first row, second from left and Director of Athletics, Patricia Thomas - seated first row, third from left)
Reslyn W. Henley – Basketball Student-athlete and Coach
Leonard “Tony” Upson – Basketball Student-athlete
Dr. Philip Sheridan Fox – Athletic Director
Elizabeth Young McNair – Track and Field Student-athlete
Wil Jones – Basketball Coach
The 1982 University of the District of Columbia Men’s Basketball NCAA National Championship Team
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