MONTGOMERY, Ala. ----- A pair of multi-time All-Americans, a member of the women's basketball 1,000-point club and the first meritorious service inductee comprise the 2012 class of the Auburn University at Montgomery Athletics Hall of Fame, Athletics Director Steve Crotz announced Tuesday.
The 2012 Class includes Eduardo "Gus" Garibaldi (men's tennis), Karen Duncan (women's basketball), Junior Kelley (baseball) and Jack Doane (meritorious service). The four will become the eighth class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Garibaldi competed for the men's tennis team from 1983-86, leading the squad to four consecutive NAIA District 27 championships and a 77-12 record during his career with the program. During his final three seasons, Garibaldi earned First-Team All-American honors from the NAIA and the International Tennis Association (ITA) in both singles and doubles. He played the majority of his career as the No. 2 singles player and a member of the No. 1 doubles team, where he partnered with fellow AUM Hall of Fame member Jeff Skeldon to form one of the nation's top doubles tandems. Following his playing career with the Senators, Garibaldi served as an assistant coach with the AUM men's tennis program from 1992-94. While on the coaching staff, he helped the team to a pair of District 27 championships and a NAIA runner-up finish in 1993.
Duncan played three seasons for women's basketball team, where she led the Senators to three NAIA Tournament appearances and a combined record of 86-18. During her senior season, Duncan earned all-region honors after helping the Senators to a 34-4 record and a semifinal appearance in the NAIA National Tournament. An all-district selection as a junior, she finished her career with 1,221 points, a mark which currently ranks sixth in school history. At the time of her induction, Duncan also ranked in the top-10 in career steals (third), field goals made (eighth), assists (ninth) and 3-point field goal percentage (10th). Duncan earned her bachelor's degree in biology from AUM and is currently the head girls' basketball coach at Walton High School in Marietta, Ga.
Kelley was selected a two-time NAIA First-Team All-American for the AUM baseball team. In his two seasons with the program, Kelley helped the team to consecutive postseason appearances, including a trip to the NAIA World Series during his junior campaign. Individually, Kelley led the NAIA in hits with 109 as a junior, while earning Southern States Athletic Conference and Region Player of the Year honors as a senior. He hit .461 in his final season, a mark which at the time of his induction was tied for the best in school history. He was also the school-record holder for career batting average at .439 and has the longest hitting streak at 39 games. For his career, he ranked tied for second in hits (214), third in doubles (40) and fifth in runs batted in (132). He is also the only Senator to post two 100-hit seasons during his career.
Doane is the first member of the AUM Athletics Hall of Fame to be inducted for meritorious service. He served as president of the AUM Senators Athletic Club from 1987-91. In 1988, he became the AUM Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement, helping cultivate development for a five year span. He has continued to coordinate athletic fundraising projects and was instrumental in the establishment of a full-time Athletic Director at AUM, where he was a member of the initial search committee. Doane has been a supporter of AUM athletics physically, emotionally and financially for more than 30 years.
The four will be formally inducted at a reception of heavy hors d'oeuvres on Friday, February 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 129 Coosa Street in The Alley in downtown Montgomery. The cost of the reception is $20 per person and tickets can be purchase by calling or e-mailing Crotz at (334) 244-3540 or [email protected]. Seats are limited and must be reserved by Wednesday, Jan. 16.