CINCINNATI --- Xavier University announced its impressive 2010 Athletic Hall of Fame class that will be inducted on Saturday, December 18 at Cintas Center. This year's induction class includes former tennis standout and Academic All-American Lauren E. Clary (Xavier '05), the late George E. "Skip" Prosser , who enjoyed a 15-year career at Xavier as a head basketball coach and assistant coach, and 2003 National Player of the Year David M. West ('03).
The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 18 at 4:30 p.m. at the Duff Banquet Center at Xavier University's Cintas Center. The Xavier men's basketball team hosts Wake Forest on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. in the annual Skip Prosser Classic presented by PNC. The Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at halftime of the game as well in center court ceremonies.
The 4:30 p.m. induction event is by invitation only. The cost is $65 for the event or $100 for the event and a ticket to the game. Please contact the Office of Special Events at 745-3571 for more information and details on reservations.
The latest three inductees will bring the total to 108 individuals that will be honored in the P. Douglas O'Keefe Athletic Hall of Fame at Cintas Center. These honorees and many others are honored in the displays at Cintas Center. The Cintas Center display, which opened in 2005, is the result of a gift from 1959 graduate P. Douglas O'Keefe. The hall includes display cases with a variety of memorabilia and trophies, video monitors and much more.
Lauren Clary is the most decorated women's tennis player in the program's history in athletics and academics, Clary is currently ranked first all-time in wins in Xavier history with a 115-25 singles record and a 103-27 doubles record for an overall career record of 218-52. As a senior, Clary finished with a 31-5 singles record, going 20-3 while playing #1 in dual matches. In her senior year alone she received the 2005 NCAA Sportsmanship Award, which is only given to two athletes in the entire nation, was named ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Second Team and District IV All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year. She also received several Atlantic 10 Conference awards throughout her time at XU, including Atlantic 10 Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year and A-10 Student-Athlete of the Year for women's tennis three years in a row, becoming only the second person to accomplish this in a single sport since the award was instituted at the start of the 1999-2000 season. Clary was selected four times to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team. In addition, she earned a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate scholarship.
The late Skip Prosser, a highly successful and popular coach, enjoyed a 15-year career at Xavier as a head basketball coach and assistant coach. Prosser led Xavier to four NCAA Tournament appearances and two NIT berths in seven years as head coach. He is in second place on Xavier's all-time wins list for head coaches, having won 148 games in seven seasons at the helm (1994-2001). The only man ahead of Prosser on the list, Pete Gillen, had Prosser as his top assistant for 180 of his 202 wins from 1985-1993. Prosser, the 1996-97 Basketball Times Mideast Coach of the Year and NABC District 10 Coach of the Year, was 148-65 (.695) in seven years as head coach at Xavier University and his overall head coaching record was 291-146 (.667), which included stops at Loyola College and Wake Forest. Prosser led Xavier to the 1998 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship and XU captured back-to-back Atlantic 10 West Division Regular Season Championships in 1997 and 1998. Prosser's first Xavier team won the 1995 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Regular Season Championship with a perfect 14-0 mark, while earning him the 1994-95 MCC Coach of the Year.