Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame to Induct Five in Class of 2013
Release:   07/01/2013

July 1, 2013

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Gene Depew `71 first made his mark on the gridiron for the Bison football team, and then for another 31 years as Bucknell's head baseball coach. Molly Creamer '03 scored almost 2,500 points and is generally considered the finest women's basketball player in program history. Ian Joseph '01 still holds six Bucknell baseball records. Becki Marshall '02 finished first at the Patriot League Cross Country Championship three years in a row. Jen Zimmerman '00 was a two-time Regional All-American in field hockey. These outstanding alumni represent the Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 and will be formally inducted on Homecoming Weekend this fall.

The 35th Hall of Fame class will be inducted at a dinner ceremony on Friday, Oct. 25 as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities. The new Hall of Famers will also be re-introduced at halftime of the Bucknell-Lehigh football game on Saturday, Oct. 26.

The Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to honor the very best in the history of Bison athletics. This year's induction brings to 234 the number of outstanding student-athletes, coaches, administrators and friends of Bucknell whose contributions to Bucknell athletics are forever preserved in the Hall of Fame.

GENE DEPEW `71 retired following the 2012 baseball season after coaching at his alma mater for more than 40 years, including the final 31 as head baseball coach. One of the longest-tenured coaches in Bucknell history in any sport, Depew won 591 games, more than five times the amount of any other Bison baseball coach. The Bison were especially successful over his last 17 years, finishing either first or second in the Patriot League eight times, including six regular-season titles and five Patriot League Tournament crowns. Depew guided Bucknell to five NCAA Tournament appearances over that span, highlighted by a memorable 7-0 victory over fourth-ranked Florida State in 2008.

As an undergraduate, Depew was a standout football player for the Bison. He was a three-year letterwinner, earned All-Middle Atlantic Conference Honorable Mention in 1969, and served as co-captain of the team his senior year. Following graduation, Depew returned to Bucknell to coach the defensive line, and he would remain an assistant football coach until 1992. He was first introduced to the baseball program in 1974, when he was hired as an assistant coach under Hall-of-Famer Tommy Thompson. Prior to the 1982 baseball season, Depew was chosen to succeed Thompson as head baseball coach. He won the Patriot League Coach of the Year award four times (1993, 1996, 2003, 2009), had four Patriot League Pitchers of the Year, four Players of the Year and two Rookies of the Year.

 

 

MOLLY CREAMER `03 has been elected to the Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility (candidates become eligible 10 years after graduation), and she was a unanimous choice among the voting committee. Her career records show why. Many consider Creamer to be the premier player in Bucknell and Patriot League women's basketball history. She was a three-time Patriot League Player of the Year and three-time PL scoring leader. Following her senior campaign in which she averaged a whopping 27.1 points per game, Creamer was picked as a Kodak/WBCA and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American.

In four years Creamer scored 2,462 career points (21.0 ppg) to set Bucknell and Patriot League records. Even while pouring in that many points, she also ranked No. 2 in program history in assists with 593. Creamer became only the second woman in NCAA history to lead her conference in both scoring and assists three straight years. Creamer also set school and league career records for field goals made (823) and attempted (1889), free throws made (621) and attempted (740) and free-throw percentage (.839). She owns the Bucknell record for made 3-pointers (195), and her 27.1 points per game as a senior also shattered school and league standards.

Creamer broke school and league records with an incredible 44-point game at Lafayette. That night she scored the team's final 29 points in a 71-67 win. She also had a 43-point game against Army and set a school record with 14 assists against Lehigh. Creamer was the Most Valuable Player of the 2002 Patriot League Tournament, as she helped Bucknell win the title and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

Following graduation Creamer became a first-round draft pick of the WNBA's New York Liberty.

 

IAN JOSEPH '01 was a three-time All-Patriot League outfielder, and he will become the fifth baseball alumnus coached by Gene Depew to enter the Hall of Fame, joining Ted Aceto, Mike Anders, Kevin Eiben and Joe Markulike. Joseph was a switch-hitter who graduated with Bucknell career marks in games played (192), starts (189), stolen bases (99), at-bats (683), runs scored (162), walks (99), singles (166), and he tied the career mark for assists by an outfielder with 15. With the exception of the at-bats and singles records, which currently stand second, all of those marks still hold up today. Joseph owns the career stolen base mark by more than 40 over the second highest ranking player in Bison history, and he still owns Patriot League career records in at-bats, runs scored and stolen bases.

Joseph helped lead the Bison to the 2001 Patriot League championship and the program's second-ever trip to NCAA Regionals.

 

Bucknell has had some outstanding women's distance runners through the years, and BECKI MARSHALL '02 was one of the best. Marshall crossed the finish line first at the Patriot League Women's Cross Country Championship in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Combined with former teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Julie Sweitzer's titles in 1997 and 1998, Bucknell claimed the conference women's cross country champion five years in a row.

Marshall was named to the Patriot League Women's Cross Country All-Decade Team in 2000 - following her sophomore year - and she was an All-Region honoree in 1999. She helped lead the Bison to four straight Patriot League cross country team titles, and in 1999 she was the No. 1 runner as Bucknell qualified as a team for the NCAA Championship for the first and only time in program history.

Marshall also starred on the track, where she captured Patriot League gold medals in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters as well as the distance medley relay. She earned All-Patriot League honors three times each indoors and outdoors, and she was a part of seven Patriot League championship squads in track and field. She became the first Bucknell woman to break 17 minutes in the 5,000-meter run, and today she ranks third on Bucknell's all-time list in that event.

Marshall is also one of the most decorated scholar-athletes in Bucknell history. She won four Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year citations, including three in cross country, and in 2001 she was named the league's overall Scholar-Athlete of the Year for all sports. Marshall was also a national Academic All-America Third Team selection in 2002.

 

 

JEN ZIMMERMAN '00 will become the 13th field hockey student-athlete to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. She was an extremely versatile player who stood out at both ends of the field. A two-year captain, Zimmerman was a Regional All-America selection in both 1998 and 1999. She also garnered All-Patriot League honors as a junior and senior, and as a junior she was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. A member of the Patriot League All-Decade Team for field hockey, Zimmerman graduated with school records for assists in a career (26), assists in a season (10) and goals in a game (4), and she ranked fourth in total points (74). She is one of only three players in program history to record four goals in a game, joining fellow Hall of Famers Kathy Kline Grove and Karin Wegener Knisely, and no Bison has scored four times since Zimmerman did it against Columbia on Sept. 11, 1999.

Zimmerman was the Patriot League Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1999 and was a three-time member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Academic Team.

 

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