NORFOLK, VA—The 2013 Old Dominion University Sports Hall of Fame induction class features an Olympic Gold Medalist, A four-time Conference Tennis Player of the Year, a pro golfer, a long-time wrestling coach and an athletic administrator.
The 2013 ODU Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 during homecoming weekend when the Monarchs take on Liberty at 6 p.m. This year’s inductees include Anna Tunnicliffe (Sailing), Joe Daley (Golf), Nataly Cahana Fleishman (Tennis), Gray Simons (Wrestling coach) and Ed Fraim (Administrator). Tickets for the induction Luncheon are $25 and are available by calling 683-3359.
Anna Tunnicliffe is a two-time Olympian and three-time ICSA Singlehanded Collegiate Sailing national champion from 2002-04. The three-time All-American was the 2005 National Collegiate Sailor of the Year, the Norfolk Sports Club Tom Scott Award winner, the Portsmouth Sports Club Female Athlete of the Year and the ODU Alumni Association’s Female Athlete of the Year. Tunnicliffe was honored by the University in 2012 with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Ranked as the No. 1 Women’s sailor in the world in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Tunnicliffe was the 2009 and 2011 Rolex World Sailor of the Year and the 2010 US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. Tunnicliffe captured gold in 2008 Olympics for Team USA in Laser Radial competition. Tunnicliffe graduated with a double major degree in Decision Sciences and accounting.
Nataly Cahana compiled a 143-28 career record for the Lady Monarch Tennis program. She qualified to four straight NCAA Championships and advanced to the second round three times. Cahana a two-time All-american, four-time CAA Tennis Player-of-the-Year and a two-time CAA Scholar Athlete of the Year, ITA Rookie of the Year, as well as a three-time ITA Academic All-American. In 2003-04, Cahana won the ITA East Regional title and was named the East Region Senior Player of the Year. She ranked as high as fourth nationally in the ITA poll, and was selected to the CAA’s 25th All-Anniversary team. Cahana served as the women’s tennis assistant coach from 2007-2011. Nataly currently resides in Norfolk with her husband Seth Fleishman and their two children, daughter Shira and son Matan. She graduated with a degree in international business.
Joe Daley won three tournaments as a senior at ODU and helped lead the Monarchs to a second place finish after losing in a playoff in the 1983 Sun Belt Conference Championships. Individually, he finished fifth and was named All-Sun Belt Conference. The two-time MVP tied for second at the Virginia State Championships in 1982. After working in the business world, Daley turned pro in 1992 and went on to play on the PGA tour in 1996 and 1998, and where he finished sixth at the 1996 BC Open. He is currently on the Champions Tour where he won the 2012 Senior Players Championship. Daley, who graduated in 1983 with a degree in finance, lives in Scottsdale, AZ with his wife Carol.
Gray Simons coached 17 years as the Monarchs head wrestling coach, mentoring 27 wrestlers who qualified for nationals, and five All-Americans. In 1994, ODU captured the CAA Championship and Simons was named CAA Coach of the Year. The two-time Olympian and member of seven Hall of Fames, Simons compiled a 131-106-2 coaching record at ODU from 1987 to 2004. His overall 36-year collegiate record at 324-194-5. Simons was a member of the 1960 and 1964 US Olympic teams in Rome and Tokyo, respectively while he placed sixth in the 1960 Olympiad. During his collegiate career at Lock Haven, he compiled a 91-2 record from 1959-62, winning 84 straight, four NAIA, and three NCAA National Championships. He was twice voted as the Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Tournament and was named outstanding wrestler in six of seven national meets, an accomplishment that has never been repeated. Simons was named the 33rd most important athlete of the century from the state of Virginia by Sports Illustrated in Dec. of 1999. He retired from ODU on March 2, 2004. He and wife Mary reside in Virginia Beach.
Ed Fraim served Old Dominion University athletics for 32 years as a primary athletic fundraiser and was a driving force behind the continued success of the ODU Baseball Clinic. Fraim was the 33rd recipient of the Bud Metheny Award in 2010. In November of 2009, he was inducted into the Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame. Over the course of 32 years, he held titles of associate director of development, acting director of development, executive director of the ODUIF (now ODAF), assistant athletic director for fund raising and senior director of athletic development. He also served as the director of home events for a period in athletics in addition to his development duties. As a fund raiser for all athletics, contributions for scholarships grew in his first 10 years from $37,000 to over $600,00, and then to over $1.8 million in 2008 from more than 1700 Big Blue Club members. A 1964 graduate of ODU, Ed earned a bachelor of science in psychology. He is the father of four children: Tara, Lisa, Eddie, Jr, and Brent.