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December 4, 2013
Wheat, Redman, Green headline HOF Class
Louisville Athletics announced its 2014 Hall of Fame class Wednesday, tabbing football great Chris Redman, baseball pro Sean Green and basketball leader DeJuan Wheat as part of a five-person class.
Redman, Green and Wheat will be joined by softball pitcher Tara McClure Isable and field hockey standout Pip Sanders during an the induction ceremony on Jan. 11 at the Brown & Williamson Club at Papa John' Cardinal Stadium. The Class of 2014 will be the first additions to the UofL Athletics Hall of Fame since 2011.
Tickets for the event are on sale for $45 each. More information on the event is available by contacting Ronee Baxter at (502) 852-2015 or at [email protected]
The following bios on each Hall of Famer was provided by UofL Athletics.
University of Louisville Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014
Sean Green - Baseball (1998-2000)
Green played three seasons on the diamond for the Cardinals and is ranked ninth all-time at Louisville in innings pitched (234.2). A Louisville native and a graduate of Male High School, he went on to a 13-year professional baseball career (2000-12), including six seasons at the highest level in Major League Baseball (2006-11).
With his MLB debut on May 2, 2006 for the Seattle Mariners, Green became the first Cardinal hurler in school history to throw a pitch at the MLB level and was the second player in school history to reach the big leagues. Playing three seasons for the Mariners, two for the New York Mets and one for the Milwaukee Brewers, Green had a 10-12 record overall in the big leagues with two saves and a 4.41 ERA working exclusively as a reliever with 264 appearances on the mound and 269.2 innings pitched.
Following his collegiate career at Louisville, Green was selected in the 12th Round of the 2000 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies. Following 13 years of work on the mound, he retired from professional baseball in August 2012.
Tara McClure Isable - Softball (2000-2001)
McClure Isable was a member of Louisville's inaugural softball team in 2000 after joining the program as a junior college transfer. The Cardinals were 36-26 in their first season and 40-26 in the second with McClure Isable leading the way.
The righthander recorded Louisville's first no-hitter against Belmont on March 23, 2000, earned the program's first conference pitcher of the week honors and remains among the school's top 10 in several single season categories. In Louisville's inaugural season on the softball diamond in 2000, she posted a 0.96 ERA, which stands second on the single season list, and a season later, registered a 1.16 ERA, the third best ERA for a Cardinal. McClure Isable is also tied for seventh on the single season list with 30 starts in 2001, seventh in shutouts with eight in the same season and ninth in single season wins with 20 in her final year as a Cardinal in 2001.
Although she only played two seasons at Louisville, McClure Isable stands among the school's top 10 in several career categories. Those career rankings include sixth in shutouts with 14, seventh in starts with 50, seventh in innings pitched with 319.0, seventh in complete games with 32, seventh in strikeouts with 282 and seventh in wins with 31.
Chris Redman - Football (1996-1999)
Louisville's all-time passing leader with 12,541 yards, Redman is one of only three FBS quarterbacks to throw for at least 12,000 yards in a career. He finished his four-year career as a Cardinal completing 1,031 of 1,679 passes with 84 touchdowns.
The Parade National High School Player of the Year at Louisville's Male High School before attending Louisville, Redman's collegiate honors included being named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the in 1998 and1999, earning the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 1999 and earning All-Conference USA accolades in 1998 and 1999.
As a junior, Redman passed for 4,042 yards and 29 touchdowns despite playing in just 10 regular season games. His 44-of-56, 592-yard afternoon against East Carolina that season was the nation's top single game passing performance in 1998.
After his playing days at Louisville, Redman went on to a 12-year professional career in football, including 11 years in the National Football League.
Pip Sanders - Field Hockey (1999-2002)
A four-year member of the Cardinals, Sanders is ranked third on Louisville's career assists leaderboard with 35 and seventh in career points with 73. Louisville's first All-Region selection in 2000, she went to earn NFHCA First Team All-Region accolades in each of her final three seasons.
A Second Team NFHCA All-American during her career as a Cardinal, Sanders was also a four-time All-Mid-American Conference selection and was chosen as the MAC Player of the Year in 2002. While being tabbed as the top player in the conference, she led Louisville to a share of the 2002 MAC regular season championship in field hockey.
In 2001, Sanders set the school record for single season assists with 13 and she is currently ranked tied for fourth in that category at Louisville.
DeJuan Wheat - Men's Basketball (1993-1997)
Louisville's No. 2 all-time scorer with 2,183 points, Wheat was the first player in NCAA history with career totals of at least 2,000 points, 450 assists (498 total, fifth most in school history), 300 three-point goals (323 total, second most at Louisville) and 200 steals (204 total, seventh most in school history).
A Third Team All-America honoree by Basketball Times and a finalist for the 1997 Naismith Player of the Year Award, Wheat's honored jersey hangs in the KFC Yum! Center. The 6-0 guard started a school-record 136 consecutive games and is the Cardinals' all-time leader in minutes played with 4,560. With a scoring high of 35 points against UAB, Wheat is the only player in school history to lead the Cardinals in scoring and assists for three seasons.
During his collegiate career, Wheat helped guide Louisville to a combined 95-41 record with four NCAA Tournament appearances, including advancing to the Sweet 16 and the Elite Eight in his last two seasons. After Louisville, he played 12 seasons of professional basketball internationally.