Baltimore Orioles broadcaster Jim Hunter will headline a select group of former Brookdale Community College athletes, students and coaches to be inducted into the college’s Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 9 during an awards dinner at the Radisson Hotel in Freehold.
Hunter, a veteran broadcaster entering his 21st season as a member of the Orioles broadcast team, has also covered the Olympic Games, the Superbowl and the National League Championship Series throughout his nearly 40-year career. A 1977 graduate of St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, Hunter began his career as a Brookdale student covering the Jersey Blues for Brookdale Public Radio and as a broadcaster for WJLK Radio in Asbury Park.
The 2018 class also includes six former Jersey Blues players, acclaimed soccer and golf coach Doug Welsh and the 1983 men’s soccer team. They are the fifth cohort to join the hall of fame since it was established in 1979.
Inductees include former National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Player of the Year and first-team all-American baseball player Keith Weinkofsky, former basketball player and 1991-1992 national scoring leader Jay Ham and national champion dual-sport athlete Skye Rubel Tiplady.
Other inductees include women’s soccer pioneer Jeannie Morris Cotta, acclaimed men’s soccer defender Glenn Gargan and baseball player Tracey Pancoski, who was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1986.
Former men’s soccer coach and head golf coach Doug Welsh will be inducted for his combined 35 years of coaching success at the college, which included guiding the men’s soccer team to its first ever NJCAA national championship tournament in 1983. The longest tenured men’s soccer coach and golf coach in college history, Welsh coached numerous all-Americans and all-conference players in both sports between 1977 and 2014.
Welsh’s 1983 men’s soccer team will also be inducted in recognition of its groundbreaking success, which included an NJCAA Region XIX championship win over defending national champion Mercer County College.
The inductees, nominated by their peers and local community members, will officially join the hall during an awards dinner beginning at 6 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Radisson Hotel in Freehold. For tickets or more information click here.
Click here to view full bios for each of this year’s honorees.