Dec. 17, 2015
M Club Hall of Fame
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced seven new 2015 inductees to the M Club Hall of Fame. Included in that group are men’s basketball players Lloyd Walton (1972-75) and Steve Novak (2002-06), women’s cross country/track and field athletes Amy (Erickson) Gallagher (1995-98) and Michaela Courtney (2002-06), women’s volleyball player Theresa Coughlin (2002-05), women’s soccer player Laura Boyer (2005-08) and men’s golfer Mike Van Sickle (2005-09).
The individuals will be honored in a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 12 in the Alumni Memorial Union Ballroom. Registration information and further details will be available at a date in the near future.
Lloyd Walton (Men’s Basketball, 1972-76) was a member of some of the best men’s basketball teams in MU history and was Al McGuire’s top facilitator during the 1970s. Walton helped MU to an NCAA runner-up finish in 1974 with a national title game loss to N.C. State and ended his career in 1976 with the top three single-season assist totals in program history. Walton averaged 11.6 points and 5.5 rebounds over the course of his three seasons and was awarded Basketball Weekly Second Team All-America honors as a senior. He helped MU to a record of 76-11 while starting all 87 games and leading Marquette to three NCAA tournament appearances. He ended his tenure 14th in scoring with 1,006 points and currently sits 45th in points and fifth in career assists (480).
Walton, the eighth former player under McGuire to earn induction, was a third round selection (40th overall) of the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1976 NBA draft and spent five seasons with the Bucks and Kansas City Kings.
Amy (Erickson) Gallagher (Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field, 1995-98) was the most dominant distance runner in the formative years of Conference USA and was a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree. Over her career, she was a nine-time Conference USA individual champion in either cross country or track and field and was named to the league’s cross country all-decade team in 2005 along with fellow M Club Hall of Famer Brianna Dahm.
The former Amy Erickson was a four-time all-conference performer in cross country, leading the Golden Eagles to 1995 and 1997 C-USA team championships and a runner-up finish in 1996. The Two Rivers, Wisconsin native was the C-USA individual champion at the 1997 meet and earned NCAA All-America honors after a 26th-place finish at that year’s NCAA Championship, her third-straight year qualifying for the meet. In indoor track and field, she helped MU to C-USA team titles in 1996 and 1997 and picked up consecutive gold medals in the 5,000-meter run in 1997 and 1998. She also repeated in 1996 and 1997 in the 5k at the C-USA outdoor meet and captured three-straight 10k championships from 1996-98 on her way to an 11th-place finish at the 1997 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the event.
Steve Novak (Men’s Basketball, 2002-06) cemented himself as Marquette’s most deadly shooter in program history during a career which spanned from a 2003 Final Four run to MU’s entrance into the BIG EAST in 2005-06. Novak ended his career by shooting 46.1 percent from three-point range (354-of-768) and hitting 93.1 percent (243-of-261) of his attempts from the free throw line. That free throw percentage included an astronomical 97.4 percent during his senior year in which he missed on just two of 76 shots from the charity stripe. The Brown Deer, Wisconsin native burst onto the scene as a freshman by helping MU to its first Final Four appearance since 1977. Novak earned Conference USA Sixth Man of the Year and All-Freshman Team recognition as a rookie and was also named to the NCAA All-Midwest Regional Team after connecting on five 3-pointers against No. 1 Kentucky in the Elite Eight.
The 2006 All-BIG EAST First Team selection made another big first impression as a senior in MU’s first BIG EAST matchup versus then-No. 2 Connecticut at the Bradley Center. Novak poured in 41 points, still a BIG EAST record for a player in their league debut, and 16 rebounds, as the Golden Eagles throttled the Huskies, 94-79, on Jan. 4, 2006. After a career year in which he averaged a team-high 17.5 points per game and set the current BIG EAST record with 70 3-pointers in league action, Novak was selected by the Houston Rockets in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2006 NBA draft. The 15th-leading scorer in MU history was the sixth player to reach 1,500 points and 500 rebounds in his Marquette career and was the co-recipient of the 2006 McCahill Award.
Theresa Coughlin (Women’s Volleyball, 2002-06) was a three-time second team all-conference (C-USA (twice) and BIG EAST) selection and still ranks as Marquette volleyball’s all-time leader with 1,733 kills and 4,365 attacks. Coughlin led the Golden Eagles to a runner-up finish in the 2004 Conference USA tournament, their first league title match appearance in program history, and was also named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team in 2002. The outside hitter paced MU in kills in each of her final three seasons and ranked among the conferences’ top-10 attackers each year. The Chicago native earned AVCA All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention as a sophomore and was named to all-tournament teams eight times over the course of her career.
Michaela Courtney (Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field, 2003-07) sits atop the women’s track and field record book in three middle distance events and is the most recent women’s track athlete to garner NCAA All-America honors with a fifth-place finish in the 1,500-meter run at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Courtney’s time of 4:17.44 stands as MU’s gold standard in the event, while she also set the mile all-time mark (4:43.07) with a 16th-place finish at the 2006 NCAA indoor meet. She was an eight-time all-conference performer between both indoor and outdoor track and field and helped the women’s cross country squad to three straight NCAA Championships (2003-06) and a pair of C-USA team titles (2003 and 2004). The three NCAA cross country appearances capped a string of a program-best stretch of six consecutive years competing at the national meet.
Laura Boyer (Women’s Soccer, 2005-08) compiled a 41-14-10 record over three seasons and completed her career near the top of every MU goalkeeping statistical category. While helping the Golden Eagles to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2005 and 2006, including the program’s first Sweet 16 berth in 2006, Boyer finished her career first all-time at MU in goals against average (0.82) and second in save percentage (81.5), career victories (41), shutouts (23) and minutes played (6,050:46). She still ranks in the top-five of all career goalkeeping stats at Marquette and remains its single-season leader in wins (19) and saves (112), each of which was recorded in 2005.
The Overland Park, Kansas native was MU’s first-ever M.A.C. Herman Award candidate in 2006 and was a two-time All-BIG EAST selection. For her work in the classroom, she was honored with CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Third Team All-America honors in 2007 and was a two-time academic all-district pick. The 2012 McCahill Award winner was also recognized by Soccer Buzz as an all-region and third team all-American in 2005 as well as an NCSAA all-region choice.
Mike Van Sickle (Men’s Golf, 2005-09) left Marquette as its most decorated men’s golfer in program history as a three-time PING All-American and the 2009 BIG EAST Conference Men’s Golfer of the Year. As a senior, Van Sickle ranked among the top-10 amateur golfers in the world in both the Golfweek and R&A World Amateur rankings following a fall campaign during which he won four of six tournaments, including three straight. He finished the 2008-09 season among the national leaders in wins and scoring average and led NCAA Division I in birdies (165), while ending his career as MU’s all-time leader in five statistical categories, including victories and scoring average. The Wexford, Pennsylvania native capped his career by winning the Byron Nelson Award for academic and athletic accomplishment in 2009 and was also one of 10 semifinalists for The Ben Hogan Award. He recorded top-five finishes in half of the 48 collegiate events in which he competed and helped Marquette claim its first-ever BIG EAST team title in any sport as a junior in 2008.
Van Sickle also excelled academically, claiming a pair of Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar accolades as well as CoSIDA Academic All-District V Second Team honors in 2009. A three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star, he was named as MU’s BIG EAST BIG EAST Institutional Male Scholar Athlete of the Year following his senior campaign, while also garnering MU’s McCahill and Ralph H. Metcalfe Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete awards.