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UNLV ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE CAPSULES

LUKE SMITH, Men’s tennis — The only multiple individual NCAA champion in school history, Smith, who played singles and doubles for UNLV from 1994-97, won the NCAA singles and doubles titles in 1997. A three-time All-American and an eight-time combined conference first-team honoree, Smith earned all-league honors in doubles with four different partners.

Smith played professionally, winning a combined 26 tournaments in singles and doubles on the Challenger, Futures and Satellite professional circuits.

KIM RONDINA, Softball — A shortstop from 1994-97 and a three-time All-American and two-time conference player of the year, Rondina holds 13 single-season and career batting records. She is the school’s career leader in batting average (.415), hits (287), RBIs (171), home runs (46), doubles (53), runs scored (166) and slugging percentage (.728).

In 1997, Rondina batted .445, which remains the top single-season mark in school history. She also was a member of UNLV’s 1995 Women’s College World Series squad and played in three NCAA Tournaments.

JOE KRISTOSIK, Football — A four-year starter as a punter (1995-98), Kristosik is the only consensus first-team All-American in the history of the program. The former Bishop Gorman High School star came to UNLV as a walk-on and wound up leading the nation in punting in 1998 with a 46.2-yard average.

That year, he had a school record-tying 13 punt attempts against Brigham Young and averaged 52.5 yards, including four kicks that traveled beyond 60 yards.

MARIANNE VALLIN, Women’s tennis — The first UNLV athlete, male or female, to be named conference player of the year three times, Vallin was an eight-time All-American during her UNLV career (1994-97). She won a school-record 125 singles matches and was Player of the Year in the Big West in 1994 and 1996 and the Western Athletic Conference in 1997.

Vallin was the recipient of the 1997 Gladys Heldman Award, which goes to the nation’s top female student-athlete. She also was the 1997 NCAA Woman of the Year in Nevada.

AL McDANIELS, Track and field — McDaniels’ women’s track teams won five Big West championships and produced 60 individual champions, 40 All-Americans and two NCAA individual champions. Sheila Tarr-Smith (1984 heptathlon) and Trena Hull (1987 indoor 1,000 meters) won national titles under his watch.

In 1992, McDaniels’ team finished sixth at the NCAA outdoor championships, the program’s best-ever showing. He initially came to UNLV in 1970 as an assistant football coach and by 1975 was the head track coach, a job he held until 1992.

1998 MEN’S GOLF TEAM — UNLV’s second national championship squad shot 34 under par to win the NCAA title in Albuquerque, N.M. Coached by Dwaine Knight, the team set the NCAA record for lowest total in history and also set a record for lowest team score after two rounds at 23 under. Members included All-Americans Charley Hoffman, Bill Lunde, Jeremy Anderson and Chris Berry.

1995 WOMEN’S SOFTBALL TEAM — The third-ever UNLV team to reach the Women’s College World Series, the ’95 squad went 49-14, was ranked No. 3 in the nation and is the only UNLV softball team to win a conference title outright after finishing 27-5 in the Big West. Coached by Shan McDonald, the team had a 15-game winning streak that year.

DR. JAMES CALLAWAY, Distinguished contributor — A native Nevadan and longtime supporter of Rebel athletics, Callaway has served as team dentist for UNLV’s programs since 1977.

STEVE CARP/REVIEW-JOURNAL

 

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