Aug. 14, 2002
Tallahassee, Fla. –
Football great Warrick Dunn, track and field star Leander McKenzie, baseball All-American and Olympic gold medalist Doug Mientkiewicz and softball superstar Shamalene Wilson-Broner will be inducted into the Florida State Athletic Hall of Fame Aug 30 at the University Center Club. Gene Deckerhoff, the long-time voice of the Seminoles, will receive the Moore-Stone Award recognizing his contributions to the success of the Seminole athletics program. Former Seminole football great Burt Reynolds will be the special guest at the 25th anniversary event.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. Nearly 400 Seminole supporters, including almost 100 current Hall of Fame members, are expected to attend. Tickets are $40 each and can be obtained by calling Kim McWilliams at (850) 893-6108 or email@example.com.
Warrick Dunn entered Florida State a fighter, a survivor and one of the top 10 high school football players in Louisiana. In his first year as a Seminole, the running back earned Freshman All-America honors as he helped lead Florida State to its first National Championship in 1993. The Baton Rouge native went on to become the first two-time 1,000 yard rusher in Florida State history, a pre-season Playboy All-American and the MVP of the 1994 Sugar Bowl. Dunn still holds the career rushing record of nearly 4,000 yards. He became only the sixth FSU football player to have his jersey retired. Dunn became a two-sport All-American after a standout spring season with the Seminole track team. Warrick was a first-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he had two 1,000-yard rushing seasons and was invited to the Pro Bowl twice. Off the field, the former Seminole set up a Home for the Holidays program, awarding single working mothers a down payment for a furnished home. The program has gained national attention as over 40 children have benefited from his foundation.
Former Godby High School track star Leander McKenzie set the pace in high school and was listed as the top hurdler in the nation and held the state’s fastest time in the 800. At Florida State, Leander was listed as the number one junior hurdler in the world and captured Metro Conference titles in high hurdles, the intermediate hurdles and one as a member of Florida State’s 1,600-meter relay team. The relay team placed 12th at the NCAA Championship and as an individual, Leander became a national qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles. McKenzie also took titles at the USA Junior National Championship and the Junior Pan American Games. In 1984, Leander was listed as the 10th best intermediate hurdler in the United States and ran his personal best at the Olympic trials. He placed fourth and picked up points in the 110 hurdles with an 11th place finish. One of the most exciting moments of his career came when McKenzie’s 4 x 400 meter hurdle relay team set a world record at the Domino’s Pizza Relays. McKenzie never lost an individual Metro Conference race and was a six time All-American in the 400 hurdles and the 4×400. He was the only Metro athlete to win four consecutive MVP honors. Leander’s school record in the 400 hurdles that he set at the USA Championship held for 10 years until it was broken in 1995.
Doug Mientkiewicz led the Seminole baseball team with a .371 batting average, 19 home runs and 80 RBIs in his final year at Florida State. He was a member of Team USA where he led the team of all-stars with 10 home runs and 41 RBI’s and was awarded the Fighting Spirit Award. His leadership helped Florida State earn its first ACC Championship and he was named the MVP of the Atlantic I Regional as a senior. He ranks 10th in the Florida State record book for batting average and slugging percentage and was named to the CWS All-Decade Team of the 1990s. In 1995, the left-handed first baseman signed with the Minnesota Twins after playing several seasons in the minor leagues. He was a member of the Gold-medal winning Olympic team in Sydney, Australia and has earned numerous honors as a major leaguer including the Most Valuable Twin and the Rawlings Golden Glove Award.
Shamalene Wilson entered Florida State as a four-time All-Conference selection, MVP of the North-South All-Stars and Player of the Year in high school. The Dade City, Fla., native wasted no time making her impact on Seminole softball and was named ACC Freshman of the Year in 1993. The outfielder became a three-time All-American, a three-time All-Region selection and ACC Player of the Year during her career with the Lady Seminoles. She left her name in the record book in 11 categories and helped lead the Tribe to three ACC Championships, four NCAA Regional berths and a trip to the College World Series. After graduating, Shamalene spent two seasons in the women’s professional fastpitch league where she was named Defensive Player of the Year and selected to the All-Star team. In 1998, Wilson returned to Dade City and married Poncho Broner. She works for her alma mater, Pasco High and she and Poncho have two children, Kiara and Kobe.
For nearly 30 years, Deckerhoff has been hosting coaches shows and serving as the on-air talent for the Seminoles. In 1989, he added the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to his weekend schedule and has also served as the play-by-play announcer for AFL teams, the Tampa Bay Storm and the Orlando Predators. Deckerhoff is a nine-time winner of the Florida Sportscaster of the Year Award and 18-time winner of the best play-by-play announcer for college and pro ball. In 2000, he was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. Gene also received an ADDY Award for the best regional TV promo for “The Bobby Bowden Show” in 1986 and in 1991 won a silver medal award from the American Advertising Association. Gene has been married to the lovely Ann Deckerhoff for over 37 years and they have three sons, Emerson, Dennis and Eric and six grandchildren. In the off-season, Gene enjoys traveling with his family, woodworking, photography and cooking.