August 30, 2007 - by
Florida State To Induct Nine Into Athletics Hall Of Fame

Aug. 30, 2007





The Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame will induct nine new members on Friday, September 7 and a limited number of tickets are available to the public.  FSU will induct football stars Derrick Alexander, Gary Pajcic and Jack Shinholser, tennis great Audra Brannon, track and field star Brenda Cliette, volleyball legend Bernie McCann, baseball great Chris Roberts, former coach, administrator and football player Larry Pendleton and long-time chair of the Athletics Committee, Charles W. Ehrhardt. 


 


            The banquet will be held at the University Center Club with a reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by the banquet at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $75.00 each and can be purchased by calling (850) 893-6108.


 


Derrick Alexander


Football


 


Jacksonville, FL native Derrick Alexander signed with FSU in 1991 and played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman in 1992.  His explosive pass rush became evident his sophomore year as he finished that 1993 season second on the team in total tackles with 100.  He dominated the national championship game against Nebraska with 11 tackles and was named to four All-America teams.


 


As a junior in 1994, Alexander was one of the top players in the country and one of the preseason favorites for both the Lombardi and Outland Trophies.  He was named the ACC Player of the Year following the season and was a consensus All-America selection earning first-team honors on all seven All-America squads. 


 


Minnesota selected him in the first round of the NFL draft following his junior year and he played there three seasons and then one year with the Cleveland Browns.


 


Audra Brannon


Tennis


 


Audra Brannon played No. 1 singles for the Seminoles all four years at FSU from 1991-94 and played on the No. 1 doubles team her last three years.  She finished with 96 singles wins and 83 doubles match victories.  She was a three time All-ACC selection and capped her conference career as the 1994 ACC Player of the Year. 


 


Brannon became the first singles All-American in FSU history when she earned the ranking at the NCAA Championships in 1994.  As a junior, she teamed with Laura Randmaa to become the first doubles All-Americans in FSU history.  Brannon and Randmaa were ranked as high as 17th in the nation. 


 


She received her degree in nutrition and fitness from FSU in 1995 and enjoyed a two year career on the WTA tour.  


 


Brenda Cliette


Track and Field


 


Brenda Cliette lettered in both basketball and track for the Seminoles as a freshman in 1983.  She led the basketball team to a 24-6 record and it’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.  Just a month later, Cliette was racing down the track winning gold medals at the World University Games and the Pan American Games.  She was a three-time All-American as a freshman at the NCAA Championships in 1983.  She would later be named FSU Female Athlete of the Year.


 


Cliette focused solely on track after her first year and went on to win gold medals at the World University Games, the US Olympic Festival and the Goodwill Games.  As a sophomore in 1984, Cliette was a four-time All-American in the sprints and helped lead the Seminoles to the outdoor National Championship.  She was selected as an alternate in the 200 meters for the United States Olympic Track team that competed in Los Angeles. 


 


Charles W. Ehrhardt


Coaches and Administration


 


Distinguished FSU law professor Charles W. Ehrhardt served as the Chair of the FSU Athletics Board and filled the role as the university’s representative to the NCAA for 20 years from 1984-2003


 


Ehrhardt served as president of the NCAA’s Faculty Athletic Representative Association, member of the NCAA’s President’s Liaison Commission and the President’s Commission to study the enforcement and infraction process.  He was twice named president of the Metro Conference and once of the ACC as well as serving as a member of the NCAA’s Eligibility Committee. 


 


The Ladd Professor of Evidence in the FSU College of Law, Ehrhardt literally wrote the book on evidence in the state of Florida and is among the nation’s top experts on the subject. 


 


Bernie McCann


Volleyball


 


Bernie McCann entered Florida State in 1953 after graduating from Saint Ann High School in West Palm Beach.   As a freshman, McCann was fulfilling his physical education credits at FSU in a class taught by men’s volleyball coach Bill Odeneal who invited Bernie to try out for the varsity team.  McCann immediately became one of the mainstays of the team for his entire four years at Florida State. 


 


In 1955, the volleyball team brought home FSU’s very first national championship, winning the Collegiate Division of the United States Volleyball Association’s National Tournament.  After a third place finish in 1956, the Seminoles took the National Championship crown again in 1957. During his standout career, McCann became the first three-time, first-team All-American in any sport at Florida State. 


 


Gary Pajcic


Moore Stone Award


 


A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Gary Pajcic quarterbacked Paxon High where he was All-State in both football and basketball and Florida’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1965.


 


Once at FSU, Pajcic enjoyed immediate success starring on the freshmen team in the fall of 1965 before taking over as the starting quarterback on the varsity.  Pajcic earned honorable mention All-America honors as sophomore in 1966 throwing for over 1,500 yards and eight touchdowns.  Among his touchdown passes that year, which ranked third best in school history at the time, was an 86-yarder to best friend Ron Sellers against Wake Forest.   


 


Following the 1966 season, Pajcic suffered an arm injury that put him behind a pair of eventual FSU Hall of Famers Kim Hammond and Bill Cappleman.  However, his reputation as a passer made him one of the most reliable and memorable quarterbacks in Seminole history.


 


Larry Pendleton


Coaches and Administration


 


Larry Pendleton played offensive guard and linebacker for the Seminoles from 1966-68 on teams that went to the Sun, Gator and Peach Bowls. He started 33 consecutive games and was twice selected to the Florida All-Star team. 


 


Pendleton returned to his alma mater in 1973 as a graduate assistant football coach under Larry Jones and coached the offensive line in 1974-75 under Darryl Mudra.  In 1976, he moved into the athletic academic advising department and in 1980 was elevated to Assistant Athletic Director where he handled operations, scheduling, and travel arrangements for the Florida State men’s basketball team.   In addition, he was at the forefront of some of the Seminole facility expansions and improvements in the late 1970’s and through the 80s. 


 


After an 18-year career in the Seminole athletic department, Larry took the position as CEO and president of the Florida Sports Foundation, the official sports promotion and development organization for the State of Florida.


 


Chris Roberts


Baseball


 


When Chris Roberts reported to FSU in the fall of 1989, he was the highest drafted player ever to play baseball for the Seminoles and his impact was immediate as he was named a second-team Freshman All-American by Baseball America in 1990.  As a sophomore, he was named Metro Conference Player of the Year, MVP of the South Regional and earned All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball (2nd team)  and Baseball America (3rd team).  For the season, “Mr. Versatile” as he was appropriately nicknamed, hit .321 with 14 homeruns and 77 RBIs as an outfielder and posted a 7-2 with a 3.52 ERA as a left-handed pitcher. 


 


He earned first-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America as a junior in 1992.  In three seasons with the Seminoles, Roberts had a 23-8 record as a pitcher while batting .301 with 32 homeruns and led the Seminoles to the College World Series in 1991 and 1992. 


 


Roberts played on the USA Olympic team in 1992 before the Mets picked him in the first round of the 1992 draft.  He played nine years of professional baseball before retiring.


 


Jack Shinholser


Football


 


Jack Shinholser was an all-city, all-state and honorable mention all-american linebacker at Chamberlain High in Tampa, FL in 1961. 


 


Shinholser took a dominant role on the Seminole line as a sophomore in 1962.  Although undersized at 208 pounds, he more than held his own and quickly earned a reputation as a ferocious player.


 


Shinholser was credited with possibly the biggest defensive play of the 1963 season when he caused a Florida fumble inside the FSU five yard line that killed the Gator drive.  He went on to be named National Lineman of the Week for his performance against the Gators and was later the Outstanding Lineman of the 1964 Sun Bowl.  He ranked third in tackles as a senior and was named Playboy Magazine pre-season All-American, and honorable mention All-American by both the Associated Press and UPI in 1964.


 


“The Wrecker” as he was called by his teammates was drafted in the ninth round by the Washington Redskins and later by the Oakland Raiders in the AFL.


 


 


 


 

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