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Florida State Athletic Hall of Fame 1997 Induction Ceremony

Friday, September 12, 1997

Inductee Procession

Greeting – Gene Deckerhoff, Master of Ceremonies

Welcome – Dave Hart, Jr., Director of Athletics

Invocation – Dick Hermann, Hall of Fame, 1985


Introduction of Special Guests – Doug Mannheimer, Hall of Fame Committee

Presentation of Hall of Fame Inductees and the Moore-Stone Award – Gene Deckerhoff

Charge to the Hall of Fame – Dave Hart, Jr.

Special thanks to the Hall of Fame Committee

Dee Frye-Davis, Dr. Ed Fernald, Dr. Jim Jones,

Vaughn Mancha, Doug Mannheimer, Mel Pope,

Barbara Palmer, Buddy Strauss, Rob Wilson.

Buffy Baker * Women’s Tennis

A four-year letterwinner for the Florida State women’s tennis team, Buffy Baker ranks among the program’s all-time leaders in victories.
Leading the Seminoles each season, the native of Nashville, Tenn., accumulated 94 singles wins at the No. 1 and 2 positions throughout her career. She was named to the All-Metro Conference team in each of those seasons and was the team’s MVP all four seasons.
Besides her impressive singles accomplishments, Baker was also an established doubles player as well. She was crowned the Metro Conference champion at the No. 1 doubles position for three straight years, 1989-91.
Ranked among the nation’s top 30 singles players following her freshman campaign, she entered her sophomore season ranked No. 26 by the Volvo Collegiate Rankings. In the 1989 season, she began the fall with the top singles title at the Roberta Alison Southern Intercollegiate championships all the way to a 28-7 overall record at the Seminoles top singles spot.
She closed out her playing career in 1991 by winning the Metro Conference crown at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. She earned all-tournament team and the Metro’s Most Valuable Player honors while leading the team to a first-place finish ahead of South Carolina.

Kim Batten * Track & Field

During her four years at Florida State, Kim Batten established herself as one of the finest track athletes in school history. Batten starred in multiple events for the Lady Seminoles including the long jump, triple jump, and the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes.
A nine-time All-American, Batten set school marks in all three hurdle events (55m, 100m and 400m) from 1988-91 and advanced to the NCAA Championships each year. Batten was named the Metro Conference’s Most Outstanding Female Athlete in each of FSU’s last three years in the league.
As a professional, Batten has recorded some of the greatest honors on the world track and field circuit. She set the world record in the 400-meter hurdles with a mark at the 1995 World Championships in Goteborg, Sweden with a time of 52.61.
In February of 1996, Batten received the ESPY Award for Women’s Track and Field Performer of the Year, beating out Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Gwen Torrence in the voting. At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the FSU graduate won the silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles.
Batten came to FSU relatively unrecruited despite being a prep All-American at East High School in Rochester, NY. She served as a volunteer assistant coach during the 1996 season.

Dee Frye-Davis * Administrative

Perhaps there is no more fitting person in the Florida State Hall of Fame than 1997 inductee Dee Frye-Davis. From 1956 until her retirement in 1990, Dee was one of the most recognzable figures within the Florida State Athletic Department. Dee worked for every Athletic Director in the history of Seminole athletics as she remained on duty part-time following her retirement to coordinate the annual Hall of Fame and team reunion ceremonies.
Dee Frye-Davis’ first assignment in 1956 was secretary under FSU’s first Physical Education and Athletic Director Howard Danford and for most of her 34-year career she was in charge of the department’s personnel matters. However, her talents made her invaluable to the fledgling athletic department and over her career her responsibilities ranged from selling tickets, to the design and advertising sales for the football program, to hosting in the football press box, to just about every duty one could imagine.
Dee Frye-Davis helped establish the FSU Hall of Fame under then athletic director John Bridgers in 1977 and has been instrumental to its success ever since. She even likes to tell people that she was the first to urge FSU to hire Bobby Bowden back in the early 70s, but would not get her wish until the third time around.
Ms. Davis truly was FSU’s “right hand lady.”

Lawrence Dawsey * Football

Lawrence Dawsey came to Florida State as a little-known tailback from Dothan, Ala., and left the program as one of the Seminoles’ all-time great wide receivers. Over his four year career from 1987-90, Dawsey caught 128 passes for 2,129 yards – only FSU legends Ron Sellers and Fred Biletnikoff caught more passes for the Seminoles.
Dawsey was named first team Associated Press All-American following a spectacular senior season in 1990 when he caught 65 passes for 999 yards. The reception and yardage totals ranked fourth on the FSU all-time lists and his performance was the best for a Seminole receiver in 18 years.
A remarkably consistent player with great determination and courage, Dawsey tied Ron Sellers’ school record of 30 consecutive games with at least one reception with a dramatic 76-yard touchdown catch on the second play of a 45-30 win over Florida. He had 20 touchdown receptions over his career which ranks as the fourth highest total in Seminole history. Dawsey was a team captain as a senior and the Seminoles posted a 42-6 record over his four years including four straight finishes among the Associated Press Top Four.

Ronald O. Harrison * Track & Field

In only two years of action on the Florida State track team, Ron Harrison made his mark as one of the Seminoles’ all-time greats.
Harrison joined the FSU track program as a junior after transferring from Florida Southern. He was a major contributor in his first year of competition, but it was his final year of 1960 that he made his mark on the track scene. At the News-Piedmont Relays, Harrison won the 100-yard dash and anchored three winning relay teams on his way to earning the meet’s outstanding performer award. The Orlando native also led Florida State to victories over Miami, LSU and Florida. In a match-up with the SEC’s top sprinter from LSU, Harrison won the 100-yard dash with a time of 9.7 seconds. His finest performance came in the Florida AAU 220-yard dash when he set a school and track record at 20.3 seconds, only three-tenths of a second off the world record.
Following his senior year, Harrison was given the first ever James Liteky Memorial Award. He was also named the Florida State Athlete of the Year by the Florida Flambeau, becoming the first track athlete to win the award.
While at FSU, Harrison began his military career as an ROTC cadet. Harrison received several meritorious awards in his years with the army as a Major General. On March 1, 1992 he was appointed as the Adjutant General of Florida with the responsibility of supervising the administration, training, and operation of the Florida National Guard.

Nolan Henke * Men’s Golf

Nolan Henke was a member of the Seminole men’s golf team from 1983 thru 1987 and has already been inducted into the Florida State Golf Hall of Fame.
While playing for the Seminoles, Henke won seven tournaments, along with the 1986 Porter Cup, the 1987 American Amateur and the 1987 Monroe Invitational. Henke earned first-team All-American honors in 1987 after finishing second the NCAA Tournament. He also garnered All-American honors in 1985 and 1986, and is Florida State’s only three-time All-American.
Henke qualified for the PGA Tour immediately after graduating from Florida State. He has won three tournaments on the PGA Tour. Henke won his first professional tournament, the B.C. Open, in 1990.
In 1991, Henke won the Phoenix Open, finished tied for 5th in the Tour Championship and had six top 10 finishes. In the last six years he has finished in the top seven in three different major championships and has been in the top 10 nine times in that span. Henke won the BellSouth Classic in 1993, a year he also finished sixth in the PGA Tour and seventh in the U.S. Open.

Gabrielle Reece * Volleyball

The most famous alumni of Florida State volleyball, Gabrielle Reece has gone on to pursue a career in the sport she loves.
A Lady Seminole from 1987-90, Reece quickly established herself as a force on the volleyball court. She holds the FSU career and single season record for solo blocks (240 and 69) as well as the career record for total blocks (747). She garnered AVCA All-Region honors in 1989 and was a Metro All-Conference selection in 1989 and 1990. As a junior, Reece was named to the Metro All-Tournament Team after helping to lead Florida State to the Metro Conference Championship.
Reece did not go unnoticed nationally either. She was pegged the 1989 Dodge National Athletic Awards Most Inpiring Collegiate Athlete and was among Rolling Stone Magazine’s Wonder Women of Sport that same year.
Reece went on to play professional volleyball as the captain of Team Nike for the Bud Light four-woman beach volleyball tour. In addition to her playing career, Reece is also a supermodel, Nike spokesperson and television celebrity.
She has served as co-host for a popular MTV sports television show and had her own syndicated show, “The Extremist”, on CBS. Reece was chosen as one of the five most beautiful women in the world by Elle Magazine and was among People Magazine’s 50 most beautiful people. She recently added author to her resume. Reece co-authored her first book entitled “Big Girl in the Middle” which was released in the summer of 1997.

Derek Schmidt * Football

Derek Schmidt rewrote the Florida State record books as the Seminoles’ kicker from 1984 to 1987. When Schmidt graduated in 1987, he left as Florida State’s all-time leading scorer and had set the NCAA record with 393 career points.
Schmidt led Florida State in scoring in each of his four seasons as a Seminole. As a sophomore, Schmidt was selected to the All-South Independent and All-Metro Conference teams and received Associated Press and UPI All-American honorable mention. In 1986, he made 108 consecutive PATs, was named to the All-South Independent Second Team and earned Associated Press All-American honorable mention.
As a senior, Schmidt was second in the country in scoring and was named an Associated Press Third Team All-American. Schmidt set several records at Florida State including the longest field goal of 54 yards, most field goals made with 73, best career field goal percentage at 70.2 percent, most PATs made with 174 and most consecutive PATs made with 108. All but one of Schmidt’s Florida State records still stand today, and he ranks fourth on the all-time leading scorer list in the NCAA record books.

John D. “Jack” Sharp * Gymnastics

After a stunning win on rings for the University of Illinois at the Big Ten Championships in 1949, Jack Sharp followed his Illini head coach, Dr. Hartley Price, to the newly formed Florida State University Gymnastics team. He would join a number of Olympic and international athletes who flocked to the new FSU program making it one of the nation’s best.
As a captain of the FSU team in 1952, Sharp led the Seminoles through a remarkable string of wins that included, in succession, the Florida, Georgia and Alabama AAU’s, the Southern Intercollegiates and, ultimately, the 1952 National Collegiate Championship. The national championship was the second in a row for the FSU Gymnastics team. Individually, Sharp won a gold medal to become the National Collegiate Association Swinging Rings champion in 1952.
A native of Philadelphia, John D. “Jack” Sharp rose to the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Air Force following his graduation from FSU and was a member of the Military Advisory Council at the Center for Defense Information in Washington, D.C.

Paul Sorrento * Baseball

Paul Sorrento, the Seminoles’ starting rightfielder in 1984-86, was one of Florida State’s most feared hitters in FSU baseball history.
Sorrento, a left-handed hitter from Peabody, Mass., began his Seminole career with a bang as he hit 17 home runs and drove in 68 runs in his freshman campaign to earn a spot on Baseball America’s Freshman All-American team. In 1985, he set a school record by reaching base 13 consecutive times in the Metro Conference Tournament and garnered all-tournament team honors for his efforts. Sorrento earned All-Metro and All-Metro Tournament team honors in each of his three seasons as a Seminole.
Sorrento was the club’s power man as a junior, leading the Seminoles with 22 home runs and 86 RBI in 1986, as Florida State came up one game short of a national championship in the College World Series. His achievements of that magical season earned him Baseball America All-American (2nd team) honors. He finished his three-year career at Florida State with a .352 batting average, 48 home runs and 222 RBI.
The California Angels organization selected Sorrento in the fourth round of the 1986 amateur draft, and he made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins in 1989. As a member of the Twins, Sorrento helped the team to a 1991 World Championship. Sorrento played for the Cleveland Indians during 1992-95 and was a member of the 1995 American League Championship team. He has played first base for the Seattle Mariners since 1996.

Dr. Scott Warren * Football

When Bobby Bowden became the Seminoles’ head coach in 1976, Scott Warren became his starting defensive end for the next four years.
Bowden named Warren a starter for the Oklahoma game in the 1976 season and he started every game from then on out. One of the toughest and most consistent players in the early Bowden era, Warren was also a member of all specialty teams.
Warren’s shining moment as a Seminole was against Florida in his junior season. Warren intercepted a Gator pass leading to a Florida State game-clinching touchdown. He earned Atlanta Journal Lineman of the Week for his outstanding performance. Warren also garnered first-team honors from Churchman’s Sports Hall of Fame for the second straight season.
After spring of pulling double duty between spring drills and working at the Tallahassee Regional Medical Center, Warren returned as a leader of the Seminole defense. He showed he had a nose for the ball as he blocked a kick, recovered a fumble, caused three fumbles and recorded six tackles for loss as a senior.

The list of Moore-Stone Award winners reads like a Who’s Who of intercollegiate athletics at Florida State and that list moved one step closer to completion with the addition Dr. Richard Baker as the 1997 award winner.
Dr. Baker distinquished himself as one of FSU’s finest teachers as a professor in the College of Business from 1950-1981. He won the first-ever Alpha Kappa Psi award for outstanding instruction based on a student poll in 1963. He has authored a number of publications and has received countless awards for his teaching and research excellence.
Dr. Baker’s selection as the Moore-Stone winner recognizes his contributions to the success of the Florida State Athletic Program as a member of the University Athletic Committee from 1970-81. He served as Chairman of the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee from 1974-1980 and, in that role, led the program on the path to the success FSU now enjoys.
Dr. Baker’s outstanding career as a professor and member of theathletic committee make him a very popular winner of the Moore-Stone Award.

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