Event Details

  • Date:
    Saturday, September 17, 2016
    6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Cocktail Reception and Induction Ceremony
  • Location:
    McDonough Center
    Hall of Fame Room
    Wheeling Jesuit University
    316 Washington Ave. Wheeling, WV

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Join ​Wheeling ​Jesuit ​University ​Saturday, ​September 17, ​for ​an ​evening ​of ​food, ​drink ​and ​entertainment in honor of our 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees!

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Ticket Pricing

Tickets are $50
WJU Graduates from 2006-2016, tickets are $25

Inductees

Christy and Matt Benner - Volleyball Coaches


The Benners took over the reigns of the volleyball program in 2002 and since that time, they have turned the Wheeling Jesuit volleyball program into the most successful team at the university. In their 14 seasons as the head coach (Christy) and assistant coach (Matt), the Cardinals have a 459-114 record and have had 11 seasons with 30 wins. During the 2015 campaign the volleyball team won WJU's first team National Championship and ended the year with the most wins in a season - 39. Under the Benners direction, the Cardinals have won 12 conference regular season titles, nine conference tournament titles and five NCAA Atlantic Regional championships. Their teams have made three NCAA Elite Eight appearances and one Final Four appearance.

William Barrett - Rugby '85


Barrett was a four-year starter and three-year captain for the WJU rugby team from 1982-85. He is credited with rejuvenating the rugby club. Under his leadership, the team reversed its fortune, recording a 7-1 record with wins over Pitt, Carnegie Mellon and St. Bonaventure. His teammate, Jerry Sullivan, said in his nomination letter, "Bill's unselfish dedication to the team required him to play multiple positions, which he did with great proficiency. He typically led the team in tackles and scoring all four years. I can think of no rugby player more valuable to the program during our 'underdog club years' than Bill."

Sergei Bykov - Track & Field '98


A native of the Ukraine and junior college transfer, Bykov jumped into the Wheeling Jesuit and NCAA record books in the triple jump. He was the university's first individual to win a national championship winning that distinction in 1997 with a jump of 54-feet, 10-inches. In 1997 and 1998, he was ranked in top 20 in world rankings. His best jump as a Cardinal came at the Billy Hayes Invitational, where he recorded a leap of 55-feet, three inches. Bykov was a three time NCAA All-American.

Hong Yong Bi - Track & Field '03


Bi was a three-year member of the Cardinal track team. He was ranked among the best in the world in the high jump in 2001 and 2002. His best jump at WJU came in 2001 at Penn State with a leap of seven-feet, three-inches. Bi was the NCAA DII Indoor National Champion in high jump in 2001, when he recorded a jump of seven-feet, one and a half-inches. He was a three-time NCAA DII All-American in the high jump, a two-time WVIAC champion in the high jump and a two-time WVIAC champion in the triple jump.