Muskingum announces newest inductees to Athletic Hall of Fame
NEW CONCORD, OHIO, September 21, 2012 - The Muskingum University Athletic Hall of Fame will admit four new members at its annual induction ceremony on Saturday, October 13 at the M-Club Breakfast. The event will be held on campus as part of Muskingum's 91st Homecoming Weekend. Joining the Hall of Fame will be Doug Morgan '90, Laurie Deal '93, Ashley Layman Bennett '02 and Rex Hoon '48. [2012 Homecoming schedule of events]
The honorees will also be recognized during halftime at the Homecoming football game against John Carroll University, which kicks off in McConagha Stadium at 1:30 p.m. They will join 146 other Muskies who have been selected for this prestigious honor in the last 32 years. [Induction speeches on the MSN]
Doug Morgan '90
Morgan capped his Muskingum career with the Ohio Athletic Conference’s Mike Gregory Award, which recognizes the top offensive lineman in the league. His accomplishments on the field earned him Pizza Hut and Don Henson All-American honors in 1989. Morgan was a two-time All-OAC honoree and a 1989 Preseason All-American. Morgan graduated from Muskingum in 1990 with a B.A. in business administration.
Laurie Deal '93
Deal, who was a four-year letterwinner, ended her outstanding career with 1,060 points. She was a member of three straight NCAA Tournament teams and helped lead Muskingum to the 1991 NCAA Tournament Final Four, where the Muskies finished second in the nation. Deal was a member of the 1991 Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship team and the 1993 OAC regular season championship team. During her tenure, Deal was named All-OAC and was honored with the Anne White Strive for Excellence Award, bestowed only to two-sport student-athletes. Deal was named All-OAC in track and set the school record in the high jump at 5-foot-3 inches. Deal graduated from Muskingum in 1993 with a B.A. in speech communication.
Ashley Layman Bennett '02
Layman was a three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference and All-Great Lakes Region honoree. She was a three-time Academic All-OAC honoree and earned the prestigious Academic All-American award in 2001-02. Layman helped lead Muskingum to OAC regular season championships in 1998 and 1999 and guided the Muskies to the OAC Tournament championships in 1998 and 1999. Layman was a key member of the 1998 and 1999 NCAA Regional championship teams. In 1998, Muskingum advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight and in 1999 Muskingum finished third in the nation at the NCAA Tournament. Layman was honored with the OAC’s highest academic honor, the Clyde A. Lamb Scholar-Athlete Award, for the 2001-02 year. Layman ranks first all-time at Muskingum in career blocks with 650 and second all-time with 1,479 kills. Layman graduated from Muskingum in 2002 with a B.S. in business and psychology.
Rex Hoon '48
Hoon earned 11 lettermen awards at Muskingum. He was a four-year letterwinner in football and track and three-year letterwinner in basketball. He was named All-Ohio Athletic Conference in 1946 for football and set the Muskingum record in the discus in 1948. Hoon is a staunch supporter of Muskingum and an avid and loyal fan of Muskingum athletics. He had a 30-year distinguished career in education and teaching and is a veteran of the United States Army. During his World War II service from1943-46, Hoon fought in Italy and helped liberate France. He received the Purple Heart and was named a Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic in 2009. The award is the highest honor bestowed upon individuals by the French government. Hoon graduated from Muskingum in 1948 with a B.A. in health and physical education.