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Welcome to the WC Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2009!

Grammes, Hardman, Noble, Rothwell inducted

October 17, 2009

The 2009 class of the Wilmington College Athletics Hall of Fame was honored during an induction dinner on campus Saturday evening.

Joining the Hall were Jerry Grammes, Bill Hardman, Eric Noble and Nyhla Rothwell.

Grammes '99 was a two-time All-America wrestler for the Quakers. Introduced by former Wilmington head wrestling coach Jim Marsh, Grammes described wrestling as the anchor of his life that provided lasting relationships and lessons.

Hardman '81 earned two All-America honors as a defender for the WC soccer team. Introduced by his mother Barbara and WC soccer coach Bud Lewis, Hardman gave an "Academy Award" acceptance speech and reflected on a team that had great chemistry, great fun and "won a lot, too."

Noble '96 established quarterbacking records that have survived the test of time. Introduced by his father Lamar Noble, Eric said a person's character should not be gauged by a yardstick. "I might be short, but I have the heart and desire to succeed," he said.

Rothwell '99 won the 1997 NCAA Indoor high jump title to become WC's first national champion. Introduced by former WC track and field coach Ronn Tillapaugh, Rothwell thanked her family for their support and her teammates for their helpful distractions. "Socializing is the best way to stay preoccupied," she said.

The Hall of Fame inductees also were introduced during halftime ceremonies of Wilmington's Homecoming football game with Otterbein.