Jan. 23, 2006
CHICAGO - Five members of the Loyola University Chicago athletics family will be honored for their contributions to the university when they are inducted into the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 4. The inductees will be recognized at the Ramblers' men's basketball game versus Cleveland State that afternoon at 4 p.m. A reception for the inductees and their families will follow at the conclusion of the game.
Keith Gailes (men's basketball), Lisa Kasprowicz (women's basketball), Julie McShane (volleyball), Jim Westphal (cross country/track and field) and Tom Hitcho (athletics trainer and administrator) make up the Hall of Fame Class of 2006.
The high-scoring Gailes, who starred from 1988-91, was a two-time First Team All-Midwestern Collegiate Conference performer and ranks second, behind only Alfredrick Hughes, on the Loyola career scoring list with 2,026 points. They are the only two individuals in school history to record over 2,000 points. A 24.7 points-per-game scorer for his three-year career, Gailes poured in 40 or more points on four occasions and owns four of the top 10 individual single-game scoring marks in Rambler annals. He burst onto the scene as a freshman, earning 1989 MCC Newcomer of the Year honors.
Kasprowicz (1980-84), ranks sixth on the Ramblers' career scoring chart in women's basketball and currently serves as the head women's basketball coach at Illinois-Chicago. A longtime assistant at DePaul to former Loyola men's assistant coach Doug Bruno, Kasprowicz helped Loyola to a 77-37 record in her four years in Rogers Park. She also ranks third on the Loyola career rebounding chart with 765 caroms.
A standout on the volleyball court at the setter position from 1990-92, McShane holds the Loyola record for career hitting percentage (.295) and also ranks second with 4,398 assists. A 1991 honorable mention All-American, the 1991 MCC Player of the Year also owns the school record with 66 service aces in 1990. A three-time First Team All-MCC performer, McShane dished out a school-record 1,612 assists in 1991.
Westphal was one of the most decorated runners in school history and is the only four-time All-American ever at Loyola. The 1992 Loyola Male Athlete of the Year, Westphal was also a three-time All-MCC performer in track, twice earning the same honor in cross country. Westphal twice qualified for the Olympic Trials and was a three-time member of the World Cross Country Championships team. As a senior, he finished fourth in the 10,000m at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The final inductee is current senior associate athletics director and head athletics trainer, Tom Hitcho, who is in his 29th season at the university. The last employee hired by former head basketball coach and athletics director George Ireland before his retirement, Hitcho is synonymous with Loyola Athletics. "Hitch," as he is affectionately known to those at the university, has been an associate athletics director since 1986 and was named senior associate athletics director in 2000.