The University of Utah has announced it will enshrine current head coach FD Robbins into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame Monday April 22, 2013 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. Coach Robbins will be enshrined with Michael Doleac (men’s basketball), Anne Handy Jones (women’s basketball), Theresa Kulikowski (gymnastics), Rick Majerus (men’s basketball coach).
Ute senior student-athletes will also be honored. Tickets to the banquet, which starts with a social hour at 6pm, dinner at 7pm are available to the public for $50. For more information and reservations, call Olivia in the Crimson Club office at 801-581 4521
A two-time All-American, F.D. Robbins played the No. 1 singles position all four years of his Utah career. Robbins became the second All-American in school history in 1969, and was honored once again in 1970 after reaching the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. Robbins also won the National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships during his Ute career.
Before attending the U., Robbins was the No. 2-ranked player in the nation in the under-18 singles and doubles divisions. After graduating in 1972, Robbins played on the pro circuit and was ranked as high as 20th in the nation in singles and 10th in doubles. He competed in the U.S. Open three times, reaching the third round once. He holds the record for the longest match played in US Open history after beating Dick Dell in the 2nd round in 1969: 22-20, 9-7, 6-8, 8-10, 6-4, for a total of 100 games!
As the head coach of the Utah men’s tennis team since 1987, Robbins has led Utah to four conference championships, including the 2008 Mountain West title. The Utes have also made nine NCAA tournament appearances under Robbins, with six of those coming during the outdoor season and three indoors.
All-America center Michael Doleac played an instrumental role in leading the Runnin’ Utes to the 1998 NCAA Championship game. He finished his Utah career ranked 11th in career points (1,519), seventh in rebounds (886) and third in blocked shots (124).
Doleac earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors the last two years of his career. As a senior, he was named third team All-American and first-team Academic All-American.
Utah won the WAC regular season championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all four years of his career. The Runnin’ Utes reached the Sweet 16 in 1996 and the Elite Eight in 1997. In 1998, Doleac averaged 19.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during Utah’s run to the national title game and was voted to the Final Four All-Tournament team.
Doelac was taken as the No. 12 overall pick by the Orlando Magic in the 1998 NBA Draft. He had a 10-year professional career and won an NBA Championship with the Miami Heat in 2006.
Anne Handy Jones
One of the best centers in Utah women’s basketball history, Anne Handy Jones owns the school record with 1,106 rebounds and ranks sixth in scoring with 1,706 points. A two-time all-league selection, Handy also ranks third in career free throw percentage (.800), fourth in career field goals made (688) and ninth in blocked shots at Utah.
Handy led the Utes to a pair of conference championships, as well as the first round of the 1983 NCAA Tournament as a No. 5 seed. The Utes advanced to the third round of the NIT in 1984.
After being voted first-team all-conference in 1982 and 1983, Handy earned honorable mention WBCA/Kodak All-American honors in 1985. As a senior, she averaged 19.8 points and 10.4 rebounds points per game. Those figures rank fourth and first (tie), respectively, on the school single-season charts.
Kulikowski won the NCAA all-around title in as a freshman in 1999, and was the national champion on balance beam in 1999 and 2001. She also earned two NCAA runner-up finishes in her career. The nation’s coaches voted her the AAI Senior Gymnast of the Year in 2003–a season when she won more than half of her events.
Kulikowski is Utah’s record-holder in 10.0 scores (14) and ranks second in school history in career victories (112) and season victories (40).
Kulikowski was a two-time Academic All-American and graduated Cum Laude with a 4.0 cumulative GPA. She was named the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year, which honors the top student-athlete in the NCAA (male or female), earning the award in 2003. She also received the NCAA’s highest honor for student-athletes when she was named a 2004 Top VIII Award winner.
One of the greatest coaches in Runnin’ Ute basketball history, Rick Majerus amassed a record of 323-95, won nearly 80-percent of his games and averaged 21 wins a season from 1989-2004. He led Utah to 10 NCAA Tournaments, nine regular-season conference championships and four conference tournament crowns.
Under Majerus, Utah advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1991 and 1996, the Elite Eight in 1997 and the national title game in 1998. During its 1998 tournament run, Utah beat No. 1 seeds Arizona in the West Regional final and North Carolina the national semifinals before falling to Kentucky. He was named the 1998 John Wooden National Coach of the Year.
Majerus coached three All-Americans, including two-time winners Keith Van Horn (1996, ’97) and Andre Miller (1998, ’99), along with Michael Doleac (1998). Six of his Utah players were taken in the NBA Draft, including first-round picks Van Horn (1997), Doleac (1998) and Miller (1999).
Also known for his emphasis on academics, Majerus coached three Academic All-Americans and his players earned 41 academic all-conference awards.