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DePauw inducts seven into Athletic Hall of Fame

DePauw inducts seven into Athletic Hall of Fame

October 5, 2006

October 5, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - Six alumni and a former coach comprise the 21st DePauw Athletic Hall of Fame class that will be inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, October 7, at 7 p.m. in the Social Center at the Walden Inn.

This year's inductees include Tony de Nicola '86, David Galle '87, retired football coach Nick Mourouzis, Adrienne Rasbach '94, Phil Wendel '86, Greg Werner '89 and Jim Zerface '62.

Each inductee will be honored with a plaque in the Athletic Hall of Fame room on the second floor of the Lilly Center. A complete listing of all Athletic Hall of Fame inductees is available here.

Anthony "Tony" J. de Nicola ’86 chose to attend DePauw as the school’s first Management Fellow. He graduated summa cum laude with a major in economics. He played baseball and football, was captain and quarterback, and was named most valuable player and a GTE Academic All-American his senior year. He still shares the record for most touchdowns thrown in a game, and he threw five touchdown passes in a game on three different Saturdays during his senior season. He was tapped for Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, was a Rhodes Scholar candidate and received the Walker Cup.

He worked as a financial analyst in mergers and acquisitions with Goldman Sachs, and in 1990 earned a M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard University. After three years as an associate with William Blair & Co. in Chicago, he joined Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS), a New York private equity investment firm that deals in the telecommunications, information services and healthcare industries. He serves on the firm’s management committee and on the boards of directors of several private and public companies owned by WCAS. He serves as chairman of the board of VALOR and has been appointed to the board of directors of Windstream Corporation.

Tony and his wife, Christie, have three children: Kaley, Ted and C.J. His philanthropic interests focus on improving inner-city education, and poverty and hunger relief.

David M. Galle ’87 was a successful multi-sport athlete at DePauw. While he still shares the high jump record of 6’8" set in 1985, Galle’s success on the basketball court was impressive. In addition to being named an academic all-American and first team all-American in 1987, his name continues to appear on the record books. He ranks fifth in school history with 57.1 percent field goal shooting, eighth with 119 career steals, 11th with 210 career assists, 13th with 555 career rebounds and 15th with 1,203 career points. In addition, Galle still holds the school record with 113 games played. During his four years, the teams all made NCAA tournament appearances. In 1984 the team finished the tournament in third place.

After graduating cum laude from DePauw with a B.A. in economics, he earned a M.B.A from Northwestern’s J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1991. He works for Enkei America in Columbus, Ind., a business dedicated to developing breakthrough technology of aluminum and composite alloy materials. Enkei America, Inc. operations include the manufacturing and sales of aluminum wheels for automobiles. Galle worked previously as the executive vice president of operations for Arvin Meritor. His philanthropic endeavors include serving as member of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Bartholomew County United Way Board of Directors. Additionally, he enjoys coaching youth basketball and baseball. Galle and his wife, Jamie, reside in Columbus, Ind., with their three children, Luke, Megan and Alex.

Nick Mourouzis guided the DePauw football program for 23 seasons. He took the head coaching job in 1981 and led the Tigers to a 138-87-4 record before retiring at the end of the 2003 season. The professor of kinesiology was selected by the graduating class of 2004 to be its commencement speaker. Before joining DePauw, Mourouzis was an assistant coach at Northwestern, Indiana, Ball State and Ohio universities. He was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2000 after leading the Tigers to a three-way share of the conference title. Mourouzis was named the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1996 and 1990. In February 2001, Mourouzis earned the Distinguished American Award from the central Indiana chapter of the National Football Foundation for his lifetime commitment to football and for making significant contributions toward bettering amateur football in the United States. In 2003 he was inducted into Miami University of Ohio’s Cradle of Coaches, joining legendary coaches such as Paul Brown, Ara Parseghian, Bill Mallory and Woody Hayes. Additionally, he received the Mayor’s Proclamation Key to the City (Indianapolis) and the Governor’s Award, Sagamore of the Wabash, in 2003. He was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

Coach Nick is also the founder of Chi Alpha Sigma, the nation’s first collegiate scholar-athlete honor society, which is represented at more than 96 colleges and universities in 32 states. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 1959 and earned a master’s degree in physical education from Ohio University in 1961 and a director’s degree from Indiana University in 1971. He and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Greencastle, Ind.

Dr. Adrienne Rasbach ’94 swam her way to success at DePauw and still holds many records. She holds the all-time Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Open Records in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.21) and the 200 breaststroke (2:26.34). She holds school records in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, tied for first with the most total points scored at Nationals with 68 points, scored more points individually at one national meet than any other swimmer (31 points), and is fourth on the all-time team total for individual points scored (1,364). She was the team’s high point scorer for all three seasons that she participated and held pool records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke for nine years. Her national statistics are equally impressive. She was named an all-American and an academic all-American in 1991, 1992 and 1993. In the 100 breaststroke, she placed third in 1991, second in 1992 and third in 1993. She also competed and placed in a number of other events at the Nationals, including the 200 breast, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.

After graduating magna cum laude from DePauw with a B.A. in biological science, she completed her M.D. from Northwestern University in 1998. She works as a physician with OB/GYN Specialists of Indiana in Noblesville, Ind. As a student at DePauw, she was a Rector Scholar, member of Phi Beta Kappa, Gold Key and Mortar Board, and she participated as a rider in Little 5. She and her husband reside in Noblesville, Ind., with her stepson, Andrew, and daughter, Caitlyn. Her interests include golf, cheering for the Colts and Pacers, and scrapbooking. 

Phillip "Phil" E. Wendel’s ’86 name remains on the DePauw basketball record books. To date, he still holds the DePauw career record of 600 assists and steals record of 172. A NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipient, Academic All-Great Lakes District selection and second team all-American selection in 1985-86, Wendel led the team in assists three years and in steals twice. In addition, he set the school record for assists in a season with 178 in 1984; this record stood until 2002. He holds three of the top six single-season marks in school history and is tied for third with 110 games played. His 52.5 percent field goal percentage ranks him in ninth place, and his career 979 points ranks 22nd in school history. He was named Defensive Player of the Year his sophomore year and MVP both his junior and senior years.

After graduating from DePauw with a B.A. in psychology, Phil earned a M.S. in sports administration from Georgia State University. He works as the middle learning principal and teacher at The Galloway School in Atlanta. In his 13th year at The Galloway School, he previously worked as the middle learning assistant principal and teacher. He also served as the head boys’ basketball coach, head track and field coach and continues to serve as the head cross country coach. He resides in Atlanta and his outside interests include running marathons and road races, completing triathlons, adventure racing, abstract painting and traveling.

Dr. Greg A. Werner ’89 has a claim to fame that few former DePauw athletes can boast – he played tight end in the National Football League for the New York Jets (1989) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1990). He signed as a free agent with the Jets after impressing the scouts with his speed and play on special teams. In the first three exhibition games with the Jets, he caught three passes for 50 yards. While playing 10 games for the Jets, he had eight receptions for 115 yards. His success in football began before the NFL and included 119 career pass receptions for 1,742 yards at DePauw, a record that ranks ninth in school history. He shares the school record with three touchdown receptions in a single game. He was named an all-American in football in 1988. In his senior season at DePauw, he caught 47 passes for 634 yards and nine touchdowns. Werner also earned four varsity letters in baseball at DePauw. His record as a pitcher was 13-8, and during his senior year his pitching record was 5-2 with a 2.40 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 48.2 innings.

After graduating from DePauw with a B.A. in economics and playing in the NFL, Greg earned a D.D.S. with high distinction honors at the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1998. He completed a Master of Science degree and certificate of orthodontics at the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2000. He runs his own orthodontic practice, Cowan and Werner Orthodontics, in Indianapolis and Greenfield, Ind. In addition to his family and work, he enjoys coaching youth football and baseball, playing golf and running. He and his wife, Nancy Cowan Werner ’89, reside in McCordsville, Ind., with their four children: Ellen, Daniel, Peter and Thomas.

Dr. James P. Zerface ’62 left his mark on the basketball program during his four years at DePauw. In addition to starting for the varsity team the entire season his freshman year, he was the leading scorer on the freshman team. He started an additional 66 consecutive games as guard for the varsity team for a total of 72 games in a row over four years. He averaged over 11 points and six rebounds per game during his varsity career, while serving as the floor general for the team. He was regarded as the team’s strongest defensive player and was always assigned to defend the best guards on opposing teams. During his junior year, he was named team captain and earned the award for most competitive player. He was also named team captain during his senior year. Zerface finished his career as the eighth all-time leading scorer and was ranked second for all-time best free throw percentage. In 1959-60 he led the Tigers by making 58 out of 71 for a .817 percentage. He earned three letters and was chosen to the all-sectional team three times, all-regional once and all-semi-state once.

After earning a B.A. in psychology at DePauw, he earned a M.A. in educational psychology and Ed.D. in counseling psychology from Indiana University. He worked with the Nashville, Tenn., public school system for 27 years as director of pupil personnel services, administering a guidance and counseling division. After retiring in January 2000, he spent the following three years at Vanderbilt University as a research associate in the Center for Psychotherapy Research. He now volunteers as the director of public and community relations for Urban Housing Solutions. Zerface is also a successful country music songwriter whose music has been recorded by major recording artists, including Jerry Lewis and Reba McEntire. He resides in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife, Wendy.