January 16, 2008
San Antonio – St. Mary’s University will induct Lacy Hampton, John Kosub, Chris LeGrand, Aimee Silva and Michael Zolecki into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday in a ceremony at Bill Greehey Arena.
Lacy Hampton has been a member of the St. Mary’s family for over a decade and is known for his hard work both on and off the court. On the court Hampton was one of the best guards to ever don the gold and blue. He is the school’s all-time leader in assists with 545 and ranks second in steals with 115. He also played in 119 games, the third most in school history. His 171 assists and average of 5.9 per game in 1997 are both seventh for a single season in school history. He played 119 games during his four years, scoring 1,006 points, while pulling down 421. Hampton played during one of the most successful eras in St. Mary’s basketball. He helped lead the Rattlers to an 85-34 record, with four Heart of Texas Conference Championships and three NAIA National Tournament appearances.
John Kosub was one of the best student-athletes, both on and off the field, that St. Mary’s University has ever seen. Kosub played on the St. Mary’s baseball team from 1980-83, overcoming a season-ending injury in his junior season to have a memorable senior campaign. As a freshman he batted .357 and earned first-team All-Big State Conference honors, along with honorable mention All-NAIA District IV recognition. As a sophomore he batted .333 and again earned All-Big State and All-NAIA District IV honors. He had to sit out the entire 1982 season with an injury. As a senior he bounced back earned first team All-Big State Conference and honorable mention All-NAIA District IV honors. He was the leading hitter on the team and had an amazing .496 on-base percentage. Kosub had a career-best 16-game hitting streak during the season and batted a sizzling .391 for the season. He graduated from St. Mary’s magna cum laude with an overall grade point average of 3.63. As a senior he was named NAIA Academic All-American, one of just 15 players in the nation to earn the honor that year.
Chris LeGrand made his mark on the basketball court during his four years as a Rattler, ranking among the best shooters in school history. LeGrand played in 114 games and scored 1,368 points during his career, making 505 field goals, the fifth highest total in school history. He also attempted 1,141 shots, the second highest total in Rattler history. His 122 three-pointers made ranks fourth for a career, while his free throw shooting percentage of 81.7 is the fifth best all time. His 88.8 percent from the line in 1994-95 is the second best for a season in school history. With LeGrand on the team the Rattlers had a record of 75-42 and won three Heart of Texas Conference Championships.
Aimee Silva was a two-sport athlete for St. Mary’s, competing in both softball and volleyball during her four years. She served as a setter on the volleyball team, earning all-tournament honors during her time with the school. She helped lead the Rattlers to 81 wins in four years, including 31 in 1993, the fifth-most wins in a single season for the program. But it was on the softball diamond where she is best remembered. Silva was named first-team All-American three times as an outfielder. She had a career batting average of .430, including a .438 average as a senior. She helped the Rattlers to 136 wins in four years and four appearances in the NAIA World Series. Silva’s strong play at St. Mary’s caught the eye of the United States Softball Committee and in 1993 she was one of 106 softball players from around the country to be invited to attend the first annual National Team tryouts in Oklahoma City.
Michael Zolecki played for the St. Mary’s baseball program for three years, then took that experience and played at the highest levels of professional baseball. Zolecki compiled a 20-9 overall record with 206 strikeouts in 206.2 innings of work. He had a career earned run average of 4.01 with 13 complete games in 34 starts. His senior season he was named first-team All-Heart of Texas Conference after going 9-6 with a 3.91 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 96.2 innings of work. His play caught the eye of professional scouts and he was taken by the Colorado Rockies in the fifth round of the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft. He went on to spend the next five years in the Rockies organization and also played with the Chicago White Sox farm system for a year.
With the induction of the newest members, the St. Mary’s University Athletics Hall of Fame now has 136 members. The Athletics Hall of Fame was started in 1984 and inducts new members every two years.