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@OhioBobcats Announce 2016 Hall of Fame Class

Aug. 4, 2016

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio department of intercollegiate athletics has announced that they will induct four members as the 2016 class of the Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame at the 2016 Alumni Awards Gala which will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker University Center Friday Oct. 7. Included in the class are -- Ellen Herman (volleyball), Samuel Shon (football) and Tim Courtad (wrestling) will be inducted into the Kermit Blosser Hall of Fame while Criss Somerlot (track & field) will be awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and dinner and the program to follow at 6:30 p.m.. The event is held in conjunction with Ohio's homecoming celebration.

Herman played volleyball at Ohio from 2006-2009 helping lead the Bobcats to four straight Mid-American Conference Championships and four trips to the NCAA Tournament. She ranks atop the MAC record book in career kills (1,984) and ranks fifth in career attack attempts (4,925). Herman is the Ohio record holder in career kills, career attacks, career points (2,191.5), career matches played (126) and career sets played (454). Herman was a two-time AVC All-American Honorable Mention in 2008 and 2009, a First-Team All-District Selection in 2008-09 and Honorable Mention in 2007. She was a four-time All-MAC First Team Selection and was named to the All-Freshman team in 2006. Herman was twice the MAC Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, was Freshman of the Year in 2006 and was named to the MAC All-Tournament Team in 2006 and 2008 including being named tournament MVP in 2008. As a senior, she earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District and earned a trio of awards from CVU.com -- Rising Star in 2006 and Stellar Spiker in 2008 and 2009.

Shon was a four-year letter winner playing quarterback for the Bobcats from 1978-81. Shon was the MAC Player of the Year, First Team All-MAC and Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention while leading the MAC in total offense and passing efficiency as a senior in 1981. Shon was named Second Team All-MAC as a junior and was named MAC Player of the Week four times during his career. He is the Ohio career leader in total offense, passing yards, pass attempts, pass completions and touchdown passes.

Courtad turned in one of the best single season performances for the Bobcats wrestling program winning a MAC Championship at heavyweight, earning MAC All-Tournament Team honors and becoming an All-American by placing fifth at the NCAA Championships in 2000. He served as team captain and was named team MVP. Following his career at Ohio, Courtad placed second in the 2001 University Freestyle National Championships, third at the 2000 University Freestyle Nations Wrestling Championships and seventh in the 2000 U.S. Freestyle Nationals Wrestling Championships.

Somerlot competed at Ohio from 1967-69 as a thrower on the Bobcats track & field team. Somerlot has been heavily involved with the U.S. Track & field community on top of a 30-year high school coaching and teaching career serving as a track & field, football, basketball and cross country coach. He earned the Ohio University Medal of Merit as an outstanding alumni in 2006. On the national level, Somerlot was a coach for the USA at the 1991 Eight Nations Games, 1994 US Olympic Festival and 1999 World Indoor Championships while also serving as the Shot Put and Discus Chair of the USATF Men's Development Committee for elite throwers who are developing to compete at the Olympics. He was also on the men's Olympic staff as a throws and decathlon coach in 2004 and 2008. As a high school coach his teams won over 219 major invitational, league, regional and state titles while coaching 26 high school All-Americans. He coached over 275 athletes who continued their careers at the collegiate level. At Ohio, Somerlot set the school record in the hammer throw in 1968 while also setting a NCAA record in total hammer throw set in 1968 and then again in 1969. He placed in both discus and hammer throw at the three MAC meets he competed in.

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