The University of Toledo will be inducting seven former student-athletes and coaches into its Varsity 'T' Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 20 at the Pinnacle in Maumee.
Included in the Class of 2017 are : Harvey Bowles, wrestling coach (1975-94); Joe Corfman, baseball (2009-12); Jacy Dyer, women's swimming & diving (2007-11); Chuck Friedman, men's track & field (1961-64); Amy Galvan, softball (1991-95); DeJuan Goulde, football (1997-2000); and Fabiana Zilberstein Rezak, women's tennis (1989-93).
Social hour for the event begins at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will follow at 7:00 p.m. The class will also be introduced at halftime of the UT football game vs. Akron on Saturday, Oct. 21.
Also at the banquet, the Varsity 'T' Hall of Fame will present the Distinguished Service Award to Joe Fink and Mike Renard. Fink is a longtime supporter of UT who has been an active member of the Downtown Coaches Association. Renard is retiring as UT's equipment manager later this month after serving in the position for 34 years.
Tickets for the Varsity 'T' Hall of Fame induction dinner are $45 or $360 for a table of eight, and can be purchased by calling the Athletic Development Office at 419-530-5087. Tickets for Rocket football games can be purchased at the UT Athletic Ticket Office or by calling 419-530-GOLD (4653).
The 2017 Varsity 'T' Hall of Fame inductees are as follows:
Harvey Bowles, Wrestling Coach (1975-94)
Harvey Bowles was the wrestling coach at the University of Toledo for 21 years from 1975-94. He led the Rockets to a Mid-American Conference title in 1982-83 and was named MAC Coach of the Year that season. That MAC Championship team featured four individual champions. During his UT coaching career, Bowles mentored four All-Americans: Myron Shapiro (1975), Brad Smith (1976), Chuck Biggert (1979) and John Potts (1986). Under his leadership, Toledo wrestlers won 23 individual MAC titles. Bowles wrestled at UT from 1959-61 before a back injury ended his career. He was actively involved in the World Cup of Wrestling championships that were held in Toledo in the 1970's and 80's. Prior to coaching at Toledo, Bowles won two national and two state AAU titles, and also coached a YMCA team to a national championship. He also served as a collegiate wrestling official. Bowles, a graduate of Toledo Whitmer High School, earned a degree in business administration from UT in 1963.
Joe Corfman, Baseball (2009-2012)
Joe Corfman earned first-team All-MAC honors in 2010 and 2012, as well as first-team American Baseball Coaches Association All-Mideast Region accolades in 2010. Primarily used as a second baseman and third baseman, Corfman started 38 games as a freshman, hitting .314 with five homers and 30 RBIs. As a sophomore in 2010, Corfman hit .383 with seven homers and a team-best 61 RBIs. His season totals in RBIs, run scored (69) and doubles (20) all rank No. 2 on Toledo's all-time list. As a senior, Corfman hit .333 with 21 RBIs, and was first on team in runs scored (52), hits (78), doubles (16), total bases (105), slugging percentage (.449), stolen bases (22), multi-hit games (24) and hit by pitch (11). A three-time Academic All-MAC selection and a four-year letterwinner, Corfman ranks first in hits (261), first in doubles (54), second in runs (177), second in total bases (375), fifth in RBIs (134) and 10th in batting average (.329) on UT's career list. Had five hits against Olivet College in a single game in 2010 and had four hits in a game on five separate occasions.
Jacy Dyer, Women's Swimming & Diving (2007-11)
Jacy Dyer was a four-time All-MAC swimmer and 10-time MAC champion in her career. She also took second or third in six other events at MAC Championship meets. Dyer is the only UT women's swimmer ever to qualify for the NCAA Championships in three different events. At the conclusion of her career, Dyer held more than 20 UT, MAC and various pool records. A two-time team captain, Dyer was named MAC Swimmer of the Year and UT Female Athlete of the Year in 2009-10. Dyer made an immediate impact for the Rockets as a freshman, earning second-team All-MAC honors and breaking the UT record in the 500, 1000 and 1,650 freestyle. As a sophomore, Dyer earned first-team All-MAC recognition and set the MAC record in the 500 freestyle at the MAC Championships, the first of her 10 career MAC golds. As a junior in 2010, Dyer won MAC titles in the 200 free, 500 free, 1650 free, 400 free relay and 800 free relay. She earned first-team All-MAC and MAC Swimmer of the Year honors, leading UT to its first-ever MAC Championship crown. That year, she set the MAC record in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:44.23, the second-longest current league record for any event. Dyer made first-team All-MAC one last time as a senior, taking four MAC titles in the 200 free, 500 free, 400 free relay and 800 free relay. She qualified and competed at the NCAA Championships in the 200 free, 500 free and the mile.
Chuck Friedman, Men's Track & Field (1961-64)
Chuck Friedman was the first star sprinter at the University of Toledo, winning four Mid-American Conference titles in his career. In 1963, he won the 220-yard dash and took third in the 100 at the MAC Championship Meet. He also qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 220, the first UT athlete to make it to the NCAAs. In 1974, Friedman won the 100- and 220-meter dashes, and anchored the 440-yard relay MAC title team that set the league record, becoming the first UT runner to win more than one event at the MAC Championships. That 440 relay team also finished second at the prestigious Central Collegiate Championships, barely losing to eventual NCAA champion Illinois. Friedman himself was runner-up in the 220 to 1964 U.S. Olympian Trenton Jackson of Illinois. Friedman also qualified for the 1964 NCAA Championships in the 100 and 200 meters, clocking an impressive 21.6 time in the latter event. Friedman graduated with a degree in engineering from UT in 1964 and received his MBA from Northwestern in 1966. He later helped start the Toledo Striders Track Club. Friedman worked at Libbey-Owens-Ford in Toledo for many years before relocating to North Carolina, where he lives today in retirement. He still officiates at track and field meets, mainly in the East and Midwest.
Amy Galvan, Softball (1992-95)
A four-year starter at first base, Amy Galvan earned first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors in 1993 and 1994; she was a second-team all-league selection in 1995. Galvan also was an All-Mideast Region Team honoree in 1994 and 1995. She won the MAC batting crown as a sophomore in 1993 with a .418 average, the fourth-highest mark in UT history. As a junior, she led the team and was second in the MAC in batting average (.399) and RBIs (42), and also was tops on UT in hits (71), doubles (13) and slugging percentage (.506). As a freshman, Galvan was a member of the squad that won the MAC Championship title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. She ranks second at UT in career batting average (.349), hits (225), RBIs (95), slugging percentage (.461) and doubles (35).
DeJuan Goulde, Football (1997-2000)
DeJuan Goulde was a three-time All-MAC defensive lineman, earning first-team honors in 1999 and 2000 and second-team recognition in 1998. As a sophomore in 1998, he racked up six sacks and 16 tackles for loss, helping lead Toledo to a MAC West Division crown. In 1999, Goulde had 84 tackles, 10 sacks and 17 TFL. His 10 sacks were tied for second-best in the MAC that season, while his 17 TFL ranked eighth. In 2000, Goulde was a force on one of the best defenses in school history. The 10-1 Rockets allowed just 81.5 yards rushing per game that season and shut out three opponents. Goulde had 73 tackles, nine sacks and 17 TFL that season. He was named third-team All-America by the Football News, and was runner-up for MAC Defensive Player of the Year. Goulde ranks third all-time on UT's career list in tackles for loss (47) and is tied for third in sacks (25).
Fabiana Zilberstein Rezak, Women's Tennis (1989-93)
Fabiana Zilberstein Rezak competed in the No. 1 singles spot for three years for the Rockets and was a three-time first-team All-MAC selection, earning the honor in 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93. As a junior, the Buenos Aires, Argentina native finished fourth at the MAC Championships following a 20-10 record at the top singles position. In her final year with the Rockets, she posted a 13-6 overall record. An excellent student, Zilberstein Rezak was named Second-Team Academic All-MAC and was recognized by the Downtown Coaches Association at its annual Scholar-Athlete Luncheon in 1993. Before her time as a Rocket, Zilberstein Rezak was ranked as the No. 28 player in Argentina at age 16, No. 11 at age 14 and No. 4 at age 12. She represented Argentina in the Maccabean Games in Israel.