MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Seven outstanding contributors to Mountaineer athletics make up the 23rd class of honorees in the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame, announced today by Director of Athletics Oliver Luck.
The 2013 class includes men's basketball player Dale Blaney, women's basketball player Olivia Bradley, gymnastics coach Linda Burdette-Good, rifle coach Dr. Ed Etzel, wrestler Dean Morrison, baseball and basketball player Paul Popovich and football player Tom Woodeshick.
Induction ceremonies will take place Sept. 14, prior to the West Virginia-Georgia State football game. This class brings the total number of inductees to 148.
A capsule look at the honorees:
Blaney averaged 17.0 points as a senior and finished with a 12.3 average for his career. A four-year letter-winner and two-time captain, he scored a career-high 29 points against George Mason on Jan. 9, 1986.
Blaney was named to the All-Atlantic 10 first team in 1986 and the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team in 1983. He was named to the Atlantic 10 all-tournament teams in 1984 and 1986 and was picked for the NIT All-Star Team that toured Korea and Hong Kong. Blaney, a member of the 1986-95 All-Time basketball team at WVU, was a two-time Ohio Class A all-state player.
He was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth round of the 1986 NBA draft and played a year and a half in the Continental Basketball Association, first with title-winning Tampa Bayvand then with the Charleston Gunners.
Since then, Blaney has made a career in auto racing. He was named World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year in 1998, National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year in 1990, Bush Points Champion in 1991 and the All-Star Series Points Champion in 1995, 1996 and 2008.
Blaney has two daughters, Ashley and Leah. His brother, Dave, drives car No. 7 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
Bradley was a four-time All-America honoree and three-time all-conference selection. WVU was not affiliated with a conference during her freshman year in 1981-82, when she averaged 12.7 points and 9.4 rebounds, led WVU to its first 20-win season and earned American Women's Sports Federation Freshman All-America honors.
As a sophomore, Bradley averaged 12.8 rebounds and 12.6 points while becoming the program's first all-conference honoree as she was named to the 1983 All-Atlantic 10 second team. The power forward set a single-game school record with 27 rebounds in a win at George Washington, a record she would break in her senior season. Bradley earned 1983 All-America honorable mention by the AWSF, a feat she repeated for each remaining year of her career.
Bradley improved her averages to 14.2 points and 13.3 rebounds as a junior, earning all conference first-team honors. As a senior team captain, she broke her own record when she pulled down 28 boards in an overtime win against Temple.
The Bradenton, Fla., native closed out her career averaging 12.7 rebounds, the 16th-highest average in the NCAA record book today. During Bradley's time, the Mountaineers recorded a 74-45 record and advanced to the Women's NIT her senior year - the program' first foray into postseason play.
Following graduation, Bradley played basketball in Europe for four seasons, then returned to Bradenton and taught third grade.
Bradley began to coach as an assistant at her alma mater, Southeast High in Bradenton and eventually left her elementary teaching position for a job as the head girls coach at nearby Manatee High.
In 2000, Bradley died at the age of 36.
Led by freshman Shari Retton, WVU's first female sport All-American, the Mountaineers finished third at the 1982 AIAW meet. Following the championships, Burdette-Good was named the AIAW Coach of the Year. Each of Burdette-Good's three NCAA-qualifying teams (1995, 1999, 2000) placed 12th overall.
Burdette-Good coached 12 conference gymnast of the year honorees and 17 NCAA individual qualifiers, 13 All-Americans and eight NCAA regional champions. She produced 56 conference champions and 126 all-conference selections.
Several seasons stand out in Burdette-Good's career, including 2001, when three different Mountaineers scored perfect 10s and the 17th-ranked squad reclaimed the EAGL championship after a two-year drought. The 1999 season also was memorable, as the Mountaineers advanced to their second national championships in four years after compiling a 19-7 record and finishing sixth at the EAGL championships. The next year, Burdette-Good led the Mountaineers to two of the top-10 team scores in school history and advanced to the NCAA championships for the second straight season.
Burdette-Good mentored the best gymnast in school history, Kristin Quackenbush, who became the school's only AAI American Award winner and a six-time NCAA All-American. She holds or shares school records on vault and floor and scored five career perfect 10s.
Burdette-Good, who coached 86 scholastic All-Americans, served on the six-member NCAA Women's Gymnastics Committee and was the chair of the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee. She was also the driving force behind the foundation of the EAGL and was that league's first chair.
A native of Parkersburg, Burdette-Good joined the Mountaineer athletic department following a one-year coaching stint at Fairmont State. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from WVU.
She and her husband, Lee Good, reside in Uniontown, Ohio. She has one daughter, Anna Burdette (26), a WVU graduate, and one grandson, Ashton (5).
A native of North Haven, Conn., Etzel's Mountaineer teams were among the most dominant in NCAA history, as WVU never finished worse than second place at the NCAA championships under his watch. Etzel coached six individual champions, 33 All-Americans and several Olympians.
Etzel led the Mountaineers to the University's first national championship in 1983. Dave Johnson won the NCAA smallbore title, the Mountaineers' first NCAA win in the discipline, and WVU finished the season at 12-1. The Mountaineers went undefeated and won their second straight title in 1984, and Bob Broughton returned the smallbore NCAA title to Morgantown.
After a second-place finish in 1985, the Mountaineers went undefeated again in 1986 (9-0) and won their third NCAA title in four years. Mike Anti also won the smallbore national championship.
Following a sabbatical in 1988, the year the Mountaineers won the national title under coach Greg Perrine, Etzel led the Mountaineers to an 8-0 record and another NCAA title in 1989.