HAMMOND, Ind. – Purdue University Calumet announced the 2011-12 inductees of the Athletic Hall of Fame, as the latest class includes former basketball standouts Lynn Hevezi and Tony Vermejan. The two will officially be inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, February 18, during the Peregrines’ CCAC doubleheader with Calumet St. Joseph.
The Hall of Fame presentation will take place on the Fitness and Recreation Center gym floor during halftime of the women’s contest with the Crimson Wave, which is set for a 1 p.m. tip-off. Purdue Alumni Calumet will be presenting the 2011-12 Bob Hayes Athletic Alumni Award to former PUC basketball player Ben Simmons during halftime of the men’s game.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for non-adults (ages 12-17). All Purdue Calumet students are admitted free of charge, as are children under the age of 12.
The PUC Athletic Hall of Fame was founded in 2008 with the induction of longtime athletic director and Purdue Calumet supporter John Friend. Click here to visit the Hall of Fame page on the Purdue Calumet Athletics website.
2011-12 Purdue Calumet Hall of Fame Inductees
Lynn Hevezi – Women’s Basketball (1985-89)
Hevezi closed out an illustrious collegiate career as the No. 2 scorer in school history, as she still holds the school’s single-game scoring record with a 45-point outburst in 1988-89. The 5-foot-9 forward racked up 1,710 points, 603 rebounds and 421 assists on her way to a pair of AWSF All-American honors, including first team accolades in 1988-89. She also earned All-CCAC recognition in PUC’s first two years in the league, while helping lead Purdue Calumet to 66 victories in her four years on campus.
John Friend, Interim Athletic Director, on Lynn Hevezi
“Lynn was an outstanding performer on some of Purdue Calumet’s greatest teams. She was a true competitor that put up some of the best numbers in program history despite playing alongside a four-year NAIA All-American in LeeAnn DeYoung. The combination of Hevezi and DeYoung may have been one of the best tandems that we have seen at Purdue Calumet.”
Tony Vermejan – Men’s Basketball (1982-86)
Vermejan helped headline the most successful class in program history, as Purdue Calumet rolled up 72 victories during his four-year career including a school-record 21 wins in 1985-86. The 5-foot-11 guard ranks fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,505 career points, after pouring in 1,063 points in his final two seasons at Purdue Calumet. He earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors in 1985-86, while garnering NAIA All-District 21 recognition two times.
John Friend, Interim Athletic Director, on Tony Vermejan
“Tony is one of the most accomplished athletes to come through Purdue Calumet. He was a good student, who finished with an outstanding career. After playing sparingly as a freshman due to a very talented backcourt, he really came into his own over the next three years and finished with two of the best seasons in school history.”