Micah Owings (left) and Brian Bogusevic (right) on the cover of Baseball America in 2005. The magazine tabbed Tulane the No. 1 team in the nation.
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014 features baseball standouts Brian Bogusevic and Micah Owings, Louisiana natives Matt Forte from football and Kim Lewis from men's basketball and women's track & field program icon Gloria Asumnu, as announced today by Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson.
The Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be inducted on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6-8 p.m. at the Lavin-Bernick Center on the Tulane University Uptown campus. The group will then be honored at halftime of TU's homecoming game against Memphis at Yulman Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 15. Television and game time for the Tulane-Memphis contest will be announced at a later date. For banquet reservations, please contact Sue Bower at (504) 865-5513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The class of 2014 includes five inductees who turned in some of the most prolific seasons in their respective sports and combined for All-America honors a total of 10 times. Asumnu completed her career as a four-time All-American, while Bogusevic earned All-America honors three times and Owings reached elite status twice. Together, Bogusevic and Owings led the Green Wave baseball team to the finest season in school history with a No. 1 national ranking and a trip to the College World Series.
Forte earned All-America honors as a senior and turned in one of the most prolific single seasons in NCAA history, while Lewis was one of the leaders in the resurgence of Tulane basketball in the 1990s and helped that program reach its pinnacle during the decade.
"On behalf of Tulane Athletics, it is my honor to recognize each of these former student-athletes for their accomplishments in the classroom and in their respective arenas during their time at Tulane," Dickson said. "Each of these recipients not only produced outstanding careers at Tulane, but was a part of some of the greatest moments in school history. These inductees continue to represent themselves and Tulane at the highest level in their communities and it is my pleasure to welcome them to the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame."
A native of Houston, Texas, Asumnu remains the gold standard for sprinters at Tulane following a standout career from 2003-08. She was a four-time All-American, a five-time Conference USA Champion and she qualified 19 times for the NCAA Regionals.
Asumnu was named the 2008 C-USA Track and Field Women's Athlete of the Year, the 2004 C-USA Women's Freshman of the Year and was tabbed as Tulane's 2007 Female Student-Athlete of the Year. Asumnu earned All-American status in the 2008 Indoor Season and was a two-time All-American during the 2007 Indoor Season, as she placed eighth nationally in the 200 meters and ninth in the country in the 100 meters.
In 2007 indoor season, Asumnu collected All-America honors in the 60 meter dash and won the C-USA 100 meter dash title that same season. She also picked up the honor during the 2005 Women's Outdoor Season.
Since graduating from Tulane in 2008, Asumnu has competed professionally on the track and field circuit, culminating in her Olympic appearance with Nigeria in the London Games of 2012. She also competed in the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in 2011 and in Moscow, Russia in 2013 while also appearing at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey in 2012 and Sopot, Poland in 2014.
An Oak Lawn, Illinois, native, Bogusevic put together a stellar three-year run with the Green Wave from 2003-06. During his junior season of 2005, his last at Tulane, he earned first team All-America honors from Louisville Slugger and was a second-team selection by both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and College Baseball Foundation.
That same season, Bogusevic was also an All-NCAA Regional selection, a semifinalist for the Dick Howser and Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Awards and the Roger Clemens Pitcher of the Year Award, as well as a first team All C-USA and C-USA All-Tournament team pick.
Bogusevic played in 159 games with 147 starts in three seasons as a position player, while appearing in 25 games with 11 starts on the mound. He completed his career ranked among Tulane's career top-20 in wins (6th), innings pitched (12th), strikeouts (14th), opponent's batting average (17th) and ERA (20th). He won a career-high 13 games in 19 starts during his final campaign and threw 130.1 innings and allowed just 55 runs to go along with 129 strikeouts.
Following his selection in the first round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft by the Houston Astros, Bogusevic was used solely as a pitcher in the Astros organization from 2005-08. Following the 2008 season the Astros converted Bogusevic to an outfielder and he made his Major League Debut with the Astros on Sept. 1, 2010. Bogusevic spent parts of 2010-11 with the Astros before playing 146 games for the Astros in 2012, and recording seven home runs, 28 RBI and 15 stolen bases.
Before the 2013 season, Bogusevic signed a contract with his hometown Chicago Cubs, where he eventually played 47 games in the outfield, hitting .273 with six homers and 16 RBI. In Dec. 2013, he was shipped to the Miami Marlins organization, and he has played with the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs throughout the 2014 season.
Forte made the shortest trek to Tulane, as he hails from nearby Slidell. He starred in the Tulane backfield from 2004-08 and completed his career as one of the school's greatest players, but it was his senior season that will always be remembered.
During his senior season of 2007, Forte put the Green Wave team and fans on his shoulders and led them on a record-breaking ride. He etched his name in the NCAA single season history books with 2,127 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns en route to claiming second-team Sports Illustrated All-America honors while garnering third-team All-America recognition from the Associated Press, College Football News and Phil Steele Publications while earning First Team All C-USA distinction.
Forte became just the 11th player in NCAA Division I-Bowl Subdivision history to run for 2,000 yards in a season and his rushing total that year ranked seventh in NCAA single-season history while his 177.2 rushing-yards-per-game average was 17th.
Forte was a semifinalist for both the Maxwell and Doak Walker Awards and to make the Walter Camp Player of the Year list, and one of just three players nationally to be named to all three lists. He was selected to play in the 2008 Senior Bowl where claimed overall MVP honors after running eight times for 59 yards, catching four passes for 38 yards and posting one special teams tackle.
Forte was a four-year letterman and three-year starter, who completed his career as Tulane's leader in rushing yards per game (99.186), rushing touchdowns (39) and total touchdowns (44) while ranking second in all-purpose yards (5,261), rushing yards (4,265), rushing attempts (833) and 100-yard rushing games (16), third in total points (266), and fourth in yards per carry (5.12), while his point total is the most by a non-kicker.
Forte was selected by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft and has played six seasons with the Bears, earning Pro Bowl recognition in 2011 and 2013. With 6,666 total rushing yards, Forte trails only the great Walter Payton for first place on the Bears' list.
A native of Angie, La., Lewis starred at Tulane from 1990-95, where he was a four-year letterwinner and played a major role in resurrecting a Green Wave men's basketball program that had disbanded from 1985-86 through the 1988-89 season. He quickly made his mark as the Metro Conference Freshman of the Year in 1990-91.
During his sophomore campaign, Lewis became the leader of the famed "Posse." Although he started in just nine games that season, he was named second-team All-Metro and led Tulane in scoring with a 15.4 average. Lewis played a key role in helping the Wave win its first conference championship and advance the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever.
The Green Wave reached a ranking of No. 14 in the Associated Press poll and advanced to the second round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament Southeast Regional. Lewis' effort spurred Tulane to 18 wins and an NIT appearance in 1993-94, as well as a return trip to the NCAAs as a senior in 1994-95 with a 23-10 mark.
During his tenure with the Olive & Blue, Lewis led TU to 78 victories, including opening round wins in two NCAA Tournament appearances and during one NIT showing. He stands as Tulane's 11th all-time leading scorer and holds school career records for steals and games played and also ranks on various individual and career lists for three-pointers made, attempted and percentage as well as free throws made and attempted. Lewis was Tulane's T-Club Male Athlete of the Year in 1994-95.
In 1995, Lewis was drafted in the seventh round with the 92nd overall pick in the Continental Basketball Association Draft by the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He spent 1998 through 2001 playing professionally in the Icelandic Basketball League. While in Iceland, he led his team to a championship, earning MVP honors and best all-around player honors in the process. During his first season in Iceland, he doubled as his team's head coach.
Following his professional career, Lewis returned to his alma mater for two stints as an assistant coach from 1996-98 and 2008-10. He is currently an assistant coach at the University of Richmond.
A native of Gainesville, Ga., Owings played one season at Tulane, but turned in one of the best single season performances in Tulane history. He played in 64 games in 2005 as a position player - including 38 starts at first base, 20 as the designated hitter and five in left field - and also started 19 games on the mound.
Owings was named a second-team Louisville Slugger All-American, a third-team Baseball America All-American and was selected as the C-USA and Louisiana Player of the Year after leading the team in batting average (.359), home runs (18), triples (4), RBI (65), total bases (159) and slugging pct. (.733) at the plate. He also posted a club-best 135 strikeouts, 9.37 strikeout-per-nine average and a 5.40 strikeout-to-walk ratio from the mound, and was also named to the C-USA All-Tournament team.
Owings tied for third on the team with 23 multiple-hit games, put together a team-best 20 multi-RBI outings and strung together an 11-game hitting streak from April 26-May 20, 2005.
Owings was a third-round selection of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005. Owings made the 2007 Opening Day Roster of the Diamondbacks where he went 8-8 with a 4.30 ERA in 152.2 innings, adding 106 strikeouts to his resume. He proved fruitful at the plate that season as well, as he hit .333 in 60 at-bats with four home runs and 15 RBI, earning the 2007 National League Silver Slugger Award for pitchers. He spent the 2008 season with the Diamondbacks as well before being shipped to the Cincinnati Reds, where spent parts of the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Owings returned to the Diamondbacks in 2011, going 8-0 with a 3.57 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 63.0 innings. The following season, he appeared in six games with the San Diego Padres. He spent the 2013 season in the Minor League organizations of the Washington Nationals and the Milwaukee Brewers.
He currently pitches for the AA Jacksonville Suns of the Miami Marlins organization.
The Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1977 to recognize those who have enriched and strengthened the Green Wave athletic programs either through their prowess on the field or through contributions off the field. In addition to having rendered outstanding service in the field of athletics, each inductee has exhibited other qualifications, such as outstanding sportsmanship, character, and integrity, and each inductee is a person who has brought great distinction to Tulane University.
The charter members of the Hall of Fame were: Bill Banker (football), Bernie Bierman (football coach), Jerry Dalrymple (football), Lester Lautenschlaeger (football), Emmett Pare (tennis coach), Warren Perkins (basketball), Eddie Price (football), Hamilton Richardson (tennis), Clark Shaughnessy (football), Claude Simons, Jr. (football) and Clifford Wells (basketball coach).
Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014
Gloria Asumnu Track & Field 2003-08 Brian Bogusevic Baseball 2003-06 Matt Forte Football 2004-08 Kim Lewis Men's Basketball 1990-95 Micah Owings Baseball 2004-05