Eight athletes join UD Hall of Fame

Popular basketball coach Mike Brey and one of his top players, Mike Pegues, are among the eight new members of the University’s Athletics Hall of Fame inducted this fall.

The 2007 honorees are Brey, who led the Fightin’ Blue Hens to 99 wins and two NCAA tournament appearances; 12-time East Coast Conference women’s swimming champion Donna Brockson (now Smith); track and field record-setter Ed Mongan; Pegues, the all-time leading men’s basketball scorer; field hockey All-American, who excelled at three sports, Paula Petrie (Pietrok); two-time conference women’s basketball player of the year Jennifer Riley (Bowbliss); 1954 NCAA outdoor track competitor Bill Reybold; and three-sport standout and former UD volleyball coach Sue Sowter Stauffer.

“We are once again honored to present our latest list of Hall of Fame inductees,” UD Director of Athletics Edgar N. Johnson said in announcing the class. “This accomplished group represents 10 different sports here at the University of Delaware, and our honorees combined to earn 46 varsity letters, capture 23 conference individual or team titles, set numerous school records and make several trips to the NCAA championships. It is a well-deserved honor for each of them.”

Mike Brey
One of the most successful and popular head coaches in UD history, Brey brought the men’s basketball squad to national prominence during his tenure from 1995-2000.

Brey came to Delaware after serving as an assistant at Duke University and quickly became a fan favorite, as he drew enthusiastic crowds that packed the Bob Carpenter Center. He led the Hens to a five-year record of 99-50, two America East Conference titles, two NCAA tournament appearances and a berth in the 2000 National Invitation Tournament.

In an unprecedented three-year stretch from 1997-2000, his teams went 70-23 overall and 49-14 against conference opponents, winning league titles in 1998 and 1999 and advancing to the NCAA tournament both years. The 1999-2000 team went 24-8 and advanced to the NIT. Brey was named America East Coach of the Year in 1998.

He left Delaware after the 1999-2000 season to accept the head coaching position at the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife, Tish, and children Callie and Kyle live in South Bend, Ind.

Donna Brockson Smith, CHEP ’87, ’95M
A top swimmer with a specialty in the breaststroke events, Brockson captured more conference titles than any other female swimmer in UD history. From 1983-87, for head coaches Edgar Johnson and Christopher Ip, she won 12 East Coast Conference individual and relay championships and established five school records. A two-year co-captain, her teams never placed lower than third at the ECC championship meet. She won the 100 breaststroke at the ECC championships all four years, captured the 200 breaststroke twice and teamed for four other relay titles.

As a sophomore in 1984-85, she was named the ECC championship meet most valuable performer when she took home a Delaware-record six first-place finishes, including wins in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, 200 and 400 individual medley, and 200 and 400 medley relay events. She has spent the last 15 years teaching and developing swim teams in Sussex County, Del., where she and her husband, Mark Smith, live and where she teaches fourth grade at Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

Ed Mongan, EG ’73, ’80M
One of the most accomplished track and field athletes in UD history, Mongan was a record-breaker and a national caliber competitor during his career. A team captain, he was a versatile performer, setting records in the hurdles, middle distance, triple jump and relay events.

Mongan set seven school records during his career and became the only UD men’s track athlete to compete at the NCAA indoor championships, where he finished ninth in the 440-yard dash and also qualified for the 600-yard run in 1973. He became the first UD athlete to win an event at the IC4A indoor meet when he captured the 440-yard dash in 1973. He also won the 1973 Middle Atlantic Conference outdoor 440-yard hurdle championship and finished second in the 1973 IC4A outdoor 440-yard dash.

An engineer, Mongan worked for the DuPont Co. for 28 years and now lives in London, where he serves as global practice leader for climate change for BHP Billiton Ltd. He and his wife, Mary Lou, AS ’76, have three children.

Mike Pegues, AS ’00
The all-time leading scorer in UD basketball, Pegues took the Hens to new heights under Coach Mike Brey. The soft-shooting Pegues tallied 2,030 career points from 1996-2000 and became the first UD men’s basketball player to be named conference player of the year. The only three-time first team all-conference selection in school history, the powerful forward led the Hens to America East Conference titles and NCAA tournament berths in 1998 and 1999 and to the NIT in 2000.

He was named the co-winner of the University’s Alexander J. Taylor Outstanding Senior Male Student Award and was selected the UD Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year in 2000. After graduation, he played basketball in Italy, New Zealand, England and Argentina and played one season in the Continental Basketball Association.

Pegues lives in Frederick, Md., and is a communications teacher at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, D.C. He continues to coach both AAU and high school basketball teams.

Paula Petrie Pietrok, CHS ’79
A three-sport star in the early days of women’s athletics at UD, Petrie earned nine letters in basketball, field hockey and softball from 1975-78. On defense for Mary Ann Hitchens’ field hockey squads in 1975-78, she led the team to a combined record of 51-21-8 and three top four finishes at the AIAW nationals, including a runner-up finish in 1978 and a third-place showing in 1977.

She earned a berth on the U.S. National Field Hockey Team and was an All-America selection as a senior in 1978. A forward in basketball, she averaged 10.1 points per game in 1975-76 and contributed 9.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in 1976-77. In softball, she was a hard-hitting outfielder who batted .403 with 27 hits, 23 runs, 15 runs batted in and three home runs over two varsity seasons.

She lives in Wilsonville, Ore., with her husband, Mark Pietrok, and most recently served as women’s basketball coach and adjunct professor at Western Oregon University.

Bill Reybold, AG ’54
A standout in cross country, track and field and swimming in the early 1950s, Reybold earned nine varsity letters and was named UD’s Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year in 1954. He excelled on the track and finished sixth in the half-mile at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 1954 at Michigan. He won the Middle Atlantic Conference outdoor mile title in 1954 after finishing second in 1953 and set UD records in the half-mile (1:53.9) and mile (4:18.6), the latter a standard that stood for 33 years.

Reybold was a two-year captain and course record-holder in cross country and finished fourth at the MAC championships as a senior in 1953. In swimming, he was a three-year letter winner and competed for teams that had a combined dual meet record of 25-3-1 and captured the 1954 Middle Atlantic Conference team title. He also played freshman football.

Reybold worked for more than 30 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a soil scientist and served for over 30 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring as a colonel. He and his
wife, Nancy, have six children and live in Easton, Md.

Jennifer Riley Bowbliss, CHEP ’92
A high-scoring forward, Riley was a three-year starter and became the only UD basketball player to be named conference player of the year twice. She was named the East Coast Conference player of the year and ECC tournament most valuable player in 1991, when she averaged 16.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game and led the Hens to the league championship game.

As a senior, she averaged 16.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and was named the North Atlantic Conference player of the year. She was a two-year co-captain and also was a key starter for the 1989-90 team that posted a record of 21-9 and captured the ECC championship. An honor student and the 1992 ECC scholar-athlete of the year for women’s basketball, Riley finished her career ranked No. 6 on the all-time UD scoring list with 1,165 points and No. 8 with 582 rebounds.

She lives in Whispering Pines, N.C., with her husband, Dave Bowbliss, and their three children and is an accountant at National Golf Club in Pinehurst, N.C.

Sue Sowter Stauffer, CHS ’78, EG ’87
Stauffer made valuable contributions to the UD athletics program not only as a nine-time letter winner but also as an assistant coach and head coach in volleyball. A four-year letter winner, she set the school record for career kills, was twice named most valuable player and served two years as team captain in volleyball. She led her squads to 110 wins and two AIAW national championship appearances from 1974-77.

She was a two-year starter in basketball, averaging nearly 9.0 points per game over two seasons, and was a hot-hitting and slick-fielding third baseman in softball, leading the team with a .416 batting average in 1978. She returned to UD as an assistant volleyball coach during five different seasons from 1986-97, helping lead the Hens to conference titles and NIVC national championship tournament appearances in 1992 and 1994. She also served as interim head coach for the final five games of the 2001 volleyball season.

She and her husband, Matt Stauffer, are the parents of three children and live in Elkton, Md.