CHICAGO - This past Saturday evening, the Saint Xavier University Athletics Department hosted a special dinner and ceremony at the Butler Reception Room on its Chicago campus to induct five new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame. The five inductees included: Lissa Coby '08 (women's soccer), Mike Dooley (baseball coach), Luke Gregerson '06 (baseball), Traci (Looby) Collins '08 (women's volleyball) and Chris Rodgers '08 (football). The 2014 SXU Athletics Hall of Class becomes the first class inducted since nine members were added back on May 5, 2012. Below is a photo gallery with highlighted photos from Saturday's event.
Coby was a forward on the SXU women's soccer team from 2004-07. She is the program's all-time leading scorer with 217 points as well as the program's leader in career goals (75) and career assists (67). Coby was a two-time NAIA All-American Second Team selection (2006, 2007), a two-time NAIA All-American Honorable Mention (2004, 2005), a four-time NAIA Region VII First Team honoree (2004-07) and four-time All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) First Team selection (2004-07). In 2006 and 2007, she was named the NAIA Region VII Player of the Year. Coby helped lead the Cougars to three CCAC regular season championships (2005-07), a CCAC Tournament championship in 2006, two NAIA Region VII Tournament championships (2006-07) and two appearances at the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championships (2006-07).
Head coach of the Saint Xavier baseball team since 1993, Dooley has coached the program in some capacity dating back to 1982. As the head coach, he has amassed an impressive 785-472-3 career record for a win percentage of .624. Dooley led SXU to the NAIA World Series in 2006, the program's first World Series appearance since 1988. That same season, he was named the NAIA Region VII and CCAC Baseball Coach of the Year. Saint Xavier has finished first in the CCAC eight times (1994, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009) under Dooley's tenure and first in the region four times (1994, 2005, 2006 and 2008). In addition to his coaching career, he has also served as assistant athletic director at SXU since the mid-1990's.
Gregerson was a standout pitcher and outfielder on the Cougar baseball team from 2003-06. He was named a NAIA All-American Honorable Mention, the CCAC Baseball Player of the Year as well as the NAIA Region VII Most Valuable Player in 2006. Gregerson was also a two-time All-CCAC First Team selection (2005-06). He has been a reliever for the San Diego Padres since 2009 and had an exceptional season in 2010 when he set a Major League Baseball (MLB) record for holds in a season (40). Gregerson was also instrumental in helping lead the Cougars to the 2006 NAIA World Series, the program's only appearance since 1988.
The all-time leader in career assists (5,057) for the Saint Xavier University women's volleyball program, Looby enjoyed a very successful playing career with the Cougars from 2004-07. She was named a 2007 NAIA All-American Honorable Mention and was also a two-time NAIA Region VII First Team selection (2006-07) and two-time All-CCAC First Team honoree (2006-07). In 2005, Looby was named to the All-CCAC Volleyball Second Team. She also ranks No. 2 all-time in SXU history in career service aces (253) and No. 8 in career digs (1,452). In 2007, she helped guide the Cougars to a 31-14 overall record and to the championship match of the NAIA Region VII Tournament.
Rodgers played defensive back for the Cougars from 2004-08. In 2008, he was named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)-NAIA Coaches All-America Team and the College Fanz NAIA Football Coaches All-American Team as a second team selection. Rodgers was a first team honoree on the 2008 Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League Team and a second team selection on the 2007 MSFA Mideast League Team. He ranks No. 2 all-time at Saint Xavier University in career pass break-ups (38) and No. 4 all-time in career blocked kicks (4). The Cougars compiled a stellar record of 37-13 during his playing career and qualified for postseason play in 2005, 2006 and 2007.