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Jan. 31, 2007
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Seven EMU athletic greats to be inducted into E-Club Athletic Hall of Fame

YPSILANTI — Five former athletes, a swim coach and an athletic administrator will be inducted into Eastern Michigan's University's E-Club Athletic Hall of Fame.

The class of 2006 will be honored at an official induction ceremony Saturday, Feb. 10, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the atrium of the Convocation Center. A reception will follow at noon in the Stadium Club.

 The Class of 2006 includes: Greg Howe of Saline, baseball; Carole Huston of Pinehurst N.C., athletics administrator; Dazel Jules of Ann Arbor, track; Peter Linn of Ypsilanti, swim coach and swimmer; Bob Lints of Brown City, football; Nikki Stubbs of Flat Rock, volleyball; and Gary Tyson of Ypsilanti, basketball.

The E-Club, a group of former EMU varsity letter winners, sponsors the Hall of Fame and has a selection committee to determine the inductees. This year's class will be the 31st inducted into the Hall of Fame, which started with the inaugural class in 1976. The induction ceremony and reception are scheduled prior to the EMU-Ohio University women's basketball game, which has a 2 p.m. tip-off. The Hall of Fame inductees also will be honored at the game.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame ceremony are $35 each, which includes the induction ceremony, reception and a ticket for the women's basketball game. Hall of Fame tickets can be ordered from the EMU Athletics Office by calling 487-1866.

A complete biography of the Class of 2006 is as follows:

Greg Howe (’82) was an outstanding baseball player who lettered four times, from 1979-82. He is one of EMU's all-time leaders in stolen bases and runs scored. He ranked first in runs scored (72 in 1982) in a single season and in stolen bases (31 in both 1981 and 1982). He also had 80 career-stolen bases, which ranked second at EMU when he graduated. Howe went on to have an outstanding minor-league career, rising to the ranks of Triple A with the Minnesota Twins before retiring. Howe later became a chiropractor.

Carole Huston served as an administrator in EMU's Athletic Department from 1970-76 and, again, from 1991-2003. During her first stint, she was a physical education instructor and became the first women's athletic director in 1975. She helped the department begin its first women's athletic scholarship program. She left EMU in 1976 to become an assistant athletics director at Bowling Green State University and then returned to EMU in 1991 as a senior women's administrator in athletics. Huston was in the position until her retirement in 2003. She also served as the interim athletics director from 1997-1999.

Dazel Jules (’90) was a two-time All-American in track and won six individual and four relay titles during the Mid-American Conference outdoor track and field championships. Jules won the 100 meters in 1987 (10.67 seconds), 1988 (10.42) and 1989 (10.60) as well as the 200 meters in 1987 (20.91), 1988 (20.84) and 1989 (20.86). Jules also ran on three 400-meter-relay teams that won MAC outdoor titles from 1987-89 and one 1600-meter-relay team in 1989 (3:07.66). He was named the MAC Outdoor Most Valuable Performer in 1989.

Peter Linn (‘74) lettered in swimming from 1971-73. He swam on EMU teams that won the NAIA National Championships (1970-71) and the NCAA Division II National Championship (1971-72). Linn began coaching in 1975-76 as an assistant coach to EMU Head Swimming Coach Mike Jones. Linn coached at Shaker Heights High School in Ohio from 1976-82 and at Upper Arlington (Ohio) High School from 1986-88, before returning to EMU in 1988-89 to take over for Jones, who retired. Currently in his 19th season of coaching at EMU, Linn has led the Eagles to 15 MAC championships. He was named MAC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year five times (1989, 1990, 1992, 1998 and 2002). Linn took over the women's swimming and diving team in 2004-05 and led the group to their first-ever MAC swim title in 2005-06. He was named MAC Women's Swimming Coach of the Year in both his seasons as head coach.

Bob Lints (‘70) earned two varsity letters (1968 and 1969) in football. Both the American Football Coaches Association and the NAIA chose Lints First Team All-American in 1969. He was the recipient of the James M. "Bingo" Brown Award in 1969 as the team's Most Valuable Player. Lints was drafted in the third round of the 1970 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers, but chose not to play professional football.

Nikki Stubbs (‘90) was a First-Team All-MAC performer in volleyball in 1990. She led the conference in kills per game that year and also led EMU in kills (584, which is an EMU single-season

record) and digs (478, which ranks third all-time at EMU) in 1990. She was a standout on the 1990 team that was the first EMU volleyball team to ever play in a post-season tournament. The team competed in the Women's Invitational Volleyball Championships (WIVC), where the team went 2-2 before the University of Tennessee eliminated them. The 1990 team finished runners-up in the MAC Tournament and also won three in-season tournaments, at South Florida, Wright State and the Ann Arbor News Classic. Stubbs ranks third in single-match kills (37) and second in digs (43).  She is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

Gary Tyson (‘74) was an outstanding basketball player, who earned three varsity letters from 1971-74. Tyson still has the EMU single-game record of 47 points scored in one game. He led EMU in scoring in both 1972-73 (23.5 ppg) and 1973-74 (22.4 ppg). Tyson helped lead the team to the final four in the NCAA-College Division Tournament in 1971-72. He ranks sixth on EMU's all-time scoring list with 1,530 points and his 258 career assists ranks 13th. After graduating, Tyson had a tryout with the Detroit Pistons. He went on to work in real estate and has been an assessor/appraiser for the past 30 years. Tyson also has coached junior varsity boys and girls basketball at both Ypsilanti

Lincoln and Ann Arbor Huron high schools.


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