Villanova, Pa. - The Villanova Varsity Club has announced their 2015 Hall of Fame class on Friday, January 8.
Eight former Wildcat student-athletes will be inducted at the 40th Annual Hall of Fame award dinner on Saturday, March 5, at the Villanova Connelly Center. In addition to the eight new members, the Jake Nevin Special Recognition Award will be presented to Bill DiSipio.
“We are so excited to induct yet another strong class into the Villanova Varsity Club Hall of Fame,” said Varsity Club president Whitey Rigsby ‘78. “Each of the nine honorees are deserving and will forever have a place in Villanova Athletics history.”
The members of the 2015 Hall of Fame induction class spans seven sports and each inductee did their part athletically to become a permanent fixture in the Villanova Varsity Club Hall of Fame.
The inductees for the 2015 class are Kareem Archer (Track & Field), Chris Boden (Football), Tina Conti (Women’s Soccer), Carmen Douma (Track & Field), Eric Eberz (Men’s Basketball), Lisa Flood (Women’s Swimming), Megan O’Brien (Volleyball), and Taymore Zarghami (Men’s Lacrosse).
Tickets for the Hall of Fame dinner on March 5 are $60 for adults and $25 for children. The event starts with a reception at 6:00 p.m. The dinner and program start at 7:00 p.m. Please call the Villanova ticket office at 610-519-4100 for ticket reservations. Capsules of each of the nine honorees can be found below.
Kareem Archer (Track & Field, Class of 1998)
Kareem Archer competed for Villanova from 1994-98 where he was a five-time BIG EAST champion. He was the outdoor champion in the 400 meter hurdles from 1996-98. He captured the outdoor title in the 4x400 Meter Relay in 1997, and the 200 meters indoor champion in 1998. Archer was also a Penn Relays champion in 1998 in the 4x800 meter relay. On the international level, Archer placed second at the Jamaican Trials in 1997 for the 400m hurdles. He was a semi-finalist in the 400m hurdles at the 1997 World Championships. His time of 48.80 in the 400m hurdles that he set back on May 25, 1997, is still a school record to this day.
Chris Boden (Football, Class of 2000)
Chris Boden was a two-time first team All-Conference performer in 1997 and 1998. He earned first team All-ECAC honors in 1997, and was a Walter Camp All-American in 1997. As a sophomore in 1997, Boden completed 281-419 passes for 3,707 yards and 42 touchdowns to help lead the Wildcats to a perfect 11-0 regular season and the first-ever No. 1 national ranking in school history. Boden still holds three school records to this day. His 10,146 career passing yards are tops in program history. In addition to holding the career passing record, Boden is the school record holder in career touchdown passes (99) and touchdown passes in a season (42).
Tina Conti (Women’s Soccer, Class of 1991)
Tina Conti was one the most prolific offensive performers in program history. She currently ranks in the top 10 in school history in four career categories. Her 27 assists are good for third all-time. She is tied for fifth all-time in shots with 179. Conti’s 81 points ranks sixth in Villanova women’s soccer history and her 27 goals are ninth all-time. Her six career game-winning goals are good for 14th in program history. She earned first team NSCAA All-Northeast Region in 1989 and 1990, while being selected as a second team NSCAA All-American in 1990. Overall, Conti won 31 games during her career at Villanova.
Carmen Douma (Track & Field, Class of 2000)
Carmen Douma was a nine-time All-American at Villanova, and she was a two-time NCAA indoor champion in the mile (1998 and 2000). Douma captured the NCAA outdoor championship in the 1500 meters in 1998. She was a three-time Penn Relays Championship of America winner (1997- 4x800, 4x1500; 2000- 4x1500). Douma was a member of the 1998 NCAA cross country national championship team, and an eight-time BIG EAST champion (four indoor, three outdoor, and one cross country). She ranks sixth in school history in the 1000 meters, eighth in the Mile, and 10th in the 1500 meters.
Eric Eberz (Basketball, Class of 1996)
Eric Eberz scored 1,397 points in four seasons at Villanova which ranks 32nd on the all-time scoring list. His is one of 39 players in school history to score over 1,300 points for his career. He was named second team All-BIG EAST in 1995, and helped the Wildcats earn the 1994 NIT and 1995 BIG EAST titles. Overall, Eberz connected on 225 career three-point field goals, and was a career .377 shooting from beyond the arc. He scored a career-high 25 points on three occasions.
Lisa Flood (Women’s Swimming, Class of 1995)
Lisa Flood is considered one of the most decorated and talented swimmers ever to come through Villanova. She was crowned an NCAA champion in 200 yard breaststroke in 1992 becoming the first Villanova women’s swimmer to win an NCAA title. Flood is an eight-time All-American (1991- 100 and 200 Breaststroke; 1992- 100 and 200 Breast; 1993- 100 and 200 Breast, 200 Medley Relay/400 Medley; 1994- 100 and 200 Breast) She was named BIG EAST Outstanding Female Swimmer twice in 1991 and 1992, and was a 10-time BIG EAST champion during her time at Villanova.
At one time, Flood held two of the 14 individual Villanova women’s swimming records in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke, and also held BIG EAST Records in 100 and 200 yard breaststroke. Internationally, she competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona for Team Canada and finished 14th in the 200 breaststroke. She also competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta for Canada where she placed 10th in the 100 breast. She won the silver medal in the 4x100-metre medley at the 1995 FINA Short Course World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, and won the bronze medal in 100 and 200 yard breaststroke at the 1991 Pan-American Games in Cuba. She participated at the Pan Pacific Championships in Kobe, Japan, in 1993 and the following year earned two bronze medals (200m Breaststroke, 4 x 100m Medley Relay) at 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, B.C. Flood was honored by the NCAA with its Top 8 Award for athletic and academic accomplishments in 1995. Flood also finished fourth at the 1994 Word Championships in Rome which was her highest world ranking ever. The Pickering Swim Club renamed a swim meet after her, Lisa Flood Christmas Classic, hosted by the club every December. It was started by her head coach Nick Baker 25 years ago.
Megan O’Brien (Volleyball, Class of 1999)
Megan O’Brien was named to nine all-tournament teams during her career at Villanova, and was a two-time All-BIG EAST honoree (second team as a sophomore and senior). O’Brien ranks in the top 10 of the Villanova record book in 11 different categories. She ranks second in career digs per set (4.01), while ranking third in career kills per set (3.79). She is fifth in career kills (1,390), career digs (1,472), and single-season digs (574, 1995). O’Brien is sixth in single-season digs per set (4.78, 1995), and seventh in both career points (1597.5) and career attack percentage (.251). Finally, she is eighth in career attack attempts (3,453) and ninth in career service aces (125). During O’Brien’s career, Villanova was 74-46 and qualified for the BIG EAST tournament three straight years from 1995-97. The 1997 team made the BIG EAST final and advanced to the NCAA tournament.
Taymore Zarghami (Men’s Lacrosse, Class of 1992)
Taymore Zarghami ranks second all-time in saves (661) and saves per game (12.71). He’s fifth all-time in Villanova history in wins with 14 and fifth in save percentage at .607. Zarghami ranked 8th nationally in 1990 with a save percentage of .656, and he was a 1991 Preseason All-America candidate. He played a total of 41 games as a Wildcat with 423 goals against, 661 saves, 100 ground balls, and a 14-9 overall record.
Basil A. (Bill) DiSipio (Jake Nevin Special Recognition Award, Class of 1975)
Bill DiSipio was the assistant trainer to legendary Villanova trainer Jake Nevin in the mid 1970’s. He has been a men’s basketball season ticket holder for years and is currently a partner in his law firm - Lavin, O'Neil, Cedrone & DiSipio. He was on the board of the Varsity Club for over 30 years and is a former president. He most recently was instrumental in the updating of the Varsity Club’s bylaws and constitution.