The University of Richmond announced its Class of 2019 Hall of Fame inductees Monday: Tom “Red” Booker (basketball/baseball 1957-1961), Jen MacKay Williams (swimming 1994-97), Matt McCracken (football 2005-2009), Jill Murphy Myers (field hockey 1999-2002), Russell Smelley (track and field 1974-77), and the 1990 women’s basketball team.
Booker was a four-year starter in baseball and a three-year starter in basketball. He was named all-Southern Conference as an outfielder. In basketball, Booker averaged double figures all four seasons, and led UR in scoring as a senior (17.7 ppg).
MacKay Williams set Richmond records in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke and the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay. She finished with 11 CAA titles.
McCracken, an offensive lineman, was part of UR teams that totaled 50 wins, with three league championships and the 2008 FCS title. He was a first-team All-American in 2009 and 2008, and made the third team in 2007, making him the first three-time All-American in UR history.
Murphy Myers led UR to its first A-10 field hockey title and a 14-game winning streak in 2002. She left the program as the career assists leader, and is currently second with 31. Murphy Myers as an assistant coach helped the Spiders to three more A-10 title during 2003-05.
Smelley, from Prince George County, ran cross country and track and won the Southern Conference, state and the Virginia-Carolinas championship in the 880. He qualified three times for the NCAA indoor championships. He earned All-America status in the 2-mile relay in 1976. Smelley went on to coach the UR women’s cross country and track and field teams.
The 1990 women’s basketball team, coached by Stephanie Gaitley, went 25-5 (11-1 CAA), including a 15-game winning streak, and qualified for the NCAA tournament.
The class will be inducted during a ceremony and dinner Nov. 1 at the Jepson Alumni Center. Members will be introduced during the homecoming football game Nov. 2 against Stony Brook.