Philadelphia, Pa. - The University of the Sciences had much to celebrate over the weekend as it welcomed back countless alumni, along with their friends and families for the induction of the Devils Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2017. As the afternoon kicked off with a big win by the women's basketball team over the Golden Falcons of Felician. The attention was then drawn to center court for the award presentations to Steve Burman, Kim Koschineg, Ken Kondracki, and the family of the recently departed Howard "Howie" Lanier. These former student-athletes have earned their spot in the Devils Athletics Hall of Fame by exemplifying the true meaning of being a Devil both on and off the playing surface, whether that be through their individual statistics or their strife to better the players around them.
Whether it be on the baseball field, running the course at the Belmont Plateau, or the basketball court on campus; these four contributed more than just statistics during their time in the maroon and white. A standout on the Devils baseball team, Burman garnered a 54-38 record and played in 92 games. He hit a career-high .354 his sophomore season, as he closed his career with a .306 average in 317 at-bats. While Kondracki was a member of the men's cross-country team from for four years, 1979 through 1982, and was a letterman each of those years. owns three of the top 10 USciences times on the original Belmont Plateau five-mile course, and he is one of only two USciences runners ever to break the 29-minute barrier on the original Belmont Plateau five-mile course.
Koschineg began her career at the University of the Sciences in 1997 where she received her master's degree in 2001 and quickly became a collegiate basketball All-American. Kim would go on to become one of the best in USciences women's basketball history. She logged 57 games in her career for the Devils where she remains No. 1 in scoring avg. at 22.0 ppg, while also becoming a member of the 1,000-point club with 1,306. Kim also holds the single-season scoring record with 762 points in the 1998-99 season.
During his playing career at USciences from 2004-07, Lanier excelled on the basketball court. He averaged 7.7 points per game and finished in the top 20 all time in five statistical categories. Howie's leadership and determination was the driving force behind the Devils success throughout his career. Lanier would later become an assistant coach at USciences and developed connections with the players that far reached beyond the court.
The Devils closed out the afternoon with a men's win over Felician, as they continue to make the final push for the fourth playoff spot in the Central Atlantic Collegiate tournament.