Michigan Athletics Announces 2022 Hall of Honor Class – University of Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan athletic department announced its seven-member 2022 Hall of Honor class on Tuesday (June 21) with Abby Crumpton (women’s soccer), Samantha Findlay (softball), Joan (Spillane) Postma ’62, Jim Richardson (women’s swimming and diving), Red Simmons (women’s track and field), Ellen Tomek (rowing) and Debbie Williams-Hoak (women’s track and field) set to join the prestigious Hall.
This is the first Hall of Honor class comprised entirely of female student-athletes and coaches of women’s teams at Michigan and is in honor and recognition of the 50th anniversary of Title IX legislation.
The induction ceremony is scheduled to take place this fall. Criteria for consideration included being an NCAA champion or member of a national championship team, an All-American, Olympic medalist, Olympic team member, professional league champion or world championship team medalist/member, NCAA or conference player of the year, conference champion, record holder or all-conference award winner.
The U-M Athletics Hall of Honor was established in 1978 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions as athletes, coaches and administrators to the tradition of Wolverine athletics and, in doing so, have enhanced the image and reputation of the University of Michigan.
Abby Crumpton | Women’s Soccer (1999-2002)
Abby Crumpton Minihan is the first women’s soccer player to be inducted into Michigan’s Hall of Honor, and deservedly so. The program’s record book is littered with her name even 20 years since she last donned her No. 22 jersey.
As a senior tri-captain in 2002, Abby was an NSCAA/Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Award finalist honoring the nation’s top player, a second team All-American, and the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Year. That same year, U-M reached the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time. She also was a freshman on the 1999 team that won U-M’s second Big Ten Tournament title.
Crumpton was a three-time All-Great Lakes Region first-team and All-Big Ten first-team selection (1999, 2001-02) and was named second team to both as a sophomore in 2000. In 2001, she was named U-M’s team MVP and earned U-M’s Athletic Academic Achievement Award in 2000 and ’03.
The forward led U-M in points in 2001 (30) and 2002 (35), goals in 2001 (13 goals) and 2002 (11 goals), and assists (13) in 2002. Until 2013, Abby held the program record for career points (116) and currently ranks second. She ranks among the top five all-time in eight career categories: points per game (3rd, 1.29); goals (3rd, 43); goals per game (T-2nd, 0.48); game-winning goals (4th, 10); assists (2nd, 30); shots attempted (2nd, 300); games played (4th, 90); and games started (5th, 83).
Among single-season performances, she appears twice in the record book for points, with 35 in 2002 ranking third all-time, and her 32 points in 1999 tying for eighth. Her 13 goals in 2001 rank seventh, her 12 goals in 1999 are tied for eighth and her 13 assists in 2002 are tied for second. Abby’s three goals against Indiana in 2001 remains tied for Michigan’s single-game record.
Samantha Findlay | Softball (2005-08)
Samantha Findlay capped her freshman season with the most famous home run in Michigan softball history, hitting a three-run shot in the 10th inning to clinch Michigan’s 4-1 win over UCLA and give the Wolverines their first national championship. Findlay batted .409 in the Women’s College World Series and was named Most Outstanding Player. She hit .361 that year with a team-high 77 runs batted in and 43 walks, and she smacked 21 homers to share the school single-season record with Jessica Merchant.
A first team All-American as a second baseman in 2008, Findlay set career marks (since eclipsed by Sierra Romero) for home runs (62), RBI (219) and slugging percentage (.677). She was named to the all-region team three times, the Big Ten All-Tournament team twice, and was the 2005 Big Ten Freshman of the Year as well as a 2008 unanimous All-Big Ten first-team selection.
Joan (Spillane) Postma | College of Literature, Science and the Arts (1960-62)
The summer prior to her freshman year at the University of Michigan, Joan (Spillane) Postma swam for the United States at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. The U.S. head coach was none other than U-M’s own head coach, Gus Stager. Joan earned a gold medal on the U.S. women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay, setting a World…