Boysel, McBride Set for February 4th Induction into UU Hall of Fame
URBANA, Ohio (January 7, 2012) – On Saturday, February 4th, a pair of Blue Knight athletic pioneers will be inducted into the Urbana University Athletic Hall of Fame. Seventies standouts Brian Boysel '04 and Mary (Jenkins) McBride '78 will be enshrined together as the 34th and 35th members of the Urbana University Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will highlight Boysel and McBride’s accomplishments on and off the court during their tenures as Blue Knights. It will take place approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of a Blue Knight basketball doubleheader that begins with a 1:00 p.m. tip-off between the Urbana women’s team and visiting Lindenwood University. At approximately 3:00 p.m., the Blue Knight men will battle visiting Malone University.
“The induction of Brian Boysel and Mary McBride are long overdue,” according to UU Athletic Director Doug Young. “Brian and Mary were true Blue Knight pioneers, and their contributions during our athletic programs’ early stages helped lay the foundation for where we’ve progressed today.”
Boysel was a three-year starter at forward for the Blue Knights during the mid ‘70s. Under Hall of Fame coach Bob Cawley, Boysel excelled in his role as an efficient scorer on the court.
“During his senior year, Brian had to shoulder most of the offensive load because two starters were dropped from the team for disciplinary reasons,” recounts Cawley. “He was very instrumental in helping Urbana upset a number of teams, such as Capital, who had only lost to Toledo at the time, and Franklin, who had just beaten the number one team in the country.”
As a senior on Cawley’s 1976-77 squad, Boysel averaged better than 20 points per game to go along with nearly seven rebounds per contest. The 6’3” Greenon High School product led the team in shooting, knocking down nearly 55% of his attempts from the field. He ended his career fifth, and still remains 14th, on Urbana’s all-time scoring list with 1,419 points, averaging better than 16 points per game over a career that spanned 87 contests. His scoring average is the 10th best mark amongst the school’s twenty-two 1,000-point scorers. Boysel becomes the 15th former Blue Knight men’s basketball player to be enshrined, and the 7th player to join the Hall after playing for Hall of Fame Head Coach Bob Cawley. Cawley will be in attendance as Boysel’s presenter on February 4th.
After his playing career ended at Urbana, Boysel left for a full-time position at Grimes Manufacturing, where he has remained for 32 years. In 2002, Boysel returned to Urbana University, changed his major, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business in 2004.
“Brian was a great player who came up big in big games,” remembers Dave Ross, a 1976 graduate of Urbana and current Board Trustee and Hall of Fame Chairman. “We were impressed that he returned to UU to finish his degree in 2004, which also made him eligible for a Hall of Fame nomination.”
At the same time Boysel was leading the Blue Knight men on the hardwood, his female counterpart was building the early foundation of what would later become a thriving women’s program at Urbana. Mary (Jenkins) McBride enrolled at Urbana during the developmental stages of the school’s women’s basketball, volleyball and softball programs. As a freshman during the 1974-75 school year, McBride played for some of the first women’s basketball and volleyball teams to don the Royal Blue and White. When the athletic department added softball in 1976, McBride joined that team as well, becoming one of the first females to earn three varsity letters during a single school year. In all, the Ansonia native earned ten varsity letters at Urbana before graduating with a degree in education in 1978.
Later, McBride continued to be a strong advocate for women’s sports by beginning a career in coaching and teaching that would span nearly three decades. McBride’s first job came teaching social studies at nearby Triad High School. There, she also began her coaching career, leading the Cardinal volleyball team to a 14-6 record and a 1979 District runner-up finish, the first of its kind in school history. McBride also represented Triad on Ohio’s Title IX Committee and coached the girl’s basketball team.
After a brief stint teaching and coaching girl’s basketball and volleyball at Tri-Valley High School in 1981, McBride moved to Brighton, Colorado. Over the next 20 years, McBride taught social studies while earning her Master’s Degree and coaching 13 seasons of volleyball and 4 seasons of basketball at Brighton High School. Nine times, McBride helped Brighton capture a conference championship and advance to the state tournament. For 7 years, she served on the Executive Board of the Colorado Coaches of Girl’s Sports, earning the organization’s Coach of the Year award in 1997.
Dr. Jennifer McEvoy, a former player and student of McBride’s at Brighton shares, “Over the course of the last 16 years, Coach McBride has not only been an exceptional coach and educator for me, but also an inspirational mentor and friend. I cannot think of a person more deserving of a spot in the Urbana University Athletic Hall of Fame.”
Another former player at Brighton, Laura (Suazo) Saeler, adds, “Mary McBride has spent many years of her life shaping the lives of young leaders. I am honored to be associated with her and thankful for her deep influences in my life.”
Before retiring from coaching in 1998, McBride compiled a 240-73 overall record as a varsity volleyball coach at Triad and Brighton.
The induction of Brian Boysel and Mary (Jenkins) McBride will take place in the Sara Landess Room of the Urbana University Student Center on Saturday, February 4th approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the 3:00 p.m. men’s basketball game against Malone.
If you know someone who you believe would make an excellent candidate for future consideration for the Urbana University Hall of Fame, visit the school’s athletic website at sports.urbana.edu for more information on the nomination process.