Mercyhurst Magazine Summer 2015

Standing are Craig Woodard ‘96, John Melody ‘90 and James Sherrod ‘85. Seated are Julie McChesney Stiles ‘95, Tracy Cross Hoza ‘96, and Claire Scanlan ‘96. Six inducted into Hall of Fame Tracy Cross Hoza ‘96 WOMEN’S SOCCER Claire Scanlan ‘96 WOMEN’S SOCCER

executive director of the Martin Luther King Center in Erie. Craig Woodard ‘96 FOOTBALL Craig played football for head coaches Jim Chapman and Joe Kimball from 1992 to 1995. He was the frst player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, fnishing with 1,166 in 1992, and held the single season rushing record until 2007. He is second all-time in rushing yards (2,315), a record he held until 2008. During his stellar career, Woodard had nine 100- yard games with a career best of 222 against Canisius in 1992. He is one of fve players in program history to rush for at least 200 yards in a game and still holds the record for the longest run from scrimmage, a 94-yard TD against Canisius. Woodard held the single- season record for most rushing yards per game and most rushing yards per game by a freshman (116.6 in 1992) until both were surpassed in 2012. He had four straight 100-yard games in 1992 and is currently ffth all-time in all-purpose yards with 2,940. Following graduation, Woodard worked fve years as a sportscaster for Erie television station WICU before shifting to the fnancial services industry.

the team in rebounding during the team’s NCAA years of 1994 and 1995. Mercyhurst went 72-36 during her career, the most successful four-year

Tracy played from 1991 to 1995 for head coaches Trevor Warren and Rich Hartis. She missed the 1993 season due to injury. Mercyhurst went a combined 55-12-2 during her playing career. She was a member of three NCAA- qualifying teams, including Division II Final Four teams in both 1994 and 1995. Cross was named All-Region three times and was an All-America selection twice – Second Team in 1994 and First Team a year later. She also played for the Irish National Team. Julie McChesney Stiles ‘95 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Julie played for head coaches Paul Demyanovich and Jim Webb from 1991 to 1995 and was part of the frst two women’s basketball teams to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. In 1995, Mercyhurst reached the Elite 8 in Fargo, North Dakota, before bowing to Stonehill, 80-78. McChesney averaged 17 points and 8.8 rebounds in fve NCAA Tournament games and posted two double-doubles. She is third all- time in scoring (1,486) and rebounding (799), second in blocked shots (136), ffth in free throws made (326), and sixth in scoring average (14.7). She led

Claire played soccer from 1992 to1995 for head coaches Trevor Warren and Rich Hartis. Her teams went a combined 53-11-2 in her career. She was an All- American twice - Second Team in 1994 and First Team in 1995. Scanlan led Mercyhurst in scoring three times and was chosen GLIAC Ofensive Player of the Year as a senior. She was a four-time All-Region selection and is ffth all-time in both goals (58) and points (145). She is tied for fourth all-time in assists with 29. Scanlan also was a member of the Irish National Team. James Sherrod ‘85 FOOTBALL James played football from 1981 to 1984 and was a member of the frst football team under head coach Tony DeMeo. Although the program has been in existence for 34 years, Sherrod is still tied for 6th in tackles-for-a-loss (36 in just 34 career games), 12th all- time in sacks (14), and 21st in tackles with 221 (72 solo, 149 assisted). Sherrod had 17 tackles-for-a-loss in 1984, tied for ffth-most in a single season. He also had nine sacks in 1984, a number that is currently tied for seventh-most in a single campaign. Sherrod is the

run in program history. John Melody ‘90

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SOCCER COACH John was a two-sport (soccer, golf) athlete at Mercyhurst in the late ‘80s before making his mark as men’s and women’s soccer coach from 1997 to 2001. His men’s teams had an overall record of 70-21-4 in fve years and a perfect 27-0 record in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play. The men recorded fve GLIAC titles and reached the NCAA Playofs in 1998, 2000 and 2001. The men reached the Final Four in 1998. The women fnished his fve-year tenure with an overall 72-19-6 record and were 37-4-3 in the GLIAC. The ladies made the NCAAs in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Melody was named GLIAC Men’s Coach of the Year three times and GLIAC Women’s Coach of the Year twice. He was twice chosen both Men’s and Women’s Regional Coach of the Year during his fve years at the helm. Melody is currently an Erie businessman.


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