RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Athletic Department is proud to recognize a trio that have been instrumental in the rise of the Black & Gold’s national profile over the past 25 years with the announcement of the VCU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2010.
Men’s tennis standout Daniel Andersson, field hockey star Marni Voorhees and team physician Dr. Thomas P. Loughran will all be inducted on Saturday at a brunch prior to the basketball doubleheader at the Siegel Center at 2 p.m.
Here’s a profile on each one of the inductees:
Daniel Andersson’s body of work is undeniable. A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Andersson starred for the VCU Men’s Tennis team from 1996-2000. Along the way, he shattered records and accumulated enough accolades to fill an oil tanker.
Andersson’s crowning achievement came as a senior in 2000, when he won 45 of 53 singles matches and became the first Ram to earn the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s No. 1 ranking. Andersson’s efforts spearheaded VCU’s run to the NCAA Championship match against Stanford.
A two-time ITA All-American (1998, 2000), Andersson became the first VCU player to capture a national championship when he won the 1999 T. Rowe Price National Clay Court title. Andersson followed that with an ITA National Indoor Championship in 2000.
During the course of his career, Andersson won a VCU-record 144 singles matches, not to mention his 64 victories on the doubles court. His 46 singles wins in 1997-98 are also a school record for a single season.
He was named the ITA’s Senior Player of the Year in 2000, as well as Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year in 1998 and 2000, CAA Rookie of the Year in 1997 and CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Performer from 1998-2000. Additionally, he collected All-CAA First Team citations in both singles and doubles all four years. He was no slouch in the classroom either, collecting GTE Academic All-America honors in 1998 and 1999.
Andersson was a four-time qualifier for the NCAA Singles Tournament and reached the semifinals in 1998. Andersson finished the 2000 season with a No. 3 national ranking and was ranked in the top 25 in both 1998 and 1999.
In 2010, Andersson was named one of the CAA’s Silver Stars, a group of the 25 most influential student-athletes in the league’s history, joining a list that included NBA players Eric Maynor, Johnny Newman and David Robinson, Major League Baseball stars Justin Verlander and Sean Casey and Olympian Diane Guthrie-Gresham.
MARNI VOORHEES (FIELD HOCKEY - 1988-91)
High-scoring forward Marni Voorhees was one of the driving forces behind one of the more successful four-year runs in VCU Field Hockey history from 1988-91. With Voorhees running the offense, VCU piled up 44 victories, including a 13-7-1 mark in 1990.
A deadly corner striker, Voorhees was a First Team All-South Atlantic Conference selection during that outstanding 1990 season, when she scored a team-high 12 goals. She also garnered an All-Region award in the process. The Virginia Beach, Va. native scored a game-tying goal in the Rams’ 3-1 upset of 11th-ranked Duke, recorded both goals in VCU’s 2-2 tie with Ohio State and added a hat trick against Louisville.
In 1991, Voorhees led the Rams with eight goals and was named First Team All-CAA, as well as Second Team All-Region, for her efforts. Voorhees was also selected to participate in the Division I All-Star Game in Philadelphia, Pa. She later received the Black and Gold Senior Award at the 1992 VCU Senior Awards Banquet.
Voorhees graduated as the No. 2 scorer in school history with 31 goals and 73 points. She is currently fourth in both categories. Her 28 points in 1990 rank seventh in school single-season history.
“Marni was the epitome of a student-athlete,” said former VCU Field Hockey Coach Pat Stauffer. “She always put the team first.”
DR. THOMAS LOUGHRAN (TEAM PHYSICIAN)
There aren’t many people who have done more to keep the Rams healthy and on the field of play than Dr. Thomas P. Loughran. For more than 25 years, Dr. Loughran has served as the physician for VCU Athletic squads.
A graduate of the VCU Medical Center, Dr. Loughran specializes in general orthopaedics, sports medicine and arthroscopy, including hip arthroscopy; complex knee and shoulder ligament reconstruction; and cartilage regeneration, including micro fracture, chondroplasty, allograft, carticel regeneration and compartment syndrome evaluations.
Dr. Loughran currently serves as the medical director of VCU’s Sports Medicine Clinic. He has also served as VCU’s orthopaedic consultant for the Society of Sports Therapy/United Kingdom. For four years, he was nominated for the MCV Hospitals’ Clinical Physician of the Year, and five times he was named a Richmond “Top Doc” in Sports Medicine.
In addition to his duties at VCU, Dr. Loughran has worked as the orthopaedic surgeon and consultant for a number of local athletic groups, including Virginia Union University, the Richmond Braves and Flying Squirrels and a number of local high schools.
Dr. Loughran has also made an impression abroad. He served as a physician for the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia and has conducted lectures on sports medicine in a number of countries, including Russia, Ireland and Great Britain.