July 6, 2006

Bloomsburg University Names 2006 Athletics Hall of Fame Class


BLOOMSBURG--The 25th Bloomsburg University Athletic Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Friday, October 6th, 2006 as the part of the school's Homecoming celebration. The induction of six graduates brings to 115 the number of members in the Bloomsburg Athletic Hall of Fame.

This year's Hall of Fame inductees are Jim Browning '56; Lance Milner '90; Todd Cummings '83; Marty Laudato '93' Janelle Breneman '94; and Kim Youndt Evans '90.

Browning was a standout on the football field for the Huskies. Browning, who played defense as a freshman, finished his career as the school's all-time leader in career yards with 1,607 (now ninth) on just 184 carries for an average of 8.7 yards a carry. He also scored 10 rushing touchdowns. As a receiver, Browning caught 26 passes for 643 yards, an average of 24.7 yards per catch, with eight scores. He led the Huskies in scoring in both 1953 and 1954 and finished 31st in the country in 1953 in rushing yards. Browning earned All-Pennsylvania State Teachers Athletic Conference honors in 1953 (1st team); '54 (2nd team); and '54 (honorable mention).

Browning also participated in track and field at Bloomsburg and was the leading point gatherer in 1953 competing in the 100, 200 and 440-yard dashes and also the javelin. In 1955, he finished second in the mile relay at the Penn Relays and was fifth in the 200-yard dash at the State Championship meet.

After graduation, Browning was employed by the federal government for over 30 years and retired in 1989 as the principal advisor on EEO/Affirmative Action to the commanding officer of the Navy Ship Parts Control Center in Mechanicsburg.

Milner was a three-time singles and one-time doubles All-American for the Huskies in men's tennis. He won two PSAC singles titles and three PSAC doubles titles, including two at number one doubles. He ranked in the top 15 singles players in the country three years (11th, 11th and 13th). His career record of 119-44 puts him number two all-time in school history in career wins. In doubles he teamed with Roland Lamy to post a career record of 52-12 and finished the 1990 season ranked 6th in the country. In 1989 he defeated the #1 ranked player in the county while participating at the NCAA national tournament. During that same year Milner helped lead Bloomsburg's tennis team to its highest national ranking ever (5th place). He was co-captain and co-MVP of the Huskies in 1990 and went on to be named the Bloomsburg Senior Athlete of the Year in 1990. While attending graduate school he coached the Bloomsburg University women's tennis team to a record of 7 4.

A four-year letterwinner, Cumming was team captain in 1981-82 and 1982-83. He compiled 96 wins while at Bloomsburg, including Eastern Wrestling League and Delaware Tournament champ (1981), West Chester Tourney champ (1983) and four-time PSAC place winner. Cummings also qualified for the NCAA tournament twice.

After Bloomsburg, Cummings also enjoyed a successful coaching tenure at Central Columbia High School, leading the team to back-to-back PIAA "AA" State Championships in 1986 and 87. In 1986, he was named Coach of the Year in the Central Susquehanna League, when his team won the District IV championship. In 1990, his team was the Columbia County League Champions. His teams have won District, Sectional, and League championships while compiling over 200 dual meet victories. Todd has coached 20 PIAA state medalists to date.

A three-time All-American, Laudato capped a brilliant career by being named the National Player of the Year in 1992. She was also a four time All-PSAC selection, a three-time All-Region choice, and the 1992 PSAC Player of the Year. She ended her career with 33 homers, 200 RBI and 161 runs scored. At the time of her graduation she held 12 school records (several since broken) and helped the Huskies to three PSAC titles, three NCAA regional titles; and two second- and one third-place finishes at the NCAA championships. Laudato received the Eleanor Wray Senior Female Athlete award her senior year at Bloomsburg.

Laudato went on to play professionally for Georgia Pride and several seasons with the Tampa Bay Firestix of the Women's Professional Softball League. She hit 20 career home runs and was the league's all-time leader in career RBI's with 91. She was named Hitter of the Year in 1999 and also went onto win the 1999 Professional Softball Championship.

She graduated from Bloomsburg with a B.S. degree and went onto East Stroudsburg for master's studies in marine biology graduating with an M.S. degree. She recently moved back to PA from Tampa, FL and currently lives in Pottstown, PA. Since retiring from the Pro league, she works as an Advertising Broker and Softball Instructor.

Breneman was a four-year starter for the Huskies in softball at shortstop. She earned All-American honors her senior year. She was also a three time All-PSAC selection and twice named all-region. At time of graduation she was third on school's all-time hit list with 198 (now 11th); third in RBI with 112 (now 8th); and second in runs scored with 145 (now 8th).

Breneman went on to play two seasons with the Georgia Pride of the Women's Professional Softball League. She later moved into coaching and has worked as both and assistant and head coach at East Stroudsburg; head coach at Bucknell, earning Patriot League Coach of the Year honors in 2004 and is now an assistant at the University of North Carolina.

Youndt earned four NCAA All-American awards (1990) in Backstroke and Medley Relay events and six NCAA All-American Honorable Mention awards (1987-1989) in Backstroke, Butterfly and Medley Relay events. Youndt also swam Backstroke to 5 PSAC titles in her four years at Bloomsburg. Youndt is a member of the record holding 400 Medley Relay team and also set the 100 Backstroke record at Nationals her senior year. She was recipient of the scholar-athlete award, was a team captain and was named 1990 Bloomsburg Senior Women's Athlete of the Year.

Since college, Youndt married Yuri Evans and has two daughters Olivia (11) and Sidney (9). She has also been coaching summer swimming for eight years and in 2003 started a high school swimming program for her Alma Mater, Cocalico.

The Hall of Fame dinner will be held Friday, Oct. 6th in the Kehr Union Ballroom. Call the Bloomsburg University sports information office at 570-389-4413 for ticket information.