Nov. 10, 1997
ASU Athletic Hall of Fame Inducts Five New Members
TEMPE, Ariz. - Five former Arizona State student-athletes will be inducted into the ASU Athletic Hall of Fame prior to the ASU-Oregon football game this Saturday, November 15.
The five inductees include former women's golf NCAA champion Danielle Ammaccapane, All-America linebacker Vernon Maxwell, All-America track and field standout Rick Walker and NCAA gymnastic titlists Kim Neal and Lisa Zeis.
Ammaccapane (1984-87), a three-time first-team All-America selection, won the 1985 NCAA women's golf championship, becoming the fifth ASU female golfing national champion. Ammaccapane, a four-time all-conference pick, won the 1987 Pacific-10 Champion crown on her way to posting a school-record nine collegiate tournament victories. She was named Golf Magazine's College Player of the Year and Golf Digest Female Amateur of the Year as a sophomore. Additionally, Ammaccapane captured the 1985 U.S. Public Links championship and was a member of the 1986 U.S. Curtis Cup team before distinguishing herself on the LPGA Tour.
Maxwell (1979-82) was one of only six ASU gridders to earn All-America honors three times. A three-time All-Pacific-10 Conference selection at linebacker, Maxwell compiled 348 total tackles, registered 26 tackles for losses, 28 quarterback sacks and five interceptions during his tenure at ASU. He set the ASU school record for most fumbles caused in one season (10), including three caused and two recovered versus Houston in 1980. After participating in the 1982 Hula and Senior Bowls, Maxwell became the second-round pick of the NFL's Baltimore Colts and later played for the San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks.
Walker (1974-77) was a key figure in ASU's 1977 national championship team with second-place finishes in the 100-meter high hurdles and 4x400 meter relay, plus a fifth place finish in the 400 intermediate hurdles. Walker, a five-time All-America selection, holds the school's second-best mark in the 400-meter hurdles and the fourth-best record in the 110-meter hurdles. Walker was the winner of three consecutive Western Athletic Conference intermediate hurdles titles (1975-77) and the 1977 WAC high hurdles crown, as well as the 1976 mile relay.
Neal (1983-86) won two NCAA individual titles. She captured the 1983 NCAA floor exercise crown and the 1986 vaulting title. In 1985, she was the NCAA floor exercise runner-up. A four-time All-America, Neal won the 1984 WCAA vaulting championship and earned all-conference accolades twice.
Zeis (1983-86) competed in the 1983 World University Games and was a member of three conference championship squads, as well as the NCAA runner-up finishes. Zeis claimed the 1985 NCAA balance beam title prior to winning the 1986 national floor exercise championship. She earned All-America and all-conference accolades during each of her four seasons at ASU. In addition, Zeis won the 1986 Pacific West Conference balance beam, floor exercise and all-around titles. She was the 1984 Western Collegiate Athletic Association balance beam and all-around titlist as well. She joined ASU coaching staff in 1987 as its first-ever full-time assistant coach.