Beloit, WI -- Football and Women's Tennis take center stage as four new inductees were welcomed into the Beloit College Athletic Hall of Honor during the Induction Ceremony in the Center for the Sciences on Saturday evening.
Brian Cox ’92 and Brian Balick ’99, were both Football players under head coach Ed DeGeorge. Tatjana "Tanya" Kopylova ’02 and Ioulia “Julia” Lebedeva ’03 were members of the Women's Tennis squad under head coach Bob Hodge. DeGeorge and Hodge presented their former players at the ceremony.
The four brings the ranks of the Hall, which represents the "Best of the Best" in Buccaneer Athletics, to 135 since the first induction in 1963.
Below are the respective plaques presented to the inductees. The entire gallery of 135 honorees can be seen just off the main lobby in the Sports Center.
Brian Cox, Class of 1992
The Buccaneer Football team had put together three winning seasons in the last 21 years when Cox first stepped on the field as a freshman in 1988. Four years later the four-season starter had helped lead the squad to a 29-9 record, including back-to-back Midwest Conference North Division Championships as a junior and senior. A two-time All-MWC selection, he still holds the top single-season spot in completion percentage and two of the top five top passing yardage seasons and is ranked in the top four in five career passing categories, including being one of just two Beloit quarterbacks with 50 touchdown passes. Cox, who also was a four-year letterwinner for the Buccaneer Men’s Golf team, was nationally-ranked in passing efficiency for three straight years and finished his amazing career as the winningest starting quarterback in Beloit history with 28 victories. After graduating from Beloit with a Bachelors in Economics and Management, Cox taught English for two years in Japan before putting his leadership skills into action with Aston Hotels for the last 15 years. He is currently the General Manager at the Aston Mahana at Kaanapali Resort on Maui, where he resides with his wife and three children.
Brian Balick, Class of 1999
In a legacy of outstanding ball carriers for the Buccaneer Football program, Balick resides near the top. A four-year letterwinner, he still ranks in the top three in every career rushing category, including the third-most yards and TDs on the ground. A three-time All-Midwest Conference pick, including First Team as both a junior and senior, his 18 rushing touchdowns as a senior remains the single-season record. He was the team’s Offensive Player of the Year three times and the team MVP twice. He was the Wisconsin Private College Player of the Year as a senior when he led the MWC in rushing. He also earned All-American laurels twice, including Third Team in 1998. After graduation Balick became a successful leader in several fields, including finance and banking. He became Senior Program Manager with Rasmussen College in Aurora, Illinois, in 2010 before moving up to his current position of Admissions Manager at the College in the Summer of 2012. He is also a part owner in a food service company that specializes in high-end desserts. He and his wife reside in his hometown of Naperville, Illinois.
Tatjana Kopylova, Class of 2002
There were numerous reasons Kopylova decided to make Beloit College her choice to further her education. But for the Buccaneer Women’s Tennis team, her choice helped send the team on a Championship run. A three-year letterwinner, she won six individual Midwest Conference Championships, playing at #1 singles and #1 doubles her first season before moving to #2 singles in her last two seasons. She was undefeated during her three-season MWC career, helping to lead the squad to MWC Championships in 2000 and 2001. Including both singles and doubles play, she won 129 matches overall, with 53 coming during her junior season and 43 as a senior, and was undefeated in MWC play. In those two seasons she had an overall mark of 96-6 while earning All-American honors both seasons. After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Chemistry she earned her Masters degree in Environmental Management and Sustainability at the University of Amsterdam Business School. After two years at the Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago she took a position with the Shell Oil Company in 2006. She currently works in Cluster Optimization for Shell while residing in London.
Ioulia Lebedeva, Class of 2003
Lebedeva’s hope upon entering Beloit College was that she could continue her studies as well as be “beneficial” to the success of the Buccaneer Women’s Tennis team. She succeeded on both counts. By the end of her three-season career she was the winningest player in the program’s history with 159 wins while adding six individual Midwest Conference Championships. She was a three-time All-American and twice finished as the national runner-up in doubles at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Small College Championships. Her play helped lead the Bucs to MWC Championships in all three of her seasons. In total she won over 90% of her matches and was undefeated in MWC play. Following graduation with a Bachelors degree in Modern Languages she moved to Sevilla, Spain, to continue studying before returning to Moscow, where her language and organizational skills earned her a position with BENE, a multinational Austrian company. She is currently the Head of the Customer Support Department and a member of the branch Management Team while continuing to live in Moscow.