At the 49th Annual Athletic Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony this Saturday (Sept. 21), alumni, coaches, faculty, and current student-athletes alike will gather to recognize some of Beloit College’s finest athletes. Free and open to the public, the ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in the atrium of the Center for the Sciences.
The addition of the four inductees–Brian Cox’92, Brian Balick’99, Tatjana Kopylova’02, and Ioulia Lebedeva’03–will swell the ranks of the Hall to 135.
Below are brief descriptions of the four distinguished athletes by order of class year:
Brian Cox’92, football and golf
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-Midwest Conference 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. Cox, who also was a four-year letter-winner for the Buccaneer men’s golf team, was nationally-ranked in passing efficiency for three straight years and finished his esteemed career as the winningest starting quarterback in Beloit history with 28 victories.
Brian Balick’99, football
As a four-year letter-winner for the Buccaneer football team, Balick still ranks in the top three in every career rushing category, including the third-most yards and touchdowns 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 selected as 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.
Tatjana Kopylova’02, tennis
During her three years as a letter-winner on the Buccaneer women’s tennis team, Kopylova 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.
Ioulia Lebedeva’03, tennis
By the end of her three-season career on the women’s tennis team, Lebedeva was the winningest player in the program’s history, with 159 wins. She was a three-time All-American and a winner of six individual Midwest Conference Championships who 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 percent of her matches and was undefeated in MWC play.