Robert Morris 2004 Hall of Fame Induction Class Includes Five Former Student-Athletes
The 14th class of inductees to the Robert Morris University Athletic Hall of Fame is comprised of five former student-athletes, each of whom helped their respective sports to Northeast Conference championships during their careers. They are Joe Falletta (men’s basketball, 1988-92), Bart Mease (men’s golf, 1995-99), Kelli Miller (softball, 1990-93), Jake Newman (football, 1994-97) and John O’Connell (football, 1995-98).

Falletta, a native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of South Park High School, ranks 13th all-time at Robert Morris in scoring with 1,054 points and also ranks seventh in rebounding (564) and 12th in field goals (412). He was named to the Northeast Conference All-Newcomer Team in 1989 as a freshman after finishing fourth on the club in both scoring (8.9 ppg) and rebounding (4.5 rpg). Over his four years with the team, Robert Morris posted an overall record of 79-40 and appeared in the NCAA Tournament three times. Falletta currently serves as the head boy’s basketball coach at North Hills High School.

Mease finished as the individual champion at the Northeast Conference Golf Championships in 1996 with a two-day score of 144 and helped Robert Morris to consecutive league crowns in 1995 and 1996. He currently owns the Robert Morris career school record for average round score with 77.8. An All-NEC selection in each of his four years with the team (1995, ’96, ’97 and ’98), his best season was the 1996-97 campaign, as his average round score of 76.7 currently ranks tied for fourth in the single-season record book. His scoring average of 76.8 during the 1997-98 season also ranks sixth in the single-season Colonial golf record book. A native of Gaithersburg, Md., Mease is a graduate of Quince Orchard High School.

A member of three straight Northeast Conference championships teams (1991, ’92 and ’93), Miller currently owns the both the single-season (23 in 1990) and career (58) records for stolen bases. A four-year letterwinner as an outfielder, Miller also ranks second in the RMU career record book in runs (101), seventh in hits (146) and 11th in batting average (.302). She is also only one of two Colonials in school history to score over 100 career runs (current Hall of Famer Heather Ferrari is the other). In the single-season record book, Miller hit .376 during the 1991 campaign, which stood as the single-season record until former Colonial Lauren Dickinson (1999-2002) hit .377 in 2001. Her awards include being named to the 1991 All-NEC Tournament team and being selected a 1991 GTE District II Academic All-American. A native of Clairton, Pa., and a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, Miller also played on the women’s basketball team at Robert Morris.

RMU’s original quarterback, Newman was a four-year letterwinner for the Colonials from 1994-97 and established every quarterback record at Robert Morris. He currently ranks second in the RMU career record book for passing yards (5,771), completions (426), touchdown passes (64) and total offense (5,496). Newman guided Robert Morris to back-to-back victories in the ECAC Classic with victories over crosstown rival Duquesne in 1996 and Georgetown in 1997. Newman’s 298 yards passing in a 26-10 victory over Monmouth in just the program’s second game stood for over four years as the RMU single-game record until former Colonial quarterback Tim Levcik (1998-2001) eclipsed it in 1998. Newman is a native of Powell, Ohio, and a graduate of Olentangy High School.

A four-year letterwinner at linebacker for the Colonials, O’Connell owns the career record for sacks (22) and also ranks third all-time in tackles with 272, including 134 solo takedowns. His 97 tackles in 1997 stood as the single-season school record until 2001 and now ranks fourth. A native of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., and a graduate of Connetquot High School, O’Connell was selected as an All-Northeast Conference First Team selection and First Team All-American by Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette in both 1996 and ’97. Like Newman, O’Connell played on RMU’s ECAC Classic teams in 1996 and ’97.

Released: 10/14/2004