Courtesy: Carnegie Mellon University
Twelve of the finest individuals in Tartan athletics history make up the 2021 Carnegie Mellon University Athletics Hall of Fame class.
The list of honorees features representatives of 11 sports, including multi-sport athletes, individual national champions, a College Football Hall of Famer and several All-Americans.
“We couldn’t be more excited to induct this remarkable class of Tartans into our Athletics Hall of Fame,” said Director of Athletics Josh Centor. “This group represents the rich history that defines our program and we are looking forward to celebrating and honoring their legacy. I am grateful to our selection committee for their efforts in recognizing some of the greatest athletes our university has ever seen.”
Nominations for the Carnegie Mellon Athletics Hall of Fame were solicited from the general public. Candidates must be five years removed from their final year of intercollegiate competition. A 12-member Hall of Fame selection committee, which includes alumni, coaches, administrators, a member of the university’s Board of Trustees, a faculty member and a student, evaluated the candidate pool and selected the class.
The class will be inducted during Homecoming Weekend Nov. 5-6. The Hall of Fame festivities will include on-field recognition at the football game against Washington and Jefferson College on Saturday, Nov. 6 followed by an induction dinner that evening.
Tickets for the events will go on sale to the general public later this summer.
Scott Barnyak (Football, Class of 1991)
Running back Scott Barnyak excelled on the football field for the Tartans, earning All-America honors in 1989 and 1990 while being named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) MVP in 1989 and the University Athletic Association (UAA) MVP in 1990. Barnyak became the program’s first 1,000-yard rusher at the conclusion of the 1990 season when he finished with 1,088 yards. His rushing total was one of four single-season records he set that season. The halfback also carried the ball 250 times, recorded 19 rushing touchdowns and scored 138 points. His 138 points scored in 1990 led all divisions and played a dynamic role in the Tartans recording their fifth undefeated regular season in school history with a 10-0 mark, winning the inaugural UAA football championship and receiving a berth to the NCAA Division III playoffs. He finished his career with 308 points and 2,618 rushing yards, which ranks third and fifth all-time, respectively, in program history. Both were school records at the time. Barnyak also ended his career with 1,368 receiving yards, which ranks eighth all-time.
Melissa Baustert (Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field, Class of 1996)
A four-time All-American in track and field, Melissa Baustert was also a four-year runner for the cross-country team and helped the Tartans to the program’s first NCAA berth in 1995 when the Cardinal and Gray placed 11th in the nation. On the track, Baustert was a three-time All-American in the 800-meter run for the indoor season in 1994, 1995 and 1996, with her highest finish coming in 1995 when she crossed second. She captured her lone outdoor All-American honor in 1996 when she finished third with a school-record time of 4:38.70 in the 1,500-meter run. Baustert remains the indoor school-record holder in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.79. She received 17 All-UAA honors in track and field, won seven UAA titles, and was a three-time All-UAA honoree in cross country.
Raymond Carnelly (Posthumous, Football, Class of 1939)
Raymond Carnelly was a member of the football team from 1935-38 and graduated in 1939 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Following graduation, Carnelly was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers, an American football team that played in the NFL from 1930-43. He played one season before he coached the freshmen team and halfbacks at West Virginia University from 1940-43. He was a huge contributor in Tech’s 1938 season when the team finished with a 7-1 regular season record and was named Eastern College champions. They played in the fifth annual Sugar Bowl and lost to Texas Christian, 15-7. That same year, Tech finished the season sixth nationally and was the recipient of the Lambert Trophy, given to the best team in the East, while topping the University of Pittsburgh, the nation’s top-ranked team and winners of 22 straight. Three games prior to beating Pitt, Carnelly scored the Tartan’s lone touchdown, a 42-yard run, in a 7-6 win over Holy Cross, which entered the contest winners of 14 straight.
Hart Coleman (Men’s Basketball, Class of 1988)
Hart Coleman finished his four-year career in 1988 as Carnegie Mellon’s all-time leader in blocked shots with 204, a record he still claims in 2021. Coleman, a center for the Tartans, became the ninth Tartan to score 1,000 points and ranked third on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,246 career points following graduation and now sits sixth on the scoring chart. He ranks fifth on the program’s all-time rebound list with 745 career rebounds. Coleman was the fifth Tartan to surpass 1,000 points and 500 rebounds and is the only Tartan men’s basketball player to record more than 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 blocks for their career. He was a four-time All-PAC selection and was named the PAC Rookie of the Year in 1985.
Dario Donatelli Sr. (Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field, Class of 1981/Coach: Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field)
Dario Donatelli was part of the Tartan cross-country and track and field programs from 1977 as a student-athlete until his retirement as a coach in 2014. Donatelli was at the helm of the women’s track and field program for 27 years and the men’s program for 15 years. He coached the women’s cross-country team for 22 years and the men for 13. During his tenure, Carnegie Mellon won seven conference titles (four in cross-country, three in track and field). He and his staffs earned conference Coach of the Year honors 13 times while Donatelli was named Mideast Region Coach of the Year on three occasions. He coached 11 All-America athletes in cross-country and 30 All-America athletes in track and field while coaching the Tartans’ lone NCAA champion in track and field, 2019 Hall of Famer Carolyn Lowe, in the 10,000-meter run. Under Donatelli’s leadership, the men’s cross-country program reached the NCAA Division III Championships nine times and the women’s program competed at the national meet as a team four times while placing fourth in the country during the 1998 season. There were numerous competitors for both the men and women at the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships during Donatelli’s tenure. Donatelli is a 1981 graduate of Carnegie Mellon and his coaching success followed an outstanding collegiate athletic career. He earned All-America honors his senior year in cross country while leading the Tartans to the NCAA Mideast Regional title and a 12th-place team finish at the national meet. Donatelli was a three-time All-Mideast runner, four-time national qualifier and the PAC Most Valuable Performer in 1980.
Molly Evans (Women’s Swimming and Diving, Class of 2011)
One of the most decorated swimmers in Carnegie Mellon history, Molly Evans was named a finalist for the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year and was one of 10 women from Division III to receive the prestigious recognition. Throughout her career, she set or reset 28 school records and remains the program leader in two events. Evans reached the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in each of her four years at Carnegie Mellon, earning three All-America honors and eight Honorable Mention All-America accolades during her career. Three times she was the only swimmer at the national meet for the Tartans, leading the program to two top 25 finishes. As a first-year student, Evans finished second in the nation in the 200-yard backstroke and fourth in the 100-yard backstroke to earn the first-ever All-America awards in the respective events for a Carnegie Mellon women’s swimmer. She was a three-time UAA champion and earned 23 All-UAA honors. Evans closed her career as a three-time College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American.
Kayvon Fatahalian (Men’s Tennis, Class of 2003)
Kayvon Fatahalian is the only Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis NCAA Champion. Over the course of three years, Fatahalian earned five All-America awards and competed at the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships three times in singles and twice in doubles. He won the NCAA Championship as a freshman, with a straight-set victory, to become the second UAA men’s tennis player to accomplish the feat, and remains the only UAA freshman to win the title. He followed his NCAA Championship by becoming the first men’s tennis player in both program and UAA history to win the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Small College National Championship title. Fatahalian is the fastest Tartan to reach 100 combined wins, as he did it in 119 matches played. He is the all-time leader in win percentage in Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis history for singles (.864, 57-9), doubles (.789, 45-12) and combined (.829, 102-21) matches. Fatahalian garnered CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition as a sophomore and completed his career in the NCAA singles national semifinals.
Chuck Klausing (Posthumous, Coach: Football)
Chuck Klausing served as head coach from 1976-85 and compiled a 77-15-2 overall record at the helm of the Tartans. Under Klausing, the Tartans captured six PAC Championships, four trips to the NCAA Division III playoffs and the 1979 Lambert Trophy as the premier small college team in the northeast. In 1978 and 1979, Carnegie Mellon advanced to the semifinal round of the championship tournament only to be eliminated by the eventual national champion each year. Carnegie Mellon’s 10-year record from 1975-84 ranked the Tartans as the eighth most successful team in the nation behind Brigham Young University and ahead of the University of Oklahoma. In 1986, Klausing, a two-time NCAA Division III Coach of the Year, left to become assistant head coach at the University of Pittsburgh. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998.
Brian McCarthy (Men’s Swimming and Diving, Class of 2004)
A two-time NCAA Champion in men’s swimming, Brian McCarthy was a huge factor in the Tartans’ highest finish at the NCAA Division III Championships when the team earned a third place showing in 2004. McCarthy was also part of the 2002 and 2003 teams that placed fourth at the national event. He earned 21 All-America honors and four Honorable Mention All-America accolades from 2000-04. McCarthy’s first national championship was in the 200-yard IM in 2002 with his second coming in 2004 in the 400-yard IM with a national-record time. McCarthy not only had two national championships, he also finished second in four individual events and two relays. He was a three-time UAA Athlete of the Year, UAA Rookie of the Year and won 16 UAA titles (individual and relays), including the 200-yard backstroke and 400-yard IM all four years and the 200-yard IM three times. He still holds the school records in the 200- and 400-yard IM events.
Keri Mills (Women’s Tennis, Class of 1999)
Keri Mills was named the first All-American in Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis history in 1996 and finished her career as a three-time honoree. She became the program’s first UAA Athlete of the Year, an honor that came following the 1996-97 season, while receiving four All-UAA honors throughout her career. Mills is the all-time leader in win percentage in Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis history and holds the single-season win percentage mark with a 40-3 (.930) combined record in 1995-96. That year, she was 22-1 in singles and 18-2 in doubles play. She was the only player in program history until 2021 to record a perfect single-season record in singles play with a minimum of 10 matches played when she went 15-0 during the 1996-97 season. Additionally, Mills ranked within the top 25 of Division III individually in singles play each of her four years.
Chris Pearson (Men’s Swimming and Diving, Class of 2005)
The Tartans’ only three-time NCAA Champion in men’s swimming, Chris Pearson earned 12 individual All-America honors and 14 All-America honors as part of a relay during his four-year career from 2001-05. Pearson was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American including being named CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year in the Men’s At-Large College Division in 2005. He then became the first Carnegie Mellon student-athlete to win a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Pearson led the men’s swimming and diving program to its four best finishes in NCAA history. In his senior season, Pearson won two of his national championships (200-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle) to lead the Tartans to a sixth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Division III Championships. His first national title came in 2004 in the 200-yard freestyle when the Tartans finished third nationally as a team, the highest in program history. Among his 26 All-America honors were 15 top-three finishes on the national stage. Additionally, Pearson was a two-time UAA Athlete of the Year, UAA Rookie of the Year and won 17 UAA titles (individual and relays), including the 200- and 500-yard freestyles all four years. Fifteen years later, Pearson continues to hold the school records in both freestyle events.
Kassie Segmiller (Women’s Basketball, Class of 1982)
Kassie Segmiller was a four-year starter for the women’s basketball team from 1978-82. Playing in an era with no three-point line, Segmiller finished her career as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,595 points, the most scored by any Tartan player (man or woman) until 2016. Segmiller owns the school record for the most points scored in a single game when she recorded 49 points on Feb. 17, 1979 against Carlow. Segmiller was the program’s first CoSIDA Academic All-American and received first-team Pennwood West Conference honors.