Casabo ’99 and Franzke ’98 Inducted into AU Hall of Fame

Casabo ’99 and Franzke ’98 Inducted into AU Hall of Fame
Field hockey standout Virginia Casabo ’99 and men’s soccer defensive stalwart Stephen Franzke ’98 were inducted as the 44th Class of the Stafford H. “Pop” Cassell Hall of Fame earlier this month. It was a gala evening in which family, friends, teammates and alumni gathered to honor the outstanding athletic achievements of two deserving individuals.

 

  • Photo Gallery (Pictured right: Stephen Franzke '98, Jack Cassell '77 & Virginia Casabo '99)

 

TNT Basketball Analyst and American University graduate David Aldridge ’87 served as the master of ceremonies for the event, adding to an already prestigious event.

 

 

Casabo, one of the most impactful players in the history of American University field hockey, was inducted by head coach Steven Jennings.

 

 

Casabo was a part of the class that set one of the best four-year records in program history, going 58-19 in her four years at American. She continued her illustrious career in the international ranks, competing for Uruguay with over 50 international caps and was named the Uruguayan National Field Hockey Player of the Year in 1997. In 2007, she served as captain of the squad that competed in the Rio de Janeiro Pan American games. 

 

 

Franzke, an integral part of American’s 1997 NCAA Tournament run, leading the Eagles to the NCAA Quarterfinals for just the second time in program history, was inducted by current head men's soccer coach Todd West and then former AU head coach Bob Jenkins.

 

 

 

Franzke was a four-year starter and four-year captain for the American University men’s soccer team. He was a two-time First Team Regional All-American in 1996 and 1997.

 

 

The Stafford H. "Pop" Cassell Hall of Fame was created in 1969. Sponsored by the Cassell Family, the Hall of Fame was established to recognize the achievements and contributions of individuals associated with American University Athletics and Recreation.

Nominations are now open for the 45th Hall of Fame class, which will be honored in February 2014. Former student-athletes must have graduated from American in 2003 or earlier. Coaches and administators who have served at least five years at AU can also be nominated. Please click here to submit a nomination for next year's class.