On February 12th, American University inducted its 42nd class into the Stafford H. “Pop” Cassell Hall of Fame. Honored were Ray (Crowe) West, CAS/BA ’66, men’s swimming and diving and Liz Pike, SOC/BA ’94, women’s soccer. The Master of Ceremonies was American University alumnus and Turner Sports broadcaster David Aldridge, SOC/BA, ’87.
Ray (Crowe) West was a standout diver at American University, where he captured the 1966 1-meter diving NCAA National Championship (and was presented by former teammate Ben Van Dyk, CAS/BS '67. Liz Pike was a pioneer for women’s soccer here at American University from 1990-1993 and was presented by her sister, fellow soccer alum Julia Morrow CAS/BA '97. She still holds the career record for goals with 66 and her 149 all-time points rank first in program history.
American University Director of Athletics and Recreation Keith Gill provided the introductions of those in attendance and American University President Dr. Cornelius Kerwin SPA/BA ’71 gave the opening remarks for the alumni and friends in attendance. The crowd also enjoyed a video in honor of the namesake Stafford H. "Pop" Cassell which can be seen here.
Both Ray and Liz continue to follow American University Athletics motto of Win. Learn. Lead in their careers and have left a lasting legacy here at American University. To nominate other accomplished alumni for induction, please see the requirements and nomination form here.
If you should have any questions or would like more information on the Stafford H. “Pop” Cassell Hall of Fame, contact Brian Brantley, Assistant Director of Athletics Development at (202) 885-3104 or by e-mail by clicking here.