CMS Announces Hall Of Fame Class of 2012
CMS is proud to announce the CMS Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2012. The honorees will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Dinner on Saturday, November 3. This year’s inductees are CMS’ current head women’s golf coach and former head women’s basketball coach Jodie Burton, track & field runner Jennifer Culley (Scripps ’98), baseball player Tyler Laughery (CMC ’97) and soccer player Roberto Muñoz (CMC ’76).
Burton has been a consistent voice for gender and program equity since joining the athletic department as head volleyball and women’s basketball coach in 1979. She is best known for her 32 years as head coach of the Athenas basketball program. During those years, she had an overall record of 507-298 and was the 15th coach in Division III history to win 500 games. In SCIAC play, her teams had a record of 241-139 and won six SCIAC titles and finished second 13 times. The winningest coach in SCIAC basketball history, Burton has more SCIAC wins than all of the schools in the conference except one. She has also coached all, but eight players that have ever played at CMS.
Burton has served as head women’s golf coach since the program’s start six years ago and she led the team to the inaugural SCIAC Championship in 2012 and a 14th place finish at the NCAA Championships. Burton is also the athletic department’s Senior Woman Administrator and an Associate Athletic Director. She served two years as head volleyball coach and also was co-head coach of women’s tennis for one year.
Culley was a six-time All-American for CMS and by winning the 400 meters in 1998 became just the second Athena to win an NCAA Track & Field title. At the NCAA Championships, she finished fifth in the 400 in 1996, finished third in the 400 and was on the fifth place 4 x 100 relay team in 1997 and capped off her career with one of the best performances in CMS history by winning the 400, finishing second in the 200 and anchoring the fifth place 4 x 400 relay team in 1998. The 1998 team is the highest placing women’s team for CMS (7th [tie]) and Culley was responsible for 19 of the 29 points.
Culley was the team captain and team MVP in both 1997 and 1998. She earned All-SCIAC honors 19 times and scored 99 points in her career at the SCIAC Championships including individual wins in the 400 (95-96-98) and long jump (95) and on winning 4 x 100 (96-98) and 4 x 400 (96-98) relays. Her NCAA-winning 400 time in 1998 (54.11) is the CMS and SCIAC record and is still the fifth best in Division III history. She also is on the CMS top-10 list in the 200 (2), 400 hurdles (8), 4 x 100 (3-4-9), 4 x 400 (2-9), 4 x 800 (9) and sprint medley (1).
Laughery is one of two players in CMS baseball history to earn All-American honors twice. He earned First Team All-SCIAC and First Team All-Region honors in both 1996 and 1997. In 1996, after being named the SCIAC Player of the Year, he was named Second Team All-American. In 1997, after being named the CMC Male Athlete of the Year, he was named First Team All-American. A four-year starter in baseball, Laughery was the team’s co-MVP in 1995 and MVP in 1996 and 1997. The 96 and 97 teams both finished 17-4 in SCIAC play and the 96 team is the last Stag team to advance to the NCAA Championships. In addition to baseball, Laughery also played football for three years and earned Second Team All-SCIAC honors as a punter in 1995.
Laughery has the CMS single-season records for doubles (23), hits (73), total bases (124), RBI (60) and home runs (13). He also hold the CMS career records for doubles (66), total bases (357) and RBI (159).
Muñoz was one of the first players in CMS soccer history to earn First Team All-Honors three times, an honor he achieved in 1974, 1975 and 1976. He was named team MVP for the SCIAC winning 1974 squad. He earned All-West Coast Honorable Mention honors after helping lead the team to another SCIAC title in 1975. He captained the 1976 team and was named Second Team All-District that season.