The 2012 class included Katie Barnes (women's soccer), Dan Cavanaugh (swimming), Ben Dunkerley (football), Bo Orlando (football), Ed Pastilong (administration/football), Lee Patrone (basketball) and Maurice Robinson (basketball).
Among the Mountaineer luminaries watching the ceremonies were Lowes Moore, Gale Catlett, Bob Huggins, Donnie Young, Willie Akers, and Warren Baker.
Maurice Robinson signs an autograph
Gale Catlett was in attendance to watch the induction of friend Lee Patrone
Ed Pastilong speaks with longtime newspaper writer Doug Huff
Oliver Luck welcomes the WVU Hall of Fame Class of 2012
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West Virginia's first women's soccer All-American, Katie Barnes rewrote the Mountaineer record book during her tenure at WVU from 1998-2001.
The Mason, Ohio, native started every match in her career and helped lead the Mountaineers to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance as a junior in 2000. That season, Barnes scored 17 goals and added nine assists for a 43-point season. At the time, no women's soccer player boasted better seasonal numbers.
Barnes led the Mountaineers in points in three of her four seasons to finish with 45 career goals, 30 career assists and 120 career points. The forward was a two-time Big East Offensive Player of the Year, earning the honor in 2000 and 2001, becoming the program's first offensive major award winner.
As a senior, Barnes was named First Team All-Big East, an NSCAA/adidas First Team All-American, an NSCAA/adidas Mid-Atlantic Region first team member, a Soccer Buzz First Team Mid-Atlantic Region member, a Soccer Buzz Second Team All-American, a National Strength and Conditioning All-American, recipient of the Fred Schaus Captain's Award and team captain.
Barnes was a member of the United States U-21 National Team that won three consecutive Nordic Cups. In 2004, she spent time training with America's elite, in hopes of becoming a member of the United States full National Team.
In 2002, Barnes became the first West Virginia women's soccer player drafted by the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), when she was selected in the second round as the ninth overall pick by the Carolina Courage. In her rookie season with Carolina, she helped the team win the 2002 Founders Cup. Barnes also spent time as a member of the San Jose CyberRays in the WUSA and as a member of the Cincinnati Ladyhawks in the United Soccer League.
Barnes spent four seasons as an assistant women's soccer coach at Alabama before returning home to Ohio to enter the field of law enforcement. She is currently employed with the Warren County Sheriff's Office as a deputy sheriff.
The Big East Academic All-Star graduated from WVU in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in communication studies.
Dan "Cav" Cavanaugh, who was WVU's first swimming NCAA qualifier, was a dominant swimmer for the Mountaineer men's swimming team from 1955-60.
A native of Brookville, Pa., who was raised in Parkersburg, W.Va., and graduated from Parkersburg High, Cavanaugh was a two-time NCAA qualifier during his Mountaineer career. He was a two-time Southern Conference champion, winning the 100 (53.4) and 440 (4:53.2) freestyle events at the 1960 Southern Conference Championship. Cavanaugh's winning 440 freestyle time was a then-Southern Conference record.
Cavanaugh was a two-time WVU team captain in 1959 and 1960. During his career, he set numerous WVU records: 100 freestyle (53.4), 220 freestyle (2:14.4), 440 freestyle (4:53.2) and tied the 50 freestyle (24.9) record. Cavanaugh's 220 freestyle record in 1960 also set a Mountaineer pool record. He missed two seasons of competition at WVU due to military service.
Cavanaugh earned several honors at WVU: the 1960 Morgantown Touchdown Club Minor Sports Athlete of the Year and the 1959 Fi Batar Cappar Honorary Minor Sports Athlete of the Year. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and Fi Batar Cappar Honorary. He was also chosen as one of the top 20 seniors at WVU.
He graduated from WVU in 1960 and became a teacher and successful coach, including a stint at the University of Miami where he was a water polo coach. Cavanaugh directed the Coral Park High girls team to a state championship in 1966 and also coached at Miami Ransom Everglades at Fort Lauderdale High. He was later inducted into the Coral Park Hall of Fame and the Ransom Everglades Hall of Fame in 2004 for his coaching efforts.
Cavanaugh developed numerous All-Americans, including his three sons. His middle son, Chris, was part of the USA Gold medal winning 4x100 meter freestyle relay team at the 1984 Olympics.
Cavanaugh continues to swim and has won numerous awards and honors. He is a 15-time individual All-American and an eight-time relay All-American. He has 319 individual and 90 relay top-10 finishes.
An original member of the masters program since its inception in 1972, he was inducted into the Florida Gold Coast LMSC (Local Masters Swimming Program) Hall of Fame in 1998. Cavanaugh holds 31 Florida Coast LMSC records.
Ben Dunkerley was a standout offensive tackle for WVU in 1951-52, earning second team Associated Press All-America honors in 1952.
Dunkerley aided in the success of a 7-2 overall record and 5-1 Southern Conference record in 1952. He was instrumental in protecting quarterback Fred Wyant, who was 55-for-125 for 867 yards, a then-record passing season by a WVU freshman.
During the 1952 season, Dunkerley paved the way for the WVU offense to produce 1,049 yards in 210 plays. The Mountaineers outscored their opponents by a 234-116 margin, accumulated more first downs (145-102) and overpowered opponents in the passing game, 1,028-898.
The Glassport, Pa., native was named to the All-Southern Conference First Team in 1951.
Dunkerley was drafted in the 12th round of the 1954 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. However, instead of playing that season with the Redskins, Dunkerley was sent to Germany with the U.S. Army. In Germany, Dunkerley battled through a separated shoulder injury and returned home.
Still contracted to play pro football, Dunkerley instead chose to become a family man as he married Jean on Aug. 4, 1956, and dedicated his life to his wife, children and coaching youth football. Outside of working in the mill, Dunkerley coached Fairless Hills midget football in the 60s and the Little Glassport Gladiators in the 70s in Glassport, Pa.
Dunkerley battled diabetes and a heart condition and passed away on Oct. 11, 1987, at the age of 56, leaving behind wife, Jean, three children, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Bo Orlando, a native of Berwick, Pa., was the heart of the Mountaineer secondary from 1985-88.
Co-captain of the 1988 team that went undefeated during the regular season, Orlando earned NEA/World Book first team All-America honors, honorable mention Associated Press All-America honors and first team AP All-East.
Orlando finished his career with 173 total tackles, five interceptions, four pass break ups, six tackles for loss and one quarterback sack. He ran back one of the longest interceptions in Mountaineer history for 84 yards against East Carolina in 1987.
As a senior, he intercepted three passes, including a 56-yard interception for a touchdown against Maryland. Orlando had 13 tackles at East Carolina and 11 at Rutgers. He was fourth on the team with 83 tackles in 1987.
Orlando was named co-recipient of the 1988 Gridiron Gladiator Award, the 1987 Ideal Mountaineer and was named to the WVU all-time team from 1980-89.
Orlando was selected 157th overall in the sixth round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He played six seasons with the Oilers, recording seven interceptions, including one for a touchdown. He then played one season with the San Diego Chargers, two with the Cincinnati Bengals and his last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998. Orlando totaled two sacks and 10 interceptions in his career.
In high school, he played quarterback and defensive back at Berwick High, leading the team to a 13-0 record and a No. 1 ranking in the USA Today Top 25 in 1983.
He has two sons and one daughter. His son, Joseph, played football at New Hampshire while his youngest son, Anthony, will play football this fall at Colgate. Orlando's daughter Gabrielle, also is in college. Since his NFL career, Orlando has coached high school football at Liberty High in Bethlehem, Pa., serving as the defensive backs coach where he was able to coach both his sons.
Ed Pastilong spearheaded WVU's growth into one of the nation's finest intercollegiate athletic programs on and off the playing fields during his 20-year tenure as director of athletics from 1989-2010. His vision helped guide, mold and shape the student-athlete experience into a positive one at WVU through a successful, across-the-board, total athletic program. At the time of his departure, Pastilong had one of the longest-serving tenures of any athletic director at a BCS-level school.
During his tenure, Pastilong directed more than $65 million in facility renovations, witnessed the athletic department's budget increase from $20 million to more than $50 million, steered WVU into the Big East football conference in 1991 and full-fledged member status in the league in 1995, the school's first-ever association in a major athletic conference. He also initiated the Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll, where nearly 4,000 student-athletes have been recognized for outstanding work in the classroom. Pastilong solicited financial support to start the Athletic Scholarship Endowment Fund, providing a perpetual source of financial support for athletic scholarships that has now grown to nearly $30 million dollars.
The facility upgrades and capital improvements alone have been staggering. Since 1989, WVU has made tremendous strides to its football facility, Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Suites to three sides of the stadium, Touchdown Terrace, the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility, new locker rooms, the Academic Center and the Hall of Traditions highlight the making of WVU's football facility into one of the nation's finest.
Other facility improvements under Pastilong's tenure include renovations to the WVU Coliseum and Hawley Field and the construction of Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, Cary Gym for Mountaineer Gymnastics, a state-of-the-art wrestling facility and a basketball practice facility.
On the playing fields, the last five-plus years have arguably been the most successful in the history of West Virginia University athletics. As proof, WVU has finished in the top 50 in the Directors' Cup standings for four straight years, including a school-best 30th place in 2009.
Pastilong joined the athletic department as football recruiting coordinator in 1976 and two years later became its scholarship officer.
In 1979, he was named assistant athletic director for facilities and operations. He spearheaded the planning and management of all home athletic contests, as well as the scheduling and the maintenance of the Coliseum and stadium; Pastilong was also on the board for the planning and building of Mountaineer Field. He remained director of athletic facilities until his promotion to associate athletic director in 1987.
For the last two years, Pastilong has served as director of athletics emeritus at WVU.
Prior to West Virginia, Pastilong served football coaching stints at Scott High in Madison, W.Va., and at Salem College, where he tutored the Tigers from 1969-75, winning more games than any other West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team during that period. He was also the school's dean of health and physical education from 1972-75.
He received his bachelor's degree from WVU in physical education in 1966, and later earned a master's degree from WVU. As a Mountaineer player, Pastilong lettered in 1964 and 1965, completing 37 of 115 passes for 728 yards and six touchdowns, despite playing with a debilitating shoulder injury.
Pastilong and his wife, Mona, have two daughters – Kim DeFelice and her husband, Anthony, and Amy Richter and her husband, Pat, and four grandsons, Michael and Nick DeFelice and Ryan and Shawn Richter.
Lee Patrone, a native of Bellaire, Ohio, was a three-year letterman for the men's basketball team from 1959-61, serving as captain of the 1961 team.
Patrone came to West Virginia in 1957 after a brief stay at Ohio State and led the 1958 freshman team in scoring with a 20-point norm. A member of the 1959 NCAA runner-up team, he was second to Jerry West in 1960 in scoring with a 14.2 per game average and was named to three all-tournament teams: NCAA Regional, Southern Conference and University of Kentucky.
As a senior, he was a third team All-America honoree by the Helms Foundation. Patrone earned two All-Southern Conference First Team honors and was a three-time selection to the Southern Conference All-Tournament teams.
For his career, he scored 1,028 points and handed out 210 assists. As a senior, Patrone averaged 14.6 points and had a career-best 34 points against William & Mary. The Mountaineers compiled a 78-14 record during his career.
In high school, the two-time, All-OVAC First Team honoree by the Associated Press as a senior, had 57 career games with more than 20 points at Bellaire High. He earned All-Ohio First Team honors in 1956 after his senior season and for 50 years, he was the all-time leading scorer at Bellaire with 1,842 points in three seasons.
Patrone was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the sixth round of the 1961 NBA Draft.
After graduation, he taught and coached five seasons at Wintersville High (Ohio). Patrone was the recipient of the Carnegie Hero Foundation Award in 1960 after saving a woman from drowning in the Ohio River. After retiring, he relocated to his current home in Miami Beach, Fla.
Patrone and his wife, Barbara, have three children, Tammy, Janie, and Lee Jr., and are the grandparents to five -- Victoria Patrone, Alexandria and Samantha Reese and Brittany and Joshua Fayne.
One of the top inside basketball players in school history, Maurice "Mo" Robinson enjoyed an outstanding career from 1975-78.
A native of Welch, W.Va., Robinson played in 105 games during his career, averaging 12.4 points per contest. He scored 1,307 points (ranks 24th in school history) and grabbed 881 rebounds (ranks ninth in school history), averaging 8.4 boards during his career. In addition, Robinson shot 52.8 percent from the field during his playing career, which ranks eighth in school history in career field goal percentage.
He is a member of the 1976-85 WVU All-Time Basketball Team. As a senior, Robinson averaged 19.9 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. A four-year letterman who was team captain as a senior, Robinson earned All-Eastern 8 First Team honors in his final season as a Mountaineer.
As a junior, he averaged 15.5 points and 9.8 rebounds and was named All-Eastern 8 Second Team.
Robinson is still the last Mountaineer player to grab 20 or more rebounds in a game when he had 20 against City College of New York on Dec. 7, 1977. He scored a career-high 34 points against Penn State in 1978. Robinson led the Eastern 8 in field goal percentage in 1976-77 at 55.8 percent.
He had 42 double-doubles (fifth in school history), 66 10-point games (23rd in school history) and 19 20-point games (21st in school history). Robinson had 17 double-doubles during his senior season in 1977-78.
Robinson was taken in the ninth round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks.
He was one of the most widely-recruited players in the nation as a senior at Welch High. Robinson scored 1,748 points in high school, averaging 19.4 points per game. He was coach Joedy Gardner's first recruit at WVU.
Robinson has lived in Morgantown since he finished his degree in 1979. He and his wife, Roselle, have three children, Marcel, Martine and Marlan - all graduates of WVU. He is also the proud grandfather of three: Gavinn, Bryson and Braydon.