Michigan Athletics Announces 2022 Hall of Honor Class
ANN ARBOUR, Mich. — The University of Michigan Department of Athletics announced its 2022 Hall of Honor class of seven on Tuesday (June 21) with Abby Crumpton (women’s football), Samantha Findlay (soft ball), Joan (Spillane) Postma ’62, Jim Richardson (women’s swimming and diving), Red Simmons (women’s athletics), Ellen Tomeck (rowing) and Debbie Williams Hoak (women’s athletics) is about to join the prestigious Hall.
This is the first Hall of Honor class comprised entirely of female student-athletes and coaches from Michigan women’s teams and is in honor and recognition of the 50th anniversary of Title IX legislation.
The induction ceremony is to take place this fall. Criteria for consideration included being an NCAA champion or member of a national championship team, an All-American, Olympic medalist, Olympic team member, professional league champion, or medalist/member World Championship Team, NCAA, or Conference Player of the Year, Conference Champion, Record Holder, or All-Conference Award Winner.
The UM Athletics Hall of Honor was established in 1978 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions as athletes, coaches and administrators to the Wolverine athletics tradition and, in doing so, have enhanced the image and reputation of the University of Michigan.
Abby Crumpton | Women’s football (1999-2002)
Abby Crumpton Minihan is the first female soccer player to be inducted into the Michigan Hall of Honor, and rightfully so. The program’s record books are littered with her very name 20 years since she last donned her No. 22 jersey.
As a three-time senior captain in 2002, Abby was a finalist for the NSCAA/Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Award honoring the nation’s top female player, a second-team All-American, and Big Ten female soccer athlete of the year. That same year, UM reached the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time. She was also a rookie on the 1999 team that won UM’s second Big Ten Tournament title.
Crumpton was a three-time Great Lakes Region first-team and All-Big Ten first-team selection (1999, 2001-02) and was named a second-team sophomore in 2000. In 2001, she was a named UM’s Team MVP and won the UM Academic Excellence Award in 2000 and 2003.
The striker led UM in points in 2001 (30) and 2002 (35), in goals in 2001 (13 goals) and 2002 (11 goals) and in assists (13) in 2002. Until 2013, Abby held the program record for career points. (116) and currently sits in second place. She ranks in the top five all-time in eight career categories: points per game (3rd, 1.29); goals (3rd, 43); goals per game (T-2nd, 0.48); game-winning goals (4th, 10); assists (2nd, 30); shots attempted (2nd, 300); games played (4th, 90); and the matches have started (5th, 83).
Among single-season performances, she appears twice in the record books for points, with her 35 in 2002 tied for third all-time and her 32 points in 1999 tied for eighth. His 13 goals in 2001 rank seventh, his 12 goals in 1999 are tied for eighth and his 13 assists in 2002 are tied for second. Abby’s three goals against Indiana in 2001 remain tied for Michigan’s single-game record.
Samantha Findlay | Softball (2005-08)
Samantha Findlay capped off her freshman season with the most famous home run in Michigan softball history, hitting a three-run shot in the 10th inning to earn Michigan a 4-1 victory over UCLA and give the Wolverines their first national championship. Findlay hit .409 in the Women’s College World Series and was named Most Outstanding Player. She hit .361 that year with a team-best 77 RBI and 43 walks, and she hit 21 homers to share the school single-season record with Jessica Merchant.
A first-team All-American as a second baseman in 2008, Findlay set career highs (since eclipsed by Sierra Romero) for homers (62), RBI (219) and slugging percentage (.677) . She was named to the All-Region Team three times, the Big Ten All-Tournament Team twice, and was the 2005 Big Ten Rookie of the Year as well as a unanimous First-Team All-Around selection. -Big Ten in 2008.
Joan (Spillane) Postma | College of Letters, Science and Arts (1960-62)
The summer before her junior year at the University of Michigan, Joan (Spillane) Postma swam for the United States at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. The American head coach was none other than UM’s own head coach, Gus Stager. Joan won a gold medal in the United States women’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay, setting a world record after beating favorite Australians. The University’s first Olympic gold medalist, she attended UM on a college scholarship from 1960 to 1962.
She earned an elementary education degree from the University of Houston and went on to a 29-year teaching career with the Cy-Fair Independent School District, first as a math teacher and then as a Director of Technology Support Services until her retirement in 2002. She remained involved in swimming for many years, also teaching swimming lessons. Postma Elementary School in Cypress, Texas is named in his honor. She and her husband have a daughter, Perri, a son, Robert, and four grandchildren.
Jim Richardson | Head Coach of Women’s Swimming and Diving (1985-2012)
The longest-serving head coach in Michigan women’s swimming and diving history, Jim Richardson led his teams to 14 Big Ten championships and 14 national top 10s in 27 years (1985-2012). His teams won 12 consecutive Big Ten titles from 1987 to 1998, adding two more titles in 2001 and 2004.
NCAA Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1995, Richardson coached Ann Colloton to Michigan’s first NCAA individual swimming title in 1989 (200-yard breaststroke), followed by seven more combining for a total of eight titles. NCAA swimming (seven individual events and one relay).
Six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, Richardson’s teams are 175-77 overall and 113-25 in Big Ten competition. Four of his teams have gone undefeated, including an unbeaten streak from 1986-87 to 1988-89 (13-0, 7-0, 7-0), as well as in 1993-94 (8-0).
Red Simmons | Women’s Athletics Head Coach (1978-81, posthumous)
Red Simmons is known as the first female track and field coach at the University of Michigan and the founder of “The Michigammes”, the first Ann Arbor Women’s Track Club, in 1960. Simmons was fueled by the idea of enabling women to compete. With the passage of Title IX legislation in 1972 and recruitment by newly formed university programs across the country, the need for Michigamms slowly diminished.
Having proven himself as a coach with the Michigammes, Simmons was selected as the first women’s track coach at UM in 1976. The Wolverines were granted varsity status two years later. During his four years as coach, the Wolverines steadily improved, finishing fourth in the 1981 Unofficial Big Ten Conference Outdoor Meeting. He coached the program’s first All-America (AIAW) selection , Penny Neer, before retiring in 1981.
Simmons became UM’s first honorary “M” man in 1990 and was the first inductee into the Michigan Women’s Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1994. The Wolverines have hosted the “Red Simmons Invitational” every year since 1981 in his honor .
Before becoming synonymous with women’s athletics, Simmons was a Detroit police detective from 1933 until his retirement in 1959. A track athlete himself, Simmons was a two-time state champion in the hurdles, ran for eastern Michigan and competed in the 1932 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Simmons died in 2012 at the age of 102.
Ellen Tomeck | Rowing (2003-06)
The winner of a three-year letter to Michigan, Tomek was a member of the Wolverine novice program as a rookie. She competed in the second varsity eight as a second and junior before spending her senior campaign in the first varsity eight. Tomek earned second-team All-Big Ten honors his senior season at Michigan.
She is one of two triple Olympians from Michigan (Tiffany Ofili-Porter), competing in Beijing in 2008 and Rio in 2016 in double sculls, and in Tokyo (2020) in four sculls. She was an 11-time member of the US National Rowing Team with seven international medals. Part of UM’s Big Ten champion teams in 2003 and 2004, Ellen was a second-team All-American and Michigan Rowing Athlete of the Year in 2006 as a senior.
Debbie Williams Hook | Women’s athletics (1979-82)
Williams-Hoak gained notoriety for committing to Michigan after a conversation with Bo Schembechler at her high school’s sports banquet and, thus, becoming the “only female athlete Bo Schembechler did not recruit”.
Williams-Hoak became the first Big Ten champion in Michigan women’s track and field history and won four Big Ten javelin titles. She was the first female track athlete to place at the national track championships when she finished ninth as a rookie (AIAW). She competed in four national championships and earned All-America honors. Williams-Hoak set the school record in the javelin, throwing 167 feet 6 inches – a record that stood for more than 25 years. Williams-Hoak was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Ohio Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2016.
Williams-Hoak qualified for three US Olympic trials in track and field and finished seventh at the 1984 Olympic trials. She also competed in seven US Olympic festivals – six in track and one in softball, while representing the United States in athletics at competitions in Russia and West Germany.
Williams-Hoak then joined UM as an assistant athletic and strength and conditioning coach. She was selected by the US Olympic Committee as a throwing coach at the US Olympic Training Center. Williams-Hoak was also a board member of the Letterwinners M Club.
At the age of 31, Debbie took up golf. She has won the Michigan Public Links Championship, the Women’s Interstate Mid-Am (shooting 62 and 67), two Michigan Women’s Amateur Championships, the Michigan Open and was named Golf Association of Michigan Player of the Year in 1993. She also competed in seven USGA National Championships before turning professional in 1995. She played on the LPGA Futures Tour before qualifying for the LPGA Tour in 2000.
Williams-Hoak became an LPGA Class A professional teacher in 2007. She won the LPGA National Sandy LaBauve Award for her work with the LPGA Women’s Golf Program. She has twice won the LPGA Midwest Section Leader of the Year and was named the winner of the LPGA Midwest Section Goldie Bateson Award. Williams-Hoak was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2018 and the Michigan Women’s Golf Hall of Fame in 2019. In 2022, Williams-Hoak was named one of the LPGA’s Top 50 Teaching Professionals in the World .
Williams-Hoak also coaches high school golf at Saline for the boys’ and girls’ teams. She was named District, Regional and State Coach of the Year for High School Golf and is the current President of the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association and President of the Michigan High School Coaches Association.