The Wright State athletic department has announced the addition of the three new members to its Hall of Fame. Former Director of Athletics Dr. Michael Cusack, basketball player DaShuan Wood and baseball pitcher Joe Smith will be inducted at a ceremony on February 7 in the WSU Nutter Center Berry Room and will be introduced at halftime of the men’s basketball game on February 8 against Cleveland State.
“I couldn’t be happier to welcome three great representatives of Wright State Athletics into the Hall of Fame,” said WSU Director of Athletics Bob Grant. “Each one has made significant contributions to our growth as a University and as a department. I hope the fans will be able to make it out to help us say thank you.”
Cusack was the director of athletics for 25 years from 1983 to 2008. He guided the department through the transition from NCAA Division II to Division I and into the Mid-Continent Conference (now Summit League) in 1991. He helped reform the current Horizon League (then Midwestern Collegiate Conference) in 1995.
Also, under his guidance, WSU built and improved many of its athletic venues such of the Wright State Nutter Center, Nischwitz Baseball Stadium and Alumni Soccer Field as well as the Setzer Pavilion/Mills-Morgan Center.
Wood, currently playing basketball professionally in Europe, led the Raiders to the 2007 NCAA Tournament and the Horizon League title. He was the WSU Male Athlete of the Year, AP All American Honorable Mention and the Horizon League Player of the Year in 2007. The Detroit native ranks second overall in scoring with 1,849 career points and 10th in rebounding with 563 boards. His 639 field goals made is third most ever and 451 assists ranks fourth overall.
Smith, currently a member of the Anaheim Angels, was drafted by the New York Mets in 2006 and played for the Cleveland Indians before signing with the Angels this off season. The WSU Male Athlete of the Year in 2006, Smith boasts the best career earned run average at 1.53 and season ERA at 0.98. He was the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year in 2006 as well as All-Region and team MVP in 2005 and 2006. Smith notched 13 saves in his final season at WSU and 22 overall.
Tickets for the ceremony will be limited and can be obtained by calling Jack Leopard in athletic department at 775-2771.