Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2012

 


Corene "Renie" Amoss

 

Shortly after her tragic death in an automobile accident in 1993, Corene “Renie” Amoss was described in The Philadelphia Inquirer as “the epitome of the student-athlete. She left a sports legacy [at Goucher College] that will be difficult to match.”

Amoss played three sports while attending Goucher—each of them extremely well.

She remains the all-time leading scorer in the history of Goucher’s women’s basketball. Still intact are her field hockey school records for most goals in a game and in a season. She also was talented enough to play No. 2 in the Gophers’ singles tennis lineup by her senior year.

Nearly two decades later, Amoss’ legacy is indeed unmatched.

During her four seasons on the basketball team, she tallied 2,220 points—a total no Goucher woman has come within 500 points of equaling.

Since Goucher’s NCAA affiliation began, there have been only four occasions when a women’s basketball player scored more than 40 points in a game. Remarkably, Amoss accounted for them all. The first was her 45-point performance against Chestnut Hill College in February 1990. Then there was a 42-point effort against St. Mary’s College two years later. During the 1992-93 season, she scored 41 points against Salisbury University in January and another 41 points three weeks later against McDaniel College.

Beyond her personal triumphs, she also set up scoring opportunities for her teammates, as evidenced by her all-time leading 421 career assists. Defensively, she ranks No. 1 in program history with 311 career steals. For all of these accomplishments, Amoss was named Women’s Basketball Player of the Year in the Capital Athletic Conference her senior year.

Amoss’ name is also repeated in Goucher’s field hockey record book. Nobody has eclipsed her records for goals (7) or points (17) in a game, nor her season-best totals for goals (23) and points (56). Amoss ranks second in career goals (56) and points (134) and third in assists (22). She was a first-team All-CAC selection for field hockey in 1991 and 1992.

In addition to being the sole recipient of the Goucher College Coaches’ Award as the outstanding senior student-athlete in 1993, she was recognized three times as an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors Association of America and was Maryland’s recipient of the 1993 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

 

David Clark

During the men’s 1991-92 basketball season (only the program’s second season as an intercollegiate sport), the 6-foot-3 freshman guard David Clark knocked down 38 points against the University of Mary Washington, helping the Gophers to win in overtime, 111-109, and earning Clark the school record for points in a game.

As if that weren’t enough to cement his standing in Goucher athletics, Clark also holds these other impressive men’s basketball records at the college: most points in a career—1,833, highest career scoring average—17.5 points per game, most field goals in a career—691, and most assists in a career—413. At the time he graduated, he was also the all-time leading rebounder in program history.

Clark was an All-Capital Athletic Conference second-team selection as a freshman in 1991-92 and moved up to the first team the following season. By 1993-94, the Gophers were starting to become relevant in the world of Division III basketball, which garnered more attention for Clark, who was selected by Division III News as a preseason “Super 16 All-American.” In leading Goucher to its first CAC championship, he averaged 18.6 points per game, was named CAC Player of the Year, and was recognized as a fourth-team All-American by Division III News.

The Gophers successfully defended their CAC title in Clark’s senior season and won a spot in the NCAA Division III playoffs. In the opening round, Clark went 8 for 10 and missed only one of his 14 free-throw attempts as he totaled 31 points in leading Goucher past Lebanon Valley College, the defending national champion, 102-91.

Clark also helped build up Goucher’s roster of intercollegiate sports by joining the men’s lacrosse team, which made its debut in 1993. During that season, he scored seven goals and made nine assists, enough for him to become a second-team All-CAC midfielder.

Clark, whose No. 10 basketball jersey has been retired, was an also an exemplary student. He was presented with Goucher’s Scholar-Athlete Award in 1994, and as a senior, he earned the athletic department’s highest honor, the Coaches’ Award.

Dave and his wife, Julie, and his daughter, Ella, live in Burlington, Vermont.  Davie is working as a special needs teacher’s aide in Ella’s school while pursuing a master’s in special education at the University of Vermont.

 


Betsy Weingarten

 

No Goucher player—male or female—has duplicated or surpassed the school record Betsy Weingarten set by scoring 52 points in a women’s basketball game against Baltimore Community College in December 1986. In fact, the closest anybody has come is a 45-point effort by Renie Amoss in 1990.

In 1986-87, she supplied the Gophers with 31.1 points per game, an amazing figure that included her 52-point triumph.

At the time she graduated, Weingarten was the all-time leading scorer in the history of Goucher’s women’s basketball program, with 1,433 points. Four players have since exceeded that total, but none have topped the 28.2 points per game she averaged over the course of her four seasons with the Gophers.

Weingarten’s No. 24 women’s basketball jersey was retired in a ceremony that took place in February 2000.

As distinguished as her basketball career was, Weingarten could perhaps be recognized as the most outstanding female tennis player in Goucher’s history.

Her 18-0 win/loss mark in singles competition in 1986-87 is a single-season school record, both for the number of victories and highest winning percentage. The following year, she and her playing partner went 19-1 in doubles play, an all-time high .950 winning percentage.

Her career totals rank No. 1 in the history of Goucher’s women’s tennis program: 57 singles wins, 45 individual doubles wins, 28 team doubles wins, a .905 winning percentage in singles competition (57-6), and a .803 winning percentage in doubles play (45-11).

Weingarten, who was one of two outstanding senior student-athletes who were presented with Goucher’s Coaches’ Award in 1988, used an Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association (forerunner to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association) post-graduate scholarship to attend the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. She is now a senior vice president for Aimco, a national operator of apartment communities, and resides in Potomac, MD.

 

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For portions of eight decades prior to her death in May 2006 at age 101, Josephine E. Fiske taught physical education classes and coached women's athletics at Goucher College.

 

Jo Fiske joined Goucher's staff in 1929 as an assistant in the physical education department and eventually worked her way up to chair of the department before retiring in 1970. She returned to teach part-time in 1976 and continued to do so beyond her 90th birthday.

 

The two sports at Goucher to which Jo Fiske is most often linked as a coach are field hockey and basketball. Although records from that era are spotty, they show her achieving a .755 winning percentage and five of her teams going undefeated in her 21 seasons as the field hockey coach.

 

For some of the same sports she coached, Jo Fiske also worked as a referee. She officiated high school and college basketball games until 1970, lacrosse until 1986 and field hockey until 1988, plus she pioneered the establishment of referee associations such as the Baltimore Basketball Board of Officials in 1931.

 

Recognized as a longtime advocate for women in sports, Jo Fiske developed a national reputation for her professional knowledge and experience in athletics and physical education. For a time the 1926 graduate of Mount Holyoke College, who later earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Columbia University's Teachers College, served as president of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports and as vice president of the American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

 

In 1996, Goucher presented Jo Fiske with its highest tribute for contributions to the college, the John Franklin Goucher Medal of Service, and in 1998, honored her by naming its field hockey facility after her.

 

The Josephine E. Fiske Gopher Pride Award, initiated in February 1986 by the Baltimore Field Hockey Association, is presented annually to as many as two student-athletes to recognize sportsmanship, citizenship, positive attitude, leadership and service to young adults or children.