Sigall Kassutto Selected to 2014 Academic All-America Hall of Fame
AUSTIN, Tex. – Former University of California women’s gymnast Sigall Kassutto, now known as Sigall Bell, is the first Golden Bear who will be enshrined in the Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame. Bell, who attended Cal from 1988-92, joins Derrick Brooks (Football/Florida State University), Tiki Barber (Football/Virginia), Dick Nunis (Football/USC) and Terry Carleton (Soccer/Bentley University) as this year’s 2014 inductees as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The group will be inducted into the Academic All-America® Hall of Fame at CoSIDA’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla. on Monday, June 9 at the organization’s fifth annual Capital One Hall of Fame Ceremony, which will be part of the annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Convention for a second straight year. The five new inductees join 127 members of the Capital One Academic All-America® Hall of Fame, which was created in 1988. Bell is the first student-athlete among all of Cal’s 30 sports to be inducted.
The biographical information on this year’s Academic All-America® Hall of Fame induction class is listed below:
DR. SIGALL BELL – WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
The first Golden Bear to be inducted into the Capital One Academic All-America® Hall of Fame, Dr. Sigall Bell helped lead California to its first berth in the NCAA gymnastics national championships during her senior season of 1992. A four-year letterwinner at Berkeley, she is the program’s only GTE Academic All-America® honoree after posting a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average and earning a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology.
Dr. Bell earned first team Pac-10 All-Academic honors as well during that memorable senior season of 1992, a year that also saw her win a Walter Byers Scholarship from the NCAA. A four-time National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches Scholastic All-America, Dr. Bell served as the Golden Bears’ captain and represented the United States at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel, where she won a silver medal on the beam and placed fourth on the bars.
Traveling from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to those of the Atlantic following graduation, Dr. Bell earned her M.D. in 1997 from the Harvard Medical School, where she serves as an assistant professor of medicine and focuses on understanding the HIV epidemic and patients’ experience of illness on a global scale. Sigall has contributed to public health and clinical efforts in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Brazil, Israel and South Africa, and she was the recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Professorship, which recognizes leaders in compassionate care.
A renowned lecturer and speaker throughout the world, Dr. Bell has tirelessly given back to the Boston area community, serving as a volunteer for Bridge Over Troubled Waters while also organizing activities to benefit local charities at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
DERRICK BROOKS – FOOTBALL
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
It’s already been a year to remember for Derrick Brooks, as the former Florida State two-time All-America will receive the game’s ultimate honor later this summer with enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. One of the most feared linebackers to play the position, Brooks led the Seminoles to the 1993 national championship under the guidance of legendary head coach Bobby Bowden, and the two-time Vince Lombardi Award finalist was just as exceptional in the classroom. A three-time GTE Academic All-America® during his matriculation in Tallahassee, Brooks achieved a 3.89 cumulative grade point average and earned a degree in Communications in just three years.
A three-time all-Atlantic Coast Conference performer, Brooks was a two-time Walter Camp All-America as a junior and senior and was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year during Florida State’s national championship campaign of 1993 that also saw him earn a spot among the Dick Butkus Award finalists. Derrick was selected in the first round of the 1995 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and quickly became the face of the franchise, making 11 Pro Bowl appearances and serving as team captain for a decade. Brooks was named as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year during Tampa Bay’s magical season of 2002 that was capped by a 48-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, and he started in 221 of 224 games played during his career, amassing nearly 1,700 tackles, 13 ½ sacks, and 25 interceptions (six of which were returned for touchdowns).
Brooks has been a visible and extremely active member of the Tampa community throughout his career and into retirement. Through his foundation, Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc., he has made it his life’s mission to positively impact the lives of youth in the Tampa Bay area. He established “The Brooks Bunch” in 1997 to encourage and motivate children in local Boys & Girls Clubs to excel in the classroom, and that has blossomed into a program that incorporates a classroom element, a panel presentation and behavior and grade assessments.
Brooks has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Walter Payton/NFL Man of the Year in 2000, the Bart Star Award in 2003 and the 2004 Byron “Whizzer” White Award named for his fellow Capital One Academic All-America® Hall of Fame honoree.
TIKI BARBER – FOOTBALL
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
As dominant as Derrick Brooks was on the defensive side of the ball, Tiki Barber created that same kind of havoc as one of the NFL’s most prolific running backs during a decade of excellence with the New York Giants. But before making his way into the record books in Gotham, Barber enjoyed quite a run in Charlottesville as one of the top all-around performers at the University of Virginia, where he was a two-time first team GTE Academic All-America® and earned a degree in management information systems in 1997.
Barber rushed for nearly 3,400 yards and amassed nearly 4,000 all-purpose yards during his time in a Cavalier uniform, a total that includes 31 rushing touchdowns (33 overall) and a 5.2 yards per carry career average. He was named as the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 1996 after amassing 1,360 rushing yards and visiting the end zone on 14 occasions, and over the course of his final two collegiate campaigns rushed for 2,752 yards and 28 scores while collecting over 3,200 all-purpose yards. As a junior, Tiki led Virginia to a share of the ACC championship and a Peach Bowl victory over Georgia, and during his career the Wahoos won 32 games.
Taken in the second round of the 1997 NFL draft, Barber rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2000 and led the Giants to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXV. He amassed 10,449 rushing yards to rank 24th on the NFL’s all-time list, and he set New York’s single-game rushing mark of 234 yards in a 34-28 victory over the Washington Redskins in 2006. In 2005, Tiki’s 2,390 all-purpose yards total was the second highest in league history, and that same year he helped the Giants capture their second NFC East crown of his tenure.
Barber shined with his twin brother Ronde, who later teamed with Brooks for many years on Tampa Bay’s defensive corps, at Virginia, and the two have co-authored eight childrens’ books together. Tiki has enjoyed a successful career in broadcasting since his retirement from the Giants, as he currently is a morning host for CBS Sports Radio. He is co-chairman and founder of Thuzio, a company that provides an online platform that connects the public with professional athletes who have achieved the highest levels of excellence in their profession.
DICK NUNIS - FOOTBALL
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
A member of Lester Jordan’s first Academic All-America® team in 1952, Dick Nunis was hailed as one of the best to don the Cardinal and Gold of the University of Southern California. As a sophomore on the 1951 squad that featured Hall of Famer and legendary broadcaster Frank Gifford, Nunis led the Trojans with six interceptions, and the following season he helped lead USC to a 10-1 overall record and a 7-0 victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.
In the final regular season game before that Rose Bowl triumph, however, Nunis saw his playing career come to an end when he suffered a broken neck in the third quarter of the Trojans’ 14-12 triumph over cross town rival UCLA, an event of which he later said “My injury, at the time, seemed a real tragedy. It turned out to be the best accident of my life.”
After earning a degree in education from USC in 1954, Nunis got in on the ground floor of a new venture in the Southern California region—the opening of Disneyland. He began as an hourly employee in 1955 and worked his way up to become Director of Operations in 1961 and later Vice President of Operations in 1968. He assumed the position of president of Walt Disney Attractions in 1980 and was named chairman in 1991, and for many years he was widely considered as Walt Disney’s right-hand man. During his tenure, Disney grew from a company of 600 “cast members” to employing 13,000 people. Dick retired as chairman of Walt Disney Attractions in 1998 after 44 years with the company.
An active and visible member of the central Florida community, Nunis sits on the boards of several organizations and is director of Give Kids the World, a non-profit center for terminally ill children. He served as charter chairman of the University of Central Florida’s Board of Trustees for four years and was instrumental in the construction of UCF’s on-campus football stadium and basketball arena.
TERRY CARLETON - SOCCER
Pioneer, visionary and leader are three words that aptly describe Terry Carleton’s character, and the impact that he has made on Bentley University over the last four decades is one that has helped transform the suburban Boston school into a world class institution.
A standout on the soccer pitch from 1973-76, Carleton helped the Falcons earn their first and only NCAA tournament berth to date during his junior season of 1975 in just the program’s fourth year of existence. He ranks fourth on Bentley’s career scoring list with 32 goals and 20 points for 84 points and still owns the school single-game mark for goals and points nearly 40 years later. A first-team Division II All-New England selection, Carleton was a two-time team MVP as served as the Falcons’ co-captain in 1976 and earned a degree in economics in 1977. A 1986 inductee into Bentley’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Terry was one of two Northeast-10 Conference greats named to the NCAA Division II 40th Anniversary Team last year.
A financial advisor with UBS Private Wealth Management in Boston, Carleton served as chair of Bentley’s Board of Trustees and later became the University’s president (although without the title or the salary) from 2005-07. He led the transition of Bentley’s reclassification from a college to a university while also overseeing a period of major expansion in academic, residential and athletic/recreational facilities during his time as trustees’ chair from 2005-12, and he also chaired the search committee for the next Northeast-10 commissioner at the request of the league’s presidents’ committee.
Carleton has served on the board of Caritas Hospital in Norwood, Mass. for 11 years and is currently chair of the Newton Country Day School board, where he has assisted in increasing alumni support during the school’s most two recent capital campaigns.