Sept. 11, 2010
Arlington, Texas - The Hilton Hotel Ballroom was filled with stories, memories and laughter Saturday evening as three former Mavericks were inducted into the 2010 Hall of Honor. Four men's tennis teams were also recognized for their achievements on the tennis courts.
Former women's basketball player Tracy Burr-Lemonia (1985-88), men's tennis player Christian Jaeger (1995-99) and football defensive back Jim Marcum (1967-69) were all inducted into the Hall of Honor.
Tracy Burr-Lemonia started the night off on a high note with her fun personality. The sixth all-time leading scorer thanked her entire family as well as former UT Arlington head coach Connie Kelch.
"Coach Kelch nurtured me and taught me things about the game of basketball," said Burr-Lemonia. "She taught me how to be a true Lady Mav. No matter if we won or lost, I learned to always enjoy the game of basketball itself. I just want to thank her."
Former UT Arlington tennis coach Patric DuBois introduced the first ever men's tennis player to be inducted into the Hall of Honor-Christian Jaeger. During his time at UTA, Jaeger was named SLC Player of the Year three consecutive seasons.
"UTA tennis has had a lot of success over the years and Christian Jaeger is responsible for putting us on the map," said Dubois. "Between his national rankings, honors, and skills, Christian was the first UTA player to really do those things and I can assure you recruiting became a lot easier."
Jaeger spoke not about the accomplishments achieved throughout his career but the longtime friendships made during his time at UTA. Two of Jaeger's teammates and members of the four-time Southland Conference championship teams were also in attendance.
"I can stand here for hours and hours telling you about all the stories and about the fun I've had over not just the four years I was playing but also the two years I was a graduate assistant coach," Jaeger said. "The one thing I am most proud of is not my achievements, but the friends I made that shared their time with me. Tennis is for four years and you're done but the friendships you make last a lifetime."
Jim Marcum was the last honoree to take the stage. Marcum's competitive spirit helped UT Arlington to a perfect 4-0 conference mark and a 10-1 overall record as a junior.
"I would like to thank the nominating committee for selecting me. It is a great honor for me. I would also like to thank the school of engineering for working with what they had. It did provide me with an excellent education and to be competitive in the market place. Most of all I want to thank my friends and my family for being here tonight," said Marcum.
Dubois ended the 2010 Hall of Honor with remarks on the four Southland Conference championship teams success.
"These four teams certainly had their success on and off the court. Winning Southland Conference championships and beating nationally ranked teams. My last year here was great we were one match away from beating the No. 1 team in the country in the NCAA Championships," said Dubois.
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