The University of Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame Plaza honors all 24 Husker Athletic programs and the elite student-athletes and coaches who have continued the tradition of excellence at Nebraska.

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Emily Parsons

Women's Gymnastics, 2023

Emily Parsons was an 11-time All-American during her distinguished career as a Husker gymnast from 2005 to 2008. She set a school record with 114 career event titles, and Parsons’ 11 All-America awards are tied for the most in Nebraska history. Parsons earned All-America recognition on multiple events in each of her four seasons. She was a first-team All-American in four different events, including the all-around. On the regional level, Parsons was a three-time regional gymnast of the year who was a four-time regional champion in the floor exercise, three-time winner on vault and two-time all-around champion. Parsons was also dominant on the conference level, where she was recognized as the 2005 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and the 2007 Big 12 Co-Gymnast of the Year. Parsons was named the Big 12 Gymnast of the Week 15 times during her career, and she was a seven-time Big 12 champion, including a dominant 2007 championship when she won titles in the all-around, vault, beam and floor exercise. Parsons earned her degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska in 2009.


Sarah Pavan

Women's Volleyball, 2018

Sarah Pavan is one of the most decorated student-athletes in NCAA history. On the court, Pavan played in two NCAA Finals, won one national championship, was a first-team All-American every season and was selected as the nation's best volleyball player and top overall female student-athlete in 2006. In the classroom, Pavan graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in biochemistry in 2008 and was a three-time first-team academic All-American and won an NCAA Top 10 Award as one of the nation's 10 best student-athletes across all sports and all divisions. She was named the Academic All-American of the Year across all sports as both a junior and senior, becoming the only two-time winner of the award in NCAA history. Pavan also made Nebraska history as the only Husker – and one of only five volleyball players in NCAA history – to be a four-time first-team All-American. Nebraska compiled a 126-7 record during Pavan's four seasons from 2004 to 2007 and won the Big 12 title every year. The three-time Big 12 Player of the Year, Pavan is Nebraska's all-time leader in kills (2,008) and kills per game (4.56). As a freshman in 2004, Pavan was a first-team All-American and became the first Husker to be named the AVCA National Freshman of the Year. In each of her final three seasons, Pavan was the Big 12 Player of the Year, a first-team All-American and first-team Academic All-American. She helped Nebraska to an NCAA runner-up finish as a sophomore in 2005 and to the national title as a junior in 2006, when she posted one of the most impressive seasons by any student-athlete in NCAA history. In 2006, Pavan was the unanimous selection as the national player of the year, and she was the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship. She went on to become Nebraska's first winner of the Honda Cup as the nation's top female athlete and was selected as the overall Academic All-American of the Year. Pavan concluded her career in 2007 by becoming the only player in program history to eclipse 2,000 career kills, while leading Nebraska to a top-five national finish for the fourth straight season. Following her Husker career, Pavan went on to play professionally and for the Canadian National Team. She also took up beach volleyball and competed for Team Canada at the 2016 Olympics. Pavan was selected for the Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame in her first year on the ballot.


Gary Pepin

Men's and Women's Track and Field, 2023

The sixth coach to be inducted into the Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame, Gary Pepin was the longest-serving head coach in the history of Husker Athletics. He was the head coach of the Husker women’s track and field team for 42 seasons from 1981 to 2022, and Pepin guided the men’s team from 1984 to 2022. He led the Nebraska women to three straight indoor national championships from 1982 to 1984, including the first two NCAA Indoor Championships in 1983 and 1984. In addition to three team national championships, Pepin’s teams won 73 conference titles. His women’s program won 40 conference titles (23 indoor; 17 outdoor) while his men’s teams won 33 championships (20 indoor; 13 outdoor). From 1981 to 1995, Pepin’s women’s teams won both the indoor and outdoor conference championships every season. Individually, Pepin’s student-athletes combined for 59 individual NCAA titles, 597 individual conference championships, 639 All-America awards and 68 Academic All-America accolades. Pepin was named the conference coach of the year 28 times, and he was the region coach of the year 11 times. The 1995 National Indoor Coach of the Year, Pepin was inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Terry Pettit

Women's Volleyball, 2020

Terry Pettit is the fourth coach to be inducted into the Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame. Pettit led the Nebraska volleyball program for 23 years from 1977 to 1999. During his tenure, Pettit not only laid the foundation for one of the most successful volleyball programs in NCAA history, he also grew Husker volleyball into one of the most popular female sports in collegiate athletics. Pettit posted a 694-148-12 record in his 23 seasons, ranking seventh in NCAA Division I history in career winning percentage (.820). He guided the Huskers to 21 conference titles, six NCAA Semifinal appearances and the 1995 national championship. Pettit also recruited and coached much of the 2000 roster that went a perfect 34-0 en route to winning the program's second national title one year after his retirement. A 2009 inductee into the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame, Pettit was a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year (1986, 1994) and a nine-time conference coach of the year, winning the honor seven times in the Big Eight Conference and twice in the Big 12 Conference. Individually, Pettit coached two national players of the year and four CoSIDA Academic All-Americans of the Year, while his players combined to total 35 All-America awards, 19 Academic All-America certificates and 12 conference player-of-the-year honors.

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Erc Piatkowski

Men's Basketball, 2015

One of three Nebraska men's basketball student-athletes to have their jersey retired, Eric Piatkowski enjoyed an outstanding career on the collegiate, international and professional levels. Piatkowski earned All-Big Eight honors in each of his four seasons. After being an honorable-mention All-Big Eight selection as a freshman and sophomore, Piatkowski earned first-team accolades in both 1993 and 1994. In addition to his personal accolades, Piatkowski led Nebraska to the program's best four-year run. Piatkowski helped Nebraska to three 20-win seasons and 85 total victories in his four seasons, the most wins in a four-year stretch in Husker history. Nebraska also advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of Piatkowski's four seasons, including earning the program's highest seed (No. 3) in 1994. Piatkowski was instrumental in leading Nebraska to the 1994 Big Eight Tournament title, the only conference tournament title in program history. The Big Eight Tournament MVP, Piatkowski averaged 25.3 points in the tournament, including a school-record 42 points against Oklahoma. In his career, Piatkowski finished as the No. 2 all-time scorer at Nebraska with 1,934 career points. On the professional level, Piatkowski was the No. 15 overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft, making him the second-highest draft pick in school history. He went on to enjoy a 14-year NBA career, the longest of any Husker.  Internationally, Piatkowski won Gold Medals at the World University Games and U.S. Olympic Festival while playing at Nebraska. He is the only Husker to win a Gold Medal at either tournament and was one of only two Huskers to compete in either event. Piatkowski earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska in 1995 with a major in finance.

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Adam Pine

Men's Swimming and Diving, 2015

Adam Pine is the most decorated performer in the history of the Nebraska men's swimming and diving program. A 19-time All-American, Pine earned the second-most All-America accolades of any male student-athlete in the history of Nebraska Athletics, behind men's gymnast Jim Hartung. He earned at least four All-America awards every year of his career. Pine culminated his career by becoming the only NCAA champion in program history after winning the 100-meter butterfly at the 2000 NCAA Championships. Nebraska's all-time leading point scorer at the NCAA Championships, Pine was also a four-time Big 12 Conference champion. Pine's development at Nebraska helped him shine on the international stage, where he was a three-time Olympian. Only a few months after winning an individual national championship at Nebraska, Pine was a member of the Australian 4x100-meter freestyle relay team that won Gold at the 2000 Olympics. The only Nebraska men's swimmer or diver to win an Olympic medal, Pine added a Silver Medal at the 2000 Olympics as a member of Australia's 4x100-meter medley relay. Pine also competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, earning a Bronze Medal in 2008 with the 4x100-meter medley relay team. Pine earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska in 2001 with a major in business administration.

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Shannon Pluhowsky

Bowling, 2015

Shannon Pluhowsky is one of the world's top female bowlers and one of the best collegiate bowlers of all-time. Pluhowsky was a four-time All-American at Nebraska, and a three-time National Collegiate Bowler of the Year. The only Husker to earn multiple appointments as the National Collegiate Bowler of the Year, Pluhowsky was also the National Collegiate Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2001. Her individual achievements helped Nebraska win three national championships in her four seasons. NU became the first team to win an NCAA bowling title at the inaugural NCAA Bowling Championship in 2004, when Pluhowsky was named the tournament's most outstanding player. She led the Huskers to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2005. In her career, Pluhowsky boasted a school-record career average of 212.6. She appeared in 36 career events as a Husker, winning a Nebraska-record 12 individual titles. Pluhowsky finished in the top 10 in 30 of her 36 career events with 25 top-five finishes. Internationally, She has been a member of Team USA since her freshman season at Nebraska in 2001. In 2002, Pluhowsky was the Bowling World Cup Champion en route to being named the 2002 World Bowling Writers' International Bowler of the Year. Pluhowsky won the Bowling World Cup again in 2004, becoming just the third bowler – and first in more than 20 years – to win multiple Bowling World Cups. A 26-time international medalist with more than 30 300-games to her credit, Pluhowsky was elected to the International Bowling Hall of Fame in 2011. Pluhowsky earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Sciences from the University of Nebraska in 2005 with a major in family and consumer sciences.


Louise Pound

Men's Tennis, 2022

Louise Pound is the only female in the history of Nebraska Athletics to earn a men’s varsity letter. She earned a men’s tennis letter in 1894, when athletic opportunities for females were at best limited and often non-existent. Pound paved the way for countless female athletes at Nebraska, making it appropriate she is inducted as a member of the 2022 Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame Class on the 50th anniversary of Title IX becoming federal law. Pound was a pioneering female athlete for more than three decades from the 1890s through the 1920s, winning campus, city and state titles in golf and tennis. The 1890 Lincoln city tennis champion, Pound was also the 1891 and 1892 University of Nebraska-Lincoln tennis champion, defeating all competition for the title, including men. Pound finished runner-up at the 1894 men’s intercollegiate tennis tournament, which led to her men’s varsity letter. In 1897, Pound won the Women’s Western Championship and was rated as the top amateur player in the country. After she was refused admittance for graduate study in America, Pound traveled to Germany to earn her Ph.D. and while abroad, she played the Olympic men’s singles tennis champion to a draw. Outside of tennis, Pound organized and captained Nebraska’s first women’s basketball team as a graduate student before later managing the team. As a golfer, Pound won the first women’s state golf championship in the only year she entered the event and was the Lincoln Country Club golf champion every year from 1906 to 1927, except 1924 when she didn’t enter. Pound was also a cyclist and figure skater and played a lead role in establishing the Nebraska Spirit Squad. Outside of athletics, Pound was a UNL English professor for 50 years and was the first woman president of the Modern Language Association. A lifelong Lincoln native, Pound passed away in Lincoln on June 28, 1958, at the age of 85.