Xavier University inducted five new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Wednesday, adding 143 musketeers to the exclusive club.
From men’s basketball, Xavier added Justin Doellman (2007) and Michael Hawkins (’95).
Nick Hagglund (’14) helped put Xavier’s men’s football program in the national spotlight. Since graduating, he has won an MLS championship in Toronto and currently plays for Cincinnati FC.
Scott Gordon (’89), member of the Xavier Baseball Diamond, joins the club and Katie Pleiman (’13) was a stellar first-team tennis team for the Musketeers.
Gordon and Pleiman were academic All-Americans.
The induction dinner in the Hall of Fame will be held on Friday January 10th at the Cintas Center.
The class will also be honored at the men’s basketball game against Creighton on Saturday, January 11th. Full event and reservation information will be posted later on GoXavier.com and Xavier Athletics’ social media accounts.
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Doellman was a four-year-old starter with Xavier and played on three NCAA tournament teams, including his first season on Xavier’s first Elite Eight team in 2004.
Doellman started 123 of 132 possible games in his Xavier career. He is the third of all time in Xavier’s history for blocked shots (140), 20th on rebound (708) and 21st on scoring (1,402).
After Xavier, Doellman has a professional career overseas, where he was named MVP of the Spanish league in 2014 and MVP of the 2014 Eurocup championship and won the 2014 Eurocup with former XU teammate Romain Sato. He has just completed his 12th year of professional basketball, including the last eight seasons in Spain.
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Gordon was a versatile talent for Xavier’s baseball program. He posed, played first base, and roamed the outfield during his four years on Victory Parkway.
In his senior season, he played 56 of 57 games, earned 11 starts and threw 10 full games on the hill, in addition to 45 other games, mainly as a designated batsman, but also as a first baseman and outfielder.
In addition to a productive career on the hill and on the plate, Gordon was brilliant both in the field and in the classroom for the Musketeers. Gordon was a third team academic All-American in 1987. Upon graduation, he was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th round of the 1989 MLB Draft. After completing his baseball career, Gordon served in the United States Marine Corps, where he reached the rank of captain in 1997 while fighting in Bosnia, Somalia, and the Gulf War.
Hagglund, the He enjoyed the most successful career in Xavier football history, receiving the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Second Team Award and College Soccer News All-America Third Team Award in 2012. Hagglund is also the best-placed XU player of all time in the MLS SuperDraft (Toronto FC 10th overall in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft).
It was acquired in a deal by Cincinnati FC in January 2019 and moved to FCC for its first season as an expansion franchise in the MLS.
Hawkins helped Xavier reach two NCAA tournaments and one NIT quarter-finals during his four-year career.
Hawkins, who ranks 52nd on Xavier’s all-time scoring list (1,029 points), played three different positions early in his career, but got stuck in his natural during his senior season from the late Skip Prosser, who was at the time Position as point guard implanted head coach in the first year at Xavier.
Hawkins led the Musketeers in assists in three of his four seasons with Xavier and ranks eighth on Xavier’s all-time best of all assists (448).
Hawkins played professional basketball and represented Team USA after graduating. Hawkins spent four seasons in the NBA, including stints in Charlotte, Sacramento, Cleveland and Boston. He has been a key member of Team USA for two consecutive summers, including winning a bronze medal in the 1998 World Cup games. Hawkins is the only Xavier player to have played basketball for USA for more than a year. In total, Hawkins played professionally for 11 years, including two years in the CBA, four years in the NBA and five years in Europe.
Pleiman (Grabosky) had one of the greatest careers in the history of the Xavier women’s tennis program, collecting awards from her No. 1 single place at Xavier every four years.
She was a four-time selection of all conferences and won at least 15 games per season for an overall record of 63-17 in doubles. In open games, Pleiman finished with an overall record of 80-26 in singles, which at the time of her graduation was seventh best in terms of number of wins, and her percentage of wins of 0.755 finished sixth when she finished among the Xavier players who had played in at least 40 games.
In doubles, Pleiman racked up 64 wins, a number that ranked 12th in Xavier’s record books at the time of graduation. Of their 64 wins, 24 came from first place in two games.
Pleiman was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in 2010 and received a place in the Atlantic 10 Conference First Team in each of her four seasons at XU. She lost only two conference games in all four years and was unbeaten in the conference tournament, which led the team to the finals in their junior and senior years.