October 9, 2013

Bremer, Hildebrand, Haulos & Nurmi To Enter Athletics Hall of Fame Nov. 16

 ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – On Saturday, Nov. 16, the St. Bonaventure Department of Athletics will induct four former student-athletes into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame. The Class of 2013 will be J.R. Bremer ’02 (basketball), Mikko Haulos '03 (tennis), Vili Nurmi ’03 (tennis) and Tricia Hildebrand-Fisher ’03 (softball).

The induction ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in Rigas Theater inside the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The event is open to the public.

The Bonnies' men's basketball team will host Canisius that evening at 7:00 and the Hall of Famers also will be honored during the contest.

A look at the illustrious careers of the Hall of Fame Class of 2013:

J.R. Bremer
One of the great guards in SBU history, Bremer ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in points (1,732, 9th), 3-pointers made (223, 2nd), steals (185, 6th), assists (334, 8th) and free-throw percentage (75.2, 14th). In Bremer’s four seasons, the Bonnies forged a 70-50 record – the most successful four-year run for Bonaventure since 1978-1981 – and earned three postseason berths, including a trip to the 2000 NCAA Tournament.

Bremer was among the nation’s most prolific scorers his senior season when he averaged 24.6 points per game – the second highest for a Bona player since Bob Lanier put up a 29.1 average in 1969-70. Bremer earned Atlantic 10 First Team honors as a senior in 2001-02 and was also named Chris Daniels Most Improved Player in the conference that season. An A-10 Third Team selection as a junior, the Cleveland Heights, Ohio, native garnered five A-10 Player of the Week citations over his career – second most in school history.

Bremer, who averaged 24 points per game in three postseason contests (1 NCAA, 2 NIT), signed a free agent contract with the Boston Celtics following graduation. With the Celtics in 2002-03, Bremer averaged 8.3 points per game and earned All-NBA Rookie Second Team honors. He also played with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors before embarking on a successful career overseas. Currently a member of Milan of the Italian League – where he has been reunited with former SBU teammate Marques Green – Bremer has also played in top leagues in Spain, Turkey, Bosnia, Greece and Russia.

Tricia Hildebrand-Fisher
Hildebrand-Fisher was a two-time All-Atlantic 10 selection who, upon graduating in 2003, ranked near the top of almost every St. Bonaventure career statistical category. The shortstop finished her four years with the Bonnies with a .320 batting average, 21 home runs, 105 RBI, 159 hits (41 doubles, 13 triples) and a .917 fielding percentage over 164 games.

As a senior in 2003, Hildebrand-Fisher led the A-10 in home runs (11) and RBI (49), and as a sophomore in 2001 she topped the nation in triples per game (0.21). Among other honors, she was named All-Atlantic 10 in 2001 and 2002 and was twice named conference Player of the Week.

“Tricia was one of the best shortstops this school has ever seen,” said St. Bonaventure coach Mike Threehouse, who recruited and coached her. “She was an outstanding hitter and defensive player and started every game in her career.”

Hildebrand-Fisher, who married Jimmy Fisher in October 2008, currently works for Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley, Inc. where she serves as the director for Recovery & Community Integration Programs. A Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Hildebrand-Fisher is working toward her Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology at Sacred Heart University. She serves on the Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Board of Directors, and is the chair of the Training & Technical Assistance Committee.

Mikko Haulos & Vili Nurmi
As teammates for four seasons at St. Bonaventure, led the Bonnies men's tennis program to unprecedented heights. Behind the duo from Finland, St. Bonaventure won its only two Atlantic 10 Championship titles and advanced to the NCAA Championships in both 2001 and 2003.

With Haulos and Nurmi leading the way, the Bonnies also achieved their only two appearances in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) regional rankings – No. 13 in 2001 and No. 15 in 2002.

Nurmi was a four-time All-Atlantic 10 selection and was named the conference’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2000 and Most Outstanding Performer in 2001. In each of his four seasons, he was ranked among the region’s best as a doubles player by the ITA – topping out at No. 6 with Mario Arce in 2002.

Haulos was also a four-time All-Atlantic 10 pick and finished the 2000 season No. 28 in the ITA regional singles rankings. He also partnered with Nurmi for a No. 15 ranking among regional doubles teams in 2000.

“Before Vili and Mikko arrived, the men’s tennis team had never placed better than fifth in the conference,” longtime St. Bonaventure coach Mike Bates said. “During their four years they never finished lower than third, with two A-10 titles.”

St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame Overview

The inaugural 14-member Athletics Hall of Fame class was inducted in 1969. Since then, the Hall of Fame has grown to include student-athletes, coaches and administrators who have formed the fabric of the university’s athletic programs. The Class of 2013 will be the 36th group inducted. Plaques commemorating the members are displayed inside the Hall of Fame Room at the south end of the Reilly Center.