EDMOND — Three basketball standouts, a top sprinter, a four-time All-American in tennis and the Oklahoma Christian golfer with the most career wins were inducted Friday night into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Bruno Buccolo (men’s golf), Mike Gipson (men’s basketball and baseball), Gabriela Lancman (women’s tennis), Jarred Merrill (men’s basketball), Sarah Reese (women’s basketball) and Damon Sims (men’s track) received OC athletics’ highest honor during a banquet attended by more than 500 people. Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was the keynote speaker at that event.
The inductees were selected by a committee comprised of OC athletic department administrators, current OC coaches and faculty and staff members from outside the athletic department. With their induction, the OC Athletic Hall of Fame now has 47 members. Buccolo and Lancman were the first from their respective sports to earn induction.
“Bruno, Mike, Gabriela, Jarred, Sarah and Damon represent the best of OC athletics,” OC Athletic Director Curtis Janz said. “They were stars in their respective sports and brought honor to themselves, their teams and their university. We are proud of what each of them accomplished during their time at Oklahoma Christian.”
Buccolo recorded 10 tournament wins during his OC career from 2004 to 2008. Buccolo, from Tandill, Argentina, was a four-time first-team NAIA All-America selection (2005-2008) and a four-time PING All-America, making the second team in 2005 and the first team in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He was named to the All-Nicklaus Team – a list of the top 20 collegiate golfers in the U.S. at any level – in 2008.
Buccolo holds school records for career scoring average, freshman scoring average, junior scoring average and best 36-hole score.
Academically, Buccolo was a rare three-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete, earning the honor in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He also was named as a second-team Capital One Academic All-American in 2008 and was a three-time Academic All-District selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).