Robert Morris University IL held their ninth annual RMU Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This year’s inductees included five individual athletes who have set the benchmark and raised the bar for RMU athletics. Please join us in congratulating the 2019 Hall of Fame inductee class.
CHRISTOPHER CIMOCH – MEN’S HOCKEY (2010-2014)
Christopher played four seasons for the Eagles from 2010 through 2014 and impressively led his team to the ACHA Division 1 National Tournament in each of those four years. During his senior year in 2013-2014, the Eagles won the CSCHL Tournament championship and advanced to the program’s first and only ACHA national championship game, finishing as the national runner-up. Christopher was named to the ACHA All-American team that season and was also selected to the ACHA Division 1 National All-Star team, ACHA National Tournament All-Star Team, CSCHL Playoff Most Valuable Player, and CSCHL All-League First Team. Additionally in his career, he was selected to the ACHA Division 1 National All-Star Team and the CSCHL All-League Second Team in 2013 and to the CSCHL All-League Rookie Team in 2011. Academically Christopher excelled as well, earning RMU Dean’s List recognition seven times and ACHA Academic All-American honors twice before graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management in 2014. He is currently the Head Coach of the Carl Sandburg High School Eagles Varsity team and Hockey Coordinator at Homewood-Flossmoor Park District.
FLORENCE DADSON – WOMEN’S SOCCER (2010-2013)
Florence played four seasons for the Eagles from 2010-2013 leading RMU to the NAIA National Tournament in each of those years, including to the “Elite Eight” in 2010 and 2013. She is a three-time NSCAA-NAIA All-American selection, earning first team recognition in 2011, second team honors in 2012, and third team selection in 2013. In addition, Florence was a three-time NSCAA-NAIA All-Region First Team member in 2011, 2012, and 2013, two-time CCAC Conference Player of the Year selection in 2012 and 2013, and three-time CCAC All-Conference First Team honoree in 2011, 2012, and 2013. The prolific goal scorer is the second all-time leading scorer in Eagle’s history, registering 217 points on 92 goals and 33 assists, with her 92 goals also second most in program history. A team captain during her senior season, Florence is a member of the Ghana Women’s National Team and she also played in both the FIFA Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups representing her country at the youth level. Academically, she earned RMU Dean’s List on three occasions and she graduated with her Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Applied Health Science in 2014.
LINDA ESHUN – WOMEN’S SOCCER (2010-2013)
Linda was a four-year member of the Eagles from 2010-2013 and a teammate of fellow inductee Florence Dadson, anchoring the defense of all four RMU teams that qualified to the NAIA National Tournament, including advancing to the NAIA national quarter-finals in both 2010 and 2013. She earned NSCAA-NAIA All-American First Team recognition in 2013 and she was named to the NAIA All-American Honorable Mention teams in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Linda was also a two-time NSCAA-NAIA All-Region First team honoree in 2012 and 2013 and a three-time CCAC All-Conference First Team selection in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She is a member of the Ghana Women’s National team and has played professionally, including in Iceland for RMU alumnus and hall of famer Jeannette Williams, since graduating from RMU in 2014 with her Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Applied Health Science. Linda is unfortunately unable to attend today’s ceremony as she is currently in her professional season in Ghana. Accepting her award on her behalf is her former RMU coach Kurt Melcher.
GORDY GURSON – MEN’S SOCCER (2011-2013)
Gordy was a three-year starter for the Eagles from 2011 to 2013 after transferring to RMU from NCAA Division I Memphis University. Easily the most decorated player in the RMU Men’s soccer history, Gordy was a two-time NAIA All-American Honorable Mention team selection in 2012 and 2013, two-time Jewish Sports Review College All-American in 2011 and 2012, three-time NSCAA-NAIA All-Region First Team honoree, a three-time CCAC All-Conference First Team selection while also being named the CCAC Player of the Year in 2011. Gordy also earned several academic awards throughout his career, including the prestigious Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American honor in 2013 to go with Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete accolades in 2012 and 2013, CCAC All-Academic team selection in 2012 and 2013, and RMU Dean’s List recognition on four occasions. Since graduating with his Exercise and Sports Studies degree in 2013, Gordy has played professional indoor soccer in the Major Arena Soccer League for the Seattle Impact in 2014-2015, St. Louis Ambush in 2015-2016, Cedar Rapids Rampage from 2016-2018 and currently for the Orlando SeaWolves. He was named to the MASL All-League Second team in 2015 and the All-League Third team in 2018 and he is also member of both the United States Futsal National and United States Arena Soccer National Teams. Gordy was unable to attend the ceremony as he is currently in his professional season.
BRETT VELON – BASEBALL (2009-2011)
Brett was a two-year member of the Eagles from 2009 to 2011 after transferring to RMU from Joilet Junior College, where he won the 2008 NJCAA National Championship. He brought that success to RMU, winning the CCAC Conference Tournament championship in 2010 and the CCAC Conference regular season title in 2011 to lead the Eagles to their first ever two NAIA National Tournament appearances in 2010 and 2011. Brett was selected to the NAIA All-American Honorable Mention Team in 2011 and was also named the CCAC Conference Player of the Year that same season. In addition, he was a two-time CCAC All-Conference First Team selection in both 2010 and 2011 and was the league’s batting champion in 2010. Academically, Brett was a RMU Dean’s List award recipient on three occasions and graduated in 2011 with his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. He is currently the Director of Sports Performance at Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports and he is also the Strength/Conditioning Coach for RMU Baseball.