JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University Athletics announced its 2021 Hall of Fame class on Monday, featuring two first time sport inductees, three all-time greats and a special contributor to the university.
Cameron Mann (Men’s Lacrosse) and Brittney Orashen (Women’s Lacrosse) become the first representatives of their respective sports to be enshrined, and are joined in the class by Ayron Hardy (Men’s Basketball), Charlene Charles (Track & Field), Sammie Strasbaugh (Volleyball) and Dr. R. Stephen Lucie as a special contributor for his longtime dedication to the sports medicine department.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be inducted into a hall of fame, and this year’s class exemplifies both outstanding performances and values,” said Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert. “The history of the success and tradition at JU stems from student-athletes and contributors like those who have been selected this year.
“I am excited to congratulate and welcome the Hall of Fame Class of 2021!”
The induction ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2022, with a special recognition for the class at the men’s basketball game vs. FGCU.
Cameron Mann (Men’s Lacrosse, 2010-13)
A four-year captain and founding member of the program, Mann’s accomplishments have held up over time as the program has grown since its inception in 2010, and he becomes the first men’s lacrosse player to enter the Hall. He is second all-time in points, goals, man-up goals, assists and ground balls, and led the team in points in a season twice (2011, 2012) and in groundballs and assists once.
His strong performances were recognized publicly once JU joined a conference in 2011. A three-time all-MAAC selection and two-time MAAC All-Tournament team performer, he helped lead the Dolphins to the semifinals of the MAAC Tournament in 2011 and a share of the regular season championship in 2013.
Drafted into both Major League Lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League, Mann competed in both leagues professionally. He was a member of the Hamilton Nationals in the MLL and the Colorado Mammoth in the NLL.
Brittney Orashen (Women’s Lacrosse, 2011-15)
One of the most decorated and tough players in JU women’s lacrosse history now becomes the first from the program to be inducted. The Lebanon, N.J. native was a four-time First Team All-Conference selection, four-time All-Tournament performer, two-time ASUN Defensive Player of the Year and the 2015 ASUN Tournament MVP.
She is still the all-time leader in ground balls in program history, is second in caused turnovers, third in draw controls, and, proving her versatility from the midfield, ninth all-time in goals and 11th in points. She is one of 17 players in program history to enter the “100 Club”, and is one of only four to do it in three different statistical categories, registering 134 DCs, 106 points and 104 ground balls for her career.
Every team she was a part of was championship-level. In 2012, they captured the NLC Tournament Championship, were ASUN Regular Season and Tournament Champions in 2013-15 and made the program’s first three trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Orashen then served as an assistant coach for the program from the time she graduated through the 2021 season.
Ayron Hardy (Men’s Basketball, 2007-2011)
One of the most-tenacious two-way players in the program’s history, Hardy was part of back-to-back 20-win teams that captured two straight ASUN Regular Season Championships and helped the team to three postseason appearances in his four seasons.
Hardy was an All-Freshman Team selection in 2007, made the All-Conference team in 2010 and was ASUN Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2010, while also being recognized as the CIT Mid-Major Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. He is the program leader in all-time games played (127), is second all-time in steals, fourth in minutes played, sixth in field goal percentage and seventh in blocks.
After his time at JU, he went on to play professionally overseas, earning British BBL First Team honors and being named to the British BBL All-Defensive First Team in the 2011-12 season. He also played in Germany and in the NBA G-League with the Tulsa 66ers.
Charlene Charles (Track & Field, 2010-13)
A standout in multiple events during her illustrious track and field career, Charles was named All-ASUN an astounding 21 times in her career. A two-time USTFCCCA All-American, in the Heptathlon in 2012 and the Pentathlon in 2013, she qualified for the NCAA Championships three times.
She holds the all-time JU record in the Pentathlon and the High-Jump, and captured 10 Individual ASUN Championships, while playing a key role in eight ASUN Team Championships. Her championship time coinciding with the Dolphins unprecedented run of 22 straight ASUN titles across both indoor and outdoor seasons from 2006 to 2016.
She was the MVP of the ASUN Championship three-times (2010 and 2011 – Indoor, 2010 – Outdoor), the Most Outstanding Field Performer three-times in indoor, the Most Outstanding Freshman Performer in both indoor and outdoor in 2010, and the Most Outstanding Outdoor Track Performer once.
Sammie Strasbaugh (Volleyball, 2012-14)
Strasbaugh packed a lot in a short period of time, piling up accolades in her three-year JU career. After appearing in all 27 matches as a freshman, when she led the team in kills and aces, compiled 10 double-doubles and became the program’s first Freshman of the Year selection in the ASUN.
She followed that up with a unanimous All-ASUN First Team selection, helping the Dolphins to an ASUN Regular Season and Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. She was also an All-Tournament Team selection and Academic All-Conference qualifier that season as well, registering 27 double-digit kill efforts, including nine straight to end the regular season, and going off for 20 in JU’s victory over FGCU in the ASUN Semifinals.
Her final season was her best, when she was named ASUN Player of the Year and Conference Tournament MVP en route to capturing a second-straight ASUN Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament berth. She led the conference in kills, kills per set, service aces per set, points and points per set, exploded for a career-high 29 kills at USC Upstate and joined the 1000 Kill and 1000 Dig Club that year.
She is the program’s all-time leader in kills in a three-set match, while sitting second all-time in total kills and kills in a season.
Dr. R. Stephen Lucie (Contributor)
Dr. Lucie recently retired from Baptist health/JOI, after nearly 40 years as an orthopaedic surgeon, and served as the head team physician for JU since 1993.
He was one of four co-founders of Jacksonville Orthopeadic Institute, affiliated with Baptist Health, in 1994. He is also a former Chairman of JOI, president of the Duval County Medical Society and Florida Alliance of Sports Medicine Physicians.
He was recognized back in April, when the athletics training room in the Athletics Fieldhouse was named in his honor.