Marymount University is proud to announce its sixth Athletics
Hall of Fame class, to be inducted on Saturday, April
30. Former director of athletics and head
women’s basketball coach Bill Finney will be
one of the four enshrined, as well as volleyball’s
Chris Ann Becki, men’s basketball’s
Rob Harris and dual sport athlete Sharee
McClellan in women’s basketball and
soccer. In addition, longtime sports information
director and senior woman administrator Judy
Finney will be honored in the Hall of Friends.
To say the name Bill Finney is synonymous with success would be an understatement. Since taking over the reins of the women’s basketball program in 1983, he posted a 553-193 record over the next 27 years until his retirement in 2010. Finney’s teams won 11 Capital Athletic Conference Championships and made 16 NCAA Tournament appearances with one Final Four, one Elite Eight and seven Sweet 16 finishes. Two of his teams won national scoring titles, averaging 92.4 points per game in 1992-93 and 89.4 points per game in 1993-94.
As a coach, Finney was named CAC Coach of the Year five times and Region Coach of the Year twice. Upon his retirement, the league named the women’s basketball coach of the year honor after Finney. Forty five of his players garnered All-CAC honors, four were named CAC Player of the Year and one CAC Rookie of the Year. On the national stage, Finney has coached one National Player of the Year and 10 All-Americans.
Finney has also left his mark on Marymount as an administrator. He took over as director of athletics in 1989 and played a key role in establishing the Capital Athletic Conference, serving as the league’s first president. During his tenure as AD, Finney introduced women’s lacrosse, men’s golf and men’s and women’s cross country to the MU sports offerings.
Chris Ann Becki ‘98
In the realm of athletics, there’s being part of exclusive company and then there’s being the person that sets that mark for future players to achieve. Chris Ann Becki knows both, not only as one of just nine members of the elite 1,000/1,000 club, but also as the first Saint to achieve the feat.
In her four years with the Saints, Becki recorded 1,141 kills and 1,337 digs to go with 276 service aces. Upon completing her stellar career in 1997, she held the program mark in all three categories as well as games played with 509. Becki remains the single game leader with eight service aces, set in a match against Hood as a senior in 1997. She was also on the first team to defeat rival Mary Washington as a freshman in 1994.
Becki was a two-time All-Capital Athletic Conference performer and led the Saints to their first 20-win season as a junior in 1996. That year, she garnered First Team All-CAC honors and helped MU advance to the conference semifinals, the best postseason advancement for Marymount up to that date. Becki added Second Team All-CAC recognition as a senior as the Saints broke their own wins record with 25 that year. She notched a career-high 441 kills to go with 393 digs with a school record 97 service aces, a mark that would stand until 2003.
Rob Harris ‘91
One of the pioneers of Marymount men’s basketball, Harris was a four-year letterwinner for the Saints beginning with the inaugural 1987-88 season. A standout on both ends of the floor for the Saints, Harris’ name can still be found among the program leaders in the MU record books.
Harris was on the first Marymount basketball team that played in the Capital Athletic Conference and won the school’s first ever men’s basketball regular season conference championship in 1991-92. That same year, he helped lead the team to a CAC Tournament runner-up finish and was named Second Team All-CAC for his efforts.
During his four years in Arlington, Harris posted 870 points on 57.8 percent shooting, grabbed 671 rebounds and blocked 137 shots on the defensive end. His scoring total ranks top-20 in program history while his career field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks all still rank second all-time at Marymount. Upon Harris’ graduation in 1991, he was the Saints’ all-time leader in rebounds, blocks and field goal shooting as well as second leading scorer. Only former teammate and MU Hall of Famer Pierre Gardner had scored more points than Harris while his rebounding and blocks mark stood for 11 years until being broken by MU Hall of Famer Dallas Crawley.
Sharee McClellan ‘95
All student-athletes strive to find the right balance to succeed both academically and in the field of play. For McClellan, excelling in the classroom and in one sport just wasn’t enough as she became one of the premier dual-sport athletes in Marymount history. She was a standout in both soccer and basketball with the Saints while earning Capital Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete accolades all four years and GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
In her three seasons on the soccer team, Sharee was named First Team All-CAC each season for the Saints as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She tallied 25 goals and 60 points in her career and led MU to three-straight CAC semifinals. As a junior Sharee led Marymount to a 3-1 record, the Saints’ first and only winning conference mark.
On the hardwood, Sharee was a member of four CAC Championships squads that made four NCAA Tournaments and a pair of Sweet 16 appearances. The Saints earned a national scoring title her sophomore year with 92.4 points per game while repeating her junior season with 89.4 points per game. Not playing soccer her senior season didn’t preclude Sharee from her fourth All-Conference nod. She set a league record that still stands to this day with 152 steals to go with 14.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game en route to First Team All-CAC honors in basketball.
Judy Finney becomes the fifth member of the Hall of Friends at Marymount with her induction. Named the school’s first full-time sports information director in 1997, she spent 13 years in the department and was responsible for all public relations, statistics, budget management and team travel arrangements as well as athletics website maintenance.
No stranger to the program prior to her appointment as SID, Judy assisted with the department on a volunteer basis for the previous 14 years. Keeping stats at weekend games, she also took vacation days from her public relations job to staff and help run the annual Marymount Tip-Off Tournament.
2011 Marymount University Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees
Chris Ann Becki ’98, Volleyball
Bill Finney, Women’s Basketball Head Coach/Director of Athletics
Rob Harris, ’91, Men’s Basketball
Sharee McClellan, ’95, Women’s Basketball and Women’s Soccer
2011 Marymount University Athletics Hall of Friends Inductee
Judy Finney, Sports Information Director and Senior Woman Administrator