NEWARK – The University of Delaware will induct athletes from 10 different sports into its Athletics Hall of Fame in a private ceremony Friday night in Newark. The group includes five All-Americans, five conference champions, the first three-sport captain in school history and an athletic trainer. They will be recognized on the field at halftime of Saturday’s football game vs. Villanova at Delaware Stadium.
The inductees are:
Bill Armstrong, football: Armstrong starred for coach Tubby Raymond from 1969-71, leading the Wing-T offense. The Philadelphia native was part of a three-back attack, and the Blue Hens posted a record of 28-5 during his years, including Associated Press and United Press International national championships in 1971. In his career, Armstrong carried 434 times for 2,340 yards and 18 touchdowns; he also caught 22 passes for 296 yards. He was third all-time in rushing for UD when he graduated, and he earned first-team All-American as a senior. He is currently a consultant in the construction industry and lives in Glenside, Pa.
Taurence Chisholm, basketball: Point guard Chisholm came from Baltimore to Newark and enjoyed an outstanding career for the Blue Hens from 1984-88. He was a four-year starter and set 12 school records, several of which still stand. He finished with 877 career assists, fourth in NCAA history and first in assists per game at 8.0. Chisholm set UD records in assists, steals, games played and minutes played, and season records in assists and steals. He earned several conference honors and was a “Little” All-American in 1988 as one of the top players in the country under 6-0. He worked at Delaware in admissions and financial aid for 17 years and now is in the financial aid office at Coppin State University. He has three children, the oldest of whom, Briyana, is a freshman and a member of the cheerleading team at UD.
Karen Conlin, basketball/softball: Conlin was a four-year basketball starter for coach Mary Ann Hitchens from 1974-78 and, from her point guard position, directed the Blue Hens to four winning seasons and an overall mark of 45-26. The team made four trips to the Eastern regional tournament for the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. A Wilmington native and Ursuline Academy, she scored 716 points for the Hens in 68 games and was the second-ranked scorer when she graduated. A two-time captain, Conlin led the team in assists for her final two seasons. She also played one year of softball, in 1978, and batted .240 for a team that made the AIAW Eastern regionals. She began her career as a research biologist before beginning her dental practice in Wilmington. She lives in Kennett Square with her partner, Denise Day, and their two daughters.
Jamin Elliott, football/track and field: Elliott electrified spectators with his exploits on the field and the track from 1998-2002. A three-year starter at wide receiver, he finished his career with 158 receptions for 3,068 yards and 23 touchdowns, third in Delaware history in all three categories. As a junior in 2000, he caught 58 passes for 1,337 yards, and the Hens went 12-2 to win the Atlantic 10 on their way to the NCAA I-AA semifinals. In tack and field, Elliott led UD to the America East Conference indoor team title in 1999 and the outdoor title in 2000. That year, he won the America East outdoor triple jump, and he twice was named All-East. He set the school triple jump record (48-11) as a senior. He was drafted by the NFL’s Chicago Bears and earned a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots in 2003. He also played in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and in Europe and the Arena Football League. Elliott lives in Charlotte, N.C., with his wife, Courtney, a 2001 UD grad, and their son, Joshua. He is a branch manager with Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
Keith Handling, athletic training: Handling provided care for thousands of UD athletes over the course of his 36 years in Newark as head and assistant athletic trainer. He began his career at Delaware in 1967 as a student, became assistant athletic trainer and a faculty member in 1972 and head trainer in 1988 upon the retirement of Dr. Roy Rylander. The Reading, Pa., native helped establish the UD Undergraduate Athletic Training Program and was inducted into the Delaware Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame in 2004. He served as the athletic trainer at every Delaware football game between 1972 and 2007 – home and away – for a total of 438 games. Long dedicated to Special Olympics, he has served on the board of directors since 1975, was the Delaware Special Olympics volunteer of the year in 1997 and inducted into that organization’s hall of fame in 1997. In 1999, he received the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award. Handling currently serves as an associate professor in UD’s department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology. He and his wife, Linda, live in Landenberg, Pa.