Chesapeake College Athletic Hall of Fame
2007 Inductees

Jen Benson
Student Athlete, 1997-99

Ms. Benson played basketball, softball, soccer and tennis while attending Chesapeake from 1997 to 1999, and at one time held all of the school’s records for three-point shooting – most in a game, season, and career. She won a state women's doubles title with Laura Harrison while playing for the college's club tennis program.

Ms. Benson, who graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Science degree from Wesley College in Delaware, is currently the lead personal trainer at Body Watts in Easton. She holds a Post-Rehab Exercise Specialist certification and serves as a subcontractor at the Benedictine School in Ridgely, where she designs one-on-one fitness programs for mentally and physically challenged students.

Cyril Djoukeng
Student Athlete, 2002-2004

Mr. Djoukeng became the first person to be inducted into the Chesapeake College Athletic Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He was both a men's basketball all-American and an academic All-American while attending Chesapeake College from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Djoukeng was also the recipient of the 2004 John T. Harrison Award, the college's highest academic honor, which he received at that year's Commencement ceremonies.

Mr. Djoukeng was also named to the 2006 NCAA Academic All-American team as a member of Division I Nicholls State University's men's basketball team. He was captain of the 2005-2006 Colonels, averaging nearly nine points and three assists a game. He made a triumphant return to Maryland as a senior, scoring his team's final four points and hitting the game-winning basket at the buzzer to lift the Colonels over University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 71-69.

J.R. Dobson
Student Athlete, 1999-2001

Mr. Dobson, a baseball all-American in 2001, holds the school's career records in wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts. He was also among the national leaders in strikeouts (second in 2000) and earned-run average (fifth in 2001) during his Chesapeake College baseball career.

Mr. Dobson, the first player recruited by Athletic Director/Baseball Coach Frank Szymanski when he came to Chesapeake College in 1999, led the Skipjacks to a pair of Region XX tournament berths. He was also a key player on the College's first-ever 20-win team in 2001.

Mr. Dobson is currently a sheriff's deputy with the Talbot County Sheriff's Department.

Haslup/Gehrig Foundation

The Dave Haslup/Lou Gehrig Foundation – started by former Chesapeake College student athlete Dave Haslup, who entered the Hall of Fame as an individual as part of the 2003 inaugural class – provides athletic scholarships that allow local student athletes to attend Chesapeake.

Haslup was diagnosed in 2000 with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which is better known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease" for the baseball star who was struck with the disease in the 1930s.

"This foundation reflects the efforts of Dave and other Haslup Foundation board members to assist local student athletes and raise awareness regarding ALS," said Dr. Ed Baker, a former Chesapeake College men's basketball coach and close personal friend of Haslup's who was inducted alongside Haslup into the Hall of Fame in 2003.

Alleen Berkey Hawkins
Women's Softball Coach, 1977-81

A 1978 graduate of Salisbury State College, Ms. Hawkins started Chesapeake College's women's softball program and coached the 1981 softball team to a Region XX championship. She finished her Chesapeake softball coaching career with a 54-13 record.

Ms. Hawkins – who also coached volleyball, basketball, and cheerleading for the Skipjacks – moved on to coach softball at Furman University from 1983 to 1995, twice winning Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors while leading Furman to a pair of regular-season conference crowns. She went on to start the University of Georgia women's softball program, coaching the Bulldogs until 2000. Ms. Hawkins, who now coaches at Erskine College in South Carolina, has won more than 600 games during her collegiate softball coaching career.

Dr. Maurice Hickey
Coach, 1973-93

Dr. Hickey, currently president of Clinton Community College in New York, was a three-time NJCAA Region XX All-Star men's soccer coach and the 1986 Maryland JuCo Co-Ed Tennis Coach of the Year while leading the Skipjacks to that year's club co-ed tennis title. He coached men's soccer (1973-1983), baseball (1974-1982), and co-ed tennis (1985-1993) for the Skipjacks.

Dr. Hickey, a former Chesapeake College athletic director (1982-1988), was also a faculty member in health and physical fitness, and an associate dean. He capped more than 30 years of service at Chesapeake with his tenure as vice president for academic services from 2000 to 2005.


Myrle Butler Yoash
Student Athlete, 1975-1977

Ms. Butler Yoash played volleyball, basketball and tennis while being selected Chesapeake College's Outstanding Female Athlete in 1976-1977. She went on to play volleyball at Tarkio College, where she was named to the Heart of America Athletic Conference all-conference team.

Ms. Butler Yoash has been employed by the Caroline County Board of Education since 1980, and has been teaching elementary physical education for 25 years. She was a 2002 nominee for Caroline County Teacher of the Year.