Robert Morris announced its four-member RMU Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2022 on Wednesday. The 31st class includes a former member of the athletic department, men’s and women’s basketball teams, and the softball program.
RMU has elected former Director of Athletics Ken Mease, Karvel Anderson, Anna Niki Stamolamprou, and Nicole Sleith to be inducted on Friday, Feb 3, 2023.
Mease (1975-1978) guided Robert Morris College, while a junior college, to becoming an NCAA Division I school. RMU Athletics proclaimed “RMU is considered the first athletic program in the country to make the jump from the junior college ranks to NCAA Division I.” Mease also was a KDKA and WPXI sportscaster.
One of the most decorated players in men’s basketball program history, Karvel Anderson made a historic impact on the Colonials in just two seasons. Anderson and Robert Morris won back-to-back Northeast Conference regular season championships in his two years during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 campaigns, being named NEC Player of the Year in 2014. He averaged 19.7 points per contest and won the NEC scoring title. Anderson set single-season records in points (710), field goals (248), and three-point field goals (119) to name a few of the accolades he possesses in the RMU record books.
Anderson scored a career-high 38 points in RMU’s 89-78 win in the 2014 NIT at St. John’s. A representative at the 2014 Reese’s Division I College All-Star Game, Anderson was a part of the RMU team that defeated defending national champion Kentucky in the 2013 NIT.
Anna Niki Stamolamprou played four years in Moon Township (2013-2017) and won three NEC Tournament crowns, winning two NEC Tournament MVP awards in 2016 and 2017. Hailing from Thessaloniki, Greece, she is one of two Colonials in women’s basketball history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists, and 100 steals. She finished her career totaling 1,815 points and the most starts of any program member (122).
Nicole Sleith controlled the pitching circle with ease for the softball team. Winning NEC Pitcher of the year on three separate occasions (2012, 2013, 2015), Sleith was the 2012 NEC Rookie of the Year as well and owns RMU single-season records for wins (25), innings pitched (247), and strikeouts (296). Her 1.70 career ERA is second in program history and pitched a perfect game against Fairleigh Dickinson in the 2015 NEC Tournament, marking her third no-hitter as well.
RMU established the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991 with nominations selected by the RMU Athletic Hall of Fame committee. 147 individuals and three teams have been inducted in 31 years. Eligible players, coaches and administrators are eligible to be considered for the hall five years after their stint with the Colonials.