Lynn’s Athletics Hall of Fame Continues to Grow

Lynn’s Athletics Hall of Fame Continues to Grow

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University added four more names to its distinguished Athletics Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 26, with the induction of Jean Alexandre (Men’s Soccer), Julia Jehs (Women’s Tennis), Daris Rodriguez (Volleyball) and former Director of Athletics and Dean of Students Paul Turner.

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A dominant player on both sides of the ball for the men’s soccer team from 2005-08, Alexandre was a unanimous All-America selection as a senior when he was also the first soccer player in league history to be named the Sunshine State Conference Player, Offensive Player and Sportsman of the Year. Alexandre led the nation in goals (23) and points per game (2.79) and guided Lynn to SSC regular season and tournament titles.  After his senior season, he became the highest drafted student-athlete in school history when he was selected 12th overall in the Major League Soccer Superdraft.  Alexandre would go on to win an MLS cup with Real Salt Lake and USL title with Orlando City before continuing his professional career in Malaysia and with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.  Away from the pitch, Alexandre developed the Jean-Mark Alexandre Futbol Academy, a non-profit organization which seeks to develop social development in Haiti through soccer.

To say Jehs was extremely successful in her four years at Lynn would be an understatement.  When she graduated in 2000, she left as a two-time NCAA Division II National Champion with four national tournament appearances.  She is one of only three women’s tennis players in program history to be a 7-time ITA All-American, including one of only two to be a four-time doubles All-America selection.  Her play was so dominant that Jehs was named to the Sunshine State Conference Silver Anniversary Team as well as being inducted in the SSC Hall of Fame in 2008.  In addition, Jehs posted a 58-8 career singles record (.878 win percentage) and logged one of the 10 undefeated singles seasons in school history (1998 – 17-0).

Rodriguez brought Lynn University’s volleyball team into the national conversation during her two years with the Fighting Knights.  A two-time All-America honoree, she helped Lynn to the first two NCAA Tournament appearances in program history (2007-08).  Named the 2007 Blue & White Athlete of the Year, Rodriguez left as the record holder for block assists, blocks per set and total blocks in a season while ranking in the top-10 for career blocks per set (2nd), block assists (3rd), total blocks (3rd), attack pct. (4th), kills (6th), attack attempts (8th) and kills/set (9th).

Lastly, Lynn recognized a pioneer in its athletic history by honoring Paul Turner.  Turner served as the Director of Athletics from 1984-1993 where the Fighting Knights won three national titles (1987 – men’s soccer; 1991 – men’s soccer; & 1992 women’s soccer), he created male and female student-athlete awards and raised the athletic grade point average from 2.78 to 3.21 during his tenure.  He also took leadership of the baseball program in 1992 and guided Lynn to a 37-10 record (.787), which still stands as the third-most victories in school history.  Turner’s contributions were not limited to athletics, as he served as the Dean of students from 1984-2013 and the Office of Retention.

The Class of 2016 becomes the 16th class to be inducted into the Lynn University Athletic Hall of Fame. Women’s Tennis leads the way with 11 members, followed closely by men’s soccer with 10, women’s soccer with eight and administrators/coaches with seven selections.  Baseball is next with five picks, men’s golf with four and women’s basketball and men’s tennis each have three honorees.  Men’s basketball, women’s golf, softball and volleyball each have two selections.