Athletics Hall of Fame
Three star student-athletes comprise the 41st class of the CSU Athletics Hall of Fame. Congratulations to J’Nathan Bullock, BA ’09, men’s basketball, Kailey Klein, BBA ’10, women’s basketball and Phil Orno, BA ’10, men’s tennis.
The trio led the Vikings to a combined nine Horizon League titles and six NCAA tournament appearances, while earning 13 Horizon League individual honors, making this one of the most decorated Hall of Fame classes in Cleveland State history.
Bullock (2005-09) was an integral part of building a men’s basketball team that gained national recognition during his senior season, capturing the 2008-09 Horizon League tournament title and upsetting Wake Forest in the first round of the NCAA tournament. As a two-time Mid-Major All-American, he guided CSU to back-to-back 20-win seasons as a junior and senior – the first time the Vikings had posted two straight 20-win seasons in over 20 years. Bullock led the Vikings in scoring all four years and appeared in the starting lineup a record 124 times, including 37 times as a senior.
Klein (2006-10) was one of the best women’s basketball players to ever wear the green and white, leading the Vikings to their only two NCAA tournament appearances. She is the all-time leading scorer with 2,140 points and is the only Viking to eclipse the 2,000-point plateau. She finished her career at the top of the record book in free throws made (605) and free throws attempted (762). She was the first Cleveland State women’s basketball player to have her jersey retired, earning the distinction on Feb. 6, 2016.
Orno (2006-10) was an integral part of a three-time Horizon League championship men’s tennis team, graduating as the career record-holder in singles and doubles wins. As the first Viking to post 20-win seasons in four straight years, he finished with a school record 99 career singles wins and 98 career doubles wins, becoming the only Viking to post 90-plus singles wins and 90-plus doubles wins. As a junior and senior, he helped the Vikings post back-to-back 20-win seasons, marking the only 20-win campaigns in program history.
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