Marcia Faustin, Declan Murray, Blake Schilb to be inducted on February 4
CHICAGO (December 12, 2022) – Marcia Faustin (track & field), Declan Murray (track & field), and Blake Schilb (men’s basketball) will be inducted into the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame on February 4, 2023, it was announced on Monday. The trio will be recognized at halftime of the Ramblers’ men’s basketball matchup with George Mason that afternoon.
Faustin enjoyed a standout career during her time on the Ramblers’ women’s track & field team from 2004-07. The Chicagoland product won a staggering eight Horizon League long jump titles, sweeping the indoor and outdoor crowns in all four years of her time at Loyola. The only four-time outdoor high jump champion in Horizon League history, Faustin, who still holds program records on both sides of the event, cleared a Horizon League-record 5-08.25 (1.74m) at the outdoor league meet in 2004.
Currently a physician in California, Faustin had the honor of serving as a team doctor for the U.S Women’s Gymnastics Team at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
A highly-decorated member of Loyola’s men’s track & field team from 2009-13, Declan Murray was a five-time Horizon League champion for the Maroon & Gold. Murray established himself as one of the league’s best in 2011, capturing outdoor crowns in the 800m run and as a member of the Ramblers’ 4x400m relay.
After defending his 800m title in 2012, Murray had a senior season to remember, setting new school records in the 600m run and 800m run on his way to being named Horizon League Indoor and Outdoor Athlete of the Year. The Strongsville, Ohio native swept the league’s 800m run titles and ran on a pair of conference champion 4x400m relay squads in addition to helping Loyola’s distance medley relay to an indoor league title. Murray went on to be named a United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-American after qualifying for the national final in the 800m run at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, an effort highlighted by a third-place finish at the indoor national meet.
One of the most versatile players to ever wear a Loyola uniform, Blake Schilb averaged 15.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.3 steals per game during a playing career that stretched from 2003-07. A three-time First Team All-Horizon League honoree, Schilb, out of Rantoul, Ill., earned Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2005-06 and was named a First Team All-District pick by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) the following year. The only player in Loyola history to tally over 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 400 assists, Schilb finished his career ranked fourth all-time with 1,879 points and as the program’s all-time leader with 204 three-point field goals.
Following his time with the Maroon & Gold, Schilb went on to have a successful professional playing career in Europe. Most recently, the 6-foot-7 guard represented the Czech Republic at the 2020 Summer Olympics, putting up a team-high 17 points in a pool play matchup with the United States on July 31, 2021.
In addition to the three members being inducted into the Hall of Fame, former Loyola men’s soccer student-athlete Mike Mulligan will receive the William A. Finnegan, S.J. Memorial Award, which is awarded in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics. Mulligan, who played for the Ramblers from 1981-84, is a former sports reporter with the Chicago Tribune and currently serves as host of “Mully & Haugh” on WSCR-AM 670 in Chicago.
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