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UCF Athletics Names 2022 Hall of Fame Class

Five former UCF athletic greats — Mackenzie Audas (softball), Joe Burnett (football), Linda Gooch (cheer coach), Latavius Murray (football) and Krystina Sarff (rowing) — comprise the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame class for 2022.

That quintet will be recognized at an induction banquet on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at the Celeste Hotel (4105 N. Alafaya Trail) on the UCF campus in Orlando. Individual tickets are $135 each — or $1,250 for a Hall of Fame Table (10 seats) — and include an hour-long cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m. ET followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. ET.

Tickets are available for purchase here. Questions can be directed to Aly Derksen in UCF Athletics at 321-558-6291.

The five inductees will be honored on the field at halftime of the UCF-Georgia Tech football game the following day at FBC Mortgage Stadium (kickoff time TBD).

Since 1998, the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame has been inducting former Knight players and coaches and others connected to the UCF program.

Here are details on the five 2022 inductees:

Mackenzie (Audas) Parkrall ’15, Softball, 2012-2015

  • Earned a bachelor’s in early childhood development and education from UCF
  • Named ESPN Capital One All-American as senior at UCF in 2015
  • Selected unanimous all-American Athletic Conference in 2015
  • Named Conference USA Co-Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year in 2012
  • Finished third all-time at UCF in ERA (1.65)
  • Finished first in UCF history in career strikeouts/7 (8.29), appearances (150), starts (125), and innings pitched (823)
  • Ended as UCF all-time leader in strikeouts (975) and no-hitters (five)
  • Finished second at UCF all-time in wins (78) and shutouts (29)
  • Finished second in NCAA in ERA in 2015 (0.95), behind teammate Shelby Turnier
  • Helped Knights to three NCAA Championship appearances (2012, 2014, 2015)
  • Led UCF to two AAC championships (2014, 2015)
  • CoSIDA Academic All-American as senior in 2015
  • From Tampa, Florida; attended Plant City High School in Plant City, Florida

Joe Burnett ’08, Football, 2005-2008

  • Earned a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies with a minor in hospitality  from UCF
  • Record-setting cornerback and return specialist for Knights
  • Named first-team All-American as senior in 2008 by ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated, as only player in country to rank in NCAA top 20 in both punt and kickoff returns (he led Conference USA in both categories); a second-team pick by Walter Camp Foundation; named Conference USA Special Teams Player of Year in 2008
  • An eight-time first-team all-Conference USA selection (four as punt returner, three as defensive back, one as kickoff returner)
  • Named to Freshman All-America teams in 2005 by Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Rivals.com, CollegeFootballNews.com and The Sporting News
  • Helped UCF to its first two bowl berths (2005 Hawaii, 2007 Liberty) and school’s first conference championship in 2007
  • Holds UCF record with 16 career interceptions; set UCF and Conference USA career marks for punt return yards with 1,304; set UCF records for most punt returns (96) and tied the record for most punt return touchdowns with three
  • Averaged 13.6 average yards per punt return and 28.7 yards per kick return, along with two touchdowns had 221 career tackles, including 12 TFLs, 16 career interceptions and 35 pass break-ups; started 46 games among 49 career games played
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers as 32nd pick of fifth round (168th overall) of 2009 NFL Draft
  • Played three seasons with Steelers (2009-2010), New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars (2011)
  • Moved on to Canadian Football League with Edmonton Eskimos (2011-2014), Calgary Stampeders (2015-2017) and Montreal Alouettes (2018)
  • Native of Eustis, Florida

Linda Gooch ’85, Cheer Coach, 1984-Present

  • Led UCF to Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) national cheer championships in 2003, 2007 and 2020 (plus a World Cup championship in 2019) and multiple top-five finishes as longtime UCF cheerleading coach
  • Has led UCF to top-10 finishes in 26 of last 28 years, including fifth in 2022 and second in 2021
  • Led UCF teams to top-three finishes in seven straight years (2015-21)
  • One of most decorated and nationally respected cheerleading coaches all-time
  • Has headed UCF cheer program for 38 years (since April 1984), with Knights first competing for national championship in 1994
  • Recipient of 2011 Colonel Gene Moeller College National Coach of the Year Award
  • Led 2015 UCF Cheer Team to first-place finish at European Open Championship in Paris, France
  • Played leading role in creation, design and character development of UCF athletics mascot, Knightro
  • Established UCF KnightMoves Dance Team in 1996
  • Received Shining Knight award in 2020 from UCF Alumni in distinguished alumni category
  • Received special award for her “significant impact” on cheer at 2011 at National College Cheer and Dance Championships
  • Four-year letterwinner with cheer team at UCF
  • Married to former longtime UCF assistant football coach Alan Gooch, a 2006 inductee into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame

Latavius Murray ’12, Football, 2008-2012

  • Earned a bachelor’s in interpersonal/organizational communication from UCF
  • Finished his UCF career second in school history in total touchdowns (44), eighth in carries (453), seventh in yards (2,424) and third in rushing TDs (37)
  • Also caught 50 career passes for 524 yards and six TDs
  • MVP of 2010 Conference USA Championship Game and 2010 Liberty Bowl victory over Georgia, when he scored winning TD and rushed for 104 yards in UCF’s first bowl win
  • First-team all-Conference USA choice in 2012
  • Rushed for career-high 233 yards and two TDs in final game of junior year in 2011 versus UTEP
  • Ran for 1,106 yards and 15 TDs on 198 attempts in senior season of 2012
  • Has played in NFL since 2013 with Oakland Raiders (2013-16; sixth-round draft pick in 2013), Minnesota Vikings (2017-18), New Orleans Saints (2019-20) and Baltimore Ravens (2021)
  • Has rushed for 5,492 yards (1,310 attempts) and 49 touchdowns in NFL career; also 195 receptions for 1,369 yards and two TDs
  • NFL Pro Bowl selection in 2015 after rushing for career-high 1,066 yards (career-best 266 attempts) and making career-high 41 receptions (232 yards)
  • Inducted into 2022 Greater Syracuse Hall of Fame in June
  • Native of Titusville, Florida; attended high school in Onondaga, New York

Krystina Sarff ’07 ’09MA, Rowing, 2004-2008

  • Earned a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies with a minor in Spanish minor and a master’s in English from UCF
  • Three-time All-American (first-team CRCA as junior and senior), all-South Region selection and team MVP
  • UCF team captain as senior in 2008
  • Still holds UCF 2K and 6K all-time records
  • Led UCF to highest national ranking at No. 9 rowing with V8 squad as junior in 2007
  • Led UCF to first NCAA Championship appearance in 2007
  • Helped UCF upset No. 7 Virginia in dual competition and then No. 8 UCLA and No. 14 Washington State in 2007 Windermere Classic
  • Four-time CRCA National Scholar-Athlete
  • Two-time Conference USA Commissioners Academic Medal recipient
  • Attended US Under-23 National Team selection camp
  • Served as assistant coach at UCF in 2008-2009
  • After receiving her B.A. and M.A. from UCF she went on to earn a Ph.D at the University of Florida
  • Currently is a Sport Management Professor at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. and also has coached at Michigan, San Diego, Oklahoma and Florida
  • Originally from Tampa, Florida; attended Bloomingdale High School in Valrico, Florida, as prep senior and competed at Florida as college freshman before transferring to UCF
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