Hall of Fame

    2017 Hall of Fame Nominations are Now Open

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    2017 Hall of Fame Banquet

    Join us for a wonderful evening as we induct five new members into the Evangel University Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, September 22, at 6 p.m. inside Crusader Hall. 



    Evangel University Athletics Hall Of Fame Inductees


    Dr. Donald Pearson

    Chair of Dept. of HPER 1969-83

    Athletics Director 1956-71

    Coached basketball 1956-58, 1962-64

    Coached Track & Field, Cross Country 1958-76


    Wayne Tesch

    Graduated 1969


    Three-year baseball letterman

    Soccer coach 1971

    Founder of Royal Family Kids Camp


    Ken Cornwell

    Graduated 1968

    Four Year Track & Field and two-year basketball letterman

    Athletic Director, head football coach and head track & field coach Carrolton, Mo. High School



    Bob Curtis

    Graduated 1968

    Lettered in basketball and baseball 1965-68

    Scored 875 career points in three years

    Coached varsity track & field and varsity basketball at Excelsior Springs High School

    Kansas City Suburban Conference Coach of the Year


    Lauren Ward-Parons

    Graduated 1969

    Lettered on Evangel's first volleyball (1966-68), tennis (1966, 1968) teams

    Lettered in track & field (1967), softball (1967-68), and basketball (1968) teams

    Undefeated at #1 tennis, high scorer on basketball team, captained the 1968 team which won 3rd in state



    John January

    Graduated 1969

    Holds Evangel record in the 100 meters and 400 meters

    Coached basketball, soccer, football, and wrestling at high school level in Zion, Ill.


    Norman Trzaskoma

    Graduated 1970

    Evangel's first four-year letter winner in cross country and track & field

    Was high school Cross Country Coach of the Year in North Carolina (1975, 1976, 1979)

    Cross Country teams ranked in top 20 in U.S.



    Fred Mihm

    Graduated 1970

    Four year Baseball letter winner

    Had 0.75 ERA during his best season

    Associate professor of Anesthesia and Associate Director of Intensive Care unit, Stanford University Medical Center; published more than 50 research articles

    Volunteer's Anesthesia services on missions triage and at the San Francisco Zoo


    Peter Lima

    Graduated 1965

    Co-captain of 1963-65 baseball teams

    Voted outstanding catcher 1960-61

    New Jersey High School Baseball Coach of the Year 1977-78

    Pitched Westfield, N.J. softball team to state championship in 1983


    Joye Wampler Steir

    Graduated 1971

    Three-year volleyball letter winner

    1968 team placed 3rd in state

    Two-year letter winner in basketball

    Lettered one year in softball and one year in Tennis

    Coach, Athletic Director and department chair in Dayton, Ohio school system 1972-1984



    Steve Maruszak

    Graduated 1972

    Standout in soccer and track & field

    Set Evangel's single game goal-scoring record in soccer (4)

    All-District 16 in track & field 1970-72

    Coached track & field and football at Willard


    Don Jenkins

    Graduated 1972

    Four-year letter winner in basketball and track & field

    Holds single game scoring record of 52 points

    All-District 16 in basketball

    Track & field and basketball coach at Cherry Creek, Colo.



    David Bittinger

    Graduated 1974

    Three-year winner in wrestling and soccer

    First Evangel athlete to compete in a National tournament (wrestling)

    Coached wrestling and football in Akron, Ohio


    Clifford Creek

    Graduated 1967

    Lettered in basketball and track & field

    Coached Evangel cross country 1963-74

    Made major donations to Evangel athletics over a 30 year period


    Gray Hines

    Graduated 1971

    Lettered four years in soccer and two in wrestling

    Coached wrestling in South Dakota with teams placing 3rd, 4th, and 9th in the state

    President of South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Association


    Rodney Hoover

    Graduated 1974

    Evangel soccer standout

    Earned District 16 1st honors in 1972-73

    Earned All-Midwest 1st team honors in 1972-73


    Merry Gunnett

    Graduated 1974

    Lettered four years in volleyball and basketball

    Two-year letter winner in track & field and earned one letter in tennis

    Officiates volleyball, basketball, and softball in Fremont, California



    Sandra Sorbo

    Responsible for starting and coaching every women's sport at Evangel

    1981 Volleyball team won state MAIAWIII Championship

    Served as chair to the HPER department 1983-2000


    Arthur Stair

    (Meritorious Service)

    Lifetime member Crusader Booster Club

    Has funded a variety of projects benefiting Evangel athletics including improvements to the Ashcroft Center, baseball field and softball complex



    Ben Kaufman

    Graduated 1978

    First Evangel football quarterback

    Kaufman-to-Ferguson is one of the finest quarterback-to-receiver combinations in Crusader history

    Finished season 13th in NAIA in passing (1977)

    All-District 16 (1977)

    Received first President's Award for academics


    Jon Ferguson

    Graduated 1979

    Wide Receiver on Evangel's first football team

    Kaufman-to-Ferguson is one of the best quarterback-to-receiver combination in Crusader history

    Ranked #2 in NAIA pass receiving yards

    First Team All-District 16

    Lettered two years in basketball



    Sam Der-Yeghiayan

    Graduated 1975

    Four year letter winner in soccer

    All-District 16 all four years

    Outstanding College Athlete of America (1974)

    District Consul for U.S. Dept. of Justice, Immigration, and Naturalization Service


    Terry Velin

    Graduated 1971

    Lettered three years in soccer, wrestling and track & field

    All-District 16 track (1971)

    Set Evangel records in high and intermediate hurdles, and on relay teams

    Captained wrestling and soccer teams


    Aundrae Curtis

    Graduated 1963

    Evangel's Director of Athletics (1974-1981)

    Men's basketball coach (1966-70, 1972-82)

    Women's basketball coach (1965, 1967-1969, 1975-76)

    Basketball letterman (1964-65)



    Leta Stanton-Amon

    Graduated 1972

    Lettered four times in volleyball, two times in basketball, twice in softball, once in track & field and once in field hockey

    Top scorer on 1957 and 1968 basketball teams

    Member of 1968 volleyball team and that placed third in state



    Leon Neal

    Graduated 1989

    Evangel's first NAIA All-American in any sport

    All-District 16, 1976-77, 1977-1978

    Played professional basketball in Portugal and coached the Seraglios women's team

    Assistant coach for Evangel men's and women's basketball teams beginning in 1986

    Women's basketball team has won numerous conference championships


    Dale Frankum

    Graduated 1982

    Lettered four years in baseball

    First team NAIA All-District (1979-1982)

    Single game record for stolen bases (4)

    Career records at bats, hits, runs, singles, times on base, and sacrifices



    Celeste Jenkins

    Graduated 1984

    NAIA District 16 tennis champion at No. 1 singles 1983 and 1984

    MAIAW-III State Champion at No. 1 singles 1982 and No. 2 singles champion in 1981

    Amassed a 68-13 record as a singles player

    NAIA academic All-American 1983-1984



    Denny Duron

    Evangel's first head football coach

    Youngest college head coach in America in 1977

    Founded Evangel Christian High School's athletic program in Shreveport, LA

    Evangel High School is a perennial contender for Louisiana State Football championship and the USA today Top 25




    Steve Jenkins

    Graduated 1974

    Coached Evangel baseball 1978-83

    Coached Evangel Men's Basketball since 1977

    Won Evangel's first NAIA National Championship (Men's Basketball 2002)

    Six-time HAAC coach of the Year

    NAIA Hall of Fame inductee, Springfield Sports Hall of Fame Inductee


    Jim Bailie

    Graduated 1980

    Lieutenant Colonel United States Army

    Offensive Guard on Evangel's first football team

    Evangels first Football NAIA All-American (2nd team 1978)



    Jim Mittan

    Graduated 1987

    Earned four baseball letters (1984-87)

    1st Team NCCAA All-District 6

    NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete 1986-1987

    2nd Team All-NAIA District 16 1986 and 1987

    Signed with Atlanta Braves 1988


    David Fillmore

    Graduated 1976

    Evangel's first sports information director in 1977

    Awarded Ike Pearson Award (NAIA SID of the Year), 1999

    NAIA District 16 SID 1985-1993

    Heart of America Athletic Conference SID 1988-2003

    Won seven NAIA national print awards 1977-1987

    Served U.S. Army in Vietnam Awarded Bronze Star, Air medal and Combat infantryman badge



    Dr. Kirt Hartzler

    Graduated 1985

    NAIA All-District 16 Basketball (3 Years) 1982-1985

    Finished career ranked as Evangel's all-time leading scorer (1,666 points)

    Set career steal record (116)

    Averaged scoring in double figures (3 years) 1982-85

    Asst. Superintendent Union Public Schools, Tulsa, OK


    Sandy Jacobson

    Graduated 1986

    NAIA All-District 16 Basketball (4 years) 1982-1986

    Career Records: No. 1 Assists, No. 1 Assists/Game, No 1. In steals, No. 7 all-time scores, No. 6 All-time Rebounder, Played on 1986

    NCCAA Division 1 National Championship team involved in missions trips worldwide and community outreach in Bolivar, MO


    Don Decker

    Gradated 1988

    Quarterback of 1988 football team that went 11-1 record and semifinal round of NAIA playoffs


    Lynn Bowen

    Graduated 1972

    Evangel coaching career spans over 25 years.

    Women's basketball team won NCCAA Division 1 National Championship in 1986

    Advanced to NAIA-II National Tournament 1993-1994 and 1995-1996

    NCCAA Basketball Coach of the Year 1985-1986

    HAAC Coach of the Year 1990-1991, 1995-1996

    Also coached softball, men's and women's cross country and men's and women's track and field


    Marcy Snider

    Graduated 1986

    Four year setter for Evangel volleyball, 1982-1985

    Holder of Evangel records in career service percentage and season service percentage.

    In record-book for matches played, assists, successful serves, aces and set attempts.

    Successful high school volleyball and basketball coach.


    Kirk Spain

    Graduated 1988

    Extra Point and Field Goal Specialist 1985-1988

    On 1988 playoff team. Went 39-41 on extra points and scored 66 points. In the record books for single game field goals attempted, made long field goal of 52 yards, consecutive field goals, extra points made, and points by kicker,

    1st team All- District 16 (1988)

    Serves as Chaplain of the Springfield Cardinals Baseball Team


    Jay Hellwig

    Graduated 1995

    NAIA All-American linebacker, 1994

    Heart of America Athlete Conference Defensive Player of the Year, 1994

    First Team Football All-Conference, 1994.

    NAIA National Football Defensive Player of the Week, 1993 and 1994

    Held seven football records at the end of the 1994 Season.



    Camilla Hartzler

    Graduated 1995

    Four year letter winner in women's basketball and volleyball

    Four time All-Conference, women's basketball

    Three Time NAIA All-District 16

    Finished career setting records for All-Time 3-point field goal percentage (40.5% Career)

    Coach and Teacher, Dodge City, KS


    Barry Kemp

    Graduated 1998

    Three-time NAIA Basketball All American

    Four-fime All-Conference

    Ended career has EU's all-time leading scorer: 2,310 career points, and in made field goals: 904 career field goals

    Was member of Springfield Police SWAT team

    Served as Springfield Public School Police Officer


    Aimee (Mann) Lanter

    Graduated 1998

    Four year letter winner in softball

    Four-Time All-Conference

    1997 All NAIA Midwest Region 1st Team

    Ended career 1st all-time RBIs (139) and 1st all-time triples (17)

    Member of EU's first two conference championship teams

    Named Outstanding Physical Education Graduate



    H.C. Pfeifer

    Graduated 1983

    Four-year baseball letterman at shortstop

    Ranked in top ten in team home runs, RBIs, hits and batting average

    Team's Offensive Most Valuable Player 1982 and 1983

    Teaches and Coaches Springfield public schools

    Sponsors area's Fellowship of Christian Athletes


    Steve Richardson

    Graduated 1988

    NAIA-I football All-American, 1987

    Football Gazette All-American, 1987

    AP All-American 1987

    Four-Year letterman


    National Strength and Conditioning All-American, 1987

    Volunteer youth sport coach and various church and civic organizations


    John Wacob

    Graduated 1997

    NAIA football All-American 1995-1996

    Football Gazette All-American 1995-1996

    HAAC Offensive Player of the Year 1996

    HAAC 1st Team All-Conference 1995-1996

    Founder of Sundial Shirt Company

    Financial supporter of Evangel Football


    Summer (Kimble) Naegel

    Graduated 2001

    Two time NAIA softball All-American (First Evangel softball All-American – 1999 and 2001)

    NFCA All-American 2001

    2001 NAIA Region V Player of the Year

    First team All-Region V in 2000 and 2011

    Four–time All-HAAC selection

    Volunteer youth softball coach

    Career in television news


    Tony Dollinger- Inducted 2014; Graduated 2010

    First 3-time All-American in any sport at Evangel; 3-time All-American in football

    The First 1st team All-American in any sport

    Led the NAIA in rushing in 1984; first 1000-yard rusher in Evangel history

    3-time 1st Team All-Conference, Evangel Football MVP '84-85

    First player in Evangel history to play in the NFL (Dallas Cowboys '86, Detroit Lions '87-'88)

    Ranks in the Top 5 in six different career rushing categories, #1 and #2 in two categories


    Macy Mitchell- Inducted 2014; Graduated 2005

    2003 NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Champion, 400 meter run

    4-time NAIA National Indoor Track and Field qualifier, 400 meter and 200 meter

    4-time NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field qualifier, 400 meter and 200 meter

    2005 NAIA National indoor Track and Field Championship qualifier, 4x400 meter relay (Macy Mitchell, Brian Hartzler, John Hunt, Jason Parr)


    Staci Jones Caffey- Inducted 2014; Graduated 2002

    Multi-sport athlete excelling in Volleyball and Basketball

    Three-time All-Conference, Volleyball; two NAIA All-Region teams

    NAAC freshman of the Year 1998, HAAC Player of the year 2001, Women's Basketball

    Four Time NAIA II All-American, Women's Basketball

    Four time 1st team All-Conference, Women's Basketball


    Jerrry Breaux- Inducted 2014; Graduated 1982

    Most Career Wins in EU softball coaching histoy (617)

    HAAC coach of the Year six times, Ten HAAC Championships, with six titles in a row

    NAIA Midwest Region Coach of the Year (1997) and Region V Coach of the Year (2007)

    19 Seasons with 20 or more wins, 8 seasons with 30 or more wins

    21 teams advanced to postseason play


    Micah Cravalho

    2005 NAIA Special Teams Player of the Year

    2005 NAIA All-American

    Led nation in punt return average

    Two-time All-Conference kick returner and wide receiver

    Holds Evangel record for punts returned for a touchdown and yards per return


    Matt Linehan

    Two-time All-American

    Two-time All-District and All-Conference

    1992 HAAC Player of the Year

    1991 District Newcomer of the Year

    Holds Evangel record for most points in a season and scoring average

    Was first Evangel player to score 700 in back-to-back seasons

    At the time set school record with 1,671 total points


    NaTasha Neal Moore

    Four-time All-American

    Three-time HAAC Player of the Year

    Four-time All-Conference

    Only Evangel player to be a member of the 500 point club, 250 rebound club and 125 assist club

    Helped Evangel reach the NAIA Final Four in 2005 and the NAIA National Tournament all four years

    Holds the Evangel single-game, single-season and career three point records

    Finished as the second leading scorer in Evangel history with 2,654 points and ranks in the top five all-time in rebounding


    Demetric Phillips

    Two-time All-American

    Four-time All-Conference Running Back

    Holds Evangel Career Rushing Record with 4,229 yards and all-purpose yards with 4,892

    Ranks second in total touchdowns, second in career points, second in rush attempts and fifth in single-season touchdown with 16


    Kelly Hartley Richardson

    Two-Time All-American

    Three-time All-Region

    Three-time All-Conference

    Set five program records and holds the mark for most kills in a season with 646 and 4.52 kills per game

    Set career record for kills, kill percentage and kills per set

    First Evangel volleyball player to earn NAIA National Player of the Week honors in 2002 and again in 2003


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