SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A distinguished class of two football greats, a two-sport and volleyball all-American, and one of the best softball players in Evangel University history will take their place in the Evangel Athletics Hall of Fame as members of the 2018 Class.
Football all-Americans Terry Flannigan and Jeremiah Hays are joined by volleyball and track and field standout Brittni Harris and former softball all-American Jami (Potter) Hackler. The 2018 class will be inducted into the Evangel Athletics Hall of Fame during a banquet in Crusader Hall October 12, 2018, and also honored during the football game the following day at halftime.
Brittni Harris is the fourth volleyball Hall of Famer and second to also be honored in a second sport joining Lara Ward-Parons, while Jami (Potter) Hackler is the third softball athlete to be enshrined. Flannigan and Hays will be the 14th and 15th football Hall of Famers in the illustrious history of Crusader football.
Also, being honored at this year's ceremonies will be in the inaugural winners of the Dr. David Stair and Sandra Sorbo Male and Female Athletes of the Year. Josh Evans and Sydnee Garrett were announced as this year's first award winners.
Complete bios on this year's Hall of Fame Class are listed below:
Brittni Harris (Volleyball/Track and Field – 2003-06)
Harris was a three-time All-Region V during her time with the Crusaders and was a two-time All-America earning honors in 2005 and 2006. As a senior, she was the first Evangel player to be named the HAAC Player of the Year while earning first team all-conference honors all four seasons.
She set the Evangel all-time record for blocks in 2006 before Morgan Kinsinger broke the record two seasons ago. She also ranks second in blocks per set, and is second all-time in kills, while holding the record for career kill percentage.
Harris was also a standout on the Evangel track and field team where she holds three school records combined between the indoor and outdoor seasons. She set the school record in the weight throw at the HAAC Championships and also earned a trip to the 2006 NAIA National Championships where she set the school record in the shot put. Harris also competed in the Outdoor National Championships in 2005 where she set a school record in the discus, all marks that still stand.
Jeremiah Hays (2003-06 – Football)
Hays helped the Evangel football team to the 2005 HAAC Championship and a quarterfinal appearance in the NAIA Playoffs. He was honored as the nation's top offensive lineman in 2006 earning the Remington Award.
Hays was a two-time NAIA All-American earning honors in 2005 from three different organizations, while also earning accolades from three separate organizations in 2006. During his senior season, the Crusaders ranked in the top five in rush offense and pass offense. Evangel ranked sixth in pass efficiency and eighth nationally in scoring offense and 10th in total offense during the 2005 Championship season.
The offensive line also helped 2016 Hall of Famer and the all-time leading rusher in Evangel history, Demetric Phillips to 4,229 career yards. The Crusaders averaged over 200 yards per game on the ground and 419 yards of total offense per game, while also allowing the 13th fewest sacks in the country.
Terry Flannigan (1977-80 – Football)
Flannigan was a two-time all-American for Evangel as he set records during the first years of Crusader football that still stand today. He was also a four-time first team all-district selection at linebacker, the only player to garner four consecutive honors during the first four years of Evangel football.
Holding the record for tackles in a season with 165 and career tackles with an even 600, he also finished with 155 tackles giving him the second most tackles in a season as well. He led Evangel in interceptions in 1979 and ranks ninth in tackles for a loss and sixth in most blocked kicks during his career.
Jami (Potter) Hackler – (2003-05 – Softball)
Potter-Hackler was one of the best two-way players in Evangel softball history following an impressive 2005 season. During the 2005 season, she was named NAIA Region V Player of the Year and First Team NAIA All-American. A three-time All-Region V selection she also was named 2005 HAAC Player of the Year becoming the third Crusader to earn the honor and was the first ever HAAC Newcomer of the Year in 2003, while also earning first team all-conference accolades three consecutive seasons.
Her 49 RBIs in 2005 set a school record before teammate Jenn Woods broke the record. Her 15 home runs in 2005 are second most in a single-season, while her 19 wins in the pitcher's circle are also second most in a single season. She finished with 160 strikeouts during her senior season, a mark that ranks fifth.
For her career, Potter-Hackler finished with 17 home runs ranking sixth all-time, while her pitching numbers also rank in the top 10 with 38 wins and 330 strikeouts, the fourth most in program history. She also collected a career ERA of 1.69 which ranks third best in school history.
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