NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Manchester University's Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017 and Claude Wolfe Alumni Coach of the Year honoree is recognized at the university's M Association awards ceremony Saturday, Oct. 14. The induction/honors ceremony is at 10 a.m. in the upper ballrooms of the Jo Young Switzer Center, while the group will be recognized at halftime of the football game against Rose-Hulman which kicks off at 1 p.m.
MU's Athlete Hall of Fame Class of 2017 is as follows …
1993 women's track & field team – A Hollywood writer could not have put together a better script than what the Spartans, under the direction of head coach Meg Schneiders-Alessia produced. With an 11-person roster, Manchester won the Heartland Women's Conference, holding off rival Anderson University by four points (106-102) and, with only three individuals advancing, finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Division III Championships indoors (tying for seventh) and outdoors (sixth).
Fabian Chavez, Wrestling, 1999 – One of the many former Spartans' grapplers that helped raise the national meet success banners in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena, Chavez, starring at 134 pounds, registered 110 wins, good for number nine on the program's all-time list. He made himself a known commodity on the conference and national level, too, winning two league titles and qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships three times with one All-American honor included as he placed second in 1995.
Kailey Honn Leemkuil, Women's Outdoor Track & Field/Women's Basketball, 2011: Honn was a two-sport star at Manchester University during her four-year collegiate career. On the basketball court, she was a two-time all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honorable mention selection, tallying better than 600 points, over 300 rebounds and more than 200 blocked shots in 105 games. She also showed off her wares in the high jump for track and field, winning conference titles twice (2008, 2010) and qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships three times which included an outdoor national title during her junior year.
Colleen Kay, Women's Soccer, 2006: Earning all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors as a junior and freshman, Kay registered 44 goals, 25 assists and 113 points over her career. Joining Class of 2014 inductee Missy (King) Jensen to form a formidable one-two offensive punch for former Coach Scott Stan's program. Kay, the program's all-time assists leader, helped engineer three straight league regular season runner-up finishes, three consecutive double-digit win totals and back-to-back NCAA Division III national tournament appearances.
Don Butts, Men's Basketball, 1956: Leading the then Manchester College Spartans to a trio of double-digit win seasons, including a conference championship (1953-54), Butts proved valuable on the offensive end of the court. His 42-point effort in a game against Coe College of Iowa during his junior season still ranks among the program's top five, while his career total of 1,314 stands 10th. Butts' career points per contest average (12) is part of an impressive resume.
Mark Conrad, Football, 1990: Before a 2012-15 span for Manchester University football, Conrad dominated the top spot on several Spartans' passing marks. His career totals of 5,252 total yards, 4,546 passing yards, 374 completions and 714 attempts are now second only to current record holder and assistant coach Logan Haston. Conrad's appearance on the Black and Gold gridiron honors doesn't end there, as he's also in the top five of career touchdown strikes (25), part of a glittering chart that included all-Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference honors.
The M Association's 2017 Claude Wolfe Alumni Coach of the Year honor goes to Davenport University men's basketball coach Burt Paddock. The Class of 2008 inductee has taken his playing skills and hoops knowledge to the National Association of Intercollegiate Association's institution with remarkable results. In nine seasons, the Panthers have advanced to the Final Four three times as part of eight straight national tournament appearances. His career record is 246-67, good for a winning percentage of 78.5. Paddock's also led DU to four Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference championships and mentoring 13 student-athletes who have earned All-American honors.