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SIUE Welcomes New Hall of Fame Class

Oct. 24, 2009

EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. - The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Athletics Hall of Fame opened its doors to a number of outstanding individuals and a standout team in a ceremony Saturday at the Morris University Center.

This year's honorees included Lori Blade (Basketball/Softball) (Casey, Ill), Jeff Cacciatore (Soccer) (St. Louis), Vince Fassi (Soccer) (St. Louis), Kevin Howe (Soccer) (St. Louis), Keil Peebles (Basketball), August (Gus) Schalkham (Cross Country/Track and Field/Wrestling), Pat McBride (Soccer) (St. Louis) and the 1983 baseball team.

"This class exemplifies the depth of talent and class of athletes who have attended SIUE. I am very pleased to have this group enter the Hall of Fame," said SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt.

Below is a brief sketch of each inductee.

Lori Blade, Women's Basketball/Softball
Blade is No. 12 on the all-time scoring list for SIUE women's basketball with 1,144 points. She was the third player in school history to pass the 1,000-point plateau. A two-sport athlete, Blade also was a standout in softball having twice led the team in hits and runs batted in. After her playing days, she served as an assistant coach for the SIUE women's basketball team and then moved on to a highly-successful career as a high school coach. She led Carrollton High School to back-to-back state championships in basketball before continuing her career at Edwardsville High School, where her teams have multiple appearances in the state basketball and softball championships. Blade graduated in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and in 1994 with a master's degree in physical education.

Jeff Cacciatore, Men's Soccer
Cacciatore's collegiate career was capped with the victorious NCAA Division I championship men's soccer team in 1979. He started all 24 games his senior season as the Cougars went 19-2-3, defeating Clemson in the national championship game. Cacciatore also was a key player in SIUE's run to third place during the 1977 season. He is tied for 40th on the all-time scoring list with 11 goals and 18 assists. After leaving SIUE he played seven seasons professionally for the St. Louis Steamers. Cacciatore graduated in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in geography.

Vince Fassi, Men's Soccer
Regarded as one of the top defenders on one of SIUE's best men's soccer teams, Vince Fassi was a second team All-American in 1972 as a back. SIUE was 40-6-5 under Coach Bob Guelker while Fassi was a Cougar. As a defender, he scored one goal and added two assists. Fassi played on the 1972 national championship, which also went undefeated. Fassi would later earn a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University.

Kevin Howe, Men's Soccer
A senior member of the 1972 national championship team, Kevin Howe was the team's captain and Most Valuable Player that season. Having played on four consecutive teams which advanced to the NCAA Tournament, Howe capped his career with an invitation to play in the 1972 College Senior Bowl. He would later go on to play professionally for the Atlanta Apollos and the Denver Dynamos. He also was inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004. Howe earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1974.

Keil Peebles, Men's Basketball
The long-time leading scorer in school history, Keil Peebles left his mark on Cougar basketball. He played for SIUE from 1975 to 1979 when the program didn't have a true home. Still, he finished with 1,824 points, now second all-time. He is first all-time at SIUE in field goals made with 750 and field goal attempts with 1,638. His scoring average of 17.4 points per game in 105 contests still ranks among the program's best. Peebles earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from SIUE in 1979.

August (Gus) Schalkham, Cross Country/Wrestling/Track and Field
The first three-sport student-athlete at SIUE, Gus Schalkham proved he was more than a multi-dimension competitor. The SIUE Intercollegiate Athlete of the Year in 1970, Schalkham excelled in cross country, wrestling and track and field. He was named the top wrestler in 1970 and the Most Valuable Cross Country runner in 1968. He set six cross country records as well as records for most wins in a season and most team points in a season for the wrestling program. After a storied career as a student-athlete, Schalkham would excel as a high school wrestling coach at Normandy High School and later as the head cross country and assistant track and field coach at the United States Air Force Academy. He was twice named a finalist for the NCAA Division II Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. He currently serves as a Colonel in the United States Air Force and has served in various positions since 1980. Schalkham earned a bachelor's degree in history from SIUE in 1971 and a master's degree in physical education from SIUE in 1975.

Pat McBride, Men's Soccer
An assistant coach for the SIUE men's soccer program from 1968 to 1973, Pat McBride had a front row seat to one of the top men's soccer programs in the nation. He was a member of the coaching staff for the 1972 undefeated NCAA Division II Championship team. McBride would complete his master's degree in education administration in 1970 while coaching at SIUE. An accomplished player himself, McBride made five appearances for the U.S. national team from 1969 to 1975. He scored 31 goals for the St. Louis Stars of the NASL from 1967 to 1976. A 1987 inductee into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame and a 1994 inductee into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, McBride also would be well known in the region for his accomplishments as a coach for the Major Indoor Soccer League's St. Louis Steamers and Kansas City Comets. He is currently the chair of the Physical Education department at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

1983 Baseball Team
SIUE finished the season with a 35-15 record. The Cougars advanced to the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship, falling to Jacksonville State 8-7 in the semifinals. SIUE won the Division II Midwest Regional Championship over Mankato State. As a team, the Cougars finished with a team batting average of .310. George Vogel finished with a team-leading .367 batting average and 46 runs batted in. Tom Greco led the Cougars in home runs with eight. The Cougars' pitching staff had a combined earned run average of 4.29. Jim Scheibal and Scott Schaffer each finished the season with a 7-3 record. Schaffer completed 61.0 innings pitched with an ERA of 5.46 and three complete games. All-American pitcher Ted Smith pitched 71.1 innings with 40 strikeouts and an ERA of 4.29. While Scheibal pitched 56.2 innings and had a 3.17 ERA on the season. Notable wins for SIUE included Missouri, Saint Louis, New Mexico, Eastern Illinois, SIU Carbondale, and Delaware. Other team members included Tim Gamble, Scott Wilkerson, Dan Allaria, Dan Ritzheimer, Terry Cochran, Brian Kabbes, Dave Jones, Jackie Baugher, Kirk Martin, John Gibson, Jim Semanisin, Richard Fletcher, Charlie Hodges, Rick Bertagnolli, Damon Buehrer, Dave Jones, Chaun Wilson, Ted Smith, Kent Taylor, Steve Seevers, Al Yount, Rik Carter, and Dave Gray. The head coach for the Cougars was Gary Collins. His assistant coaches were Dave O'Brien and Ed Kopff.

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