INDIANAPOLIS – An accomplished men's soccer coach and an All-American track and field student-athlete have been named to the Great Lakes Valley Conference Hall of Fame.
Ed Huneke, the all-time leader in wins for SIUE men's soccer, and Jonathan Bannister, a three-time All-American for the Cougars, will be part of the 2017 GLVC Hall of Fame class. They will be honored at the Enterprise/GLVC Spring Awards Banquet at the Drury Plaza Hotel in St. Louis on Tuesday, May 23.
The GLVC's Class of 2017 inductees also includes Indianapolis women's golf student-athlete and NCAA Champion Lyndsay McBride and Lewis distance runner and six-time NCAA Champion Kasia Arient.
Huneke served as head coach of the SIUE men's soccer program during its stint in the GLVC from 1996-2007. His teams appeared in all 12 GLVC Championship Tournaments over that time, having won the event in 1997, 2002, 2004 and 2006. The three-time GLVC Coach of the Year (1997, 2001, 2003) led his team to the league's best regular season record on five occasions, and put together a streak of 38 consecutive GLVC regular season wins from 2002-06.
Under Huneke's watch, the Cougars advanced to the NCAA Tournament seven times, and were a national semifinalist in 2001 and 2005, as well as national runner-up in 2004. He mentored 14 All-Americans, 38 All-Region and 55 All-Conference honorees during the team's tenure in the GLVC. Four Cougars also earned GLVC Player of the Year distinction in 1997, 2001, 2003, and 2005, in addition to his standouts garnering the 2006 GLVC Defensive Player of the Year and 2002 GLVC Freshman of the Year awards. During SIUE's stint in the GLVC, Huneke recorded an overall record of 165-59-23 (.715) as well a 101-20-10 record (.809) in league play. He is SIUE's all-time leader in wins with 251 in 22 seasons as head coach.
From 2004-07, Bannister claimed three All-America accolades, two GLVC Athlete of the Year awards, seven GLVC Championships, and earned 12 All-Conference distinctions at SIUE. As a sophomore in 2005, Bannister earned his first two All-America honors in the 4x400-meter relay and the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He earned four GLVC titles as a sophomore and was named the league's Athlete of the Year in the outdoor season.
As a senior in 2007, he was named GLVC Indoor Athlete of the Year and went on to help the 4x400-meter relay team to All-America status at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Bannister ended his GLVC career having won three 400-meter conference crowns, as well as two in the 400-meter hurdles and two in the 4x400-meter relay.
The 2017 GLVC Hall of Fame Class will be the 16th class to be inducted since the establishment of the honor in 2002. With the inclusion of the Class of 2017 in May, the GLVC Hall of Fame membership will expand to 72 former administrators, coaches, and student-athletes.
Huneke and Bannister will join Alicia DeShasier (2012), Michelle Gilman Cox (2011), John Meisel (2011), Jenny Esker (2010), Mark Bugger (2009) and Misi Clark-Jones (2008) as GLVC Hall of Fame inductees.