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The 2006 Hall of Fame class included 10 student-athletes from a cross-section of sports and eras. Three administrators and coaches were inducted. Four teams, which brought distinction to SIUE, also were honored.
Below is a brief sketch of each inductee.
A four-time All-American golfer, Les Agne led SIUE to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons from 1977 to 1980. Agne was the national runner-up as a senior with a school-record 289 in the 72-hole event.
Jack Blake scored 25 goals and 15 assists for the SIUE men's soccer team from 1978 to 1980. He joined John Carenza in 1970 as the first All-Americans in men's soccer for SIUE and also was a member of the U.S. Olympic team pool heading into the 1972 Olympics.
Wilfred "Bud" Buddell
The first men's athletics trainer for SIUE, Bud Buddell spent 16 years at SIUE, playing a role in the conditioning and care of national champions. The list of national champions included four in men's tennis (1978-1981) and two in men's soccer (1972 and 1979). He received the Olympic Excellence Award in 1973 following his international work as one of 12 athletic trainers to serve the United States during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.
Elisabeth Calander was a two-time national champion in singles during the 1984 and 1985 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, posting an astounding 70-10 record.
John Carenza scored a school-record 71 goals and 29 assists in his SIUE men's soccer career, marks that have stood for more than 30 years. An All-American in 1970 and 1971, Carenza was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team.
Kent DeMars transformed the SIUE men's tennis program from club status to national powerhouse. DeMars coached players who earned 56 All-American certificates from 1974 to 1984. SIUE collected seven consecutive national championships under DeMars from 1978-1984. Three different players won NCAA Division II singles titles from 1977 to 1983. Four different doubles teams earned national titles from 1979 to 1984.
An eight-time men's tennis All-American, Juan Farrow was a singles and doubles All-American from 1977 to 1980. Farrow was a three-time singles national champion in 1977, 1978, and 1980, a record which continues to stand more than 25 years later. Farrow also was a member of the U.S. Under 21 Davis Cup Team.
Alan Grammer, a three-time NCAA Division II wrestling All-American, won individual national titles in 1985 and 1986. He earned All-American honors two other times by placing third in the 1985 NCAA Division I Nationals and fifth in the 1986 NCAA Division I Nationals. Grammer's career record at SIUE was 119-17-1.
The founder and the first coach of the SIUE softball program, Cindy Jones led the Cougars to the national tournament four times and collected 376 victories, including a second-place finish at the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Championships (AIAW) in 1982. Jones became the sixth SIUE Director of Athletics in 1988 and commanded SIUE's move to conference affiliation when the Cougars joined the Great Lakes Valley Conference in 1994.
Sandy Montgomery recorded 659 strikeouts and six no-hitters from 1982 to 1985 as a member of the SIUE softball team. Her earned run average of 0.86 as well as 84 pitching victories has yet to be challenged. Montgomery helped the Cougars to a second-place finish at the 1982 Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Championships.
A five-time men's tennis All-American, Bill Rusick was part of SIUE's first two national championship teams in 1978 and 1979. In the national championship seasons, he earned singles and doubles All-American honors. Rusick continued his passion by becoming a tennis professional, teaching more than 1,000 people the game of tennis since leaving SIUE.
A two-time NCAA Division II wrestling champion in 1983 and 1984, Don Stevens ruled the 126-pound weight class. He placed seventh at the 1983 NCAA Division I Championships and eighth at the 1984 NCAA Division I Championships. Stevens recorded a 101-25-2 record as a Cougar and was a key member of the 1984 NCAA championship team.
John "Champ" Summers
A two-sport athlete in basketball and baseball, Champ Summers left SIUE to pursue a career in professional baseball. As a Cougar, Summers posted a .340 batting average with a team-leading seven home runs during the 1971 season. In two basketball seasons from 1969 to 1971, Summers amassed 772 points in 41 games played, an 18.8 scoring average. In 11 major league seasons, he played for the Oakland Athletics, the Chicago Cubs, the Cincinnati Reds, the Detroit Tigers, the San Francisco Giants, and the San Diego Padres.
The SIUE baseball team placed third at the NCAA College Division Championship finals in Springfield, Ill., under Coach Roy Lee. The Cougars finished the season with a 31-15-2 record, including the first no-hitter in NCAA Division II baseball postseason history by Ron Middleton against Nicholls State. The 1972 baseball team includes Dan Cole, Mike Allaria, Don Rains, Steve Malone, Pat Peterson, Joe Crenshaw, Tom Twellman, Tim Summers, Bill Campbell, Ron Rohlfing, John Belk, Roger Belshe, Bobby Graves, Jan Dishinger, Mindy Macius, Willis Bundy, Dave Riker, Jim Greenwald, James Pilcher, Dale Wilderspin, Mike Dickey, Sam Stewart, Ken Desmaretz, Ted Sangster, Stan Hawkins, Joe Restoff, and Nick Baltz. Lee's assistant coach was Gary Collins.
1979 Men's Tennis
Behind the duo of Juan Farrow and Arjun Fernando, the SIUE men's tennis team captured back-to-back NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Championships at the Indian Rock Resort in Fairfield Bay, Ark. Farrow and Fernando swept the singles and doubles titles at the championships to lead SIUE to 21 points and were followed by San Diego with 15 points. After Farrow, the two-time defending NCAA singles champion, dominated his side of the bracket, he faced Fernando in the finals. Fernando upset his teammate 7-5, 4-6, 6-2. SIUE didn't just depend on its top two players for the team title. Bill Rusick won three matches at the nationals and Raimo O'Jala won twice. Other key members of Coach Kent DeMars' national championship team were Alan Millar, Raymond Kuzava, and Scott Whaley.
1979 Men's Soccer
SIUE earned the 1979 NCAA Division I crown behind a plethora of talented players for Hall of Fame Coach Bob Guelker. Matt Malloy scored a hat trick as SIUE defeated Clemson 3-2 in the national championship game in Tampa, Fla. The 1979 men's soccer team includes Assistant Coach Rick Benben, Don Ebert, Tim Guelker, Ed Gettemeier, Mark Downar, Bob Bozada, Jeff Cacciatore, Tuaya Chiwanga, Tim Clark, Tom Groark, Joe Howe, Dave Hummert, Dave Hundelt, Pat Malloy, George Mishalow, Morris Mwongo, Steve Schell, Stuart Stevenson, Terry Trushel, and Mike Twellman.
The SIUE softball team placed second at the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D. All-American Amy Frey batted .384 with a team-leading five home runs, a school-record 11 triples, and 46 runs batted in. Denise Schaake followed with a .320 batting average with 30 runs batted in. The pitching staff featured Becki Saylor and freshman Sandy Montgomery. The duo combined for a 0.88 earned run average, including 19 shutouts. Under Coach Cindy Jones, the Cougars also finished second at the state championship only to make a similar run at the national tournament. After winning the Midwest Regional Tournament, SIUE won four games at the national tournament but its second loss to Northern Iowa in the championship game ousted the Cougars. The other members of the 1982 national runner-up team were Natalie Buster, Kathy Byrne, Maggie Dyer, Deb Higgins, Terri Lamb, Lisa Sarich, Patti Scott, Cathy Sondag, Sherri Strandt, and Patty Suessen. The assistant coach was Wendy Hedberg, and the team statistician was Diana Hedrick.
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