2010 SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame
EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. - Seven individuals and one team will
make up the newest class of the Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville Athletics Hall of Fame and will be inducted in a
special ceremony on Saturday, September 25th, at the Morris
This year's honorees include Tom Galati (Men's Soccer), Mike Kelley (Men's Soccer), Tom Reed (Wrestling), Becki Saylor (Softball), and George Vogel (Baseball) as well as special recognition for Dick McDonald and Jean McDonald for their unwavering support and commitment to SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics.
The 1986 wrestling team, the last of three consecutive national championships for the sport at SIUE, also will be honored as a team inductee.
"With this sixth class of inductees to the SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame, we continue to induct athletes who have competed at a high level. I am extremely pleased to have Dick and Jean join the Hall of Fame as individuals who have displayed unparalleled support for SIUE and the Athletic Department," said SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt.
Reservations for the event are available by calling SIUE Athletics at 618-650-2871. Tickets for the event are $30. There will be a social at 5:30 p.m. followed by the ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
Below is a brief sketch of each inductee. Cities in parentheses designate original hometown.
Tom Galati (St. Louis, Mo.)
Tom Galati was a second team All-American for the Cougars in 1973. He played four seasons as a defender for SIUE from 1970 to 1973. Galati was a member of the 1972 national championship team. He scored six goals and added three assists in his final three seasons as a Cougar. Galati was selected by the Philadelphia Atoms of the North American Soccer League (NASL) in the first round of the draft. He helped the Atoms to the NASL championship and was named the runner-up in the Rookie of the Year voting. He played for several other NASL teams after the Atoms folded. Galati also signed to play for the St. Louis Steamers in 1980 but was released before the beginning of the season. He earned one cap with the U.S. National team in a 7-0 loss to Poland in 1975. He graduated from SIUE in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
Mike Kelley (St. Louis, Mo.)
An All-American midfielder in 1978, Mike Kelley played two seasons with the Cougars. Kelley made his SIUE debut in 1977, leading the Cougars to a 12-4-1 record and a third-place finish in the NCAA Division I Tournament. In 1978, the Cougars finished with a 14-3-1 record and a No. 6 national ranking. Kelley then turned his attention to the United States national team and became a member of the 1979 World University Games team. He played professionally for the Indianapolis Daredevils of the American Soccer League and the St. Louis Steamers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Kelley returned to SIUE and was named the head coach of the women's program in 1984, posting a five-year record of 45-32-4. He graduated from SIUE in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in computer science.
Tom Reed (West Chicago, Ill.) Tom Reed wrestled in the 118-pound weight class for four seasons from 1977 to 1981. He was SIUE's first four-time Division II All-American and was an All-American in Division I (fourth place) in 1980. He won the Illinois University Invitational four times in his career. The 1980-81 Most Outstanding Athlete, Reed finished with a career record of 130-15. He graduated from SIUE in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and a master's degree in 2007 in special education.
Becki Saylor (Wood River, Ill.)
Becki Saylor posted a career record of 77-38 with the Cougars from 1980 to 1984, finishing with an impressive 1.17 earned run average. She owns three of the six lowest ERAs in school history. Saylor helped the Cougars to a second-place finish at the AIAW National Championships in 1982. She threw the first perfect game in school history against Elmhurst in 1984. Her first career no-hitter was a 1983 victory over Saint Louis University. Tied for third in career shutouts with 29, she also is ranked among the top five all-time in strikeouts with 445. She graduated from SIUE in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in health education and a master's degree in 1996 in education administration.
George Vogel (Creve Coeur, Mo.)
George Vogel broke numerous school records in his four seasons as a Cougar from 1980 to 1983. The first person in school history to record more than 200 career hits, Vogel was an All-Region outfielder in 1983. His 1982 and 1983 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including a fourth-place national finish at the 1983 College World Series. He set the career record in home runs with 27 and held it until it was passed by SIUE Athletics Hall of Famer Tony Duenas. He nearly doubled the record for stolen bases with 72 and once held records for runs scored (151), runs batted in (144) and at-bats (660). Vogel graduated from SIUE in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in business administration/marketing.
Dick and Jean McDonald (Edwardsville, Ill./now live in Georgia)
Dick and Jean McDonald have been long-time supporters of Cougar Athletics in various capacities. Jean was a secretary and administrative assistant under multiple directors of athletics from 1978 to 2002. She followed the Cougars through numerous national championships and provided behind-the-scenes support for all of SIUE's sports, giving of her time above and beyond the call of duty. The department honored her in 2007 with the naming of the Jean McDonald Service Award which honors individuals who have displayed a similar dedication to SIUE Athletics. Dick McDonald spent many years as a fan and mentor to the men's and women's basketball programs. He spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the women's basketball team.
Coach Larry Kristoff and the Cougars repeated for a third straight season as the NCAA Division II team champions in 1986. The Cougars beat Edinboro by 13 points with three champions -- Tim Wright (Rock Island) at 118 pounds, Alan Grammer (Evansville, Ind.) at 126 pounds, and Steve Stearns (Oak Lawn) at 134 pounds. SIUE finished the season with an overall record of 11-8. During the season, SIUE produced eight All-Americans. This includes Wright, Grammer, Stearns, Kip Kristoff (Bethalto) at 142 pounds, Brian McTague (Morris) at 150 pounds, Bob Dahm (Millstadt) at 158 pounds, Mark Kristoff (Bethalto) at 167 pounds, and Ernie Badger (Mt. Vernon) at 190 pounds. In addition, Grammer earned All-American status at the NCAA Division I Championships where he placed fifth. Other members of the national championship team included Steve Apicella (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Kurt Bednar (Willowbrook), Rob Clarkston (Hebron, Ky.), Robert Ervin (Morganfield, Ky.), Steve Flucas (Mascoutah), Dave Hansen (Mascoutah), Eric Morgan (Miami, Fla.), James Smith (Morganfield, Ky.), Joel Surprenant (Bourbonnais), and Jon Wagner (West Allis, Wis.).