MARION, Ind. -- On Saturday morning Indiana Wesleyan University hosted a banquet to induct the first ever class into the Athletic Hall of Honor.
The seven member class included four individuals and three teams. The inaugural class consisted of the Amphics & Eurekans, Sue Bowman, Marion Duvall, John Foss, Perry Frank, and the 2000 women’s cross country team.
The morning began with a breakfast buffet served in the banquet halls of the Barnes Student Center. Indiana Wesleyan Director of Athletics Mark DeMichael welcomed everyone in attendance to the inaugural event and gave background information on the Hall of Honor. IWU President Dr. David Wright then prayed before the breakfast was served.
Following the breakfast was the induction of the first ever Hall of Honor class. Indiana Wesleyan Director of Alumni Rick Carder closed the ceremony with prayer.
The induction ceremony moved to the Recreation and Wellness Center where the Athletic Hall of Honor display was unveiled. The display will host the name of every inductee, plaques of the inductees of the current year, and a touch screen device which has information on all Hall of Honor inductees and will house an archive and history section.
AMPHICS & EUREKANS
Presented by Ed Hoover (Amphic) and Millie Troyer (Eurekan)
The Amphics and Eurekans are historical centerpieces to Marion College and Indiana Wesleyan University Athletics. The two intramural clubs date back to the 1920’s and they competed against each other until the beginning of intercollegiate athletics in 1968. Marion College decided the creation of two literary societies -- the Amphics and Eurekans -- was the best way to carefully guard physical training through friendly competition.
“The intramural program prior to 1968 was a great way to build student comradery and spirit. This tradition has been a fun way to engage every student and developing class spirit is important because it creates healthy competition with groups and helps form unique bonds and memories.” -- Rick Carder, IWU Director of Alumni
Presented by Mike Roorbach
Sue Bowman was a pioneer for women in the collegiate coaching realm. In a time when there were few women in the coaching ranks, Bowman flourished as the head coach of the Indiana Wesleyan women’s basketball, women’s field hockey, softball, and women’s track and field teams. Bowman won 585 games as the head softball coach and won the 1980 women’s field hockey state championship. She coached at Indiana Wesleyan for 42 years from 1970-2011.
“Sue Bowman stood for victory on and off the court in recruiting and in coaching almost all of our women’s sports. She was able to connect with her athletes and create many loyal alumni.” -- Dr. Mike Fratzke, former IWU Athletic Director
Presented by Don Rowley
Marion Duvall is a long time contributor and supporter of Indiana Wesleyan Athletics. He led the development and construction of the Outdoor Athletic Complex, which features baseball, soccer, softball, and track facilities. Duvall served Indiana Wesleyan Athletics as a favorite bus driver for many Wildcat teams and he continues to be a loyal and dedicated fan of the Wildcats.
“Marion was and has been the number one fan of athletics at IWU. His love for our program and our kids was an encouragement to all. I am forever thankful for his friendship and support through my time at IWU.” -- Steve Brooks, former IWU women’s basketball head coach
Presented by Dr. Barry May
John Foss is one of the most successful student-athletes and coaches in the history of Indiana Wesleyan Athletics. Foss ran for the cross country and track and field teams from 1979-1983. He became the first NAIA All-American in school history when he earned the recognition during the 1979 cross country season. He earned a second All-American honor during the 1982 cross country season. At the time of his induction in 2017, Foss finished his 29th year as men’s and women’s cross country coach and had concluded a 29-year stint as the men’s and women’s track and field coach. He coached nine individual national champions, 126 NAIA All-Americans and 44 league championship teams.
“John challenges everyone to be more like Christ and models what he teaches. He demonstrates poise and approaches every day as ‘65° and sunny.’ -- Lee Smith, IWU cross country assistant coach
Presented by Terry Porter
Perry Frank built one of the most prodigious men’s basketball careers in a Marion College Titan uniform. Frank played from 1983-1986 and— at his time of induction in 2017— holds program records with 2,452 career points and 1,691 career rebounds. He holds numerous other program records including most free throws in a game, season and career in addition to the most rebounds in a game and season.
“Perry is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ. He genuinely cares about the spiritual development of our current players, and he’s always asking how he can pray and invest into their spiritual lives.” -- Greg Tonagel, IWU men’s basketball head coach
2000 WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Presented by Lee Smith
Beth (Long) Reid spoke for the team
Team members present: Tammi (Zimmerman) Ashley, Julie (Ralston) Crutchfield, Kristy (Norman) Vanderlip, Beth (Long) Reid, Jennifer Norman, Cindy (Pyle) Achterhoff, John Foss, Lee Smith
The 2000 women’s cross country team set a standard for Indiana Wesleyan Athletics with a third place finish at the NAIA National Championship. At the time, it was the highest finish any Indiana Wesleyan program had attained at the NAIA level and was the first Wildcat team to capture a trophy at an NAIA National Championship. The team also won the MCC league championship, which was the third of eight straight titles.
“These ladies worshipped by believing that their running talent was God given, stewarding that talent and then choosing to practice and compete every day with a joyful spirit. From that attitude and commitment they ran the best races of their careers and, together as a team, set a new standard of excellence for Indiana Wesleyan University cross country.” -- John Foss, former IWU cross country head coach