FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – Marian University Athletics has announced the inaugural induction class into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The Class of 2012 will consist of seven individual members, including two coaches/administrators, and one team. They will be honored Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in the Stayer Center Banquet Hall on campus.
The Class of 2012 includes: Brian Gillogly (Baseball – Coach), Kerri (Holz) Huebel ‘01 (Volleyball), Casey Jackson ‘90 (Men’s Basketball), Tanya (Wiesner) Leonhard ‘97 (Women’s Basketball), Bruce Prall (Administrator), Paul Sanchez ‘94 (Men’s Soccer), Mike Schaible ‘94 (Baseball) and the 1993 Baseball Team.
The celebration will take place in conjunction with Homecoming weekend, Fri.-Sat., Oct. 5-6. There will be a Hall of Fame Golf Outing to take place on Friday. On Saturday, an introduction of the inductees will occur during halftime of the men’s soccer game, which begins at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Hall of Fame banquet later on that evening at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet are $25 each with a $10 discount to those who take part in the golf outing. Tickets for all Hall of Fame events can be purchased by calling Rich Eckert at 920-923-8639 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baseball Coach: He was the very first baseball coach at Marian, spending 12 seasons, while compiling an overall record of 337-185-2 and a Lake Michigan Conference mark of 154-16, good for a winning percentage of better than 90 percent. He led the Sabres to six straight 30-win seasons and 11 straight 20-win campaigns, collecting conference championships in 11 of his 12 seasons at the helm. He was LMC Coach of the Year eight times. In 1995, he earned NAIA National Coach of the Year honors, while adding NAIA Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1993, NAIA District 14 Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994, as well as WBCA Coach of the Year accolades in 1990. Beginning in 1990, the Sabres appeared in six straight district championships, winning three of those, including a 1993 win that led to a regional championship and NAIA World Series appearance. He coached nine LMC Players of the Year, 32 NAIA All-District honorees, eight NAIA Honorable Mention All-Americans and one MLB Amateur Draft pick.
Volleyball, Women’s Basketball: Lettered in both volleyball and basketball. An outstanding volleyball player and still ranks first in matches played (142), sets played (501) and assists (5,266). She also ranks second in kill percentage (.333), fourth in aces (124), sixth in digs (1,107) and ninth in assisted blocks (223). Over four seasons with the volleyball team, she never lost a conference match (48-0) and qualified for the national tournament twice. Each year, her teams won at least 28 games, including the 2000 squad that compiled a school-record 30-6 mark. That year, she was also named the Lake Michigan Conference Player of the Year and earned her fourth All-Conference selection. In basketball, she still ranks second in career three-pointers made (154), third in three-point attempts (438), third in games started (100), fourth in assists (303), fourth in steals (192) and 16th on the all-time scoring list (886).
Basketball: Left his mark after just two seasons with the men’s basketball team, transferring from Kaskaskia Community College in 1987. He was a two-time All-Lake Michigan Conference First Team selection twice, including the 1987-88 season, where he also garnered All-WCIC and NAIA All-District honors after leading the Sabres to their most prolific season in school history, posting a 29-5 overall record, 14-0 mark in the LMC, while making an NAIA District Playoffs appearance. Jackson scored 1,078 points in his two seasons, which still stands as the 12th highest total in Marian history, while his 16.6 points per game scoring average ranks tops on the list.
Women’s Basketball: Lettered all four years in basketball. Was LMC Rookie of the Year in 1994, followed by All-LMC honors in her next three seasons as well. In 1995, she averaged 23 points and 13.1 rebounds per game, earning her NAIA All-Region and Third Team All-American honors. Two years later, Leonhard repeated as an All-American selection after averaging 20.4 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. Her impeccable knack for getting to the basket enabled her to post 1,958 points in her career, which still stands as the most in school history. Her 19.2 points per game scoring average is also tops on the list. She also ranks atop the record books in field goals made (755), free throws made (446), rebounds (1,127), rebound average (11.0) and steals (201). She’s third all-time in field goal percentage (.479) and blocked shots (85).
Dr. BRUCE PRALL
Administrator: He is entering his 40th year at Marian and has served in numerous administrative capacities over his time. He pioneered athletics at Marian, establishing women’s basketball as the school’s first sponsored sport back in 1970, and thus also becoming the school’s first athletic director. He coached the women’s team for five seasons before switching over the men’s basketball for a short time when the school became co-ed in the early 70’s. He hired some of Marian’s most successful coaches, including this year’s inductee, Brian Gillogly. He now serves as the university’s faculty athletic representative, as well as a chemistry professor, a position he has held for as long as he’s graced Marian with his presence.
Men’s Soccer: Lettered four years in soccer. A defender, Sanchez was the backbone of four NAIA District Playoff teams, including a 1993 Lake Michigan Conference Championship squad that went 8-0 in LMC play and allowed just five goals to league opponents. He ranks 12th on the all-time scoring list with 14 goals and 13 assists for 41 points in 73 contests. As a sophomore, he tallied three goals and five assists to earn All-LMC, NAIA All-District and All-Area honors. A year later, he was an honorable mention NAIA All-American after tallying 15 points (7 goals, 1 assist). As a senior, he made it three year straight seasons as an All-LMC and All-District selection.
Baseball: Lettered four years in baseball. He was a four-time First Team All-Lake Michigan Conference and All-District 14 selection and two-time All-Midwest Region and NAIA All-American honorable mention pick. As a senior, he slugged 14 home runs and drove in 52 RBI, while hitting .387 at the plate to take LMC and All-District Player of the Year and honors. He continues to lay claim to several Marian records as he maintains his all-time career lead in games played (194), hits (218), doubles (53), home runs (36), runs scored (190), RBI (203), walks (128) and total bases (387). He ranks third in both slugging (.667) and on-base (.489) percentage.
The 1993 baseball team was a dominating squad that compiled a school-record 38 wins against just 13 losses. The Sabres put together an 18-game winning streak, the longest in school history that culminated with a perfect 16-0 record in the Lake Michigan Conference. Marian then went on to sweep through the LMC tournament, District 14 tournament and Midwest Regional en route to an NAIA College World Series appearance. The Sabres put six players on the All-LMC team, including first baseman Mike Schaible, second baseman Steve Wipperfurth, designated hitter Tom Fogle, pitchers Matt Lorge and Troy Stettbacher and outfielder Jeff Hencke, who also earned Player of the Year honors. Head Coach Brian Gillogly was named Coach of the Year and outfielders James Maurer and Shane Nelson and catcher Kent Ellingson all earned honorable mention accolades. Tom Katz, Schaible, Wipperfurth, Hencke, Fogle and Ellingson all earned All-District honors, while Wipperfurth, Schaible, Hencke and Katz also earned All-Region accolades. Hencke, Schaible, Wipperfurth and Katz each were selected as honorable mention All-Americans.