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Honor Roll

 

All Americans

Baseball
Paul Gnepper 1973; 1974
Greg Antor 1974
Jim Berkey 1974; 1975
Jesse Young 1974; 1975
Tim Matchinsky 1976; 1977
Bill Przygocki 1977
Rick Heuvelman 1979
Dave Gumpert 1980
Mark Hendrickson 1980; 1981
Tom Rentschler 1981
Matt Niewiadomski 1982
Paul Assenmacher 1982; 1983
Kevin Vizard 1983
Mike Heffron 1984
Tom Enslen 1984
Clint Scollard 1986
Erik Nord 1988
Andy Postema 1988; 1989
Jim Johnson 1989
Tim Sullivan 1991
Kurt Huizenga 1993; 1994
Randy Shagena 1994
Chad Addicott 1997
Jason Bialochowski 1998
Scott DeKock 2000
John Perko 2000
Shawn Veenstra 1998; 2000
Chris Laska 2001
Brent Backing 2001
Brandon Bailey 2001; 2002
Greg Skiba 2002
Jason Ladd 2002
John MacLeod 2002; 2003
Matt Bocian 2004
Kyle Finch 2005
Matt Spitzley 2005; 2006
Craig Antekeier 2005
Matt Soergel 2005; 2006
 
Basketball
Kathy Grzegorski 1982; 1984
Peg Harte 1984
Rick Vryhof 1984
Laray Hardy 1985; 1986
Mike Wilson 1989
Alese Keiser 1989
Jayne Van Opynen 1990
Tim Saliers 1991
Symantha Reenders 1992; 1993
Steve Van Vliet 1994
Nikki Tuttle 1995; 1996
Brandon Lowe 1996; 1997; 1998
Bridget Lamoreaux 1997
Jenifer Forkner 1998
Courtney Norman 1998; 1999; 2000
Nicole Miehlke 2000
Tim Wasilk 2000
Kyle Verlin 2002
Chuck Schuba 2003
Andy Steketee 2003
Jeff Jayson 2005,2007
Jackie Braspenninx 2006, 2007
Ashley Heuvelman 2006
Derek Douglas 2006
Joslyn Narber 2007, 2009, 2010
Claire Hogan 2008
Pedja Lazic 2008, 2009
John Lierman 2008, 2009, 2010
Carrie Abdo 2009
Taelor Sanders 2014
 
Cross Country
Phil Hinck 1972
Dave Bartels 1976
Pat Weiler 1977
Leslie Ervin 1997
Ken Baginski 1997; 1998 ; 2000
Kevin Smith 2000
Scott Assenmacher 2006
Amanda Strouse 2007, 2008
Rachael Steil 2010
Devin Lea 2011
Grant Gunneson 2012
Stephen Glinski 2014
Jacob Towne 2014
 
Golf
John Kurzynowski 1964
 
Soccer
Mauro Caporuscio 1982
Jan Hrouda 1992
Dave Hebestreit 1993
Robin Bessette 1995
Abrahm Shearer 1996
Holly Butryn 1996; 1997
Andy Williams 1999
Amy Panse 1999; 2000
Kim Eager 2000
Damian Nicey 2000
Andrew Fearman 2000; 2001
Kalee Schwarz 2001
Carl Whitehouse 2001
Jon Mies 2001; 2002
Kristina Gladstone 2007
Ryan Robleske 2007
Levi Swaney 2007
Jeovani Pantoja 2008; 2009; 2010
Bri Hill 2009
Kelsey Duley 2011
Jaime Tomaszewski 2011
Tyler Fischer 2012
 
Softball
Aaran Bush 2002
Ashley Aspinall 2009
Jackie Plough 2009
 
Tennis
Kurt Brummel 2002
Patrick Bruining 2006, 2007, 2008
Mike Rose 2006, 2007
Aaron Hendrick 2011; 2012; 2013; 2014
Nik Artaev 2011; 2012; 2013; 2014
Kristoff Saari 2014
Lauren Ramey 2014
 
Track & Field
Tom Carr 1974; 1975
Ron Dougherty 1974; 1975
Pat Weiler 1975; 1976; 1977; 1978
Mike Woodbeck 1979
Fabian Knizacky 1981; 1982
Tom Zyniewicz 1984
Paul Judd 1986; 1987
Andy Mousseau 1986; 1987
Mike Wilson 1987; 1988
Joe Applewhite 1994
Jackson Fox 1998
Vicky Sackett 1998; 1999; 2000; 2001
Jason Carver 1998; 1999; 2000; 2001
Melissa Pline 1998; 2000
Beth Boruta 1999
Cari Blind 1999; 2000
Sarah Carter 1999; 2000
Kelli Leeuw 1999; 2000
Allison Turnbull 1999; 2000
Audrey Remsberg 1999; 2001
Nichole Gummere 1999; 2000; 2001
Kevin Smith 2000; 2001
Greg Vaughn 2001
Kerry Lucas 2000; 2001; 2002; 2003
Holly Sizemore 2001
Adam Jauregui 2001
Henry Holmes 2001; 2002; 2003
Andy Thelen 2001
Sarah Ellis 2002; 2003; 2005
Jaime Anderson 2002
Keelin Baine 2002
Lars Petzke 2002
Phil Olson 2002
Shawn Gast 2002
Eric Essick 2002
Brendan Gary 2002
T.J. Shimek 2003; 2004
De-Ale-Jo Roberts 2003; 2005
Jenny Ziegler 2003
Michelle Borek 2003
Laura Beattie 2003
Noelia Garcia 2004; 2005
Bob Jonaitis 2004
Boian Marinov 2005
Natalie Kent 2005; 2006; 2007
Nick Gumina 2005
Jeff Luehm 2005
Amy Drenth 2006; 2007
Andye Razmus 2006; 2007
Nicole Parker 2006; 2007; 2009
Lisa Wojciakowski 2006
De-Ale-Jo Roberts 2006
Stacey Hoffman 2006
Chaney Robinson 2007; 2008
Sue Chang 2007
Allison Strouse 2007; 2008; 2009; 2010
Hillary Wheeler 2007
Jesse Lord-Wilder 2007; 2008
Siobhan Martin 2007; 2008
Amanda Strouse 2007; 2008
Brian Keilen 2007
Chris Robertz 2007
Rumeal McKinney 2008; 2010; 2012
Victor Ramirez 2009; 2010
Dustin Heiler 2009; 2010; 2011; 2012
Kolin Stickney 2009; 2010; 2011
Chris Leikert 2009
Jordan Hall 2009
Samantha DeStefano 2009
Devin Tarrant 2009
Nick Thelen 2010; 2011; 2012
Carly Plank 2010
Kaitlyn Meernik 2010
Emily Popma 2010
Emily Smith 2010; 2011; 2012; 2013
B.J. Klotz 2011
Grant Gunneson 2011; 2012; 2013; 2014
Rachael Steil 2011
Alicia Dorko 2012; 2013; 2014
Ryan Helminiak 2012; 2013
Caleb Teachout 2012; 2013; 2014
Ray Bordeaux 2012; 2014
Jake Sanders 2012
Blake Garvey 2012
Ryan Parminter 2012; 2014
Adam Lohner 2013; 2014
Alvaro Romero 2013; 2014
Lindsey Karpowicz 2013; 2014
Tom Willet 2014
Luke Hawley 2014
Tyler Johnson 2014
Dionte Williams 2014
Dan Foley 2014
Ryan Makinen 2014
Sam Freeman 2014
 
Volleyball
Shawn Pearson 1989
Vonda Nagelkirk 1990
Mary House 1991
Brenda Hennink 1994
Pauline Burgireno 1995; 1996
Elizabeth Overkamp 1996; 1997
Katie Vander Meer 2008; 2009; 2010
Chelsea Phillips 2011
Molly Maynard 2013
 

Academic All-Americans

Baseball
Dennis King 1978
Dan Sherman 1979; 1980
Mike Corey 1983
Jim Belisle 1983
Kevin Vizard 1983
Mike Heffron 1984
Mike Manley 1987
Todd Vandenhuevel 1994
Adam Vandentoorn 1996; 1997
Scott DeKock 2000
Jason Ladd 2002
Brett Cagney 2003; 2004
Jeremy Frost 2003; 2004
John Moceri 2003
Dave Dinallo 2007
Kevin Scholten 2007; 2008
Todd Peters 2007; 2008
Brandon Marrs 2008
Dan Salvati 2008; 2009
Will Eberle 2009; 2010
Nick Papes 2009; 2010; 2011
Kennen Less 2010; 2011
Adam Farrell 2010
Drew Huard 2011
Josh Drake 2103
Aaron Thimm 2013
Brad Slis 2014
 
Basketball
Kathy Grzegorski 1984
Mike Wilson 1988
Alese Keiser 1989
Symantha Reenders 1992; 1993
Amanda Dunham 1995
Jen Norman 1996
Brandon Lowe 1998
Mandi DeGroot 2004
Kim Gullekson 2004; 2005
Leslie Hoffman 2004; 2005
Tom Kuslikis 2004; 2005
Kim Pomeroy 2004
Heather Orr 2004
Craig Rehmann 2004
Kaleb House 2006
Aaron Heindl 2006
Carrie Abdo 2008; 2009
Jason Fox 2009
Kaitlin Lang 2010
Jason Gust 2013
Carley Bardwell 2013; 2014
Hayley O'Meara 2013
Taelor Sanders 2014
Chelsea Matley 2014
Allison Heberlein 2014
 
Cross Country
Brian Lehmkuhle 1982
Jeff Fedewa 1993
Colleen Cone 1996
Mike Wojciakowski 1996
Shannon Ottenweller 1997
Molly Huber 1997; 1998
Greg Thull 1997; 1998
Knut Maass 1997; 1998
Melissa Pline 1998; 1999; 2000
Cari Blind 1999
Bob Thormeier 1999
John Wojciakowski 1999; 2000
Sarah Carter 1999; 2000
Joslyn Rodgers 1999; 2000
John Thull 2000
Nate Kaiser 2000; 2001; 2002
Eric Essick 2000; 2001; 2002
Lars Petzke 2000; 2001; 2002
Marcus Marek 2001
Eric Johnson 2002
Leo Foley 2002; 2003; 2004
Josh May 2002; 2003; 2004
Jeff Luehm 2003; 2004; 2005
Joey Lynn 2003
Josh Miller 2003; 2004; 2005
Adam Hoogewind 2004; 2005
Jenny Millis 2004
Valerie Kunde 2004
Megan Lewis 2004
Pat Earl 2005; 2006; 2007
Brian Keilen 2005; 2006
Chris Robertz 2005; 2007
Stacey Hoffman 2005; 2006
Scott Assenmacher 2006; 2007
Amanda Strouse 2006; 2007; 2008
Lianne Griffths 2006; 2007
Chris Leikert 2007; 2008
Mitchell Hoffman 2008; 2009
Sean McGlothlin 2008
Andy Vereecke 2008; 2009
Kelsey Webb 2008
Nate Poirier 2009; 2010
Emily Popma 2009
Emily Sandula 2009; 2011
Audrey Shireman 2009; 2010
Alina Dhaseleer 2010; 2011; 2012
Devin Lea 2010; 2011
Andrew Libs 2010; 2011; 2012
Samantha Rinkus 2010
Eddie Seymour 2010; 2011; 2012
Nick Thelen 2010; 2011
Kevin Mahar 2011; 2012; 2013
Carly Plank 2011; 2012
Jackie Katt 2011; 2012; 2013
Rachel Reyna 2011; 2012
Rachael Steil 2012; 2013; 2014
Jessica Dippel 2012; 2013; 2014
Dan Foley 2012; 2013
Killian Smith 2012
Krystin Dreyer 2013; 2014
Emily Hazelbach 2013; 2014
Zach Stepanovich 2013
Jesus Alvarado 2013
Blake Bitner 2013
Alex Martinez 2013
Brad Perschbacher 2013; 2014
Nick Whise 2014
Megan Skinner 2014
Taylor Pyrde 2014
 
Golf
Bill Weibel 1989
Nazar Massouh 1995
Andy Mezwicki 2004
Amanda Brewington 2005
Brian Hayward 2007; 2008
Nikki Benoit 2007
Andrea Fillips 2008
Jessica Morse 2008; 2009
Jennifer Gwinn 2008
Max Rouse 2010
Andrew Kish 2011; 2012
John DeAngelis 2012; 2013
Mike Vaughan 2012
Elizabeth Couterier 2012; 2013
Abigail Hagan 2012; 2013
Kirstin Pike 2012; 2013
Cody Britton 2013
 
Soccer
Eric Bridge 1990; 1991
Todd Winnell 1990; 1991
Jan Hrouda 1993; 1994
Sommar Boese 1994
Pam Bierzynski 1998
Amira Lama 1998; 1999
Andy Williams 1999
Meghan Luckett 2000
Heather Bos 2001
Denny Briggs 2001
Nathan Rose 2001; 2002
Sanel Fazlic 2002; 2003
Julie Roy 2002; 2003
Jeff White 2002; 2003
Tijs van Lier 2003
Matt Garner 2004
Marko Jagustin 2004
Evan Durand 2004
Erin Griffin 2004
Sarah Pennington 2004
Audrey Vanderkamp 2005; 2006
Connie Rogers 2006; 2007
Rebecca Mudri 2007; 2008
Goran Guzan 2007
Ben Richardson 2007; 2008
Brian Himes 2008; 2009
Teresa Buiocchi 2009; 2010
Kelsey Duley 2009; 2010; 2011
Mary Lothschutz 2009; 2010
Matthea Brandenburg 2010; 2011
Monica Rischiotto 2011
Michael Gagnon 2012; 2013
Jonathan Spencer 2012
Mitch Torres 2012; 2013
Melissa Hogan 2013
Jackie Gipe 2013
 
Softball
Liz Hoffman 1992
Jen Smith 1995; 1996
Lyndsay Szczepanek 2000; 2001
McCall Kleinfelt 2007
Kathy Williams 2007
Kristi Labinski 2008, 2009
Mallory Schrauben 2008
Whitney Hudson 2011
Taylor Turcott 2011; 2012
Kim Lohman 2012
Rebecca Shineldecker 2013; 2014
 
Tennis
Mary Dynes 1984
Mike Koenes 1990
Wendy Walenga 1994
Kristy Kirkendall 1994
Douglas Dooley 1995; 1996
Eric Vangessel 1996
Chris Nelson 1998
Carrie Carlson 1998
David Acevedo 1998
Tom Huizing 2002
Kara Ferguson 2003; 2004
Brian Ahmedani 2003
Emily Corcoran 2004
Matt Garner 2004;2005
Ashley Rivers 2004
Katie Kroft 2005
Jason Beydoun 2007;2008
Lindsey Skinner 2007;2008
Lauren Cherluck 2009
Kellie McGee 2009
Katie Siegel 2010; 2011
Cecelia Vaughn 2010; 2011
Ashley Hendrick 2011; 2012
Emily Decker 2011
John Telfer 2011; 2012
Jessica LeMire 2012
Aaron Hendrick 2013
Peter Tratt 2013
 
Track & Field
Pat Weiler 1978
Fabian Knizacky 1981; 1982
Tom Zyniewicz 1984
Andy Mousseau 1986
Paul Judd 1987
Neil Reilly 1987; 1988
Mike Wilson 1987; 1989
John Bricker 1990
Kurt Schmidt 1993
Melissa Pline 1998; 1999; 2000
John Wojciakowski 1999; 2000
Sarah Carter 1999; 2000
Cari Blind 2000
Kelli Leeuw 2000
Nate Kaiser 2001; 2002
Joslyn Rodgers 2001
Vicky Sackett 2001
Kerry Lucas 2002; 2003
Eric Essick 2002
Kirk Kahner 2002
Eric Johnson 2002; 2003
Lars Petzke 2002; 2003
Laura Beattie 2003; 2004
Michelle Borek 2003; 2004
Val Kunde 2003: 2005
T.J. Shimek 2003; 2004
Sarah Ellis 2004; 2005
Jeff Luehm 2004; 2005
Josh May 2004; 2005
Josh Miller 2004; 2005
Adam Hoogewind 2005; 2006
Nick Gumina 2005; 2006
Jenny Millis 2005
Patrick Earl 2006
Brian Keilen 2006, 2007
Josh Robach 2006, 2007
Stacey Hoffman 2006, 2007
Chris Robertz 2007; 2008
Amy Drenth 2007
Lianne Griffiths 2007;2008
Natalie Kent 2007
Amanda Strouse 2007;2008
Scott Assenmacher 2008
Chris Leikert 2008, 2009
Sean McGlothlin 2009
Cameron Smith 2009, 2010; 2011
Devin Tarrant 2009, 2010
Andy Vereecke 2009, 2010
Emily Popma 2009, 2010
Allison Strouse 2009, 2010
Kaitlyn Meernik 2010
Emily Sandula 2010; 2011; 2012
Nate Poirier 2010
Chelsey Bonney 2011
Alina Dhaseleer 2011; 2012
Sarah House 2011
Devin Lea 2011; 2012
Andrew Libs 2011; 2012; 2013
Samantha Rinkus 2011
Eddie Seymour 2011; 2012
Lauren Smith 2011; 2012
Nick Thelen 2011; 2012
Carly Plank 2012
Jackie Katt 2012; 2013
Rachel Reyna 2012; 2013
Rachel Bartels 2012; 2013
Brad Farley 2012; 2013
Killian Smith 2012
Kevin Mahar 2012; 2013, 2014
Dan Foley 2013; 2014
Alicia Dorko 2013; 2014
Erika Heston 2013; 2014
Jessica Dippel 2013; 2014
Emily Sarros 2013
Rachael Steil 2013; 2014
Alex Martinez 2014
Michael Shearon 2014
Brad Perschbacher 2014
Dana Kolnitys 2014
Emily Hazelbach 2014
Krystin Dreyer 2014
 
Volleyball
Tammy Harig 1986
Shawn Pearson 1989
Vonda Nagelkirk 1990; 1991
Megan Appleyard 1993; 1994
Brenda Hennink 1993; 1994
Pauline Burgireno 1995; 1996
Emily Schultz 1995
Elizabeth Overkamp 1996; 1997
Tamara Harnden 2001; 2002
Becky Barber 2003; 2004
Amanda Szymanski 2003; 2004
Heather Baker 2004
Ashley Bouckaert 2004; 2005
Megan Holst 2005
Lindsey Nanninga 2005
Alene Seiler 2006
Elle Sturgell 2013
Hannah Mahoney 2013
 

WHAC All Sports Champions

School Year
Tri-State 1993-94
Siena Heights University 1994-95
Siena Heights University 1995-96
Siena Heights University 1996-97
Aquinas College
1997-98
Aquinas College 1998-99
Aquinas College 1999-00
Aquinas College 2000-01
Aquinas College 2001-02
Aquinas College 2002-03
Aquinas College 2003-04
Madonna University
2004-05
Aquinas College 2005-06
Cornerstone University 2006-07
Aquinas College 2007-2008
Aquinas College 2008-2009
Aquinas College 2009-2010
Davenport University 2010-2011
Davenport University 2011-12
 

NAIA Hall of Famers

Terry Bocian Terry Bocian (Inducted in 2000) Director of Athletics
Bocian ('70) coached the Saints baseball teams for 30 years during which his teams went 1079-450-13 for a winning percentage of 71%. Bocian is only the 24th collegiate coach to amass 1000 victories. Bocian's teams posted 30 consecutive winning seasons and 27 consecutive seasons of 30 or more wins. Thirty-four All-Americans were honored during his tenure as the Saints won seven National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) state championships and finished as runner-up ten times.  Aquinas won six Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) titles in nines years under his direction.  He was named Michigan NAIA Coach of the Year on ten occasions, WHAC Coach of the Year six times and Regional Coach of the Year four times.  Bocian was inducted in the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2000. Thirteen of his former players have gone on to sign professional contracts and two have earned spots on Major League rosters - Paul Assenmacher and Dave Gumpert (below). Bocian and his wife Karen have four children, Therese, Chad, Scott and Matt.
 
Patti (Blaesser) Tibaldi Patti (Blaesser) Tibaldi (Inducted in 1999) Basketball Coach
Tibaldi ('73) was a pioneer in women's basketball, beginning her coaching career at West Catholic High School in the early 1970's. In her eight years there, she compiled a 163-34 record, winning four city league championships and a state championship in 1979. She became head coach at Aquinas in 1978, developing a program that in her 17 years amassed a record of 340 wins to 136 losses, a winning percentage of over 71 percent. Under Tibaldi's leadership, Aquinas College made three appearances at the NAIA National Women's Basketball Tournament. She also led Aquinas to the National Catholic Basketball Championship in 1984. As of 1996, she was the eighth winningest coach in NAIA history. She was inducted into the Basketball Coaches of Michigan Hall of Fame in 1997, the West Catholic High School Hall of Fame in 1998, and the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1999. Tibaldi currently coaches girls' basketball at Traverse City West where her husband, Joe, a 1973 Aquinas graduate, is principal. The Tibaldi's have two children, Katie and Brian.
 
Paul Assenmacher Paul Assenmacher (Inducted in 1989) Baseball
Assenmacher ('84) was an all-state pitcher on the Southgate Aquinas High School's state championship team of 1979. During his years at Aquinas, he pitched the Saints to two NAIA State championships and one regional runner-up finish. His Aquinas teams completed a four-year record of 165 wins and 69 losses. He twice earned NAIA All-American recognition, and in 1989 was inducted into the NAIA Baseball Hall of Fame. From 1983-1985, he pitched with the Atlanta Braves farm system, moving to the majors in 1986. In his 14 seasons in Major League Baseball, he pitched with the Atlanta Braves, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago White Sox, the New York Yankees, and the Cleveland Indians. His time with Cleveland included two World Series appearances in 1995 and 1997. He and his wife, Margaret Mary, reside in Alpharetta, Ga. with their five children, Jason, Candace, Lindsay, Morgan, and Clayton.
 
Dave Gumpert Dave Gumpert (Inducted in 1987) Baseball
Gumpert ('86) came to Aquinas from South Haven High School and led the College to baseball prominence during his four years. A recipient of the Dennis Molnar Award, he eventually held eleven Aquinas pitching records, was twice named All-State and All-Region, and, in 1980, was named NAIA All-American. During Dave's career at Aquinas, the team boasted a record of 147 wins and 51 losses, winning three city championships and the state crown in 1979. One of those wins was a one-hitter which led Aquinas to its first-ever victory over Michigan State University's squad. After stellar summers pitching with the Grand Rapids Sullivans, he was signed by the Detroit Tigers' scout Bob Sullivan and rose quickly through minor league ball to join the Detroit Tigers. In his first major league outing, he earned a save for the Tigers against the Texas Rangers. In 1983, he led the Tigers' pitching staff with a 2.64 ERA and was named Tiger Rookie of the Year in a poll of Detroit Sports Media. In 1987, he was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. He pitched six seasons in the majors with the Tigers, Cubs and Royals before returning to South Haven High School, where he is currently Director of Athletics. With his wife, Debbie, and his two daughters, Shanley and Courtney, he raises show horses.
 

Aquinas Hall of Fame

 

Cari (Blind) Setzler Cari (Blind) Setzler ('00), - Track & Fiedl

Cari (Blind) Setzler earned a Bachelor’s of Science in biology at Aquinas College in 2000. While a member of the Aquinas College track and field team, Cari earned eight NAIA All-American Honors and was a national runner up in the 1000 meters indoor. Cari continues to hold five Aquinas College school records in the 1000 meter indoor, distance medley relay indoor, 4x800 meter relay indoor, 800 meter outdoor and 4x800 meter relay outdoor. Cari earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University in 2004. Sheis currently practicing small animal medicine and is a Coaching Certification Instructor for the RRCA’s Coaching Certification program. Cari is a certified level II USATF endurance coach and is certified in running mechanics. In 2010, she co-founded Fast Finish Coaching where she has helped athletes reach their goals. Cari directs the Health Bridge Road Runners and is the assistant girl’s track and field coach at Johnsburg High School (Ill.). Cari lives in Wonder Lake, Illinois, with her husband, Chris, where she continues to train and compete in the Chicago Area Runner’s Association circuit and in national level USATF and USAT events.

 

 

 


 

Jason Carver Sylvester Jason Carver (’02), - Track & Field

Sylvester Jason Carver was recruited to Aquinas from Parchment High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan. As a member of the Aquinas College track and field team, Jason earned eleven NAIA All-American honors and continues to hold two school records in the 200 meter indoor and 200 meter outdoor events. He won the NAIA National Championships in 1999 for 200 meters outdoor and again in 2001 for the 55 meter indoor and 200 meter indoor. Jason was a three time recipient of the Pat Weiler Award for Most Outstanding Track performer and led the AQ track and field team to four consecutive indoor and four consecutive outdoor WHAC Championships. He was also a member of the Aquinas College men’s basketball team during the 1998-1999, 1999-2000, and 2001-2002 seasons. Jason has a passion for working with youth and young adults. Jason lives with his son, Isaiah, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he is a photographer and the owner of ShootOne Photography.

 

 

 


 

Jerry  Hendrick Jerry Hendrick - Lifetime Achievement Award - Tennis

Jerry Hendrick has served as the Aquinas College men's tennis head coach for the past 23 seasons. Under his leadership, AQ men’s tennis has won 17 WHAC Conference Championships, 12 NAIA regional titles, qualified for the NAIA National Championship tournament 15 times, and numerous players have achieved 100 wins during their careers at Aquinas. While at Aquinas, Jerry has compiled a .770 winning percentage and has been named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference coach of the year numerous times. Jerry served as the WHAC Tennis Chairman for nearly two decades. He also served three terms as the President of the NAIA Tennis Coaches Association and four terms as the National Chairperson of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Ranking Committee. He is the co-founder and 20 year director of the Hall of Fame Classic, Grand Rapids largest fundraiser tennis tournament, and the author of “I Love You But You Should Have Won!,” a book for parents of sports-playing children. Prior to coming to Aquinas, Jerry coached at Jackson Lumen Christi High School for two seasons where he led both teams to the high school state championship tournament. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Spring Arbor University and his master's degree in social work from Grand Valley State University. Jerry lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Beth, and their three children, Ashley, Aaron and Austin, all accomplished tennis players.

 

 


 

Sharon Schatz Sharon Schatz - Lifetime Achievement Award - Volleyball

Sharon Schatz came to Aquinas to coach the volleyball squad after a sterling high school career as coach at Belding High School. She led the Belding squads to over 300 victories, winning 75% of the games played. She was inducted into Belding High School Hall of Fame in 2009. Her coaching career at Aquinas was outstanding as well. She led the Saints' squads to nearly 400 wins and numerous league championships. Fifty-five of her players earned All-State recognition, and she tutored fourteen All-Americans during her tenure. Following her retirement from coaching, Sharon was instrumental in growing the AAU volleyball program in Western Michigan and helping Grand Rapids become the site for the State AAU volleyball championships. Sharon's work ethic, attention to detail, and eye to the future has made her one of the most influential people in our local volleyball community.

 


 

1974 Baseball Team The 1974 Baseball Team

The "Tommies" made Aquinas College baseball history by recording the College's first Grand Rapids City Collegiate Championship and the first NAIA State Championship in school history. The squad set an AQ school record for most victories (27-11) on its way to an NAIA regional appearance with state winners from Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. The team was defeated in regional play by the eventual national champion, Lewis University, after defeating regional champion, Malone College of Ohio. The members of the historic team were: Jim Ainslie, Greg Antor, Jim Berkey, Mike Despres, Paul Gnepper, Mike Hale, Kirk Kennedy, Steve Krynock, Greg LeFevre, Don Maher, Scott Marutz, Paul Nist, Jerry Orent, Ed Schiesser, Mike Shirey, Jon Wiseman, Gary Wojcynski, Jim Yeager and Jesse Young. The 1974 baseball team opened the doors for many more Aquinas baseball championships throughout the following years.

 

Brandon Lowe Brandon Lowe ('98) - Basketball

The basketball career of Brandon Lowe is nearly unparalleled in Aquinas College basketball history.  The former East Kentwood High School All-State honoree was the mainstay of the Saints program during his four year career.   He attained NAIA All-State Honors on four occasions and Academic All-State honors three times.  Brandon was an NAIA All American and earned dual honors in 1998 when he was named 3rd team NAIA All-American (top 30 players in the nation) as well as an Academic All-American. Lowe finished his Aquinas career as the 2nd leading scorer in College history with 2,088 points scored (trailing only Laray Hardy).  He remains high on the all-time AQ basketball list in games played, steals, field goal percentage, and scoring average.   He possessed outstanding quickness and could score from the outside and with slashing drives to the basket. Brandon was the recipient of the Aquinas College Joseph Baker Memorial Award in 1998. His Aquinas College coach, Rick Albro states, "Brandon was a coach's dream.  Not only was he an outstanding basketball player, but a better teammate and individual." Brandon currently resides in the Grand Rapids area and is a regional sales manager for Leon Plastics of Grand Rapids.

 

 

Jodi Borowicz Jodi Borowicz ('93) - Softball

Jodi Borowicz came to the Aquinas College campus from Cheboygan High School in Cheboygan, Michigan. Four years later Jodi had established herself as one of the most dominant softball pitchers in the Midwest Collegiate circles. 

During her four years as a Saint, she broke and re-established nearly every pitching record in AQ softball history. Through the 1990 – 1993 softball seasons, Jodi pitched Aquinas into the elite of small college softball teams throughout the Midwest. As a freshman she led the Saints to an NAIA State Championship and into the NAIA Softball National Championship in Pensacola, Florida.  For the next three years Aquinas was noted as the team with which to be reckoned.  Competing against many of the larger Michigan universities and Michigan NAIA schools, the Saints built not only a reputation but a winning tradition under Coach Mary Takas, also an AQ Hall of Famer.  On the three occasions, Jodi was named to the NAIA All-State team for her achievements.  Coach Takas states "pitching is the most important facet of the game of softball and in the early 90's pitching for the Saints was Jodi Borowicz." Jodi has spent her entire professional life in education as a teacher and a coach. She currently is an educator in the Delton-Kellogg school system.  In reaction to the award Jodi stated: "This Aquinas Hall of Fame honor is special, but even more so because of the co-induction with my catcher, mentor and dear friend Christy Jaklinski-Paganelli.


 

   
Christy (Jaklinski) Paganelli Christy (Jaklinski) Paganelli ('93) - Softball

Christy (Jaklinski) Paganelli was recruited from Wyoming Rogers High School in 1989 as a hard hitting catcher for a young Aquinas Saints softball team.  During her four years in this role, she became the backbone of the program both offensively and defensively.  In her freshman year she guided the Saints to their "first ever" appearance in the NAIA National World Series in Florida.  The squad earned this trip by winning the NAIA State Championship and the Midwest Regional Title.  She had helped put Aquinas College softball on the map. During her four years as a Saint, Christy established herself as the team's "clean up" hitter leading Aquinas in multiple offensive categories, some of which are still near the top in the AQ record books.  A two time NAIA All-State player, her leadership, defensive abilities and team commitment made her respected and cherished by her teammates. Christy and fellow 2012 AQ Hall of Fame inductee, Jodi Borowicz were labeled "grace and ace" by their teammates.  They competed in over 100 games as AQ teammates forming one of the most celebrated "pitching and catching batteries" in Aquinas history. Christy's professional career allowed her to turn an Aquinas internship with Amway into a 20 year chemist position with the Ada based company. Christy passed away in March of 2011 after a nearly two year courageous battle with melanoma cancer.  It was a battle that exceeded the normal length by nearly one and one/half years. She and her husband Dino Paganelli ’90 are the proud parents of three children Brady, Jake, and Katelyn. The Wyoming Rogers High School community and Christy's Aquinas teammates established "Christy's Cause" which raises money for cancer research and the Aquinas College Scholarship named in her honor.  Softball games are played at both schools annually to raise funds for these causes.

 

 

Coach Flaminio The 1971 Men's Cross Country Team

As Aquinas College celebrates its 50th year of varsity cross country competition, it is only fitting that the 1971 cross country team is honored with induction in the Aquinas College Athletic Hall of Fame.  The 1971 team made history by winning the College's first ever NAIA State Cross Country Championship.  This accomplishment allowed the squad to make the College's first ever appearance in the NAIA National Championship held in Missouri where the squad finished 23rd in the nation. The team was coached by John Flaminio who arrived at the Grand Rapids campus in 1969 and immediately began establishing a highly competitive program.  Flaminio, who was a member of two NCAA National Championship squads at Western Michigan, brought his expertise to the "Tommies" and raised the program to national prominence.

The 1971 squad went undefeated in five dual matches and also won six of the seven championships in invitational meet.  The lone defeat was when the squad finished 17th out of 43 teams at the prestigious Notre Dame National Catholic College Invitational.   Aquinas went on to win the NAIA State Cross Country Championship before finishing 23rd at the national meet. The squad was captained by senior Wayne Stefanich.  Other team members were John Carr, John Cassani, Daryl Delabbio, Jerry Gumbleton, Steve Hatton, Phil Hinck, Randy Laga, Pete Lentini, Brian Mckenzie, Ryan Sexton and Tom Sherburn. Hinck garnered NAIA All American honors for his effort. The 1972 squad went on to duplicate the efforts of the 1971 squad before Coach Flaminio left to take the head coaching position at the University of Toledo.  The books were then closed on the "Flaminio era" but a level of excellence had been established which is still present today at Aquinas College.

 

 

Tammy Harig Tammy L. Harig ('86) - Volleyball

Tamra Harig arrived on the Aquinas College campus in 1983 and immediately became a mainstay on the volleyball team. Tammy was at the forefront in establishing a competitive and successful Saints program under the tutelage of Coach Sharon Schatz. She was a four-year starter and captained the squad for two years. "[Tammy was] one of the most driven athletes I have ever coached," said Coach Schatz. "She expected no less from her teammates, which made her a great leader an role model both on and off the court." Tammy led the Saints to three NAIA post-season appearances. For her efforts, Tammy was named NAIA All-State team on two occasions and was also on the All-Academic teams. In 1986, she made history by becoming the first Aquinas volleyball player to earn All-American honors. After graduating cum laude from Aquinas with a double major in accounting and business administration, Tammy was hired by the Internal Revenue Service and is celebrating 25 years with the IRS. She has earned several performance awards from the IRS, including the Director's Excellence Award. Currently a senior team coordinator, Tammy examines large multinational corporations while coordinating numerous tax law specialists. She has been a registered CPA in the State of Michigan for more than 20 years. A life-long Westside Grand Rapids resident, Tammy resides in Walker.

 

Vonda VanTil Vonda (Nagelkirk) VanTil ('90) - Volleyball

Vonda was a mainstay on the Aquinas College volleyball teams during a successful era in the program's history. During her career, the Saints won more than 70% of their matches, won several tournaments and made four appearances in the NAIA State playoffs. A four year starter, Vonda captained the squad for two of those years. She twice won NAIA All-State honors and earned All American honors during her last two seasons. "Vonda was one of the most competitive athletes I ever had the pleasure of coaching," said Sharon Schatz, her Aquinas College coach. Vonda earned varsity letters in basketball and softball during her Aquinas years. She was awarded the Sr. Helen Louise Brogger Award in 1991 as the college's outstanding female senior student-athlete. Following graduation, Vonda coached volleyball at West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids. She now serves as an assistant coach at Coopersville High School and is active in AAU volleyball circles. Professionally, Vonda has been with Social Security Administration in the Grand Rapids area for 20 years. A noted spokesperson and writer, she presents on the nuances of the social security system to local groups, makes media appearances and writes for print publications. Married for 18 years, Vonda, her husband, and three children live in Tallmadge Township.

 

James Payne James B. Payne ('75) - Tennis
James Payne was a local legend on the Grand Rapids tennis scene during the late 1960's and early 1970's. An outstanding high school performer at Grand Rapids Catholic Central. Payne was twice the City League singles champion, a Class A regional high school champion, and a qualifier for the MHSAA state tournament. "[Jim is] the most natural park player I ever saw." Roy White, Jim's Aquinas College tennis coach said. "He could play great tennis with any racquet, on any surface, in any weather conditions, and he would win." Although Jim was linked to Aquinas College tennis through his older brother Bob, also an Aquinas tennis player, and his father Ed, who coached the team at Aquinas for a few years. It was was Jim's heroics as a member of the Aquinas tennis team that sets him apart from all who have followed him. Jim completed the 1975 regular season with an undefeated regular season record, playing against many of the state's larger schools. He then went on to win the NAIA state tournament in singles, with an unblemished record. It wasn't until the second round of the NAIA national tournament that Jim was defeated (by the eventual national champion). This is an accomplishment that hasn't been matched since. Many of Jim's peers describe him as the best to ever play at Aquinas College. Jim and his wife, Linda, have two children, Ryan and Kelly, and reside in EGR.
Ray McCahill Raymond J. McCahill ('74) - Basketball Lifetime Achievement Award

An outstanding prep player at Chicago's Brother Rice High School, Ray helped lead his team to the Chicago Catholic League Championship in 1970 as well as to the Chicago City League Championship. A versatile performer, who could play "inside or outside," Ray enrolled in Aquinas College in 1970. He lettered all four years and captained the 1974 Aquinas basketball team. After graduation, Ray was hired at Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School to teach and coach basketball. He invigorated a basketball program and led it to several city league and district tourney championships. At the time of Ray's resignation, he was the winningest basketball coach in the team's history. Ray initiated and chaired the annual Grand Rapids Hall of Fame's college basketball tournament, which was comprised of all local college teams. The basketball tournament's Ray McCahill Most Valuable Player Award is named in honor of Ray's vision and dedication to this event and his love of basketball. Ray passed away in 2006 after a courageous and faith filled battle with cancer. Ray and Peaches are parents of five children (Ryan, Molly, Michael, Katelin, and Champ). Peaches resides in East Grand Rapids with her family. Aquinas College recognizes Coach McCahill, not only for his achievements, but also for the many lives that he influenced during his career.

 

George Barcheski George Barcheski ('61) - Lifetime Achievement Award

George Barcheski spent a lifetime educating and mentoring young people both in the classroom and on the playing fields. After teaching and coaching stints at Grand Rapids Catholic Central (his alma mater) and Northview High School, he moved to East Grand Rapids High School (EGRHS). Here he spent over three decades as a government teacher and head football coach teaching "Bar's methods for success." In his 30 years of coaching football at EGRHS he compiled a record of 238 wins, 53 losses and three ties. He led East to numerous league championships as well as four state championships(1979, 1983, 1993 and 1995). His coaching record placed him 19th on the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) list for all time victories. His winning percentage of 82 percent earned him 3rd place on the list of highest winning percentages for high school football coaches in the state. Barcheski was voted into the MHSAA Football Coaches Hall of Fame and into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame. Aquinas College recognizes Coach Barcheski, not only for his outstanding achievements in the record books, but also for the many lives he has influenced during his career in education. He currently resides with his wife, Catherine, in Grand Rapids during the summers and in Florida for the winters.

 

Neil Reilly Neil Reilly ('88)

Neil Reilly arrived on the Aquinas College campus in 1984 (graduate of St. Francis High School in Traverse City) and immediately became a mainstay on the track & field team. During his tenure Reilly competed in the throwing events (shot put, discus, javelin, hammer & 35 lb weight) under the tutelage of Coach Ernie Mousseau. He was named team MVP on three occasions for his efforts. However, the highlight of his career was earning NAIA All American honors twice (1986 & 1987) as well as attaining NAIA Academic All-American honors on two occasions. He was the first Aquinas College Track and Field team member to be honored twice in both areas. Reilly is still the school record holder in the 35 pound weight and is in the top five in AQ school records in each of the above events. He graduated in 1988 with a bachelor of science in business administration degree and then completed a major in psychology two years later. Reilly also earned a master's of art degree from Central Michigan University in psychology in 1994. He has been in private psychology practice since 1994.

Coach Reilly has been a member of the Aquinas track coaching staff for 11 years during which time he has helped develop innumerable national qualifiers and ten All Americans in the throwing events. The Saints track squads have attained remarkable success during this period as he has assisted Coach Dave Wood, assistant athletic director.

Reilly lives in Walker, Michigan with his wife Carmen and two sons, Connor and Noah.

   
Roy White Roy White ('72) - Lifetime Achievement Award

Roy White and tennis in West Michigan have been intertwined for decades. White was a star player at Ottawa Hills High School honing his skills on local courts since his childhood. Upon graduation, he played two years at University of Alabama before serving a two-year stint in the military serving his country in Vietnam. He then enrolled at Aquinas College where he became the mainstay of the Aquinas College Tennis Team. White won the NAIA State singles championship in 1970 and was singles runner-up in 1971. He won the NAIA State doubles championship (with Buzz Hall) in 1971. This feat (a singles & doubles championship) was not duplicated at Aquinas for 30 years when it was accomplished by Steve Greene. White served as tennis coach at Aquinas College for five seasons (1972-76) and was named Michigan Tennis Coach of the Year in 1976. In the 1980's, he was the Michigan state tennis champion in the 35 & over division and was twice the Grand Rapids City Racquetball Champion (ranked #4 in the state). Roy served as head professional at the Grand Rapids Racquet Club for seven years and Riverview Racquet Club for eight years before purchasing the Norton Pines Tennis & Fitness Club where he grew the membership from 90 members in 1988 to over 2,000 members when he sold the club in 2005. White served as Racquet Sports Specialist for Prince Corporation from 1995-2007. White has two daughters Erica Beth and Amanda Marie and resides with his wife, Terri, in Spring Lake during the summers and Cape Coral, Florida in the winters.

 
Tom Zyniewicz Tom Zyniewicz ('84)

Tom Zyniewicz, D.O., was one of several outstanding track & field weight-men (shot-put, hammer throw, and 35 pound weight) developed by Aquinas Hall of Fame Track Coach Ernie Mousseau in the 1970’s and 1980’s. A West Catholic High School graduate, he played one year of football at Eastern Michigan before a knee injury cut short his football career. He then enrolled at Aquinas, where he became three time national qualifier who earned NAIA All-American honors in 1984 for his efforts at the national meet. A 1985 alumnus, who majored in both pre-med/biology and business administration, he became the first Aquinas track and field athlete to earn both NAIA All-American status as well as being a NAIA Academic All American (twice honored). He went on to graduate from Michigan State University Medical School in 1989. Upon finishing his internship at Metro Hospital (Grand Rapids) and his residency in Chicago in emergency medicine, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to work in emergency medicine. He eventually became the assistant director of emergency medicine in the area, the medical director of FEMA/Region 6 and developed the first helicopter rescue company in the Las Vegas area. He also has served in the U.S. Army Reserve (24-year tenure) and was a member of the Las Vegas SWAT Team.

He returned to the West Michigan area with his family to take a position in Muskegon and currently is the executive for emergency physicians to North Ottawa County and Mercy Health Partners. Zyniewicz currently resides in Spring Lake, Michigan with his wife, Tammy, and daughters Tara and Avery. The Zyniewicz’s, however, will be returning to the Las Vegas area where he will assume an executive position with the Las Vegas group providing 24-hour emergency physicians to over 20 hospitals in Nevada, California and Hawaii.

 
Mary Takas Mary Takas ('84)
Mary Takas came to Aquinas College after a stellar high school career at Grandville High School (Mich.). Takas went on to play four years of basketball and softball at Aquinas. She was a standout on the fledgling softball team, serving as starting catcher for four seasons and twice earning NAIA All-State honors. Takas was a member of the basketball squad during some of its most successful seasons. She returned to the College to serve as head softball coach and assistant basketball coach. She coached the softball team to the NAIA state championship in 1990, qualifying for the national tournament for the first time in College history. As interim basketball coach in 1991, Takas saw her team qualify for the NAIA national tournament, thus becoming the only coach in Aquinas College history to lead two separate sports teams to national tournaments. Takas resides in Grand Rapids.
 
Mark Hendrickson Mark Hendrickson ('81)
Mark Hendrickson attended Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills (Mich.) High School. He had perhaps the finest offensive year in Aquinas baseball history in 1981 when he batted .421, drove in 83 runs and set the Michigan collegiate home run record with 19. He also posted an impressive slugging percentage of .783. He earned first team All-American honors in 1981 for his efforts. He was twice named to the Grand Rapids Collegiate All-Star squad, was twice an NAIA All-State performer, and was named first team NAIA All-American in 1981. Many of his single season and career marks in home runs, slugging percentage and batting average still stand today. He led the 1981 squad to a school record 43 wins. Mark and his wife, Julie, reside in Jenison and have three children: Scott, Whitney, and Megan. He is currently in sales with Manufacturers Supply Company.
 
Rick Heuvelman Rick Heuvelman ('79)
Rick Heuvelman graduated from Wyoming Rogers High School (Mich.) and Aquinas' leading power hitter and home run hitter from 1977 to 1979. Heuvelman was a key performer in 1978 when the Saints posted a 40-8 record, a school for victories and the second highest winning percentage in the nation. He also captained the 1979 State Championship squad which advanced to the regional finals. He was three times named to the Grand Rapids Collegiate All-Star squad, twice named to the NAIA All-State team, and in 1979, was given NAIA All-American honors. Also that year, Heuvelman led the Saints in six different offensive categories including home runs, RBI's and slugging percentage. The Heuvelman family is the only one in athletic history to have both father and daughter earn All-American honors. Rick's daughter, Ashley, received All-American honors in basketball during the 2007 season. Heuvelman lives with his wife, Kim, and their daughters, Audrey, Ashley and Amanda in Wyoming, Mich. He is a managing partner with Home Acres Building Supply.
 
Tim Matchinsky Tim Matchinsky ('77)
Tim Matchinsky was an outstanding line-drive hitter in the mid-1970's hitting over .400 on two separate occasions. His career batting average of .398 is sill third on the all-time list for the Aquinas baseball program. Matchinsky ranks in the top five in numerous single season and career hitting marks. He was three times named to the Grand Rapids Collegiate All-Star squad, twice named to the NAIA All-State team, and earned NAIA All-American accolades in 1976 and 1977. Tim, a lifelong West Michigan resident, lives in Holland with his wife, Deb, and their two children, TJ and Angie. Tim has a lengthy career with Allstate insurance.
 
Pat Williams Patricia "Pat" Anne O'Neill Williams ('68) - Lifetime Achievement Award
Pat Williams of Grand Rapids has a lifetime of success in tennis as a player and as a coach. A city champion at the age of 16, she went on to captain and star on the College's first women's teams. Williams practiced with the 1968 College's men's team which finished second nationally. She has coached Grand Rapids Catholic Central's boys' and girls' tennis teams for over two decades with outstanding success and continues to hold these positions. In 1987, she became the first female coach of a boys' team in the history of Grand Rapids Catholic Central; since then she has recorded over 430 wins with the team. In 2000, Williams was inducted into the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches' Association Hall of Fame and the Catholic Central High School Hall of Fame. Williams has coached all of her eight children. Pat and her husband, G. Thomas Williams Jr. '65, reside in Grand Rapids.
 
Shannon Bassette Shannon Bessette (‘95)
Shannon Bessette was a true pioneer in women’s soccer at Aquinas College. The Grand Ledge graduate captained the first two women’s soccer teams at the College and was its MVP each year.  She also scored the winning goal in each of the school’s first two soccer victories.  Following graduation, she served as the program’s assistant coach for two years before assuming the head coaching position in 1995.  During the next seven seasons, Aquinas had unprecedented success under her leadership.  This period saw AQ post seven winning seasons with four WHAC Conference championships and three regional appearances.  The Saints posted a 16-3-1 mark in 1999.  She was named WHAC Coach of the Year on four occasions.  Shannon also served as Aquinas’ assistant director of student activities during this time.  She left the college to take a position as director of sales for Harley Davidson Company in the Grand Rapids area.
 

Robin Bessette

Robin Bessette (‘95)
Robin Bessette set the standard for all future AQ women’s soccer players during her career.  Her outstanding quickness and offensive skills allowed her to become the College’s all-time leading scorer and its first women’s NAIA All American.  She was a four-time all-conference selection and a three-time All-Region player.  She was also voted the National Player of the Week on two occasions.  She led her team to unprecedented success during her years as a Saint as the teams posted four-consecutive winning seasons, winning two WHAC championships and appearing in four consecutive post season tournaments.  A Grand Ledge High School graduate, she is in technology sales and recently moved back to Grand Ledge from Denver, Colo.  She is still active in soccer and has completed two marathons (San Francisco and Detroit) and will be running the Chicago marathon on October 12th.  She has been an active volunteer with Area Eight Special Olympics.
 
  Laray Hardy (‘86)
Laray Hardy graduated from Aquinas as not only the most prolific scorer in Michigan collegiate history.  A Muskegon Mona Shores alum, Hardy led the Saints to the two best seasons in College history.  He scored 2,642 points during this time eclipsing the former AQ mark set by Dennis Alexander and breaking Cazzie Russell’s mark for most points scored in the state’s history.  A phenomenal shooter, Laray still holds nine AQ records including many single season marks.  He once made 35 consecutive free throws in competition and shot over 85 percent for his career from the free throw stripe.  An outstanding leaper, he was deceptive in his ability to jump over defenders to score.   Hardy’s collegiate career ended just prior to the inception of the three-point basket.  This rule change would have definitely added to his point total had it been in effect.  Hardy used his Aquinas degree to enter financial consulting/banking as he went east to New York where he works on Wall Street.  He currently resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. with his teen-age daughter.
 
Ernie Mousseau Ernie Mousseau
Ernie Mousseau was the “heart and soul” of the Aquinas track and cross country teams for nearly two decades.  The Alpena native came to Aquinas in 1973 from his assistant coaching position at Central Michigan University to the head coaching position at Aquinas.  Mousseau’s squad competed against much larger schools in the state and regional levels and always fared well.  His coaching tenure coincided with the apex of NAIA track and cross country in the state of Michigan.  He sent numerous individuals to the NAIA national meets in cross country and track, with 16 of his harriers gaining All American status.  An outstanding teacher of the field events and in another of specialties, the race walk, he helped two of his athletes become national champions. (Tom Carr – Hammer Throw and Pat Weiler – Steeplechase)  He aided numerous novices in the Grand Rapids area to learn race walking techniques.  Mousseau was an Alma College graduate where he excelled in football and track.  He then went to Central Michigan to earn his master’s degree.  He served as the chair of the physical education department, director of athletics, and athletic faculty representative as an associate professor in the academic department.  Ernie and his wife, Sue, have three sons, Andy (an All American & Academic All American in track at Aquinas), Jamie and Scott.  They now reside outside of Big Rapids at their year-round home on the Muskegon River.
 
  Ed Kelbel (‘59)
Ed Kelbel was an outstanding golfer from 1954-1958 who led the squad as its number one golfer and captain.  During this period, the Aquinas teams set the standard for all AQ golf teams that followed.  At one time, Ed held course records at numerous golf courses from Kalamazoo to Petoskey.  Kelbel is held in high esteem by his peers from the Aquinas golf community who recommended him as a “must” for induction into the Aquinas Athletic Hall of Fame.  He was always around par at the Grand Rapids Elks/Highlands course where Aquinas hosted its meets.  He taught and coached golf for nearly 30 years at Harbor Springs High School developing outstanding squads.  He served as head golf professional at Walloon Lake Country Club as well as head professional at Harbor Point Golf Club.  Ed and his wife, Mary Lou (Malec ’59), have six children (three boys and three girls).  All three sons are head golf professionals while two of their daughters are kindergarten teachers and the third is an accountant.  Following his retirement from education, Ed suffered a stroke, but recovered to have ten additional quality years of playing golf and teaching the game he loves.  Ed and Mary Lou reside in Harbor Springs.
 
John O'Donovan John O’Donovan (’60)
While obtaining his bachelor’s in Business Administration, John O’Donovan ’60 spent four years on the AQ golf team and two years as the leading golfer and team captain at Aquinas College.  Spending long hours at Green Ridge Country Club, O’Donovan continued to develop his skills, going on in 1968 to claim a medal at the Michigan Amateur Championship.  Green Ridge Country Club Champion from 1972-75, O’Donovan was named five times to the Grand Rapids All-City Team and later was elected president of Green Ridge/Egypt Valley Country Club.  In 1983 he was elected to the Board of Governors of the Golf Association of Michigan through 2008, and still serves on the USGA Regional Affairs Committee.  Despite his tireless efforts off the course, O’Donovan can still be found with a club in his hand, finishing runner-up in a playoff at the 1997 Michigan Senior Amateur and winning the Florida State Golf Association Winter Super Seniors Championship in 2008.  This year he was elected President of the Golf Association of Michigan with 440 member clubs and courses and 62,000 members under his supervision.  O’Donovan and his late wife, Maureen (Carey ’62), have three children – Patricia, John and Michael – and four grandchildren.  Retired since 2007, O’Donovan – a former chair of the Aquinas Fund – continues to support the College, having recently served as a consultant for the 2008 Peter Wege Aquinas Golf Pro-Am Tournament and sponsoring a foursome in the event.
 
Dave Bartels Dave Bartels ('78)
Dave Bartels was inducted in 2007, came from South Haven, Michigan to Aquinas in the mid '70s and quickly made his mark in both cross country and track. Dave ran year-round for four years, earning 12 varsity letters in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. He earned All-American honors in cross country in 1976. At that time, he was only the second runner to earn this honor at the national meet (he remains one of only five runners in school history to attain this accolade.) Bartels also set three school records in indoor track, all of which still stand today - more than 30 years later. The runner set records in the mile, half-mile, and 1,000 yard runs. Even after track converted to the metric system, Bartels' times were adjusted and they remain the best ever at Aquinas. He additionally holds records set at South Haven High School. After Teaching for several years in Wisconsin, Bartels moved to Grand Blanc, Mich. where he started his own business, Blue Star Sportswear, which is now in its 25th years of operation. Bartels and his wife, Anna Marie (Tomassilli '80) have two daughters, Justine and Rachel, and still reside in the Grand Blanc area.
 

Anne (Biermacher) Stegehuis

Anne (Biermacher) Stegehuis ('86 )
Anne was inducted in 2007, had an outstanding basketball career at Aquinas College. She was a four-year starter on some of the best teams in Aquinas history; winning nearly 80 percent of their games. She is still the fifth leading scorer in Aquinas women's basketball history and, at five-foot-five inches tall, the highest scoring guard on this prestigious list. Stegehuis scored nearly 1,500 points despite playing without the benefit of the three-point basket. She was the complete player, finishing her career in the top 10 in multiple categories, including scoring, steals, assists, free-throw scoring, free-throw percentage and games played. She also pulled down over 500 rebounds. She was a two-time NAIA All-State player at Aquinas. In the Grand Rapids Press poll in 1999, she was voted one of the top 25 high school girl's basketball players in Grand Rapids City League history for her efforts at Grand Rapids Catholic Central. Patti Tibaldi, her Aquinas coach, stated that "she was often the smallest player on the floor but she had the biggest heart." Stegehuis went on to forge a successful 16-year career with Foremost Insurance and the former Old Kent Bank, now the Fifth Third Bank. She and her husband, Jack, reside in Caledonia with their children, Joseph, Hannah and Abigail.
 
Dan Pupel, Sr. Dan Pupel, Sr. ('58 )
inducted in 2007, has had an affiliation with Aquinas College and golf that has lasted nearly 50 years. He played on strong Aquinas golf teams from 1954-1957. After turning professional in 1958, he coached the Aquinas men's team to three outstanding seasons from 1959-1961. Pupel went on to a highly successful 30-year tenure at Forest Hills Central High School where he taught and coached boys' golf during that time. He also coached the girls' golf team for 15 years. During this time, his teams won 25 league championships (including 11 in a row with the boys' squad from 1979-1990), 14 regional championships and eight state runner-up finishes. Pupel was named Michigan Golf Coach of the Year three times and was inducted into the Michigan Coaches Hall of Fame in 1991. He is currently in his seventh year as the Aquinas women's golf coach. Dan and his wife, Sheila (Smith '58), a professor who passed away in 1999, had five children and, at one time, four of them attended Aquinas simultaneously. All are Aquinas graduates. In 1988, Pupel was awarded the prestigious "Outstanding Teacher Award" from the University of Chicago. He served two terms as a Kent County Commissioner and six years on the Aquinas Emeritus Board. Pupel possesses an intense love of golf, and is still both an avid player and a patient teacher of the game.
 
Rick Vryhof Rick Vryhof ('84 )
inducted in 2007, came from Calvin Christian High School in Grandville, Michigan to become one of the most prolific scorers in Aquinas Basketball history. In just three seasons he scored over 1,700 points and averaged 21 points per game. He still remains the fifth leading scorer in the Aquinas record book; and he did it without the benefit of the three-point shot. Vryhof currently remains ranked in the top five of numerous offensive categories at Aquinas, including free-throws made, average points-per-game, and the highest field goal percentage. An all-around talent, he possessed long-range shooting skills, an explosive first step to the basket and great jumping ability. He was a two-time All-State player who earned NAIA All-American recognition in 1984. A fierce competitor, he was also the epitome of sportsmanship and class on the court. Vryhof earned bachelor and master degrees from Aquinas and currently resides in Holland, Mich. with his wife, Sharon (Kuipers '85) and children, Caitlin and Trent. He is still active in basketball today, both playing and in coaching youth. He is employed by Herman Miller. 
 
Jesse Young Jesse Young ('75 )
inducted in 2007, was a two-time NAIA All-State baseball player while at Aquinas and then became the first two-time NAIA All-American baseball player in college history, earning those honors in 1974 and 1975. He was a key performer in Aquinas' first NAIA State Championship (1974) and regional appearance, and made game-winning hits in three of those five victories. He was the squad's leading hitter during this time. Young also played 12 seasons with the Grand Rapids Sullivans, winning NBC National Championships in 1983 and 1984 and several Honkbal Championships in the Netherlands. Young has played competitive baseball every summer since his days at Aquinas and has worked with many young players, encouraging them to come to Aquinas for its academic and baseball programs. Following graduation, he started a 31-year career in teaching and coaching. Young has spent the last 27 years at Rockford High School teaching business and coaching golf. He has coached many outstanding teams and was named state Coach of the Year in 2001 and inducted into the Michigan Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005. An avid runner, he has additionally run in 23 River Bank Runs and four marathons.
 
Al Dimavicius Al Dimavicius (’62) Life Achievement Award
inducted in 2006, graduated from Grand Rapids’ Catholic Central High School and came to Aquinas on a four-year golf scholarship. He finished in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, but not before he and his golf teammates left their marks in athletics. During Al’s four years at Aquinas, the golf team lost only five matches, earning them the nickname Yankees of the North” by the Grand Rapids Press for the teams outstanding achievements. Individually, Al was a four-year started and was captain for two years. In 1960, his team went undefeated and in the second year, they lost only one match. He joined the local amateur ranks following college and has managed to capture eight local major tournament wins, placing him second on the list of all-time victories among local players. His wins include three Grand Rapids City titles, two Kent County Amateurs, two West Michigan Amateurs and one City Match Play championship. In addition to playing the game, Al has enjoyed the game from the administrative side, as well. He’s been the president of the West Michigan Golf Association for 25 years. In 2000, he retired from his job as a senior claims specialist for State Farm Insurance, a position he held for 37 years. It was about the time the Al also made the switch to senior level play where, as he points out, he can now compete for the “fun of it.” He lives with his wife, Patricia, in Belmont (Mich.). They have a daughter, Mary, and one granddaughter, Penny.
 
Bob Sakocius Bob Sakocius (’78) Lifetime Achievement Award
inducted in 2006, came to Aquinas from Union High School (Grand Rapids) in 1974. While working on a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he was also a member of the Aquinas golf teams. Bob won school letters all four years and captained in 1978 team. He was a medalist in seven events during his final two years as well as an NAIA All- State performer in 1978 and 1979. Bob carried his love for the game into the local amateur ranks following college. In the 28 years since, he has accomplished a record that will likely go unmatched for many years. He is the top local amateur title holder with 24 wins to his name. His latest win came this past June, his ninth West Michigan Amateur Championship title. He has twice been a consecutive four-time winner of two area gold tournaments: the West Michigan Amateur (1992-95) and the Kent County Amateur (1989-92). He has won the Kent County Amateur and the Grand Rapids City Championship six times each and has three wins in the City Match Play. In addition to his many titles, Bob once again this year, was presented with the George Everse Trophy from the West Michigan Golf Association. The award is given annually to the golfer with the best scoring average in rounds played in the four local men’s major amateur events. Bob has received the award ten of the 16 years it has been presented. His professional career has been spent with Knape and Vogt, a local manufacturing firm, where he currently is transportation manager. Aside firm golf, Bob also enjoys woodworking in his spare time. He and his wife, Maribeth, have two grown children, Sara and John.
 
Greg Alksnis Greg Alksnis (’71) Lifetime Achievement Award
inducted in 2006, came to Aquinas College in 1966 from West Catholic High School (Grand Rapids). Greg played on the Aquinas golf teams while pursuing a bachelor of science in business administration degree. He captained the 1970 squad, which finished second in the NAIA state championships, earning the team an invitation to the NCAA regional event. Greg was AQ’s first NAIA All- State golfer. Following college, he continued to pursue his love of golf by competing in the area’s amateur tournaments. He was the first area golfer to have won each of the four local major amateur tournaments. He has six titles to his name, earning him the fourth spot on the all-time list of victories by local golfers. He has won two city championships, two City Match Play titles, one Kent County amateur medalist twice and was a three-time semi-finalist in the state amateur tournament. He also has captured twelve Blythfield Country Club championships, a Grand Rapids Elks title and a state Elks championship. When he’s not playing golf, Greg likes to fish, hunt and play tennis. He is co-owner, vice-president and secretary of Magic Steel Corporation of Grand Rapids. He and his wife, Sally, have one son, Austin and live in Ada. Greg has maintained his ties with Aquinas. He recently completed his third, three-year term as a member of the College’s Boards of Trustees and was given Trustee Emeritus status.
 
Shawn (Pearson) Gleason Shawn (Pearson) Gleason (’90)
inducted in 2006, came to Aquinas for the opportunity to play volleyball at Aquinas. The journey transplanted Pearson in West Michigan from Flint Powers High School for what would become a memorable college career. She started every match during her four years on the Saints squad (142). Two of her teams still hold two of the school’s top volleyball records (29-11 and 28-13). Shawn finished her career with 17 individual school records (nine individual match and eight career). She earned NAIA All-State recognition three times and was named a first team All-State selection in her senior yea. Also that year, she became the first AQ volleyball player to earn All-American recognition and was recognized with Academic All-American honors, as well. Following graduation, she put her business degree to work as an administrator for AT & T in the Detroit Area and later as a national sales representative. She married Aquinas alumnus, Pete Gleason ('89), a former member of the Saints baseball team. The two have three children- Taylor, Jacob, and Libbie- all of whom are involved in sports. Both Shawn and Pete have spent time coaching their children in basketball, baseball and soccer and are the proud owners of an official-seized baseball field in their back yard. After eight years as a stay- at- home mom, Shawn recently returned to work with MEK Enterprises in Grand Blanc, Mich.
 
Mike Wilson Mike Wilson (’89)
inducted in 2006, had an extraordinary career at Aquinas College. He is the only student- athlete in the history of AQ athletics to earn All-American honors (1987-89) and Academic All American honors (1987-89) in two sports (track and basketball). He earned 12 varsity letters during his AQ years (four each in indoor track, outdoor track and basketball). He also was a four-time District 23 high jump at the 1987 national indoor track meet. On the court, Wilson played on two of the most successful men’s basketball teams in school history, gathering over 500 rebounds and scoring 978 points. He averaged 15 points per game his senior year. Mike received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and communication arts in 1989. After graduation, Wilson was an assistant coach for the Saints men's basketball team (1990-93). He has been a teacher at his high school alma mater, Caledonia (Mich.), since 1992 where he has also coached girl’s varsity basketball (1993-96) and currently coaches boys’ and girls’ varsity tennis and freshman boys’ basketball. He married Aquinas alumna Becky Clark (’89) in 1993. They have two daughters, Kendall and Karlin, and reside in Caledonia.
 
Tom Hofmann Tom Hofmann ('61) Lifetime Achievement Award
inducted in 2005, was an outstanding athlete at Aquinas in the late 1950s and early 60s, playing both baseball and basketball. He captained the 1961 baseball team to a 16-3 record and was one of the first winners of the Joseph Baker Award given annually to the outstanding senior athlete. After college, Hofmann began a teaching career that has now spanned nearly five decades. He enjoyed a brief stint in semi-professional baseball, playing with the Grand Rapids Sullivans (1961-1974) and was a member of the 1970 National Baseball Congress championship team. In 1965, he joined the Grand Rapids Junior College (now GR Community College-GRCC) as a coach and educator. In his Raider coaching career (1966-1990), he guided his teams to nearly 700 wins and five national tournament appearances. His coaching prowess earned him induction into the Community College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988. He was selected as one of the coaches for the 1984 United States Olympic baseball team, on several occasions, coached Taiwanese national teams. Hofmann also spent three decades officiating high school basketball and football as well as twenty years officiating Big Ten football. His highlights included the 1989 Rose Bowl and the 1995 Orange Bowl as well as XFL Football's Million Dollar Game in 2000. Hofmann is now in his 46th year as an educator. He served as president of the GRCC faculty for 21 years and has spent the past 15 years as chair of GRCC's Wellness Department. Hofmann and his wife Becky (Busch '61-AQ), have four adult children, Karen, Julie, Michael, and Eric, and five grandchildren.
 
Dennis Alexander Dennis Alexander('67)
inducted in 2005, continues to retain his position as Aquinas' third all-time leading scorer, nearly 40 years after his illustrious collegiate career. Alexander, who came from Detroit Northeastern High School, was a four-year started, playing 92 consecutive games- every game in his collegiate career- and captained the Tommies (now, Saints) for two years. He averaged over 22 points per game during his career and was the College's all-time leading scorer for nearly twenty years. He became the school's first basketball player to score over two-thousand (2,034) career points, an achievement in Michigan collegiate history that was second only to University of Michigan 's great Cazzie Russell. Following graduation, he began a lengthy coaching career with stops at East Catholic High School in Detroit ; Central Michigan University ; Xavier of New Orleans where his teams won over 300 games, nearly 80 percent of its games, in his twelve years as coach and athletic director; and then, the University of Mississippi . At Xavier, he was selected District or Conference Coach of the Year eight times and won NAIA Area Coach of the Year in 1981. At Central Michigan , he became one of the first African-Americans to be named to a Division I basketball staff. After coaching college basketball for almost thirty years, Alexander returned to Michigan and has been an assistant principal in Roseville Community School District for the past three years. Dennis and his wife, Barbara, live in Southfield , Mich. He has a son and daughter, Darwin and Brandi, from a first marriage as well as three teenage step sons, Brandon, Breland, and Barrett, and four grandchildren.
 
Sherry Wilder Sherry Wilder('65)
inducted in 2005, a Grand Rapids native and Union High School graduate, made her mark on the AQ men's golf teams in the mid-1960s. She was an outstanding player and, nationally, was one of the top three women collegiate golfers who, at the time, were awarded scholarships to compete on the men's teams. In her final two years at Aquinas, she won 70 percent of her contests against male opponents and was a medalist in the NCAA event at Michigan State University where she also set a course record. Wilder managed to win numerous West Michigan golf tournaments including four Grand Rapids city championships and was low amateur at the 1965 Wolverine Open. She enjoyed a professional playing career before becoming an administrator and teacher. She was a regular on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour for seven years, during which time she captured eleven competitive course records and served on the APGA Executive Board. She became the first female head professional in the Palm Springs area in 1974 and, later, was the first female general manager. As a seasoned golf professional, Wilder also amassed an impressive teaching record that has included Debbie Austin, LPGA Golf Magazines Player of the Year; thirty-four of her students were Club Champions; and five state champions. She also authored an instruction book on golf- The Wilder Side of Golf and has been a frequent contributor to several national golf journals. Currently, she lives in California where she is a director of golf for the Coachella Recreation and Park District, the largest district in the state.
 

Mike Hagan

Mike Hagan( '83)
inducted in 2005, finished an outstanding soccer career at Aquinas 20 years ago and still his name remains atop the all-time scoring list. The East Grand Rapids native was an offensive standout, helping to lead the AQ teams to three consecutive winning seasons and its first NAIA state championship. He was a three-time NAIA All-Stater and team offensive MVP twice. He remains the all-time leading scorer in AQ soccer history (63 goals & 32 assists); most goals in a single game (7); and led the team in scoring in two of his four seasons. In addition, Mike holds four of the top ten single season offensive output records in AQ soccer history. For five seasons, following graduation, he served as an assistant coach for Saints soccer. He was also instrumental in the initiating the alumni soccer game, which has become a Homecoming Weekend tradition. Mike has worked the past twenty years for Kent Manufacturing and is currently the central sales manager. He and his wife Nancy (Hill '84 - AQ), have three sons, Sean, Kevin, and Ryan, and live in the Grand Rapids area.
 
Mauro Caporuscio Mauro Caporuscio ('83)
inducted in 2005, came to Aquinas in 1978, bringing with him an athletic ability and passion for the game of soccer that would help generate excitement for the game at AQ. His defensive skills propelled the team to three consecutive winning seasons. He was the squad's defensive MVP once and received three NAIA All-State player honors. He was selected as Aquinas' first NAIA soccer All-American and was co-captain of the school's first NAIA State Championship team of 1980. Following graduation, he played a year of semi-pro soccer on the west coast before returning to the states to play ten seasons in the Michigan-Ontario soccer league where he garnered four all-star selections. Currently, his soccer activity revolves around coaching his children's teams. He is the owner/president of John C & Son Construction, a longtime family concrete construction and trucking company in the Detroit area. He and his wife, Grace Marie, live in Macomb Township with their three children, Gianna, Giordano, and Giovanni.
 
Alese (Keiser) Wordley Alese (Keiser) Wordley ('89)
inducted in 2004, came to Aquinas in 1985 from Williamston , MI . She earned both All-American and Academic All-American honors while a member of the Aquinas women's basketball team. On the court, she led her team in rebounding three of her four years, capturing the title as the all-time leading rebounder in Aquinas women's basketball history with nearly 900 rebounds, averaging eight per game. Also, she led her team in scoring in both her junior and senior years and is the fifth leading scorer in women's basketball history. Alese netted nearly 1,500 points for a 12.7 per game average. Following graduation, she joined the professional women's basketball ranks as a player/coach in Luxembourg for one year. She returned to Grand Rapids where she served as an assistant coach at both Catholic Central High School and Aquinas College . In the fall of 1991, she began teaching high school mathematics and science in Kentwood (Mich.) School District . Alese taught and coached in the Kentwood Public Schools for a decade before moving out of state. She currently resides in Houston , Texas with her husband, Mark, and daughter, Julia.
 
Fabian Knizacky Fabian Knizacky ('82)
inducted in 2004, came to Aquinas from Free Soil, Mich. in 1982. Fabian brought to Aquinas a passion for running and was developed into racewalker by Coach Ernie Mousseau. As a part of the track and field team, Fabian captured four NAIA individual state titles and set a Michigan NAIA meet record for the 10K racewalk. In addition, he was a five-time All-American -- twice for both indoor and outdoor track and one Academic All-American honor. His interest in racewalking competition continued after college. Fabian lived and trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado from 1982 until 1984. In 1983, he earned a silver medal in the 50K Racewalk at the National Sports Festival, was part of an elite ten-member relay team that set a world record for the number of miles covered in a twenty-four hour period, and came to within 110 yards of qualifying for the 1984 Olympic trials in a 20K Racewalk held in Dearborn, Mich. He retired from racewalking in 1984, following a fourth place finish in the TAC 40K Racewalk in New Jersey. Fabian worked as an CPA in Grand Rapids and Lansing in the late 1980's and served the City Of Eaton Rapids as both it's Director of Finance and City Manager. Then, in 1994 he was hired as first administrator for his home county of Mason County ( Mich.), where he has since distinguished himself as an effective leader. He and his wife, Vicki, have two children Jessica and Theresa, and live Ludington, Mich .
 
Paul Gnepper Paul Gnepper ('74)
inducted in 2004, came to Aquinas from New Riegel , Ohio for the opportunity to live out his passion for baseball. During his college career, he won eight varsity letters -- four in baseball and four in basketball-as an outstanding two-sport athlete. Paul was Aquinas' first baseball All-American, earning the honors in both 1973 and 1974. As a catcher, he went two and a half seasons without making an error and the led the team in his senior year to its first NAIA State Baseball Championship and on the regionals, where the team eventually lost to the national champion, Lewis University. Paul also excelled as a four year starter in basketball. He led the team in scoring as a sophomore and junior and, currently, is the seventh leading scorer in Aquinas College Basketball History, scoring over 1,400 total points and averaging 15 points per game. After earning his master's degree at Bowling Green State University in 1975, he joined Lakota Schools in Kansas, Ohio , where he is in his 30 th and final year of teaching eighth grade Health and Physical Education. In the late 1980's, he became the winningest basketball coach in Lakota High School history. And, as head baseball coach at Lakota, Gnepper took his 1994 team to the Regional tournament for the first time in school history. Paul and his wife, Mary (Lauer '73) have two adult sons Brad and Adam, and one grandchild.
 
Pat Ryan Pat Ryan ('70)
inducted in 2004, left Aquinas 34 years ago, but continues to hold the College's title as all-time leading rebounder. During an outstanding college career, Pat established many records that remain today, including most rebounds (1092), highest-per-game rebound average (11.5), most rebounds in a season (398), most rebounds in a singles game (30 against Lake Superior State), and highest per-game-rebounds in a single season (13.6). Pat is also ranked 15th in all-time leading scoring with nearly 1,300 points. Although he played he played much of his career against much bigger opponents, Pat's tenacity and outstanding jumping ability allowed him to excel. He was an NAIA All-Starter twice and led Aquinas to post season play on two occasions. Pat came to Aquinas form Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago. He returned to his hometown after graduation when he began a 30 year career with the Chicago Police Department. He retired in 2000 and is currently a counselor in the Cook County Boot Camp, where comprehensive education and rehabilitation programs are provided to give convicted felons an alternative to prison. Pat and his wife of 34 years, Mary Jane (Begin), a former Aquinas student, have three children, Eddie, Karen, and Kevin.
 

Tennis

Tennis
1969 Men's Tennis Team (inducted in 2004)
Led by Coach Chuck Frydrych and assistant Terry Abel, the 1969 Men's Tennis Team brought some well-deserved attention to Aquinas by posting a 12-3 season record against outstanding competition that year. The team caught fire at the season's end, defeating NAIA heavy weights Ferris State and Eastern Michigan as well as a host of other school to win the first NAIA State Men's Tennis Championship in Aquinas History. That title catapulted the team to the 1969 NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City , where they finished eighth nationally out of 38 schools. The finish represents the College's second highest team finishes in Aquinas' history.   
 
Tom Carr Tom Carr ('75
inducted in 2003, came from Lake Odessa High School where he was an outstanding track and field performer. He came to Aquinas where he became known as the "Aquinas strongman" and the "Gentle Giant." At one time, Tom held school records for both indoor and outdoor shot put, discus, hammer throw and the 35-pound weight. He still holds the indoor and outdoor shot put records. He was 15 NAIA state titles. He was the 1974 national champion in the NAIA outdoor hammer throw, the College's first national champion. During his four years, Aquinas won one NAIA state championship and finished second the other three years. He is currently teaching elementary physical education in Stafford County, Virginia. He has coached track and field, basketball, football and wrestling, at all levels, from middle school through college. He is author of Games From Long Ago and Far Away (Parker Publishing, 2002), and has a master's degree in physical education from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently pursuing another master's in curriculum and instruction through George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. He and his wife, Charma, an elementary school teacher, have two daughters.
 
Ralph Colemen Ralph Colemen('61)
inducted in 2003, came to Aquinas from Lansing St. Mary's High School in 1955 and played basketball for the College for three years. He led the team to consecutive winning seasons (1958-59, '59-'60) for the first time in the school's history. He was an all-time leading scorer and rebounder when he left Aquinas and remains eleventh on the all-time scoring list and ninth in rebounding. In 1958-59, he scored a total of 422 points in an 18-game season, for a 23.4 ppg average. In 1960, he scored 40 points in a game against Detroit Tech, which, at the time, was the second highest point total in a single game in school history. After being drafted into the military for four years, he worked at Steelcase Corporation while earning a degree in social work at Grand Valley State Colleges. He worked for the Grand Rapids Board of Education until his retirement in July of 1999.
 
Lori (Grochowalski) Karas Lori (Grochowalski) Karas ('85)
inducted in 2003, came to Aquinas from Forest Hills Central and became a four-year starter for the women's basketball Saints. She finished her career as the second all-time leading scorer and the all-time leading rebounder. She played on tow of the College's most successful women's teams ('83-84, & '84-'85). Lori was selected as the 1983 MVP in one of the College's two Michigan AIAW State Championships. She also was the co-captain of the most successful team in Aquinas history (1984). Her former coach, Patti Tibaldi, described Lori as "a coach's dream...a model of consistency." Tibaldi recalled that Lori "had a great work ethic, was very unselfish and always more interested in her teammates than herself." Lori earned her bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems and Business and went to wok as a senior systems analyst at Meijer, Inc., where she has worked for the past 18 years. She is active in the Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and lives in Walker, Mich., with Daniel, her husband of 15 years, and their three children, Kelly Marie, Bradley Allen and Robert Daniel.
 
Dave Gumpert Dave Gumpert ('86)
inducted in 2003, came to Aquinas from South Haven High School and led the College to baseball prominence during his four years. A recipient of the Dennis Molnar Award, he eventually held eleven Aquinas pitching records, was twice named All-State and All-Region, and, in 1980, was named NAIA All-American. During Dave's career at Aquinas, the team boasted a record of 147 wins and 51 losses, winning three city championships and the state crown in 1979. One of those wins was a one-hitter which led Aquinas to its first-ever victory over Michigan State University's squad. After stellar summers pitching with the Grand Rapids Sullivans, he was signed by the Detroit Tigers' scout Bob Sullivan and rose quickly through minor league ball to join the Detroit Tigers. In his first major league outing, he earned a save for the Tigers against the Texas Rangers. In 1983, he led the Tigers' pitching staff with a 2.64 ERA and was named Tiger Rookie of the Year in a poll of Detroit Sports Media. In 1987, he was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. He pitched six seasons in the majors with the Tigers, Cubs and Royals before returning to South Haven High School, where he is currently Director of Athletics. With his wife, Debbie, and his two daughters, Shanley and Courtney, he raises show horses.
 
63' Golf Team The 1963 Golf Team (inducted in 2003)
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Aquinas' golf team was known as "the Yankees of the North" for their outstanding regional performances. In 1963, Coach Dick McCormick left his squad of six underclassmen to national prominence against NCAA schools, blazing through a 19-5 regular season, defeating Notre Dame, Western Michigan University, Ferris State, Wayne State and all local competitors. The team also beat Central Michigan on several occasions. In this championship year, all six members of the team had seasonal averages between 74 and 79. Beginning their season in the chill and damp of Michigan March, the team ended by earning a berth in the NCAA's invitation-only national tournament. Aquinas led the tournament going into the final day, but host team Southwest Missouri State, used to their home course and the steamy 100+ degree heat, pulled ahead to win by only eight strokes. Aquinas second-place national finish remains the highest team finish at a national sports competition in the College's sports history.
 

Patti (Blaesser) Tibaldi

Patti (Blaesser) Tibaldi ('73)
inducted in 2002, was a pioneer in women's basketball, beginning her coaching career at West Catholic High School in the early 1970's. In her eight years there, she compiled a 163-34 record, winning four city league championships and a state championship in 1979. She became head coach at Aquinas in 1978, developing a program that in her 17 years amassed a record of 340 wins to 136 losses, a winning percentage of over 71 percent. Under Tibaldi's leadership, Aquinas College made three appearances at the NAIA National Women's Basketball Tournament. She also led Aquinas to the National Catholic Basketball Championship in 1984. As of 1996, she was the eighth winningest coach in NAIA history. She was inducted into the Basketball Coaches of Michigan Hall of Fame in 1997, the West Catholic High School Hall of Fame in 1998, and the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1999. Tibaldi currently coaches girls' basketball at Traverse City West where her husband, Joe, a 1973 Aquinas graduate, is principal. The Tibaldi's have two children, Katie and Brian.
 
Paul Assenmacher Paul Assenmacher ('84)
inducted in 2002, was an all-state pitcher on the Southgate Aquinas High School's state championship team of 1979. During his years at Aquinas, he pitched the Saints to two NAIA State championships and one regional runner-up finish. His Aquinas teams completed a four-year record of 165 wins and 69 losses. He twice earned NAIA All-American recognition, and in 1989 was inducted into the NAIA Baseball Hall of Fame. From 1983-1985, he pitched with the Atlanta Braves farm system, moving to the majors in 1986. In his 14 seasons in Major League Baseball, he pitched with the Atlanta Braves, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago White Sox, the New York Yankees, and the Cleveland Indians. His time with Cleveland included two World Series appearances in 1995 and 1997. He and his wife, Margaret Mary, reside in Alpharetta, Ga. with their five children, Jason, Candace, Lindsay, Morgan, and Clayton.
 
  Lloyd J. Brown ('55)
inducted in 2002, was one of the premier basketball players of the 1950's in the Grand Rapids area as well as in the State of Michigan. He was named to the Grand Rapids All-City team four times, twice being a unanimous selection. During his career, he averaged 19.5 points per game, scoring a total of 1371 points. His record of 72 points in a single game still stands as the College record. Lloyd captained the squad and was leading scorer in Aquinas's first-ever victory over Calvin College in 1954. He also was a star performer on the track team during his years at Aquinas. In addition to his athletic abilities, Brown's music and drama talents earned him the leading role in two Aquinas College theater productions. Coaches, opponents and press reporters, alike, were in agreement on Brown's athletic prowess and his fine character. Brown and his late wife, Fern, had three children: Eric Brown, Culver City, California; Erin Brown Diaz of Elwood, New Jersey; and Kimberly Brown of Grand Rapids. Lloyd Brown, a retired Ameritech salesman, passed away March 2002.
 
John A. Kurzynoski John A. Kurzynowski ('66)
inducted in 2002, has been a championship golfer since his high school days when he and his teammates won four consecutive Michigan championships in Class C-D. After playing on two state championship teams for Jackson Junior College, he came to Aquinas College in 1963 where he helped the squad to a college division national runner-up finish, and finished fourth as a college division individual medallist in the NCAA National Championship. (He played that year with Aquinas teammates Frank Berles, Len Bridge, Jr., Tom Gunn, Dave Kamm, and Sharon Wilder.) He won the national championship the following year, becoming the first national champion and All American in Aquinas history. After a stint in the U.S. Air Force, he became a golf professional and is currently a Professional Golfers' Association Member Professional at Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown, Ohio. He lives in Springboro, Ohio, with his wife, Martha, and their son, Tyler Ray.
 
Pat. G. Weiler Pat G. Weiler ('78)
inducted in 2002, forever set the standard for Aquinas runners, according to Coach Dave Wood. Weiler came to Aquinas from Sanford Meridian High School, near Midland, where he lettered in three sports. While at Aquinas, he earned 12 varsity letters (four each in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track), was named to 10 NAIA All State teams, and earned NAIA All American honors six times. In 1978, he won the national championship in the 3000-meter steeplechase, becoming Aquinas College's first national track champion. Weiler qualified for the 1980 Olympic trials. (That year, however, the United States boycotted the Moscow Olympics to protest Soviet aggression in Afghanistan.) He taught and coached for six years in Los Angeles, while preparing for his Olympic bid. He returned to Michigan and now teaches and coaches at Cedar Springs High School. He lives in that community with his wife, Julie, and their two children, Katie and McKenzie.
 

Kathleen Grzegorski-Johnson

Kathleen Grzegorski-Johnson('85)
inducted in 2002, was a star at West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids before coming to Aquinas in 1981. During her College years, the Saints women's basketball team amassed a 90-25 record. She is the College's all-time leading scorer in women's basketball with 2,037 career points for an average of 19.4 points per game. She was named to the NAIA All State team in each of her four years, and was a member of the prestigious NAIA All-American team twice, in 1982 and 1984. She was named Academic All-American in 1984. She and her husband, Kevin, live in Hudsonville, Mich., with their two children, Andrew and Aaron.