The Grace College Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame was established this year and the first induction ceremony took place at last weekend’s Homecoming activities. The prestigious Hall of Fame was created by the college’s Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Alumni and Advancement offices.
The Lancer Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the prestige of Grace College both on and off the field of competition. It has been formed to recognize former Lancer athletes, coaches and contributors (meritorious service) to the institution.
There were 10 inductees in the inaugural class of 2008. They included Ron Clase (men’s tennis, 1967-71); Paul Henning (men’s soccer, 1975-79); Heather Johnson (Everhart) (softball, 1992-94), Glen “Chet” Kammerer (men’s basketball, 1960-64), James “Jim” Kessler (men’s basketball, 1977-current); Dick & Ginny Leaf (support fans); Richard “Dick” Messner (AD/basketball/baseball 1955-75); Dr. Yvonne Messner (women’s basketball, 1960-82); Doug Noll (men’s basketball, 1975-78); and Melissa Simfukwe (Rants) (volleyball, 1994-98).
After the inaugural year of 2008, four members will be inducted into the Hall each year and the elite club is recognized through plaques that are located in the Orthopaedic Capital Center. Emphasis upon Christian values, moral character and personal integrity with a passion for Grace College are part of the criteria for induction.
Each year, names can be submitted (nominated) and will be given consideration by the entire Hall of Fame committee. The Hall of Fame committee is comprised of ten representatives and headed by the Athletic Director, Chad Briscoe. The inductees are announced in the summer and formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at a banquet during Homecoming the following fall.
If you would like to nominate a former Lancer athlete, coach or contributor, please fill out the nomination form found on the athletic website and submit through email to: Director of Athletics, Chad Briscoe at firstname.lastname@example.org