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MIAA announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class


Ten Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association legends have been elected to the MIAA Hall of Fame Class of 2014, the conference office announced today.

This year’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on June 5, 2014 at the
Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street in Kansas City, Mo. The event will be held in the Truman Forum Auditorium. Reservations for the event are available by visiting www.themiaa.com/sb_output.aspx?form=4 and filling out the form. Reservations will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.

Below are the bios for the 2014 Hall of Fame class.

Chuck Broyles, Football Coach/Athletic Administrator
Pittsburg State, 1990-2010
Chuck Broyles led the Pitt State football program to the 1991 NCAA Division II National Championship and an MIAA record 198 victories during a decorated 20-year tenure as the Gorillas head football coach (1990-2009).  Broyles earned NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year honors three times (1991, 2004, 2008). He led the Gorillas to four appearances in the NCAA-II National Championship Game, a record nine MIAA titles and 15 trips to the NCAA-II playoffs.  In 1999, he became the first collegiate coach since the 1890’s to reach 100 victories in less than 10 full seasons. Broyles serves as the chair of the NCAA Football Rules Committee from 2004-06, overseeing the committee as it dealt with implementation of instant replay and major rules relating to the play clock in 2006. Additionally, Broyles served as Athletics Director for 14 years (1996-2000).  His tenure oversaw major facility enhancements on the PSU campus as well as the growth of full-time coaching positions within the department for the sports of baseball, softball and volleyball.

Don Corbett, Men’s Basketball Coach
Lincoln, 1971-79
Posted a 159-59 record (.729) at Lincoln, the best winning percentage by any LU coach. Went 71-25 against MIAA competition (.739) and led Lincoln to NCAA appearances in five of his eight seasons (1972, 75, 76, 77 & 78). Guided the Blue Tigers to three MIAA regular season championships (1972, 75 & 77).  Coached LU to an MIAA Tournament Championship in 1977. Lincoln won no fewer than 17 games per season in his tenure, and won over 20 games four times.  Led Lincoln to three 22-win seasons, tying the second-most victories in a season in program history. Led the Blue Tigers to a school record 11-1 season in the MIAA twice (1971-72, 76-77). In 1978, Lincoln advanced to Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament, falling to UW-Green Bay, 63-61. Coached MIAA Hall of Fame Inductee Harold Robertson, who led NCAA Division II in scoring in 1977-78 and twice led the MIAA in scoring (77-78, 76-77) and also coached LaMont Pruitt, who led the MIAA in scoring in 1972-73. Coached six players who were named All-MIAA first team, including Pruitt, who earned the honor three times, and Robertson, who earned it twice. Coached four players (James Hampton, 71-72; Pruitt, 73-74; James Edwards, 1974-75; & Vince Humphrey, 75-76) who led the MIAA in rebounding. Only one of two LU multi-year coaches to leave the program with a winning record. After coaching at Lincoln, took over at North Carolina A&T State, posting a record of 249-133 (.651) over 14 seasons (1979-93). Corbett took A&T to seven MEAC regular season championships, seven MEAC tournament championships and seven NCAA tournament appearances. He was MEAC Coach of the Year six times and shares a record with the University of Kentucky for most consecutive conference tournament championships (seven). He graduated from Lincoln in 1964.    

Shelley (Foster) Duffey, Women’s Basketball Athlete
Washburn, 1991-95
Foster scored 2,144 points in her career, a total that remained as the second most in school history and in the MIAA through the 2006-07 season. Her 736 rebounds stood as fifth most in school history at the end of her career. In 1992-93, her sophomore year, Foster scored 534 points to average 16.7 per game and earn Kodak All-America honors. The next year she was named D-II Bulletin honorable mention All-America and after her senior year she earned third team CoSIDA All-America honors. Foster was a three-time first team all-MIAA pick and was named the league’s MVP her sophomore year. She was also selected as a member of the 10-person, 25th anniversary all-MIAA Tournament team finishing as the MIAA Tournament’s all-time scoring leader totaling 213 points averaging 19.4 ppg leading WU to titles in two of three trips to the tournament championship game. She also excelled in the classroom as she earned all-MIAA academic honors twice and was named Kansas’ NCAA Woman of the Year in 1995.   

Kendall Gammon, Football Athlete
Pittsburg State, 1989-1991
Kendall Gammon garnered first-team NCAA Division II All-America honors as an offensive guard from Football Gazette as a senior in 1991, helping the Gorillas to a 13-1-1 record and the NCAA Division II National Championship. He earned first-team All-MIAA honors in each of his final three seasons (1989-91), helping the Gorillas capture MIAA titles in each season. Following his collegiate career, Gammon was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 11th round of the 1992 NFL Draft. He enjoyed a 15-year NFL career as a long snapper with the Steelers (1992-95), New Orleans Saints (1996-99) and Kansas City Chiefs (2000-06). Gammon competed in Super Bowl XXX with the Steelers and was selected to the 2004 Pro Bowl. In 2003, he was selected to Pitt State’s prestigious 100th Anniversary Football Team.

Brice Garnett, Men’s Golf Athlete
Missouri Western, 2002-06
NCAA Division II All America, 2004, 2005, 2006; Placed 4th at Division II National Championships in Savannah, GA, 2005; Placed 62nd at Division II National Championships in Deland, FL, 2004; NCAA Division II All Region, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006; NCAA Division II Super Regional Champion, 2004, 2005; MIAA All Conference,  2003, 2004, 2005, 2006; MIAA Conference Champion, 2004, 2005, 2006; 12 All-time Collegiate Wins; 6 Collegiate Wins in a Row; 1st Ever MIAA Player of the Year, 2006; Graduated Cum-Laude, Business Finance, 2006; MWSU Male Student Athlete of the Year, 2005, 2006; Ken B. Jones MIAA Student Athlete of the Year Finalist, 2006; Ken B. Jones MIAA Student Athlete of the Year Nominee, 2005; MIAA All Academic, 2004, 2005, 2006; Presidential Honor Roll, 2004, 2005; Deans Honor Roll, 2003, 2005, 2006; Financial Executive Institute Award, 2006. After graduation, went on the play professionally on the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series. After the first five years on the tour, compiled an impressive 56 of 61 cuts made, finishing inside the top 20 on the money list each year, and inside the top 10 three of the five years. Finished top five in 15 of the 56 cuts made. Was named Adams Tour Rookie of the Year in 2006, in only 10 events, and won first professional event on Adams Tour at Mary Bird Perkins Merrill Lynch Open in Baton Rouge, LA in 2010.  Played way through 2009 PGA Qualifying School finishing 78th at Final Stage receiving Nationwide Tour status, and played 14 events on the Nationwide Tour in 2010.

Brad Hill, Baseball Coach
Central Missouri, 1995-2003
Was head coach of Mules Baseball from 1995-2003, compiling a record of 418-91 (.821) over his nine years. Won the 2003 National Championship and was named National Coach of the Year. The Mules were National Runner-Up in 2001. Finished first in the MIAA regular season all nine years and won eight conference championships, finished 2nd in 1999 when the conference tournament determined conference championship, went 20-1 during MIAA regular season that year. His teams won seven regional championships during his nine seasons. The Mules went 202-17 in MIAA play during his tenure.

Rick Ledjevich, Baseball Athlete
Central Missouri, 1993-94
Ladjevich was a two-time All-American for Mules Baseball, earning National Player of the Year honors in 1994 when he helped lead the Mules to the National Championship. He hit .857, going 12-for-14, with 9 RBI in the 1994 regional tournament. He was a 3rd Team All-American in 1993. Set the UCM and MIAA record for RBI in a single-season with 97 in 1994, also batted .460 with 14 home runs that season. Holds the UCM and MIAA record with a career .445 batting average. Tied for MIAA single-game record with four home runs and 10 RBI, has conference mark for most total bases in a single-game with 17.

Heather Leverington, Women’s Track and Field Athlete
Emporia State, 1997-2002
Five-time National Champion in the shot put and school record holder as well as the MIAA record holder in indoor and outdoor shot put. In 2002, she set the NCAA All-time record in outdoor shot on second to last attempt only to have it broken in final round by eventual national champion. She was an MIAA Champion in the shot and hammer. In 2001 she swept national championships in both the indoor and outdoor shot put and was the MIAA champion in indoor shot and weight throw and outdoor shot and hammer. In 2000, she was the National champion in indoor shot put. She was the MIAA Champion in indoor shot put and did not compete outdoors to prepare for Olympic Trials where she finished ninth. In 1999, she swept national championships in both indoor and outdoor shot put. She was the MIAA champion in indoor and outdoor shot put. She was on the MIAA Academic Honor Roll sophomore through senior years and a Finalist for 2001 Ken B. Jones Award.

Michael Obertop, Men’s Tennis Athlete
Southwest Baptist, 1991-94
First Ken B. Jones winner in the history of MIAA (1994); Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award (1994); Nationally ranked in top 10 in singles & doubles (1993 & 1994); ITA Division II singles National Champion (1993); 3-time ITA All-American; (1992-1994); 4-time MIAA singles Champion  (1991-1994); MIAA doubles & team Champion (1993);  All-MIAA (1991-1994); Never lost a singles match in the MIAA (1991-1994); Honors graduate from SBU; 2-time CoSIDA Academic All-America.

Rhesa Sumrell, Softball Coach
Central Missouri, 1988-2006 & Missouri Western 1976-87
Sumrell is the winningest coach in Jennies softball history, posting a record of 614-359 overall. She posted a career record of 822-527 and ranks 15th all-time in Division II coaching victories. The Jennies made the NCAA Divsion II Tournament seven times during her tenure. Sumrell won four MIAA titles at the helm of the Jennies and two regional titles in 1989 and 1994. She coached 11 seasons at Missouri Western compiling a record of 194-150 with three consecutive trips to the NAIA National Tournament.  Sumrell was named the NAIA Coach of the Year in 1982 after leading Missouri Western to the national title. She was inducted into the UCM Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012. She is also a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame and the Missouri Western Hall of Fame.

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