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SMWC celebrates 2021 Class of inductees into Athletic Hall of Fame

News | 10.22.2021
The Hall of Fame Wall in the Knoerle Sports and Recreation Center updated with the 2021 Class of Inductees.

On Thursday night, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College announced the most recent class of inductees into the SMWC Athletic Hall of Fame. During the banquet attended by more than 100 guests, President Dottie L. King, Ph.D., recognized the Class of 2021, which consisted of the SMWC Board of Trustees for the academic years 1992-1993 and 1993-1994. These 38 individuals were members of the board of trustees that made the vital decision to create scholarship athletics beginning with the women’s basketball team and the softball team.

Brennan Randolph, vice president for enrollment management and institutional technology, served as the event’s emcee. Emma Saunders, a sophomore women’s basketball player from Terre Haute, offered comments about the importance of the decision made, not only for her but all other student-athletes that have played at SMWC since then. “Woods athletes receive a college education and continue to play at a competitive level in a sport they love,” Saunders said. “Your work and pivotal vote you took more than 25 years ago made our Woods experience possible.”

The center court from the old SMWC gym hanging in Hamilton Arena in the Knoerle Sports and Recreation Center. As the trustees made the decision to offer scholarship athletics, they “passed the hat” for a badly needed gym floor. 

President King then offered remarks about the choice made by those trustees. “The decisions that were made to add scholarship athletics were a historic decision — a gym floor that would be talked about for the next twenty-some years, for strengthening the College at a time it was most needed, making The Woods competitive with other institutions, and finally, for setting in motion a ball that has never stopped rolling as we add men’s basketball, sprint football and men’s volleyball with a total of 16 athletic teams.”

Several of the inductees attended the celebration and were presented with plaques listing the names of the inducted trustees.

Inductees Sue Hamilton ’66, ‘90G and her husband, Wayne, spoke about being trustees during this time. The decision to have scholarship athletics was not a simple one. One of the issues was the gym floor, calling it “atrocious” mainly because it was warped. They told the story of how one of the trustees had a hat on, and they literally took the hat and passed it around to each trustee. “We raised $5,000 and were able to replace the floor,” Wayne concluded.

Inductees Sue Hamilton ’66, ’90G and her husband Wayne, accept their plaque. From left to right; Wayne Hamilton, President Dottie L. King, Ph.D., Sue Hamilton, and Brennan Randolph.
Several members of the Board of Trustees from 1992-93 and 1993-94 attended the 2021 SMWC Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet. Both sets of trustees were honored as the 2021 HOF inductees. 

The SMWC Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 2017 and honors 11 other past inductees.

The members of the Board of Trustees that were inducted into the SMWC Athletic Hall of Fame are:

  • Mary Ellen Backer, 1963
  • David L. Bailey, RIP
  • Mary Add Wilson Baker, 1971
  • Marion W. Blalock
  • Joyce Brophy, SP, 1962
  • Walter P. Bruen, Jr.
  • George A. Buskirk, Jr., RIP
  • John D. Corbett, RIP
  • Monica Dell’Osso, 1971
  • Barbara Doherty, SP, 1953, RIP
  • Phyllis Dudenhoffer, 1989, RIP
  • Josie George, 1994
  • Larry B. Gildersleeve
  • Reverend Andrew Greeley, RIP
  • Julianne Fischer Haefeli, 1951, RIP
  • Susan Eichmuller Hamilton, 1966, 1990G
  • Wayne Hamilton
  • Jeanie Reime Heller, 1970
  • Richard R. King
  • Julia Rooney Ladner 1951, 1989G
  • Lawrence Ann Liston, SP, 1966
  • Francis J. McKeon, Jr., RIP
  • Reverend James E. Michaletz, RIP
  • John David Mooney
  • Martha Leinenbach Moore, 1961
  • Frank J. Morgan
  • Jack Nickert, RIP
  • Nancy Nolan, SP, 1959, RIP
  • Doris Parker
  • Maureen K. Phillips, 1966
  • Carmen Piasecki, 1970
  • Nancy Reynolds, SP, 1965
  • Lee A. Roads, RIP
  • Julia Shea, SP, 1956, RIP
  • Richard Smith
  • Virginia Smith, 1989
  • Gary Sojka
  • Robert W. Spanogle
  • Nancy Kotowicz Williams, 1960