Recognizing athletic and coaching achievement
Athletic Hall of Fame
Jewell’s Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1994 to recognize outstanding achievement by alumni and/or faculty in the areas of athletic achievement or coaching, or other noteworthy accomplishments in athletic-related areas. The selection is based solely on what the individual or team accomplished while associated with Jewell.
Each year at Homecoming, honorees are recognized at halftime of the Cardinal football game, with the official induction ceremonies following that evening. Recent inductees are included below. An archive of all past inductees can be found at the bottom of the page.
The 2018 Class
Five individuals and three teams will be inducted into the William Jewell College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
Ed Elliott '60 - Football/Wrestling
Elliott earned ten varsity letters a student-athlete at William Jewell serving as the captain of the wrestling and football teams. As the only signal caller in Norris Patterson's 18 years as coach to call his own plays on both offense and defense he was named first team All-Missouri College Athletic Union as a senior. In addition he was the recipient of the Cecil Martin Award for Male Athlete of the Year in 1960.
Bob Hatcher '65 - Cross Country/Track & Field
One of the best distance runners in his time, Hatcher held records in the mile, two mile, two mile relay, and distance medley relay, in addition to several course records in cross country, at the time of his graduation from Jewell. In total he earned eight varsity letters and was a three-time team captain in cross country and once in track and field. He was a member of six Missouri College Athletic Union championship teams, three in each sport, and as an individual placed 27th at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships twice (1961, 1963).
Drew Mathews '06 - Men's Basketball
A four-year letterwinner, Mathews was the 2006 Heart of America Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a NAIA-II first team All-American after averaging nearly 19 points and nine rebounds per game. During his career he was also a two-time first team All-HAAC selection, two-time HAAC Scholar Athlete, NAIA Region V Academic All-Region, two-time NAIA Academic All-America, and recipient of the NAIA Champions of Character Award. He was a member of two conference championship teams and led the Cardinals to four NAIA national tournament appearances.
Mark Brackman '07 - Baseball
Brackman won four letters for the Cardinal baseball program, winning two Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships during his career. As a senior he earned first team All-HAAC honors after receiving second team nods the previous two seasons. In his final year he was also selected the HAAC Pitcher of the Year, first team All-Region, Region Pitcher of the Year, and first team NAIA All-America. In addition, he fired a no hitter against Central Methodist as a senior in 2007.
Mike Stockton - Baseball Coach
Stockton is currently in his 17th season at the helm of the Jewell baseball program and holds an overall record of 527-341, not including the 2018 season, making him the second all-time winningest coach in program history. Through 16 seasons, he has led the Cardinals to five regular season conference championships, five tournament titles, and eight Region Tournament appearances. He also led Jewell to a trip to the NAIA World Series in 2004 and the NCAA-II regional in 2015, becoming the first team in school history to make the national tournament since the move to Division II. He has earned ten Coach of the Year honors and was inducted into the Ottawa University Hall of Fame in the fall of 2017 for his accomplishments as a player.
1961 Men's Cross Country Team
Mentored by legendary Jewell coach Darrel Gourley, the Cardinals went 8-0 in dual meets and were the 1961 Missouri College Athletic Union Champions. As a team they finished fifth at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships. Team members: Don Burke, Ron Colliver, Ron Hamilton, Jim Harmon, Bob Hatcher, Larry Heaps (captain), John Jurco, Gary Lester, Don Smith, Dave Sullivan, Stan White and student assistant coach Dick Gabbert.
1963 Men's Cross Country Team
Another one of Gourley's championship teams, Jewell took home the MCAU title and went 9-3 in dual meets in 1963. At the NAIA Cross Country National Championships the Cardinals finished in tenth place. Team members: Ashby Cooper, Jim Harmon, Allen Harris, Bob Hatcher (captain), Larry Holley, Mike Nichols and Bill Stinson.
2003 Women's Basketball Team
Coached by Jill Slominski and assisted by Larry Williams and J.D. Gravina, the Cards won a school record 27 games in 2003. They were crowned the Heart of America Athletic Conference Champions and reached the second round of the NAIA National Championship Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. Team members: Britini Cone, Casey Courtney, Ashley Fann, Jessica Heath, Katie Helwig, Erin Jenkins, Jamie Johnson, Kim Lichtenauer, Stacy McAlexander, Megan Peterson, Dee Rutledge, Heidi Strobel, Morgan Williams and Lauren Wright.
The 2017 Class
Art Davis – Football/Track & Field: 1961 Graduate
Davis was voted as an Associated Press Little All-American Honorable Mention selection in Football in 1960. He was an MCAU (Missouri College Athletic Union) All-Conference Selection in Football and was a William Jewell record holder in the shot put and discus. During his time at Jewell he was a member of one MCAU Conference Champion track & field team and was the record holder in the shot put. Cardinal Football Teams were a combined 15-1-1 in his two years including two conference titles.
John Kiely Men's Basketball: 1988 Graduate
Kiely was a First Team All-Conference (Heart of America Athletic Conference) selection twice and a First Team NAIA All-District 16 selection twice. He is ranked No.1 all-time at Jewell in career 3-Point Field Goal Percentage and was named to four All-Tournament Teams in his career. The Cardinals were a combined 84-12 in his three years including three conference titles and an Elite Eight finish in the National Tournament (1988).
Rodger LaBeth Athletic Administrator/Football Coach: 1968 Graduate
LaBeth was a catalyst in helping William Jewell College build the Mabee Center. He was the Assistant Director of Development at Jewell and generated .5 million toward the 3.9 million dollar Mabee Center. He was also an assistant coach on the Hall of Fame Football teams in 1980, 1981, and 1982. The Cardinals were a combined 32-4-1 in those three years including three conference titles. He served as William Jewell's Assistant Dean of Physical Education, Athletics & Facilities from 1992-97 and was the guiding force in establishing the William Jewell College Athletic Hall of Fame. As a student-athlete at Jewell, LaBeth played on three conference championship football teams including the only undefeated team in 1967 (10-0-1).
Ashley (Roussel) Richan Women's Tennis: 2003 Graduate
Richan was a 2003 HAAC (Heart of America Athletic Conference) Champion in No. 1 singles and was a conference champion at No. 2 singles in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Richan was also a conference champion at No. 1 Doubles all four years. In 2003 she was named an NAIA Second Team All-American. During her playing career she played on two conference championship teams (2002 and 2003).
Allan Nekuda (Soccer: 2006 Graduate)
Nekuda was a four-time All-Conference (Heart of America Athletic Conference) Selection (First Team three times, Second Team as a freshman) for the Cardinals. In his senior year of 2006 he was named the HAAC MVP, NAIA First Team All-Region (Region MVP) and NAIA First Team All-American. The Cardinals were a combined 54-21-4 during his four years including one conference championship and a Final Four finish in the NAIA National Tournament (both in 2006).
1976 Baseball Team Coach: Fred Flook
This team was MCAU (Missouri College Athletic Union) Conference Champions, NAIA District 16 Champions, NAIA Area IV Champions and an NAIA National Tournament participant with a school record 42 Wins. Team Members: Jerry Adams, David Albright, Greg Balsley, Mike Boykin, Jim Flappan, Dale Fose, Jimmy Ray Haynes, Jim Hopper, Mike Kennedy, Jim Lamb, Mark Lavery, Tom Leip, Richard Lucas, Don Moxley, Mark Nicholson, Chris Patton, Gary Patton, Craig Puckett, Bill Rogers, Danny Stephens, Don Stricklin, Steve Sutton, Jim Talley, Chris Williams, Steve Williams, Jay Wohnlich
1977 Baseball Team (Coach: Fred Flook)
The 1977 Cardinals were MCAU (Missouri College Athletic Union) Conference Champions, NAIA District 16 Champions, NAIA Area IV Champions and an NAIA National Tournament participant. They also eclipsed the previous years win total with 43. Team Members: Jerry Adams, David Albright, Gregg Creten, Barry Davies, Darrell Davis, Scott Eichholz, Betty Ferrell (batgirl), Jim Flappan, Lonnie Garza, Ken Harvey, Jimmy Ray Haynes, Mike Kennedy, Mark Lavery, Tom Leip, Rick Lucas, Rick Miller, Ed Minor, Don Moxley, Mark Nickelson, Chris Patton, Gary Patton, Craig Puckett, Don Stricklin, Steve Sutton, Jack Talley, Jim Talley, Jay Wohnlich