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Welcome to the Jefferson College Athletics Hall of Fame web page. The Jefferson College Athletics Hall of Fame, established in July 2010, has been created to recognize individuals and teams who, through performance, accomplishment, leadership and character, have made exceptional contributions to the honor and prestige of Jefferson College and Viking Athletics.

On December 10th, 2013 Geri Lawson-Brown(1980-82 Vikings Volleyball) and Ross Koenig(1998-00 Vikings Baseball) were selected as the new inductees into the Jefferson College Athletics Hall of Fame. For more information on Lawson-Brown and Koenig please scroll down. You are invited to join us on April 30, 2014 as we publicly celebrate their induction at the Annual Jefferson College Athletics Banquet held in the Field House. For tickets to the banquet please contact athletics secretary Deb Maples at (636)481-3394.

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2014 HALL OF FAME CLASS WILL BE ACCEPTED SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2014 through NOVEMBER 1ST, 2014**** (Scroll to the bottom of this page for forms)


The Jefferson College Athletics Hall of Fame Selection Committee will be accepting nominations for its fifth class of inductees from September 1 through November 1, 2014. Nominations must be made in writing on the official Jefferson College Athletics Hall of Fame Nomination Form. The official form can be found on the Jefferson College Athletics web site at www.jeffco.edu by clicking the Viking Athletics logo on the right side of the college homepage then by clicking the horizontal Hall of Fame tab link on the Viking Athletics homepage. Former players, coaches, college personnel, contributors, supporters, and sports professionals can nominate former Jefferson College athletes, coaches, teams or supporting personnel for this prestigious honor. Nominations should be submitted to Jefferson College Director of Athletics, Doug Stotler, or any member of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. All members of the selection committee can be found at the Hall of Fame link on the Viking Athletics web page. The selection committee may select up to 3 members for the 2014 induction class.

To receive serious consideration for selection a candidate must satisfy one or more of the specific criteria five (5) years after Jefferson College athletic participation:
(1) First or second place in individual competition at the Region level.
(2) First or second team All-American (Academic All-American does not qualify)
(3) A member of the United States Olympic Team.
(4) A member of the various professional sports leagues and teams.

An athlete satisfying all of the general criteria may be nominated to the Hall of Fame as well. These athletes must have been outstanding, as evidenced by such accomplishments as All-American, National Champion or qualifier, recipient of various athletic awards and honors, special team nomination (All-Conference, All–Region), school records set and statistics. Athletes must have also exhibited acceptable standards of conduct during competition, as a student on campus and as a citizen in the community. Graduation is preferred though not required. If the athlete did not graduate, the athlete must have ended his/her community college career at Jefferson College. Finally, nominees must have been out of Jefferson College for a minimum of five (5) years.

Former coaches must have been out of Jefferson College for a minimum of five (5) years and must have made outstanding contribution to the Jefferson College athletic program. Former teams must also meet the five (5) year eligibility period and should have participated in a national competition.
The alumni coaches, contributors/supporters, and sports professionals should have had outstanding performance and achievement so outstanding as to eliminate any question as to selection.

For more information regarding nomination procedure to the Jefferson College Athletics Hall of Fame please contact Jefferson College Athletics Director, Doug Stotler, at (636)481-3386 or email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

2013 JEFFERSON COLLEGE ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES (12-20-13)
The Jefferson College Athletics Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce two inductees as the Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2013: Geri Lawson-Brown, Volleyball 1980-1982 and Ross Koenig, Baseabll 1998-2000.

Geri Lawson-Volleyball  As a Jefferson College freshman Geri Lawson got national attention from the NJCAA All-American committee and was selected to the Volleyball All-American team. In that 1980 season Lawson led her team to a 4812 overall record, a first place finish in the MCCAC Conference, a Region XVI Championship and a 6th place finish in the NJCAA National Tournament. Lawson’s encore was just as impressive as she was again selected to the MCCAC All-Conference team and selected as NJCAA Volleyball All-American in her sophomore season. The 1981 team anchored by Lawson logged a 44-9 overall record and a 6th place standing at the NJCAA National Tournament where she was the first Jefferson College volleyball player ever selected to the NJCAA National Tournament All-Tournament team. After the 1981 season the Viking volleyball team voted Lawson team MVP. Lawson was also widely recognized as one of Jefferson County’s finest high school players upon her graduation from Windsor High School but will undoubtedly be forever remembered as one the most remarkable players in the Jefferson College volleyball legacy. 

The University of Texas at Arlington recruited Lawson after her stellar junior college career and it was there that she made the Southland All-Conference team and set a school record for most digs. After playing NCAA Division I volleyball Lawson returned home in 1986 to assist nationally renowned Jefferson College volleyball coach Jo Ellen Stringer, helping develop fellow Jefferson College Hall of Fame inductee Rita Fisher and the 1987 Jefferson team that finished as the NJCAA National Tournament runner-up. Stringer had this to say about Lawson: “Geri was one of those great players that you can still visualize playing. She was dynamic and intense and had one of the best vertical jumps of all of my players. She was a strong leader as well as a tremendous player, but most of all, she was, and still is a person of great character. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to coach and work with Geri and lucky to have her in my life.” 

Today, Lawson-Brown is a special education teacher in the Desoto School District and serves as the indistrict autism consultant. Lawson and her husband Dennis reside in Barnhart, Missouri. Lawson is particularly proud of her two children, son Ryan and daughter Rachel. Daughter, Rachel Davis, is an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher at Windsor Elementary School and son Ryan Weik, is a math teacher and football coach at Crystal City High School. Rachel also followed in her mother’s footsteps and played volleyball at Jefferson College in the 2003 and 2004 seasons. 
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Ross Koenig-Baseball  During Ross Koenig’s Jefferson College freshman baseball season, Spring 1999, Koenig made certain that Albert Pujols would go 0 for 2 at the plate against him. At the time Pujols was a member of the MCCMaple Woods baseball team and Koenig was an up and coming, starting right handed pitcher for the Vikings. While that particular game is not the sole reason Koenig has been inducted into the Jefferson  College Athletics Hall of Fame it is indicative of the pitching performances he had throughout his career as a Jefferson College Viking and as a pitcher in the Detroit Tigers professional minor league baseball system. 

Prior to joining the Jefferson College baseball program Koenig was a standout performer for the Crystal City Hornets where he played multiple positions. Upon enrolling at Jefferson College Koenig’s role was more defined and his coach, Dave Oster, helped Koenig make the permanent conversion to the pitching mound. Koenig’s progress his freshman year earned him an opportunity to play for NJCAA Team USA in the summer of 1999 when he pitched against the best players of Canadian national team, Team Canada. 

Armstrong Atlantic State University also recognized Koenig’s pitching potential and Koenig accepted a scholarship offer and pitched for the Savannah based university in Spring 2001. That year at Armstrong Atlantic was all Koenig needed to impress professional scouts and it became clear that the Detroit Tigers were interested. In 2001 Koenig reported to Oneonta, NY for “A” ball with the Tigers organization. From there he advanced to the Lakeland, Florida based Tigers minor league affiliate in 2002 and in 2003 reported to Michigan where he played for the West Michigan Whitecaps of “A” ball. 

Upon retiring from professional baseball Koenig returned to college to complete degree requirements from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he earned a teaching certificate in secondary education in 2005. Koenig’s first job after graduation was an account executive position with the St. Louis Rams professional football team. A return to Crystal City High School was the next stop on Koenig’s career ladder and it was there he taught social studies and discovered coaching was in his future. Today Koenig can also count five years of experience at Jefferson R-7 high school as a social studies teacher and varsity baseball coach among his many achievements. 

Koenig resides in Festus, Missouri with his wife Jenny and two children and in addition to spending time with his family he also enjoys time on the golf course. 
 

2012 JEFFERSON COLLEGE ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES (12-13-12)
The Jefferson College Athletics Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce three inductees as the Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2012:  Rita Fischer-Bauman (Volleyball, 1986-1988), Willie Lee (Men’s Basketball, 1966-1967) and Men’s Soccer National Champion Team (2006).

RITA FISCHER-BAUMAN, VOLLYEBALL
Rita Fischer-Bauman, volleyball team member from 1986-1988, was awarded nearly every accolade possible in the 1987 volleyball season by being named MCCAC First Team All-Conference, NJCAA First Team All-Region XVI, NJCAA All-District, NJCAA All-American, AVCA All-American and All-Tournament for the 1987 NJCAA National Tournament. In her sophomore season, she helped lead the Vikings to a 45-15 overall record, an MCCAC conference title, a Region XVI title and a runner-up finish in the NJCAA National Championship game. At one point in the national title game, she received a standing ovation for a play she made to save a ball for her team.

Rita also holds the Jefferson College volleyball record for the most digs in a single season with 783. Rita’s Jefferson College academic performance was also outstanding. She earned NJCAA Academic All American status by maintaining a 3.95 cumulative GPA. Upon completing her athletic eligibility at Jefferson College, Fischer attended Central Missouri State University where she continued her collegiate volleyball career on an athletic scholarship. As a 1986 Ste. Genevieve High School graduate, Rita was recruited by Jefferson College Hall of Fame volleyball coach Jo Ellen Stringer. While attending Jefferson Rita was faithfully supported by her parents Mary and the late Glennon Fischer who were said to rarely miss a Viking Volleyball match. Today, she offers the same loyal support she received from her family by coaching her daughters’ Tess and Rachael volleyball teams. Professionally, Rita is employed by Prairie State Generating Company in Marissa, Illinois, as a Human Resources Manager and she, her husband Greg, and two daughters, currently reside in Ste. Genevieve.

WILLIE LEE, MEN'S BASKETBALL
Willie Lee was the first minority athlete to receive an athletics scholarship to attend Jefferson College when he played on the 1966-67 men’s basketball team. Prior to attending Jefferson College, he received a basketball scholarship to the University of Missouri for the 1964-65 season. Willie transferred to Jefferson College the following year, but did not participate as a Jefferson College athlete until the 1966-67 basketball season. He was one of the leading scorers and rebounders on a Jefferson College basketball team that won 20 games, and, during the 1966-67 season, was named MVP of the Mineral Area Invitational Basketball Tournament where Jefferson defeated Mineral Area College and broke a 12 game MAC win streak. Upon completing his sophomore year at Jefferson, Willie transferred to McNeese State University where he was the first minority basketball squad member and was an outstanding player on highly successful teams.

Willie’s basketball skill development at the University of Missouri, Jefferson College and McNeese State earned him several professional basketball tryout opportunities which resulted in him being drafted by the Denver Rockets of the ABA where he attended Rookie Camp in 1969. Immediately following rookie camp with the Denver Rockets, he was drafted again--by the U.S. Army. Willie served in the Army until his discharge in 1971. After completing his military service in 1971, he was invited to the Los Angeles Lakers training camp but did not make the team. Instead, he caught the eye of other professional scouts and was invited to the training camp of the ABA’s Miami Floridians where he was seen by an overseas scout and was offered a professional basketball playing contract with the Sporting Club in Lemans, France. Willie accepted the Sporting Club contract and played professional basketball from 1971-1975, earning an impressive salary. Willie’s professional basketball career was followed by employment with the Continental Oil Company, where he worked in the daily operation of the company as well as being a team member on the company travelling basketball squad.

Willie and his wife of 44 years, Barbara, have made their home in Oberlin, Louisiana, and are the proud parents of two sons, one daughter and also have two grandchildren.

2006 SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
In the second year of Jefferson College’s men’s soccer program, the 2006 team claimed the Men’s Division I Soccer crown by winning the title game of the NJCAA National Tournament. The 2006 Viking soccer team, which carried a roster of 27 players, finished their season with a 21-3-2 overall record and is the only Jefferson College athletics team to ever win a national title.

The trek to the 2006 NJCAA National Title began when the Vikings captured a 4-1 semi-final win over East Central College and a 6-1 final win over St. Louis Community College-Forest Park to claim the NJCAA Region XVI title. Those wins allowed Jefferson to advance to the NJCAA Central District where they defeated Coffeyville Community College, Coffeyville, KS, 6-0 in the first play-off game and Laramie County Community College, Laramie, WY, 4-2, in the final game of the district play-off.

In the first round of the 2006 NJCAA Men’s Division I Soccer National Tournament held at Tyler Junior College, Tyler, TX, Jefferson faced Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL, an opponent the Vikings had defeated 1-0 in a regular season game. Two goals by Hassan Ibrahim and a single goal by Claudio Dantas gave the Vikings their first round, 3-1 victory over Illinois Central.

In the semi-final round, thanks to a goal by Claudio Dantas, the Vikings were able to defeat College of DuPage 1-0, moving the team into the national title game after playing its second, full season of intercollegiate soccer.

In the national title game, one goal by Judner Joseph and another by Rhamon Silva, provided the scoring needed to defeat Mercer County Community College, Trenton, NJ, 2-1 in an overtime thriller.  At the award ceremony after the national title game Jefferson College head coach Steve Peck was named 2006 NJCAA Tournament Coach of the Year and NJCAA All-American Claudio Dantas was named as the tournament Most Valuable Player while Judner Joseph and Hassan Ibrahim were each named to the All-Tournament team.

2011 Jefferson College Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

Jo Ellen Stringer-Volleyball Coach
Legendary volleyball coach Jo Ellen served as head women’s volleyball coach at Jefferson College for 33 years, 1975-2008. Under her remarkable leadership, Jefferson College developed one of the strongest and most recognized volleyball programs in the nation. With 1,262 career wins to only 399 losses, Jo Ellen developed a winning tradition that is unparalleled by any other coach, player or team in the history of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Her teams won 27 conference titles and 19 regional championships while having appeared in 21 NJCAA national championships—more than any other team or coach in the entire country—with 13 finishes in the top eight. In recognition of her leadership and dedication, Stringer was named the MCCAC Coach of the Year 18 times and has also been named District 12 Coach of the Year 16 times. In 2000 she received the Robert L. Lindsay Meritorious Service Award from USA Volleyball, was a featured author in AVCA Coach’s Journal, and was selected for HERS/NACWAA Institute for Administrative Advancement.  Stringer is a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and a graduate of DeSoto High School. She received her associate’s degree from Jefferson College and both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southeast Missouri State University.

Aida Antanavicuite-Steiger-Volleyball
Aida Antanaviciute-Steiger distinguished herself with strong on court performances that earned her All-American status with the NJCAA and AVCA as well as a full scholarship to St. Louis University where she earned her degree while playing two more years of volleyball. While playing for the Vikings Aida set the school record for kills in a single season with 556 and was according to Coach Stringer “always the most competitive player on the floor”. Aida also led the 2003 team to a 36-9 record and a MCCAC conference title and earned individual honors that included MCCAC First Team All-Conference, NJCAA Region XVI First Team, NJCAA All American First Team and AVCA Volleyball Coaches First Team. This dominant style of play earned Aida a full scholarship to St. Louis University where she was again awarded post season honors that included All Conference USA player of the week, First Team All-Conference in Conference USA and Honorable Mention All-American in AVCA voting. Her teammates and coaches at St. Louis University voted her as team MVP in 2004 and 2005. Aida continues to serve Jefferson College as its current volleyball coach and guided the Vikings to the NJCAA national tournament in 2010. Aida, her husband Ben and son Kolby reside in Union, Missouri.

2010 Jefferson College Athletics Hall of Fame inductees

Lloyd Brown-Tennis Coach  Early in his career, Lloyd led teams at University City High School and was the St. Louis Tennis Development Director where his developmental teams won championships in 1967 and 1969 with Jimmy Connors as one of the team members. He then spent 22 years as the Jefferson College men's tennis coach and retired with an amazing overall coaching record of 429-27. During this span, he developed 13 NJCAA Tennis All-Americans and nine NJCAA Academic All-Americans, coached the 1998 team to a third place NJCAA National Tournament finish, and served the NJCAA Men’s Tennis Association as its president for five years. After leaving Jefferson, he served as Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach at Missouri Baptist University where he is now Director of Tennis Operations. Various tennis coaching awards have already come to Coach Brown and include the 1996 Herschel Stevens Coaching Award, 1998 induction in the NJCAA Tennis Hall of Fame, 2001 ITA/NJCAA National Coach of the Year, and a 2006 induction into the St. Louis Tennis Hall of Fame. He and his wife Ruthie reside in Fenton and are the proud parents of sons Matt and Chris, daughter Andy, and their seven grandchildren.

Mark Buehrle-Baseball  Mark made an immediate impact on the Jefferson baseball field upon graduating from Francis Howell North High School in 1997 when he went 7-0 as a freshman pitcher and was named to the MCCAC All Conference Team. In his sophomore season, he was named as an NJCAA All-American after posting an 8-4 pitching record with a 1.45 ERA. While at Jefferson, he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 38th round of the Major League Baseball draft and assigned to the Class “A” Burlington Bees in 1999. A year and half later, Mark was “called up” to the major leagues where he has been a starting, All Star pitcher with the Chicago White Sox for 11 seasons. His excellence has included a 2007 no hitter, outstanding defensive prowess that earned 2009 and 2010 Golden Glove awards, appearances in four MLB All-Star games, and a starting pitcher victory and  save for the 2005 World Series Champion Chicago White Sox. Mark and his wife Jamie live in St. Charles with their son and daughter.

Terry Cochran-Baseball  Terry Cochran graduated from Hancock High School before enrolling at Jefferson College in the fall of 1980. He was an integral squad member for two successful seasons when he started at second base, hit third in the lineup, and had a career batting average of over .330.  In 1982, he was named team captain and was selected to the MCCAC All-Conference team as he lead the Vikings to a 34-17 record and Jefferson’s first ever baseball Regional Championship. Terry transferred to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and his success continued as he was an NCAA All-Region selection and led his team to the NCAA Division II College World Series. In recognition of his outstanding play, Terry was selected to the NCAA World Series All-Tournament Team.  In 1984 he was chosen as the Scholar-Athlete of SIUE and the Most Valuable Player of the baseball team and after graduating from SIU-E became a successful fixture as a St. Louis area educator.  He has served as the assistant baseball coach at SIU-E and Washington University and later served on the baseball and basketball coaching staffs at Mehlville High School, Oakville High School, and St. John Vianney High School. Currently, he is serving as the President of Kennedy Catholic High School and resides in St. Louis with his wife Janet and five sons Ty, Tommy, Tony, Tanner, and TJ.

Tisha Delaney-Vandemore-Volleyball  Tisha began playing volleyball at Jefferson College in 1982 after a remarkable high school volleyball career at Herculaneum High School where she was named “Outstanding Female Athlete” of 1982 and had her jersey retired. As both a hitter and a setter at Jefferson, she was selected as a two-time NJCAA All-American (1982 and 1983) and led the Vikings to a fourth place finish in the 2003 NJCAA National Tournament where she was named to the NJCAA All Tournament Team. The American Volleyball Coaches Association also named Tisha as a 2003 All-American for her performance. “Tisha was one of the most accomplished student athletes to come from Jefferson County,” said retired Jefferson College Volleyball Coach Jo Ellen Stringer. “She was obviously a great athlete. However, her success was due most to her outstanding character and determination. She helped pave the way for Jefferson volleyball players for many years.” The University of Nebraska also benefitted from Tisha’s volleyball expertise. As a Husker setter, she was named to the All Big Eight First Team, Big Eight Player of the Week, Big Eight All Tournament Team, and 1986 Big Eight Tournament MVP.  She also led her team to the NCAA Final Four where she was named to the All Tournament Team and selected as a Division I All-American on a team that was runner-up in the 1996 NCAA National Tournament. Tisha, her husband Todd and three children reside in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she is Chief Operations Officer at Long Gray Line Consulting.

Mike Henneman-Baseball  Mike Henneman began his athletics career at Jefferson as a two sport athlete in the 1980-81 season. His baseball and basketball talents at St. Pius High School earned him much recognition as one of Jefferson County’s most successful dual, high school sport performers. But it is the success on the Vikings baseball and professional baseball pitching mound for which Henneman is better known. As a right handed pitcher, Mike was an MCCAC All Conference and NJCAA All American in the 1981-82 season. His performance that year helped lead the 34-17 Vikings to their first ever NJCAA Region XVI baseball title. While at Jefferson, Henneman caught the eye of recruiters from Oklahoma St. University and subsequently accepted a baseball scholarship to attend OSU. Pitching success continued at OSU as he was selected as an NCAA All American after leading his OSU team to the College World Series two years in a row. In 1984 Henneman became a professional baseball player in the Detroit Tigers organization when they selected him in the fourth round of the MLB draft. After three seasons of minor league baseball, he was called up to the big league team in May of 1987. As a sinker, forkball and hard slider pitcher, Henneman earned The Sporting News 1987 American League Rookie Pitcher of the Year when he went 11-3 with 7 saves, and a 2.98 ERA. His 10 successful years as a “closer” with the Tigers, Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros allowed him to retire from baseball as 37th on the all time MLB career saves list (193 saves). He also was 57-42 during that time and held a 3.21 career ERA. Henneman is second on the Detroit Tigers all time saves list. He currently resides in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and is co-owner and team president of the McKinney Marshalls amateur baseball organization.

Nicole Lindsey-Collier-Basketball  Nicole Lindsey-Collier is recognized as a dominant power forward, who was able to score from outside and inside, on the catch and on the dribble. She was an aggressive rebounder that ran the floor with ease, which made her an extremely difficult match-up for opponents. According to her Jefferson College coach, Ron Rhodes, “her intensity was second to none, and she just refused to lose.” Nicole was the backbone of the women’s basketball teams that won back to back NJCAA Region XVI titles in 1999-00 and 2000-01 and participated in the NJCAA Women’s Basketball National Tournament on teams that finished eighth in 2000 and third in 2001. She was a two-time MCCAC All Conference selection, a two-time All Region XVI selection, and amazingly a two-time NJCAA and WBCA All American. Nicole is second in career scoring in Jefferson basketball history and once scored 44 points in one game. Upon leaving Jefferson College, she transferred to Missouri Western College where she was a two-time selection as an All MIAA performer and a two-time NCAA All-American. Since graduating, she has been coaching women’s collegiate basketball and is currently the assistant women’s basketball coach at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

Kevin Lucas-Baseball  After a dominate career at Festus High School that saw him earn All-State honors his junior and senior years, Kevin Lucas began his career at Jefferson in the fall of 1995. The former two-time KTJJ Radio High School Player of the Year (1994 and 1995) immediately became a dominant player at shortstop for the Vikings. In his first year at Jefferson, he hit .360 with six homeruns and 22 stolen bases. He was named the 1996 Jefferson College Baseball Offensive Most Valuable Player and was an All-Region XVI first team selection. Kevin would follow that effort with another successful campaign in his second year, hitting .399 with four homeruns and 28 stolen bases en route to being named to the All-Conference, All-Region, and NJCAA All-American teams. He was also named the 1997 Jefferson College Baseball Most Valuable Player. Following his two year stint at Jefferson College, he attended Oklahoma State University where success continued as he was a two-time all Big 12 selection and led his team to the NCAA Division I College World Series in 1999. Following a remarkable career at OSU, where he compiled 171 hits, 14 homeruns, and 42 stolen bases, Kevin was granted the opportunity to play Minor League Baseball in the Kansas City Royals organization. He is currently a teacher and assistant baseball and softball coach at Hillsboro High School and is a proud father of his daughter, Claire.

Tim Marting-Baseball  Tim has the distinction of being the first Viking baseball player to compete at a professional level. After transferring from the University of Missouri, he attended Jefferson College in 1966 and was recruited to play basketball for one of the earliest Jefferson College men’s basketball teams. Baseball was organized at Jefferson the same year he arrived, as the team played a five game schedule at various fields throughout Jefferson County. Tim led the basketball team in scoring and also led the baseball team in batting average in 1966. It was during one of these five baseball games that Tim was seen by a professional baseball scout and thus drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Detroit Tigers as their #1 draft choice in January of 1966. Tim played six years in professional baseball after graduating from Jefferson College and was eventually traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, but decided not to play and instead started a career as an insurance agent with State Farm. Today, he lives near Atlanta, where he and his wife of 41 years have been instrumental in building and starting the Legacy Christian Church.

Harold Oetting-Athletic Director   Harold Oetting is widely recognized as the founding father of Jefferson College athletics. His career as a Viking began in 1966 as an assistant basketball coach and physical education faculty member. In 1967 he also took on the duties of baseball coach, with a budget of only $300 and no baseball field, which required the team to travel to local high schools for their games. Harold’s effort was quickly rewarded in 1968 when Jefferson College offered its first baseball scholarship. After coaching for three years, he was named Jefferson College’s first athletics director and is credited with starting men’s tennis and women’s basketball and volleyball as well as assisting with the charter for the establishment of the Midwest Community College Athletics Conference. Harold presided over the MCCAC for 22 years as its president and today’s Viking teams continue their membership in the athletics conference that he helped create. He also provided national leadership for Jefferson College and the NJCAA during his tenure as athletics director and served as NJCAA Men’s Region XVI Director for 16 years. During his time as Region Director, Harold also served as the NJCAA National Baseball Chairman and was responsible for coordination of the NJCAA Division I Baseball World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. Additionally, he served on the USA Baseball Board of Directors, was a Festus city councilman, a Festus High School Board of Education member for 20 years, and Mayor of Festus for four years. He and his wife Trish live in Festus and are proud of their children Tim, Todd, and Teri Jo, and their five grandchildren.

Dave Oster-Baseball Coach  Dave Oster has been an integral part of Viking baseball for over 30 years. Dave was a standout middle infielder on the 1968 and 1969 Viking teams and has the distinction of being the first scholarship baseball player for Jefferson College. After graduating from Jefferson, he attended New Mexico Highland University where he was a pre-season All-American his senior year. In 1980, he was named the sixth head baseball coach at Jefferson and he quickly molded the Vikings into one of the more prominent programs in the nation. Oster’s teams won 12 conference titles, three NJCAA Regional titles, and, in 2002, participated in the NJCAA World Series. One of his strengths was recognizing and developing talent: 41 of his recruits signed professional baseball contracts after playing at Jefferson, with five players, Mike Henneman-(Detroit Tiger, Houston Astros, Texas Ranger), Donnie Wall-(San Diego Padres), Cliff Politte-(St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox), Mark Buehrle-(Chicago White Sox) and Steve Bieser-(New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals) making it to the Major Leagues. He retired in 2006 as Jefferson College’s most successful baseball coach, with 936 team victories. He has also been inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.

Cliff Politte-Baseball   St. Louis native and Vianney High School graduate, Cliff Politte, began his career at Jefferson in the fall of 1994 after spending a year on the Memphis State University baseball team. He excelled as both a pitcher and centerfielder for the Vikings and his stellar 1995 season earned him NJCAA First Team All-American honors.  The highlight of the Cliff’s season came in a double header against St. Louis Community College-Meramec when he struck out 11 batters en route to pitching his first career no-hitter in the first game of the rivalry. He also went three for three, at the plate, with three RBI’s. In the second game, he again went three for three while driving in three, and also pitched late to pick up the save as the Vikings earned a double header sweep. Following the 1995 Jefferson season, he was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.  After posting a record of 15-2 with a 2.50 ERA, with the Cardinals A and AA affiliates, Politte was named the 1997 Cardinals’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He would later make his debut in the Major Leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998 and would go on to have a successful pitching career as he also played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, and Chicago White Sox. While with the White Sox, Cliff pitched in three games of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series and helped the White Sox win the World Series championship in a four game sweep over the Houston Astros. His professional baseball career ended in 2009, after undergoing total hip replacement surgery. Currently, he offers private pitching lessons and is a volunteer assistant baseball coach at Vianney High School. Cliff resides in St. Louis with his wife, Jenni, and three sons, Drew, Michael and Jack.

Ron Rhodes-Basketball Coach  Ron Rhodes is credited with putting Jefferson College women’s basketball on the NJCAA national map. Benchmarks of Coach Rhodes Jefferson College coaching career include a 201-49 record as head coach of women’s basketball, two NJCAA National Women’s Basketball Tournament appearances, three 30 win seasons, multiple MCCAC conference titles, and development of many MCCAC All Conference, All Region XVI and NJCAA All American players. In addition to his Jefferson College success, he coached high school girls basketball state champions three times while at Cleveland High School and DeSoto High School and coached Moberly Jr. College to a third place NJCAA National Tournament finish. A 1973 graduate of Herculaneum High School, Ron continues to live in the area upon his recent retirement from coaching at DeSoto High School as he and his wife, Brenda, spend time with their son, daughter and grandchildren.

Kristy Snell-Lee-Basketball  Kristy was the first women’s basketball NJCAA All American from Jefferson College. After her standout high school basketball career at Northwest High School, she was recruited to play for the Vikings and was named to the 1989 All Conference and All-Region XVI basketball teams as a freshman. In her sophomore season, she again was named to the All Conference Team and was also selected as 1990 NJCAA Region XVI Player of the Year and NJCAA All-American. After her sophomore season, she attended Murray State University and was named to the All Defensive Team. Kristy currently teaches physical education at Northwest High School and has coached basketball, golf and softball. She continues to enjoy sporting activity with her husband Jason and sons Hunter and Colton.

Pavlina Steffkova-Volleyball   Pavlina was recruited to Jefferson College in 1994 after playing volleyball as a foreign exchange student at Puxico High School. Prior to her senior year, she was a standout setter in her home town, Brno, of the Czech Republic. As a setter, she was named to the MCCAC All Conference Team and the NJCAA All Region XVI after her freshman season. Following her sophomore season, she was again named to the MCCAC All Conference and All Region XVI teams and was also named Region XVI Player of the Year and subsequently named as an NJCAA All-American in 1995 after leading the Viking team to a fifth place finish in the NJCAA National Tournament. That same year, Pavilina was named as an NJCAA Academic All-American. Each of these honors earned Pavlina an induction into the 2007 NJCAA Volleyball Hall of Fame. “Pavlina was one of the most skilled setters I have observed at any level,” said former Jefferson College Coach Jo Ellen Stringer. “Her ability to scan her opponent’s court and know exactly where her hitters were was just a portion of the abilities that made her outstanding. Pavlina helped to make the players she played with, and the coaches she played for and worked with, better.” As a player, she continued her collegiate volleyball career at the University of Texas-Austin where she continued to develop as an outstanding NCAA Division I setter. Upon completing collegiate volleyball eligibility Pavlina began coaching as a student assistant at the University of Texas and has been coaching collegiate level volleyball ever since. Coaching stops for Pavlina have included the University of Tennessee-Martin, the University of Arkansas, Birmingham Southern, The University of Alabama and Coastal Carolina. Currently she is pursuing a second masters degree at the University of Montevallo and upon completion will seek a position as a high school volleyball coach and mathematics teacher.

Dr. Wayne Watts-President   Former Jefferson College President Dr. Wayne Watts was an instrumental architect in the success enjoyed by all Viking Athletics teams through his retirement in 2009. His vision played a significant role in building campus housing for not only Viking athletes but all Jefferson College students. Dr. Watts also fostered a winning attitude on campus that allowed athletics to secure a national championship in men’s soccer, back to back runner up finishes in the NJCAA National Tournament for women’s basketball and multiple MCCAC conference championships in volleyball, softball, baseball, women’s basketball, and men’s soccer. Before becoming Jefferson’s president, Wayne served as Vice President of Finance and Administration. It was in the early years of his academic career that he recognized the value of competition and a community college education, as he earned an Associate of Arts degree from Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland after completing military service in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. Later, he would earn degrees from the University of Baltimore and a Ph. D. from American University. In his retirement, Wayne enjoys spending time with his four sons and six grandchildren while residing in Florida.

NOMINATION PROCEDURE
Nominations will be accepted from former players, coaches, college personnel, contributors/supporters, and sports professionals. Nomination forms for each of the Hall of Fame categories can be found below and will be accepted September 1 through November 1 each year.  Completed nominations must be submitted to a member of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Jefferson College Athletics Hall of Fame Selection Committee
College President-Dr. Ray Cummisky
Dean of Student Services-Julie Fraser
Director of Athletics-Doug Stotler
Director of Marketing and Public Relations-Roger Barrentine
Faculty Representative-Scott Holzer
Sports Editor of the Local News Media-Gordon Bess
Sports Director of Local Radio Media–Tommy Self
One Jefferson College Athletics class member from 1970’s-Dean Dunn 
One Jefferson College Athletics class member from 1980’s-Judy Dobbs-Rosener
One Jefferson College Athletics class member from 1990’s-Heather Middleton-Russell
One Jefferson College Athletics class member from 2000’s-Zach Bone
 


Those individuals and teams inducted into the Jefferson College Athletics Hall of Fame will be publicly recognized at the annual Spring Athletics Banquet held at Jefferson College and special plaques of inductees will be displayed in the Field House lobby. Should you have questions about the Athletics Hall of Fame please contact Athletics Director, Doug Stotler at (636) 481-3386 or (636)797-3000 x3386 or (636)942-3000 x3386 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hall of Fame Constitution and Bylaws

Athlete Nomination Form

Coach Nomination Form

Contributor Nomination Form

Team Nomination Form

 

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 January 2014 )
 
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