WARRENSBURG, Mo. (Oct. 26, 2018) – The athletic department at the University of Central Missouri is proud to announce the latest selection for enshrinement into the athletic Hall of Fame. The 2018-19 class features seven student-athletes, two coaches and one championship team. The 2019 Hall of Fame ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23.
This year's class feature's Steve Huff from the early era (football, 1982-85). Erin Alewine (Jennies track and field, 2010-14), Keuna Flax (Jennies basketball, 2012-14), Caitlin (Pankratz) Peterson (volleyball, 2005-09), Kayla Shain (soccer, 2009-12), Chance Tuttle (baseball, 2009-10) and Brent Vogel (Mules track and field, 2009-13) represent the modern era. Coaches Kim Anderson (Mules Basketball, 2002-14) and Tom Myers (baseball, 2008-14) as well as the 2013-14 National Champion Mules Basketball team will also be honored.
Mules Football (1982-85)
Huff was the last straight-on place-kicker Mules Football ever deployed. He was a four-time All-MIAA selection as a kicker and an All-American in 1985. To this day, Huff's 201 career points rank 10th in Mules Football history, and his 44 made field goals are third. He made six field goals and an extra point in a game vs. Southeast Missouri State in 1985, setting a UCM, MIAA and NCAA record for most made field goals in a game, and a UCM record for most points scored by a kicker in a game with 19. Huff was also a three-time Academic All-District and Second Team Academic All-American in 1985.
Jennies Track and Field (2010-14)
For four years, Erin Alewine helped Central Missouri Jennies Track and Field reach new heights. She's a two-time National Champion in the pentathlon and her 12 All-American awards are the second-most in UCM history. Alewine is still in the UCM top-10 in 10 individual events and two relays, including the second-highest scores in the pentathlon (4134) and heptathlon (5371). In 2013 and 2014, Alewine was named the USTFCCCA Regional Indoor Field Athlete of the Year. She also earned spots on the MIAA Academic Honor Roll, was an MIAA Scholar-Athlete, Peggy Martin Award winner and the MIAA representative for the NCAA Woman of the Year.
Jennies Basketball (2012-14)
Although she only played for two seasons, the mark that Keuna Flax left on the Jennies Basketball program is undeniable. Flax was just the fourth two-time All-American in team history with appearances on the First Team by both the WBCA and Division II Bulletin. Her teams had a 50-11 record in two seasons, winning the MIAA regular season in 2013-14 and advancing to back-to-back NCAA Playoffs. Flax's 19.9 points per game average is the second-most in Jennies history, and her 54 games are the fewest of any member of in the 1,000 point club. As a senior, Flax was named the MIAA Player of the Year and the UCM Dr. Peggy Martin award winner.
Caitlin (Pankratz) Peterson
Jennies Volleyball (2005-09)
For four years, Caitlin Peterson was as consistent as anyone in Jennies Volleyball history. From 2006-09, she led the team in assists, totaling 5,502 in her illustrious career, second-most in UCM history and still the eighth-most in MIAA history. As a senior, Pankratz helped the Jens to their first MIAA title since 2000, winning in 2009. One of the most decorated athletes in UCM Volleyball history, Pankratz was an All-American, two-time All-Region, two-time All-MIAA and three-time Academic All-District selection. She also won the UCM Dr. Peggy Martin Award, and was an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient.
Jennies Soccer (2009-12)
Kayla Shain helped usher in a new era of dominance that was Central Missouri Soccer. Starting in 2010 with Shain as a sophomore, the Jennies started on a run of eight-straight MIAA Championships and have made the NCAA Postseason each of those years. She helped bring the Jennies to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2010 and 2012, their first appearance in that round in team history. Shain graduated as the UCM all-time leader in assists with 25, and her 11 in 2011 were also the most for a single-season at that time. She was a four-time All-MIAA selection including the 2012 MIAA Player of the Year. For her work in the classroom, Shain was a CoSIDA Academic All-American, two-time Academic All-District, and four-time MIAA Academic Excellence Award winner. She was also UCM's Dr. Peggy Martin Award winner and the MIAA Ken B. Jones Award winner.
Mules Baseball (2009-10)
Chance Tuttle was a staple in the Mules outfield from 2009-10. He earned an All-American award in both seasons in Warrensburg, including First Team honors in 2010. Tuttle was the 2010 MIAA Player of the Year as well as the South Central Region Player of the Year. He hit .407 for his career and still ranks in the Mules top-10 in career batting average and home runs. A two-time All-MIAA selection, Tuttle led the Mules to the 2010 MIAA regular season and tournament title as well as a South Central Region crown. As a senior in 2010, Tuttle was named the UCM Vernon Kennedy Award winner.
Mules Track and Field (2009-13)
Brent Vogel rewrote the Mules Track and Field record book in his four years at Central Missouri. The multi-eventer won two national championships and was an eight-time All-American, tied for the fourth-most All-American awards in team history. His National Championship score of 5,760 set a new NCAA record in the indoor heptathlon. Following his national championship, Vogel was named the USTFCCCA National and Regional Indoor Field Athlete of the Year. A decorated champion, Vogel was also the 2013 Division II Track and Field/Cross Country Capital One Academic All-American of the Year. He was a four-time MIAA Scholar Athlete and MIAA Academic Honor Roll member along with being co-SAAC President. As a senior, Vogel won the UCM Vernon Kennedy Award and the MIAA Ken B. Jones Award.
Mules Basketball (2002-14)
The winningest coach in Mules Basketball's extensive history, Kim Anderson led the Mules to seven NCAA appearances in 12 years. He won six MIAA regular season and four MIAA tournament championships, three NCAA Regional Championships and a National Championship in 2013-14. Anderson has an all-time record as Mules coach of 274-95 (.743) and he left UCM with the ninth-most coaching wins in MIAA history. Anderson's Mules had seven 20+ win seasons, including his 30-5 National Championship team in 2014.
Mules Baseball (2008-14)
In seven seasons as head coach of Central Missouri Mules Baseball, Tom Myers led UCM to six NCAA appearances. He compiled a 311-91 (.774) record while winning four MIAA regular season, four MIAA Tournament, and three NCAA Regional titles. Five times Coach Myers led the Mules to more than 40 wins in a season and he is just one of two coaches with more than 300 career wins at UCM. Myers was the 2010 South Central Region Coach of the Year and the 2011 MIAA Coach of the Year, after winning a record 37 conference games.
2013-14 Mules Basketball
The 2013-14 Mules won the second NCAA Division II National Championship in program history. The Mules won their third consecutive MIAA Regular Season Championship and then went on the road to win three games in the Central Regional in Mankato, Minnesota to qualify for their third trip to the Final Four under Kim Anderson. Entering the Elite Eight ranked 20th in the country, the Mules beat fourth-ranked Southern Connecticut State 98-88, No. 1 Metro State 71-69 and seventh-ranked West Liberty 84-77 en route to the title.