Hall of Fame Class of 2016, Alumni COTY honored Saturday

Hall of Fame Class of 2016, Alumni COTY honored Saturday

NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Manchester University's M Association inducts five former student-athletes and two teams into its Athletics' Hall of Fame and recognizes the Claude Wolfe Alumni Coach of the Year Saturday, Oct. 8, as part of Homecoming 2016 festivities.

The induction ceremony/luncheon begins at 10 a.m. in the ballrooms of the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center. All inductees and the Coach of the Year recipient will also be introduced at halftime of the football game against Defiance College set for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff at Carl W. Burt Memorial Field.

MU's M Association Class of 2016 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees are…

Charlie Beck/1936-39 men's basketball teams - The first "Golden Era" of men's basketball came about due to these three seasons and Charlie Beck, one of its stars.

Recording a combined 46-11 record, the Spartans made their name known throughout the region and nation, finishing second on the 1936-37 Indiana Intercollegiate Conference charts at
16-1 and trailing only Indiana Normal who was 12-0 while finishing ahead of in-state giants Butler, Indiana Central and Ball State. That schedule helped lead them to meteoric heights in the postseason, as they were invited to the eight-team NAIA national tournament in Kansas City. The theme continued the following two years, as they ended 14-4 in 1937-38, taking second in the conference again and reaching the national tournament and registered a 14-4 record as well in 1938-39 due to a third successive runner-up conference mark which led to another national tournament invitation where they made it to the semifinals, being defeated by eventual national finalist San Diego State. The three national tourney invites were the only in Manchester's association with the NAIA.

Beck's contributions to head coach Bob Stauffer's teams were many, serving as captain, selected as the Most Valuable Player during the span and also holding the Most Points Scored honor.

1970-71 women's basketball team - Head coach Bedelia Weirick and the Spartans helped pioneer the way for future success.

The 15-player squad took on all comers, including Indiana State, Purdue and Ball State, on their schedule which helped lead them to a runner-up finish at the regional championships. The Manchester Aurora noted that "Coach Weirick does a great job of mixing seasoned veterans and strong first-year players to ensure positive results". Team members Karen Odiorne and Diane Thompson were mentioned in the Aurora as two of the top veterans.

MU's 1970-71 season was part of a strong resume for Weirick, a 1998 Hall of Fame inductee. She concluded her coaching career with a 59-30 record.

Tony Brescol, 2000, wrestling - Brescol was among the leaders through the halcyon days of Spartan wrestling.

He finished with a remarkable 105-44 career mark that ranks No. 11 in all-time victories.  Brescol's resume, largely produced at the 150 and 165-pound weight classes, included four Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships, three national meet appearances and two NCAA regional titles among three top two placings. He also gained a National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Scholar-Athlete award in 1998.

Tony, his wife, Lisa, and children Daphne and Nolan, reside in Lambertville, Michigan.

Sarah (Conwell) Hammond, 2008, women's tennis/women's basketball - A two-sport standout, Hammond accumulated seven HCAC championships in her four years at Manchester. She quickly emerged as a leader on both courts becoming captain of the basketball team as a sophomore and then following suit with similar duties for the basketball and tennis teams her junior and senior years. Playing in 113 games with 75 career victories, two conference titles, three HCAC championships, and three NCAA Division III national tournament appearances, Hammond's leadership was instrumental in the success of the women's basketball program guiding back-to-back 20-win campaigns (2005-06/2006-07). In addition to claiming four HCAC championships and two national tournament appearances (2007/2008), the tennis program went undefeated in HCAC regular season matches over the four years Hammond played. With 20 wins as a sophomore, her tennis career success continued from that point, as she was named all-HCAC as a junior and senior. Hammond was recognized for her accomplishments off the court as well earning six all-HCAC academic honors (three fall, three winter) and three Intercollegiate Tennis Association
Scholar-Athlete awards.

Sarah, her husband, Derek, and son, Harvey, reside in Carmel, Ind.

Martha Judge, administrator/coach - Judge played a key role in leading the then-Manchester College athletic department as the senior woman's administrator and associate athletic director.

During her tenure, she handled many duties including overseeing and administering to a combined 17 men's and women's intercollegiate athletic programs; being in charge of all NCAA compliance work; developing the department's manual to assist new coaches in transition; contributing to the design, evaluation and prioritization of the Physical Education and Recreation Center addition; and being a tournament manager for NCAA Division III basketball and wrestling events.  She was also a pioneer in regards to starting the women's soccer program while also holding coaching duties in softball and volleyball. Judge's influence on the Spartan athletic programs didn't end there, either. The all-time winningest coach (224 victories) and the 2001 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in softball, she was at the helm of the program for 16 seasons. Manchester produced 12 consecutive double-digit win seasons from 1994-2007 and one year of 20-or-more, occurring in 1999-2000, when the Black and Gold turned in 22 wins.

She resides in Spring Lake, New Jersey.

Matt Sollenberger, 1999, baseball - Sollenberger made a big impact on the baseball program in three seasons.

He collected a pair of American Baseball Coaches Association all-Mideast Region honorable mention awards along with one Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference first team selection. Sollenberger's single-season and career accomplishments still dot the Spartan recordbook, as he's among the top 10 in both categories in regards to wins, innings pitched, strikeouts and complete games. The southpaw is second in career complete games (28) and third in career wins (25) and strikeouts (222), while his 104 Ks in 1999 are still the single-season standard. He took his wares on to the next level after graduation, signing with the New York Mets where he appeared in 42 games over two years (1999-2000) pitching for the organization's Gulf Coast, New York-Pennsylvania and South Atlantic League clubs.

Matt, his wife, Ashley, and daughters, Abby and Haley, reside in Brownsburg, Ind.

The M Association's Claude Wolfe Coach of the Year designee is …

Jed Freels - Always sticking by his core principle of making people around him better, the 1984 Manchester College alum has risen to the top of the Indiana high school boys' soccer coaching ranks.

Leading the Barons of DeKalb High School since 1999, his program has reeled off 15 straight winning campaigns, a combined 14 conference, sectional and regional championships and five appearances at the Adidas national tournament as part of more than 250 wins in his career. Those numbers haven't gone unnoticed by his peers, as he's earned five KPC News and two Northeast Eight Conference Coach of the Year accolades. Freels' impact on his athletes has moved past their high school careers, as 70 of his former student-athletes have gone on to success at the collegiate level including five within the Manchester University program. Not only a coach in boys' soccer but also leading track, cross country, girls' basketball, and cheerleading as part of his resume, Freels has given back to the Auburn area, as he's the founder and former owner of The Classic City Center, where better than 1,000 individuals come to dance, climb, train and compete in gymnastics and soccer. A teacher in the DeKalb school district, he's been named Walmart Teacher of the Year and earned the Lilly teacher creativity fellowship, the Auburn Arts Commission Medal of Arts Award and a Great Lakes Sea Grant fellowship during his educational career.

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