It’s Hall of Fame week at the University of Saint Mary.
The Spires’ athletic program will make some new additions to its Hall of Fame Friday, inducting a former Saint Mary baseball standout as well as the 2000-01 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference championship men’s basketball team.
The inductees will be honored at a special banquet, starting at 6 p.m. in the Saint Joseph Dining Hall on the university’s campus. In addition, the honorees will be recognized at halftime of the Spires homecoming football game on Saturday against Bethany College. Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m.
This year’s inductees are:
Cody Newman, class of 2008. A catcher and a native of Peculiar, Mo., was named First Team NAIA All-American in 2008, First Team All-Region in 2007 and 2008, and First Team All-KCAC in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2007, he led the nation with a .480 batting average, and finished his Spires’ career averaging .434 with 182 hits and 21 home runs.
The 2000-2001 Spires men’s basketball team. The ’00-’01 squad went 24-9 that season en route to winning the KCAC Tournament. They qualified for the NAIA DII National Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 round.
The Spires finished the season ranked 20th in the NAIA DII.
At Friday’s event, the team will be represented by former head coach Tim Schuring, former assistant coach Cam Schuknecht, former graduate assistants Jerome Williams and Joe Godina, team captain Troy Brown, and fellow players Brian Shelley, Jess Arter, Josh Woods, Mike Finnell, Dave Finnell and Shawn Pinckett.
USM athletic director Rob Miller praised this year’s class of inductees.
“These student-athletes are an important part of the university’s recent history. They left their marks on the field and court, they excelled in the face of great challenges, and they inspired their fellow students with their successful efforts,” Miller said.
“We’re proud of these student-athletes. They’re great representatives of the university and its mission.”
The USM Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee, headed by Miller, evaluates candidates for induction based on several criteria.
Inductees exemplify excellence in individual and team athletic performance, demonstrate leadership in both the program and college community, and show strength through self-improvement and fostering others’ improvement.