Sports UpdateSpring 2011

Winter 2010/Spring 2011 Sports Update

Hall of Fame inducts new members

The Department of Athletics and the Greyhound Club are pleased to announce the 2011 University of Indianapolis Athletic Hall of Fame Class. Susie Kuntz was an outstanding two-sport athlete at Indiana Central, now the University of Indianapolis, from 1983 to ’87. She starred on both the volleyball and softball teams and was a two-time MVP in both sports. She was a two-time all-conference performer in volleyball and a one-time all-conference performer in softball.

Kuntz received the Kelso M. Reid Mental Attitude Award in 1984 and the Walter Brenneman Memorial Sportsmanship Award in 1985-86. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in elementary education in 1987. After graduation, she went on to teach second grade at Central Elementary in Beech Grove, where she was nominated for the Shining Star Award for excellence in teaching given by WTHR-TV and the Associated Group.

Ralph Reiff graduated from the University in 1980 with a bachelor of science degree, then earned his master’s in education administration from Miami of Ohio in 1981. At UIndy, Reiff lettered in football all four years and was the athletic trainer for men’s basketball. During his time as a Greyhound student-athlete, he held the records for most points for a kicker and the longest field goal made.

Reiff started his athletic training profession as an intern for the Indiana Pacers (1978–80). He became an associate professor/head athletic trainer for Butler University in 1981 and held that position until 1999. He was manager of athletic care for the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games. Reiff was named Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Trainers Association and was inducted into the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. He is now director at St. Vincent Sports Performance of Indianapolis.

Terry Wetherald was a standout player and coach at the University. He lettered in football in 1958 and ’59, started his coaching career as a student-assistant football coach for the Greyhounds for two years, and then became an assistant coach in 1962. After his time at Indiana Central, Wetherald went on to coach at North Vernon High School (later called Jennings County High School), where he was the assistant football coach for five years and head coach for one, assistant track coach for four years and head coach for two, and started the wrestling program, where he was head coach for five years. Wetherald went on in 1969–70 to Pike High School and was head wrestling coach and assistant football coach.

In 1970, he returned to his alma mater to coach the Greyhounds in football, tennis, and wrestling. He served the football team as an assistant coach for 13 years, with the 1975 team qualifying for the Division III playoffs. During his six years as tennis coach, Wetherald guided the Hounds to the 1979 GLVC Championship and was named Coach of the Year. He was a valuable coach in both football and tennis but is best known for his 31 years as head wrestling coach at UIndy. Over three decades he mentored 19 All-Americans and many national qualifiers and compiled a record of 225-118-4.

Outside of coaching, Wetherald served as assistant commissioner and then commissioner for wrestling in the White River State Games and was on the executive committee for the Indianapolis/Scarborough Peace Games. He was a high school football official for 25 years and has worked chain crew for the Indianapolis Colts since 1984. He has garnered many awards, including Greyhound Club Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1982 and ’93, Regional Wrestling Coach of the Year twice, and Conference Coach of the Year four times. He is a member of the Indiana Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame.

The 1996–97 men’s basketball team is considered one of the finest basketball teams in school history. Coached by Royce Waltman, the team finished with a 23-5 record, completed the season with a 16-4 conference record, and was GLVC champion. Coach Waltman was GLVC Coach of the Year, Tyrone Barksdale was Player of the Year, and Matt Britton was Newcomer of the Year. They held the first NCAA Division II #1 ranking in school history and were the last of the Division II unbeaten teams.

The 1972 men’s cross country team is one of the University’s most prominent cross country teams. The team had a dual meet record of 4-0 and had first-place finishes at the Hokum Karem, DePauw Medley, and Greenville Invitational. The team was also the Indiana Collegiate Conference champions.

The University’s Athletics Department also recognizes the Greyhound Club’s 2010–11 “I” Person of the Year, Bob Garner. Garner graduated from the University in 1972. During his college career he served as a student athletic trainer under the direction of Hall of Fame inductee Terry Wetherald. Garner was trainer of the North Squad (coached by John Ralston and Joe Paterno) at the 1971 Hula Bowl in Hawaii. He also spent a partial season as trainer for the Dallas Chaparrells of the old American Basketball Association. Garner is a certified respiratory therapist and cardiopulmonary technologist. He developed a surgical smoke filtering system for which he received a patent; the filter was certified by OSHA for its ability to protect surgical personnel. Garner also developed the first disposable control syringe for the injection of dye into coronary arteries during cardiac catheterization procedures. In 1986 the syringe was named Best Use of Plastics, Medical, by Plastic World Magazine.

Richardson earns GLVC Hall of Fame nod

Andy Richardson ’98 is one of five indi-viduals elected to the Great Lakes Valley Con-ference Hall of Fame. The 2011 GLVC Hall of Fame Class will be honored at the spring awards banquet in St. Louis on May 24. Richardson is one of the most decorated track and field student-athletes in the history of the GLVC. The UIndy graduate is a two-time NCAA national champion and four-time All-American in the shot put. As a freshman for the Greyhounds, Richardson placed third at the NCAA indoor championships. He finished second as a junior at the indoor national meet before claiming the national championship at the 1997 NCAA outdoor championships. Richardson capped his career with the 1998 NCAA national championship and held the NCAA mark in indoor shot put at 19.37 meters, a record that stood until the 2006 season.

Richardson was a two-time GLVC outdoor track and field shot put champion, claiming the title in both 1997 and 1998. After graduating, Richardson served as a coach for the Greyhounds while completing his MBA. He mentored a pair of All-Americans, six All-America performances, and 14 GLVC champions.Richardson was inducted into the UIndy Hall of Fame in 2009. He is the second Greyhound to take a place in the GLVC Hall of Fame, joining former student-athlete, coach, and athletic director Bill Bright (see page 38), who was inducted in 2003.

Current UIndy coaches Stan Gouard and LeAnn Freeland are also in the GLVC Hall, after exemplary careers at Southern Indiana.

Scholar-athletes indeed

The UIndy athletic department released its student-athletes’ fall semester grades, with the cumulative Greyhound GPA coming in at 3.21 on a 4-point scale.

The Greyhounds’ female student-athletes posted a semester GPA of 3.36 and have a cumulative 3.34, while the male athletes posted a 3.08 for the semester and a 3.07 overall.

Both UIndy soccer squads have earned the NSCAA College Team Academic Award for the 2010 season. The men’s squad posted a 3.13 cumulative GPA, and the women’s team tallied a 3.34 GPA to make the list.

In addition to the teams’ accolades, a pair of women’s players earned Honorable Mention NSCAA Scholar All-Central Region. Libby Anderl and Morgan Binder earned spots on the team, with both posting 4.0 GPAs. This is the fourth consecutive year that both UIndy soccer teams have earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award.

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