RICHMOND – The Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame 2016 induction class features nine distinguished individuals. The class will be enshrined inside the Perkins Building on the EKU campus on Saturday, Oct. 8.
The 2016 induction class includes: Kelsey Anderson (softball, 2004-07), David Flores (football, 1977-80), Rick White (track, 1981-83), Chuck Siemon (football, 1963-68), Jon Draud (baseball, 1956-60), Tina Cottle (women’s basketball, 1983-85), Rupert Stephens (basketball, 1958-64), Dale Patton (football, 1976-80) and Christian Friedrich (baseball, 2006-08).
The activities begin with an 11 a.m. reception followed by a luncheon at noon. The group will also be recognized during the Colonels’ football game against Southeast Missouri later that day at 6 p.m.
Tickets for the luncheon are $25 and can be purchased by calling the Colonel Club office, 859-622-2046. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 30. Tickets will not be sold at the event.
Anderson earned All-Ohio Valley Conference and OVC Freshman of the Year honors during her career. She helped EKU capture the 2004 OVC title and win a program record 42 games.
Flores was the placekicker for coach Roy Kidd’s Colonels from 1977-80. During his years at Eastern, he was named to three All-OVC teams. He kicked perhaps the most important field goal in Eastern history when, in double overtime, he nailed a 20-yard attempt that gave the Colonels a thrilling 33-30 double overtime victory over Nevada Reno that sent EKU to the national championship game.
White ran track for coach Rick Erdmann from 1981-1983, setting school records in the 55-meter dash, the 60-meter dash, the 100 meter dash and was a member of the record-setting 4×100 meter relay team. He was also a two-time U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier, an NCAA All-American, and a Pan American Games finalist, all in the 100 meters. He closed his career at Eastern in 1983 as a 12-time collegiate All-American.
Siemon was a member of Kidd’s first EKU football team and played defensive end for the Colonels from 1964-67. He was a big part of Eastern raising its win total from three to eight in 1967, which culminated in an OVC championship and a 27-13 victory over Ball State that claimed the NCAA Mideast Region championship for the Colonels.
Draud played baseball for four seasons from 1957-60 for coach Turkey Hughes and was the starting catcher on back-to-back OVC championship teams in 1959 and 1960. He is still listed in the EKU record book with his .473 batting average he attained in 1958, which is only two percentage points away from the all-time EKU single season batting mark.
Cottle played two years for the EKU women’s basketball team from 1983-85, collecting first-team All-OVC honors each season. She holds program records for most double-doubles (16), most rebounds (310) and best field goal percentage in a single year.
Stephens played four years of basketball at EKU from 1958-1963. Three of those seasons were spent under the tutelage of legendary coach Paul McBrayer. His top season was his senior year when he was captain of the Maroons, and the team’s point guard and leader. He averaged 12.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game that season, was chosen the team’s Most Valuable Player and named to the All-OVC team.
Patton played fullback from 1977-80 where he was a member of three All-OVC teams, including being named to the first team in 1978 and 1979. He was the starting fullback and the leading rusher in the 1979 national championship game, in which Eastern crushed Lehigh 30-7.
Friedrich played for coach Elvis Dominguez’ EKU baseball team from 2006-2008, was a three-time All-America pitcher and first team All-OVC selection. In 2008, he was the 25th pick in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Colorado Rockies. This season, Friedrich has been a regular starter for the San Diego Padres.