HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Huntington University Department of Athletics announced its 2013 class of Hall of Fame inductees. The inductees, Eric Ade, Stephanie (Stearns) Lochmueller, Kent Paul and Doug Sheckler, were honored for their contributions to the Forester Athletic Department at the annual Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon on Saturday, November 9 at the Habacker Dining Commons.
Eric Ade (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was honored for his significant contribution to the Huntington University men’s track and field and cross country programs during the years of 1996-2000. As a freshman on Coach Tom King’s cross country squad, the Fort Wayne native helped put the Foresters on the map. After earning All-Conference honors as a rookie and qualifying for Nationals as an individual, Eric set the stage for things to come. He was a key cog in helping lead the team to back-to-back NAIA National Cross Country Championship appearances where the Foresters finished sixth in 1999, the highest team finish by any HU athletic team at that time and second highest finish to date. Eric was also an integral member of the HU track team. In addition to being crowned the Conference Champion in the Steeplechase as a senior, the All-Conference honoree went on to compete on the national stage in that same event where he claimed 10th at the 2000 NAIA Outdoor National Track & Field Championships. Eric graduated from Huntington holding the school record in the Steeplechase and 3,000 meters. His name still appears in the HU record books as he has clocked one of the top ten fastest times in program history in six different events.
Stephanie (Stearns) Lochmueller (Huntington, Ind.) was honored for her significant contributions to the Huntington University volleyball programs during the years of 2004-2008. Stephanie quickly established herself as one of the best at her craft. She served as Huntington’s defensive specialist and was tops in the Mid-Central Conference at it, earning All-Conference honors all four years. A Second Team All-Conference pick as a freshman, Stephanie went on to earn First Team All-Conference honors over the next three years in addition to being named the league’s Libero of the Year three consecutive seasons. She was also named to the NAIA All-Region Team as a senior. Stephanie has left a permanent mark on the program. She graduated from Huntington holding school records in three different statistical categories including digs, passing and serving for a single season as well as for a career.
Kent Paul (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was honored for his significant contributions to the Huntington University men’s basketball programs during the years of 1963-1966. After spending his first year at IU where he played football and basketball, Kent splashed onto the scene at Huntington College in the fall of 1963 where he donned a Forester uniform for three years. He wasted little time making his presence known on the basketball court where he averaged 23.7 points throughout his collegiate career to fuel a Huntington squad that scored over 100 points on nine different occasions during his three-year stint as a Forester. His final home game was deemed Kent Paul Night. The game was played at Community Gym, a facility Kent played in since grade school, where he didn’t disappoint. The hometown hero scored 32 points to lead his team to a lopsided win over Taylor. The Huntington native and three-time All-Conference honoree finished his career with a total of 1,657 points which currently places him 17th on the Foresters’ list of all-time scorers.
Doug Sheckler (Columbia City, Ind.) was honored for his significant contribution to the Huntington University men’s basketball program during the years of 2004-2008. Doug’s impact on the Forester program was immediate. As a freshman, he earned Third Team All-Conference accolades, averaging 12 points and 3.9 rebounds to help guide HU to a conference championship and berth to the national tournament. Each of the next two years, his contributions were instrumental to the Foresters’ well-documented success. Doug repeated as a Third Team All-Conference pick by hovering right around 13 points per outing, leading the team in blocks and finding himself back at the National Tournament with bragging rights of reaching the championship game as a sophomore. Doug really came into his own as a senior. He elevated his game to another level scoring 18.2 points and grabbing 7.3 rebounds per contest and for his efforts was named the Conference Player of the Year and earned NAIA First Team All-America honors. Doug is only the sixth Forester in program history to be selected for both awards in the same year. Doug completed his career as a Forester with 1,732 points placing him 13th on Huntington’s all-time scorer’s list.