Huntington, Ind.—Keith Spahr, Russ Isaacs and Jeff Shepherd will be inducted into the Huntington College Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 20, 2004. The ceremonies will take place at halftime of the championship basketball game of the Huntington College/Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Classic. Game time is set for 3 p.m.
The Hall of Fame Classic tournament will begin Friday, November 19, at 6 p.m., with Geneva College (Pa.) playing Siena Heights University (Mich.). The night cap at 8 p.m., will showcase the Huntington College Foresters versus Trinity International University (Ill.) The consolation game will be contested on Saturday at 1 p.m., with the championship game to follow. For more information on the Classic, contact the Huntington College Athletics Office at (260) 359-4212. Individual tickets may be purchased at the gate on game day at $10 for two days or $6 for one day.
Keith Spahr, Huntington College men’s basketball coach from 1970-1983, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for his contributions to the program. In the fall of 1970, Spahr accepted the head coaching position and quickly turned a struggling program around by posting a school record 23 wins and only seven losses in his first season.
Spahr brought an unprecedented sense of excitement to Huntington College men’s basketball, and during his 12-year career as head coach, built a 165-134 record and a 54.7 winning percentage. Spahr led eight of his 12 teams to post-season play in the NAIA District 21 tournament, and his 1977-78 team earned a share of the Mid-Central Conference (MCC) title, resulting in his selection as both MCC and NAIA District 21 Coach of the Year. Spahr’s 23 wins during his inaugural 1970-71 season remained a school record for 28 years
Russ Isaacs will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for his outstanding success as coach of the Fort Wayne Snider High School football program. A three-sport athlete in soccer, wrestling, and baseball during his four years as a Forester from 1971-1975, Isaacs took over as head coach for Snider football in 1991. Within a year, Isaacs had led Snider to a state title and earned honors as State Coach of the Year. In 2002, Isaacs and Snider returned to the title game, where they finished as runners-up.
In 14 seasons, Isaacs has accumulated an astounding 149-23 record and seven Summit Athletic Conference titles, 10 Sectional, six Regional, and two Semi-State titles. He has coached 89 All-Conference athletes and 37 all-state selections. In 1997, Isaacs earned the privilege of coaching the Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) North-South All-Star game, an organization that he served for on the Board of Directors from 1995-97, and as President in 1996-97. This season, Isaacs’ currently undefeated, top-ranked team is on track for a run at the state title again.
Jeff Shepherd will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for his contribution to the Huntington College men’s basketball program during the years of 1995-1999. An outstanding shooter from behind the arc, Shepherd broke three school records in three-point shooting during his freshman season. He would continue to break his own record for three-pointers made in a season three times during his Forester career.
Shepherd’s successful sophomore year earned him selection to the MCC All-Conference First Team and the NAIA Honorable Mention All-America Team. As a junior, Shepherd averaged 21.4 points per game, receiving All-Conference Second Team and NAIA Honorable Mention All-America team honors. In his senior season, Shepherd average 24.4 points per game and culminated an exceptional career by earning the MCC Player of the Year award and selection to the NAIA First Team All-America.
Shepherd holds records for highest free throw percentage in a game at 1.000 (12-12), best career free throw percentage (82.4%), most three-point field goal attempts in a game (15) and season (295), and most three-point field goals in a game (10) and career (442). In four years at Huntington, Shepherd scored 2,565 career points, second only to his coach and mentor, Steve Platt.