Two Foresters to be inducted into HC Hall of Fame

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2002-11-13
HUNTINGTON, IN – Two Huntington College Foresters will be inducted into the Huntington College Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 23. Jim Wilson and Darren Tecklenburg will be honored at a ceremony held during the Huntington College/Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Classic in the Merillat Complex for Physical Education and Recreation.

The ceremony will take place during half time of the championship game of the basketball tournament. Game time is set for 3 p.m. A luncheon in honor of the inductees will be open to the public on Saturday at 11 a.m. Held in the Habecker Dining Commons, the cost is $10 for anyone interested in attending the luncheon.

Jim Wilson is being honored for his significant contribution as coach of the Huntington College baseball program during the years of 1969-1981.

Wilson began his coaching career at Huntington College as an assistant under Ray Zimmerman in 1969. When Zimmerman returned to Canada the following year, Wilson stepped into the head coach position and turned the program into a perennial powerhouse in the Mid-Central Conference and NAIA District 21. During Wilson’s tenure, the Forester program complied a 131-16 record in the MCC, including four straight undefeated conference seasons his last four years, and winning or tying for the conference championship 11 of his 13 seasons. Coach Wilson’s teams also won the NAIA District 21 title three times and finished runner-up on four other occasions. In addition to being named MCC Coach of the Year nine times, Wilson was selected as the District 21 Coach of the Year three times and was one of eight coaches across the nation to receive All-Area Coach of the Year honors in 1974.

Overall, Wilson’s teams won more than twice as many as they lost, compiling a 235-115 record. His teams also compiled a .292 batting average in all games and .324 in conference match-ups during his 13 years, and his pitchers had an overall combined ERA of 2.47 and 1.17 in the MCC.

Wilson had three players sign professional contracts – Terry Zorger with the Dodgers in 1972, Doug Neuenschwander with the Reds in 1977, and Mark Parker with the Cubs in 1978. Under Coach Wilson’s leadership, two Foresters received NAIA All-America honors (Zorger and Parker), two earned NAIA Academic All-America honors (Kent Pyle and Parker), one was named to the All-MidWest Area VI team (Gerry Tilker), 21 were selected as NAIA All-District players, and 52 athletes were named to MCC All-Conference teams.

After receiving his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1964, Wilson headed to Ball State University, where he completed an M.B.A. in 1967. In 1968, he moved to Huntington and joined the Huntington College faculty as a member of the business department. He taught business and economics courses through 1976, then resigned to work in real estate. He founded Wilson Realty & Development in 1978 and continues to operate the business with his wife Gloria.

Darren Tecklenburg is being honored for his significant contribution to the Huntington College baseball and soccer programs during the years of 1986-1990.

Tecklenburg’s athletic abilities led to a very decorated career as a Forester. During his four seasons as a soccer and baseball player, Tecklenburg received 18 different post-season individual honors at the conference, district, and national levels.

As a soccer player, Tecklenburg was a defensive stopper for Coach Joe Harding and played a significant role in helping the team compile a 61-24 record during his four years. As a junior and senior, he earned MCC All-Conference, NAIA All-District, NCCAA All-District, NAIA All-Area, and NCCAA All-American honors. He also was selected as an NCCAA Academic All-American as a junior and an NAIA All-American as a senior. For all the talent Tecklenburg possessed, it was more than his athleticism that made an impression on Coach Harding. “Tecklenburg was a great player, but more importantly I saw the character of a man, desiring to know God, grow into maturity through his years at Huntington,” said Harding. Tecklenburg culminated his outstanding soccer career by being one of 32 soccer players from across the country invited to participate in the prestigious Senior Bowl All-Star game.

Tecklenburg was equally adept on the baseball field. As a pitcher and first baseman for Coach Mike Frame, he earned All-Conference honors during his freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons, and he received All-District honors as a junior and senior. It was as a junior in the spring of 1989 that Tecklenburg put together his finest performance. He led the nation in homeruns per at bat and he was third in the nation in RBIs per games played. Tecklenburg’s appearance in the national statistics led to his selection as an NAIA All-American first baseman. His 17 homeruns and 54 RBIs that season were school record-setting efforts, both of which still stand in the record books today. Tecklenburg concluded his illustrious career holding three other school records, including 31 career homeruns, 33 career wins, and 30 complete games as a Forester hurler.

As a student at Huntington College, Tecklenburg twice earned Dean’s List honors and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 1990. Tecklenburg currently serves as the customer service and project manager for Westburn Electric for all of Alberta. He resides in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife Leslie and children Cal, age 4, and Holly, age 2.

Seventeen individuals already reside in the Huntington College Hall of Fame. Last year began an annual tradition of inducting Forester Hall of Famers. Each year the induction ceremony will be held during the Huntington College men’s basketball tournament. Those already inducted include Steve Platt (basketball), Ralph “Boag” Johnson (basketball), Thomas Rethlake (basketball), Dean Merryman (basketball), Ray Zimmerman (soccer, baseball), Roger Skinner (tennis, basketball, baseball, golf), Glen Longenbaugh (baseball, basketball), E. DeWitt Baker (baseball, President of HC), William Leiter (basketball), Dana Neuenschwander McClung (tennis, basketball), Richard Klopfenstein (basketball, AD for 25 years), Bai Kabia (soccer), Mark Parker (baseball), Rebecca Stump Younce (basketball), Tom King (cross-country, track, AD for 9 years), John “Buddy” Labor (soccer), and Steve Younce (basketball).

Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. US News & World Report ranks Huntington among the Top 10 comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.

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