Huntington, Ind.— Four Huntington College Foresters will be inducted into the Huntington College Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 22, 2003. James Arnett, Mike Frame, George Grosskopf and Patricia Zezula will be honored at a ceremony held during the Huntington College/Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Classic basketball tournament in the Merillat Complex for Physical Education and Recreation.
The ceremony will take place during the tournament’s half time of the championship game. Game time is set for 3 p.m.
Jim Arnett, Huntington's first national champion in any sport, is the most awarded student-athlete to date at HC.
James Arnett is being honored for his significant contribution to the Huntington College track and field program from 1994-1998. During those years, he became Huntington’s most awarded student-athlete to date and its first national champion, earning four national titles and 14 All-American honors.
Arnett was a standout in the shot put, discus and indoor weight throws. His four national titles each came in the shot put, during the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1996 and 1997, and the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships in 1997 and 1998.
He continues to hold the Huntington College school record in the shot put with a throw of 60 feet, 10 inches, and in the discus with a toss of 184-1. When he graduated from Huntington with a degree in educational ministries in 1998, Arnett left with eight All-American honors in the shot put, four in the discus and two in the indoor weight throw.
Mike Frame has established a well-known and well-respected baseball program at Huntington during his 20-years of coaching.
Mike Frame is being honored for his current 20-year stretch as coach of the Huntington College baseball program.
In 1984, Frame took control of a team that played its way to a combined 10-54 record in the two years prior. By the 1986-87 season, with a 29-14 record, Frame’s team won its first of six consecutive MCC (Mid-Central Conference) titles, turning an entire organization around in just three seasons. Since then, Frame has coached his Foresters to a 461-370 overall record and led them to ten MCC conference or tournament titles. He has been named MCC Coach of the Year on five occasions and has been honored with the NAIA District 21 and NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) District Coach of the Year awards.
Frame has coached four players who have signed Major League contracts, nine NAIA All-Americans, five NAIA All-American Scholar-Athletes and 26 MCC All-Conference athletes. He has helped develop Forest Glen Field into arguably one of the most picturesque baseball fields in the state.
George Grosskopf served significant roles in athletic administration in Indiana.
George Grosskopf is being honored for his outstanding achievements in the field of athletic administration.
Grosskopf began coaching at the high school level after graduating from Huntington College in 1950. In 1967, he was named the athletic director at Pike High School (Ind.). During his twenty years at Pike, Grosskopf oversaw 20 interscholastic athletic programs and a 15-sport summer recreation program. He was also president of the Central Suburban Athletic Conference, which he founded in 1972. After retiring from Pike in 1987, Grosskopf was appointed by the Marion County Principals Association as its athletic coordinator, overseeing all 20 county sports until 1992.
Grosskopf has been recognized many times for his contributions as an athletic administrator. He received the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association’s (I.I.A.A.A.) Merit Award in 1986 and was awarded the I.I.A.A.A.’s Athletic Director of the Year in 1987. He was again named Athletic Director of the Year in 1988 by both the Indiana Coaches Association and the Midwest Coaches Association. In 2001, the Pike School Board named its football facility “George C. Grosskopf Stadium.” Most recently, Grosskopf was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame as the 2003 St. Vincent Silver Medallist.
Patricia Zezula was a pioneer for women's athletics and women in athletic administration in the state of Indiana.
Patricia Zezula is being honored for her 35 years of service to the Huntington College athletics department and long-term service as a member of the College’s faculty.
Zezula began at HC, her alma mater, as an instructor, assistant athletic director and coach in 1969, immediately following graduation. From the beginning, she was an advocate of women’s athletics, helping acquire the first funding for women’s sports at Huntington College in 1969. During her first 15 years at Huntington, Zezula periodically assumed head coaching responsibilities of every woman’s sport at the College. In 1982, she was named the athletic director, making her the first female intercollegiate athletic director in the state of Indiana, in which she aided in the beginnings of women’s sports in the MCC.
Throughout her time as a major contributor to Huntington College athletics, Zezula equally established herself as a major contributor in the College’s faculty. The chair of the physical education department since 1981, she has also been involved with the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD), serving as the president of the association from 1992-1993. In 2002, she received the Honor Award from IAHPERD, which recognizes an outstanding individual with distinguished service to health, physical education, recreation, dance and/or allied areas.
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