By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University and Crusaders Athletics is proud to announce that six very deserving individuals will join the ranks of the elite as new members of the CU Athletics Hall of Fame. The honorees include Jake Beck '05 (basketball), Matt Spitz '08 (football), Amanda Carroll-Dingess '04 (softball), Ron Swearingin '04 (football), Kyle Hausler '06 (football), and Rocky Pentello '07 (football). The new inductees will be honored and enshrined into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 29, 2018 as a part of Capital's homecoming festivities.
JAKE BECK '05 | MEN'S BASKETBALL
One of the most decorated men's basketball players in modern school history, Jake Beck was a three-time All-OAC honoree, an all-region selection and won three team awards. The athletic power forward blended speed and power to become one of the most dangerous weapons in the OAC during his time and one of the most versatile players in Capital history from the moment he stepped on campus.
As a freshman in 2001-02, Beck played in 26 games, scored 202 points and grabbed 103 rebounds. For his efforts, Beck earned the team's Newcomer of the Year award as the team went 23-5 overall and 14-4 in the OAC.
As a sophomore, Beck increased his scored total by more than 100 points and finished with 323 points in 28 games for an average of 11.5 points per game. Beck led the team with a .538 field goal percentage and was second in scoring. He also set a new career high with 133 rebounds. For his efforts, Beck was named to the All-OAC Second Team and was the team's Knell Costello Most Improved Player. Of the three Crusaders named all-conference that season, Beck was the only underclassman on the All-OAC list. The Crusaders finished 22-6 overall and 15-3 in conference play, and went on to win the OAC regular season championship with Beck as a full-time starter.
His junior year saw Beck reach new heights as a player with 354 total points and a career-high 172 rebounds. He also earned his first All-OAC First Team nod after having the second-most points on the team. In a season which Capital finished 17-9, Beck hit double-digit point totals in 20 games and his 6.6 rebounds per game led the team.
The Maumee, Ohio native took his game to yet another level as a senior with a team-leading, career-best 385 points (15.4 ppg) and a team-high 159 rebounds. Beck was honored as a First Team All-OAC player for the second time and he received regional honors with a spot on the NABC All-Region Second Team. The Crusaders finished the year with a 16-9 overall record and went 12-6 in the OAC.
Beck finished his career with 1,264 total points and graduated with the 13th-most points in program history. He currently sits 15th on the all-time scoring list. Beck is one of 11 Crusaders to be named to the All-OAC First Team more than once. Beck played in 105 games in his four years with 79 starts. The Crusaders compiled a 78-29 overall record with Beck on the team with a 52-20 conference mark.
AMANDA CARROLL-DINGESS '04 | SOFTBALL
A prolific offensive threat in the batter's box, Amanda Carroll-Dingess established herself as a reliable and powerful softball player at Capital from 2001-04. The third baseman showed a keen batter's eye at the plate, rarely missing her pitch and often making opposing pitchers pay for their mistakes.
As a freshman in 2001, Carroll-Dingess played in 42 games, hitting .391 (52-133) with six doubles and two home runs. She batted in 31 of her teammates as the Crusaders finished the year 24-17-1 overall and 11-7 in the OAC.
Her 2001 season was just a primer for things to come and in 2002, she forced her name into the conversation for best player in the OAC. Carroll-Dingess again recorded 52 hits but did so in 125 at-bats, bumping her average to .416. She also hit twice as many doubles than the year before with 12 and she elevated her RBI total to 39. Carroll-Dingess also exhibited her increased power by mashing 11 home runs, then a program record for most home runs in a single season. Her 13 career home runs after her sophomore season put her on the list for the most career homers in program history. She went on to become the second softball player at Capital to be named an All-American with a third team selection. She also earned a place on the All-OAC First Team as the Crusaders posted a 30-10-1 overall record and 16-2 conference record en route to the OAC regular season championship and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance.
As an encore to her record-breaking season, Carroll-Dingess set a career-high with 56 hits, a .421 batting average and 48 runs batted in, a school record at the time. She came back to blast nine home runs that season, but again she hit her way onto the All-OAC First Team and the Crusaders went 27-14 overall.
Carroll-Dingess capped off her career in 2004 with a .378 batting average, 45 hits, five home runs and 31 doubles. At the time of her graduation in 2004, Carroll-Dingess was the career leader in home runs with 27 and currently ranks fourth. She was second on the all-time program lists in hits (205) and runs batted in (149) and third in batting average (.402), at-bats (510) and doubles (35). The Crusaders went 104-58-2 overall in Carroll-Dingess' four years and 48-24 in the OAC.
KYLE HAUSLER '06 | FOOTBALL
One of the most feared defensive backs in the history of the Ohio Athletic Conference, All-American safety Kyle Hausler locked down the Capital defensive backfield with fervor and tenacity for four seasons.
Hausler came to Capital from Hilliard, Ohio and immediately made a difference on the field as a freshman. Hausler set a single-season school record with 10 interceptions in 2002, a mark that still stands today. Four of those picks came in Capital's game against rival Otterbein on October 12 and the 10 interceptions tied the OAC record for most picks in a season. He also made 56 total tackles in his 10 games played. The OAC named Hausler to the all-conference second team but his play was more widely heralded y those around the region when he was tabbed First Team All-Region. His climb to the top was accelerated when he later became the first freshman in school history to be named an All-American, an honor he received from both the Football Gazette and Hewlett Packard.
He followed up his outstanding freshman season with an equally impressive sophomore campaign in 2004. Hausler set a career high with 70 total tackles and intercepted seven passes. Three of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns, including a 98-yard return against Wittenberg in the season opener that set the program record for longest interception return. Hausler earned a place on the All-OAC First Team and was again named First Team All-Region.
Hausler's 2005 season saw him set a career high with 58 solo tackles feeding into his 62 total stops, and intercepted six passes. All this helped Capital advance to the third round of the NCAA Playoffs, the deepest run a Capital team had ever made in the playoff era to date. Again, Hausler was named to the All-OAC and All-Region first teams and he received the Lee Tressel award, given to the OAC's top defensive back. He was also named the North Region Defensive Player of the Year and became the second Capital player to receive three All-American awards after he was named D3football.com All-America First Team.
The safety returned for his senior season in 2006 but was limited to only six games as the Crusaders again reached the third round of the NCAA Playoffs. Still, Hausler made 34 total tackles.
Hausler finished his career with 222 total tackles (164 solo, 58 assisted) in 39 games and still holds the school record with 23 career interceptions.
ROCKY PENTELLO '07 | FOOTBALL
In a time when football had not featured quite as much passing as seen today, former Capital quarterback Rocky Pentello broke the mold, leading an aerial attack that kept opposing OAC defensive coordinators and players awake at night. The 6-foot, 1-inch signal caller holds nearly every Cap passing record in the book and may for some time to come.
After making one appearance in 2002 with 91 yards and a touchdown, Pentello took over the starting job in 2003 and let the ball fly 361 times with 242 completions for 3,083 yards and 28 touchdowns. Pentello was named All-OAC Second Team, All-Region First Team and was a Third-Team All-American selection in a season which Capital went 8-2.
The 2004 season resulted in a Second Team All-OAC nod behind 2,599 passing yards and 18 passing touchdowns, which set in motion a determination to make his junior season one of the best a Capital quarterback had ever seen.
He did just that, setting a then-career high with 3,171 passing yards. He also completed a career-best 277 passes and led his receivers to the end zone 28 times. Pentello received his third All-OAC second team bid in 2005 as he led Capital to its first NCAA playoff appearance since 1987 and the first 10-win season in program history.
The Crusaders reached the NCAA Playoffs again in 2006 which proved to be Pentello's most prolific offensive season. The senior completed 262-of-409 passes for 3,625 yards and 36 scores, both school records. His performances finally earned him a spot on the All-OAC first team and he received his second All-American award. He also received the OAC's Mike Gregory Award, given annually to the conference's best offensive lineman or back. Capital won 11 games in 2006, a program record.
Over his five years, Pentello amassed 12,569 passing yards, 12,126 yards of total offense, 1,011 completions and 111 touchdowns, all program records. He holds the single-season records for total offense (3,508 yards, 2006), passing yards (3,625, 2006), completions (277, 2005) and passing touchdowns (36, 2006). He occupies the top three slots on the total offense and passing yards single-season leaderboards. Not only did he fill up his stat sheet but Pentello quarterbacked the Crusaders to a 36-10 overall record in his time.
MATT SPITZ '08 | FOOTBALL
Record-setting offenses were a staple at Capital in the mid-2000s and the prolific scoring extended to the kicking game as well. Two-time All-American Matt Spitz served as the starting placekicker for the Crusaders from 2005-07 and rewrote the books one kick at a time.
As a sophomore in 2005, Spitz assumed the kicking duties and promptly got to work. Spitz converted 14 of his 16 field goal attempts that season, good for 87.5 percent. He also topped the 90-percent mark on extra points, going 37-for-40. His 14 made field goals and 79 points were both school records at the time. Spitz was named First Team All-OAC, was an all-region selection and was honored as an All-American.
As an encore, Spitz received all three of those awards again in 2006 while breaking his own school records for made extra points and total points. The sophomore converted 12 field goals and made 49 PATs for a total of 85 points. He also set single-game records with four field goals and 14 points on October 10 against Otterbein. He repeated his success with First Team All-OAC, all-region and All-America honors.
Spitz added to his career totals as a senior, again eclipsing the 75-point mark with 77 total points in 2007. He set a career high and program record with 16 made field goals and converted 29-of-31 extra points. Spitz earned his third First Team All-OAC award in 2007.
Capital made the NCAA playoffs in all three of Spitz's years as a starter and he finished his career with 42 made field goals, 115 made extra points out of 127 (90.6%) and 241 total points. He holds the Capital single-season records for most points by a kicker (85, 2006), most field goals made (16, 2007) and most extra points made (49, 2006).
RON SWEARINGIN '04 | FOOTBALL
Perhaps one of the most intimidating and dangerous defensive players in Capital history, linebacker Ron Swearingin was the first athlete at Capital University to earn three All-America honors while punishing opposing quarterbacks from 2000-03.
Swearingin made an immediate impact as a freshman in 2000, setting the single-season program record with 139 total tackles. He made 23 tackles for loss, including 6.5 sacks. If that was not enough, he also nabbed three interceptions. For his efforts, Swearingin was named to the All-OAC honorable mention team.
In 2001, Swearingin came back strong as ever and bested his previous school record in tackles with an eye-popping 146 total stops. Swearingin led a defense that allowed almost 100 fewer points than it did in 2000 and sparked a four-win improvement over the previous season. The Crusaders gave up 10 fewer points per game than the previous season as the sophomore added three sacks and one interception. For the first time, Swearingin was named to the All-OAC First Team and he was named First Team All-Region by Football Gazette. His sophomore year also marked the first of his All-American seasons with First Team All-American honors from Football Gazette and a Third Team All-America nod from Hewlett Packard. Swearingin became the first Crusader to earn First Team All-America honors since 1988.
Capital's defense was even better in 2002 with Swearingin leading a unit that again reduced the number of points allowed by nearly 100 and gave up only 17.9 points per game. The linebacker topped the 100-tackle plateau for the third year with 116 stops and his sack total increased to 4.5. He was again named First Team All-OAC, First Team All-Region, First Team All-America by Football Gazette and Third Team All-America by Hewlett Packard. With his second First Team All-America selection, he became the first Capital player to receive the honor twice.
As unbelievable as it may be, the 2003 season was the most decorated of Swearingin's career. A preseason All-America pick, the senior again reached 100 total tackles, recorded 14 tackles for loss and made four sacks. The Crusaders gave up only 18.6 points per game as the team went 8-2, tying the Stagg Bowl-winning team of 1970 for number of wins in a season. The linebacker earned his third First Team All-OAC nod, third First Team All-Region selection and third First Team All-America honor from Football Gazette. He solidified himself as the most decorated Capital football player after he received the Bill Edwards Award as the OAC's Most Outstanding Linebacker and Football Gazette named him North Region Defensive Player of the Year and National Defensive Player of the Year, two of the most coveted honors in Division III football.
Swearingin finished his four years on the gridiron with 501 total tackles, the most ever by a Crusader. He also set the single-season record for tackles with 146 in 2001 and his 23 tackles against Heidelberg on Sept. 15, 2001, are the most in a single game in school history.
Nearly seven years after Swearingin graduated, D3football.com announced its 2000's All-Decade Team recognizing the best of the best that played from 2000-2009. Swearingin and teammate Kyle Hausler were both named to the All-Decade team with Swearingin earning second team honors and Hausler earned first team recognition.
All six inductees will be honored at halftime of the Capital/Baldwin Wallace football game which is set to kick off on Saturday, September 29 at 1:30 p.m. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place that evening in The Capital Center Performance Arena. The reception for the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the dinner and program beginning at 6:30 p.m.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Friday, September 21 by registering online or by calling the Office of Alumni Engagement at 866-544-6180.