Capital to Welcome Five New Members into Athletics Hall of Fame

Capital to Welcome Five New Members into Athletics Hall of Fame

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University, its Department of Athletics and the Department of Alumni Engagement will welcome five new inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame on October 12 as part of its Homecoming festivities. The Class of 2019 will include Jeff Flamm '91 (men's soccer), Jessie Hampson '08 (volleyball), Nate Stahl '09 (men's basketball), Sara (Heitkamp) Dick '06 (women's basketball) and Nathan Thornhill '07 (men's track and field).

JEFF FLAMM '91

Jeff Flamm was a four-time First Team All-OAC selection for the Capital men's soccer team between 1987 and 1990. In that four-year span, the Crusaders were a combined 37-15-11 (.674) overall, 25-6-3 (.779), and were named consensus OAC co-champions twice.

Flamm made a great impact in just his first year by scoring a team-leading 12 goals, which included a hat trick against The College of Wooster in an early October contest. He also added three assists to total 27 points following the completion of his freshman campaign. The Crusaders went 8-5-3 overall and 6-1-1 against Ohio Athletic Conference opponents. That landed them a share of the OAC Championship, a first in program history. Flamm earned the first of four First Team All-OAC honors at season's end.

Flamm's sophomore season landed him another double-digit goal total and more than 20 points. Flamm and the Crusaders put up a respectable 5-2-1 conference ledger in 1988. He posted 10 goals and one assist, good for 21 points and a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Mideast Team.

His junior season turned out to be a breakout year for Flamm as he and the Crusaders ran out to claim a share of the OAC championship, the second in three seasons. Flamm went on to score a then career-high 12 goals and topple his previous assist mark with nine helpers in 1989. His 33-point season granted him a third First Team All-OAC honor but also placed him on two other prestigious postseason lists. He was also named to the Third Team All-Ohio squad and Third Team All-Mideast by the NSCAA.

Flamm capped off his collegiate career with seven goals, five of which came in OAC competition, and three assists for 17 points in a season Cap went 8-8-1 overall and 6-2-1 in conference. His career concluded with his fourth First Team All-OAC nod, then making him just the second four-time first teamer in program history. Only two others have accomplished that since.

Over the course of his career, Flamm totaled 41 goals, 16 assists and 114 points.

JESSIE HAMPSON '08

Jessie Hampson graduated as one of the most decorated volleyball players in Capital history for her numbers on and off of the court. An academic and athletic All-American, Hampson holds numerous single-season and career program records that still stand today.

Hampson came to Capital in 2004 after playing her first year at Ohio Northern University and then sitting out the mandatory year for an in-conference transfer. She began tearing it up for the Purple and White the following year. In that first year, she helped guide the Crusaders to their first OAC Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in a year which Cap set the program record for wins in a season (32). It was also a year in which she set the CU record for block assists in a season after posting 162. Hampson went on to lead the team and finish atop the conference with 378 kills and a .376 hit percentage.

The following year, Cap returned to the NCAA Tournament and won its first NCAA Tournament match while finishing the season 26-10 overall. Hampson blew out her offensive numbers after recording 447 kills and improving her efficiency with a .335 hit percentage. On the defensive end, she added another 178 blocks, 61 of those solo, to her career total.

Hampson continued to impress during her senior year after eclipsing 500 kills in a season, sharing the team lead with 28 service aces and putting forth another 188 blocks to again lead the Crusaders. Her 83 solo blocks set another single-season Capital record, and with 513 kills that placed her third in a single-season in that category.

Over the course of her career, Hampson was crowned OAC Player of the Year twice (2005 and 2007) and was named First Team All-OAC and AVCA All-Great Lakes Region all three years while at Cap. The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) tabbed Hampson with All-America status three times, twice a second team selection and a first teamer as a senior.

Her academics were just as strong as she was named Academic All-OAC in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, she was named CoSIDA Academic All-District and the following year she was honored as a Third Team ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American. In the spring of 2008, Capital and the Ohio Athletic Conference recognized Hampson as the Clyde Lamb Award Winner for top female student-athlete based on citizenship, athletics and academic prowess.

In addition to multiple single-season records that still stand with her name attached, Hampson also holds the Capital career block assist (384) and total blocks (574) records. She also ranks second in solo blocks (190) and third in kills (1,338), this all just in three years.

NATE STAHL '09

From 2005 to 2009, no other Capital Crusader scored at the rate of Nate Stahl. Some of the best Capital teams came while Stahl led the Crusaders' offense, as seen by the program's OAC titles and deep NCAA Tournament runs.

Stahl graduated a two-time All-American as named by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), among many additional accolades. While those honors came later in his career, success on the court came immediately.

As a freshman in 2005, Stahl played in all 25 contests, led the team in scoring by a wide margin, averaging 14.8 points per game and a 45.4 percent (132-291) shooting mark from the field. He also served as the Crusaders' top 3-point threat having hit 71-of-169 (.420) attempts. Twenty-six assists, 26 steals, 18 blocks, a Second Team All-OAC selection, plus the team setting the foundation for years to come helped Stahl label his freshman campaign a huge success.

The 2006-07 season set into motion a tremendous run of Cap Hoops teams, and Stahl was at the forefront of it all. He nearly equaled his point production ( 391, 13.9 ppg) and matched his rebound totals (119, 4.6) from the previous season, but also saw his assist total and shooting percentages rise as a sophomore. Stahl shot 47.1 percent (139-295) and better than 50 percent from behind the arc (72-139, .518) to guide the Crusaders to an 18-8 overall record and 13-5 OAC record for the first of its back-to-back regular season championship. The Crusaders went on to defeat John Carroll University in the OAC Tournament Championship to seal its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1996. Stahl was rewarded by being named First Team All-OAC and with the first of three NABC all-region accolades behind a second team nod. The best was yet to come.

Surrounded by an even better supporting cast as a junior, Stahl and the Crusaders set a then-program record with 24 wins, won its second straight OAC regular season championship and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where it defeated Bethany College in its first-round matchup in Columbus. He joined the ranks of few by scoring his 1,000th point as a junior that season, and went on to average 13.2 points (383 total), 4.7 rebounds (137), and collected 30 steals plus 20 blocks. After being named First Team All-OAC and OAC Player of the Year, and collecting two different all-region laurels, the NABC called and named Stahl an All-American, Capital's first in two decades.

The 2009 season was magical for the program and for Stahl. For the third time in his four seasons, Stahl led the Crusaders in the scoring department and put forth his best season. Behind 453 points (14.6 ppg), 133 rebounds (4.3 rpg), 32 assists, 25 blocks, and 32 steals, Stahl was crucial in Cap's record-setting season. His shooting lines were superb again as he surpassed 45 percent efficiency from both the field and 3-point range. As the points compiled, so did wins. The Crusaders went on to reset the program record for wins in a season (26) and earned an at-large bid to the Big Dance, where the Purple and White made its magical Sweet 16 run. Stahl and the Crusaders went on to defeat Thomas More College in overtime in the first round and then followed that with a two-point win over The College of Wooster to propel them to the furthest a CU team has ever been since the 64-team field had been established. Once again, Stahl was tabbed OAC Player of the Year, an all-region selection by the NABC and D3Hoops.com, and donned All-America status for the second year in a row.

At the end of it all, Stahl ended his Capital career with 1,596 points scored which ranks him second all-time in CU history. He was a two-year team captain, four-time All-OAC selection (three times to the first team), collected seven different all-region honors, and a two-time All-American.

 

SARA HEITKAMP DICK '06

Few come close to or surpass the impact an individual has had on any one program. Sara Heitkamp Dick has her name strewn all over the Capital Women's Basketball record books and honor roll lists, leading to her induction.

Heitkamp has established herself as one of the most dominant point guards in CU history, feeding into a long line of program success. She began her run toward Player of the Year and All-America status as a freshman when she put forth an all-conference effort behind 11.1 points per game (255 points), a .509 field goal shooting percentage, 3.7 rebounds per game (85 rebounds), 62 steals, 57 assists, and eight blocks. That set the tone for Cap's ascent for the next three years.

In 2003-04, Heitkamp led the Crusaders to the first of six consecutive 20-win seasons. She put forth shooting percentages north of 40 percent from both areas and watched her rebounds and points per game sail in the same direction. Capital won 15 conference games that season. Heitkamp set the single-season record for steals with 116 swipes. She finished the season as a First Team All-OAC honoree, which fed into her Second Team D3Hoops.com All-Great Lakes Region selection.

As a junior the following year, Heitkamp rattled off another 20-win season and played its way into the OAC Tournament Championship before falling just short. That did not stop Heitkamp from putting forth her best year to date. The OAC took special notice of her 18.9 points per game (491 points), 5.9 rebounds per game (153 rebounds), 92 steals, 108 assists, and 49 percent success rate from the field. All of this led her to be named the Helen Ludwig OAC Player of the Year for the first time in her career and later to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Year. To highlight a superior year, she was also nominated and selected to the DIII News All-America Team.

Heitkamp saved the best for last. Her senior year witnessed her ascent in the CU record books with numbers that continued to surpass her previous marks. Now a regular in the national rankings landing as high as No. 10 in Division III, Heitkamp and the Crusaders surpassed the 25-win mark, won the program's eighth OAC Tournament title, then went on to play in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, which was hosted at The Capital Center. She set career highs in all the major categories: points (549, 18.3), rebounds (183, 6.1), and assists (109), while serving up a still-impressive 99 steals, and a field goal shooting percentage just above 50 percent. With national attention looming around the program, it is no surprise that Heitkamp had a major haul of postseason awards following the close of the 2005-06 season. She claimed her third First Team All-Conference honor, was named OAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, and represented CU as the Clyde Lamb Award recipient. Heitkamp was then named an All-American by three different organizations. She was named First Team All-America by the WBCA and DIII News, and to D3Hoops.com's fourth team.

Heitkamp is Capital's all-time leader in steals (369), second in points scored (1,732), and third in assists (366). She graduated seventh in rebounds (615) and still resides in the Cap top-10 in that category.

As impressive as her on-court accomplishments are, Heitkamp personified the term "student-athlete" exceptionally well. She was a three-time Academic All-OAC pick, which set the baseline for much of what was to come. In 2004, 2005, and 2006 she was selected as a CoSIDA Academic All-District pick which put her in the running for Academic All-America status. In 2005 and 2006, she earned the title of Academic All-American by CoSIDA.

NATHAN THORNHILL '07

Nathan Thornhill is the latest Crusader Track & Field athlete to enter the Capital Athletics Hall of Fame after an All-American hurdle and jumps career. Over four years, Thornhill worked his way up the ranks to compete on a national stage and stake claim on multiple Capital records.

Thornhill made his splash on the program toward the end of his sophomore season when he logged in a top-10 time in the 400-meter hurdles. At the Stan Lyons Invitational, Thornhill clocked in a 57.46 time in the event that registered as the fifth-fastest time in program history. That time is now 10th on the CU all-time list.

The following year, Thornhill made waves at the OAC Indoor Championships when he earned the first of his four career All-OAC honors behind a second-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles (7.77). He came back that outdoor season in the 110-meter hurdles and was crowned champion after cutting the tape in 14.94 seconds. That time also qualified him for the first of two trips to the NCAA Division III National Championships.

The 2017 season proved to be Thornhill's best yet. As a senior, he set two school records, one on the indoor and one on the outdoor circuit. He earned a second indoor all-conference award after placing in the top-3 of the 55 hurdles for a second straight year and set a CU record in that event behind a 7.68-second time. That also punched his ticket to his first indoor national championship event and the second of his career.

Thornhill's outdoor season served as an outstanding end to his time at Capital. The 110 hurdles was his specialty, once again. For a second year in a row, he stood atop the podium at the OAC Outdoor Championships after winning the event with a time of 14.81 seconds. That time qualified him for nationals where he etched his name into the history books in a new way, as an All-American. Thornhill went on the finish fifth at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championship to become Cap's first male All-American in 29 years. He bettered his previous best in his All-American run and set the CU record behind a time of 14.65 seconds, his second school record.

Thornhill had five Capital top-10 marks, the additional two came in jump events. In 2016, he logged the seventh-best outdoor high jump height at 1.96 meters (6-05 ¼). That mark now ranks eighth, all-time. He is also graduated with the fourth-best indoor high jump performance (1.95m, 6-04 ¾), which now ranks eighth.

Thornhill's academic successes also distinguished him among his peers. He was a two-time Academic All-OAC honorable mention pick (2006, 2007) and a Division III All-Academic selection by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in 2007. He was then tabbed an ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection for his work. Thornhill also showed strong intangibles per his leadership. He was a 2007 co-captain and three-time Mike Hout Inspiration award winner.

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY

All five members of the 2019 Hall of Fame class will be enshrined on Capital's Homecoming Weekend. The ceremony is set for October 12, 2019, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. inside The Capital Center. For more information on how to RSVP tickets for the event, click here or visit capconnect.org and search "2019 Hall of Fame".

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