2014 Hall of Fame, Athletics Awards Banquet Set for Feb. 15

The 1994-95 women's basketball NCAA Division III championship team was the first to finish undefeated (33-0) en route to the national title. (Capital University archives).
The 1994-95 women's basketball NCAA Division III championship team was the first to finish undefeated (33-0) en route to the national title. (Capital University archives).


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The Capital University athletics department, in conjunction with the alumni relations department, will induct five individuals and two teams into the Alumni Varsity C Athletics Hall of Fame and recognize three others in conjunction with the men's and women's basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 15.


The event begins with a reception at 11 a.m. in Schneider Lounge, located on the first floor of the Harry C. Moores Student Union. Following brunch at 11:30 in the union's main dining room, guests are invited to the Capital Center Performance Arena for the men's basketball game at 2 p.m. against cross-town rival Otterbein.


Hall of Fame inductees include James Collins, Joe Dobos II '72, Karen Haban '87, George W. Quil '71 and Kevin L. Reed '83. Don V. Schiff '59 will be honored as the Hugo C. Wenzel Award of Merit recipient, Jeffrey L. Jenkins '63 will be introduced as the Crusader Distinguished Service Award winner and Emma McCarron '13 will receive the Berea Boots Award.


All honorees will be recognized during halftime of the men's contest. Guests are also invited to stay for the women's basketball game, which is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., or approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the men's game.


Tickets, which include admission to the basketball games, are $20 per person. Children younger than 10 years old are free.


See the bottom of this release for more information on each inductee and honoree.


To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Kathy Donovan in the alumni office at 866-544-6180 or alumni@capital.edu. Online registration can be completed at the link above.


Schedule of Events – Saturday, February 15, 2014


11 a.m. – Reception

Schneider, Harry C. Moores Student Union


11:30 a.m. – Brunch and Awards Ceremony

Capital Court Dining Room, Second Floor, Harry C. Moores Student Union


2 p.m. – Men's Basketball vs. Otterbein

Capital Center Performance Arena

*Award recipients will be honored on the court at halftime


4 p.m. – Women's Basketball vs. Otterbein

Capital Center Performance Arena


1994, 1995 Women's Basketball Teams - Hall of Fame Inductees


The 1993-94 and 1994-95 Capital women's basketball teams were the first to win back-to-back NCAA Division III Tournament national championships. The two championships highlighted a five-year run that featured four trips to the national semifinals, including a runner-up finish in 1993 and third place in 1997.


The 1994 team finished 30-1 overall and defeated each team it faced in the NCAA Tournament by 18 points or more. Capital defeated Washington (Mo.) 82-63 in the championship game. Laura Schmelzer, who recorded 21 points and eight rebounds in the title game, was named National Player of the Year, while head coach Dixie Jeffers claimed National Coach of the Year accolades.


In 1995, the Crusaders repeated as national champions with a 33-0 record, the first undefeated record in NCAA Division III women's basketball history. Capital hosted the national semifinals and final at Alumni Gymnasium, rallying from deficits in both games in front of overflow crowds. The Crusaders defeated Wisconsin-Oshkosh 59-55 in the championship game.


James Collins - Hall of Fame Inductee


Collins coached the Capital football team from 1997-2007, leading the Crusaders to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Playoffs from 2005-07, including back-to-back appearances in the national quarterfinals in 2005 and 2006. He compiled a 66-51 record during his tenure, including a school-record 11 wins in 2006. Collins is a three-time Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and was named Lee Tressell Ohio College Coach of the Year in 2006.


Joe Dobos II '72 - Hall of Fame Inductee


Dobos competed in track and field at Capital in the late 1960s and early '70s. A sprinter, Dobos posted a time of 7.93 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles to win the conference title at the 1972 OAC Indoor Championships. He ran the school's third-fastest time in the outdoor 400-meter hurdles (55.48 seconds) and is seventh all-time in the outdoor 110-meter hurdles (14.88 seconds).


Karen Haban '87 - Hall of Fame Inductee


Haban is a two-time first team All-OAC selection who averaged 13.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and shot 47.8 percent for her career, which spanned from 1983-86. She helped lead the Crusaders to consecutive undefeated seasons in the OAC (1984-85, 1985-86) and is currently 15th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,042 points. In 1985-85, Haban was the team's second-leading scorer as Capital finished 27-4 overall and 16-0 in the league.


George W. Quil '71 - Hall of Fame Inductee


Quil was a first team All-OAC honoree for the Capital football team in 1970, when he was a key member of the Stagg Bowl champion Crusaders as a defensive back. A three-year letter winner who played from 1967-70, Quil recorded the fifth-longest interception return in program history against Baldwin Wallace in 1969, when he returned an interception 86 yards for a touchdown.


Kevin L. Reed '83 - Hall of Fame Inductee


Reed was a three-year letter winner at quarterback for the football team from 1979-82. He was tabbed first team All-OAC in 1982 after passing for 1,952 yards – the 10th-highest total for yards in a season in school history – and 15 touchdowns. Reed is on the throwing end of the third- and eighth-longest passing plays in program history, both of which took place in 1982.


Don V. Schiff '59 - Hugo C. Wenzel Award of Merit


Schiff, the men's tennis team's most valuable player from 1956-59, served as a teacher, administrator, coach and volunteer with the schools in West Jefferson, Ohio, for a number of years. A 1997 West Jefferson High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Schiff was instrumental in the organization and construction of West Jefferson's tennis program, fundraising enough money to construct courts in the area and coaching tennis for 20 years. He was named Grand Marshall of the community's annual Labor Day Ox Roast Parade in 2002 and received the Ralph Parsons Award for Community Service in 2007.


Jeffrey L. Jenkins '63 - Crusader Distinguished Service Award


Jenkins, a member of the track and field program from 1960-63, has been an active member of the Alumni Varsity C planning committee since 2008. He served on the Capital University Alumni Advisory Board from 2004-12, and then returned to the Board in July of 2013 to serve on an athletics subcommittee. An avid supporter of Capital athletics, Jenkins attends nearly all athletics events on campus and fundraises for the programs by selling 50-50 raffle tickets on behalf of Alumni Varsity C at select events.


Emma McCarron '13 - Berea Boots Award


McCarron was a two-time NCAA Division III Championships qualifier in cross country and a 2013 All-American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in track and field. A three-time all-conference and two-time all-region award winner in cross country, McCarron was All-OAC in several events in track and field, earning OAC Co-Distance Runner of the Year honors at the OAC Indoor Championships in 2013. She holds several school records in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.