Steve A. Williams ’86 | Leslie A. Stechschulte ’94 | Gary R. Walters ’66 | Robert W. Toy ’89
Gretchen (Kairis) Zietowski ’87
COLUMBUS, Ohio –Capital University and Crusader Athletics will welcome five new individuals representing six different sport programs into its Hall of Fame when it introduces the Class of 2014, this weekend. Joining the ranks of more than 200 immortalized Capital historical figures are Leslie A. Stechschulte ’94 (women’s soccer), Robert W. Toy ’89 (football), Gary R. Walters ’66 (baseball/men’s basketball), Steve A. Williams ’86 (men’s soccer), and Gretchen (Kairis) Zietowski ’87 (women’s basketball).
Capital’s new hall of famers will be introduced during an athletic awards induction luncheon held at the Harry C. Moores Student Union this Saturday. Three additional annual awards will be presented during the proceedings including the Hugo C. Wenzel Award of Merit (Brian N. White ’90), Crusader Distinguished Service Award (Mark H. Shaw ’75) and Berea Boots Award (Maggie Donnellan ’14).
“It is an honor to welcome all of our Hall of Fame inductees to campus and recognize their accomplishments and contributions,” said director of athletics and recreation, Dr. Steve Bruning. “On behalf of Capital and its Athletic Department, we congratulate all five of our inductees and our special award winners for their successes and contributions to Capital University and Crusader Athletics.”
Since 1978, 200 individual athletes and coaches have been inducted into the Capital Hall of Fame. A display recognizing their contributions to the University is exhibited in the Capital Center Fieldhouse.
“Our Hall Of Fame recipients help establish a culture of winning, a culture of competitiveness, and a culture of excellence,” said Bruning. “All of us who are a part of the athletic department now – our players, coaches, and administrators – have a responsibility to ensure that the tradition of excellence that was established before us continues.”
Alumni Varsity “C” and the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 will be recognized at halftime of Saturday’s men’s basketball game inside the Capital Center. The Crusaders are set to take on the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets at 2 p.m.
|Steve Williams '86|
Steve A. Williams was a versatile standout player and four-year letter winner for Capital Men’s Soccer from 1982 through the 1985 season. The story of his Crusaders career depicts him playing three different positions in four seasons, all with incredible levels of success.
As a freshman, Williams helped the Crusaders to a 7-5-2 overall record as one of the team’s midfielders. Over the course of the season he scored seven goals and was voted Team Most Valuable Player, which led well into being elected co-captain for his sophomore season.
After making the switch to forward under new head coach Rudy McGary, he led the team in scoring with 14 goals and was again named Team MVP. It was then that the fortunes of the Capital men’s soccer program began turning in a positive direction.
Williams’ junior campaign proved to be the most acclaimed of his four years, and doing so yet again in a new position on the field. Not only did he make another change in his style of play after transitioning into a defenseman, but he made a conference-wide statement by leading the OAC in scoring with 17 goals and seven assists. Following an 8-8-1 season, Williams went on to be named First Team All-OAC, Second Team All-Ohio and Second Team All-Mideast Region.
His senior season may not have provided the numbers that the previous year displayed, but the thrills and team success continued to mount. In 1985, the Crusaders finished with an overall record of 12-4 and featured a marquee win against NCAA Division I opponent and neighboring Ohio State University. That September, the Crusaders defeated the Buckeyes, 2-0, in overtime at Ohio Stadium. Following the season, Williams was again named First Team All-OAC, elevated to a First Team All-Ohio and First Team All-Mideast Region selection after scoring eight goals and tallying three assists.
Williams finished his Capital athletic career with 46 goals, 17 assists and 106 points. He played and started in a total of 63 games over four years.
Williams graduated from Capital in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration before going on to earn his master’s degree in ministry from Bethany Divinity Seminary in Dothan, Ala. He continued to further his education with a Doctorate of Ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary (Camilla, Ga.). He currently serves as the General Director of Harvest Baptist Missions and Assistant Pastor of Columbia Road Baptist Church in North Olmsted, Ohio.
|Leslie Stechschulte '94|
As women’s athletics continued to grow on Capital’s campus, few had the immediate impact of Leslie Stechschulte. After the women’s soccer club elevated to become a varsity program between 1990 and 1991, Stechschulte bore the burden of being the workhouse to get Capital Women’s Soccer on the map.
While the teams’ overall records were evidence of a young program, there was also very distinct proof that the quality of the program was on the rise, as well. One thing that remained constant was Stechschulte’s high level of play that was immediately seen from her first steps taken on the pitch.
From the day the program took flight in 1991, Stechschulte showed her prominence on the pitch and it endured the length of her career. She ended her athletic career a four-time First Team All-OAC selection, a four-time All-Ohio selection where she was twice placed on the first team and twice placed on the second team, a three-time Academic All-Ohio selection, and two-time Academic All-OAC honoree.
As a junior, Stechschulte and the Crusaders took flight and went 11-7-1 overall to finish second in the conference and advance to the OAC Tournament for the first time in school history.
Stechschulte’s senior season in 1994 brought her the highest of individual accolades when she was voted the Ohio Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year in the first year of the award’s existence. She then went on to be honored as an All-Mideast Region first team choice and capped the year off as a Second Team NSCAA All-American.
After 24 years of women’s soccer at Capital, she still finds herself atop the record books in multiple categories. She is in possession of records for most points (235) and goals (86) in a career. She holds single-season records in points (79), goals (29) and assists (24). To cap it off, Stechschulte also holds single-game school records in points (13) and goals (6).
Stechschulte’s reach even extends to the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer record books, where her name can be found in multiple categories. She ranks fourth in total assists (63) over the course of a career, is tied for fifth in career assists per game (0.93) and holds a share of sixth in career points per game (3.46). She was also one of just 11 players prior to the start of the 1995 season to have 40 goals and 40 assists over the course of a career.
After completing her accounting and management finance degree from Capital in 1994, Stechschulte has held a career as a business manager at St. Michael Catholic Church. She has also coached youth, club and high school soccer teams as well as boys and girls basketball.
|Gary Walters '66|
At a time where multi-sport athletes were more common than they are today, Gary Walters served as one of the most notable of his day and has a trail of success leading to this very point in time.
After graduating from Lakewood High School in 1962, Walters enrolled at Capital and continued his athletic career with the Crusaders basketball and baseball teams. He combined to earn six athletic letters with four of those as a member of the baseball team. In 1965 and 1966, he was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player and was once described by his head coach, William Bernlohr, as, “one of the best pitchers that he coached at Capital.”
A four-year member of the Capital basketball team he earned two letters, was elected team co-captain and as a senior in 1966 led the Crusaders in scoring (13.7 ppg) and field goal percentage (.436) en route to earning honorable mention All-OAC status.
Perhaps more impressive as his career at Capital was, Walters has spent his time after graduation building a well-respected reputation with a longstanding record of civic duty and career as an admired educator and coach.
Walters spent 33 years as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Licking County (Ohio) school district and 11 years serving the county as the Common Pleas Clerk of Courts. As a 27-year head coach of Newark High School’s boys basketball team, Walters has a storied coaching career that boasts 407 career wins, 12 league championships, 17 sectional appearances, seven district titles and one regional championship. In 1992, he was named the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches’ Association (OHSBCA) Division I State Coach of the Year and repeated that feat in 1999, his final year at the helm of the Wildcats.
The renowned coach was inducted into the Ohio High Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002 and also holds places in the halls of fame at Newark High School (2005), District 11 (2007) as a charter member and Lakewood Schools (2012).
He also was also a nominee for the Ashland Oil Teacher of the Year Award and the 1996 recipient of Capital’s Hugo Wenzel Award (1996), among many other lifetime achievements.
Walters is a 1966 Capital graduate with a bachelor’s degree in history.
|Robert Toy III '89|
In the midst of days where Capital Football habitually was among the top teams in the Ohio Athletic Conference, its defense was a considerable factor in what resulted in the program’s lone conference championship, and many successful seasons.
A key part of those defenses from 1986-88 was defensive lineman Robert (Bob) Toy III and now he joins multiple teammates that helped comprise those blockades in the Capital Hall of Fame.
Toy came to Capital as a transfer from West Virginia Wesleyan University following his freshman year. A product of Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus, he returned home and to the football field where he was a part of arguably the two best defensive units the football program has ever seen.
The 1987 and 1988 teams combined to go 13-6-2 under head coach Roger Welsh. The Crusaders advanced to the NCAA Tournament following its conference title in 1987. Through 10 regular season games, the 1987 team allowed 139 points, or an average of 13.9 points per game. The following year, they allowed just 108 points for an average of 10.8 points per contest.
Toy is a two-time All-OAC honoree and a first-team selection from the 1987 season. Heading into the 1988 campaign he was tabbed as a preseason All-American and was elected team captain.
Throughout his time at Capital, Toy regularly volunteered his time with Special Olympics, something he still does today. He began a career in the Columbus City School District and has had coaching stints that included head track and field coach, head wrestling coach, assistant football coach, strength coach, and volunteer soccer coach.
He is a 1989 graduate of Capital with degrees in physical education and health education.
|Gretchen Kairis Zietowski '87|
In a time where Capital Women’s Basketball had come to establish itself as one of the best in the land, one of the pioneers of success came in the form of Gretchen (Kairis) Zietowski. After driving her squad to become one of the first Capital women’s basketball teams to advance to the NCAA Tournament, Zietowski became a regular, appearing at the national tournament three times over her career (1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87).
Her best season came as a senior where she was named a Fast Break All-American behind a season stat line of 15.3 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game and .514 shooting percentage in 24 games played. That year, Zietowski and the Crusaders went on to a 21-5 record and won the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships. The conference also recognized Zietowski as a First Team All-OAC selection.
Over the course of her career, she played a key role in two undefeated OAC championship teams and helped the Crusaders defend Alumni Hall perfectly, never losing a regular season game in the former home of Capital Basketball.
Zietowski graduated from Capital in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
An outstanding basketball and baseball player, Shaw played in 60 basketball games and was awarded three varsity letters. As a baseball player, he earned four varsity letters, was co-Freshman of the Year in 1972 and Outstanding Pitcher in 1973.
After graduating from Capital, Shaw worked as an educator and basketball coach until 1981. He then joined AAA Ohio Auto Club, where he presently is president/CEO. Shaw serves on the executive committee of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.
He was president of Alumni Varsity “C” Association for seven years and a member of its planning committee. He received the Hugo C. Wenzel Award of Merit in 2001.
The Alumni Varsity “C” Association Crusader Distinguished Service Award is designed to provide public recognition and honor to those men and women who have used their time, talents, expertise in support of, and service to, the capital university athletics program, and who do not qualify for athletics Hall of Fame consideration.
BRIAN N. WHITE ‘90
HUGO C. WENZEL AWARD OF MERIT
White was a three-year varsity letter winner and a member of Capital’s only OAC football championship team (1987). He has coached high school football since graduating from Capital, including stints at DeSales, Dublin Scioto and Groveport high schools before being named head coach at Hilliard Davidson in 1999.
Under White’s leadership, Davidson has been Central Ohio’s premier big-school program in the 2000s, taking multiple conference and regional titles and winning the Division I state championship in both 2006 and 2009. In addition to being recognized as Ohio Coach of the Year, OCC Coach of the Year and District Coach of the Year – several times – he is the all-time wins leader in Hilliard football history.
White is a Capital graduate from the Class of 1990 and holds bachelor’s degrees in history and criminology.
Formerly known as the “Alumni Varsity ‘C’ Award of Merit,” this honor was established in 1957 to recognize those individuals who have provided outstanding support to Capital’s athletics program, or to graduates who have achieved success and distinction in the field of coaching or in physical education. In 1980, the award was renamed in honor of Hugo Wenzel, who was the driving force behind the formation of the Alumni Varsity “C” Association, the Capital Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Award of Merit and was a member of the Capital Class of 1938.
The Hugo Wenzel Award is a distinction that complements the Hall of Fame, recognizing those who support intercollegiate athletics at Capital with their time, talents and resources.
MAGGIE DONNELLAN ‘14
BEREA BOOTS AWARD
With four varsity letters in soccer and one in basketball, Donnellan has received numerous athletic awards during her career as a Crusader. She was soccer captain in 2013, a three-time conference goalkeeper of the year and 2013 All-American both athletically and academically. Her fondest memory is playing in the national soccer semifinals in Texas and scoring a penalty kick to beat the No. 1 team in the nation.
A middle childhood education major with a minor in mathematics who graduated in May 2014, Donnellan is a first-year teacher with Mosaica Education and an assistant soccer coach at Lincoln High School in Gahanna, Ohio.
One of the longest-standing awards Capital boasts, the Berea Boots Award can be traced all the way back to the 1910’s. At that time, an athlete needed to earn four varsity athletic awards to be eligible. With time, the award went through change and resurfaced with a new purpose in 2002. Now, the Berea Boots Award honors a graduate who exceled in two or more sports and earned three or more varsity awards over the course of their Capital career.