NEWBERG, Ore. – Three outstanding male athletes, an entire team of female athletes, and the “voice” of Bruin athletics make up the George Fox University Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012, the 17th group selected by the GFU Sports Hall of Fame Committe, which will be inducted in ceremonies on the Newberg campus on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Forming the Class of 2012 are athletes Rob Wunder (men’s basketball 1972-74), Ryan Muñoz (1995-98), and Jon Newkirk (football, track and field, basketball and baseball 1962-66), the 1996 women’s track and field team, and long-time public address announcer and master of ceremonies Jim Jackson for meritorious service.
The festivities will begin with the induction ceremony at 3:00 p.m. in the Bauman Auditorium. A reception for the inductees will follow at 4:30 p.m. in the Duke Atrium of the Stevens Center. This is the second year in a row that the Sports Hall of Fame ceremonies to be held in the fall after the first 15 inductions were conducted during the winter.
The induction ceremony is free, but tickets will be required for the reception. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Advance tickets may be purchased from the George Fox department of athletics, which will be mailed if purchased far enough in advance, but will otherwise be available at the door in Bauman Auditorium on the day of the ceremonies. To purchase tickets, register online, or contact Mary Monahan in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 503-554-2134 or via e-mail at [email protected].
2012 GEORGE FOX SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Men’s Basketball 1972-74
Rob Wunder, a 6-5 forward/center, had one of the finest two-year careers of anyone to wear a George Fox uniform as he led the Bruins to two NAIA district playoffs in 1972-74 and earned two team MVP awards. The Seattle native averaged 16.2 points per game, 7.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists over his two seasons, finishing with 991 career points, 485 rebounds and 141 assists. At the time, those career totals ranked him second in rebounds, third in points, and fourth in assists in the Bruins’ NAIA history. In 1973, while averaging 13.7 points a game with a team-leading 265 rebounds, he led the Bruins to road wins over Linfield and Pacific in the district playoffs and to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time ever while earning NAIA District 2 honorable mention honors. In his senior year, he averaged a team-leading 18.9 points per game to finish with 567 points – at that time the most any Bruin had ever scored in a season. He was named to the All-NAIA District 2 First Team, the Little All-Northwest First Team (including all small college athletes) as voted on by a panel of 35 sportswriters, and was honorable mention for the United Press International All-West Coast Team, one of only three small-college players to receive that recognition on a team dominated by Division I athletes. While serving as an assistant coach for the Bruins in 1974-75, he completed his degree in physical education. He is a former Bruin Club committee member.
A fleet-footed center fielder and three-time team captain, left-handed swinging Ryan Muñoz led the NAIA in single-season hits (75) and runs (62) in 1999. He established George Fox baseball records for career hits (257), runs (173), and at bats (693), and for single-season stolen bases (29). He set or tied career records for triples (8) and stolen bases (70), season records for hits (75) and runs (62), and single-game records of six hits (twice) and four stolen bases that have since been broken. He was caught stealing only three times in his career, an incredible .959 percentage. On other all-time charts, he stands fifth in total bases (336), 11th in walks (65), tied for 11th in doubles (36), 12th in batting (.371), and tied for 15th in runs batted in (107). He was honorable mention All-Cascade Conference as a freshman, then was named First Team All-Northwest Conference in 1996, 1997 and 1999 after missing all of 1998 with an injury. He is the Bruins’ co-record holder for at bats (7) in a game, and as a senior hit six home runs as the Bruins’ leadoff hitter. A right-hander when pitching, the Aloha, Ore., native also produced a 12-8 record with fives saves on the mound, tying for fifth all-time in saves and 15th in wins while ranking 12th in innings pitched (159.0).
1962-66 Football, Track & Field, Basketball, Baseball
At 5-8, Jon Newkirk was, pound for pound, one of the best athletes ever to don the George Fox colors. A natural who was blessed with speed, quickness, toughness and intelligence, he starred in football and track and field, played varsity basketball, and played one year of baseball A stalwart on the football team from 1962-65, he played both offense and defense, taking part in almost every down for four years. He was a starting quarterback and occasional wide receiver on offense, and played safety on defense. He was elected as team captain all four years. In track, Jon held school records in the 880, the mile, and the two-mile run, according to Hall of Fame track coach Rich Allen. Since graduating, his career and life have exemplified what it means to be a George Fox graduate. He was a conscientious objector for two years during the Vietnam War, and spent most of his time in Southeast Asia conducting relief work operations. He later worked in New York assisting farmers and implementing farmers’ rights legislation. He has a PhD from Washington State University, and recently retired as a professor and agricultural economist from WSU.
1996 WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
Led by seven NAIA All-Americans and 16 All-Northwest Conference performances, the 1996 George Fox women’s track and field team finished third in the conference and went on to an eighth-place finish in the NAIA National Championships. Two Bruins – Nancy Rissmiller in the high jump and Becci Harper with a school-record 156-11 in the javelin – were national champions. Kristin Oelrich, Liz Stephens, Rissmiller and Amy Redenius finished fourth in the 4x400 while setting a school record of 3:47.50. Stephens took fourth in the 400 hurdles and set the school record of 1:01.29 in the preliminaries. Leah Johanson in the javelin and Dawn Hartwig in the 3,000 each earned All-America honors with sixth-place finishes. Sharla Rhoades set a school record during the season with a 35-7.25 in the triple jump. All-NWC performers included Stephens in the 400 hurdles; Rissmiller in the half mile and high jump; Harper in the javelin; Redenius in the 100 and 200; Oelrich in the 400; Angela Linder in the 10,000; Oelrich, Heidi Haley, Rissmiller and Redenius in the 4x100; and Oelrich, Stephens, Rissmiller and Redenius in the 4x400.
Team members: Head coach Wes Cook, assistant coach John Luccio, assistant coach Scott Brown, assistant coach Dave Guzman, Karen Baltz, Rachel Barrong, Brooke Barton, Stephanie Bates, Stacy Baugh, Emily Bergman, Heidi Bergman, Celeste Beringer, Rima Butler, Cherish Carrol, Stephanie Castillo, Jennifer Christiansen, Heather Davis, Kara Erickson, Alexis Fernandez, Ellen Friberg, Heidi Haley, Becci Harper, Dawn Hartwig, Ruth Hinds, Leah Johanson, Jarae Kauffman, Keelie Keown, Rachel Lewis, Angela Linder, Debresha McDaniel, Alisha Mulkey, Kristin Oelrich, Rachel Powell, Julie Puckett, Amy Redenius, Sharla Rhoades, Nancy Rissmiller, Robin Ross, Jamie Schoepke, Dawn Sherman, Liz Stephens, Christa Sumner, Sandy Taylor, Rebekah Ulmer, Abby Vanlandingham, Val Vanlandingham, Micki Vargas.
The “voice” of George Fox athletics almost continuously since 1975, Jim Jackson is a proven fan and a valued resource for staff, administration, players, coaches, alumni, students and fans of George Fox athletics. While a student-athlete on the soccer team, he began volunteering as an on-field course clerk and head finish line judge for home track meets. Upon graduation in 1974, he found an additional niche as an announcer for track and field and basketball. In 1986, he moved to Kansas to continue working in Christian higher education, but quickly picked up his role as volunteer again for track and field and as announcer for the men’s varsity basketball games with his return in 1990. While working first in student financial aid and later in development, he has become a fixture at Bruin home games, reliably and consistently filling the announcer’s chair, welcoming fans to the contests, giving a dynamic story of the game, and sending fans and students home at game’s end with a encouraging word and a welcome to the next home game. He has served as the narrator for several athletic development projects, including building new athletic fields and facilities. He also has emceed several on-campus activities such as graduation and fundraising events.