The University of Central Missouri is pleased to announce the 2016-17 class of the UCM Athletic Hall of Fame. Eight individuals and four teams make up this year’s induction class, which will be enshrined on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.
Joining the Hall of Fame this year are Lanny Curnes (football, 1982-85) from the early era; DeMarco Cosby (football, 2007-10), Drew Frizzell (track & field, 2008-11), Allie Huffman (volleyball, 2008-11), Lindsay Lettow (women’s track & field, 2008-12), Chris Matlock (baseball, 2008-09), and Alyssa Rhodes (soccer, 2008-11) from the modern era. Former Mules Football coach Willie Fritz will enter the hall as will the 2007 Jennies Soccer team, 2008 Mules Baseball, 2010 Mules Golf and 2010 Jennies Volleyball teams.
Curnes was a two-time All-MIAA linebacker, earning first team all-league honors in 1985 and second team honors in 1984. He ranks third all-time at UCM with 314 career tackles and still holds the school record for tackles in a single season with 142 in 1985. He also has the seventh highest single-season total with 110 in 1984.
Cosby was a three-time All-American tight end for Mules Football and a three-time All-MIAA selection as well. He is second all-time at UCM in career receptions with 141, third in receiving yards with 2,146 and third in receiving touchdowns with 20, all three of those marks are tops for a tight end. His 71 catches during the 2010 season are the third most in a single-season, while his 10 touchdowns that year are the sixth highest total and his 970 receiving yards that year are seventh best.
Track & Field, 2008-11
The most decorated men’s track & field athlete in UCM history, Frizzell is a two-time national champion and a 17-time All-American. He won the national championship in the 2009 indoor weight throw and the outdoor hammer throw. He earned seven indoor All-American honors and 10 outdoor spanning the weight throw, shot put, discus and hammer throw. He ranks first all-time at UCM in the indoor weight throw with a mark of 71’9” and outdoor hammer throw at 220’10”. He ranks second in the outdoor shot put (58’10”) third in the indoor shot put (58’6.75”) and fourth in the discus (178’4”). He was the Vernon Kennedy Award winner as UCM’s top senior male student-athlete.
The only four-time All-American in Jennies Volleyball history, Huffman ranks third all-time at UCM in kills with 1,686. She is second in career attacks (4,666), second in career matches with double-figure kills (105), third in points (1,819), fourth in attacks per set (9.46), seventh in points per set (3.68) and eight in kills per set (3.41). She is first in career matches with double-figure points at 109 as well. She was the MIAA Player of the Year in 2011 when she was also named Regional Player of the Year. She was the MIAA Freshman of the Year and a four-time All-MIAA selection. She was a four-time selection to the Regional All-Tournament Team, helping the Jennies to a pair of regional championships. She was also a four-time MIAA Academic Honor Roll and a three-time MIAA Scholar-Athlete.
Track & Field, 2008-12
The most decorated female track & field student-athlete in UCM history, Lettow was a four-time national champion and a 16-time All-American. She won the 2011 and 2012 pentathlon and heptathlon national titles and earned nine indoor All-America honors and seven outdoor. She was a four-time United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Field Athlete of the Year and was a 2012 NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award winner as one of the top 10 student-athletes in the nation in all divisions. She was the 2011-12 NCAA Division II Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and won 15 MIAA Championships during her career while amassing 40 All-MIAA honors. She was a two-time Ken B. Jones Award winner as the MIAA’s top female student-athlete, one of just three student-athletes all time to win the award twice. She is one of only two all-time to be named a unanimous winner of the award. She is UCM’s career record holder in the pentathlon with 4,193 points , heptathlon (5,807 points), 600 yard run (1:23.45), 60m hurdles (8.50), 100m hurdles (13.69), 400m hurdles (58.90), and outdoor 200m (24.47). She ranks in the top 10 in seven other events and also in two relays. She finished eighth at both the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the heptathlon. She was a four-time MIAA Scholar-Athlete and MIAA Academic Honor Roll member and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient.
Matlock was a two-time All-American pitcher for the Mules, earning First Team All-America honors in 2009 and Second Team accolades in 2008. He was the 2009 MIAA, Regional and National Pitcher of the Year. A two-time First Team All-MIAA selection he holds the UCM and MIAA single-season saves record with 14 and career mark with 25. His 1.19 ERA in 2009 is the fourth best single-season mark in UCM history, his 1.72 career earned run average is second best. He holds the single-season appearances record with 33 and is seventh all-time at UCM with 64 career appearances.
The first Jennies Soccer player to be inducted into the hall of fame, Rhodes was a two-time All-American and was the first Jennies’ player to earn All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She was the first four-time First Team All-MIAA player in program history and was a two-time MIAA Player of the Year. She was the MIAA Freshman of the Year in 2008 and a four-time All-Region selection and a First Team Academic All-American. Her 14 goals scored in 2011 are fourth most in a single-season in UCM history and her 23 career goals are ninth most. She was a four-time MIAA Academic Honor Roll member and a two-time MIAA Scholar-Athlete.
Mules Football Coach, 1997-2009
Fritz was head coach of the Mules for 13 seasons, compiling a 97-47 record. He is the winningest coach in program history by wins and is fifth in winning percentage at .674. He led the Mules to their first ever NCAA-II Playoff appearance in 2002, a Mineral Water Bowl championship in 2001 and the 2003 MIAA Championship.
2007 Jennies Soccer
Under the direction of first year head coach Lewis Theobald, the 2007 Jennies Soccer team went 13-4-4, including a 10-3-1 record in MIAA play to capture the program’s first ever MIAA championship. They advanced to their second ever NCAA Tournament where they won the school’s first ever NCAA Tournament game, 2-1, over the University of Mary.
2008 Mules Baseball
Led by first-year head coach Tom Myers, the 2008 Mules Baseball squad went 47-17 and 26-8 in MIAA play to finish second in the conference standings. They won the MIAA Tournament Championship and swept through the regional tournament to advance to the NCAA-II World Series, where they finished third.
2010 Mules Golf
The 2010 Mules Golf team finished as the national runner-up the best finish in school and MIAA history. The team won the regional and MIAA championships that year and won eight of 12 tournaments during the season.
2010 Jennies Volleyball
The 2010 Jennies Volleyball team finished the season 32-5 overall and captured the MIAA Regular Season Championship with an 18-2 conference mark. The Jennies won 9-of-10 sets to go 3-0 to win the Regional Championship in Warrensburg and advance to the Elite Eight. The Jennies made it to the Final Four and finished the season ranked No. 3 in the nation.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in the Sandra Temple Elliott Union Ballroom. Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased by calling the UCM Athletic Office at 660-543-4250 before Jan. 31, 2017.