The Evangel University athletic department has announced six individuals and the 1985-86 women’s basketball team will be inducted into the 2017 Evangel Athletics Hall of Fame.
Dr. David Stair served as Evangel’s athletics director from 1982-2014. He also created the Evangel Athletics Hall of Fame, coached women’s basketball, women’s tennis and served as the department chair for Physical Education from 1999-2007.
Joining him will be all-Americans and men’s basketball national champs Bryan Osterloh and Daniel Cutbirth; football all-Americans Ken Hendrick and Otis Calhoun; and women’s basketball all-American and the first Olympian in EU history, Katarzyna Dydek.
The six will be inducted Friday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m., in Crusader Hall. The next day, they will receive special recognition at the halftime of the Evangel vs. William Penn football game.
Ceremonies for the 1985 women’s basketball team will take place Feb. 7, during their game versus Culver-Stockton.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS — 2017 EVANGEL ATHLETICS HALL of FAME
Dr. David Stair – Athletic Director/Coach
· Evangel’s longest-tenured athletic director from 1982-2014
· Member of the NACDA Hall of Fame, NAIA Hall of Fame, Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame, and the Berwick Bulldogs Hall of Fame in his hometown of Berwick, Pa.
· Created the Evangel Athletics Hall of Fame, coached women’s basketball, women’s tennis and served as the department chair of the Physical Education Department from 1999-2007
· Helped transform Evangel intercollegiate athletics, overseeing the growth of a department reviving men’s and women’s track and field while adding men’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and softball
· Led numerous mission trips with baseball, football, softball, and volleyball teams to name a few to places such as China, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan and Mexico
· Evangel won two national championships, advanced to the national semifinals twice in both football and women’s basketball and saw two individual national champions in track and field
· Named NAIA Central Region Athletic Director of the Year in 2004, NAIA Region V Athletic Director of the Year in 2001, NAIA-ADA Male Athletics Administrator of the Year in 1995, and NAIA District 16 Athletic Director of the Year in 1988
· Evangel won the HAAC Sportsmanship Award four of the five years it was awarded, between 2006 and 2010
Bryan Osterloh – Men’s Basketball
· Two-time All-American in 2000-01 and 2001-02
· Helped Evangel win the 2002 NAIA National Championship
· Two-time HAAC Player of the Year in 2000-01 and 2001-02
· Two-time First Team All-Conference
· Ranks third and sixth for most points in a single season
· One of just three players to score more than 700 points twice in a season
· Ranks third in a single-season with 308 rebounds
· Fourth all-time leading scorer at Evangel
· Ranks ninth all-time in rebounds
· Helped Evangel to two regular season championships and one postseason tournament title
· The Crusaders were 100-34 overall during his playing career and 58-18 in conference games.
Daniel Cutbirth – Men’s Basketball
· Three-time NAIA All-American
· 2002 NAIA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
· Four-time All-Conference Selection
· HAAC Player of the Year in 2001-02
· HAAC Freshman of the Year in 1998-99
· Helped Evangel to 2001-02 NAIA-II National Championship
· Holds Evangel record for career scoring average at 17.4 points per game
· Holds Evangel career record for free throw percentage
· Ranks third all-time in points scored
· One of just three players to score more than 2,000 points
· Ranks ninth all-time at Evangel in three-pointers made
· Helped Evangel win two conference championships and one postseason tournament title
· During his career, Evangel won 93 games and was 60-16 in conference games
Ken Hendrick – Football
· Two-time All-American at linebacker
· Earned National Strength & Conditioning Association All-American honors in 1984
· Led Evangel in tackles in 1984 and 1985
· Ranks fourth all-time in fumble recoveries
· Helped Evangel to first-ever winning season and national ranking in 1984
· Two-year team captain
Otis Calhoun – Football
· NAIA First Team All-American in 1988
· Football Gazette Second Team All-American in 1988
· NAIA All-Area and First Team All-Conference in 1988
· Helped Evangel to best record in school history (11-1) and national semifinal berth
· Outstanding kick returner finished second in the nation in kick returns.
· Nine interceptions in 1988 was second best in the nation and is Evangel single-season record
· Led Evangel in kick returns in 1987 and 1988
· Part of a historic Evangel defense that held opponents to a 408-116 point differential
Katarzyna Dydek – Women’s Basketball
· Helped Evangel women’s basketball gain national prominence during the late ’90s
· A three-time NAIA First Team All-American in 1993-96
· HAAC Player of the Year twice in 1993-94 and 1995-96
· HAAC Newcomer of the Year in 1993-94
· Earned NAIA All-Tournament Team honors in 1996
· Helped Evangel reach the NAIA Final Four for the first time during the 1995-96 season winning 30 games for the first time in program history
· Won the HAAC Regular Season going 16-0 and finished 33-5
· Helped Evangel to a 79-25 record during her time with one regular season championship and two postseason tournament championships
· Appeared in Sports Illustrated “Faces In The Crowd” in 1996 after setting the NAIA-II record for blocked shots in a season with 188, a record that still stands.
· Also, holds NAIA Postseason Tournament for field goals made in a game with 17 as her 41 points rank as the seventh best performance in tournament history
· Played one season with the ABL’s Denver Explosion during 1996-97 season
· Was a member of 2000 Polish Olympic basketball team
1985-86 Women’s Basketball Team
· Won 1986 NCCAA National Championship
· Won 1986 NCCAA District 16 Championship
· Finished regular season 21-13