The MIAA announced their 11 member class of 2017 for the league’s Hall of Fame Monday. The list includes former Northwest men’s basketball coach Steve Tappmeyer and Bearcats defensive end Aaron Becker. Tappmeyer led Northwest from 1998-2008 and is the all time leader in wins at Northwest with 408. Becker was a member of the Bearcats National Championship teams in 1998 and 1999 and was a two time All-American.
Bios for the 2017 Hall of Fame class.
Alexandr Alexin, Cross Country and Track and Field Athlete
Central Missouri, 1996-98
In a career that was cut short by injury, Alexandr Alexin is arguably the finest distance runner in Central Missouri history. He won four individual national championships and was a seven-time All-American. He won the NCAA Division II Cross Country title in 1996, UCM’s only cross country national championship.
Ewan Auguste, Basketball Athlete
Auguste led WU to the NCAA Division II National Championship game during the 2001 season. In four years for the Ichabods, Auguste was a two-time MIAA Player of the Year, and a three-time All-MIAA performer. He earned six different All-America awards and finished fifth in school history in scoring with 1,636 points. Auguste averaged 15.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 2001, earning first-team All-America honors from three different organizations.
Aaron Becker, Football Athlete
Northwest Missouri, 1997-2000
Aaron Becker compiled a highly decorated career while playing defensive end at Northwest. He was twice named All-America, three times he earned First Team All-MIAA accolades and was a part of four MIAA Championships during his tenure. He is third on the all-time tackles for a loss list and eighth all-time for sacks in a career at Northwest. Tack on two consecutive National Championships in 1998 and 1999 and Becker is truly one of the best defensive ends to ever wear the Bearcat green and white.
Jermaine Carpenter, Football/Track and Field Ahtlete
Pittsburg State, 2003-06
Jermaine Carpenter finished an amazing two-sport career in track & field and football as one of the most decorated athletes in Pittsburg State University history. Carpenter earned NCAA Division II All-America honors nine times in track, including national runner-up finishes in the 100m in 2005 and the 200m in 2006. He was a 21-time All-MIAA track performer and a nine-time MIAA champion. In football, he earned third-team NCAA Division II All-America honors as a wide receiver in 2004 while helping the Gorillas to a 14-1 record and the Division II national runner-up finish.
Bob Chipman, Men’s Basketball Coach
Bob Chipman served as the head coach for Washburn men’s basketball from 1978 through the 2017 season. He finished his career with an 808-353 record over the 38 seasons at the helm including an MIAA record 569 wins as a member of the conference. He led WU to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances and 1987 NAIA Championship and one national runner-up finish.
Allie Huffman, Volleyball Athlete
Central Missouri, 2008-11
Huffman is the only four-time All-American in the rich history of Jennies Volleyball. She ranks third all-time at UCM in kills (1,686), she is second in career attacks (4,666), second in career matches with double figures kills (105), third in points (1,819), fourth in attacks per set (9.46), seventh in points per set (3.68) and eighth in kills per set (3.41).
Lindsay Lettow, Track and Field Athlete
Central Missouri, 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 the 2011-12 NCAA Division II Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Tyler Paul, Football Athlete
Emporia State, 2000-04
Paul was an All-American running back for ESU and was named the 2003 College Division Academic All-America of the Year by CoSIDA. The native of Enterprise, Kan. was the 2004 Ken B. Jones Award winner. He led the MIAA in total rushing yards as a junior and senior. He was named First-Team Academic All-America following his junior and senior seasons.
Germaine Race, Football Athlete
Pittsburg State, 2003-06
Germaine Race finished his decorated career at Pittsburg State as one of the elite running backs in NCAA Division II history. Race garnered first-team All-America honors in each of his final three seasons for the Gorillas (2004-06) and he was named MIAA Offensive MVP his last two seasons. Race set the Division II all-time rushing record with 6,985 yards as well as the NCAA all division touchdowns record with 107.
Steve Tappmeyer, Men’s Basketball Coach
Northwest Missouri, 1998-2008
Over his twenty-one year tenure as the head coach at Northwest Missouri, Steve Tappmeyer made his mark as one of the most successful head coaches in the history of Northwest Athletics. He is the all-time leader in wins with 408 victories to his name, which is more than double the previous leader. He won seven MIAA Championships, three regular season titles and four conference tournament titles. During his tenure as head coach, Tapp made it to the NCAA Tournament ten times with two appearances ending in berths to the Elite Eight, first in 2002 and then again in 2004.
Walter Walker, Track and Field Athlete (LEGACY Inductee)
Walker was a three-time All-American in the 100m and 4x100m relay. His personal record of 9.4 in the 100-yard dash broke the Central Missouri track record. He won the 4x100m relays at the Kansas relays in 1971 with a time of 41.6. Walker also made a run at Bob Hayes’ then-world record of 5.9 in the 60-yard dash, posting a top time of 6.0. He posted olympic qualifying times in both 1972 and 1976.