KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The MIAA announced the names of the Hall of Fame Class for 2020. The class consists of seven student-athletes, two officials, two coaches, and two teams. Below are bios of each inductee for this year’s class.
Northwest Missouri State will be represented in the 2020 MIAA Hall of Fame by former football student-athlete Seth Wand. Northwest’s 2015 national championship football team will be automatically included in the 2021 MIAA Hall of Fame.
(Northwest 2015 National Championship Team)
The Hall of Fame inductions of individuals will be held at the annual MIAA Awards Ceremony presented by Husch Blackwell, at a date yet to be determined due to the COVID-19 Global Health Pandemic. The announcement of the event will be announced after local, state, and national health officials properly advise for such activities to take place.
MIAA Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Inductees
Dina (Wathan) Blevins – Pittsburg State
Volleyball Student-Athlete (2000-2003)
Dina Wathan earned third-team NCAA Division II All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as a senior in 2003. A three-time All-Region and four-time All-MIAA performer (first-team All-MIAA in 2002 & 2003), Wathan set eight school records: career games played (468), career kills (1,814), career attacks (5,477), career service aces (158), career digs (2,326), single-season kills (481), single-season attacks (1,481) and single-season digs (671). Her career digs total ranks second all-time in NCAA Division II history. As a senior in 2003, Wathan helped the Gorillas to a 26-8 record and the program’s first-ever NCAA Division II National Tournament appearance.
Robert Corn – Missouri Southern
Men’s Basketball Coach (1999-2014)
Robert Corn retired in 2014 following 25 years as the head coach at his alma mater. He directed the Lions to a 30-3 record and an Elite Eight win in the NCAA Division II Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky during the 1999-2000 season. Corn left the program as the winningest coach with 413 career wins. He currently is third-best in all-time wins by a men’s basketball coach in the MIAA. He guided the Lions to two MIAA regular-season titles (1999-2000 and 2010-2011), as well as three MIAA Tournament Titles (1993, 2000, 2014). He coached the team to five NCAA Tournament Appearances in 1993, 2000, 2011, 2012, and 2014.
Keith Hernandez – Emporia State
Baseball Student-Athlete (2007-2008)
Keith Hernandez was the 2008 ABCA National Player of the Year and first-team All-American as a senior after hitting .462 with 18 home runs and 80 RBI. That same year, he was the MIAA Player of the Year and first-team All-MIAA at catcher. Hernandez led the conference in six offensive categories during the 2008 season as the Hornets won the MIAA regular-season title. His 18 home runs that year ranked fourth on the MIAA single-season chart at the time. As a junior in 2007, he hit .321 with 11 homers and 78 RBI. Hernandez led ESU to the NCAA Tournament both seasons he played and was an MIAA Scholar-Athlete and recipient of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll Award.
Venessa Lee – Pittsburg State
Women’s Track & Field Student-Athlete (2004-2009)
Venessa Lee completed a decorated career as a middle-distance runner for Pittsburg State as a three-time NCAA Division II National Champion and a six-time All-America performer in the 800-meter run. She captured 11 MIAA individual titles and earned All-MIAA honors on 15 occasions. She set school records in the indoor 800m (2:08.77) and mile run (4:58.97) and the outdoor 800m (2:06.42) in 2007. She also earned All-MIAA honors in cross country in 2005. In the classroom, she was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America® selection as well as the 2008-2009 MIAA Ken B. Jones Award Winner. Lee also was selected the 2010 NCAA Today’s Top VIII Award winner for cross country/track & field.
Tom Myers – Central Missouri and Pittsburg State
Baseball Coach (UCM 2008-14 & PSU 2016-18)
Tom Myers had a career record of 367-139 (.725 winning percentage) at two stops in the MIAA. He has the second-most wins UCM history with six consecutive NCAA Regional appearances (2008-13). Myers guided the Mules to three regional championships (2008, 2010, 2011), four MIAA Tournament Championships, and four MIAA Regular Season Championships. With UCM, he was twice named the Central Region Coach of the Year and MIAA Coach of the Year. Myers coached the 2009 NCAA Division II Pitcher of the Year and five first-team All-Americans. He became the head coach at his alma mater, Pittsburg State, in 2016 where he went 56-48 in two seasons. In 2017, Myers took the Gorillas to their first NCAA Division II National Tournament since 2002.
Caitlin (Pankratz) Peterson – Central Missouri
Volleyball Student-Athlete (2005-2009)
Caitlin (Pankratz) Peterson led the Jennies in assists, totaling 5,502 in her career, second-most in UCM history and still the eighth-most in MIAA history. As a senior, Pankratz helped Central Missouri to its first MIAA title since 2000, winning in 2009. One of the most decorated athletes in UCM Volleyball history, Pankratz was an All-American, two-time All-Region selection, two-time All-MIAA performer and three-time Academic All-District selection. She also was an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient.
Tongula (Givens) Steddum – Missouri Southern
Women’s Track & Field Student-Athlete (1993-1995)
Givens still holds many of the top-10 outdoor marks in both the triple jump and the long jump. She is the only female in school history to surpass 41 feet in the outdoor triple jump and one of two to surpass 20 feet in the long jump. Givens was an eight-time All-America at MSSU, including national championships in the triple jump in 1994 (outdoor) and 1995 (indoor). She collected three MIAA high-point individual awards during her career as a Lion and held program records in the triple jump and long jump at the time of her graduation and held the MIAA meet record for the outdoor triple jump until 2018.
Tom Svehla – Official
Baseball, Basketball, and Football Official
Tom Svehla spent over 30 years as an official for the MIAA in baseball, basketball, and football. He was on the court for 31 years as a basketball official which included being an official for the 2002 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Elite Eight, four Division II regionals, and multiple MIAA Conference Tournaments. In football, Svehla was an official for 26 years, highlighted by being selected for the 2010 NCAA Division II National Championship game. He also was selected for the two National Quarterfinal games and several Division II Playoff games. He spent six seasons as an MIAA umpire before moving up to NCAA Division I level where he worked 10 regionals.
Bill Titcomb – Official
Football and Men’s Basketball Official
Bill Titcomb spent 29 years officiating in the MIAA in the sports of football and men’s basketball. He was selected to 19 consecutive MIAA postseason tournaments from 1993 to 2011 and officiated the championship game four different times. Titcomb was also selected for five NCAA Division II National Tournaments and four regional championship games, three NCAA Division II Elite Eights, and in 2008 officiated the National Championship game. In football, Titcomb served the MIAA for 14 seasons, highlighted by his selection to officiate the 2006 NCAA Division II National Semifinal game.
Seth Wand – Northwest Missouri
Football Student-Athlete (1998-2002)
Seth Wand was an offensive tackle for the Bearcats as he started three seasons at the left tackle position and allowed just one sack in his career. He was named a first-team All-American by four different publications in both 2002 and 2001. Wand was a CCA, CoSIDA, and Daktronics second-team All-American both seasons as well. He earned first-team All-MIAA honors in 2000, 2001, and 2002 along with three MIAA Championships and one NCAA Division II National Championship. Wand was taken in the 2003 NFL draft in the third round by the Texans (pictured above), 75th overall pick, and appeared in 53 games with 18 starts. Wand is the highest NFL draft pick in Bearcat history.
Tammy Wilson – Central Missouri
Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete (1985-1989)
Tammy Wilson remains the Jennies’ career leader in scoring (2,104 points) and rebounding (1,205 rebounds). She is the only basketball player in Central Missouri history, male or female, to score over 2,000 career points and have over 1,000 career rebounds. Wilson earned back-to-back All-American awards (1987-88, 1988-89). In addition to holding the Jennies’ career scoring and rebounding records, she also is the Jennies’ career leader in field goal percentage (59.3) and is the Jennies’ single-season record holder for points (676) and field goal percentage (62.7). Wilson led the Jennies in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage as a sophomore, junior and senior. She was the MIAA most valuable player as a sophomore and a junior. Wilson is still sixth in the MIAA all-time in scoring and second in rebounding.
Class of 2020 Hall of Fame Teams
Below are teams that were selected as members of the 2020 MIAA Hall of Fame Class. Teams will not be recognized at the MIAA Awards Ceremony, each institution will determine when the team is formally recognized and celebrated.
1997-1998 Emporia State Women’s Basketball Team
The Lady Hornets were the first Emporia State athletic team to play for an NCAA Division II National Championship as they went 33-1 on the season.
2004 Pittsburg State Football Team
The 2004 Pittsburg State University football team posted a 14-1 record in finishing as the NCAA Division II National Runner-up.
Class of 2021 Hall of Fame Teams
Below are teams that were automatically inducted as the first members of the 2021 MIAA Hall of Fame class after winning National Championships during the 2015-16 season. Teams will not be recognized at the MIAA Awards Ceremony, each institution will determine when the team is formally recognized and celebrated.
2015 Northwest Missouri Football Team
The 2015 Northwest Missouri football team went undefeated to claim the program’s fifth National Championship on December 19, 2015. It was the fifth football national title for the Bearcats. Northwest claimed the title with a 34-7 win over Shepherd in Kansas City. Northwest outscored its playoff opponents, 164-55. Collin Bevins was named the MIAA’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Brandon Yost, Brock Sherman, Jacob Vollstedt, Kevin Berg and Bryce Enyard all earned first-team All-MIAA defensive honors. Simon Mathiesen was the MIAA Freshman of the Year. The Bearcat offense was represented on the MIAA first team by Brady Bolles, Jordan Grove and Shane Smith. The Bearcat special teams saw Mathiesen and Shawn Bane Jr. earn first-team All-MIAA accolades. Head coach Adam Dorrel notched MIAA Coach of the Year status. The Bearcats ranked No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense (12.3 ppg), total defense (224.0 ypg), rushing defense (59.3 ypg) and passing efficiency defense (87.81 rating).
2016 Lincoln Women’s Indoor Track and Field Team
The 2016 Lincoln Women’s Indoor Track and Field Team claimed the program’s fifth National Championship on March 12, 2015.
2016 Pittsburg State Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Team
The 2016 Pittsburg State Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Team won the first National Championship in program history on May 28, 2016.