INDIANOLA, Iowa - Simpson College announced today its Hall of Fame Class of 2016, a group that includes four former student-athletes representing six teams and the winningest men's basketball coach in school history. The newest group of honorees will be inducted during the annual Red & Gold Celebration, which will be held Friday, Oct. 7 in Hubbell Hall at the Kent Campus Center.
"We are very proud to announce the 2016 hall of fame class," Director of Athletics Brian Niemuth said. "Induction into the hall of fame is reserved for a select few and these former student-athletes and coach are more than qualified. Each one is a great representation of Simpson's long tradition of success. This group of inductees deserves to have their names placed among other Simpson legends."
The 2016 Simpson Athletic Hall of Fame class includes:
- Matt Chance '97 (cross country and track) - Two-time all-conference, two-time all-region and 1995 national qualifier in cross country; three-time All-American and four-time Iowa Conference Champion (5,000 meters) in track and field, Iowa Conference 10,000-meter champion in 1996.
- Dusty Kain '06 (football and baseball) - Second-team All-American wide receiver and three-time first team All-Iowa Conference player; school record holder for season and career yards and receptions; All-IIAC outfielder in baseball
- Clint Manny '06 (wrestling) - Three-time All-American, one of just five in program history; placed second in the country at 149 in 2004 and 2005; holds school record with 148 career wins; Simpson head coach for four seasons.
- Fay Bradley Parkins '01 (golf) - Two-time All-American and four-time All-IIAC performer; placed third at the IIAC Championship in 1997, 1998 and 2000.
- Bruce Wilson '76 (men's basketball coach) - Three-time IIAC Coach of the Year; led Simpson to IIAC Championships in 1992, 1995 and 1998 and NCAA Tournament berths in 1992, 1995 and 1996; won 341 games in 25 years as head coach.
In addition to these inductees, three great Simpson contributors will be recognized during the event.
Dan Carver '06 and Jane Whalen '90 will receive the Dick Buxton Award given to members of the community who have given time and effort in support of athletics at Simpson College. Carver has become the "Voice of the Storm" as the public address announcer for Storm football, volleyball and basketball beginning with his years as a student. Whalen has contributed her time and resources over the years while serving on numerous committees in order to help fundraise for the good of Storm student-athletes.
Tony Costa '88 will receive the Double "S" Award given to former athletes who have found success in their careers after graduating from Simpson. Costa was an all-conference outfielder for the Storm baseball team and currently serves as the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Bumble Bee Seafoods LLC in San Diego, Calif.