MOUNT PLEASANT -- Six Central Michigan University athletic standouts have been chosen for induction into the CMU Athletics Hall of Fame as the Class of 2007.
This year's honorees are: Leonard Drake (men’s basketball, 1974-77); Brock Gutierrez (football, 1992-95); Angie (Henderson) Montroy (volleyball, 1982-85), Dick Kirchner (wrestling coach, 1957-64); Bill Taylor (men’s track and field/cross country, 1987-89); and Betsy Yonkman (women’s basketball, 1983-86).
The new inductees will be honored at the Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, Oct. 12, at the Comfort Inn, and then recognized at the CMU-Army football game on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The CMU Athletics Hall of Fame began in 1984 and the current roster now includes 137 members. Plaques honoring all the inductees are on display in Dan Rose Center.
"These six former Chippewas have quite a legacy at CMU," Athletics Director Dave Heeke said. "Not only did they succeed as individuals, but they were on very successful, championship teams. They are all deserving of this high honor."
To be eligible, the following must hold true for athletes: one becomes eligible 10 years after leaving school; one must earn two letters in one sport or one or more in two sports or brought recognition to the school by his or her athletic endeavors; and an outstanding career as an athlete must be continued in the individual's profession or occupation.
For induction as faculty/staff: a person becomes eligible five years after leaving his or her coaching position or athletic-related administrative position.
Angie (Henderson) Montroy
Men's Track/Cross Country
Following are thumbnail sketches of each new inductee:
Leonard Drake Key component of CMU’s first two Mid-American Conference championship teams ... second team All-MAC selection in 1977 ... ranked third in career scoring at completion of career and still ranks seventh with 1,338 points ... shot .807 (226-for-280) from the foul line during career which ranked second at completion of career and currently ranks seventh ... shot .878 (101-for-115) from the line in 1976, a mark that ranked third nationally that year ... tallied 126 career steals which ranks eighth in school history ... made two free throws with no time on the clock in CMU’s 77-75 NCAA Tournament first-round victory over Georgetown in 1975 ... led CMU in scoring two seasons with 18.2 ppg in 1976 and 16.9 ppg in 1977 ... part-time assistant coach for CMU’s 1979 MAC championship team ... was head men’s basketball coach at CMU for four seasons and head women’s coach at Lamar for four seasons ... spent 20 seasons as a men’s basketball assistant coach (14 at the Division I level), including helping Ball State reach the “Sweet 16” in 1990 ... native of Niles, Mich. and prepped at Niles Brandywine High School.
Brock Gutierrez First team All-Mid-American Conference center in 1995 ... three-year starter ... went on to a 10-year career in the NFL playing for the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions ... played in 114 career games in the NFL, including 23 starts ... starting center when the Bengals’ Corey Dillon set an NFL single-game rushing record with 278 yards in 2000 against Denver, a mark that currently ranks second all-time ... member of CMU’s 1994 MAC championship team ... blocked for All-America running back Brian Pruitt who ranked second nationally in rushing in 1994 and set the CMU single-season rushing yardage record ... recipient of CMU’s Kurt Dobronski award ... native of Charlotte, Mich. and prepped at Charlotte High School.
Angie (Henderson) Montroy Earned All-Mid-American Conference honors three times, including first team laurels in 1984 and ’85 ... second team pick in 1983 ... currently holds the MAC and CMU records for career total blocks (651) and block assists (503) ... also holds the CMU record and ranks second in MAC history for career service aces (220) ... currently ranks fifth at CMU in career kills (1,288) and second in block solos (148) ... still holds the CMU single-season block solo record with 57 in 1985 and also ranks fifth with 46 in 1983 ... 68 service aces in 1983 rank second on the CMU single-season list and 60 in 1985 rank fourth ... team was 116-26 (.816) during four-year career and three times was the MAC runner-up ... teamed with CMU Hall of Famer Joanne Hoskins for one of the most potent one-two punches in school and league history ... following her collegiate career, played Major League Volleyball with the Chicago Breeze ... native of Midland, Mich. and prepped at Sanford-Meridian High School.
Dick Kirchner Took over the wrestling program for its first full year as a varsity program ... never had a losing season in eight years ... coached four All-America selections, including two-time NAIA national champion and one-time runner-up John Rollins at 137 pounds ... had seven IIAC individual champions and 10 IIAC runners-up ... final two teams were a combined 20-2 ... posted a career record of 61-23-2 and the .721 winning percentage is still the tops among CMU’s all-time wrestling coaches ... CMU placed third in the IIAC his final season, its highest finish as a member of the league to that point ... spent a total of 36 years at CMU ... was the original chairman of the recreation and park administration department ... spent one year as an associate dean ... was also the head wrestling and track coach and an assistant football coach at St. Cloud State before coming to CMU ... native of Schenectady, N.Y.
Bill Taylor All-American in the 5000m ... still holds the school record in the event with a time of 13:48.50 ... Mid-American Conference cross country individual champion in 1988 and finished third in 1987 ... won the MAC 5000m title in 1989 and placed 10th (sixth American) at the NCAAs that year to earn All-America status ... qualified for nationals four times, including both the 5000m and 10,000m in 1987 ... led CMU to the 1988 MAC team cross country championship and a 19th-place team finish at the NCAAs ... won every cross country meet he competed in during the 1988 season, except nationals ... competed nationally for five years following CMU career ... had four top 15 finishes at the US Cross Country Championships and represented Team USA at the World Championships three times ... was ranked in the top five nationally and top 50 in the world in cross country ... finalist in the 10,000m at the 1989 and ’90 US Track and Field Championships and 5000m finalist at the 1992 Olympic trials ... originally attended Wisconsin ... native of Charlevoix, Mich. and prepped at Charlevoix High School.
Betsy Yonkman First team All-MAC selection in 1985 and ’86 ... is one of only three multiple first-team All-MAC honorees in school history (the other two are CMU Hall of Famers Sue Nissen and Carla Sterk) ... honorable mention All-MAC in 1984 ... helped lead team to a pair of MAC championships (1984 and ’85) and MAC Tournament titles (1983 and ’84) ... helped the Chippewas to the best season in school history, a 27-3 record in 1984, including an 18-0 MAC record ... currently ranks fourth in career scoring (1,495) and 10th in career rebounds (734) ... held the CMU career scoring record at the conclusion of career ... twice named to the All-Tournament team at the MAC Tournament ... awarded an NCAA post-graduate scholarship ... led CMU in scoring during two seasons averaging 16.3 points each year ... the two seasons of 16.3 ppg tie for seventh best single-season averages in school history ... one of five players to still rank in the career top 10 in both scoring and rebounding ... CMU was 85-33 (.720) during her playing career and twice played in the NCAA Tournament (1983 and ’84) ... twice named a team captain ... State of Michigan Basketball Advisory Council Women's College Player of the Year in 1986 ... spent 19 seasons as a Division I assistant coach, including four seasons at CMU ... assistant coach on Rutgers’ 2000 Final Four Team ... native of Kaleva, Mich. and prepped at Brethren High School.