CalU names new Hall of Fame class
California University of Pennsylvania has announced its 18th Athletic Hall of Fame class.
The 2013 inductees are:
• Football standout Bill Coleman of Connellsville, Class of 1961.
• Softball star Christine Dillner of Penn Hills, a 1995 graduate.
• Women's soccer phenom Kim Kottmeier-Whitlock of Bethel Park, Class of 1996.
• Basketball player Seth Martin of Zanesville, Ohio, Class of 2002.
• Football force Tim McCutcheon of Sewickley.
• Brad Rager of Bristol, a member of the track and field team and the Class of 2008.
• The 2008 PSAC champion men's soccer team.
Coleman played cornerback and defensive end for the Vulcans from 1957-1960. He led the defense in interceptions three times and helped the 1958 team compile an 8-0 record, with four shutouts. It held opponents to an average of 3.9 points per game. The Vulcans won 21 of 24 games over Coleman's final three seasons. He is the fifth Vulcan from the 1958 team to be inducted into the hall, along with their coach, Ted Nemeth.
Dillner was a three-year starting centerfielder from 1992-1995. She was a three-time all-conference selection and earned All-Region honors twice. She received NFCA All-American honors in 1995 after batting .468 with 80 hits, 54 RBI and 54 runs scored. She finished with 148 career RBI and 59 extra-base hits. Dillner's solid play helped Cal U win four PSAC-West titles and advance to three PSAC finals with four NCAA tournament appearances and the program's first of five NCAA Division II regional Kottmeier-Whitlock was a star forward from 1992-1995. A two-time all-conference selection, Kottmeier-Whitlock in 1994 set the school's single-season and career records for assists with 14 (tied in 2012). In total, she made 35. Those totals rank fourth and fifth in the PSAC record book, respectively. She finished with 30 goals and 95 points. Kottmeier scored a career-best 14 goals as a freshman and helped the 1992 and 1994 teams both win 12 games, setting a school record that lasted for 15 years.
McCutcheon was a four-year starting offensive lineman who received first-team all-conference honors, twice at tackle and once each at guard and center. He was a two-time AFCA first-team All-American and two-time AP All-American, earning first-team honors in 2007. McCutcheon helped the 2005 team set a school record for points per game (42.1) and total offense (462.4 ypg). The Vulcans won three straight PSAC-West titles during McCutcheon's final three seasons. In 2007, the team compiled a school-best 13-1 overall record and made the first of three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II national semifinals.
Martin was a three-time, first-team all-conference forward from 1999-2001 after transferring from Ohio University. A two-time NABC All-American, he finished with 1,459 career points, which ranks 10th in school history. He produced 535 rebounds and 145 assists. Martin averaged more than 16 points per game in his first two years and 19 points his senior year. He helped Cal U win consecutive PSAC-West titles in 1999 and 2000, as well as the 1999 PSAC championship. The Vulcans won 47 of 60 games those two seasons, which included a 21-3 PSAC-West mark.
Rager was a track and field standout from 2005-2008. He won a school-record 14 PSAC championships, which included four consecutive 400-meter indoor titles and three consecutive outdoor titles in both the 200- and 400-meters. Rager was a two-time All-American as part of Cal U's 4 x 400-relay team, which earned the honor both indoors and outdoors in 2008. He was named PSAC Freshman of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Rager was named MVP of the 2005 and 2008 indoor and outdoor PSAC championship meets.
The 2008 men's soccer team, with 27-year veteran head coach Dennis Laskey, won the first PSAC championship in program history. The team capped off its conference tournament run by defeating fifth-ranked Millersville, 3-2, when junior midfielder Justin Taucher scored his only goal of the season in the 78th minute after intercepting a Marauder clear attempt in their end of the field. Sophomore goalkeeper Derek Yobbi was named PSAC Tourney MVP after the Vulcans played the final nine minutes of the title game a man down after a red card. Junior forward Mike Luecke led in scoring that season with 18 goals and 48 points. The 2008 Vulcans notched 13 wins and made the team's second of three NCAA tournament appearances.
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