Iowa Wesleyan University (IW) has announced its Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame for 2017 and will celebrate the event on April 28th; including honors for student-athletes academic year 2016-2017.
Inductee’s honored this year are: Head Football Coach Hal Mumme (1989-1991); Robert Bogdonas ’53 (Football/Baseball); Ryan Boese ’98 (Football); Amber Roets Thomas ’98 (Softball); and Allison Falls ’06 (Basketball/Softball).
Coach Hal Mumme revolutionized the “Air Raid Offense” at Iowa Wesleyan. A no-huddle, hurry-up passing attack that no one had ever seen. Mumme left an impact on football nationally. Mumme also held the following to his credit while at Iowa Wesleyan. • NAIA District Coach of the Year 1989 and 1991 • Coached first football team to qualify for NAIA Playoffs • Most wins in a single season • Won first bowl game in IW history- 1990 Steamboat Classic • Teams hold single season records for: -Passing Yards 4646, -Pass Completions 468, -Pass Attempts 715, -Passing Touchdowns 48, -Total Yards 5501.
Robert Bogdonas ’53 • Lettered in both Football and Baseball • 1st Team All -Conference for football • Named to the Little All-American Honorable Mention Team 1952 for football • Member of the Lithuanian All-American Team for football • 2nd Team Halfback Iowa Athletic Conference Southern Division 1952 • Invited to tryout for Los Angeles Rams and numerous MLB teams.
Ryan Boese ’98 • 1996, 1997 NAIA College Football News Preseason All-American • 1996 NAIA National Player of the Week • 1996 NAIA Midstates Football Association Player of the Week • 1996 2ndTeam Midstates Football Association Midwest League • 1996 IW Football Most Valuable Player of the Year • 1996 IW Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year • 1996, 1997 IW Outstanding Linebacker • Holds single game IW record for tackles in a game with 36 •223 Career Solo Tackles • 312 Career Total Tackles.
Amber Roets Thomas ’98 • MCC Player of the Year 1997 • 1st Team All-Conference 1996,1997,1998 • 1st Team All-Region 1996,1997, 1998 • 1st Lowest Career ERA 1.06 • 1st Fewest Walks Allowed .380 • 1st Career Wins 79 • 1st Career Hits 249 • 1st Career RBIs 142 • 2nd Career Doubles 45 • 2nd Career Strikeouts 298 • 4th Career Batting Average .418 • 4th Career Runs Scored 116 • 4th Career Triples 12.
Allison Falls ’06 • First women’s basketball player to be named NAIA All-American (3rd Team 2006) • First women’s basketball player to be named MCC Conference Player of the Year 2006 • 2nd Career Points 1717 • 2nd Career FG Made 558 • 2nd FT Made 594 • 4th Career Rebounds 867 • NAIA Academic All-American • Helped lead women’s basketball team to first MCC Conference Championship and NAIA National Tournament.
“This is a distinguished class of honorees, and we are so glad they are returning for this honor,” said Athletic Director Steve Williamson. “We are looking forward to celebrating them and the exceptional athletes that represent our institution for the 2016-2017 season.”
The festivities will be held in the Howe Student Activity Center with the reception at 6:30 in the Atrium. The awards program will be begin at 7 pm in Ruble Arena.
Iowa Wesleyan University–Celebrating its 175th Anniversary, Iowa Wesleyan University is a transformational learning community whose passion is to educate, empower and inspire students to lead meaningful lives and careers.