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2011 WMU Athletic Hall of Fame Class Announced

Courtesy: Mat Kanan, director of athletic media relations
Release: 06/16/2011
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Six new inductees will be welcomed into the Western Michigan Athletic Hall of Fame this fall with the class representing five former Bronco student-athletes and one former administrator.  The induction ceremony will place at the Fetzer center on Friday, Oct. 28, with the on-field ceremony taking place at halftime of the Ball State game on Oct. 29.

The Class of 2011 boasts former Broncos from football, softball, men's and women's track & field and wrestling, as well as the first administrator to be inducted since 1996.  Rich Bacon (1969-71) represents WMU's wrestling program, Stephanie Henderson (1994-95) represents softball, WMU athletic training pioneer Jack Jones will be inducted as well.  Tim Lester (1996-99) is the latest member of the football program to receive the nod.  Jim Oliphant (1959-62) and Jill Stamison (1990-93) represent the men's and women's track program at Western Michigan in this year's class.

The induction ceremony for the WMU Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2011 will take place at the Fetzer Center the evening of Friday, Oct. 28.  Please contact Stacy Vallier for ticket information (269-387-3062).  All inductees will be honored on the field at Waldo Stadium the following day at halftime of the Broncos' game against Ball State (Oct. 29).

Class of 2011 Inductee Bios

  Rich Bacon (1969-71) - Wrestling
1971 All-American, finishing sixth in 142 lb. weight class ... 1969 and 1971 Mid-American Champion at 137 pounds and 142 pounds ... ranked fourth in career records with 44 wins 13 losses and three ties ... ranked 10th in season records with 26 wins six losses and one tie ... ranks first in career pins with 11 ... ranks second in season pins with nine ... .772 winning percentage during his three year Bronco career.

  Stephanie Henderson (1994-95) - Softball
First team all MAC selection in 1994 and 1995... set all time career batting record (.380) which at the time was third all time in the MAC... named second team All-Mideast region in 1994... transfered after her sophomore season from Lake Michigan College... won NJCAA National Championship with Lake Michigan... two time letterwinner.

  Jack Jones (1956-77) - Administration - Athletic Training
Pioneer of athletic training at Western Michigan University ... inducted into Michigan Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 1990 ... director of WMU athletic training education (1976-84) ... established graduate level athletic training program at WMU ... three former student athletic trainers have been inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame ... founded Mid-American Conference Sports Medicine Association in 1970 ... co-founded the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society in 1976.

  Tim Lester (1996-99) - Football
Left WMU as the school’s all-time leading passer in possession of 17 school records ... completed his career ranked fifth in NCAA all-time passing yards (11,299) and seventh in touchdown passes (89) ... team captain in 1998-99 ... Academic All-MAC and All-MAC in 1997-98, and CoSIDA Academic All-District in 1998-99 ... member of WMU All-Century Team ... led WMU to a MAC West Division title in 1999 ... still shares the WMU record for 300-yard passing games in a career (16) and in a season (7) ... first WMU QB to throw for 3,000 yards in back-to-back seasons ... served as QB coach at WMU in 2005-06, coaching Tim Hiller to 2005 MAC Freshman of the Year honors.

  Jim Oliphant (1959-62) - Men's Track & Field
Earned six first-place finishes and a pair of second-place finishes as a freshman … set freshman high jump record with a jump of 6-2 1/2 feet against Bowling Green … recorded nine first-place finishes and seven second-place finishes as a sophomore … tied WMU  high jump record of 6-6 1/2 feet twice during sophomore season … six first-place and second-place finishes during junior season … set WMU high jump record with a 6-7 1/2 feet jump against Miami … ranked sixth in the nation and finished third in high jump at NCAAs … had five first-place finishes and four second-place finishes as a senior … broke own school high jump record with a jump of 6-8 1/2 feet against Bowling Green … ranked ninth in the nation and finished ninth in high jump at NCAAs.

  Jill Stamison (1990-93) - Women's Track & Field
Became the fourth Bronco to earn All-America honors in 1993 ... was third in the 800 meters at the 1993 NCAA Indoor Championships and fourth in the same event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... finished third in the 800 at the 1997 USATF Championships and competed in the 1997 World Championships ... a member of the record-setting 4x800 sprint medley relay team in 1990 (1:46.00) ... time of 2:03.65 in the 800 at the 1993 NCAA Outdoor Championships is the top mark in WMU history.