WMU Athletics Hall of Fame Unveils Class of 2013
This year's class is highlighted by a first-ballot selection as well as only the eighth Bronco hockey inductee in the history of the WMU Athletic Hall of Fame.
The 2013 WMU Athletic Hall of Fame Class, which will be honored at the Fetzer Center on campus on Oct. 18, consists of six members (four men and two females). Inductees represent the tale end of the 1960's, the 1980's, 1990's and early 2000's.
The 2013 WMU Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are:
- Greg Brake (1981-84) - Baseball
- Keith Jones (1989-92) - Hockey
- Kristin Koetsier (2000-03) - Women's Basketball
- Joy Dulen (Kroemer) (1994-95) - Softball
- Roger Lawson (1969-70) - Football
- Phil McMullen (1995-98) - Men's Track & Field
Greg Brake is the first baseball alumni to earn his way into the WMU Athletic Hall of Fame since 2010 and is the 39th overall baseball selection. He was Third Team All-American in 1984 leading the nation with a 0.95 ERA.
For hockey fans everywhere, Keith Jones may be more familiar for his work on the NBCSports Network covering the NHL but his time as a Bronco was just as memorable. Jones was a two-time All-CCHA selection and ranks 14th in scoring with 163 points. He is the eighth hockey alumni to be inducted and first since 2008.
Kristin Koetsier became eligible just this year and was a unanimous first-ballot selection for not only what she accomplished on the basketball court but the perseverance she showed in reaching the lofty heights she did during her career. Koetsier is the 18th basketball alumnae to be inducted and first since 2010.
Joy Kroemer is the lone inductee to not spend her entire career at WMU as she joined the Broncos as a junior. She wasted no time becoming acclimated with the Division I game leading the team in triples in 1994 and earning All-MAC honors in each of her two seasons in the Brown & Gold. Kroemer is the 11th softball alumnae to be inducted and first since 2011.
Roger Lawson's career was highlighted by his final season in 1970 where he not only ranked seventh in the nation in rushing but 13th in the country in scoring as well. He has the second longest rushing TD in program history and was named to the All-Century Team in 2005. He is the 53rd football alumni to be inducted and first since 2011.
Phil McMullen rewrote the men's track, indoor and outdoor, record book during his career in the mid to late 1990's. McMullen competed in and excelled in the decathlon, pentathlon, heptathlon and septathlon during his All-American career. He is the 39th men's track alumni to be inducted and second in as many years.
2013 Inductee Bios:
Greg Brake, Baseball (1981-84)
Named Third Team All-America in 1984 and led the nation in ERA (0.95) ... named team MVP in 1984 and was a unanimous selection for First Team All-MAC ... totaled 77 strikeouts in 1984, which ranks 11th most in a season ... nine wins and nine complete games in 1984 both tie for third most in a season ... 20 career wins ties for fourth most ... 194 career strikeouts ranks fifth ... 253.1 career innings pitched is fifth best ... drafted by the Oakland A’s in the ninth round in 1984 ... played three seasons in the minor leagues, advancing to AA status ... compiled a 22-12 record with a 3.70 ERA over 289.1 innings pitched ... registered 197 strikeouts and four complete games at the minor league level.
Keith Jones, Hockey (1989-92)
First Team All-CCHA, 1991-92 season ... Honorable Mention CCHA All-Rookie team, 1988-89 ... 14th in school history with 163 points ... Played in 491 career NHL games, scoring 117 goals and 141 assists for 258 points. (career cut short due to injury) ... Studio Analyst for The NHL on NBCSports Network ... is the eight hockey player to be inducted in the Hall of Fame … co-author of Jonesy: Put Your Head Down and Skate.
Kristin Koetsier, Women’s Basketball (2000-2003)
Women’s Basketball Journal All-American and Women’s Basketball News Service Freshman All-American in 2000… recipient of the Jimmy V Foundation Comeback of the Year and Honda Inspiration awards in 2002 … 2003 Honorable Mention All-American… guided WMU to its second MAC Tournament championship and an NCAA Tournament in 2003 … led Broncos to 2000 MAC West Championship and school’s first ever WNIT appearance … three-time First Team All-MAC… ranks seventh in career scoring with 1,452 points and 13th in career rebounds with 682 … MAC Freshman of the Year in 2000… currently an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at WMU ... the 18th women’s basketball player inducted.
Joy Kroemer, SS (1994-1995)
First team all MAC selection in 1994 and 1995... transferred after her sophomore season from Lake Michigan College... won NJCAA National Championship with Lake Michigan... two time First Team All-MAC… career batting average of .303… had a perfect stolen base percentage (14-14)… has played 113 games out of the total 114 in her two-year career at WMU… had 60 hits in 1994, ranking top six in WMU history… top 10 in WMU single-season history for RBI’s in a single-season (28)… apart of the seven triples in 1994, is third most in WMU single-season history… apart of the 1995 team that is top five in WMU history for wins in a season (34)… two time letterwinner … the 11th softball player to be inducted.
Roger Lawson (1969-70)
Rushed for 2,018 yards, which ranks 10th at WMU, and 19 touchdowns during career … held the nation’s best yards per carry average (7.2) in 1970 ... First Team All-MAC, All-American Honorable Mention, Team MVP, 1970 season ... seventh in rushing yards in the nation and 13th in the nation in scoring … second longest touchdown run from scrimmage (76) in program history … drafted in 15th round by Chicago Bears in 1972 NFL draft … had three-year career rushing for 176 yards and one touchdown … the 53rd football player to be inducted into the hall of fame.
Phil McMullen, Track (1995-98)
Four-time Outdoor MAC Champion in the decathlon (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998), helping WMU to the team Outdoor MAC title in 1995 and 1996 ... 1998 Indoor MAC Champion in the heptathlon ... earned All-America in 1997 and 1998, placing runner up in 1997 and in fifth in 1998 at the NCAA Championships ... holds the indoor pentathlon (4,187 points), indoor heptathlon (5,380) and outdoor decathlon (8,008) school records ... ranks sixth in the indoor pole vault (16-0.75) and seventh in the indoor 60m dash (8.28 seconds) at Western Michigan … the 39th member of track to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.