Six set for induction into Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame
Student-athletes who were four-year regulars in their respective sports and one of the longest-tenured coaches in school athletics history comprise the 2008 induction class into the Missouri State University Athletics Hall of Fame. The shrine will have its 34th annual induction ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Six different sports are represented in the group which will step into the shrine in the 10th year in which Missouri State has honored its men's and women's standout participants together. The 2008 Hall of Fame induction class includes soccer player Jamie Hautzinger Steinmetz (1996-99), men's tennis coach Jim Klousia (1979-05), baseball player Evan Pratte (1988-91), field hockey player Kathy Schubert Daniels (1977-80), footballer Adrion Smith (1990-93) and basketball player Secelia Winkfield (1990-93).
The new inductees will go into the shrine at an induction ceremony to be held Feb. 16, in a 4:30 p.m. banquet at University Plaza Hotel in Springfield. Inductees will also be recognized in halftime ceremonies of that day's Missouri State basketball games in Hammons Student Center. The Lady Bears will host the University of Northern Iowa at 1:05 p.m., and the Bears will host the University of Evansville at 7:35 p.m.
The 2008 Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame banquet is open to the public and reservations may be made through Monday, Feb. 11, by calling Missouri State Athletics Development (417) 836-4143. Tickets are $25.00 per person.
The six new inductees will bring the total membership in the Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame to 313. The original Hall of Fame for men’s sports was established in 1975 by director of athletics Aldo Sebben with 179 people enshrined in the first 22 induction classes. Director of women’s athletics Dr. Mary Jo Wynn established in 1981 a shrine to honor participants in women’s sports, and the 18 subsequent induction classes into that Hall of Fame saw 76 people enshrined. The two previous groups were combined into a single hall of fame in 1999 and this year’s induction is the 10th for the combined hall.
Hautzinger becomes the first-ever Bears' women's soccer player to go into the hall. Pratte is the 22nd baseball player, Schubert is the 17th field hockey player, Winkfield is the 24th women's basketballer and Smith is the 99th football player. Klousia becomes the 44th person inducted as a coach or administrator.
Jamie Hautzinger was a regular on the first four Missouri State women's soccer teams from 1996 to 1999 when the program was established by coach Rob Brewer. Hautzinger led Missouri State in scoring as a freshman, sophomore and senior while missing a significant portion of her junior season with an injury. She had 10 goals and 10 assists as a freshman, 12 goals and nine assists as a sophomore and nine goals and 12 assists as a senior. Her point totals of 33 in 1997 and 30 in both 1996 and 1999 remain the top three single season totals on record for the 12-year history of the program. A product of Omaha, Neb., she was a Missouri Valley all-conference first team choice as a sophomore and senior and a second team selection her junior year. She remains the Bears' career leader in goals and assists by wide margins in each category and her 96 career points rank as more than twice as many as the next best total.
Jim Klousia coached the Missouri State men's tennis team from 1979 through the 2005 season. A native of Monett and a standout tennis player at Southwest Baptist University before graduating from SBU in 1975, Klousia retired from the Bears' post after the 2005 season and his 27-year tenure was the second longest in school history, topped only by the 35 years Andy McDonald served as the Bears' golf coach. Klousia took his Missouri State teams to 10 conference championships, including titles in each of the three leagues in which Missouri State competed in his time at the post. His Bears won the 1979 crown in the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association, won championships in 1982 and from 1984 through 1990 in the Mid-Continent Conference, and claimed the 2005 league title in the Missouri Valley Conference to advance to the NCAA Division I tournament for the first time in school history. Klousia's Bears were in the top four teams in the Valley in nine of his 11 seasons coaching in the MVC. He finished with a career dual meet record of 324-271 with the Bears.
Evan Pratte was a two-year co-captain for the baseball Bears the final two seasons of his career for coach Keith Guttin from 1988 to 1991; one of just a handful of Bear baseballers to serve as captain in multiple seasons. Pratte was the Bears' starting third baseman as a freshman and the St. Louis native took over the shortstop post for his final three seasons. A standout middle infielder with considerable pop in his bat, he played for Mid-Continent Conference championship teams his first two years and was on a first division ballclub in 1991 in the Bears' first year in the Missouri Valley Conference. He was an all-conference first team selection in the MCC as a junior and in the Valley his senior season. At the time he wrapped up his Bears' playing career, Pratte was the school's career record holder in games played (220), at bats (773), hits (259), singles (190), total bases (379), sacrifice hits (18), sacrifice flies (14), assists (580) and double plays (121) and he was second on the all-time lists in runs scored, triples, runs batted in, game-winning RBIs, extra-base hits and walks.
Kathy Schubert was an integral part of what was the greatest era in the history of Missouri State field hockey. Playing for coach Rhonda Ridinger, Schubert was a part of Bears' teams which won three Missouri Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) titles, two firsts and two seconds in AIAW regional competition and an AIAW national title in 1979. The Bears were AIAW runners-up in 1980. The four teams on which Schubert played compiled an eye-popping 108-12-4 record for her seasons at MSU. Playing in the same era as all-time scoring leader Chris Dufner, Schubert still has the second highest scoring total in MSU history with her 64 goals as a Bear.
Adrion Smith was a four-year starter in the Missouri State defensive secondary as a cornerback from 1990 to 1993 for Bears' head coach Jesse Branch. Smith led Missouri State in pass interceptions all four years, and his career total of 24 remains a Missouri State and Gateway Football Conference all-time record. He also owns the MSU career mark for passes broken up with 37 and for yards returned on pass interceptions with 230. The Kansas City native was a three-time all-Gateway Football Conference first team selection and received All-America selection once from The Associated Press, twice from Football Gazette, twice from The Sports Network and was on the Walter Camp All-America team as a senior. He played on the Bears' Gateway co-championship team in 1990 which was the second of only two MSU ballclubs to advance to the NCAA playoffs, and his career pass interception total remains among the all-time top 10 in NCAA Football Championship Subdivision history.
Secelia Winkfield was an integral part of Missouri State's extended NCAA tournament run in women's basketball in the early 1990s under coach Cheryl Burnett. A native of the Kansas City area, Winkfield was the eighth player in Lady Bears' history to record 1,000 career points, and, 15 years later, she remains in 13th place on the all-time scoring list with 1,333 points. Winkfield remains in the Missouri State all-time top 10 in games played (123), field goals (547), attempts (1,119) and is still fourth in assists (455) and third in steals (302). She led the team in rebounding and assists one year each and in steals twice. Winkfield played on teams which reached the NCAA second round in 1991, the NCAA Final Four in 1992 and the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1993. She was a Kodak all-district choice and Kodak All-America honorable mention as a senior, a two-time all-Gateway selection, and Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year her final season. She was in the Pan American games in 1991 and was one of nine Missouri State players selected to the MVC all-centennial team in 2007.