Athletic Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees
Six individuals will comprise California University of Pennsylvania’s 19th Athletic Hall of Fame class.
The 2013 inductees are Bill Coleman, Class of 1961 (football); Christine Dillner, Class of 1995 (softball); Kim Kottmeier-Whitlock, Class of 1996 (women’s soccer); Seth Martin, Class of 2002 (men’s basketball); Tim McCutcheon (football); and Brad Rager, Class of 2008 (men’s track and field).
These former Vulcan standouts will be inducted officially at the 2013 Cal U Athletic Hall of Fame dinner, set for 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Performance Center inside the Elmo Natali Student Center on Cal U’s main campus.
In addition to the individual honorees, this year’s banquet will recognize Cal U’s 2008 PSAC champion men’s soccer team. Cal U’s Hall of Fame began honoring past teams in 2005.
In addition to being recognized at the banquet, the inductees will be featured on the scoreboard Oct. 12 during the Vulcans’ Homecoming football game against Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
Tickets for the Hall of Fame dinner are $30 each. The public may attend.
For reservations, contact Montean Dean in the Office of Alumni Relations, 724-938-4418. Proceeds from the dinner will be used to establish a Hall of Fame athletic scholarship.
Bill Coleman '61 (football)
Bill Coleman ’61 (Mount Pleasant, Pa./Mount Pleasant H.S.) was a four-year letterman and standout cornerback and defensive end for the Vulcan football team from 1957-1960. Coleman led the defense in interceptions three times, and he helped the 1958 team compile a perfect 8-0 record. That team’s defense held opponents to an average of 3.9 points per game and recorded four shutouts. Cal’s closest victory that season was a 13- point win. The Vulcans won 21 of 24 games over Coleman’s final three seasons. He is the fifth Vulcan from the 1958 team to earn Cal U Hall of Fame honors; that team’s coach, Ted Nemeth, also is a Hall of Fame member.
Christine Dillner '95 (softball)
Christine Dillner ‘95 (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills H.S.) was a three-year starting centerfielder for the softball team from 1992-1995. Dillner 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 softball 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 titles, in 1994. Cal’s cumulative record during the Dillner years was 151-39-1.
Kim Kottmeier-Whitlock ’96 (soccer)
Kim Kottmeier-Whitlock ’96 (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park H.S.) was a star forward for the women’s soccer team from 1992-1995. A two-time all-conference selection, Kottmeier set and still holds the school’s single-season and career records for assists with 14 (tied in 2012) in 1994 and 35 total. Those totals currently rank fourth and fifth in the PSAC record book, respectively. She finished with 30 goals and 95 points, a total that currently ranks fourth in school history. Kottmeier scored a career-best 14 goals as a freshman and helped the 1992 and 1994 teams each win a school-record 12 games. That record lasted for 15 years.
Tim McCutcheon (football)
Tim McCutcheon (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley H.S.) was a four-year starting offensive lineman who received first-team all-conference honors twice at tackle and once each at both the guard and center positions. He was a two-time AFCA first-team All-American and two-time AP All-American, earning first-team honors in 2007. A two-time Gene Upshaw Award finalist, McCutcheon helped Cal’s 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, with the 2007 team compiling a school-best 13-1 overall record and making the first of three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II national semifinals.
Seth Martin ’02 (basketball)
Seth Martin ’02 (Zanesville, OH /Zanesville H.S.) 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 currently ranks 10th in school history. He also produced 535 rebounds and 145 assists. Martin averaged more than 16 points per game in each of 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.
Brad Rager ’08 (track and field)
Brad Rager ’08 (Bristol, Pa. /Truman H.S.) 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 also 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. Winner of the PSAC Freshman of the Year Award for both the indoor and outdoor seasons, Rager was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2005 and 2008 indoor and outdoor PSAC championship meets.
2008 men's soccer team
The 2008 men’s soccer team, coached by 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 own 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 the team in scoring that season with 18 goals and 48 points. The 2008 Vulcans finished with 13 wins and made the team’s second of three NCAA tournament appearances.