Southern Nazarene University is excited to announce its Athletics Hall of Fame inductees for 2014.
Eight names will be forever etched in Crimson Storm history as Dr. Larry Mills (Leadership), Jerry Finkbeiner (Coach - Women’s Basketball), Johna Dodson (Women’s Golf), Avril (Freeman) Jaborski (Women’s Basketball), Becky (Atkinson) Kahkesh (Women’s Soccer), Jason Kilmer (Football), John Miller (Men’s Basketball), Russell Watson (Track & Field).
“What an honor it is to announce this class of SNU Athletics Hall of Fame inductees,” said Director of Athletics Bobby Martin. “This class is a true representation of who we are in SNU Athletics and who we want to represent us. There’s so much praise this group deserves for what they achieved on and off their field of play and contributions back to the athletics department.”
After playing the 1965-66 basketball season for Southern Nazarene, Dr. Mills began to give back immediately as he took over the program from 1967 through the 1971 seasons. Mills earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from SNU in 1966 and continued his education while coaching by earning an MBA from the University of Oklahoma in 1969. Mills also served his with the Oklahoma Army National Guard from 1966-72 before going on to earn his Ph.D. in management from Oklahoma as well in 1978.
His awards include the SNU Outstanding Alumni Award (1973), SNU University Award (1995), SNU Centennial Award (1999), SNU Heritage Award (2006) and SNU Alumni Players Association Award (2013).
Arguably the best coach in the history of the women’s basketball program at Southern Nazarene University, Finkbeiner took SNU to new heights from 1990-1996. Finkbeiner finished his career at SNU with a .903 winning percentage, the highest in school history, going 186-20 over six seasons. The then Lady Redskins won three straight NAIA National Championships from 1994-96 and Finkbeiner was named the NAIA Coach of the Year all three seasons.
A three-time NAIA All-American first team choice, Johna Dodson played a key role in putting Southern Nazarene University women’s golf on the map. With the guidance of NAIA Hall of Fame Coach Steve Hulsey, Dodson finished seventh at the 2002 NAIA National Championships as the Crimson Storm won the program’s second national title. Dodson played in the NAIA National Championships all four years at SNU and placed in the top 15 in three of the four tournaments. She took 10thin 2001 and 14thin 2000. In 2000, she led the nation in stroke average at 78.
A two-time NAIA All-American, NAIA Kodak/WBCA All-American and Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the year, (Freeman) Jaborski still is the all-time leader in points per game at Southern Nazarene University. A member of the 1988-89 team that won the program’s first NAIA National Championship, Jaborski averaged 20.3 points per game in her two years for SNU. She also holds the school record for steals per game at 3.9 and is second all-time in school history in field goal percentage at 62.2.
The all-time leading scorer in women’s soccer history at Southern Nazarene University, (Atkinson) Kahkesh set the bar as high as you could set it for a young Lady Redskin soccer team. The 1996 NAIA All-American and honorable mention in 1997 scored 111 goals (the only player with at least 100) and averaged just over a goal per game in her career. She’s also the all-time points leader with 243 as she averaged 2.93 points per game. She stands sixth all-time in school history in assists with 81 and holds single season records for goals (85), points per game (4.05), goals (40) and goals per game (1.90). Her 40 goals in 1996 is the 13thmost goals in the NAIA in a single-season.
The all-time leader in collegiate rushing, Kilmer ran for nearly 5,000 yards in four years. He finished with 4,964 yards more than 2,000 yards above the nearest rusher in school history. Kilmer holds nine different career records, five different single season records and seven single-game records. He holds school all-time records for rushing yards, attempts (842), rushing touchdowns (49), average yards per rush (5.9), average yards per game (130.6), all-purpose yards (5,192), all-purpose yards per game (136.6), total points scored (316) and touchdowns scored (52). He is in the top 10 all-time in school history in 14 different categories.
The only student-athlete to ever receive the NAIA’s Emil S. Liston Award, John Miller helped lay the foundation what is now Crimson Storm basketball. The Liston Award is given annually by Daktronics to recognize a male and female junior basketball player based on scholarship, character and playing ability.
Miller who played from 1971-75 for the then Bethany Nazarene College Redskins, finished with 355 free throws made and 477 attempted, both are fourth all-time in program history. He also finished his career with 710 rebounds the ninth most in school history.
The very first NAIA National Champion in men’s track and field, Russell Watson defined the term athlete. The school record holder in pole vault, he won 1996 NAIA Indoor National Championship and then captured the 1998 NAIA Outdoor National Championship. His 17 feet-.25 inch clearance still holds and he also holds the school record in the decathlon with 6,653 points.
He finished as a three-time NAIA All-American and took 11thin the decathlon. He also played basketball, averaging 12.1 points per game after transferring from Texas Christian University.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will be held Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m. inside the Broadhurst Gymnasium.
Posted on Wed, October 8, 2014
by Eunice Trent