2019 Athletics Hall of Fame Class Set for September 28 Induction

2019 Athletics Hall of Fame Class Set for September 28 Induction

Greencastle, Ind. - Six DePauw alumni, a former director of sports medicine and a men's basketball team will be inducted into the DePauw Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 28. The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Kresge Auditorium in DePauw's Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts.

Inductees include Natalie Shaffer Govert '05 (Women's Cross Country/Women's Track and Field), Amy Hasbrook '00 (Women's Basketball), Prudence Dix Hilger '57 (masters runner), Ryan Sipe '05 (Baseball), Brad Stevens '99 (Men's Basketball), Anton Thompkins '91 (Men's Soccer) and the 1983-84 men's basketball team. Rex Call, former director of sports medicine, will be inducted as an honorary member. Hasbrook and Hilger will be inducted posthumously. This group joins the more than 200 student-athletes, coaches and administrators who have earned induction since 1986. A complete hall of fame listing is available here.

Call came to DePauw in 1980 for the first of two stints in Greencastle as the only athletic trainer for all of DePauw's teams. He retired in 2016 as the director of sports medicine, and as a faculty member with rank of associate professor. In 30 years, Call oversaw athletic health care for thousands of DePauw student-athletes. Through his work and dedication, he significantly expanded the athletic trainer and team physician care provided to DePauw teams. Call also taught and mentored countless students in both the classroom and in the athletic training room. Many of his students went on to careers in health professions and in sports medicine-related areas.

Govert earned four varsity letters as a member of the women's cross country and women's track and field teams. In cross country she won three individual Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships after finishing second in her first year and she still holds 3 of the five fastest times at the 5,000 meter distance in SCAC Championships history. She finished third twice and sixth and 13th on two other appearances at the NCAA Regionals, leading to three appearances in the NCAA Cross Country Championships; she placed in the top 50 each time, including 36th in 2002. Govert led the 2004 team to the program's first NCAA appearance, where it finished 16th, and she graduated with the school's best cross country times for 5,000- and 6000-meter distances. She was one of three unanimous selections and DePauw's only honoree to the SCAC's 15th anniversary team in 2005. In track and field, Govert earned all-SCAC honors four times, including a 1,500-meter championship as a senior and a runner-up finish in 2002. She also was second in the 5,000 meters in 2003 and 2005. A four-time NCAA qualifier in indoor and outdoor track, she placed ninth in the 1,500 meters at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships and 18th in the 5,000 meters at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships. She still holds DePauw's indoor 1,500-meter record and the second-fastest spot in both the outdoor 1,500- and 5,000-meter and the indoor mile.

Hasbrook was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter for the women's basketball team. After playing 13 games in her first season, Hasbrook started the final 80 games of her collegiate career. The team's leading rebounder during her junior and senior seasons, Hasbrook totaled 682 rebounds, including 317 on the offensive glass, placing her third among all DePauw players at the time of her graduation; she still ranks sixth at the time of her induction. She led the Tigers in field-goal shooting in each of her final two seasons and finished her career as DePauw's all-time leading shooter at 65.2 percent. An honorable mention all-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference selection as a junior, Hasbrook was named to the second team as a senior. She earned a spot on the SCAC's Academic Honor Roll in 1999 and 2000 and was named the team's best defender each of her final three seasons. During her four seasons, the Tigers were 87-19 and won four conference titles, while making three NCAA Division III postseason appearances. Her love of women's basketball inspired her to create "GBT," Greek-letters which stood for Girl's Basketball Team. Amy was "a relentless worker who set an incredible example on and off the court," shares Kris Huffman, further describing Amy as the fiercest competitor she has ever coached.

Hilger attended DePauw at a time when opportunities to compete in intercollegiate sports weren't available to women. While at DePauw, Prudy played intramural basketball, and was the Kappa Kappa Gamma representative to the intramural board. However, in her postgraduate years, she distinguished herself as a masters-level runner. For three straight years in the late 1980s, Hilger placed in the top seven of the 50-and-over age group at the Boston Marathon, including a fifth-place showing. In addition to the Boston Marathon, she won 64 races and finished second only three time while competing in the 50-60 age group. Breaking age-group course records at most races that kept records, Hilger defeated the 50-and-over 5,000-meter American record holder when she won the Columbus, Ohio, Bank One Marathon. In 1989, she was the 19th honoree elected to the Colorado Sportswomen Hall of Fame, an honor given only to those who have three Sportswoman of the Year Awards in her area of competition (masters running). When she was 57, she was first woman overall in a 5k in Elbert, Colo. At the DePauw 50th reunion in 2007, Hilger was presented with the varsity "D" letter blanket. She has served on the house board of Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Colorado, on the boards of a ballet dance company and her homeowners' association as an officer and board member of her chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Sipe earned four letters and graduated as DePauw's all-time batting leader, with a .389 average; he also holds school records for runs scored (156), base hits (236), doubles (51) and total bases (343). A second baseman, Sipe was named to the all-region third team in 2003, the first team in 2004 and the second team as a senior. He was named three times to the All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference first team, after earning honorable mention in his first season. He later was one of three second basemen named to the SCAC's all-decade team in 2005 and DePauw's only selection. In 2004, Sipe broke the school's single-season records for runs scored (53) and total bases (115); he held those marks until 2017. His .435 batting average in 2004 is still the third-best in a DePauw season. He led the team to a school-record 28 wins in 2004; that record was broken the next season with 29 and, as a senior, Sipe reached base in 38 straight games. He collected at least one base hit in 73 of 85 games during his final two seasons and had at least two hits in 68 games.

Stevens earned four varsity letters in men's basketball as he played in all 101 games during his career. An all-Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference honorable mention selection in 1996 and DePauw Coaches' Award recipient as a senior, Stevens twice recorded a career-high 24 points in a game. He was a management fellow and a three-time Academic All-America© nominee, while also serving as a civic intern at DePauw's Hartman Center. He earned a BA degree in economics and began a career as a marketing associate at Eli Lilly and Co. Stevens left that position to pursue his coaching dream.

Starting as a volunteer coach at Butler University in summer 2000, Stevens became the Bulldogs' director of basketball operations for the 2000-01 season and a full-time coaching assistant the next season. He remained in that capacity until April 2007, when he was named the team's head coach. In six seasons at the helm, he posted a 166-49 record, and his team made two appearances in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship game. He set Division I records for the best coaching starts after his third, fourth, fifth and sixth seasons. On July 3, 2013, Stevens became the 17th head coach of the Boston Celtics. In his fourth season he led the Celtics to an NBA Eastern Conference-best record of 53-29 and an appearance in the conference finals; the 2018 squad was 55-27 and also advanced to the conference finals. In 2017, he was the sixth Boston coach to coach the Eastern Conference All-Star team. Over the course of six seasons, his teams are 270-222 and he was named the conference coach of the month three times.

Thompkins earned four varsity letters as a member of the men's soccer team. A three-time all-region selection, Thompkins was a third-team honoree in 1988 and second-team in each of his final two seasons. He earned all-Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference honors in the Tigers' first two seasons in the conference. At the time of his induction, he ranked 16th in goals (25), 20th in assists (14) and 18th in points (64). During his four seasons, the Tigers posted a 54-16-2 record and made NCAA appearances in 1987 and 1989.

The 1983-84 men's basketball season was a campaign of many firsts and records as the Tigers won a school-record 25 games on the way to a 25-5 finish under the direction of third-year head coach Mike Steele. They earned a bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship and advanced to the national semifinals before placing third in the nation. After finishing the previous season with 11 straight wins and a school-record 18 victories and narrowly missing a trip to the postseason, the Tigers opened the 1983-84 year with a pair of wins before falling to Butler in Hinkle Fieldhouse. A four-game win streak started with a win at preseason fourth-ranked Illinois Wesleyan. The Tigers' second loss came by two points at Division I Valparaiso as the Crusaders hit two free throws with two seconds left. DePauw ran its record to 13-2 after capturing the DePauw Invitational. DePauw rattled off eight straight wins before finishing the regular season with a 21-4 record.

Not only did the Tigers earn a spot in the NCAA tournament, but they were selected as the Great Lakes Region host. In a packed Neal Fieldhouse, DePauw defeated Capital 62-60 and Heidelberg 54-53 in overtime to advance to the national quarterfinals. The Tigers again were selected as a quarterfinal host and entertained Lemoyne-Owen of Memphis, Tenn. DePauw had little trouble in advancing to the national semifinals following a 98-49 win. That victory wrapped up a perfect 15-0 home record for the season. A trip to Calvin College followed and the Tigers fell to eventual Division III champion Wisconsin-Whitewater in the semifinals but came back the next night to top Upsala and finish third in the country.