Greencastle, Ind. - Six former student-athletes, one coach and the school's first national championship team comprise the 31st DePauw Athletics Hall of Fame class which will earn induction on Saturday, October 7.
The 2017 class includes Liz Bondi '07 (women's basketball and women's tennis), Mary Bretscher (women's swimming and diving coach), Kevin Burns '88 (football), Dan Garrison '01 (men's swimming and diving), Charles "Biff" Geiss '62 (baseball), Edwin Lindsay '39 (men's tennis and men's basketball), Dan Whaley '81 (football and baseball) and the 2006-07 NCAA Division III champion women's basketball team.
Bondi is the only student-athlete in school history to compete on a national championship team and earn an individual national title when she was a member of the 2007 NCAA Division III women's basketball squad and won the 2007 Division III Singles championship in tennis. The 2007 Honda Division III Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year was a four-time all-America in both singles and doubles in tennis and a two-time basketball all-America selection including first team in 2007. Bondi was a three-time Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference women's tennis Player of the Year and twice earned the distinction in women's basketball. In the fall of 2004, she was part of the first Division III doubles team to win the Intercollegiate Tennis Association "Super Bowl" of College Tennis and earn a spot in the ITA Division I Indoor Championships.
Bretscher started the DePauw women's swimming and diving program in 1974 and served as head coach for 38 years before retiring in 2012. During that time she coached three NCAA Postgraduate Scholars and five student-athletes who earned eight Academic All-America awards. She also mentored 33 student-athletes to all-America or honorable mention all-America honors. Bretscher coached DePauw's first female individual national champion when Midi Smyth captured the 100-yard backstroke title at the 1985 Division III Championships. The Tigers competed in 27 of 31 NCAA Division III Championships since the national meet began in 1982 with the 1985 team finishing seventh and the 2008 team placing eighth.
Burns earned four letters as a linebacker for the Tigers and recorded 313 tackles for the three seasons in which the statistic was available. He held the school's tackles record until 2016. The Tigers' leading tackler in 1987 with 145 and in 1986 with 120, Burns finished with 34 in a game at Dayton as a senior for a record that still stands. Burns was the team's Edwin C. Boswell Freshman Award winner, a two-time Gaumey Neal Defensive Player of the Year (1986, 1987) and co-Most Valuable Player (1987) while also serving as a captain as a senior.
Garrison graduated as the program's all-time leading scorer and earned Academic All-America honors as a senior. As a senior, he earned all-America honors in the 100-yard freestyle after finishing fifth in the event at the NCAA Division III Championships. He was a four-time honorable mention all-America in the 100 butterfly, once in the 100 meters and was a member of seven honorable mention all-America relays. Garrison won eight individual conference championships and was the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Meet in 2000 and the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference Co-Most Valuable Swimmer in 1998.
Geiss earned all-Indiana Collegiate Conference honors three times including first team distinction in 1961 and 1962. As a junior he pitched a no-hitter against Evansville and also struck out a school-record 19 batters in a 3-2, 12-inning win over St. Joseph's. His 77 strikeouts in 1962 were a school record for 37 years and currently rank third. He also posted a 1.29 earned run average in 1962.
Lindsay led the 1938 and 1939 tennis teams to a combined 17-3 record including two wins each over Indiana and Purdue. In 1938, he won the Indiana Collegiate singles title by defeating Notre Dame's Bill Fay and finished second in doubles. In his senior season he teamed with Paul Souder to win the Indiana Collegiate doubles championship by defeating teams from Notre Dame and Indiana in the semifinals and finals, respectively. Lindsay competed in the 1939 National Intercollegiate tournament and lost in the first round. He also was a two-year starter in basketball.
Whaley was a four-year starter in the defensive backfield for the football team and also earned two letters in baseball. He still holds the DePauw career record for interceptions in a career with 20 and ranks in a tie for seventh in a single season with seven in 1977. In his freshman season, Whaley was named the team's most valuable defensive back and its most valuable freshman. His interception and return in the 1979 Monon Bell Game stopped a Wabash scoring threat and broke the school's career record. He also still ranks second in DePauw career history in interception return yards.
The 2007 women's basketball team finished with a 31-3 record and captured the school's first team national championship with a 55-52 win over Washington-St. Louis in the NCAA Division III title game. The Tigers won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship with three tournament wins in three days before opening the NCAA postseason with home wins over Transylvania and Denison. They then traveled to Boston where they beat 13th-ranked and host Emmanuel and advanced to the national semifinals with a victory over Calvin. In the national semifinals in Springfield, Mass., the Tigers rallied from a 10-point deficit to top 10th-ranked Mary Washington.
The induction ceremony is set to take place at 10 a.m. on October 7 in Kresge Auditorium of the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts. The honorees will also be recognized at halftime of the football game against Oberlin which kicks off at 1 p.m.
The DePauw Athletics Hall of Fame has inducted 202 individuals and four teams starting with the charter class of 25 individuals in 1986. A complete listing of inductees is available here.