Mount Union Announces 2019 M Club Hall of Fame Class & Special Award Winners; Ceremonies Nov. 1-2

The 2019 M Club Hall of Fame and Special Award Winners
The 2019 M Club Hall of Fame and Special Award Winners

The University of Mount Union M Club Hall of Fame will induct its 2019 class and give its special awards on Friday-Saturday, November 1-2.

An eight-person hall of fame class includes Jeff Gurney '95 (men's soccer), Ken John '81 (men's track and field), Joe Libster '03 (men's tennis), Jill Martin '92 (women's soccer), Kyle Rodstrom '00 (track and field), Eddis Singleton '04 (men's swimming and diving), Brandon Smith '04 (men's swimming and diving) and Brian Wervey '97 (football).

Ed Warinner '84 will be presented the Duke Barrett Award of Excellence while three will be given honorary M Club membership Tiffany Hogya, Dr. Michael McGrady and Dr. Roger Palutsis.

To be inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame, a student-athlete must have earned a degree from Mount Union and received two letters in one sport, or one letter in two or more sports. Athletes are eligible for selection 15 years after graduation. Consideration will be based solely on Mount Union varsity participation, preceding graduation.

"The record of the proposed inductee must be exemplary in both performance and in character. There must be no question as to the deserving qualities that the inductee possesses."

The induction ceremony is on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Giese Center for the Performing Arts on campus with a reception beginning at 6 p.m. All award recipients will be recognized at halftime of the football game on Saturday, Nov. 2 against Ohio Northern which begins at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium. Game tickets are available at the gate for $10.

The ceremony is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to the Office of Alumni Engagement at alumni@mountunion.edu or 330-823-2030 to plan accordingly.

  • Jeff Gurney '95 (men's soccer), a native of Mayfield, Ohio, earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference first team honors in all four seasons he played from 1990-94. He led the team in goals, assists and points in 1990 and led the team in assists in each of his four seasons.
  • Ken John '81 (men's track and field), a native of Canton, Ga., earned All-American honors with a fifth place in the triple jump at the 1978 NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships. He won the Ohio Athletic Conference triple jump title on five different occasions (indoors in 1978 and 1979 and outdoors in 1977, 1978 and 1979).
  • Joe Libster '03 (men's tennis), a native of Canton, Ohio, and graduate of McKinley High School, earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference first team accolades in all four seasons that played from 1999-2003. His 105 combined wins are currently eighth-best all-time and he is one of only 10 to win over 100 career matches at the school.
  • Jill Martin '92 (women's soccer), a native of Warren, Ohio, and a graduate of Howland High School, was a three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection earning first team honors in 1988 and 1989. She led the team in goals and points in each of her four seasons and at the time she finished she held career records for goals, assists and points.
  • Kyle Rodstrom '00 (men's track and field), a native of Painesville, Ohio and Riverside High School graduate, earned All-American honors with a fourth place finish in the 400 meter hurdles at the 1999 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He won eight conference event titles.
  • Eddis Singleton '04 (men's swimming and diving), a native of Cleveland, Ohio and graduate of Shaw High School, won three national championships in the 50 meter freestyle in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He had three other top five finishes nationally to be a six-time All-American who was also a three-time Ohio Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year in 2001, 2003 and 2004. He won a combined 11 OAC titles in the 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle and 100 backstroke.
  • Brandon Smith '04 (men's swimming and diving), a native of Valley City, Ohio, had a combined eight All-American finishes in 1 meter and 3 meter diving at NCAA Championships from 1998-2001. He swept Ohio Athletic Conference titles in both events over his four year career being named the OAC Diver of the Year in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.
  • Brian Wervey '97 (football), a graduate of Lake Catholic High School, was a two-time All-American linebacker in 1995 and 1996. He earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors in both of those seasons and was part of the 1996 NCAA National Championship team. In 1996, Wervey led the team with 10 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks and was second with 9 pass breakups.

The Duke Barrett Award of Excellence is named for the 1951 graduate who was a long-time supporter of Purple Raider athletics. He was an avid M Club member, former chair of the hall of fame committee and Mount Union football coach from 1956-61. The award honors a member of M Club, in recognition for career experiences or activities that have brought honor and recognition to the individual and, in turn, Mount Union.

  • Ed Warinner '84 is this year's recepient and the native of Strasburg, Ohio, is in his second year as offensive line coach at the University of Michigan and his 35th year overall as a college football coach with stints at Akron, Michigan State, Army, Air Force, Kansas, Illinois, Ohio State and Minnesota. He was offensive coordinator at Ohio State in 2014 when the Buckeyes won the national title.

Honorary M Club membership is given to individuals who may or may not have graduated from Mount Union that through their efforts have given exemplary service and/or support to Mount Union athletics.

  • Tiffany Hogya spent 16 years working at Mount Union including the last seven years as director of alumni relations and university activities. She came to Alliance in 2003 and after three years working in the athletic department was the assistant director of alumni relations and university activities for six years. Throughout all those years, she worked closely with all facets of the M Club. She is currently a manager and special events consultant for Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village in Canton.
  • Dr. Michael McGrady provided medical services to athletic department and of Mount Union for nearly 40 years while orthopedic surgeon Dr. Roger Palutsis had over 30 years of service to Mount Union and its athletic department. The duo were fixtures and Mount Union football games and contributed countless hours throughout the entire athletic department.