Four added to Beloit College Athletic Hall of Honor
BELOIT Beloit College inducted four new members — a coach and three athletes — into its Athletic Hall of Honor at a dinner Jan. 22 in Pearsons Hall.
The inductees are Derek Gueldenzoph, Mike Paulmeier, Jamie Cassette Ball and retired football coach and administrator Ed DeGeorge.
Earlier in the day, the inductees participated in a forum with current Beloit College student-athletes and were recognized during the women’s and men’s basketball games against Knox College at Flood Arena.
Following are capsules of the hall’s class of 2011:
Coach and athletic director, 1977-2005
The most successful football coach in Beloit College history, DeGeorge amassed 135 victories and won six Midwest Conference North Division championships during his 29-season tenure. DeGeorge’s Buccaneer teams excelled during the 1990s, going 58-38 overall and 40-18 in MWC play while winning five North Division titles, including three straight from 1990-92.
Class of 1993
A four-year letter-winner in men’s soccer, a three-time All-Midwest conference forward, Gueldenzoph earned the Buccaneers’ Golden Boot Award in each of his four seasons and still ranks as the fifth-leading scorer in school history with 32 goals. He was the team’s most valuable player as a junior and senior and earned All-MWC Academic honors three times.
Class of 1994
A four-year letter winner on the Bucs’ football team and a three-time first-team All-MWC defensive lineman, Paulmeier is the school’s all-time leader in sacks with 31, including 12 during his senior season. A member of three straight Midwest Conference North Division championship teams, he was, to quote teammates and coaches, “quicker, smarter and more relentless in his pursuit of the ball carrier.”
Jamie Cassette Ball
Class of 1997
A four-year letter-winner for women’s softball and a two-time All-MWC pitcher, Cassette Ball was the most valuable player for Beloit’s first and only Midwest Conference championship team in 1996. That season, she was the winning pitcher in all 19 of the team’s victories while posting a 1.30 ERA and 133 strikeouts, all single-season records that still stand. She is the career record holder in victories with 58 and ERA at 2.14.
The newest inductees bring the total in the Beloit College Athletic Hall of Honor to 123.
Read the full story in the Jan. 30, 2011 e-edition of The Wednesday Stateline News, PAGE 12..